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Video: Ward and Foyt battle on dirt at DuQuoin and Springfield 1963  Jim Clark, Colin Chapman and Dan Gurney on hand to check out the action.

Video: Apple CarPlay debuts with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo (Update)  UPDATE Added videos at bottom.

Although CarPlay will initially require a physical link via Lightning cable between iPhone and infotainment system (Bluetooth cannot handle the required bandwidth), in the near future there'll be a WiFi option for wireless use.
Apple has rebranded its iOS in the Car initiative as CarPlay, and unveiled Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo as the first partners to build it into their vehicles.

Originally announced at Apple’s WWDC conference in 2013, iOS in the Car aimed to connect iPhones into in-car information and entertainment systems.

The rebranding was announced this morning at the Geneva International Motor Show, making it clear that CarPlay is the in-car equivalent to Apple’s AirPlay technology in the living room.

Apple’s Siri virtual assistant technology is key to the initiative, acting as the interface for drivers to access their contacts, make calls and listen to voicemails, while also reading out messages and responding to voice commands. More ...

Tamara Ecclestone poses topless  
Tamara poses for Hello magazine
Heiress Tamara Ecclestone has taken her kit off and posed topless to show off her baby bump.

The brunette socialite, who is expecting her first child with her businessman partner Jay Rutland, told Hello Magazine, she has still not bought any maternity wear - instead opting for her usual designer gear in bigger sizes, or opting for stretchy materials.

Tamara said: "During my pregnancy, it's been my favorite thing to come home at whatever time of day and change into my PJs."

"I haven't bought any maternity clothes - I just wear my stretchy garments or buy the next size up. I've been lucky because I've not grown that big. All my rings still fit and I can wear my heels," said the socialite, who recreated Demi  Moore's famous cover shoot for the magazine. More ...

Graham Rahal Completes His First Test Day of 2014 at Sebring Raceway  Graham Rahal, 25, completed his first test day of 2014 today at Sebring International Raceway in preparation for the upcoming IndyCar Series season.  He ran a total of 124 laps around the 1.65-mile short course in the No. 15 National Guard Honda and was pleased with the end result.

“Overall we had a good day of running,” said Rahal. “We dealt with a couple of issues this morning so we started a couple of hours into the day but we got a ton done in a short period of time. We worked through our entire test list and I feel pretty good about where we stand. The engine we’re running is a fairly old, very early spec of the Honda twin turbo and it ran great. I think it’s a little bit down on power compared to the latest spec so for us to be right in the mix with everybody else, it felt pretty good.” More ...

Hinchcliffe to race against his idol Villeneuve at the Indy 500  
Jacques Villeneuve in 1995
The first race that Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe remembers from start to finish, and every detail in between, was the Indianapolis 500 that Jacques Villeneuve won almost 20 years ago.

The Oakville, Ont., native recalls being a wide-eyed seven year old watching one of his racing heroes come from behind to win in 1995 and hoping one day to stand in the Winner's Circle like Villeneuve and drink the traditional milk.

Now, the 27-year-old IndyCar driver will do something he never thought possible: Complete alongside one of his childhood idols in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." More ...

Global music artists to perform live at Formula E events  Organizers of the FIA Formula E Championship have today appointed experienced event company CDC Entertainment as its official Feline concert promoters, bringing top, global music stars to perform live at all 10 Formula E race events.

Founded by a team of industry professionals, CDC Entertainment boasts more than 30 years’ experience - together with 50 international awards - producing concerts for international acts such as Beyonce, Robbie Williams and Adele.

Providing a ‘soundtrack’ to all Formula E events, concerts will take place after the racing in venues close to the city-centre circuits offering spectacular backdrops. Top DJs will begin the evening entertainment followed by a live set from the headline act. More ...
Vintage Juan Manuel Fangio onboard camera Monaco  
Q&A with Rob White, Renault Sport F1 deputy managing director  
Renault F1 Power Unit
Clearly the slowest and most unreliable of the new F1 Power Units, Rob White talks about their lemon design and how they are working to fix it.

