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Rosenqvist to make DTM debut with Mercedes in Moscow

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Recent Indy Lights racer Felix Rosenqvist will make his debut in the DTM championship in Moscow with Mercedes next week, replacing the Formula 1-bound Esteban Ocon.

Rosenqvist has enjoyed ties with Mercedes for many years, winning the FIA European Formula 3 Championship last year before moving into Indy Lights with Belardi Auto Racing for 2016.

The Swede won his second race in the IndyCar feeder series at St. Petersburg, and completed a weekend double in Toronto with victories on Saturday and Sunday in what looks set to have been his last appearance in the series.

Besides Indy Lights, the two-time Macau Grand Prix winner has also been racing in the Blancpain GT Sprint Series and was Mercedes’ designated reserve driver in DTM.

Mercedes announced on Wednesday that Rosenqvist would be replacing Ocon for the next DTM round in Moscow, taking the Frenchman’s seat with ART.

“Getting the opportunity to race in the DTM is very exciting for me,” Rosenqvist said.

“I’ve been a part of the Mercedes-AMG family for many years, and this was always one of my primary targets.

“It is going to be a real challenge, joining such an incredibly competitive championship mid-season, and I know I will have a lot to learn in a very short amount of time.

“Having been around the team in my capacity as test and reserve driver this season should help ease the transition, however, and I’m grateful to Mercedes-AMG for finally getting this chance. I can’t wait to get out on track in Moscow.”

Formula One names Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO

Stefano Domenicali named F1 CEO
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Former Ferarri chief Stefano Domenicali was named the new president and CEO of F1, replacing Chase Carey in January 2021, Liberty Media announced Friday.

Domenicali, 55, will join Formula One from Lamborghini, where he had been CEO and president.

He worked on Ferrari’s F1 team for nearly 20 years, becoming the team principal in 2008. He left in 2014 and worked at Audi before joining Lamborghini.

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“I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said in a release. “I was born in Imola and live in Monza.  I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.

“The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.”

Carey, who had led F1 since Liberty’s Formula One Group took control of the organization in 2017, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

“Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.  His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Said Carey: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years. I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term.”