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03/10/19
irl

St. Petersburg GP Starting Lineup
Official starting lineup and tire choice for all 24 drivers

PosCarDriver NameEngineTire
112Power, WillChevyAlternate
22Newgarden, JosefChevyAlternate
310Rosenqvist, Felix (R)HondaAlternate
49Dixon, ScottHondaAlternate
528Hunter-Reay, RyanHondaAlternate
627Rossi, AlexanderHondaAlternate
760Harvey, JackHondaAlternate
823Kimball, CharlieChevyAlternate
95Hinchcliffe, JamesHondaAlternate
1015Rahal, GrahamHondaAlternate
1188Herta, Colton (R)HondaAlternate
1281Hanley, Ben (R)ChevyAlternate
1322Pagenaud, SimonChevyAlternate
1426Veach, ZachHondaAlternate
1520Jones, EdChevyAlternate
1621Pigot, SpencerChevyAlternate
1798Andretti, MarcoHondaAlternate
187Ericsson, Marcus (R)HondaAlternate
1918Bourdais, SebastienHondaAlternate
2030Sato, TakumaHondaAlternate
2114Kanaan, TonyChevyAlternate
224Leist, MatheusChevyAlternate
2319Ferrucci, Santino (R)HondaAlternate
2459Chilton, MaxChevyAlternate

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03/10/19
fe

Sam Bird stripped of victory in Hong Kong E-Prix thriller (Update)
Sam Bird
Sam Bird stripped of victory

UPDATE Marking the 50th race of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship's short history was never going to be easy but another scrappy street race in downtown Hong Kong saw the series celebrate with the usual hefty dose of unpredictability. With a dramatic dogfight between DS Techeetah's Andre Lotterer and Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird as the centerpiece, the series' half century turned out to be the first officially wet race in the Championship's history, which saw Sam Bird stripped of his stolen victory after failing post-race inspection and Venturi's Edoardo Mortara rise as the most unlikely underdog victor on Hong Kong's iconic Harborfront.

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03/10/19
il

Veekay holds off Claman in Indy Lights St. Pete race
Rinus Veekay
Rinus Veekay

Dutch teenager Rinus VeeKay scored a dramatic first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires victory this morning for Juncos Racing. VeeKay, who won last year’s Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, earning a scholarship to graduate to the top rung on the Road to Indy ladder system in 2019, made an aggressive pass on polesitter Oliver Askew on the first green-flag lap and never looked back.

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03/10/19
irl

Rahal team runs 1-2 in morning Warmups at St. Pete....but
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing drivers Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal used the soft red tires to run 1-2 in morning warm-ups for today's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

However, the real fastest drivers, using the hard black tires, were Andretti Autosport drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi close behind in 3rd and 4th and giving Honda 1-2-3-4.

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03/10/19
track news
f1

Silverstone needs resurfacing after one year
Silverstone
Silverstone
Silverstone will be resurfacing the circuit for the second time in as many years following shoddy work done in 2018, which contributed to the cancellation of MotoGP's round at the Northamptonshire circuit.

The entire track was resurfaced in January last year to reduce the amount of bumps, but that led to drainage issues and the cancellation of last year's MotoGP event, which race director Mike Webb said was a direct result of the new surface.

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03/10/19
IRL

Sunday morning update from St. Petersburg GP
Can Power win from the Pole
Can Power win from the Pole

It is going to be a prefect, sunny day in St Petersburg, Florida for the first race of the 2019 season.  Temperatures are predicted to be 80 degrees at race time.

The 1.8 mile temporary street course with 14 turns has not changed much since last year, according to the drivers.  The drivers will have 150 seconds of push to pass today, with a maximum single duration of 15 seconds. 

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03/10/19
wec

1000 Miles of Sebring: Test day 1 - Conquering the bumps
Alonso was 2nd quick
Alonso was 2nd quick

The first full day of testing at Sebring Raceway has concluded with Toyota Gazoo Racing, TDS Racing, Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK and Aston Martin Racing at the head of each of the four categories.

During the four-hour afternoon session, the No.7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID in the hands of Mike Conway lapped the 3.74 mile/5.984m, 17-turn circuit in 1.41:211, unofficially breaking the existing Sebring track record by more than 2.5 seconds.

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03/09/19
nasx

Video: Race Recap: 'Rowdy' notches win No. 198 at ISM Raceway

Kyle Busch wins Saturday's Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway, as Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier are among those with trouble in the desert.