How was the second Bahrain test from a Renault perspective?
The aim of the last test session before Australia was to recover some of the lost ground from the previous test sessions and to rehearse the Grand Prix. We wanted each of our four teams to be able to approach a normal race weekend without having to improvise any of the procedures or operations needed. We can’t escape the fact that we did not complete the entire program with all the teams and that some Melbourne preparations are incomplete. On the up-side, we have done some of everything, with simulations of qualifying sessions, starts, race distances and long stints and it is fair to say that once again we have made some real progress. More ...
World's No. 1 DJ Hardwell to Perform in Indy 500 Snake Pit  The world's No. 1 DJ in the 2013 DJ Mag Top 100 poll, Hardwell will headline the party in the Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite during the 98th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rising star DJs NERVO and Dillon Francis also will perform creating a lineup of world-class DJs expanding on the past success of electronic dance music in the increasingly popular Snake Pit.

Snake Pit music and festivities will begin at 7 a.m. and will continue through the end of the race. The Snake Pit, located inside Turn 3 of the massive IMS infield, will also feature the world's largest inflatable slide, volleyball, corn hole, body painting, food trucks, hula hoops, break dancing and more. For more information on the Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite, visit www.indy500snakepit.com. More ...

Video: Race of Champions 1979 Brands Hatch Andretti vs. Villeneuve  Real racing, real men.  No computers, no high tech, just raw driver talent on display, that was until Andretti's junk American made Goodyear tires gave out and Villeneuve, on Michelins, motored away. The 1979 Race of Champions was a Formula One non-championship motor race held at Brands Hatch, England on April 15, 1979. The field was made up of seven Formula One cars that competed in the World championship while the rest of the field usually competed in the Aurora series.

NASCAR Daytona 500 purse payouts  
1. (9) Dale Earnhardt. Jr., Chevrolet, 200, $1,506,363.
2. (4) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 200, $1,148,451.
3. (33) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 200, $847,721.
4. (6) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 200, $731,399.
5. (32) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 200, $589,399.
6. (3) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 200, $518,362.
7. (34) Ricky Stenhouse. Jr., Ford, 200, $434,588.
8. (25) Greg Biffle, Ford, 200, $413,838.
9. (1) Austin Dillon #, Chevrolet, 200, $424,674.
10. (28) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 200, $377,221. More ...
NASCAR Phoenix purse payouts  
1. (13) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 312, $260,048.
2. (5) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 312, $172,240.
3. (1) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 312, $180,673.
4. (2) Joey Logano, Ford, 312, $159,641.
5. (17) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 312, $159,326.
6. (4) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 312, $152,266.
7. (15) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 312, $104,380.
8. (23) Carl Edwards, Ford, 312, $117,330.
9. (7) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 312, $132,871.
10. (3) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 312, $122,444. More ...
Bridgestone MotoGP tire test commences in Phillip Island  Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi finished the first day of the three-day tire test in Australia, on top.
Bridgestone brought eight rear slick tires per rider to this test – two 2013 specification tires and six new experimental tires with changes to construction, compound and shape. Today, Dani’s program was to start on the 2013 tires – for comparison purposes – and then perform short runs (of at least 6 laps) on the experimental tires to collect initial data.

Tomorrow and Wednesday longer runs of 15 laps or more will be requested, depending on weather, to gather sufficient information to take back to Bridgestone in Japan. If possible, they would like each rider to complete a full race simulation on the final day. More ...
Wolfgang Reip to drive ZEOD at Le Mans  The driver line-up for Nissan's revolutionary ZEOD RC prototype will feature two past winners of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy program with Belgian driver Wolfgang Reip signed to join Lucas Ordonez at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

In 2012, Reip won the European edition of the GT Academy program that takes virtual racers from their living room to the race track through the legendary Gran Turismo PlayStation game.

The Belgian made his race debut in the 2013 Dubai 24 Hours and was subsequently selected to represent Nissan in the Blancpain Endurance Series where he impressed as a rookie. More ...
FIA and ACO homologate the Audi R18 e-tron quattro  
Audi R18 e-tron quattro
Before the Audi R18 e-tron quattro is allowed to contest its first race, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) has to approve it. The required homologation documents had to be submitted by February 15.

When the Audi Sport squad headed by Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich tackles the construction of a new race car, a challenging task has to be resolved. Maximum creativity is obviously a key aspect but at the same time, all the regulations must be complied with. The Technical Regulations for 2014-specification LMP1 sports cars encompass 20 chapters with 67 pages, divided into detailed sections and a comprehensive annex. More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • What is Lewis Hamilton smoking?  He thinks because the Red Bull RB10 looks nice it must be fast.
    'Right decision' to stay for final test - Vettel
  • Massa joins Hamilton as Melbourne favorite
  • New F1 deal for Melbourne 'will happen' - Ecclestone
  • F1 wants to bid for return to Long Beach
  • Pirelli to sponsor two grands prix in 2014
  • Bahrain names corner after Schumacher
  • Lauda confirms no freeze delay for Renault
  • What is Hamilton smoking? New More ...
Peterson Controls Trans-Am Opener  
Doug Peterson (R) leads at the start
Doug Peterson and Cameron Lawrence ended 2013 on top as TA and TA2 Champions, and they began 2014 in the same fashion—with victories at The Earwood Classic, Round 1 of the 2014 Trans Am Championship.

The race began with 49 cars on grid, the highest since 1983, at Road America, as Trans Am legend Bob Tullius gave the drivers start. Peterson began on pole in the #87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette and shot out ahead of the pack during the first lap of the race.  However, his lead dwindled as the course immediately went under a double yellow as the #72 Performance Driving Group/S.C.D.W. Ford Mustang of Michael Defontes caught on flame, the result of a ruptured fuel cell. More ...

TRG-AMR Statement on Passing of Emilio Di Guida  A statement from TRG-AMR Chief Executive Officer Kevin Buckler on Emilio Di Guida, who died March 1 near Doral, Fla., at age 50. He reportedly succumbed to a heart attack suffered while jogging near his home in Doral, Fla. Di Guida, a native of Venezuela, drove for the team in American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM competition from 2011-12, earning two GTC class victories in 2012:

"It is with heavy hearts that we learned of Emilio's passing. He was a TRG driver, teammate and friend. Emilio's goals were always to get to the front, to try harder, to race harder. He always wanted it bad and was one of the most passionate and spirited drivers I have ever met. 

"We had some great times with him and (wife) Carla during the two seasons they spent with our team, and we recall fondly Emilio's many trips to the podium as well as two fantastic victories with us. He will be missed."

Cosworth eyes IndyCar engine (2nd Update Kalkhoven)  UPDATE #2 AR1.com's Mark Cipolloni (MC) spoke to Cosworth Co-Owner Kevin Kalkhoven (KK) about the prospects of them doing an IndyCar engine.

MC: Kevin, we have seen the quotes from Hal Reisiger regarding Cosworth doing an IndyCar engine.  How real are they?
KK: IndyCar CEO is being very aggressive about getting a third engine manufacturer into the series, [replacing Lotus who dropped out because their Judd designed engine was not competitive] and he has some real good strategy behind it.  It is a real story and a real attempt by IndyCar to do this.

MC: Where would the engine be designed and manufactured?
KK: We (Cosworth) are building a new state-of-the-art facility in Northampton, UK, next door to our existing facility.  There will be nothing else like it in the world.  The proposed new factory will occupy 50,000 square feet. The factory will house a state-of-the-art Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) that will be unique in the UK and will deliver world-leading high tech manufacturing for global brands within the automotive industry. Work on the new factory is scheduled to begin operation in July 2014. The Centre will develop and commercialize new manufacturing technologies that will enable more complex engine component designs for motorsports and the automotive industry. The facility will incorporate 11 machining centers at full capacity, incorporating water jet wash and de-burring, CMM and intergraded honing machines. The complete in-house capability will range from the production of precision machined engine components to fully assembled engines from raw castings. More ...

Ecclestone safe for now, says Formula One firm  
Ecclestone will keep his job for now.  Quite frankly is any one person capable of replacing him?
Bernie Ecclestone will not be removed from his position as chief executive of Formula One despite facing a bribery trial during the summer, according to CVC Capital, the private equity firm that controls the sport.

"We don't have any changes planned at the moment," said a source close to CVC. "The board constantly reviews facts and circumstances and the current position is that no changes are planned."

The trial, which opens in Munich in April and is expected to last until September, has been sparked by a $44m (£26m) payment by Ecclestone and his Bambino family trust to Gerhard Gribkowsky, a former executive at German bank BayernLB (BLB) who was responsible for selling the bank's 47% stake in Formula One to its current private equity owners. More ...

