Hamilton and Alonso hoping new regulations hurt Red Bull


Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have both said that they are hoping the new raft of regulations set to come into force for the 2014 Formula One season cause Red Bull to lose the advantage that they have enjoyed as everyone “starts from zero”.

Ever since the last set of changes to the regulations in 2009, Red Bull have dominated the sport by winning the last four consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championships. However, a shake-up of the rules in 2014 – the biggest change being the downsize in engines – could allow Mercedes and Ferrari to be competitive once again.

“We are competitive people,” Fernando Alonso explained during the drivers’ press conference on Thursday. “We want to win. This year it was not possible but next year we start from zero.”

With just one world championship to his name, Lewis Hamilton has not enjoyed the groundbreaking career that many expected him to. However, he is confident that the rules changes could allow him to push Vettel next season, but the foundations will be laid by finish this year strongly also.

“I think that a lot of the stuff that you develop on this year’s car, upgrades that we do bring to this year’s hopefully will have an effect on next year’s car,” Hamilton said. “It’s kind of similar but some teams obviously can turn their focus a little bit earlier and some a little bit later, but hopefully, ultimately, we’ll still be competitive next year with these guys.”

However, with Red Bull having little left to play for in the remaining three races, it is likely that they will already have shifted attention to the 2014 car as they look to extend their reign as world champions next season.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”