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02/17/19
nasmon

Video: Recap Hamlin's triumph, all the Daytona 500 action

Recap all of the thrills, spills and chills of the riveting 2019 Daytona 500 including the frantic NASCAR Overtime finish.

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02/17/19
nasmon

Video: Gibbs: 'Biggest win I've ever had in my life'
Team owner Joe Gibbs describes the impact of this win following the passing of his son J.D. Gibbs, the significance of the No. 11 and the relationship between his son and Denny Hamlin.

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02/17/19
nasmon

Video: Joe Gibbs emotional after Hamlin's Daytona 500 win
Team owner Joe Gibbs is emotional after Denny Hamlin wins the Daytona 500 in the first race for the organization since the passing of co-founder J.D. Gibbs.

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02/17/19
nasmon

Video: 'Big One' strikes late involving 22 cars in Daytona 500
The "Big One' strikes late in the 2019 Daytona 500 capturing 22 cars with Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Blaney, Paul Menard and Aric Almirola taking major damage.

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02/17/19
irl

IndyCar is more of a driver's championship than F1
Marcus Ericsson now realizes that it takes much more driver skill to win an IndyCar race than an F1 race.
Marcus Ericsson now realizes that it takes much more driver skill to win an IndyCar race than an F1 race.
AR1.com has told you that F1 is 99% car, 1% driver for 15 years. 99% engineering, 1% driver skill.

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Marcus Ericsson believes the NTT IndyCar series is much more of a driver's championship than Formula 1.

Ericsson moved across from F1 after getting dropped from a race seat at the now renamed Alfa Romeo team (formerly Sauber), he is now set to drive the #7 Dallara Honda for the 2019 NTT IndyCar season.

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02/17/19
nasmon

101,000 for Sold-Out Daytona 500
Carlos Slim Domit - son of Carlos Slim Helu will be at Daytona. They control all sports money in Mexico
Carlos Slim Domit - son of Carlos Slim Helu will be at Daytona. They control all sports money in Mexico
Daytona Int'l Speedway today will hold its 61st Daytona 500 before a sellout crowd of 101,000. Weather is sunny with a high of 83 for the event, which airs on Fox at 2:30pm ET and has now been sold out four straight years.

VIPs in attendance today include Carlos Slim Domit, Edsel Ford II, NBC's Brian Williams and A.J. Foyt. Barstool Sports' Dave Portnoy and other Barstool talent are broadcasting a live show from the track today as part of a new partnership between NASCAR and the outlet.

NASCAR also will debut a new spot during the race previewing action next week at Atlanta. NASCAR last night held an industry party at an airport hangar near the track, with attendees including President Steve Phelps and Fox Sports' Jeff Gordon and sponsors including Busch and Geico. 

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02/17/19
irl

Firestone renewed based on IndyCar's growing momentum
Firestone IndyCar tires
Firestone IndyCar tires
Their eyes always fixated on the future, neither the NTT IndyCar Series nor Bridgestone Americas, Inc., saw the need to wait on extending a proud and productive legacy of relying upon Firestone tires in racing.

That’s why they announced on Feb. 6 a five-year partnership extension through 2025 for Firestone being the exclusive and official tire of the series – two years before the end of the previous agreement. That’s also why the provider is upping its game with the construction of a new Bridgestone Advanced Tire Production Center (ATPC) in Akron, Ohio.

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02/17/19
f1

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team unveil - Highlights
The best moments of SportPesa Racing Point team launch, chosen to help you relive the emotions of their Wednesday morning in Toronto.

How come this Canadian team can launch in Canada, but the so-called Haas American F1 team can't launch in the USA? Answer - the team manager is as anti-American as they come.

How come this Canadian team has a Canadian driver, but the so-called Haas American F1 team has zero American drivers? Answer - the team manager is as anti-American as they come.

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02/17/19
fe

Mexico City Formula E Race Highlights including photo finish

Once again, Mexico City failed to disappoint with a tense battle for victory until the final seconds! Catch up with the race highlights right here.

