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02/21/19
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Scott Dixon's engineer reveals the secrets to Kiwi IndyCar champion's success
Dixon and Simmons
Dixon and Simmons

Scott Dixon's engineer has opened up on the secrets to the winning ways of New Zealand's IndyCar star.

Chris Simmons has helped mastermind two of Dixon's five IndyCar titles and will again be at his side for the championship defense when the 2019 series starts next month.

It's not all about speed, with Simmons dishing out praise for Dixon's race strategy and car management over IndyCar's wide variety of tracks.

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02/21/19
nasmon

Bacon for the Win with Richard Petty Motorsports
Bubba's McDonald's Bacon livery
Bubba's McDonald's Bacon livery
Welcome, N.C.-Bacon makes everything better, and the only thing better than bacon is bacon on the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with partnership from McDonald's.

McDonald's and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today that McDonald's will sponsor the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at the Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway. 

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02/21/19
track news

Laguna Seca Accounted for $84.4 million in Direct Spending in 2018
Laguna Seca
Laguna Seca
The iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca accounted for $84.4 million in direct spending in Monterey County as a result of seven premier 2018 events. The study was commissioned by WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and conducted by California State University Monterey Bay and Fairleigh Dickinson University researchers. The County of Monterey-owned and operated facility attracted 263,888 visitors to the 2018 race events, with 79 percent of attendees visiting from outside Monterey County, according to the report.

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02/21/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and live unless noted

Friday, Feb. 15LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Cup - PracticeAtlanta3:00-4:00pmFS1
NASCAR Truck - PracticeAtlanta4:00-5:00pmFS1
NASCAR Cup - QualifyingAtlanta5:00-6:30pmFS1
Saturday, Feb. 16LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Xfinity - QualifyingAtlanta9:30-10:30amFS1
NASCAR Truck - QualifyingAtlanta10:30am-12:00pmFS1
NASCAR Cup - PracticeAtlanta12:00-1:30pmFS1
NASCAR Xfinity - RaceAtlanta1:30-2:00pm - Pre-race
2:00-4:30pm - Race
FS1
NASCAR Truck - RaceAtlanta4:30-6:30pmFS1
NHRA - QualifyingAtlanta7:00-8:00pm (D)FS1
SupercrossDetroit8:00-1:001pmNBCSN
Sunday, Feb. 17LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Cup - RaceAtlanta1:30-2:00pm - Pre-race
2:00-6:00 pm - Race
FOX
NHRA - FinalsArizona6:00-8:00pmFS1

Legend: D = delayed

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02/21/19
motogp

Video: Marc Marquez' overtake review
Relive some of Marc Marquez’ best overtakes since his arrival to the premier class of the MotoGP World Championship.

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02/21/19
f1

Video: Enzo Ferrari's 121st birthday
The commitment to delivering all-encompassing automotive excellence starts with a passion and vision for making the world dream. On this day we commemorate our founder, Enzo Ferrari, on his 121st birth anniversary

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02/21/19
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Video: Christian Fittipaldi Reflects On His Career In Motorsport
Christian Fittipaldi (L) with Rolex 24 teammates Albuquerque and Barbosa
Christian Fittipaldi (L) with Rolex 24 teammates Albuquerque and Barbosa

As the sun sets on a glittering 30-year career, Brazil’s Christian Fittipaldi will bow out of racing as a 2-time IMSA series Champion, a 3-time winner of the Daytona 24 Hours and a 40-time Formula One Grand Prix entrant. He’s also won multiple times in CART IndyCars and at Sebring Raceway, and has raced for Richard Petty in NASCAR.

Mobil 1 The Grid spoke with the retiring icon ahead of his final race at Daytona International Speedway, as he reflects on his widespread achievements in motorsport, and how he followed in the footsteps of his father Wilson and uncle Emerson to compete across a catalog of racing disciplines.

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02/21/19
irl

Frontier Communications returns as an official partner of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Frontier Communications returns for the second consecutive year as the Official TV and Internet provider of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, set for March 8th-10th on the temporary 1.8-mile, 14-turn scenic waterfront circuit.

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02/21/19
f1

Barcelona Day 4: Hulkenberg tops final day of week#1 (Update)
Nico Hulkenberg in the Renault
Nico Hulkenberg in the Renault

UPDATE This article has been updated with quotes and photos, and of course you can check out our full photo page from Day 4 of testing here.

