In the round-up: Jack Aitken, who made his Formula 1 debut in last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix, will make an unexpected return to Formula 2 in Monaco this weekend.

In brief

Aitken returns to Formula 2

Aitken’s return to Formula 2 at this weekend’s triple-header in Monaco and the following round in Baku will come in place of Matteo Nannini at HWA. Nannini has abandoned his attempt to contest the series alongside his Formula 3 campaign, and will focus on the latter from now on.

A four-time race winner at this level, Aitken brings huge experience to the HWA team, which began their 2021 F2 campaign with an all-rookie line-up. He will partner Alessio Deledda for the upcoming rounds.

“I was surprised but also very honoured that HWA asked me to support the team in Monaco and Baku,” said Aitken. “They are two of my favourite circuits and it is going to be a real pleasure.”

Magnussen visits Brickyard as Indianapolis 500 practice begins

Will Power headed the first day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. The 2018 winner set an average speed of 364.468kph (226.47mph).

Former Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen, who has previously indicated his interest in the race, was present to observe the action. He now races in for IMSA for Ganassi, which has four cars in this year’s 35-strong Indy 500 field.

Max Chilton, who missed the previous IndyCar round due to travel problems, returned to action for Carlin. His day was disrupted when an air hose to his helmet worked loose.

Hamilton’s 2010 McLaren to go on sale

Lewis Hamilton's 2010 McLaren MP4-25
Lewis Hamilton’s 2010 McLaren MP4-25

A 2010-specification McLaren MP4-25 will be auctioned during the British Grand Prix, in what is believed to be the first time an F1 car driven to victory by Lewis Hamilton has been offered for sale.

The car, chassis number one, which he drove to victory in that year’s Turkish Grand Prix, is expected to sell for between five and seven million dollars.

Netherlands to get new F1 broadcaster

Formula 1 is to announce a new broadcaster in the home of one of its most popular drivers. Dutch broadcaster Ziggo confirmed yesterday it will relinquish broadcast rights in the Max Verstappen’s home country at the end of the season.

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