Ricciardo “confident” Australian Grand Prix will go ahead after cancellations

In the round-up: Daniel Ricciardo is confident the Australian Grand Prix will go ahead in April as planned following its cancellations in 2020 and 2021.

In brief

Ricciardo confident Australian Grand Prix will run in April

The Australian Grand Prix did not take place in the last two seasons due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 race was cancelled on the morning of first practice, while the 2021 race was initially postponed and then later dropped entirely.

After tennis star Novak Djokovic was refused entry into the country for the Australian Open in January over his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid, as per the Australian government’s policy, Ricciardo says he does not expect that Formula 1 will have similar problems.

“I think that was, hopefully, a bit of a unicorn of a situation,” Ricciardo said. “I’m confident that we’ll be back in April. I’m excited.

The Albert Park has been revamped for F1’s first race since 2019. “There’s a new layout, so I think that’s exciting in itself,” he said. “I’m definitely excited to get home.

“The new layout should be cool and if it is promoting more overtaking and these cars make it easier, then we’ll have a very different Melbourne Grand Prix to what we’ve had in previous years. And as long as you’re vaccinated, I guess we’re all good to go.”

Alfa Romeo shake down C42 in Fiorano

Alfa Romeo have run their 2022 car, the C42, for the first time at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in Italy.

The team confirmed that they had completed a shakedown of their new car for the upcoming season at the circuit owned by Ferrari, the team’s power unit providers. Valtteri Bottas drove the car, decked out in a special camouflage livery, on a wet track in the morning as new team mate Guanyu Zhou watched on.

Alfa Romeo will not be revealing their race livery for the 2022 season until after the first three day test in Barcelona that begins next Wednesday. The team will instead run in a test livery before revealing their new racing livery on Sunday 27 February.

Marco Andretti to race one-off Indy 500 entry

Marco Andretti will compete in this year’s Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport, it has been announced, after securing a sponsorship deal with KULR Technology Group.

Andretti, son of Andretti Autosport team owner Michael, has not competed full-time in the IndyCar Series since the 2020 season. As with last year, in which he finished 19th after starting 21st, he will compete in the Indianapolis 500 in 2022 with the number 98 entry supported by the Andretti team.

Should he qualify for the race on 29th May, the Indy 500 will also be Marco Andretti’s 250th race of his IndyCar career.

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