Ecclestone Says Deal To Keep Australian Grand Prix In Melbourne 'Will Happen'  F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said that a "new deal to keep the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne is as good as done, with lawyers finalizing a revised contract," according to Peter Rolfe of the HERALD SUN. Ecclestone "boldly declared" a new contract "will happen." He added that the "finishing touches were being applied to an extension to the existing agreement due to expire next year." With "just 10 days to go before Melbourne roars into action for the 2014 Grand Prix, the news will bolster the party atmosphere for racing fans and tourism operators." Ecclestone said that he was "extremely confident the Napthine Government would sign on to keep the race at Albert Park in as little as two weeks, despite public debate over its cost to taxpayers." Ecclestone: "It will happen, don’t worry about it." Herald Sun

TICKET SALES: The Australian FINANCIAL REVIEW's John Stensholt reported premium ticket sales for the event "have increased this year, according race organizers." Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott said that ticket buyers "have been trading up to newer premium categories for this year’s race." The increases have been in new premium A$4,590 ($4,100) categories in the corporate Paddock Club, and other refreshed corporate entertainment facilities, as well as upgraded premium general admission areas "which includes dedicated seating, bars, statistical services and other facilities." AFR

Feedback on IndyCar dog-eat-dog article  A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Great article, Brian.  It seems owners need to be constantly seeking potential sponsors no matter their current situation. No one can assume a sponsor will stay. In a bidding scenario, I don't think one can think anything is safe. That is perhaps Barnes's biggest fault. Mike Silver
NASCAR close to Truck sponsorship renewal  "We are interested in extending our agreement with Camping World and we know the company is as well. While we don’t have a signed agreement yet, we are very pleased with the direction in which our discussions are headed. We love our partnership with Camping World and as soon as we have news to share, we will let you know."  NASCAR PR
Bobby Allison, A.J. Foyt reflect on 50 years of racing at Phoenix  
Bobby Allison greets Kyle Busch
Getty Images for NASCAR
This weekend’s NASCAR activities at Phoenix International Raceway mark the beginning of the track’s 50th anniversary season.

To celebrate the occasion, PIR has brought in multiple racing luminaries that have had an impact on the track’s history, including former Sprint Cup champion Bobby Allison (a winner at PIR in 1982) and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt (who won the track’s first oval race in 1964).

Allison was a key part of NASCAR’s early history with PIR. Before the current Sprint Cup Series began racing there in 1988, the now-K&N Pro Series West staged eight races from 1977-1984; Allison himself was involved in seven of those races. More ...

Pirelli announces compound choices for early F1 races  At the end of the third and final pre-season test, held in Bahrain, Pirelli has announced the compounds that will be used for the first four races this year:





These choices have been made to reflect the characteristics of each circuit and the all-new 2014 cars, bearing in mind all the data that has been obtained from the three pre-season tests. More ...

Red Bull lemon not quick enough, Vettel says  
Vettel says the Red Bull lemon does not have reliability nor speed
Sebastian Vettel has admitted that Red Bull does not have the pace to keep up with Formula 1's leading teams even if it did have a reliable car.

The German completed 77 laps on the final day of pre-season testing in Bahrain, the most a Red Bull has managed on a single day, but an attempt to complete a race distance failed.

He set the ninth-fastest time of the final day of running, 4.19sec off pacesetter Lewis Hamilton's best time of the day, but despite being concerned about speed he also believes that Red Bull has bigger problems to solve. More ...

Hamilton leads final F1 test day as the Red Bull lemon runs at snails pace  
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on top of the times on the final pre-season Formula 1 test day of 2014 in Bahrain. Meanwhile Red Bull's struggles continued with its lemon RB10 that is both slow and unreliable.

Hamilton ended up just 0.02 seconds short of beating Felipe Massa's Sakhir circuit pre-season benchmark from Saturday. Williams Valtteri Bottas was 2nd but stopped on the start-finish straight with a mechanical issue.

If the final test session was any indication, F1 is going to embarrass itself at the season opener in Melbourne.  Quite possibly no one will finish because the cars are so unreliable, even the fast ones.  If this happens F1 will have real egg on its face. More ...

V8 Supercars: Jason Bright Huge Crash!  A serious crash during the Clipsal 500 Adelaide! The slow motion replay shows the level of safety in these 1.5 ton racecars, with 650 horsepower!

Grosjean admits Lotus won't be ready  
Grosjean in the new Lotus
Romain Grosjean had his first outing of this week's final pre-season test on Saturday, but his running amounted to just 33 laps amid two lengthy interruptions.

"In terms of preparation, we are not quite ready," Grosjean admitted.

"There are plenty of things we would like to try and do before we get to Melbourne, but tomorrow's session is only a few hours and we'll need to get on top as many things as we can. More ...

BMW reveals its new M4 model for 2014 DTM  
BMW has revealed its new M4 DTM challenger for the 2014 season.

The deadline for submissions for the aerodynamic homologation for this year's DTM cars came on Saturday.

The successor to the 2012/13 M3 - which won back-to-back constructors' championships on BMW's return following a 20-year absence - comes after one of the busiest periods in the marque's competitive history.

BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt believes the M4 represents the pinnacle of his outfit's achievements thus far, with a particular emphasis on ensuring aero-efficiency. More ...

Bahrain names corner after Schumacher  Bahrain Grand Prix organizers will name the Sakhir track's first corner in honor of Michael Schumacher.

"With the support of his family, it is a great privilege to be able to honor arguably the greatest racing driver in the history of F1 and someone who the people of Bahrain hold close to their hearts," said Al Zayani.

"From his first appearance at the BIC in 2004, he immediately became an inspiration for all those who love motorsport in the Kingdom and it is therefore natural for us to recognize him in this way. More ...

Bahrain F1 test 2: Bottas fastest on final morning as Vettel spins  Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time of the final morning of testing as Red Bull's recovery was halted by a spin for Sebastian Vettel.

After Felipe Massa was quickest on the penultimate day, Bottas set a time of 1:34.797 to finish the morning session over 0.7s clear of Fernando Alonso. Bottas also completed 80 laps as Williams’' extremely impressive end to testing continued.

Alonso set a time of 1:35.509 as Ferrari only managed 27 laps during the first four hours, just edging out Nico Hulkenberg's Force India by 0.068s. Jean-Eric Vergne was also within 0.2s of Alonso as Toro Rosso set the fastest time of the Renault-powered cars on Sunday morning, with the top four all covered by less than a second. More ...

Courtney: the band is back together  With the band back together James Courtney put the Holden Racing Team in the winner's circle in another epic Clipsal 500 Adelaide on the mad South Australian streets.

Courtney swiped his former team manager from Red Bull Racing Australia at the end of last year and it was ironic that his victory today came with a red hot Craig Lowndes exerting maximum pressure.

He also returned from the savage crash that he had at Phillip Island last November where he smashed a leg, then endured a two-month rehabilitation program over Christmas.

With Adrian Burgess in his corner Courtney kept Lowndes at bay across the line with Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen recovering from a pit lane penalty for third. Van Gisbergen's effort, although he benefitted from Coates Hire's Nick Percat hitting the treacherous turn eight wall at the end. More ...

Rain possible in Phoenix  After rain shortened Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race, Accuweather.com is forecasting a 25 percent chance of rain in Phoenix for tomorrow’s Sprint Cup race, The Profit on CNBC 500.
Red Bull crisis returns with force in Bahrain (Update)  UPDATE
The Red Bull lemon is pushed back into the garage having not even made it to the end of Pit Road
After a positive second day at this week’s final test in Bahrain, Infiniti Red Bull Racing suffered another setback today, with the team and Sebastian Vettel restricted to the garage for the bulk of the day.

"At the moment we obviously have lots of different problems we are curing," said Vettel. "It’s not the best situation to be in but we can’t change it. Everybody is extremely motivated to fix it, but it doesn’t happen overnight. We can just hope for a better day tomorrow and then to have a decent start to the season in Melbourne but at this stage obviously reliability is still a big question mark. It’s difficult to say how long it will take to remedy. I think some things will just come down to the fact that in two weeks’ time we’ll have lots of new parts on the car. We’ve had some damage because of the problems we’ve had here and the parts aren’t available overnight, so from that side I think things will get better over the next couple of weeks. We obviously haven’t done much running but from the little we have done has been quite promising, so I think once we get going the speed should be OK."