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03/09/19
fe

Porsche Formula E - First Test Drive in Weissach
Porsche works driver Neel Jani completed the first kilometers in the new Formula E car at Porsche‘s testing ground in Weissach yesterday, thereby reaching an important milestone en route to the works entry in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Season 6.

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03/09/19
irl

Video: IndyCar Series: St. Pete Qualifying Highlights
Will Power
Will Power just loves the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. For the eighth time at the very technical street course, and the 55th time in his career, the Team Penske driver of the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet, will lead the field of the NTT IndyCar Series (NICS) to the green flag.

With a lap of one minute, 0.4594 seconds/107.170 mph, the 2014 Series’ champion captured his first NTT P1 Award of the season. The top-qualifying effort was number six for a Chevy-powered driver since 2012 when the Bowtie Brand returned to NICS competition.

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03/09/19
irl

Australia loses live IndyCar telecasts, Canadian, Mexico and Latin America Fans get the shaft (3rd Update)
IndyCar has thrown Canada and Latin America a bone
IndyCar has thrown Canada and Latin America a bone

UPDATE It was only after intense pressure from IndyCar fans on social media that Canadian IndyCar rights holder Rogers Sportsnet announced it would make the race available on the Sportsnet.ca website.

The rest of the schedule, though, with the exception of the iconic Indianapolis 500 and the Honda Indy Toronto, remains up in the air so far as television is concerned.

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03/09/19
r2i

Road to Indy St. Pete Saturday race recap
Zachary Claman
Zachary Claman

Zachary Claman (Belardi Auto Racing) celebrated his return to Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires by leading every lap of the season opener and winning the race by 0.7271 of a second over Toby Sowery (BN Racing/Team Pelfrey). Claman, who drove in Indy Lights from 2016-17, competed in 10 NTT IndyCar Series races in 2017 and '18, but returned to the top level of the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires this season to hone his race craft in hopes of an eventual return to the NTT IndyCar Series.

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03/09/19
ip2000

Thompson and Abel Motorsports Sweep Indy Pro 2000 Weekend
Parker Thompson
Parker Thompson
Parker Thompson and Abel Motorsports ensured a virtually perfect commencement to their fresh partnership as the gifted Canadian led from start to finish in today’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Allied Building Products. Thompson, who celebrated his 21st birthday just one week ago, backed up his victory in yesterday’s opening round of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by posting the fastest time in qualifying earlier this morning. The native of Red Deer, Alb., Canada, then catapulted immediately into a lead he never looked likely to relinquish.

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03/09/19
irl

Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver press conference
From left, King, Rahal and Sato
From left, King, Rahal and Sato

Drivers
Graham Rahal
Jordan King
Takuma Sato

Press Conference

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03/09/19
irl

McLaren IndyCar Team Q&A
de Ferran and Fernley
de Ferran and Fernley confirm the IndyCar effort will be 1-car only and next year's plans are totally up in the air until after the 500
Participants

Bob Fernley - McLaren IndyCar Team Manager
Gil de Ferran - McLaren Team Advisor

Press Conference

THE MODERATOR: Joined now by two very recognizable, well-known names within McLaren Racing. Joined by Bob Fernley and Gil de Ferran, also Indianapolis 500 champion.

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03/09/19
irl

St. Pete GP Qualifying Groups
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Group 1Group 2
2. Newgarden, Josef28. Hunter-Reay, Ryan
22. Pagenaud, Simon30. Sato, Takuma
20. Jones, Ed12. Power, Will
10. Rosenqvist, Felix9. Dixon, Scott
98. Andretti, Marco88. Herta, Colton
5. Hinchcliffe, James4. Leist, Matheus
18. Bourdais, Sebastien7. Ericsson, Marcus
23. Kimball, Charlie15. Rahal, Graham
27. Rossi, Alexander21. Pigot, Spencer
14. Kanaan, Tony26. Veach, Zach
19. Ferrucci, Santino59. Chilton, Max
81. Hanley, Ben60. Harvey, Jack




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03/09/19
irl

Hunter-Reay again on top in practice 3
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay has the bit between his teeth so far this weekend in St. Petersburg for the opening race of the 2019 NTT Data IndyCar Series. Fastest in session 2 and fastest overall on Friday, Hunter-Reay was again fastest in the final practice session for the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg on Saturday morning.

