Nasr confident of F1 seat for 2017, but unsure where he’ll end up

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Felipe Nasr is confident of securing a Formula 1 seat for the 2017 season, but remains uncertain where he will end up as a number of options continue to be explored.

Nasr, 24, made his F1 debut with Sauber in 2015, finishing a career-high of fifth on debut, but has failed to score a point through a difficult 2016 for the Swiss team.

The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Force India for 2017, potentially taking the seat freed up by Nico Hulkenberg following his move to Renault, but no deal has been firmed up yet.

“There is nothing 100 percent yet but I am pretty confident we are going to be [in F1] next year,” Nasr told Reuters.

“Everybody wants to know where, even me. I don’t know where yet. But hopefully soon we are going to know.”

Nasr is open to remaining at Sauber for next year despite its struggles through 2016, but is wary of continued problems through 2017 when the team will continue with season-old Ferrari power units.

“There are better possibilities for results in other places, but Sauber, knowing the team and I’ve been there for two years now so you build a relationship, it’s much easier to know how to work with them,” he said.

“As a driver you’re always thinking about how can I get the best results for myself. There’s many other things that come together, being at the right place at the right time, so we are working on it.

“In that first year I was able to show what I came for. This year since has been a little bit more difficult. I saw the two sides of the coin.”

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.”