We brought the car back, identified the issue, which is one other teams have had but which hadn’t affected us so far, and set about fixing it. We got ready for another run but this time the car stopped in pit lane. We brought it back again and discovered a leak, which we thought we could fix but it turned out that it had caused enough damage that we weren’t able to go out again. Having run so well yesterday it is frustrating to have had these problems today, but all we can do is keep solving the issues."

A pensive Vettel contemplates the lemon he has to drive this year
03/01/14 (GMM)  The worry lines at Red Bull eased temporarily on Friday, as Daniel Ricciardo had a better deal at the wheel of the troubled RB10.

"A big improvement everywhere," said the Australian driver in Bahrain, "and a much more optimistic outlook now I think."

The optimism, however, was short-lived, as the Renault-sponsored gremlins returned with a vengeance on the penultimate day of pre-season running in Bahrain.

Sebastian Vettel hardly turned a lap all Saturday.

But McLaren's Jenson Button says he has sensed some pace from the reigning world champions.

"When they do get reliability, if they do, they'll be very competitive," he said.

Ten days into the winter, a clear pecking order is emerging, and Mercedes is right at the very top.

It appears Vettel is saying to Christian Horner, "How do you expect me to race that piece of junk?"
Lewis Hamilton, however, is rejecting the favorite tag.

"We have a strong package but I don't feel we are guaranteed to be the guys ahead," he said.

But rival big-hitters Ferrari and McLaren are clearly not quite on the Brackley team's pace.

"We need more downforce," Button conceded.  And Ferrari's Fernando Alonso admitted the new F14-T "could be better in both performance and reliability".

The situation is giving the other two Mercedes-powered teams, usual midfielders Williams and Force India, an opportunity to scoop up big points at the start of the season.

"At this test the Mercedes is still as quick as it was, and the Williams too, but you also now have the Force India that is competitive," said Button.

Ousted McLaren driver Sergio Perez, now at Force India and quickest on both Thursday and Friday in Bahrain, said: "Right now everything seems possible."


Pos Driver Team/Car Time Behind Laps
1. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m33.258s +0.000s 99
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.484s +0.226s 103
3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.426s +2.168s 87
4. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.894s +2.636s 88
5. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m36.113s +2.855s 81
6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m36.205s +2.947s 115
7. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m37.087s +3.829s 78
8. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m38.083s +4.825s 117
9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m42.166s +8.908s 33
10. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari No Time N/A 1
11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Lemon No Time N/A 0

AMR Withdraws, 66 Entries Now Expected for Sebring  This month’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is unlikely to feature a capacity grid, following at least two withdrawals from the event this week.

An updated entry list for the second round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship was released on Thursday, which confirmed the withdrawal of the No. 97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage in the GT Le Mans class.

The factory entry, which was driven by Darren Turner, Stefan Muecke, Pedro Lamy, Richie Stanaway and Paul Dalla Lana at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, appeared on the initial Sebring entry list with to-be-announced drivers but has since been pulled. More ...

No engine freeze delay for troubled Renault  (GMM)  The engine development 'freeze' deadline will not be extended.

Earlier, it emerged that crisis-struck Renault had managed to get onto the agenda for Friday's F1 strategy group meeting a discussion about extending the end-February deadline for the homologation of its troubled V6 'power unit'.

But the French marque's Remi Taffin said on Friday: "Today we have sent an engine to the FIA to be sealed and we feel comfortable.

"We would however be liars if we said that three more months would not have helped us," he is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. More ...

The Ugliness Of A Bitter Divorce  This writer rips Panther IndyCar Team owner John Barnes and says his lawsuit against IndyCar and Rahal over the National Guard sponsorship is the final act of a desperate man who also worked like a snake in the grass to get Randy Bernard ousted.  Do you agree with this author?
Volvo's young kiwi star brings Clipsal 500 Adelaide to its feet  Not in anyone's wildest dreams would anyone have thought a normally parochial Holden crowd would erupt with a standing ovation for a Kiwi who finished second in a Volvo.

In extraordinary scenes after an extraordinary final lap 20-year-old Scott McLaughlin brought the 80,000-strong crowd to its feet and punters opening stating 'now I'm going to go buy a Volvo'.  Watch the video to the end...