Penske Chevy driver Josef Newgarden was close behind in 2nd ahead of Takuma Sato in third in the Rahal Honda.

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03/09/19
irl

Video: St. Pete Q&A with Marco Andretti
We talk to Andretti Autosport driver Marco Andretti about the upcoming IndyCar season and the tough competition in the series today.

He admits to no longer getting involved as deeply in engineering and car setup with more focus on just going out and driving.

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03/09/19
irl

Video: St. Pete GP Q&A with Zach Veach
(We apologize for some choppy audio at times) We talk to Andretti Autosport driver Zach Veach about the upcoming IndyCar season and working with such a top team.

Learn the surprise way he landed the Gainbridge Sponsorship.

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03/09/19
irl

Video: St. Pete GP Q&A with Ryan Hunter-Reay

(We apologize for some choppy audio at times) We talk to Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay about the upcoming IndyCar season and the tough competition in the series today.

He also gives his opinion on making Push-To-Pass an offense mechanism only.

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03/09/19
f1

Yamamoto to become Honda F1's managing director
Masashi Yamamoto
Masashi Yamamoto
Honda's general manager of motorsport Masashi Yamamoto will take on a new role in April, focuses solely on the Japanese manufacturer's Formula 1 project.

Yamamoto will become Honda's F1 managing director, as it enters its first year supplying engines to more than one team. After spending the 2018 campaign with Toro Rosso, Honda will also give its power units to Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso's sister squad.

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03/09/19
irl

Video: St Pete GP Q&A with Andretti's Rob Edwards

We talk to Andretti Autosport Chief Operations Officer about this year's close competition and things a team try to do to gain an advantage in a rules-restricted car development.

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03/09/19
irl

Video: St Pete GP Q&A with Michael Andretti

We talk to IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti about this year's season, the relationship with Harding Steinbrenner Racing, and the coming 2021 IndyCar.

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03/09/19
irl

Video: St Pete GP Q&A with Bryan Herta

We talk to co-IndyCar team owner Bryan Herta about this year's season and his son's rapid rise up the ladder to IndyCar.

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03/09/19
irl

Coyne to run James Davison at 103rd Indianapolis 500 (Update)
James Davison
James Davison

UPDATE Added a short video below of a discussion we had with Davison and the team after the announcement.

03/08/19

James Davison will be making a return to Dale Coyne Racing for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 in May as the team partners with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger MotorSport, and Belardi Auto Racing to run the #33 car for the Australian driver. 

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03/09/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live unless noted
Saturday, March 9LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar Practice 3St. Petersburg10:15am-11:10amNBCSN Gold
NASCAR Cup –Practice 2Phoenix11:30-12:30pmFS1
NASCAR Cup –Practice 3Phoenix2:00-3:00pmFS1
NASCAR Xfinity -QualifyingPhoenix12:30-1:30pmFS1
IndyCar - QualifyingSt. Petersburg2:30-4:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity -RacePhoenix3:30-4:00pm – Pre-race
4:00-6:30pm - Race
FS1
SupercrossDaytona7:30-10:30pmNBCSN
Sunday, March 10LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula E - RaceHong Kong3:30-6:30am (SDD)FS1
MotoGP - RaceQatar9:00am-1:00pmbeIN
IndyCar - RaceSt. Petersburg12:30-1:30pm – Pre-race
1:30-4:30pm – Race
NBCSN
NASCAR Cup - RacePhoenix3:00-3:30pm – Pre-race
3:30-7:00pm - Race
FOX


Legend: SDD: Same day delay



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03/09/19
imsa

Highlights from the 1970 Twelve Hours of Sebring
IMSA will write another chapter in the history books at Sebring International Raceway on March 16. Take a trip down memory lane to relive the 1970 Twelve Hours of Sebring in preparation for the race’s 67th running in 2019.

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03/09/19
nasmon

Video: Suarez, McDowell fight in Phoenix
Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell get into a physical altercation during qualifying at ISM Raceway.

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03/09/19
irl

Video: IndyCar Series: St. Pete Friday practice highlights

Friday practice highlights for the Firestone IndyCar GP of St. Petersburg on the city streets and runways. 

Ryan Hunter-Reay came out on top but teams like Penske and Ganassi were thought to be sandbagging. What will Saturday bring?

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03/08/19
motogp

Marquez leads Qatar Friday practice with record pace
Marquez buries field on Friday
Marquez buries field on Friday
A blistering 1’53.380 lap from Marquez saw the reigning MotoGP World Champion quickest as new team-mate Lorenzo continued to improve his feeling with the Honda.

