2013 GP2 champion Fabio Leimer loses Super Formula seat

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2013 GP3 Series champion Fabio Leimer will no longer be racing in the Japanese Super Formula series this season after parting company with Team Infinite Mugen.

Leimer had been due to race in the premier Japanese single seater championship in 2015, having spent the last year working with Pirelli as a test driver and racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Rebellion Racing.

However, it was announced on Friday that the Swiss racer would no longer be taking part in Super Formula this season due to financial problems.

“This season, Fabio Leimer had been scheduled to compete in the Super Formula series for Team Infinite,” a statement from the team reads. “[As he is] unable to fulfil the contract terms that had been entered into, we have with regret decided to cancel the driver contract with Mr. Leimer.”

Leimer issued his own statement, and said that the deal fell through due to an issue with his representative in Japan.

“Of course I am extremely disappointed,” Leimer said. “We went for the Japan adventure after we had found a representative in Japan.

“We signaled from the beginning that any budget had to be secured by him. Unfortunately, his promises and the trust placed in him were not tenable.”

“However, we are already working on solutions for the coming season, which we can finance ourselves. I wish the Mugen team every success and apologize for the circumstances which have arisen through us.”

Leimer has no other confirmed plans for the new season, but is a potential candidate for the available seat at Manor Marussia F1 Team, given that he does hold a valid FIA super licence from his GP2 title win.

In other Super Formula news, British youngster William Buller has confirmed his participation in this year’s championship, joining Kondo Racing alongside compatriot James Rossiter.

With tree in tow, Robert Wickens is already in the Christmas spirit

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It may be a week before Thanksgiving, but IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is already obviously in a festive Christmas mood.

Wickens took to Twitter and Instagram Wednesday to post a video showing he just gave himself an early yuletide present: a Christmas tree:

“Got myself a tree! I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s a very real tree and my arms are itchy to prove it!”

He even ended his tweet with a Christmas tree emoji.

And for good measure, Wickens — wearing a winter ski cap with his name on it — and some of the staff at his rehab facility broke into an impromptu version of “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Check out what Wickens posted and enjoy a little early Christmas cheer sure to put a smile on your face: