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03/20/19
nasmon

Mario Andretti's journey to Daytona 500 victory
1967 Daytona 500
1967 Daytona 500

As told by Ken Squire - Mario Andretti didn't fit with the racing style of his day, but he used his unorthodox driving style to become a Daytona 500 champion. 

27-year-old Andretti was “that other guy” when Ford Racing sent him to Daytona International Speedway to join Fred Lorenzen on the potent Holman-Moody team. Noted engine builder Waddell Wilson was part of the crew, as were chassis experts Jake Elder and team co-owner Ralph Moody. By any measure, Lorenzen was the driver Ford Racing expected and wanted to win the 500.

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03/20/19
nasmon

Richard Childress Racing and Red Robin Partner to Celebrate 50 Years
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced today a promotional partnership with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews. The popular, casual dining restaurant chain, and RCR, the storied NASCAR racing organization are both celebrating 50 years of business this year.

Red Robin's marketing campaign, uniquely entitled "50 Years of YUMMM," will utilize RCR team and showcar assets in support of in-market events held at local Red Robin restaurant properties. In addition, the brand will utilize a custom-built food truck to sample their famous steak fries both at in-market events, as well as at Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway during upcoming NASCAR race weekends.

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03/20/19
f1

F1 goes free-to-air in Middle East
F1 goes big in the Middle East
F1 goes big in the Middle East

Formula 1 will be broadcast live and free-to-air in the Middle East and North Africa under a new five-year deal with MBC Group, the sport announced on Wednesday while extending their agreement with Poland’s Eleven Sport until the end of 2022.

Qatar-based pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports said in February it had not renewed its contract as a result of broadcast piracy in the region. The previous five-year deal expired at the end of last season.

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03/20/19
f1

Video: 2019 Australian Grand Prix F1 Debrief

Chief Mercedes F1 Strategist James Vowles answers your questions from the 2019 Australian Grand Prix - including how Valtteri won the race and why Lewis sustained damage to his floor.

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03/20/19
nasmon

Stewart: NASCAR trying to make heroes out of babies
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart
In a Q&A with The Virginian-Pilot, Stewart says NASCAR needs drivers with more relatable backgrounds and personalities.

"They’ve got to get drivers that have personality. It’s great having opportunities to drive cars, but shoot, they’re not even old enough to go to a bar, and they’re trying to make these 18-year-old kids heroes," Stewart said. "I’m still a race fan, too, and it’s hard for me to embrace somebody who’s just graduating high school and they’re driving a Cup car.

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03/20/19
ihra

IHRA, RJS Racing Equipment Announce Multi-Year Partnership
The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and RJS Racing Equipment announce a multi-year partnership that will see RJS Racing Equipment become the official safety equipment of the IHRA.

Located in Jupiter, Fla., RJS Racing Equipment is a manufacturer and seller of safety equipment for all types of motor racing. RJS Racing Equipment is dedicated to bringing high-quality items to customers at an economical cost with the personal service and care of a small business.

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03/20/19
f3fia

Marcus Armstrong sets the pace at Le Castellet
Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong has set the fastest laptime on Day 1 of the FIA Formula 3 pre-season testing today at Le Castellet, France. The Ferrari Academy driver was able to clock in a time of a 1:49.243 in the afternoon session to top the day overall ahead of Lirim Zendeli and Robert Shwartzman.

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03/20/19
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wec

Neel Jani to quit WEC to focus on Porsche Formula E campaign
Neel Jani
Neel Jani
Neel Jani has revealed he will bow out of the World Endurance Championship after the end of the current season in order to focus on his Porsche Formula E commitments.

"After Le Mans, I stop. My focus switches to Formula E," Jani told Autosport.

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03/20/19
dtm

Lightweight, efficient, powerful: the new Audi turbo engine for the DTM
Audi 4-banger
Audi 4-banger
The beginning of a new era in the DTM: Starting in the 2019 season, the Class 1 race cars of the popular touring car racing series will use modern and highly efficient turbo engines. The two-liter four-cylinder power-plant of the Audi RS 5 DTM delivers more than 610 horsepower. By means of the “push-to-pass” function, the drivers can even access a short-term 30-hp power boost.

Following about two and a half years of development and some 1,000 hours of dynamometer testing, the new Audi race engine is ready for its first racing deployment on May 4 at the Hockenheimring. “Our drivers were totally thrilled right in the first test,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “However, the move from the naturally aspirated V8 to the turbo engine is not only important due to the additional output of some 100 horsepower. In the DTM, we’re now driving with a high-efficiency engine of the type we’re also using in many production vehicles of the Group.”

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03/20/19
USAC

Dario Franchitti Drives Jim Clark's Indy-Winning Lotus 38 Ford
Dario gets behind the wheel of Jim Clark's Indy-Winning Lotus 38 Ford -- and opens it up at the Brickyard.

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03/20/19
irl

Danica Patrick to join NBC's Indy 500 team
Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick will join NBC Sports’ inaugural coverage of the Indianapolis 500 as an analyst alongside host Mike Tirico.

