Daniel Ricciardo confirms participation for Brazil and Abu Dhabi
His eighth retirement of 2018 in Mexico left Daniel Ricciardo gutted and disappointed last Sunday. The Australian said in a post-race interview that he would ''let Gasly drive it [his car in Brazil and Abu Dhabi], I’m done with it.''
On Instagram yesterday, Ricciardo confirmed he will race at the final two events. He said ‘’I will be doing the last two races. It’s been massive highs and lows this year, more lows, unfortunately. It’s been massively frustrating I won’t lie. I owe it to myself and all the guys that work their butts off to give it two more cracks before we see each other off.’’
Haas loses appeal against Grosjean’s Monza disqualification
Following an excellent drive to P6 at the Italian Grand Prix back in September, Grosjean and Haas lost those 8 points when they were excluded because of an illegal floor. Renault had lodged a complaint about it and they were successful.
The American owned team appealed the decision but the FIA’s International Court of Appeal in Paris upheld the decision today.
The statement said “The Court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided:
To uphold the Decision No. 42 of the Stewards of the 2018 Italian Grand Prix held in Monza counting towards the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship;
To confirm the exclusion of Haas F1 Team's car No. 8 from the 2018 Italian Grand Prix held in Monza counting towards the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship.’’
Tatiana Calderon: ‘’A dream come true.’’
Colombia’s Tatiana Calderon got her first taste of driving an F1 car during a filming day on Tuesday in Mexico.
After completing 23 laps in the Sauber, she told Autosport:
‘’Obviously the heart rate was a bit high, especially when you see so many cameras and when you start the engine, but the team prepared me very well to know what I had to do at all times.
It has been incredible, a dream come true. You cannot describe what it feels like to be in a Formula 1 car.
The first time I accelerated, it seemed like I was on a PlayStation with how fast everything happened.
The instruction was to take things step-by-step. I honestly did not have any physical problems, that means that the physical preparation has gone in the right direction.
In some ways I found it easier to handle than the GP3 car. I hope I can continue to show that there is no physical disadvantage [for women].
Now that this day has passed, I do not want to go back to my GP3 car, I want to stay here.
Hopefully I can continue breaking barriers and achieve my dream of reaching F1.’’
Louis Deletraz to test for Haas in Abu Dhabi
Swiss driver Louis Deletraz will take in part in the post-season with Haas at the Yas Marina circuit. The 21-year-old has finished on the podium twice in sprint races during 2018. Those appearances on the rostrum were at Monaco and Paul Ricard.
‘’I'm naturally very excited to make my Formula 1 debut testing in Abu Dhabi.
I'm grateful to both Gene Haas and Gunther Steiner for giving me the opportunity to test with Haas F1 team.
It's the perfect way to end my 2018 season, one in which I've continued to develop and showcase my credentials."