Friday in Qatar marked not only the beginning of the Qatar Grand Prix, but also the eagerly awaited return of the MotoGP World Championship after a long winter. With Free Practice 1 taking place during the day and Free Practice 2 running at night, the latter offered conditions most similar to Sunday’s race with 21ºC track and air temperature.

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03/08/19
nasx

ISM Raceway Finds New Sponsor For Xfinity Race
ISM raceway
ISM raceway

ISM Raceway has found a replacement sponsor for this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race in iK9, a subsidiary of security/defense company Xtreme Concepts that focuses on providing trained dogs for security services and emotional support programs.

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03/08/19
irl

Hunter-Reay quickest in 2nd IndyCar practice
Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay showed the youngster the fast way around the streets of St. Petersburg Friday afternoon with a blistering lap of 1m00.897s in his Honda to top the 2nd practice session for the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg.

“We definitely made some changes between the sessions. At first, I thought the car was a bit of a handful, and it still is, we are right on the edge of tipping it over. But it was a good outing. The car is a handful at the moment; I’d like it to be a little bit more ‘polite’ in a few areas. We will put our heads together as a team and work to get this #28 DHL Honda up front, but it is a good first step.”

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03/08/19
nasmon

NASCAR Extends Pact With Featherlite Trailers
Featherlite Trailers has extended its partnership with NASCAR through 2024.

As a part of the extended sponsorship agreement, Featherlite Trailers will continue its designation as official trailer of NASCAR.

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03/08/19
irl

Rosenqvist fastest in 1st IndyCar practice
Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist

F2 transplant Felix Rosenqvist made his presence felt immediately on Friday morning here on the streets of St. Petersburg by turning the fastest lap on the still green track as practice began for the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg IndyCar season opener.

Rosenqvist, from Sweden, put up a lap of 1m01.822s to beat American Ryan Hunter-Reay by 1/4-sec as Honda drivers swept the top-6 fastest times. Rosenqvist was the only driver in the 1m01sec bracket.

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03/08/19
irl

2019 IndyCar Liveries

Our Brian Fahie snapped these photos of all the cars before the first practice session - check out all the liveries click more....

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03/08/19
automotive

More than 20,000 prospective Taycan buyers
The Mission E concept study, from which the Taycan emerges, in action
The Mission E concept study, from which the Taycan emerges, in action
The vehicle will not be presented to the public until September and its final design is not yet known; nonetheless, there are more than 20,000 people around the world with serious interest in buying one of their own, as the company has confirmed at the Geneva International Motor Show.

That is the number that has already registered to join a list of prospective buyers – and registration requires a down payment of €2,500 (in Europe).

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03/08/19
irl

Friday Morning update from St Pete
Bourdais won 2017 & 2018

Good morning from beautiful St Pete, Florida. We are expecting a sunny 77 degrees for the high temperature today. The perfect backdrop for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, the opening race for 2019.

At the welcome party which was held last night in St.Pete, the buzz was all about the new drivers coming into the series and the competition we should see on the track. Mark Miles, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hulman and Company, said only a few words of welcome to the crowd of media and sponsor guests.

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03/08/19
Motogp

Both Repsol Honda riders still recovering from surgery
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

Honda MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo says he still needs “one full month” to totally recover from the left scaphoid he broke during training in January.

Lorenzo crashed while training on dirt bikes in January and broke his left scaphoid, forcing him to miss the opening Sepang pre-season test.

He returned for the Qatar test and was sixth overall after the three days, but is yet to put a race distance on his wrist.

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03/08/19
f1

Bottas gets Hamilton engineer for 2019
Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

(GMM) Valtteri Bottas new a new race engineer for 2019.

The Mercedes driver struggled last year, and for 2019 has emerged with a determined attitude and a new beard.

The Finn also has a new race engineer.

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03/08/19
f1

Webber says two drivers 'best' in 2019
Vettel, who destroyed Webber, just laughs at the Australian's comments
Vettel, who destroyed Webber, just laughs at the Australian's comments
(GMM) Mark Webber has named two drivers as "the best" on the current F1 grid.

The former F1 driver says he has been following Barcelona testing and reading the news ahead of the 2019 season opener in Australia next week.

"There's a lot of shadow-boxing going on," he told the Australian Financial Review.