02/21/19 Using the softest C5 tires Pirelli makes, Nico Hulkenberg gave Renault something to pound their chest about as the F1 teams wrapped up week #1 testing in Barcelona.

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02/21/19
f1

Leclerc says Ferrari's rivals are "sandbagging"
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc suspects Ferrari’s rivals are disguising their true pace after the Mercedes drivers claimed the Italian team has begun testing in strong shape.

Lap times were convincing regardless of their fuel load or engine mode. But speaking to media at the Circuit de Catalunya this afternoon Leclerc played down Ferrari’s promising start to the season.

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02/21/19
f1

Video: Under the skin of McLaren's all-electric 2050 Formula 1 concept
2050 McLaren concept
2050 McLaren concept
McLaren Applied Technologies recently revealed a radical vision for how Formula 1 could look in 2050 - the 300mph 'MCLExtreme' proposal.

As outlandish as the concept looked, the ideas behind it have roots in technology already being developed and McLaren has given serious thought to the project.

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02/21/19
f3a

F3 America race again confirmed for Road America
F3 Americas action
F3 Americas action
F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda finalized its schedule, adding Road America to its already impressive list of circuits for the 2019 season. As one of the newest FIA regional single-seater, single-chassis championships, the groundbreaking series joins an already stout ticket, supporting the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the Stadium Super Truck Series and the SCCA Pro Racing Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Aug. 22-24.

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02/21/19
irl

McLaren and ScanSource partner for 2019 Indianapolis 500
Alonso gets another sponsor for Indy
Alonso gets another sponsor for Indy
McLaren Racing and ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC), a leading global provider of technology products and solutions, today announced a partnership for the 2019 Indianapolis 500, where McLaren and driver Fernando Alonso will compete at the 103rd running of the historic sporting event. 

ScanSource is focused on delivering successful business outcomes for its channel partners through the delivery of solutions in the point-of-sale (POS), payments, barcode, physical security, unified communications and collaboration, and cloud and telecom services markets.

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02/21/19
irl

IndyCar top storylines coming out of COTA test

As INDYCAR moves full throttle into the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season NBC Sports put together this video of the top storylines entering the 2019 season.

NBC was showing a real interest in motorsports. The two sides negotiated a deal that brings the entire IndyCar Series schedule to NBC’s family of networks with eight events on NBC, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500. It will be the first time in 55 years that the Indy 500 has aired on a network other than ABC.

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02/21/19
scca

SCCA Pro Welcomes Motorsport Veteran Brian Till To Stewarding Staff
Brian Till
Brian Till
SCCA Pro Racing has named Brian Till as Steward of the Meet for the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda and F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda upcoming season. Till’s primary focus for 2019 will be working with Race Director Scott Goodyear on developing F4 U.S. Championship drivers on and off the track in effort to create more green flag racing.

“I am extremely excited to be a part of the great team that Sydney Davis Yagel at SCCA Pro Racing has assembled for the 2019 F4 U.S. Championship and the F3 Americas Championship,” said Till. “There will be so much experience in the SCCA trailer for the drivers to take advantage of and pull from. We have the unique opportunity to not only watch some great young talent compete, but also the responsibility of helping that talent better learn how to become championship caliber drivers both on the track and off."

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02/21/19
lmesa

2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series Calendar announced
Paul di Resta
Paul di Resta
After experiencing strong growth this season, the Asian Le Mans Series is set to offer teams and drivers new challenges and exciting firsts in the 2019/20 Series.

With an increased audience, particularly in China, growing engagement and reach online, as well as a grid that has grown in depth and quality, the Asian Le Mans Series is cementing its position not only in Asia, but globally.

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02/21/19
irl

AutoNation returns as Indianapolis 500 partner with McLaren Racing
AutoNation to be associate sponsor for Alonso at Indy
AutoNation to be associate sponsor for Alonso at Indy
McLaren Racing is delighted to announce that AutoNation, America’s largest automotive retailer, will return as a partner for the team’s attempt at the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Chevrolet will feature AutoNation’s branding in the world-famous 500-mile American race on Sunday, May 26. 

Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Alonso competes in his second Indy 500, attempting to join Graham Hill in claiming motorsport’s Triple Crown, having already achieved victories at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fernando led the 2017 Indy 500 on several occasions before retiring in the closing stages, a race which marked McLaren’s return to Indy after a 38-year absence.

