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What they say
Vettel’s brother Fabian contested the 2019 24 Hours of Nurburgring in a Mercedes GT3. The four-times champion said he hopes he would pick a year when the weather is good:
As some say I’m close to the end of my career, maybe it’s something to think about. But I’m sure I will be busy next year and the year after. So I don’t know.
I’ve always liked to follow other categories and other races. I think the 24 hour race here is a race that everyone knows and everybody looks up to, in a way, I think it’s one of the biggest challenges in the motorsport world.
So who knows? Maybe yes. Hopefully I pick a good year because it can be quite a big challenge with the weather as well. So but yeah, I think I don’t know. It’s probably a question more for later days.
More motor racing links of interest:
Investing in the future: the first phase of planned upgrades to Circuit Spa-Francorchamps for the return of 24h Spa Moto (Circuit Spa-Francorchamps)
“Circuit Spa has presented a ten-year investment plan of more than €80 million, the first phase of which will see changes made to bring endurance motorcycle racing back to the circuit.”
Eifel Grand Prix 2020 – Free Practice (Scuderia AlphaTauri)
“We have our beliefs on how the tyres will behave, based on science and engineering, but we needed to put those into practice to confirm. Given the conditions, this has not been possible, so we will head into tomorrow with many unknowns, which should make for an interesting event.”
Hamilton reveals he spent rained off sessions watching old onboard videos (F1.com)
“Asked how he’d been keeping himself busy on what was an unusually quiet day for the drivers, the Mercedes star replied: ‘I’ve got Roscoe (his dog) here with me, so a bit of messing around with him, but otherwise I’ve been looking at onboard footage of other years we’ve been here in the rain.'”
Friday recap: Eifel Grand Prix (Haas)
“I would have loved to have been able to go out and do some laps of course, but unfortunately the weather set against that. Hopefully I can get another opportunity before the end of the year, but if this is the only one then it’s been an experience.”
The mist sessions (Alfa Romeo)
“Mick Schumacher, who was poised to make his debut in an official race weekend session, couldn’t make it out of the garage as the pitlane lights remained red. Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi – who last drove on this track in 2013 and 2015, respectively – will need to wait one more day to reacquaint themselves with the circuit. The engineers will have no data to crunch, albeit their evening will be a busy one as they rearrange the FP3 programme to make up for lost time. Everyone up and down the paddock remains in this fine balance between expectation and disappointment.”
24 hours of Spa presents 56 car entry list for upcoming autumn edition (GT World Challenge Europe)
“A highly competitive field of 56 cars representing 11 world-leading automotive brands will chase glory at this year’s 24 Hours of Spa (22-25 October). The 72nd edition of the twice-around-the-clock classic will be the first to take place during the autumn months, adding a new dimension to the familiar challenge posed by the undulating 7km Spa-Francorchamps layout. Indeed, competitors will need to contend with considerably cooler temperatures and significantly more night running at GT3 racing’s gold standard event.”
Backward compatibility: PlayStation 4 games playable on PlayStation 5 (Playstation)
“While the majority of PS4 games are playable on PS5 consoles, below is a list of PS4 games that are playable on PS4 only. On PlayStation Store, PS4 games that are not playable on the PS5 console will be marked with ‘Playable on: PS4 only’, including TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2.”
Leading drivers onboard for virtual Jersey Rally (source)
“The 12-stage virtual race, which is taking place on the Dirt Rally 2.0 platform, features four classes, including a Metro 6R4 class in memory of life-long Jersey Rally fan Mark Lowe who died from coronavirus earlier this year.”
What sets Lewis Hamilton apart from Schumacher is personal development (The Guardian)
“Schumacher went to Ferrari in 1996, with a brief to rebuild the team into a championship winning force again. It took four years but he did so. Hamilton left a successful and race-wining team in McLaren to join the still unproven Mercedes.”
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