Ayari splits as teams struggle to score points

Soheil Ayari and the Coloni Formula 3000 team have split following confusion and acrimony during last weekend's Hockenheim race. The Frenchman attempted to switch teams after qualifying, but was blocked by the Coloni squad

Ayari splits as teams struggle to score points

Ayari made moves to change to the ailing World Racing Team after Friday's qualifying session, but Coloni prevented him from doing so, citing that he was its contracted driver. The 30-year-old has since signed to race with the Durango team - with which he contested the 1998 F3000 series - in the Sports Racing World Cup, while he assesses his options.

Ayari was to be brought in to the WRT squad in an attempt to kick-start its season, as it has still to trouble the scorers and is in danger of being relegated. The bottom three teams in the championship could be demoted to the Italian F3000 series.

WRT boss Gabriele Rafanelli dropped British driver Marc Hynes after the Magny-Cours race and brought in the more experienced Dino Morelli. However, the Rafanelli/Morelli union has yet to bear fruit as the Ulsterman failed to qualify at the A1-Ring due to a brake problem and was forced to retire in Germany after suffering burns from a fuel leak.

It wasn't too bad at racing speed," said Morelli of his injuries, "but when the safety car came out it was agony." He is hoping to stay with the team for the final two races at Hungary and Spa.

Kid Jenson Racing is another team that has struggled to score this year, but managed to break its season duck at Hockenheim with three points from Andrea Piccini's fourth place.

"It's a good breakthrough," said team manager Simon Barker, "but it is not enough. We needed third." The points could be instrumental in keeping the team in the series for next year.

shares
comments
Enge becomes first Czech F3000 winner

Previous article

Enge becomes first Czech F3000 winner

Next article

Hungary F3000: as close as you like

Hungary F3000: as close as you like
Load comments
What next for the enigma "too politically incorrect" for F1? Plus

What next for the enigma "too politically incorrect" for F1?

Having by his own admission "blown my chances" of reaching Formula 1, Dan Ticktum is facing an uncertain future. A driver of unquestioned ability who has at times been his own worst enemy, can he apply his lessons and rebuild his career hopes?

FIA F2
Sep 30, 2021
How F2's biggest talent could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench Plus

How F2's biggest talent could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench

Tipped as the next big thing after winning the FIA Formula 3 championship in his rookie season, Oscar Piastri has taken Formula 2 by storm and looks set to clinch that title too. But with no Formula 1 seat available to him for next year, the Alpine junior may have to wait for his time in the spotlight…

FIA F2
Sep 24, 2021
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Plus

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Plus

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds Plus

The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds

It's a long way from Pukekohe New Zealand to Milton Keynes, but Red Bull's Kiwi protege Liam Lawson has defied plenty of odds to reach the rung below F1. He's endured disappointment since winning on his F2 debut in Bahrain, but is determined to turn his season around and prove himself worthy of a place in F1

FIA F2
Jul 27, 2021
How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season Plus

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season

Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?

FIA F2
Jun 14, 2021
The making of an F1 hopeful re-writing the F2 record books Plus

The making of an F1 hopeful re-writing the F2 record books

He'd marked himself out as a star of the future in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship, but 17-year-old Theo Pourchaire underlined his credentials by winning his first Formula 2 race in the Monaco feature. Sauber junior status gives him a clear route to the top, but with wisdom beyond his years, he's not getting caught up in his own hype

FIA F2
Jun 3, 2021
The 10 greatest F2 races contested by F1 drivers Plus

The 10 greatest F2 races contested by F1 drivers

Formula 2 used to be about more than providing a stepping stone to F1. For three decades it often provided another setting for the world’s best to fight it out. Autosport picks out the very best races

FIA F2
May 16, 2021