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02/21/19
nastruck

Kyle Busch will contest five NASCAR Truck Series races
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
In addition to contesting the full 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, 2015 champion Kyle Busch will run partial schedules in both the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series, just as he has in years past. His Truck Series driving schedule will include five races, beginning with Saturday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“The Truck Series is always a lot of fun for me as a driver,” Busch said. "And as an owner, it gives me the opportunity to work alongside the young drivers that we have at KBM to get a better understanding of what they are experiencing. From year to year, rule changes affect the handling of the trucks. By continuing to be an active driver in the Truck Series, I’m able to provide better feedback to our young drivers, not only on the weekends I’m racing, but on the weekends when I’m coaching from atop the pit box as well.”

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02/21/19
f1

Barcelona Day 4: Test Times at 1PM
Alexander Albon happy with his glory run on C5 tires
Alexander Albon happy with his glory run on C5 tires

Using the softest tires made by Pirelli (C5), Alexander Albon did a glory run and brought Toro Rosso to the head of the standings in the final morning session of the first Formula 1 pre-season test, edging clear of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo who was also on the C5 rubber.

Albon set his time of 1m17.637s to nip Ricciardo to top spot by one-tenth of a second. 

Ricciardo recorded Renault’s best time of the test so far to go P2, finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes began to stretch the legs of its new W10 car after focusing on long-runs for the past three days. 

Hamilton’s time was set on the C4 tire, leaving him three-tenths back from Albon. He will hand over to teammate Valtteri Bottas this afternoon.

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02/21/19
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Hamilton in Barcelona - has he been eating too many pancakes and Cheetos?
    Hamilton in Barcelona - has he been eating too many pancakes and Cheetos?
    Hamilton put on 5kg since 2018
  • Wolff admits Ferrari 'half a second ahead'
  • Red Bull 'ahead of Mercedes' - Marko
  • Perez hopes for Mexico GP rescue
  • Giovinazzi to learn from 'teacher' Raikkonen
  • Hamilton questions 2019 rule changes
  • Sponsor comments about Red Bull 'alright' - Steiner
  • Pressure on Leclerc 'unfair' - Hamilton
  • Merc could quit F1 over 'no deal' Brexit - Richards
  • Mercedes must replace Bottas with Ocon - Surer
  • No date set for Lauda's F1 return - son
  • Claire Williams says team will race in Australia
  • US GP loses $20m in government backing
  • F1: Drive to Survive will come to Netflix on March 8.

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02/21/19
f1

Ricciardo and Hamilton turn up wick on soft C4 tires
Daniel Ricciardo yesterday
Daniel Ricciardo yesterday

Times at noon in Barcelona on Day 4 of F1 preseason testing.

Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton have got their times down into the 1m17s range and ousted Ferrari's Charles Leclerc from the top of the charts, but they both set their time on soft C4 tires while Leclerc set his best time on hard C2 tires. This may be telling but as you can see below, Mercedes have been sandbagging big time. Full times below:

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02/21/19
nasmon

Best in-car cameras from Daytona's 'Big One'
From Ryan Preece's daring moves to avoid total disaster to Martin Truex Jr. and Austin Dillon's day being ruined. Relive all the best in-car camera angles from Daytona's 'Big One'.

They claim to be the world's greatest drivers but the way they wreck on these superspeedways that's not the case.

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02/20/19
irl
f1

Andretti 'would have crawled' to honor Canadian inductees
Andretti stayed on for the Barrett Jackson auction at the Collectors portion of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame.  A McLaren Can-Am car he drove in 1969 was up for auction
Andretti stayed on for the Barrett Jackson auction at the Collectors portion of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame. A McLaren Can-Am car he drove in 1969 was up for auction

When his plane being grounded in Pennsylvania last week because of bad weather in Toronto - he was not being given a landing time by Toronto air traffic control, Mario Andretti  was not sure he was going to make it to Toronto in time to be the guest speaker for the induction of journalists into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.

But he finally made it and said he would have crawled to be there.

Andretti was on hand in Toronto last week for the induction of journalists into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.

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02/20/19
f1

Kvyat uses soft C5 tires to top Day 3 in Barcelona (Update)
Kvyat in the Toro Rosso
Kvyat in the Toro Rosso

UPDATE This story has been updated with quotes and photos.  And of course check out our full page of photos from Day 3 in Barcelona.

02/20/19 Using the softest tires Pirelli makes, Daniil Kvyat topped the third day of Formula 1 pre-season testing for Toro Rosso after edging out Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen who also used the soft C5 tires.