Patrick retired from racing after last year’s Indianapolis 500. Her eighth appearance in “The Great American Race” prepped her for a return as a television personality.

She told The Associated Press racing at Indy last year after an eight-year run in NASCAR refreshed her knowledge bank and gives her plenty to discuss. Patrick will be a studio analyst on race day and contribute to NBC Sports’ pre-race, in-race and post-race coverage. She will also be part of the broadcast team for qualifying on May 19 and will promote the race across NBCUniversal platforms.

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03/20/19
f1

Overtaking 'still very hard' in 2019 - Verstappen
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen has joined those who don't think the 2019 rule changes have made overtaking easier.

Lewis Hamilton said in Melbourne that the wider and simpler front wings were "no different" in terms of giving the chasing car the ability to pass.

And Romain Grosjean said it is now easier to follow but not pass, due to the weakness of the Pirelli tires.

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03/20/19
f1

'Finally I have a race car' - Stroll
Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll
(GMM) Lance Stroll is delighted to once again have "a race car".

The 2016 European F3 champion made his F1 debut in 2017, scoring a podium.

But last year was a horror season for Williams, and with his backer and father, they moved to the newly Lawrence Stroll-owned Racing Point team for 2019.

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03/20/19
f1

Haas drivers slam new point for fastest lap rule
Someone should tell Magnussen if the top teams get the extra points it won't matter to the Haas team anyway
Someone should tell Magnussen if the top teams get the extra points it won't matter to the Haas team point tally and finish position anyway
(GMM) Haas' two F1 drivers have slammed the new 'point for fastest lap' rule in F1.

But Ross Brawn, Liberty Media's F1 sporting boss, hailed the introduction of the scheme after Melbourne, saying it "livened up" the end of the race.

"That was exactly what we and the FIA had in mind when it came up with the idea," he told F1's official website.

But Kevin Magnussen says the rule only helps the bigger teams.

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03/20/19
f1

Hamilton 'bored' behind Bottas in Melbourne - Vettel
Hamilton was not bored, his floor was broken
Hamilton was not bored, his floor was broken
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton says it's "great" to discover after the Australian grand prix that his car was damaged.

Despite starting from pole, the Mercedes driver was beaten to the first corner and the checkered flag in Melbourne by his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel said Hamilton's driving last Sunday was strange.

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03/20/19
f1

Wolff gives lame excuses for refusing Netflix documentary
Toto Wolff - a change of heart
Toto Wolff - a change of heart

Team principal Toto Wolff gave some lame excuses why the Mercedes team refused to feature in Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ - because Ferrari pulled out too.

The behind-the-scenes documentary was welcomed by most Formula 1 teams, but it was Mercedes and Ferrari who said thanks but no thanks.

As well as not wanting a “microphone swinging over their” during a title fight, Wolff felt it was necessary to match Ferrari and refuse permission.

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03/20/19
f1

Wolff gives lame excuses for refusing Netflix documentary
Toto Wolff - a change of heart
Toto Wolff - a change of heart
Team principal Toto Wolff says one of the reasons the team refused to feature in Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ was because Ferrari pulled out too.

The behind-the-scenes documentary was welcomed by most Formula 1 teams, but it was Mercedes and Ferrari who said thanks but no thanks.

As well as not wanting a “microphone swinging over their” during a title fight, Wolff felt it was necessary to match Ferrari and refuse permission.

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03/20/19
f1

Bottas can be world champion in 2019 - Rosberg
Bottas
Bottas
(GMM) Nico Rosberg thinks Valtteri Bottas can keep charging towards the world championship in 2019.

Written off after his bad 2018 campaign, Finn Bottas got his season off to the best possible start by beating his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Melbourne.

"I do think Bottas can be world champion," Rosberg is quoted by Auto Bild.

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03/20/19
f1

Honda to be 'a force' in 2019 - Hakkinen
Max Verstappen finished 3rd in Melbourne and blew off the Ferraris with no problem
Max Verstappen finished 3rd in Melbourne and blew off the Ferraris with no problem
(GMM) Red Bull-Honda looks set to be a "force" in formula one.

That is the view of former two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen, who applauded Honda's first podium since the Japanese manufacturer returned to F1 in 2015.

The works McLaren-Honda partnership was an utter failure, but in the first Honda-powered race for Red Bull in Australia, Max Verstappen finished on the podium.

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03/20/19
f1

Vietnam starts construction of Hanoi F1 race circuit

Hanoi circuit
Hanoi circuit
Vietnam on Wednesday started construction of a 5.565-km (3.4 miles) race circuit in the capital Hanoi where the Southeast Asian city will host its first Formula One race next year.

The Vietnamese Grand Prix scheduled for April 2020 is the latest street race on the F1 calendar along with Monaco, Singapore and Azerbaijan.

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03/20/19
f1

Brawn says fastest lap point incentive worked as planned
Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn
Formula 1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn says that the return of a fastest lap bonus point proved popular.

