BBS named official F1 wheel supplier for 2022 RaceFans

In summary: BBS becomes the official wheel supplier for Formula 1 from this season.

In short

BBS becomes official supplier of F1 rims

Japanese wheel manufacturer BBS has been named the “Official Rim Supplier” for Formula 1 and will supply wheels to all ten teams from this season.

The deal was announced at the Tokyo Auto Salon auto show. Previously, teams were free to source wheels from suppliers, with brands such as Oz and Enkei making wheels for various teams.

Formula 1 will switch from 13-inch wheels used for many decades to new low-profile 18-inch wheels in 2022. Tire supplier Pirelli will continue to supply tires to the world championship.

BBS will also supply standardized rims to the NASCAR Cup series as the American series is also introducing a new car following an overhaul of technical regulations.

Honda unites car and motorcycle racing programs under the HRC banner

Honda has announced that it will restructure its racing programs across all motorsports in 2022, consolidating its motor racing activities under its existing “Honda Racing Corporation” (HRC) division.

HRC has been the motorcycle racing wing of the Japanese giant for many decades now, running factory teams in MotoGP, World Superbike and MXGP motocross. Honda Director, President and CEO Toshihiro Mibe said combining their car and motorcycle racing programs in this way will help them “achieve mutual collaboration of technologies and know-how” and to make their motorsport operations more efficient.

“In order to meet the expectations of motorsport fans and Honda fans and customers around the world, we will continue to devote our energy to motorsport, through the ‘new’ HRC which integrates our motorcycle and motor racing activities,” said Mibe.

Honda will no longer act as official powertrain supplier to Red Bull and AlphaTauri after announcing their departure from Formula 1 at the start of last season. However, Honda will provide direct support to Red Bull’s new Red Bull Powertrains division, which will use Honda-designed technologies over the next few seasons.

Verstappen misses the pole of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual by two thousandths

Max Verstappen missed pole position for the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans race by just 0.002 seconds during qualifying for today’s endurance simulation race.

The current Formula 1 world champion’s final qualifying lap in Team Redline’s LMP-class car was just two thousandths of a second slower than fellow Dutchman Jeffrey Reitveld in sister car Realteam Hydrogen Redline .

Red Bull Esports’ Corvette number 111 took pole position in the GT class for the 24-hour race which begins at 1pm UK time.

Correa and Red Bull juniors Crawford and Edgar return to F3 for 2022

Juan Manuel Correa has announced he will play a second consecutive season in Formula 3 after returning to the series last year.

The American driver made his return to racing in the series in 2021 after suffering serious injuries in a Formula 2 accident at Spa in 2019 which claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert. Correa finished 21st in the standings and then tested a Formula 2 car in Abu Dhabi at the end of the season.

Correa will race again for ART, joining rookie Gregoire Saucy. Red Bull juniors Jak Crawford and Jonny Edgar have also been confirmed for a second season each in this year’s Formula 3 championship.

Crawford will join Prema after racing for Hitech in his first season in the class last year, while Edgar will move from Carlin to Trident. Fellow Red Bull junior Isack Hadjar will also join the grid, racing with Hitech.

Confirmed drivers for the 2022 Formula 3 championship

Team Driver Driver Driver
Prema Olivier Bearman Arthur Leclerc Jak Crawford
Trident Jonny Edgar To be determined To be determined
ART Gregoire Saucy Juan-Manuel Correa To be determined
hitech Isack Hadjar To be determined To be determined
H.W.A. To be determined To be determined To be determined
deputy To be determined To be determined To be determined
Fields To be determined To be determined To be determined
Pug To be determined To be determined To be determined
Jenzer To be determined To be determined To be determined
Charouz To be determined To be determined To be determined

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