IN THE HEADLINES
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.