The practice of rewarding the fastest lap with an extra championship point, for driver and constructor, was a late addition to this year’s sporting regulations.

In a somewhat uneventful season-opener, the battle for that point became the key point of intrigue as the race wore on.

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03/20/19
f1

'Isolated' teams must react to B teams - Racing Point
Sergio Perez in the Racing Point Mercedes
Sergio Perez in the Racing Point Mercedes
(GMM) Non 'B' teams like Racing Point and McLaren will have to "think" about how to respond to the alliances being forged between the sport's biggest players and smaller outfits.

Renault has already hit out at the sort of 'B team' alliances between Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Haas.

Andy Green, the technical boss at Mercedes-powered Racing Point, thinks it is one reason why rivals like Alfa Romeo, Haas and Toro Rosso are increasingly competitive.

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03/19/19
f1

Valtteri Bottas Explains 2019 Mercedes F1 Steering Wheel
Formula One steering wheels are immensely complex pieces of kit, but what do the different functions, buttons and dials do?

Valtteri Bottas and Evan Short explain all...

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03/19/19
wrc

Video: Toyota Gazoo Racing Underline Their Ambition To Create WRC History
Last year’s Rally Australia proved to be the icing on the cake in what was a strong year for Toyota Gazoo Racing, whose win Down Under ensured the team secured the World Rally Championship for Manufacturers for the first time since the turn of the millennium.

And though it was to be a significant achievement, the team are keen not to rest on their laurels for 2019. Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid, Jari Matti-Latvala, Ott Tanak and new driver Kris Meeke look ahead to the year ahead, which started with victory in Sweden.

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03/19/19
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nasmon

Bobby Hillin Sr. dies
Hillin Sr. (L) and Jr. (R) flank their 1982 Indy 500 driver Al Unser Sr.
Hillin Sr. (L) and Jr. (R) flank their 1982 Indy 500 driver Al Unser Sr.
Bobby Hillin Sr., a race team owner and father of retired NASCAR competitor Bobby Hillin Jr., died over the weekend. He was 79 years old.

Obituary:
Devoted husband of PJ Hillin; loving father of Deborah (Steve) Rickey, Bobby (Jamie) Hillin Jr., Adriane Lawless, Clay (Cassandra) Hillin and Chandler Hillin; grandfather of six and great-grandfather of three. Bobby lived life to the fullest. Over the course of almost eight decades, he touched lives as an independent oilman, race car driver, IndyCar team owner, art collector, dutiful husband, loving father, mentor to many and friend to even more. A competitive and driven man, he strove to be the best, and could always see the best in others.

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03/19/19
irl

Richmond Raceway Continues String Of Innovative Deals
Richmond Action
Richmond Action
Richmond Raceway is continuing to find new revenue streams and ways to innovate with its real estate. The ISC-owned track announced that locally-based G-Force Karts is leasing land on the raceway grounds to build a new 2,400-linear-square-foot karting venue.

Meanwhile the track also is expanding on its esports platform by hosting a Rocket League tournament at the track on the day of its spring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. These developments come as the track is in talks with local government to have a mixed-use arena also built on its grounds. Adam Stern/SBD

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03/19/19
nasmon

NASCAR Fontana, NHRA Gainesville TV Rating (Update)
2nd place finisher Brad Keselowski leads pack of cars
2nd place finisher Brad Keselowski leads pack of cars

UPDATE The final TV Rating on FOX for the NASCAR Monster Cup race at Auto Club Speedway last Sunday afternoon was a 2.51 with 4.178 million viewers tuned in.

The 2.51 was up 4.1% from last year's final 2.41 rating, also on FOX.

The NHRA pulled a 0.24 final rating on FS1 for its finals Sunday from Gainesville, down 17.2% from a 0.29 last year, also on FS1.

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03/19/19
f1

TV Rating for Australian GP on ESPN up 271% (Update)
Moving F1 broadcasts from NBCSN to ESPN
Moving F1 broadcasts from NBCSN to ESPN

UPDATE We now have the final numbers for the Australian Grand Prix

The broadcast at 1:00 a.m. in the morning averaged of 649K viewers, up 271% from the telecast on ESPN2 last year (175K) and up 173% from the telecast on NBCSN in 2017 (238K).

The final rating was a 0.4 and represented the largest audience the Australian Grand Prix has had on record dating back to 2010.

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03/19/19
f1

Tires Chosen For Bahrain GP
The FIA communicated to Pirelli each team’s tire choices for the forthcoming Bahrain Grand Prix (March, 29-31).




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03/19/19
f1

Liberty Media's F1 Conundrum
The big 'elite brand' teams do not want to lose to an econo brand like Honda or Renault.
The big 'elite brand' teams do not want to lose to an econo brand like Honda or Renault.
Liberty Media's back is up against the clock to get all the F1 teams to agree to a new contract (formerly called the Concorde Agreement) committing them to compete from 2021 to 2030 a period of 10 years.

