Spa building new grandstand at La Source

In the round-up: New grandstands overlooking the run down the hill from La Source to Eau Rouge are under construction at the Spa-Francorchamps ahead of next year’s racing calendar.

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New grandstand overlooking La Source under construction at Spa

Spa, which hosts the Belgian Grand Prix, received a major renovation over the last off-season to address safety concerns at some of its most challenging corners and install new grandstands at the top of Raidillon. A new grandstand overlooking the endurance pit lane used for the annual Spa 24 Hours sportscar race is currently being built to add around 7,000 new seats to the circuit.

The Spa event promoters signed a new deal this year ensuring its race will return on the 2023 F1 calendar, but the future of the Belgian Grand Prix beyond next season remains in question.

Magnussen receives the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen received the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy this weekend after being awarded the prize earlier this year.

The award, first awarded in 1992, is dedicated to the late Formula 1 driver Lorenzo Bandini, who raced with Ferrari and won the 1964 Austrian Grand Prix before he was tragically killed during the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix. The trophy is awarded to a figure within Formula 1 chosen by a committee who has demonstrated notable proficiency during the previous year.

Magnussen’s team principal, Guenther Steiner, received the medal of the Senate of the Italian Republic.

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Browning named BRDC Young Driver of the Year

GB3 champion Luke Browning will receive a Formula 1 test with Aston Martin after he was named this year’s BRDC Young Driver of the Year.

Browning claimed this year’s GB3 championship after taking five race wins, five pole positions and 13 podium finishes over 24 rounds this season. The 20-year-old beat W Series champion Jamie Chadwick, Indy Pro 2000 champion Louis Foster and FIA Formula 3 driver Ollie Bearman.

Previous winners of the award include Jenson Button, Paul di Resta, George Russell and Lando Norris.

Lawson, Bolukbasi handed Super Formula test runs

Red Bull junior driver Liam Lawson and fellow F2 racer Cem Bolukbasi will both have the opportunity to test a Japanese Super Formula car during this week’s official test at Suzuka.

Lawson, who ran three Friday practice sessions in this year’s Formula 1 championship – two with AlphaTauri and one with Red Bull – will participate in the two day test with Honda team Mugen, while the team Bolukbasi will drive with is yet to be determined.

Lawson finished third in the F2 standings in his second season this year, taking four race wins. Bolukbasi scored no points over the 16 races he started and was replaced at Charouz by Tatiana Calderon for budgetary reasons.

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