September was an eventful month for many of the F1 drivers as they decided where they will be racing next year including one of F1’s most popular drivers who made a surprise switch with a young star. Read on for all the latest news stories that happened in the month of September.
September 5th – Fry returns to McLaren Technical team
McLaren have added Pat Fry to their technical team as the team continue to overhaul its structure. Having worked with Benetton before joining McLaren from 1993 to 2010, it’s understood that Fry will take on the role of engineering director.
After McLaren, Fry joined Ferrari as a deputy technical director from 2010 to 2014 before he left the Scuderia as part of a restructuring decision by the Italian team. This year, McLaren have let go of a number of senior members which include: Eric Boullier, Tim Goss and Matt Morris. Its also understood that Toro Rosso’s technical director, James Key, is also to join the team after he is released from his current contract.
September 8th – Todt: F1 will never go fully-electric in the future
There has been a growing interest in Formula E, the electric racing series, with cars manufacturers such as Jaguar, Nissan and BMW already committing to the series. This has lead to claims that F1 may need to consider its approach if the future is to be electric.
FIA president Jean Todt does not see an issue though, as he cannot imagine F1 will ever go entirely electric. “It is true that we have an exclusive agreement on single-seaters for a certain amount of years with the promoter in FE, but it would be a nonsense to say that in the future Formula 1 is going to be electric,” said Todt.
September 25th – Giovinazzi to partner Raikkonen at Sauber
Sauber F1 Team have announced that Ferrari reserve driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, will partner 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen for the 2019 Season. As Charles Leclerc gets promoted to Ferrari, in an effective switch with Raikkonen, Sauber chose Giovinazzi over long-term driver Marcus Ericsson to partner the Finn for 2019.
Ericsson will remain with the team as third driver and a brand ambassador. Giovinazzi made his F1 debut at the 2017 Australian GP deputising for the injured Pascal Wehrlein. He finished 12th and raced at the following round in China.
“The decision to elect Antonio Giovinazzi is particularly significant in the scope of the project that this season saw the return of Alfa Romeo to the pinnacle of motorsports after a hiatus of more than 30 years,” said Sauber.
September 28th – Haas retain Grosjean and Magnussen for ’19’
Haas Formula One team have announced that both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean will be staying with the American outfit for the 2019 Season. Grosjean, joined Haas when the team entered the sport in 2016 and has been with them since while Magnussen meanwhile joined last year.
“From the very beginning, we needed experienced drivers to hasten the development of our car and our team, and we have two very good and experienced drivers in Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen,” said team boss Gunther Steiner in an interview with Autosport. Haas currently occupy 5th in the Constructors Championship in 80 points.