The Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) is all set to host its first forum in Montreal as part of its work to bring the sport closer to the fans.
Every year, FOTA organizes ticketed fan forums to coincide with some of the grands prix, featuring drivers and team personnel who are subjected to questions from the floor. Last year, events were held in Barcelona, Manhattan, Oxford and Austin, all of which were hugely popular. This season, a forum was once again held in Barcelona as part of the winter testing programme, and the event in Montreal will be the second of 2013.
The forum held in the UK last year invited fans to Williams F1 Team’s headquarters in Oxfordshire, where they got the opportunity to meet one-time grand prix winner Pastor Maldonado before putting forward questions to Ross Brawn, Martin Whitmarsh and Bob Fernley. Following this, a legends panel comprising of Patrick Head, John Watson and Derek Warwick shared stories from their time in the sport, offering an incredible insight into the development of our sport.
The event in Montreal will take place on Wednesday 5th June (four days before the GP), with Caterham’s Charles Pic and Cyril Abiteboul confirmed to be attending, and it will be hosted by CNBC’s Brian Sullivan.
Tickets are free, but they won’t be around for long, so make sure you get in early. To apply for a ticket, please visit fota.co.
The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.
“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.
“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”
Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.
He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.
The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.
“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.
“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”
Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.
A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.