Lucas di Grassi stole victory from under the nose of Pascal Wehrlein in a sensational sprint to the finish line on the final lap in Mexico City.

Wehrlein, who led the entirety of the E-Prix and was on course for his first-ever victory in Formula E, ran out of energy exiting the final corner and started to slow only meters from the checkered flag. 

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02/17/19
fejag

Legge Became the First Female to Win a Professional Electric Car Race in a 1-2 Finish Over Sellers
Katherine Legge
Katherine Legge

Katherine Legge led Saturday afternoon’s Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez from start-to-finish in a 1-2 finish for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

The Brit started the second-ever I-PACE eTROPHY race from pole and remained out front for the full 25-minute and one lap race in the Mexican capital.

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02/17/19
f1

Barcelona Test Week 1 driver lineups
Raikkonen in the Alfa Romeo on a shakedown filming day last week
Raikkonen in the Alfa Romeo on a shakedown filming day last week
2019 F1 preseason testing get underway tomorrow in Barcelona, Spain. We also expect to get a better look at some of the new cars.

Alfa's 2019 F1 car will be formally unveiled in the pitlane before the start of testing as part of a busy Monday morning.

Red Bull's RB15 is yet to appear in its 2019 colors, while Haas has only released online imagery of its car for this year.

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02/16/19
nasmon

NASCAR Artist Sam Bass dies
Sam Bass
Sam Bass
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Sam Bass, whose images earned acclaim as the first officially licensed artist of NASCAR, died Saturday. He was 57.

Denise Bass, his wife, confirmed the artist’s passing. Bass had been battling kidney failure and was in search of a transplant.

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02/16/19
automotive

France Will Invest $790 Million In Battery Industry To Reduce Reliance On China
Audi e-Tron battery
Audi e-Tron battery
French president Emmanuel Macron announced a €700 million ($790 million) investment into the EV battery industry over the next five years.

The aim is to boost the industry and reduce French automakers’ reliance on Asian and U.S. suppliers, Reuters reports.

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02/16/19
nasmon

McDowell tops final Daytona 500 practice
McDowell
McDowell
While most of the top drivers did not bother to run, Front Row Motorsports Ford driver Michael McDowell set the pace in the final practice session for the NASCAR Cup season-opening Daytona 500 on Saturday.

McDowell set his top average speed of 191.440mph early in the 50-minute session with a 47.012-second while drafting with the Germain Motorsports Chevrolet of Ty Dillon.

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02/16/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live
Saturday, Feb. 16LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingDaytona9:40am-11:00amFS1
NASCAR Xfinity RaceDaytona2:00-2:30pm Pre-Race
2:30-4:30pm Race
FS1
Formula E QualifyingMexico City3:30-4:30pmFS2
Formula E RaceMexico City4:30-6:00pmFS2
SupercrossArlington8:30-11:30pmNBCSN
Sunday, Feb. 17LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Cup RaceDaytona 5002:30-6:30pmFOX


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02/16/19
f1

Video: 2019 Mercedes F1 Car in Action
On track with a car so superior your grandmother can be world champion
On track with a car so superior your grandmother can be world champion
Ready to roll! Watch Mercedes new 2019 Formula One challenger, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, hit the track for the first time during their shakedown event at Silverstone!

This is the car that just might win every F1 race this year. Does anyone else really have a chance?

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02/16/19
fe

Da Costa sets new record in Practice 2 in Mexico City
While Sims was nearly dead last, his teammate da Costa set a new track record
While Sims was nearly dead last, his teammate da Costa set a new track record

Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) leads the way ahead of Qualifying here in Mexico City after setting a new lap record with a time of 58.963s around the 2.093km Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. The Portuguese driver was followed by Venturi's Felipe Massa in second and Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) who was third fastest. Both Venturi cars have finished second in the morning's practice sessions.

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02/16/19
fe

Abt sets the pace in Practice 1 in Mexico City
Daniel Abt
Daniel Abt

Last season's winner Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) led the first session of the 2019 CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix after posting a best lap time of 59.319s. The German driver was followed by Venturi's Edoardo Mortara in second and BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Alex Sims third fastest of the morning. 

