With the Autosport show beginning in Birmingham today, the usual decline in racing news over the winter has been given a boost. I’m not in Birmingham for the show, as I live too far away most of the time. However, I have gleaned some news from the Autosport website.
Firstly F2, which is changing its tyre supplier as it moves to a faster car. For the past three seasons the supplier has been UK-based Avon. However, the new car will use Japanese Yokohama tyres, purpose-built for the series and the car. It will also feature new carbon composite brakes. The changes made will allow newcomers to be able to work out their set-up more easily, and also should provide better racing.
British GP3 driver Alex Sims, who drove for Status in 2011, is putting his single-seater career on hold to become a McLaren works driver in the GT3 championship. Sims won the sprint race in Turkey last year, but had a run of bad luck in the second half of the season, scoring no points after the German Grand Prix weekend.
2011 Team Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok is also taking his focus off single-seaters as he joins the World Endurance Championship with the JRM Racing team. The series includes Le Mans 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours, and Chandhok will be the first Indian driver to take part in both those races.
Finally, the BBC have announced their complete lineup for TV and radio in 2012. Joining the TV team will be Gary Anderson, who will be pitlane reporter and technical analysit. Anderson was formerly the Jordan technical director. Meanwhile Jennie Gow, who was one of the BBC’s Moto GP reporters, joins the radio team in the pitlane.