United Autosports has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will race for the team in the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The double Formula One World Champion and multiple F1 race winner will race the team’s Ligier JS P217 alongside previously announced drivers Phil Hanson and Lando Norris. Lando is currently a McLaren development driver and this year raced in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, winning the championship with two races to spare. This championship win made him the youngest ever European F3 champion. Phil Hanson, who is the reigning Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 Champion, already has experience of the Ligier JS P217, having raced in the European Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2017. At 17 years old, Phil became the youngest driver to finish in the top 10 at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Today’s 75th Formula One victory for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows sealed the fourth consecutive Constructors’ Championship for the team . Hamilton raced to his 62nd career victory today – his fifth at the Circuit of The Americas and ninth of the 2017 season .Scuderia Ferrari is back on the podium thanks to Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finishing second and third at the Circuit of the Americas, at the end of an incredible race that was action packed with passing moves and plenty of dramatic moments.
Mercedes-Benz Petronas Motorsport (575 points) lead Ferrari (428 points) by 147 points in the Constructors’ Championship – an unassailable lead with three races remaining in the 2017 season
The story linking Formula 1 and the United States is a long and complex one. A story which, for several years, in two eras and at different tracks, crossed paths with that of Indianapolis, as the 500 Miles was part of the F1 world championship from the 50s to the 60s and also featured a backdrop of street circuits such as Las Vegas, Dallas, Detroit, Long Beach and Phoenix and permanent tracks at Riverside, Sebring, Watkins Glen, Indy again, before finally landing up at the Circuit of the Americas.
In 2015, thepinnacle of motorsport returned Mexico after a 23 year absence and quickly became the go-to sporting event within Mexico. With a contract from 2015 to 2019, the newly renovated , world-class Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez plays host to the return of F1ESTA to the country.
In its first two editions (2015 and 2016), more than 375,000 fans attended the race, making Mexico the second best attended Grand Prix worldwide (after Great Britain).
New Zealander Brendon Hartley will race for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the next round of the Formula 1 World Championship, the USA Grand Prix in Austin, as Pierre Gasly will be racing in Japan for the last race of the Super Formula Championship in Suzuka.