The issue is, as it always is, the top teams want more money and Liberty wants to pay them less by putting costs caps on what the big boys can spend.

The top teams are their own worse enemy - the elite manufacturers - Mercedes and Ferrari - want the most money because they want to always win. It will ruin their reputation is a Honda or a Renault beat them.

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03/19/19
wrc
irl

Citroen wants WRC to go electric, or it will quit
Without am electrical component, IndyCar will soon be irrelevant to all manufacturers
Likewise, without a electrical component, IndyCar will soon be irrelevant to all manufacturers
Citroen has threatened to quit the World Rally Championship after 2020 unless electric technology is introduced.

The company’s British boss said it is unlikely to stay beyond 2020 unless the sport’s rule makers introduce some form of electrification into the sport’s top category. The French manufacturer has a long history in the WRC, including nine world championships with Sebastien Loeb, and it won the opening two rounds round of this year’s series with reigning champion, Sebastien Ogier. 

However, speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Citroen boss Linda Jackson said the company would have to reconsider staying if the current rules don’t evolve to include at least hybrid power.

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03/19/19
f1

Five theories to explain Ferrari crisis
All 5 theories are wrong. As with the last five years, Mercedes has Aldo Costa and Ferrari does not.
All 5 theories are wrong. As with the last five years, Mercedes has Aldo Costa and Ferrari does not.
(GMM) Elements of the Italian media are wondering if Ferrari's 2019 title hopes have collapsed after just a single race.

The Maranello team dominated pre-season testing, but in Australia were outclassed by Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda.

The press is not impressed.

"Even Alonso in 2012 did better than Vettel in 2019," wrote Il Giornale.

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03/19/19
f1

Former Bottas sponsor not responding to 'f**k you' outburst
Bottas won because Hamilton's car had damage
Bottas won because Hamilton's car had damage
(GMM) Valtteri Bottas' former long-time sponsor is not commenting on whether he thinks the Mercedes' driver's comments were specifically addressed to him in Australia.

Just after winning the 2019 season opener in Melbourne, Bottas went on the radio and said: "To whom it may concern, f**k you."

The Finn admitted it was an unplanned outburst following months of criticism of his driving in 2018. It may also have been addressed to the widespread view that Bottas will be replaced by Esteban Ocon in 2020.

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03/19/19
ChinaGT

China TV Service continue association with China GT into 2020
China GT action in Sepang
China GT action in Sepang
Beijing’s China Television Service [CTVS] will carry on their relationship with China’s leading GT Championship, revealing that they will be the host television provider into the 2020 China GT season, extending a partnership that began in 2016.

Over the last three years China GT has emerged as one of the leading GT competitions in the world, running the internationally recognized GT3 and GT4 categories and fielding some of the strongest fields in Asia, with season 2019 promising the best season yet.

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03/19/19
f1

Overtaking no easier in 2019 - Grosjean
Grosjean says new front wings did not help with overtaking
Grosjean says new front wings did not help with overtaking
(GMM) Overtaking has not become easier with the new-for-2019 front wing designs.

In a bid to help drivers to follow and pass their rivals, F1 introduced some new aerodynamic regulations for 2019, including the wider front wing.

But Lewis Hamilton said after the 2019 season opener in Australia: "I didn't notice any difference."

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03/19/19
f1

'More power' coming from Honda 'soon' - Marko
Even more power coming from Honda engine
Even more power coming from Honda engine
(GMM) Honda is promising more power, and Red Bull is determined to improve its chassis after the new works pairing impressed at the 2019 season opener in Melbourne.

Max Verstappen, finishing behind the two Mercedes, ensured that pre-season favorite Ferrari couldn't even be on the podium in Australia.

And Dr Helmut Marko says there is more to come.

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03/19/19
f1

Now Mercedes not opposed to budget cap - Wolff
Toto Wolff
Toto Wolff
(GMM) Mercedes is not opposed to the introduction of a budget cap in formula one.

Earlier, based on an interview in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that was reproduced only in part by DPA news agency, we claimed that Toto Wolff is in fact opposed to the budget cap plan.

But Mercedes says a crucial part of the interview was left out.

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03/18/19
f1

Behind the scenes of McLaren's F1 garage
Join Tom Clarkson on a tour of the McLaren garage, hospitality and driver rooms at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

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03/18/19
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irl

Alonso underscores his wins when he has a good car
After a commanding victory at this weekend's World Endurance Championship (WEC) 1,000 Miles of Sebring, Fernando Alonso took to social media to rub it into the noses of the F1 crowd - underscoring what he can do in a competitive car. The last 9 months have included victories at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona, and 1000 Miles of Sebring WEC race.

The photos shared to Alonso's Instagram and Twitter featured the two Rolex Daytona timepieces the Spaniard earned by emerging victorious at Le Mans and Daytona, in addition to the WEC trophy from Sebring. In a nutshell, the image represents Alonso's supremacy at what many consider to be three of the most challenging endurance races in the world.