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02/20/19
v8

Legends Dick Johnson and Marcos Ambrose to make driving return
Dick Johnson
Dick Johnson
Racing legend Dick Johnson will strap into a Supercars racer for the first time in over a decade at the upcoming Superloop Adelaide 500, where he will be joined on-track by two-time Supercars Champion Marcos Ambrose.

Johnson, a five-time Australian Touring Car Champion and co-owner of Shell V-Power Racing Team, will get behind the wheel of the Ford Performance Mustang GT Supercar for the very first race-event laps of the new-for-2019 race car.

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02/20/19
irl
f1

Ferrucci happy to leave behind 'tough' and 'cruel' world of F1
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci

Santino Ferrucci is looking forward to a full season of IndyCar racing in an environment that he says is a lot more forgiving than its European counterpart.

The 20-year-old had a tumultuous 2018, losing his Formula 2 race seat after a wild and bizarre weekend at Silverstone where he hit his team-mate after the chequered flag, subsequently failed to appear before stewards, and in a separate incident was caught driving his race car whilst using his mobile phone.

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02/20/19
nasmon

ComSurv Expands Partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing
No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announces a partnership with Communication and Surveillance Services, LLC (ComSurv) to serve as the primary partner on the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, driven by 2017 Daytona 500 Champion Kurt Busch at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). Busch will make his 650th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) start in addition to his 28th MENCS career start at AMS on Sunday, Feb. 24.

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02/20/19
irl

INDYCAR to introduce next phase of cockpit safety (Update)
A full Halo will not work on the current IndyCar tub but the AFP has been added. The Windscreen is not working out and nothing short of a full Halo must be the goal.
A full Halo will not work on the current IndyCar tub but the AFP 'nub' has been added. The Windscreen is not working out and nothing short of a full Halo must be the goal.

UPDATE A reader asks, Dear AR1.com - How come IndyCar did not add a full Halo to the cars instead of that useless 3 inch nub? Wayne Right

Dear Wayne, We told out readers the windscreen would not work and that IndyCar should go with the Halo instead, but they wasted two years focusing on the Halo only to find it is inadequate. All other open wheel series could afford a new chassis and were able to roll them out designed with mounting points for the Halo.

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02/20/19
F3FIA

Successful shakedown for new F3 2019 car
2019 F3 shakedown (Marcus Armstrong - PREMA Racing; Logan Sargeant - Carlin Buzz Racing)
2019 F3 shakedown (Marcus Armstrong - PREMA Racing; Logan Sargeant - Carlin Buzz Racing)
The FIA Formula 3 teams got their first taste of the brand new F3 2019 car today at a shakedown on the Magny-Cours circuit in France. Only one car per team was used, with the main effort on learning how to operate the new machine.

The conditions were sunny, but with cold temperatures as the pitlane opened. PREMA Racing were first to hit the track at 9am local time with Marcus Armstrong behind the wheel, closely followed by Carlin Buzz Racing’s Logan Sargeant.

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02/20/19
nasmon

FireAde Joins Front Row Motorsports at Atlanta
David Ragan's No. 38 Ford Mustang
David Ragan's No. 38 Ford Mustang
FireAde, an Atlanta-based global leader in firefighting technology, will partner with Front Row Motorsports when it sponsors David Ragan's No. 38 Ford Mustang in this weekend's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway. 

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02/20/19
tcr

Urrutia ditches Road-To-Indy dead end for TCR Europe
Santiago 'Santi' Urrutia found the Road To Indy ladder to be a dead end
Santiago 'Santi' Urrutia found the Road To Indy ladder to be a dead end
Uruguayan racer Santiago Urrutia will race with WRT in the 2019 TCR Europe series, campaigning an Audi RS3 LMS alongside team-mate Maxime Potty, who has already been announced in a Volkswagen Golf.

Urrutia will be making his touring car début in the forthcoming season, choosing to do so in the highly-competitive European touring car series.

The 22-year-old has already made a name for himself in single-seater racing, competing in the Italian and European Formula Abarth series’ in 2011 and 2012.

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02/20/19
GT4

Jarett Andretti Adds New Partner to Pirelli GT4 American Series Program
Jarett Andretti
Jarett Andretti
Jarett Andretti, who continues his plans to race full-time in the Pirelli GT4 American Series with Andretti Autosport and manufacturer, McLaren, today announced that he’ll have additional support from Window World vendor – MI Windows and Doors. The newest partner of Andretti and his Pirelli GT4 American Series SprintX program, MI Windows will be an associate sponsor on the Andretti Autosport entry. 

