Red Bull GRC: Collete Davis, River Racing return to GRC Lites

Leave a comment

Another news item that came in late last week was the confirmation that Collete Davis and River Racing will be back in the Red Bull Global Rallycross’ GRC Lites division for the upcoming season.

Davis, who ran under the Bryan Herta Rallysport tent last year, and River Racing will shift to Rhys Millen Racing.

Millen ran a handful of GRC events last year in the Supercars division with a Hyundai Veloster, but has generally starred in motorsports over a 20-year-plus career.

“I actually tested with RMR before the last race of the season last year,” Davis said in a release. “In that one-day test, I learned so much it was crazy. From that moment, I knew I wanted to work with them in 2016.”

Millen added, “I am excited to welcome Collete to the team and look forward to watching her apply the offseason testing we have been doing for the 2016 Red Bull GRC season. Collete is a delight to work with, listens and applies well and has developed a strong skill set that is sure to impress on track this season.”

A video of Davis’ preparation for the 2016 season is linked above. A further Q&A with her and the full press release are linked in this sentence.

Fernando Alonso will decide this summer whether to pursue F1 again

Leave a comment

Fernando Alonso said he will determine by this summer if he would consider a return to Formula One next season.

After announcing Tuesday that he will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May with Arrow McLaren Racing SP, Alonso said “right now the Indy 500 will take all of my concentration” but left the door open for F1 in 2021.

“In my case, probably during the summer period, I’ll make a decision on 2021 if Formula One is still appealing to me,” Alonso told IndyCar on NBC announcer Leigh Diffey in an interview (watch the video above). “The 2021 rules (in F1) are definitely a step forward, and hopefully things can be more mixed and not only three teams capable of winning races. So all this factors into play. I may consider that possibility.”

Alonso won consecutive Formula One championships in 2005-06 with Renault. He has 32 victories in an F1 career that started in 2001 and also includes stints at Ferrari and McLaren.

His last victory on the circuit was May 12, 2013 in Barcelona. He is winless in his most recent 110 starts, including the past 77 races with McLaren in 2015-18.

The Guardian recently reported that McLaren CEO Zak Brown said Alonso wouldn’t be returning to F1 with the team.

Alonso also told Diffey that returning to F1 from a two-season absence wouldn’t necessarily be linked to McLaren’s performance.

“I think they did well last year, and hopefully they make another step forward and close to the top three because they deserve it and are a fantastic team,” he said.

Though he is optimistic about more parity, Alonso said six-time champion Lewis Hamilton should be a favorite for the 2020 title based on preseason testing in which Mercedes turned heads with a new steering system.

“It seemed Mercedes is still quite competitive,” Alonso said. “They show enormous potential on the development side and on the progress from one year to next. Formula One is impossible to predict because many things happen in season.

“At the starting point, (Mercedes) are the favorites. When you have Lewis in the car and Mercedes with the potential they have, they have to be No. 1 probably.”