McLaughlin upstaged reigning Champion Jamie Whincup with a grandstand finish, for second from Craig Lowndes, by losing second-place with four turns to go only to snatch it back on the final turn. More ...

Harvick says Daytona needs more SAFER barriers  
Kevin Harvick
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Harvick: "The tracks, for the most part, don't listen to really anything unless it's profitable for their shareholders. So, when you see somebody spending $400 million dollars on their track and they don't have soft walls around the inside, maybe they could spend $403 million to go ahead and finish the inside of the superspeedway there at Daytona. Yeah, I was sore all week. And, just today feel good enough to do what I need to do. So, it was just a weird situation.

The car didn't have any brakes or any steering and the throttle was partially hung coming off the wall and going through the wet grass and then into no safer barrier at the end of pit road there. So, it was a hard shot. It's a little bit frustrating because it really shouldn't even be a debate. I know they have data that shows where the most frequently hit spots are but we wear all this safety equipment and do all the things that we do to these race tracks for that one freak incident to keep things from happening like happened back in 2001. So, it's shouldn't even be a debate. It's just one of those things I guess that you just wait around for something else to happen and then they'll fix it."
Drivers want NASCAR to let teams cool cars during qualifying  NASCAR's new knock-out qualifying format is more interesting than its former single-car qualifying format. But it's definitely still a work in progress. For example, one of the more notable instances from [the] session was drivers turning slow laps and cutting their motors on the track in an attempt to cool their cars down enough for one more hot lap. Under the rules of the new format, teams are not allowed to cool the cars down on pit road. The slow laps made for a bit of a lull in the session, but more importantly, they're a potential safety issue. #1-Jamie McMurray, who qualified third on the inside of Row 2 for Sunday's event, believed that the sanctioning body should consider allowing the teams to be able to cool their cars in the pits. Logano, perhaps noting the down time in the session, chimed in as well: "The cars would also go out more often. It takes so long to cool, so if you can do it in five minutes and go back out, there would be more cars on the race track to do a hot lap." More ...
Alonso 'probably not' ready for Melbourne  
If Alonso doesn't feel he and Ferrari are ready despite completing a full race distance and being 2nd fast, imagine how Sebastian Vettel feels with the Red Bull Lemon that can't even make it out of pit lane at times.
With just two days of testing remaining before the teams head to Melbourne, Fernando Alonso concedes he is "probably not" ready.

The double World Champion was in action on Day Two at the Bahrain circuit where he covered a massive 122 laps.

It was an impressive display of reliability which included a full race simulation.

Added to that, the Spaniard was also on the pace as his 1:35.634 from the morning was just 0.064s behind P1 holder Sergio Perez.

But despite a solid day out on track, the Ferrari driver admits both himself and his team could do with more track time before the Australian GP. More ...

Massa fastest as Red Bull lemon suffers nightmare morning  Felipe Massa set the fastest time of the third morning of the final test in Bahrain as Red Bull hit a new low.

Massa's time of 1:37.224 was over three quarters of a second clear of the field, and with 48 laps completed Williams continues to look in good shape ahead of Melbourne. The same can't be said for Red Bull, as Sebastian Vettel failed to emerge in the first two hours and then promptly stopped on track four corners in to his installation lap.

Things went from bad to worse when Vettel next tried to emerge as he was force to stop the RB10 at the end of the pit lane and was pictured helping push the car back to the garage. More ...

Marussia F1 Team appoints Luca Colajanni as Partnership Director  The Marussia F1 Team announces that, with effect from 1 March, Luca Colajanni will take up the position of Partnership Director. Luca, who joins the Team from Scuderia Ferrari, will be part of the Executive Management Team and will contribute to defining Marussia’s development strategy, as well as advising on its relationship with its Technical and Commercial Partners, including its powertrain partnership with Scuderia Ferrari.

Graeme Lowdon, President & Sporting Director, Marussia F1 Team
“We are very pleased that Luca is joining us at this stage in our development. He has a substantial depth of Formula 1 experience from his role with Scuderia Ferrari. I know that Luca will make a significant contribution to our Team, as he helps to develop the many relationships we now have with our Partners.” More ...

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