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WEHRLEIN FER­RARI ROLE Ex-mer­cedes pro­tege Pas­cal Wehrlein has joined the Fer­rari For­mula 1 team in a de­vel­op­ment role. For­mula E new­comer Wehrlein will un­der­take sim­u­la­tor driv­ing – the same role from which An­to­nio Giov­inazzi and Daniil Kvyat landed full-time F1 race seats for 2019. NAN­DAN = AR­RIV­ABENE For Mau­r­izio Ar­riv­abene, read Michel Nan­dan. The Hyundai World Rally Cham­pi­onship team pre-empted Fer­rari in los­ing a world ti­tle and dump­ing its team boss when it ousted Nan­dan. The new prin­ci­pal is An­drea Adamo, who as head of Hyundai’s cus­tomer rac­ing depart­ment (a role in which he con­tin­ues) spear­headed the mar­que’s suc­cess­ful WTCR pro­gramme in 2018. AITKEN, DELETRAZ IN F2 The For­mula 2 driver-line-up jig­saw con­tin­ues to fall into place. The lat­est to se­cure rides are Re­nault F1 ju­nior Jack Aitken and Louis Deletraz. Aitken will drive for Cam­pos Rac­ing after a sea­son with ART Grand Prix last year. Deletraz, who topped the post-sea­son Abu Dhabi test with Car­lin, joins the Bri­tish team after switch­ing from Charouz Rac­ing Sys­tem. TICKTUM FOR ASIAN F3 Two-time Ma­cau Grand Prix win­ner Dan Ticktum is to con­test the three-round Asian F3 Win­ter Series, which kicks off at Buri­ram in Thai­land this week­end. The Red Bull ju­nior, who is hop­ing to ac­cu­mu­late the last few points for an F1 su­per­li­cence, will race with Hitech GP along­side Pro Mazda cham­pion Ri­nus van Kalmthout, South East Asian F4 ti­tle win­ner Alessan­dro Ghiretti, and BRDC Bri­tish F3 racer Pa­van Rav­is­hankar. AUER TO NEW ZEALAND Mean­while, the Toy­ota Rac­ing Series in New Zealand – which also gets un­der way this week­end – has at­tracted some lead­ing names in the past cou­ple of weeks. Mer­cedes DTM refugee Lu­cas Auer will use it as a sin­gle­seater warm-up be­fore he heads to Ja­pan for the Su­per For­mula sea­son. Fer­rari F3 pro­tege Mar­cus Arm­strong aims to avenge his nar­row 2018 ti­tle de­feat. And reign­ing Asian F3 champ Raoul Hy­man is on the grid.

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