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F1: Paul di Resta says relations with Sahara Force India are ‘good’

From GMM

Paul di Resta insists his relationship with Sahara Force India remains “good”, despite two rounds of hefty criticism and rumours of a garage scuffle.

The Scot was not only heavily critical of the team’s qualifying strategy in Monaco, but he said the way Force India left him in the Montreal pits with a minor problem during the best track conditions last Saturday was “clearly not acceptable”.

After that, rumours of a scuffle between the 27-year-old’s trainer and a team mechanic were not denied by the Silverstone based team.

F1 Paul di Resta Sahara Force India
Paul di Resta, Sahara Force India. (Photo: René Fagnan)

Still, di Resta insists that his angry criticism of Sahara Force India was “taken constructively” by the management.

“Everybody in the team felt the same,” he is quoted by the BBC.

“The person who made the mistake apologised and I’m fully supportive of that. Looking back, I don’t think I was too harsh. When you work with the team so closely, it’s good to have that heat because you need to show your emotion,” said di Resta.

“If I’d made a mistake twice, I’d be kicking myself and the team would come down hard on me — and rightly so.”

Di Resta moved on from his horror Montreal qualifying to finish a solid seventh on Sunday, on the occasion of Force India’s 100th grand prix.

“We regrouped,” he said, “showed we can do it and, as far as my relationship with the team is concerned, it’s still good.”


Formula E: Williams to provide battery expertise for FIA electric car

After McLaren, Williams Formula One team is getting involved in the new Formula E Championship for electric single seater that will begin in 2014.

From Williams

Williams announced that Williams Advanced Engineering, the division of the Williams group that commercialises Formula One based technologies, is to partner with Spark Racing Technology to design and assemble a battery system for the 42 cars that will be used in the FIA Formula E Championship.

Spark Racing Technology was created in 2012 and is focused on the manufacture of the cars that will compete in the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully electric racing series.

Williams Advanced Engineering has signed an exclusive agreement with Spark Racing Technology and will be the sole supplier of battery technology to Formula E.

FE Spark Racing Technology
Photo: Spark Racing Technology

Williams’ battery energy storage capability first originated from its F1 programme following the introduction of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) into the sport in 2009. Under the Williams Advanced Engineering brand name, Williams is now active in developing both battery and flywheel energy storage systems for motorsport and non-motorsport applications.

This has included developing a flywheel hybrid system for Audi’s Le Mans winning R18 e-tron quattro, a flywheel system for London buses with Go-Ahead Group, and a battery hybrid system for the Jaguar C-X75 supercar.


NASCAR: Jacques Villeneuve to contest Sonoma road race

Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 Formula 1 World Champion will make a return behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup car in a few weeks.

Monday, Villeneuve, who also won the Indy 500 in 1995, announced that he will contest the race of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series held at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec in August.

Today it appears almost certain that the Canadian’s name will soon appear on the Chevrolet Impala of Phoenix Racing.

The team, headed by James Finch will race veteran Bobby Labonte in Michigan and will run Villeneuve when the Cup will visit Sonoma Raceway (a road course), June 23.

Villeneuve should be given a one-day test prior to the race.

NASCAR Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
Photo: Phoenix Racing