Giovinazzi confirmed for Singapore F1 practice appearance with Haas

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Ferrari youngster Antonio Giovinazzi will get another chance to showcase his skills in a Formula 1 car when he takes part in opening practice for the Singapore Grand Prix with Haas.

Giovinazzi, 23, joined Ferrari’s junior program at the end of last year after finishing second in the GP2 Series, and was drafted in by Sauber to replace the injured Pascal Wehrlein for the opening two grands prix of the year.

The Italian confirmed at the end of May he would be taking part in an extensive practice program with Haas through the second half of the season, getting seven FP1 run-outs starting in Hungary.

Giovinazzi’s second appearance was due to follow at Monza last week, only for Haas to reschedule due to the threat of rain and fear of losing more track time on Friday.

To make up for the lost session, Giovinazzi will now feature in practice for the Singapore Grand Prix next Friday at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, as confirmed by Haas on Twitter.

Despite his practice running, Giovinazzi is not set to drive full-time for Haas next year, with the American team already confirming that existing drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will be retained.

Giovinazzi’s best chance of an F1 seat appears to come at Sauber, who is set to enjoy a closer relationship with Ferrari from 2018 after signing a new technical partnership.

Supercross: Haiden Deegan debuts in 250s at Houston, Justin Cooper graduates to 450 class for Star Yamaha

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Rising star Haiden Deegan will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut in Houston, Texas with Yamaha Star Racing while the 2021 250 West champion Justin Cooper graduates to 450s.

Deegan, the son of motocross and off-road legend Brian Deegan and brother of NASCAR Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan, made two starts in the Pro Motocross outdoors season last year. He finished 31st overall at the Ironman Nationals in Crawfordsville, Indiana and was 13th at Fox Raceway in the season-ender at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, but the overall results did not necessarily reflect how well he ran. In both events, he challenged for top-10s during portions of the week and actually finished 10th in one of the Pala motos.

Last week, Haiden finished fifth in the Supercross 250 Futures in Anaheim 2.

“We’re really excited to get the season on the East Coast started,” said Monster Energy Team Manager Jensen Hendler in a press release. “It’s also exciting to have Haiden move up to join our pro program this season and to have Justin make his debut on the 450. The guys have been working hard and are looking forward to seeing what they can do this weekend in Houston.”

After scoring a 250SX Futures podium, Talon Hawkins gets 250 East ride.

Deegan will join Nate Thrasher and Jordon Smith in the 250 East division this week.

Cooper moves into the 450 class this weekend. According to Supercross rules, after winning the 2021 championship, he had one season to defend his title and then would be required to move up a class. Cooper missed all of last year to injury.

Cooper was healthy when the outdoor season started and he earned five podiums and nine top-fives in 12 rounds. Three of these races ended in runners-up finishes, at Hangtown, in Rancho Cordova, California, Washougal, Washington and Unadilla, New York.

Cooper joins Eli Tomac and Dylan Ferrandis in the 450 class and will race select events.

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Cooper’s Houston attempt will be the first of an undisclosed number of races he will compete in during the 2023 season.

“It’s been about two years since I’ve lined up for a supercross, and now it’s in a new class with the best guys, so I’m excited to just get out there,” Cooper said. “I’m looking to get back under the lights and learn what I can. Overall, I’m just really excited to be in the position to be out there, so I’m going to make the most of it and enjoy it!”

Deegan and Cooper will be part of a seven-rider Supercross lineup for Yamaha Star Racing. Nick Romano will debut in the 250 East division later this year.