Vergne enjoys first Ferrari run-out in Adelaide show run


Jean-Eric Vergne enjoyed his first run-out behind the wheel of a Ferrari Formula 1 car on Saturday as he took part in a show run an Australian V8 Supercar event.

After three seasons in Formula 1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso, Vergne was dropped at the end of the 2014 season to make way for Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen.

However, the Frenchman found refuge at Ferrari for 2015, joining the Italian marque as its test driver. He will support the core race team with work in the simulator to aid development of the SF15-T.

On Saturday, Vergne made his first public appearance for Ferrari in a show-run at the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar event in Adelaide, completing laps on the old F1 circuit with a 2009 Ferrari F60.

Adelaide last hosted Formula 1 back in 1995, with the Australian Grand Prix moving to its current home in Melbourne for the 2006 season. However, the circuit still hosts major national events such as the Clipsal 500, which acts as the season opener for the Australian V8 Supercars championship.

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.”