In the round-up: Williams team principal James Vowles does not expect the team will challenge Alpine or Aston Martin in 2024
Fighting Alpine 2024 ‘not realistic’ for Williams
Williams will be stronger in 2024, but will not be able to compete with the likes of Alpine or Aston Martin, believes team principal James Vowles.
“That’s not realistic,” Vowles told AMuS. “I know the true gap between the two teams and I know our speed of development.
“What we want to change is still too far away to allow us to take this step next year. I am confident that we will be better off next year. But I won’t do anything that jeopardizes our long-term goal.”
Ferrari’s Taponen and Neal take FRMEC wins
Ferrari academy driver Tuukka Taponnen won the first of three races in the Formula Regional Middle East Championship at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi yesterday, with Theophile Nael taking victory in the second.
Taponen led home Martinius Stenshorne in the opening race of the weekend, while Nael took his first victory at Formula Regional level in race two, ahead of Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak and Mari Boya. Mumbai Falcon team mates, Ferrari’s James Wharton and McLaren junior Ugo Ugochukwu, collided while battling for top five positions in race two, putting both out of the race.
Stenshorne leads the championship by one point ahead of Taponen with a third race of the weekend taking place today.
FROC opens with victory for Bilinski
Roman Bilinski kicked off the Formula Regional Oceania Championship in New Zealand with victory ahead of F3 racer Christian Mansell.
Bilinski led every lap of the race after passing pole-winner Mansell at the start to win by six seconds. Michael Shin completed the podium in third.