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03/18/19
irl

Bourdais and Power to be Inducted into Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame
Will Power and Sebastien Bourdais
Will Power and Sebastien Bourdais
Two multiple Grand Prix of Long Beach winners--Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power-- will be inducted on Thursday, April 11, at 11:00 am into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame, a City of Long Beach and Grand Prix Association of Long Beach joint project.

The public is invited to attend the 14th annual Walk of Fame induction ceremony, which will be held on South Pine Avenue in front of the Convention Center as part of the festivities surrounding the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Admission to the ceremony is free.

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03/18/19
f1

McLaren and Coca-Cola Announce 2019 F1 Partnership
Carlos Sainz Jr.
Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Racing and The Coca-Cola Company today announced a 2019 Formula 1 partnership, following a successful 2018 pilot at the US, Mexican, Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix, which saw the iconic Coca-Cola brand carried on a Formula 1 car for the first time.

The partnership will pair the McLaren Formula 1 team with multiple brands across different beverage categories. Throughout the season, Coca-Cola will develop consumer events, activities at the points of sale, online promotions, and communication.

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03/18/19
imsa

Video: Acura Hours of Sebring postscript
The two Penske Acura DPI cars struggled in the wet and had to fight off electrical gremlins on the #6 car.

The #7 car came from 3 laps back to finish on the lead lap in 4th.

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03/18/19
imsa

ECR Cadillac Engines Wins Second-Consecutive IMSA Race
NASCAR-like Engines: The race-prepped Cadillac 5.5L V-8 engine,generating 580hp at 7,050 rpm. It features an Earnhardt Childress Racing-designed semi-stressed engine mounting system with integral oil lubrication (a self-contained dry sump lubrication system), a dynamic pressure (ram-air) intake system with IMSA-mandated sonic air restrictors
The race-prepped Cadillac 5.5L V-8 engine, generates about 580hp at 7,050 rpm. It features an Earnhardt Childress Racing-designed semi-stressed engine mounting system with integral oil lubrication (a self-contained dry sump lubrication system), a dynamic pressure (ram-air) intake system with IMSA-mandated sonic air restrictors
ECR Engines secured its second-consecutive win in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar series with a win by Action Express Racing's Whelen Engineering Cadillac at the 12 Hours of Sebring this past Saturday. ECR previously scored a 1-2 finish in the Rolex 24 Hour earlier this year.

Action Express Racing's No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac was piloted by Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr, and Eric Curran. Together, the three drivers led 249 of the 348 laps at Sebring International Raceway after battling rain and poor visibility at the start of the event. The team also had to defend their lead for a final eight-minute sprint to the finish after the fifth caution period of the day came out late in the race.

"This has been a great start to the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar season for ECR Engines," said Richie Gilmore, president of ECR Engines. "To follow up our 1-2 finish in the Rolex 24 Hour with another win at the 12 Hours of Sebring is a testament to all the work and effort our team has put in during the off-season. Whelen Engineering has been so close to victory at Sebring in the past, so it's nice to see them finally get it done."

The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac has previously finished second at Sebring in 2016 and 2018, and third in 2017. The team also finished second in the 2019 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona International Speedway.



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03/18/19
irl

Very few Canadian fans watch IndyCar races
TV numbers do not lie.  IndyCar has very few real fans
TV numbers do not lie. IndyCar has very few real fans in Canada. They all left when Tony George destroyed CART
Norris McDonald explains just how unpopular IndyCar racing is in Canada. This may explain why the attendance at the GP of Toronto every year is minuscule:

These are last year’s figures but F1 races in Canada average about 260,000 viewers. NASCAR Cup races attract an average of 220,000. IndyCar races in 2018 averaged just over 50,000 – 51,900, to be exact. In the words of one television executive I spoke to, “You can put just about anything on television on Sunday afternoon and get 50,000.” [Including an infomercial] 

Here are a couple of other interesting tidbits about IndyCar racing on Canadian TV. That 50,000-plus average was recorded when the races were shown on Sportsnet 360. When they were on Sportsnet 1, that figure dropped to a tad over 37,000.

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03/18/19
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irl

PPG Announces Team Penske Primary Sponsorship for 2019
Newgarden will run PPG livery this weekend at COTA
Newgarden will run PPG livery this weekend at COTA
PPG has announced that it will continue its longstanding support of Team Penske by serving as a primary sponsor for multiple races throughout the 2019 season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NTT IndyCar Series. The sponsorship marks PPG and Team Penske’s 35th year of working together.

PPG’s 2019 sponsorship began Feb. 24 with Ryan Blaney in the NASCAR Cup Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It will extend through Oct. 6, with nine more races in the three series at eight locations across the U.S.