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02/16/19
nasmon

Making of NASCAR Mustang (Part 2 of 2)
The technical development of the NASCAR Mustang was a project years in the making. The 2019 Ford Performance Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers shared their excitement about Mustang's debut in the Daytona 500.

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02/16/19
nastruck

Video: 2019 Daytona Nextera 250 truck post-race Q&A

Race winner Austin Hill, crew chief Scott Zipadelli and team owner Shigeaki Hattori (No. 16 CHIBA Toyopet Toyota); Eighth place finisher Angela Ruch (No. 8 JJ Resources Chevrolet); Second place Grant Enfinger (No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford).

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02/16/19
nasmon

NASCAR Driver Has His Face On The Car For Daytona 500
Corey LaJoie
Corey LaJoie
Corey LaJoie is the son of former Xfinity Champion, Randy LaJoie. Now he's making a name for himself in Nascar.

He's got a new team this year and he's making sure everyone knows it is him in the 32 car. His paint scheme for the Daytona 500 is absolutely legendary! It is his face! 

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02/16/19
nastruck

Video: 'Big One' unfolds early in Final Stage of Truck Race at Daytona

A big wreck occurs early in the Final Stage of the NextEra Energy 250 that sees Jordan Anderson take a hard hit and 11 other trucks caught up in the wreck.

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02/16/19
f1

Video: Ferrari F1 boss Mattia Binotto on the new Ferrari SF-90

Ferrari F1 boss Mattia Binotto, who is also the Technical Director for the Design Team, talks about expectations with the new Ferrari SF-90.

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02/16/19
f1

Video: Charles Leclerc talks about the upcoming season with Ferrari

On the day of the launch of the SF-90, new Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc talks about the upcoming season with Ferrari - the expectations and the hopes.

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02/16/19
f1

Video: Sebastian Vettel talks about the upcoming season with Ferrari

On the day of the launch of the SF-90, Sebastian Vettel talks about the upcoming season with Ferrari - the expectations and the hopes.

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02/15/19
nasmon

Menard and Fords dominate 4th Daytona 500 Practice
Paul Menard
Paul Menard

Paul Menard topped the leaderboard in Friday’s fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Daytona International Speedway at 200.758 mph in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford.

12 of the top-13 times were turned in by Fords as the Chevy teams remain out-to-lunch. 

Right behind him was Jamie McMurray in the No. 40 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet at 200.696 mph. McMurray was the only Chevrolet in the top 13.

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02/15/19
f1

Pietro Fittipaldi to drive '19 Haas F1 car next week
Pietro Fittipaldi gets his big chance behind the wheel before sticking to simulations the rest of the year
Pietro Fittipaldi gets his big chance behind the wheel before sticking to simulations the rest of the year
Pietro Fittipaldi's check to the Haas team will allow him to drive the 2019 car 1 full day next week in Barcelona as pre-season Formula 1 testing gets underway.

"To have Pietro in the car is a big element for our simulator work," said Haas team boss Gunther Steiner.

"We're always trying to improve that.

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02/15/19
nasmon

Ally bringing Execs to Daytona 500 to see their car smoked
37 Buescher 6th and 48 Johnson 8th were 8th in the Duels. They have no chance against the narrower (pushing less air) Ford Mustangs
37 Buescher 6th and 48 Johnson 8th were 8th in the Duels. They have no chance against the Ford Mustangs
Ally is bringing in a significant amount of its C-level execs for Sunday's Daytona 500, and the brand is also engaging in some guerrilla marketing around Daytona Beach. Ally is starting its first year as full season sponsor of Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Chevy, replacing Lowe's. The financial services company will give out free new merchandise to fans who are wearing old Lowe's 48 merchandise during the Daytona 500 weekend. Ally is holding the promotion at a mall near Daytona, because it cannot do consumer-facing activation since Fifth Third Bank holds those rights in the banking category at the track.

