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Porsche buying into Red Bull

The first details of Porsche’s moves to buy into Red Bull’s Formula 1 operation have emerged.

The company indicated in May that it intends to enter F1 in 2026, to coincide with the introduction of new engine regulations. These are yet to be finalized, and the recent replacement of former CEO Herbert Diess with Oliver Blume prompted speculation of a change of direction by Porsche.

However, new documents released by Morocco’s Conseil de la Concurrence (Competition Council) show Porsche is in the process of acquiring 50% of the shares in Red Bull Technology, which manufactures the F1 team’s chassis.

The scope of a final deal is likely to go much further than this, and include Red Bull’s junior team AlphaTauri which is also supplied by its technology division. However, the latest disclosure indicates that the wheels are in motion for Porsche to return to F1 for the first time in over three decades.

Szafnauer. “more to come” for close racing from 2022 rules

Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer said that the team was “reasonably satisfied” with the first half of 2022 but believes there was more to come from both the new regulations and its performance.

“Coming into the year, there was a sense of heading into the unknown with the change of regulations, different looking cars and the ambition of harder and closer racing on-track,” said Szafnauer. “I think there’s more to come in terms of achieving the ultimate objective of wheel-to-wheel racing, corner after corner, but, we’ve seen some excellent races at the majority of grand prix.

“In terms of our performance, we’re in a strong position to achieve our season aim of being fourth place in the constructors’ championship. Regularly, we are the fourth-fastest car, even if we have not extracted or shown that potential as much as we’d have liked.”

Christian Mansell becomes fourth different driver in Charouz F3 seat

Euroformula Open driver Christian Mansell will take over the number 15 Charouz Racing System F3 car this weekend in Budapest. The car has previously been driven by Ayrton Simmons, David Schumacher, Lirim Zendeli and Zdeněk Chovanec over the course of the season so far.

Charouz confirmed Mansell will also contest the Spa round for them, following the summer break. Mansell is currently second in the Euroformula Open standings behind Oliver Goethe, who will also make his F3 debut this weekend. The Australian driver is not related to 1992 F1 world champion Nigel Mansell.

Jaguar Formula E data used for road car hybrid efficiency boost

Jaguar Land Rover has developed two systems for its hybrid cars that use Formula E-style braking techniques to extend range and manage electrical power better. Modeled on the way that FE drivers lift and coast before cornering, the systems use GPS data and road information to help manage energy usage when approaching stopping points such as traffic lights.

Predictive Energy Optimization software in plug-in hybrids will manage the systems for the driver to minimize energy usage before braking or coming to a halt. Eco Coach, in milder hybrid models, will prompt drivers when to lift and coast ahead of a braking event, optimizing efficiency. Predictive Energy Optimization offers potential efficiency gains of as much as 10%, says Jaguar.

Miami Grand Prix worth $350 million to local economy

South Florida Motorsport, the promoter of this year’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix, has released an estimate that the event contributed $350 million (£287.9m) to the local economy.

Of that figure, $150 million is reported to be spent by visitors in Miami. The average visitor for the grand prix spent $1,940 while in the city of Miami, which the report states is nearly double the average visitor spending. 84% of visitors to Miami during the race period came specifically for the grand prix and 66% of attendees were traveling in from outside Miami.

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