2023 Formula One Season Finale Is Underway

The fifteenth edition of the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit is live. The four-day event welcomed thousands on the first day. This year’s Abu Dhabi GP is expected to be the biggest ever. There are several reasons behind that, including all-new vantage points, such as the West Straight Grandstand and the Deck at Two hospitality space overlooking turn 2 of the famous track. Apart from that, visitors have multiple other avenues for entertainment. The list includes concerts from international artists and musical performances. Some of the names that will headline shows include Ava Max (pop singer), Tiesto (electronic dance music), Chris Brown (R&B), Shania Twain (American country music) and Foo Fighters.

The new Abu Dhabi GP app is where one will find detailed day-wise information. Also, it is where one can purchase tickets for the events planned. All ticket holders have access to the F1 Fan Zone and a one-day complimentary access to one of Yas Island’s theme parks and entry to Louvre Abu Dhabi and Qasr Al Watan.

Red Bull racing driver Max Verstappen has already bagged the 2023 Formula One World Driver’s Championship by winning 18 of the 23-race season. If he wins in Abu Dhabi, he will become the first driver in Formula One history to win 19 races in one season. 

GM’s F1 Debut Confirmed For 2028

American auto giant General Motors (GM) has confirmed that it has formally registered with the FIA as a Formula 1 power unit manufacturer, starting in the 2028 season. This builds on the development from earlier this year when GM announced its intention to compete in the Formula One World Championship with Andretti Cadillac as the team name.

An Expression of Interest was filed with the FIA by Andretti Cadillac earlier this year. It got the relevant approvals to compete in the Formula One World Championship last month. GM says the development and testing of prototype technology is underway. The brand’s president, Mark Reuss, is full of confidence. He said:

We are thrilled that our new Andretti Cadillac F1 entry will be powered by a GM power unit. With our deep engineering and racing expertise, we’re confident we’ll develop a successful power unit for the series, and position Andretti Cadillac as a true works team.

Maserati MSG Racing Confirms Drivers For 2024

Monaco-based Maserati MSG Racing has announced the drivers’ names who will compete in season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The 26-year-old Maximilian Günther, who has extended his contract into 2024, is the first name. In his first season with Maserati MSG Racing in 2023, he bagged two pole positions and four podiums. He also helped Maserati claim its first victory in World Championship single-seaters in 66 years. For the German, the 2024 Formula E season will be his sixth in World Championship motorsport.

The second name is Jehan Daruvala. With four race wins and 18 podiums in Formula 2, the 24-year-old Indian is among the list of promising talents. In the 2019 Formula 3 season, Jehan emerged as one of the title contenders. That helped him progress into the Formula 2 category in 2020, a path every race driver yearns for when entering Formula One is the ultimate goal. Jehan has also had a taste for Formula E this year during two rookie test experiences.

Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will be the longest. A new race in Tokyo, Japan, has been included in the calendar. 

This Track To Close Longest Ever Formula One Season

The 2023 Formula One World Championship has 23 races. That makes it one of the longest seasons ever. However, it will be bettered by the 2024 season, with the calendar packing 24 races. In other words, the 2024 F1 season will be the longest ever. And just like the ongoing season, the following year’s season finale will be at Yas Marina, a.k.a Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Dates are out as well: 5-8 December 2024. The 2023 Abu Dhabi GP will likely break records on and off the track, surpassing the attendance numbers of 2022’s edition.

F1 Driver’s Gear Raises Almost EUR 430K At RM Sotheby’s Auction

RM Sotheby recently conducted a charity auction under the banner “Charles Leclerc for Emilia-Romagna!”. As the name suggests, it was personally undertaken by the current Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc, and the auction was to help those estimated 20,000 displaced people living in Emilia-Romagna. Four items, all worn by the F1 driver during the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix, were put up to raise money. The Bell HP77 full-face helmet became the most expensive racing helmet ever sold at an auction at EUR 306,000. The second item, the race suit, bagged the highest bid of EUR 61,000, whereas the third (rain-stained gloves) and fourth (race-worn boots) items were sold for EUR 42,000 and EUR 20,400, respectively. Put all those numbers together, and the sum total is EUR 429,600.

Honda Is Coming Back To Formula One With Aston Martin

One of the most renowned names ever to be part of the Formula One world, Honda, is all set to make a comeback. The Japanese firm has entered into a works partnership with the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team to supply compliant power units in the 2026 season. That’s the season when Formula One will enforce new regulations regarding the power unit, with an engine/electric motor maximum power output ratio of 50/50. That means that those propulsion systems will feature a significant increase in electrical power compared to the current balance. More specifically, the 2026 regulations require a reduction of engine output while increasing the out of the energy recovery system (ERS) by three times. Also, teams must use 100% sustainable fuel to power their F1 car’s internal combustion engine.

A Juicy Update On 2023 Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival

For those unaware, the Gulf Historic Dubai GP Revival is a racing event that sees legendary cars from the motorsport history books compete. Several icons have already been confirmed for this year’s edition, including Williams FW07C and Tyrell 08. However, the new update confirms the entry for five more icons – Fittipaldi F8, March 821, Nissan NPT-90, Toyota 86C and Chrysler Viper GTS-R. Each one has a different tale. For instance, the F8 was named after and driven for the first time by the two-time Formula One World Champion – Emerson Fittipaldi. Similarly, the NPT-80 won the IMSA GP Championship two years in a row (1990 and 1991).