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03/18/19
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imsa

David Hobbs to be honored by RRDC in Long Beach
David Hobbs
David Hobbs
David Hobbs, multi-faceted racer and colorful TV commentator for nearly four decades, will be honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club at the "RRDC Evening with David Hobbs Presented by Firestone" in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, April 11. This is the RRDC's 11th consecutive annual banquet honoring auto racing's most influential leaders and icons, and will be held prior to the 45th Annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Previous honorees were Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Brian Redman, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, George Follmer, Emerson Fittipaldi and Johnny Rutherford. These "RRDC Evenings" are acknowledged as one of the highlights of the auto-racing social calendar, drawing fans and luminaries from all forms of motorsports.

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03/18/19
wec

WEC teams felt cheated over Sebring prices, but will likely return (Update)
Scott Atherton
Scott Atherton
UPDATE
 IMSA President Scott Atherton says “It would take something unforeseen right now for us not to continue with WEC at Sebring,” Atherton told reporters on Saturday afternoon during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

“I don’t think anyone would take on such an endeavor if the expectation was one-and-done.

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03/18/19
f1

Fernando Alonso Invests In Motorsport Games
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso
LONDON – Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has become an investor in Motorsport Network’s esports platform, Motorsport Games.

Alongside his equity stake, Alonso will join the board of the company that consolidates Motorsport Network’s premium portfolio of esports operations.

Motorsport Games brings together the official NASCAR teams’ esports series, the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, Motorsport Network’s joint-venture with Le Mans in the Le Mans Esport Series, and the recently announced partnership with Codemasters.

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03/18/19
automotive

Ferrari Recalls Cars Over Fire Risk
Ferrari Superfast included in recall
Ferrari Superfast included in recall
Ferrari North America is recalling in excess of 2,000 vehicles across the United States due to a fire risk.

In a recall notice issued in February by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is revealed that there is a fuel vapor separator which could crack and allow fumes to leak out and increase the risk of a fire in certain Ferrari models. The Italian car manufacturer says the issue stems from a manufacturing defect of a part from an outside supplier.

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03/18/19
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Roush Fenway car chief ejected after No. 6 car fails inspection twice
Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman
Robert Laberge / Getty Images
NASCAR officials ejected the car chief for the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford team Friday after the car failed pre-qualifying inspection twice at Auto Club Speedway.

Todd Brewer, car chief for driver Ryan Newman, was removed from the team’s roster for the remainder of the race weekend.

Previously, a car chief was not ejected unless a team failed inspection three times. Under NASCAR’s 2019 deterrence model, two failures lead to a car chief ejection.

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03/18/19
f1

Red Bull 'not looking behind at Ferrari' - Marko
Dr Helmut Marko thinks they have Ferrari beat, now aim for Mercedes
Dr Helmut Marko thinks they have Ferrari beat, now aim for Mercedes
(GMM) Red Bull-Honda is setting its sights on championship leaders Mercedes, not the struggling Ferrari team.

That is the claim of Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, who said Melbourne showed that the team is competitive with its new Honda engines.

"It's encouraging for the future that we did not get a single warning on the engine side throughout the race. Everything from fuel consumption to power, battery and so on was always in the green," he told Speed Week.

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03/18/19
f1

Too soon to say pressure getting to Gasly - Horner
Max Verstappen is destroying Pierre Gasly already
Max Verstappen is destroying Pierre Gasly already
(GMM) Boss Christian Horner has backed new recruit Pierre Gasly after a difficult start to 2019 for the Red Bull driver.

Promoted from Toro Rosso to replace Daniel Ricciardo, Frenchman Gasly crashed twice in testing, had a dire qualifying session in Melbourne, and may be showing signs of feeling the pressure of life at a top team.

"There is always pressure in formula one, but it's too early to draw conclusions," Horner said when asked about Gasly.

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03/18/19
f1

Mercedes still opposed to budget cap - Wolff
Wolff mad Mercedes advantage could be compromised
Wolff mad Mercedes advantage could be compromised
(GMM) Toto Wolff has renewed Mercedes' opposition to plans for team budget caps in 2021.

In Melbourne, FIA president Jean Todt said preparations for "cost control" are "quite well advanced".

He said the plans will be presented by the governing body and Liberty Media to the teams in London on March 26.

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03/18/19
f1

Ricciardo needs 'harder skin' for midfield life - boss
Cyril Abiteboul's engines and car continue to be inferior
Cyril Abiteboul's engines and car continue to be inferior

(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul says Daniel Ricciardo may develop a "harder skin" for life further down the F1 grid.

Having switched from the top team Red Bull, Australian Ricciardo endured a horror start to his Renault adventure by damaging his wing even before the first corner at home in Melbourne.

He said afterwards that the weekend had left him "exhausted" and "flat".

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03/18/19
f1

Italian press blasts 'weak' Vettel
Was Vettel weak, or the Ferrari car junk? Being both drivers were so far behind Mercedes in qualifying, the answer is the latter.
Was Vettel weak, or the Ferrari car junk? Being both drivers were so far behind Mercedes in qualifying, the answer is the latter.
(GMM) Mattia Binotto says Ferrari is not panicking after a bad start to the 2019 season.

