Welcome to The Grid, R&T’s quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
The Los Angeles Auto Show Is Reportedly Moving to May
Traditionally, the Los Angeles International Auto Show has been held in November, but unsurprisingly, this year’s event was cancelled. It won’t return in November 2021 either. Citing three anonymous sources familiar with the plans, Automotive News reports that the next LA Auto Show will be held on May 21-31, 2021. An announcement is expected next week.
Next year, if all goes to plan, it’ll be a busy spring/summer for major U.S. auto shows. The New York Auto Show will likely keep its usual April dates, with the LA show coming next, then the Detroit show will be held in June.
Scuderia Ferrari Boss Asks For Patience
Ferrari is having one of its worst Formula 1 seasons ever, and given COVID-19 related cost-cutting measures put in place by the sport for 2021, it doesn’t look like next year will be any better. Team boss Mattia Binotto is therefore asking for patience. “How long it will take? I think that if you look back at all the winning cycles it is always many years,” Binotto said, per Motorsport.com. “There are no silver bullets in F1. Patience and stability is required.”
In other words, don’t expect a comeback until 2022 at the earliest, when new F1 regulations come into effect.
Why The New S-Class Is Important
Every Mercedes-Benz S-Class is important. The Sonderklasse is one of the cars that sets the tone for the rest of the Mercedes lineup, and previews technology that will soon become prevalent in the auto industry. But the new S-Class, the W223, is especially important. Reuters reports that Mercedes really needs this car to be profitable, as the company has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The S-Class is typically one of Mercedes-Benz’s more profitable models, and demand for the new one could help Daimler make a strong recovery next year.
Gallery: The Mercedes-AMG One Sounds Like a Modern F1 Car (Road & Track)