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02/15/19
nasmon

Joe Gibbs Toyotas to front in Daytona 500 practice 3
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing dominated Friday’s third Daytona 500 practice session for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Kyle Busch jumped on top with a fast lap speed of 200.285 mph in the No. 18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota. Martin Truex Jr. followed in second with a lap of 200.200 in the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota.

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02/15/19
nasKN

Female NASCAR Drivers Following In Danica Patrick's Footsteps
Hailie Deegan
Hailie Deegan
NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan, who last year drove full-time in the regional K&N Pro Series West, is leading a "growing number of promising female drivers jockeying to fill the void left by trailblazer Danica Patrick, who retired last year," according to Edgar Thompson of the ORLANDO SENTINEL.

The day is "coming when more women join Patrick ... as female drivers competing in the Daytona 500."

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02/15/19
nasmon

Full Daytona 500 Lineup
Polesitter Williams Byron will get smoked by the Fords early
Polesitter William Byron will get smoked by the faster Fords early

Now that the twin Duels are over, here is the full Daytona 500 lineup:

StartDriverTeam
1.William ByronHendrick Motorsports
2.Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports
3.Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing
4.Joey LoganoTeam Penske
5.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway Racing
6.Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing
7.Paul MenardWood Brothers Racing
8.Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas Racing
9.Matt DiBenedettoLeavine Family Racing
10.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing
11.Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing
12.Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing
13Bubba WallaceRichard Petty Motorsports
14.Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske
15.Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty Racing
16.Jamie McMurraySpire Motorsports
17.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports
18.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports
19.Ryan NewmanRoush Fenway Racing
20.Austin DillonRichard Childress Racing
21.Ryan PreeceJTG Daugherty Racing
22.Ty DillonGermain Racing
23.Daniel SuarezStewart-Haas Racing
24.David RaganFront Row Motorsports
25.Parker Kligerman*Gaunt Brothers Racing
26.Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing
27.Landon CassillStarcom Racing
28.Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing
29.Daniel HemricRichard Childress Racing
30.Brendan Gaughan*Beard Motorsports
31.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing
32.Corey LaJoieGO FAS Racing
33.Matt TifftFront Row Motorsports
34.Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports
35.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske
36.Ross ChastainPremium Motorsports
37.Cody WareRick Ware Racing
38.BJ McLeodPetty Ware Racing
39.Tyler Reddick*Richard Childress Racing
40.Casey Mears*Germain Racing

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02/15/19
usf2000

Newman Wachs Racing Signs Cameron Shields To USF2000
Cameron Shields
Cameron Shields
Newman Wachs Racing is thrilled to announce that Australian Cameron Shields will join the team for the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. The Toowoomba, Queensland, native may be new to the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, but he’s no rookie in the world of racing.
In just short four years competing in cars, Shields has built an impressive resume that includes an impressive 52 wins out of 154 races entered, running in Australian Formula 3, Formula 4 and Formula Ford. Shields sampled the waters in the US last September by testing an Indy Pro 2000 car at the 2018 Chris Griffis Memorial test, but found that a USF2000 car would be a better fit for this year.

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02/15/19
irl

Harner moves from Ganassi team to Foyt team
Scott Harner
Scott Harner
WALLER, Texas-Motorsports executive Scott Harner has joined AJ Foyt Racing as vice-president of operations. He will be based in the team’s Speedway, Indiana race shop.

“I'm thrilled to have Scott joining AJ Foyt Racing,” said Team President Larry Foyt. “He brings a great deal of experience and skills that will complement the team we have in place. Having a managerial presence in the Indianapolis shop was much needed, and when Scott became available we knew he was the right person for the job.”

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02/15/19
ip2000

Parker Locke signs to drive for Canadian Team
Parker Locke
Parker Locke
Exclusive Autosport is pleased to confirm that San Antonio, TX native Parker Locke will compete with the team in the full 2019 season of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires series, which is a part of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. The impressive Tatuus PM-18 chassis continues as the spec car, and remains powered by the Mazda MZR-PM18 engine. Coming off a full year in US F4 Championship and a trio of races in the F3 Americas Championship, the 17-year-old Locke is more than ready to get behind the wheel of the Exclusive Autosport PM-18.

