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WMSC Meeting notes: Formula E, WRC calendars, LMP1 power cuts and more

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The World Motor Sport Council meeting on Wednesday had a number of other topics on the agenda as well, including more calendar changes and other regulatory items.

The full details of the meeting are linked here, via the FIA official website. Meanwhile some other items of note are below:

First, up, Formula E has also had a calendar shift for the 2015-2016 campaign.

The updated calendar from the provisional calendar is below, with changes in bold. 

The TBC round has been moved forward a week, and is reported to be Mexico City, per a Motorsport.com report. The London season finale now comes a week before the British Grand Prix on July 2 and 3, with the race at Silverstone set to be a week later.

24 October Beijing China
7 November Putrajaya Malaysia
19 December Punta del Este Uruguay
6 February Buenos Aires Argentina
12 March TBC TBC
2 April Long Beach USA
23 or 24 April Paris France
21 May Berlin Germany
4 June Moscow Russia
2 & 3 July London United Kingdom

2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship calendar

Round Date Country ePrix
1 17 October 2015 China Beijing
2 7 November 2015 Malaysia Putrajaya
3 19 December 2015 Uruguay** Punta del Este**
4 6 February 2016 Argentina** Buenos Aires**
5 19 March 2016 TBD TBD
6 2 April 2016 USA Long Beach
7 23 April 2016 France Paris
8 21 May 2016 Germany Berlin
9 4 June 2016 Russia Moscow
10 & 11 TBD United Kingdom London

More power? Instead, the FIA has decided less of it is needed for the marquee LMP1 prototypes that make the FIA World Endurance Championship such an incredible series.

Here’s the line from the meeting:

“The WMSC approved the Endurance Commission’s proposal to limit the releasable power for energy recovery systems in LMP1 cars on safety grounds, to avoid the possibility of deployment of an instantaneous total power (engine + hybrid) of over 1000hp.”

Remember when Formula 2 was added to the FIA Superlicense points system? Turns out the FIA is trying to get the series back and going.

Again, from the meeting:

“Significant progress has been made in negotiations with the promoter of GP2 regarding the establishment of the final step in the FIA’s single-seater ladder; the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

“Discussions remain ongoing with the intention of finalising an agreement.”

Events, but not dates have been set for the FIA World Rally Championship next season. They are as follows:

 

The WMSC approved the composition of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship calendar, with 14 events (dates to be confirmed). They are, in alphabetical order:

–        Argentina
–        Australia
–        China*
–        Finland
–        France**
–        Germany
–        Great Britain
–        Italy
–        Mexico
–        Monte Carlo**
–        Poland
–        Portugal
–        Spain
–        Sweden

*Subject to fulfilment of the FIA criteria following Candidate Event in August 2015.
**Subject to formalisation of agreed terms and conditions between WRC Promoter, FIA and the Event before 30 November, 2015.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”