Daniel Ricciardo set for F1 show run in Perth

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Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo will complete a show run in the championship-winning Red Bull RB7 from 2011 this December at Perth Speed Fest.

Ricciardo has picked up the mantle as Australia’s leading F1 driver since the retirement of Mark Webber at the end of 2013, winning three grands prix for Red Bull last year.

The Perth native first completed a show run in his home city back in 2010 when he was racing in Formula Renault 3.5 as a Red Bull junior driver, but will return later this year.

Ricciardo will get behind the wheel of the RB7 car that former teammate Sebastian Vettel took to the F1 drivers’ championship back in 2011.

“There’s nothing in Australia quite like it,” event producer Emma Stenhouse said.

“To see our local hero Daniel Ricciardo in an F1 car racing in Perth, as well as racing and demonstrations of motocross, rallying, bikes, drags and V8s – alongside a huge showcase of historic, classic and majestic cars – will be exciting.”

Ricciardo will be joined at the event by an array of Australia motorsport stars, including 1980 F1 champion Alan Jones and V8 Supercars driver Will Davison.

The Perth Speed Fest is inspired by the historic Goodwood Festival of Speed that takes place every year in England.

Ricciardo will appear at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana on December 13. Tickets for the event go on sale on Monday.

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”