Vettel visits Brembo factory in Italy (VIDEO)

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Sebastian Vettel experienced his first Italian Grand Prix as a member of Scuderia Ferrari this past weekend – he ultimately finished second to Lewis Hamilton – and sincerely soaked in the revelry of the Tifosi.

But racing at Monza wasn’t his only appointment in Italy while there. He also paid a visit to the Brembo factory in Stezzano. Brembo celebrates its 40th anniversary in motorsports this season.

A video is linked above, and the release of Vettel’s visit is linked below.

Sebastian Vettel, the four-time World Champion and Scuderia Ferrari driver, visited Brembo’s racing factory in Italy last week, to commemorate the Italian company’s 40th anniversary in motorsports.

Brembo, the world leader in the technology and production of brake systems and high performance automotive components, equips the most important F1 teams with its braking systems, including Scuderia Ferrari.

Brembo Chairman Alberto Bombassei welcomed and accompanied the German champion on his tour of the factory.

The successful partnership between Brembo and Scuderia Ferrari started in 1975, when Enzo Ferrari chose to equip his cars with the braking systems of the Italian Company. Brembo supplied the winning car used by Niki Lauda to win the Driver World Championship and the Constructor title. Since then, Brembo has earned 22 Drivers World Championships and 27 Constructors World Championships, 14 of those with Scuderia Ferrari.

During the visit, the German champion viewed how the braking systems he uses during the races are personalized and developed. Vettel met racing department engineers and personnel who, thanks to the constant investment in research and development, continue to further broaden and develop highly innovative technological solutions.

Formula One demands an extensive personalization and customization of brake systems, increasingly tailor-made and closely integrated with the design choices of the car.

The production of the personalized brake system needs six months of design and an additional month for mechanical manufacturing.

“If I think at the beginning, it’s impossible to forget the meeting with Enzo Ferrari: he gave me confidence and a work chance,” said Bombassei. “Since then, we have made a long way and today we are strongly present in F1 and in all other four and two-wheels Championships.”

At the end of the visit Vettel commented, “I’m here to celebrate the 40 years of Brembo, which has always worked with Ferrari. Everyone knows the importance of brakes in motorsport: go fast needs also to be able to brake strong! For this I’m happy of this partnership: to visit the factory has given me the possibility to value the quality of their technical level. Therefore, I would like to thank Brembo and wish so many successful years.”

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.