VIDEO: Punches thrown after British F4 teammates crash out

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The first rule of motor racing is “don’t crash into your teammate”.

So naturally, when incidents do occur, tensions run high and a few harsh words can be exchanged.

But when British Formula 4 drivers Devlin Defrancesco and Petru Florescu tangled and crashed out during Sunday’s race at Knockhill in Scotland, the confrontation was more than just verbal.

The two Carlin drivers entered the weekend first and third in the championship, with series leader Florescu winning the opening race of the round.

However, tensions flared after the pair tangled and crashed out when battling for fourth place in the second leg of the weekend with two laps remaining.

Florescu, the aggressor, was excluded from the entire meeting as a result of his actions, while Canadian-Italian Defrancesco was handed a 10-place grid drop for the third race later in the day. He went on to finish ninth.

As a result, Florescu has dropped all the way back to sixth in the standings, while Defrancesco sits third. The new leader is British youngster Max Fewtrell – teammate to Florescu and Defrancesco – with Red Bull-backed junior Luis Leeds sitting P2.

The British F4 series is one of a number of F4 championships that are seen as an entry-level to single-seater racing after go-karts.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”