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03/08/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live unless noted
Friday, March 8LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar Practice 1St. Petersburg10:45am-11:30pmNBCSN Gold
NASCAR Cup – Practice 1Phoenix1:35 – 2:30pmNASCAR.com
IndyCar Practice 2St. Petersburg2:15pm-3:05pmNBCSN Gold
NASCAR Xfinity –Practice 1Phoenix3:00-4:00pmFS1
NASCAR Xfinity –Practice 2Phoenix5:00-6:00pmFS1
NASCAR Cup - QualifyingPhoenix6:00-7:00pmFS1
Saturday, March 9LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar Practice 3St. Petersburg10:15am-11:10amNBCSN Gold
NASCAR Cup –Practice 2Phoenix11:30-12:30pmFS1
NASCAR Cup –Practice 3Phoenix2:00-3:00pmFS1
NASCAR Xfinity -QualifyingPhoenix12:30-1:30pmFS1
IndyCar - QualifyingSt. Petersburg2:30-4:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity -RacePhoenix3:30-4:00pm – Pre-race
4:00-6:30pm - Race
FS1
SupercrossDaytona7:30-10:30pmNBCSN
Sunday, March 10LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula E - RaceHong Kong3:30-6:30am (SDD)FS1
MotoGP - RaceQatar9:00am-1:00pmbeIN
IndyCar - RaceSt. Petersburg12:30-1:30pm – Pre-race
1:30-4:30pm – Race
NBCSN
NASCAR Cup - RacePhoenix3:00-3:30pm – Pre-race
3:30-7:00pm - Race
FOX


Legend: SDD: Same day delay

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03/08/19
f1

Raikkonen hoping for Lotus-like season in 2019
Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen
(GMM) Kimi Raikkonen is quietly hoping for a race win in 2019.

The Finn has left Ferrari after a long career with the Maranello marque, and now drives for the Ferrari-linked Sauber team -- now known as Alfa Romeo.

In 2012, the now 39-year-old Raikkonen returned to F1 following a rallying and Nascar sabbatical, and won two races in two seasons with the Lotus team.

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03/08/19
f1

Boss 'not surprised' by Leclerc's pace
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
(GMM) Mattia Binotto says Ferrari is "not surprised" about the testing performance of team newcomer Charles Leclerc.

In winter testing, most agreed that 21-year-old Leclerc, who replaces Kimi Raikkonen, looked a match for Sebastian Vettel.

"We are not surprised with what we saw from him," new team boss Binotto said.

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03/08/19
f1

Marko warns Gasly after two testing crashes
Pierre Gasly will be destroyed by Verstappen
Pierre Gasly will be destroyed by Verstappen
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has warned Pierre Gasly to drive more cautiously.

Marko is the top Red Bull official under team owner Dietrich Mateschitz, and he is targeting "a minimum of five wins" in the first Honda-powered year.

"I believe we also have a certain chance of the world championship," he told APA news agency.

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03/08/19
f1

Hakkinen applauds Alfa Romeo for 2019 car
The new Alfa Romeo
The new Alfa Romeo
(GMM) Mika Hakkinen has applauded Alfa Romeo for its daring 2019 car.

The 1998 and 1999 world champion admits he was among those who were surprised when the wraps came off the former Sauber outfit's new single seater.

"I said 'The car looks different'," the Finn is quoted by the Finnish broadcaster MTV.

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03/08/19
f1

Mercedes must not do 'too much' to catch Ferrari - Wolff
Wolff knows the Mercedes team were sandbagging in Barcelona
Wolff knows the Mercedes team were sandbagging in Barcelona
(GMM) Toto Wolff says Mercedes can fight back in 2019.

Based on winter testing, it appears that the reigning world champions are trailing both Ferrari and Red Bull-Honda.

"We estimate that we are two, three tenths behind Ferrari and two tenths ahead of Mercedes," Dr Helmut Marko, a top Red Bull official, told APA news agency.

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03/08/19
f2

Ross Brawn backs Mick Schumacher
Ross Brawn thinks Mick is progressing well
Ross Brawn thinks Mick is progressing well
(GMM) Mick Schumacher has won the backing of Liberty Media's F1 sporting boss, Ross Brawn.

Brawn was the technical boss at Ferrari during the Italian team's ultra-successful Michael Schumacher era.

Now, Michael's 19-year-old son is the top member of the Ferrari development 'academy', and is being advised by Nicolas Todt, the son of FIA president Jean Todt.

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