The entire paddock was stunned in Melbourne to discover that, after the Maranello team's dominance of winter testing, Mercedes and also Red Bull-Honda were faster at the first race.

"We need to analyze what happened here in peace at the factory," new team boss Binotto said. 

"I remain convinced that we have a good car. We haven't seen our true potential on a race weekend yet," he added.

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03/18/19
f1

Kubica does not regret F1 return
Robert Kubica speaks to media. Note mangled right arm
Robert Kubica speaks to media. Note mangled right arm
(GMM) Robert Kubica insists he does not regret returning to formula one.

The Pole had a horror weekend in Melbourne, which was his first race since returning from an eight-year recovery from permanent arm injuries.

Not only is Williams by far the slowest team, Kubica was outpaced by his teammate George Russell and even lapped by the rookie Briton on Sunday.

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03/18/19
f1

Vettel feels Lewis Hamilton was 'playing' around
Bottas leads Hamilton
Bottas leads Hamilton
Sebastian Vettel thinks the only reason he even got close to Lewis Hamilton during the Australian GP was because the “bored” driver was “playing” around.

Last year’s title protagonists, both Hamilton and Vettel had a Sunday to forget in Melbourne.

While they started first and third on the grid, neither had the pace to challenge for the win.

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03/18/19
f1

Bottas ends 'difficult six months' - Wolff
Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas
(GMM) The newly-bearded Valtteri Bottas issued a serious rebuke to his detractors after winning the 2019 season opener in Melbourne.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said the Finn gave the best possible response to those who left Bottas "completely written off" after his bad 2018 season.

"I'm really happy for Valtteri because the last six months were a really difficult time for him," he told ORF.

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03/18/19
nasmon

NASCAR Fontana Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A

Race winner, Kyle Busch, Driver No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota; Crew Chief, Adam Stevens; Team Owner, Joe Gibbs talk about Kyle Busch's record-tying 200th NASCAR win.

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03/17/19
wec

1000 Miles of Sebring - Post-Race Drivers Press Conference - Part 1

Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima led the 1000 miles of Sebring from pole to the checkered flag Friday in their #8 Toyota hybrid.

They finished almost 2 laps ahead of their sister #7 car and 12-laps ahead of third place.

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03/17/19
wec

1000 Miles of Sebring - Post-Race Drivers Press Conference - Part 2
Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima led the 1000 miles of Sebring from pole to the checkered flag Friday in their #8 Toyota hybrid. They finished almost 2 laps ahead of their sister #7 car and 12-laps ahead of third place.

The best battle on track was between the #91 Porsche and the #81 BMW with the Porsche, driven by Gianmaria Bruni passing the BMW in the closing laps to take the win by a car length.

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03/17/19
f1

Australian GP attracts biggest four-day crowd since 2005
Over 100,000 on race day
Over 100,000 on race day
Organizers of the Australian Grand Prix have announced an estimated attendance of 324,000 across the event’s four days.

It marked the highest attendance at the event since 2005 (359,000), and a 10 percent increase over the 295,000 strong figure from last year.

“I am absolutely happy,” Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott told Speedcafe.com.

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03/17/19
f1

Both Mercedes drivers disobeyed Toto Wolff
Bottas and Hamilton tried to set fastest lap late in the race. Bottas got it, Hamilton did not.
Bottas and Hamilton tried to set fastest lap late in the race. Bottas got it, Hamilton did not.
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton ignored team orders during the Australian Grand Prix according to Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff. 

After the race, Wolff revealed that he had blocked both of his drivers from attempting to set the fastest lap for the extra point introduced new this season.

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03/17/19
f1

Pirelli says don't blame out tires for Ferrari's woes
Ferrari simply has an inferior car. Period.
Ferrari simply has an inferior car. Period.
Pirelli says it doesn't understand why Sebastian Vettel lacked so much pace during the Australian Grand Prix. Vettel himself questioned over team radio why he was so slow but the team could not give him an answer.

Ferrari had looked to be the leaders of the pack after winter testing concluded, with Mercedes and Red Bull both stating they expected to be behind the red cars in Melbourne.

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03/17/19
nasx

7-year old Malea Emma crushes the national anthem at NASCAR Xfinity race
Malea Emma
Malea Emma

Watch as 7-year old singing sensation Malea Emma delivers one of the best national anthem performances at yesterday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

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03/17/19
TV News

Sunday TV Times
All times live and Eastern unless noted
Sunday, March 17LocationSunday, March 17Network
F1 race On The GridMelbourne12:30am-1:05am (L)ESPN
F1 raceMelbourne1:05am-3:00am (L)ESPN
F1 raceMelbourne6:30am-9:00am (SD/R)ESPN2
F1 raceMelbourne9:00pm-11:30pm(SD/R)ESPNEWS
Superbike World Championship 1Thailand1:00am-2:00am (R)beIN Sports
Superbike World SuperpoleThailand8:30am-9:00am (SD)beIN Sports
Superbike World Championship 2Thailand10:00am-11:00am (SD)beIN Sports
NASCAR RaceDayFontana3:00pm-3:30pm (L)FOX
NASCAR Cup RaceFontana3:30pm-7:00pm (L)FOX
NHRAGainesville7:30pm-11:00pm (SD)FS1

