In the round-up: Outgoing McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo will return to the scene of his greatest moment with the team this weekend, having learned he will leave them early.
Ricciardo anticipates “happy-sad feelings” on Monza return
Last year’s Italian Grand Prix winner has no expectations of repeating the triumph this weekend as he returns to Monza.
Ricciardo’s sole podium finish for McLaren so far is his 2021 win at the Italian track. The knowledge he will leave the team at the end of this year has put a new perspective on his happiest McLaren moment and the location it took place at.
“I’m sure there’ll be some weird feelings going back, like certainly maybe some happy-sad feelings because it was such a big moment last year,” he said. “We’re in a different position this year. I’d love to say we’d be fighting for a podium, but I think we know the truth at the moment where we are.”
Juncos expands to two full-time IndyCar entries in 2023
Juncos Hollinger Racing will expand their IndyCar programme next year, adding a second full-time car alongside the entry driven by Callum Ilott.
The team made their IndyCar debut with two cars in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, then raced as a part-time single-car outfit in 2018, ’19 and ’21. For this year they then committed to a full season with Ilott, and recently picked up their second top-ten finish.
“To be able to announce this today and make this a reality is incredible,” said team principal Ricardo Juncos. “We have stood by our words from the beginning that we would continue to grow and expand and that is what we are doing. For us expanding to a two-car team is very exciting to announce but was also our plan for the past year since we joined the IndyCar series full-time.”
Charouz signs eighth F3 driver in a single year
Charouz Racing System will change their Formula 3 line-up once again for this weekend’s season finale, with their eighth driver signing of the year.
Venezuelan debutant Alessandro Famularo will join the team at Monza, taking over the number 15 car which has been raced by five other drivers already this season. It has required force majeure for Charouz to be able to run that many drivers.
Since 2020, Famularo has entered 14 races in Formula Regional. Before that he spent two years in Formula 4 where he claimed one win in the ADAC championship and a podium in the Italian series.
New Ferrari livery and Shanghai added to F1 22
Ferrari’s special livery for the Italian Grand Prix is available in the latest patch for the official Formula 1 game, F1 22. The update also includes Shanghai International Circuit, the home of the Chinese Grand Prix, which last appeared on the F1 calendar in 2019.
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On this day in motorsport
- 65 years ago today Stirling Moss comfortably won the Italian Grand Prix for Vanwall at Monza