In the round-up: BBS becomes official wheel rim provider to Formula 1 starting from this season.
BBS becomes official F1 wheel rim supplier
Japanese wheel manufacturer BBS have been named as the “official wheel rim provider” to Formula 1 and will supply all ten teams with wheels starting from this season.
The deal was announced during the Tokyo Auto Salon car show. Previously, teams had been free to source wheels from suppliers, with brands including Oz and Enkei manufacturing wheels for various teams.
Formula 1 will move from 13-inch wheels used for many decades to new 18-inch, low-profile wheels in 2022. Tyre supplier Pirelli will continue to provide tyres to the world championship.
BBS will also supply standardised wheel rims to the NASCAR Cup Series as the American series also introduces a new car following an overhaul of technical regulations.
Honda unites car and motorcycle racing programmes under HRC banner
Honda have announced they will restructure their racing programmes in all motorsport in 2022, bringing their car racing activities under their existing ‘Honda Racing Corporation’ (HRC) division.
HRC has been the Japanese giant’s motorcycle racing wing for many decades now, running factory teams in MotoGP, World Superbike and MXGP motocross. Honda director, president and CEO, Toshihiro Mibe, says combining their car and motorcycle racing programmes in this way will help them “achieve mutual collaboration of the technologies and know-how” and make their motorsport operations more efficient.
“In order to fulfill the expectations of motorsports fans and Honda fans and customers all around the world, we will continue devoting our energy to motorsports, through the ‘new’ HRC that integrates our motorcycle and automobile racing activities,” Mibe says.
Honda will no longer act as official power unit supplier to Red Bull and AlphaTauri after announcing their departure from Formula 1 at the start of last season. However, Honda will provide direct support to Red Bull’s new Red Bull Powertrains division, which will use Honda designed technologies over the coming seasons.
Verstappen misses 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual pole by two thousandths
Max Verstappen missed out on pole position for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual race by just 0.002 seconds during qualifying for today’s endurance sim race.
The current Formula 1 world champion’s final lap in qualifying in the Team Redline LMP class car was just two thousandths of a second slower than fellow Dutchman Jeffrey Reitveld in the sister Realteam Hydrogen Redline car.
Red Bull Esports number 111 Corvette took pole position in the GT class for the 24 hour race which begins at 1pm UK time.
Correa and Red Bull juniors Crawford and Edgar return to F3 for 2022
Juan Manuel Correa has announced he will contest a second consecutive season in Formula 3 following his return to the series last year.
The American driver made his return to racing in the series in 2021 after suffering serious injuries in a Formula 2 crash at Spa in 2019 which claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert. Correa finished 21st in the standings and later tested a Formula 2 car in Abu Dhabi at the end of the season.
Correa will again race for ART, joining rookie Gregoire Saucy. Red Bull juniors Jak Crawford and Jonny Edgar have also been confirmed for a second season each in this year’s Formula 3 championship.
Crawford will join Prema after racing for Hitech in his first season in the category last year, while…