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02/20/19
f1

Williams runs 1 lap then back to garage
George Russell in the Paddy Lowe Williams disaster
George Russell in the Paddy Lowe Williams disaster
The Williams' delayed 2019 Formula 1 car has run for the first time in pre-season testing at Barcelona but not for long as the car made one slow lapped and then returned to the garage.

The new FW42 arrived at the track in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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02/20/19
irl

O'Ward turned down 8-race deal with Andretti, he says no (2nd Update)
Pato O’Ward must be crazy. 8 races with Andretti and he turned it down?
Pato O’Ward wants nothing to do with Mike Harding

UPDATE Robin Miller/Racer reports - "Yes it’s true that Michael intervened and reportedly offered eight races, but Pato evidently declined because Mike Harding would have still been involved. We don’t know all the behind-the-scenes stuff between O’Ward and Harding and nobody is allowed to discuss it after their settlement, but my take is that he feels cheated and wants nothing to do with Harding.

"Having said that, going with Andretti for eight races would have given Pato his best shot, and there’s nothing out there to compare with it. But, again, we don’t know the contractual ramifications of what the lawyers decided, and obviously, the O’Ward group feels very strongly about severing its ties with Harding. I don’t blame O’Ward for feeling his IndyCar career got derailed, and you can’t blame Michael for being angry for trying to help his Lights champion."

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02/20/19
nhra

Samson Exhaust helping power NHRA Top Fuel Harley champ Tii Tharpe
When two skilled American manufacturing companies join forces, success is likely to follow. And even better when one of those companies is run by the NHRA Top Fuel Harley champion. Tii Thape is making room on his Spevco-sponsored mount for Mike Baverstock's Samson Exhaust to jump on board and make some “Loud Pipes Win Races” kind of noise in the Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley series.

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02/20/19
f1

Barcelona Day 3 Mid-Day Test Times - Raikkonen goes fastest
Kimi Raikkonen in the Alfa Romeo
Kimi Raikkonen in the Alfa Romeo

Using the softest tires Pirelli makes, Kimi Raikkonen became the first non-Ferrari driver to head the times at the end of a Formula 1 pre-season test session so far in 2019.

The Alfa Romeo driver turned in the fastest time seen so far in testing on a 1m17.762s to move to the top of the timesheets in the final hour of running in the morning, taking over from former Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel.

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02/20/19
f3

Enzo Fittipaldi lands Prema seat
Enzo Fittipaldi
Enzo Fittipaldi
Prema Powerteam is delighted to announce that Enzo Fittipaldi will be back with the team for the third consecutive season, making a highly anticipated step to the 2019 Formula Regional European Championship. The 17-year-old Brazilian consistently raised his game in 2018, delivering impressive results and bringing home the Italian Formula 4 title at the end of a spectacular down-to-the-wire battle after also taking third place in the ADAC F4 Championship.

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02/20/19
lmesa

Championships up for grabs in Asian Le Mans Series Finale!
Sepang Preview
Sepang Preview

The final round of the Asian Le Mans Series will be held this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit.  After a season full of close and exciting racing, all four championships, and their respective invitations to this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, remain up for grabs!

The 4 Hours of Sepang, will see the arrival of an additional LMP3 entry from the ARC Bratislava team, and the return of both the #8 Spirit of Race LMP2 entry and the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing LMP3 entry.

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02/20/19
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Paddy Lowe rode Aldo Costa's design brilliance for years. Now at Williams Lowe's cars are at the back of the grid. Rumors he will be fired are circulating.
    Paddy Lowe rode Aldo Costa's design brilliance for years. Now at Williams Lowe's cars are at the back of the grid. Rumors he will be fired are circulating.
    Wednesday testing for Williams 'a miracle'
  • Rosberg, Button to be TV pundits in 2019
  • Alonso 'may' attend Barcelona test - McLaren
  • Grosjean hits out at new tire blanket rule
  • Pirelli looking for 2021 F1 test car
  • UK factory closure won't affect Honda F1
  • Renault 'good option' for reserve role - Sirotkin
  • Indycar to use Halo alternative in 2019
  • F1 opens tender for 2021 standard gearbox
  • 2019 McLaren 'not perfect' - Norris
  • Seat problem sidelined Magnussen at test
  • Mercedes announces global partnership with Seedlip

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