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Maserati not considering F1 return after Formula E announcement | RaceFans Round-up

Maserati not considering F1 return after Formula E announcement | RaceFans Round-up

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In the round-up: The CEO of Maserati has not ruled out the possibility of the brand returning to Formula 1 in the future after announcing it will enter Formula E next year, but indicated it is not under active consideration.

In brief

“Time will tell” on Maserati F1 return

Maserati CEO Davide Grasso has not ruled out the possibility that the Italian brand would consider rejoining Formula 1 in the future.

The brand enjoyed F1 success in the fifties and had a championship-winning sports car racing programme with its MC12 between 2004 and 2010. When asked during Maserati’s announcement that they would join Formula E next season if the brand would consider joining any additional championship in the future, Grasso said “time will tell”.

“The other championship being the one that is led by my friend Stefano Domenicali, is that the speculation?”, Grasso said. “Time will tell. We will wait. Let’s focus on Formula E and my good friend Alejandro here. It’s a big step for us.

“Formula 1 clearly has been the leading championship, defining championship in motor racing for cars. It’s a great competition and Maserati has won there, the world championship with Juan Manuel Fangio many years ago. So your question is not out of place. My answer would be out of place right now.”

Maserati’s Formula E programme marks the first time that the brand has entered an international motorsport series since its MC12 GT1 car raced in the former FIA World GT Championship.

Quotes: Hazel Southwell

Brabham returns to Indy Lights after six year hiatus

Matthew Brabham will return to the Indy Lights series in 2022 in the number 83 Andretti Autosport car.

The grandson of two-time Formula 1 world champion Jack Brabham previously raced in the series in 2014 and 2015, both with Andretti. He competed in the Indy 500 during the 100th edition of the race in 2016, finishing 22nd.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic to be back racing full time in a proper open-wheel car again with a top team,” said Brabham. “I feel it’s where I’ve always belonged. I’m willing to give everything I have at this and more to follow my dream of getting back into the IndyCar Series.”

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