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02/15/19
automotive

Oil giants are competing to buy battery companies
By 2040 gasoline and diesel sales will approach zero
By 2040 gasoline and diesel sales will approach zero

For an undisclosed sum, oil giant Shell today announced that it bought German home energy-storage startup Sonnen. This follows a $70 million investment into the firm by the oil group’s venture arm last year.

Founded in 2010, Sonnen says it has installed 40,000 battery packs in homes around the world (paywall). Since it started, the cost of these units have fallen by as much as 80%, thanks to the declining prices of lithium-ion battery manufacturing.

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02/15/19
irl

NBC Confirms Mike Tirico As Host Of Indianapolis 500
Mike Tirico
Mike Tirico
In conjunction with Indianapolis Motor Speedway commemorating there are only 100 days until the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, NBC Sports announced Friday that veteran sports anchor Mike Tirico will serve as host of the network’s first-ever coverage of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The 103rd Indy 500 will air at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, May 26.

Tirico is synonymous with the biggest events in sports. He is the host for NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage, as well as “Football Night in America,” the most-watched studio show in sports that precedes NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” coverage. He also hosts NBC Sports’ Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup coverage in horse racing, marquee PGA Tour golf events and The Open, and serves as the play-by-play voice for University of Notre Dame football and select NFL games.

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02/15/19
nastruck

Raphael Lessard Signs with Kyle Busch Motorsport for Three Races
Raphael Lessard buys ride for 3 races
Raphael Lessard buys truck ride with top team for 3 races
Bruce Nuttleman

The 17-Year-Old Canadian driving phenom Raphael Lessard has committed to a 3-race program in KBM-prepared trucks. Lessard will make his debut in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on March 23 at Martinsville Raceway (Virginie, USA) He will follow this up at the Dover International Speedway (May 3, Delaware, USA) and Bristol Motor Speedway (August 15, Tennessee, USA) rounds of the same series.

Raphael Lessard has gained some solid experience over the last three seasons, racing as a 14-year-old in major Pro Late Model and Super Late Model events, where he impressed everyone with his natural speed and his ability to weave his way through traffic without losing time.

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02/15/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live

Friday, Feb. 15LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Truck QualifyingDaytona qualifying7:00-9:00pmFS1
NASCAR Truck RaceDaytona 7:00-7:30pm Pre-Race
7:30-10:00pm Race
FS1
Saturday, Feb. 16LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingDaytona9:40am-11:00amFS1
NASCAR Xfinity RaceDaytona2:00-2:30pm Pre-Race
2:30-4:30pm Race
FS1
Formula E QualifyingMexico City 3:30-4:30pmFS2
Formula E RaceMexico City 4:30-6:00pmFS2
SupercrossArlington8:30-11:30pmNBCSN
Sunday, Feb. 17LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Cup RaceDaytona 500 2:30-6:30pmFOX



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02/15/19
f1

Preseason Q&A with Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly
Ahead of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 hitting the track for the first time, we caught up with Pierre to get his views on his new teammate, the season ahead and Red Bull's new partnership with Honda.

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02/15/19
f1

Preseason Q&A with Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
Ahead of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 hitting the track for the first time, we caught up with Max Verstappen to get his views on his new teammate, the season ahead and Red Bull's new partnership with Honda.

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02/15/19
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Alfa Romeo front wing - let the copycats begin
    Alfa Romeo front wing - let the copycats begin
    New Alfa Romeo has 'revolutionary' front wing
  • Lack of partner team no problem for Renault - Prost
  • Perez 'will not change' with Stroll as teammate
  • Stroll aims to avoid 'war of words' with Williams
  • Alonso is de-facto 'reserve driver' - Brown
  • F1 will not scrap Friday practice - promoter
  • Formula E boss not ruling out F1 'merger'

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