Legend: SD = Same Day Delayed R = Repeat, L = Live
Courtesy of TV Racer

 



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03/17/19
f1

Vettel and Binotto unsure why Ferrari's pace so much slower than Mercedes
Perhaps Binotto and Vettel are blind. If you look closely at the details of the Mercedes car design it's clear it's a far more sophisticated design. The Ferrari looks anemic in comparison
Perhaps Binotto and Vettel are blind. If you look closely at the details of the Mercedes car design it's clear it's a far more sophisticated design. The Ferrari looks anemic in comparison
A distant fourth wasn't what Sebastian Vettel was expecting in Melbourne, where the German driver was at a loss to explain Ferrari's sudden drop in speed.

Solid performance in pre-season testing indicated that the Scuderia would likely show up in Australia as the class of the field, but practice sessions, qualifying and race day surprisingly contradicted that expectation.

"We were just slow," bluntly said Vettel after crossing the finish line some 35 seconds behind dominant winner, Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.

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03/17/19
racing news

Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Enshrines Seven New Members
Some of the inductees
Some of the inductees
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An accomplished group of past, present and future motorsports champions and legends gathered together in Daytona Beach this week for two days of camaraderie and celebration that culminated with the 31st Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSFHA) Induction Ceremony presented by Firestone Tuesday night at the Shores Resort and Spa.

The 2019 Induction class included Augie Duesenberg (Historic), three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti (Open Wheel), engineering genius Phil Remington (Sports Cars), motorcycle road racing world champion Kevin Schwantz (Motorcycles), championship-winning driver/owners Don Schumacher (Drag Racing) and Tony Stewart (Stock Cars) and iconic motorsports ambassador Linda Vaughn (At Large).

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03/17/19
f1

New aero rules were a waste of money say F1 drivers
F1 rules makers. AR1.com told you that when they announced they were making the tires wider they would ruin the passing. Those big tires create a huge amount of turbulence. The skinnier the tires and the smaller the wings the better the racing. Just watch a Formula Ford race for proof
F1 rules makers. AR1.com told you that when they announced they were making the tires wider they would ruin the passing. Those big tires create a huge amount of turbulence. The skinnier the tires and the smaller the wings the better the racing. Just watch a Formula Ford race for proof
New aerodynamic regulations introduced for this Formula 1 season in an attempt to promote overtaking have had little impact according to the drivers.

This year’s cars feature a wider and simpler front wing, with the intent to reduce the turbulence produced.

The turbulent wake of an F1 car makes it difficult for drivers to follow one another, with the second car experiencing a loss of downforce owing to the disturbed air.

Speaking after the Australian Grand Prix, second placed Lewis Hamilton suggested the new rules had made no impact at all compared with last year.

“No different,” he shrugged when asked about the new rules.

In the closing stages, Hamilton was trailed by Max Verstappen, who’d cruised up on the Mercedes as it struggled for balance.

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03/17/19
automotive

Midengine Corvette filmed rolling down the street
This appears to be a C8 Corvette, the new midengine Corvette, testing in camo around Metro Detroit.

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03/17/19
v8

McLaughlin bounces back with win today in Melbourne
Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin’s road to redemption repeated itself with a comeback win at the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 at Albert Park, resuming his bid for back-to-back Supercars Championships.

The young Kiwi took the fourth and final race in his Shell V-Power Mustang from Supercheap Auto Racing’s Chaz Mostert and Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup following a bizarre accident on the way to the grid on Saturday.

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03/17/19
f1

McLaren agrees with Renault about 'B teams'
McLaren does not want to be a 'B' team but right now it's even worse
McLaren does not want to be a 'B' team to Renault but right now it's even worse
(GMM) McLaren boss Zak Brown says he agrees with the team's engine supplier about so-called 'B teams'.

Renault not only says it will not join Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda by going down the route of partnering with junior teams, the French marque insists it will campaign to outlaw the practice in the next Concorde Agreement.

"We share Renault's view about the direction formula one should be heading in," Brown said in Melbourne.

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03/17/19
f1

Impossible to say if Williams can fix car - Kubica
Robert Kubica is out to lunch with just one good arm, and his misery is made worse by Paddy Lowe's diabolical Williams
Robert Kubica is out to lunch with just one good arm, and his misery is made worse by Paddy Lowe's diabolical Williams
(GMM) Robert Kubica has confessed to "embarrassing" mistakes in Melbourne.

But the Pole, returning to the grid after an eight year absence with a permanent arm injury, says his Williams has not only been slow, but hard to drive and inconsistent.

"On Friday, in the second half of the session, people were doing race simulations and in 45 minutes I had been overtaken more than in four years of racing," he told Przeglad Sportowy. 

Later, he hit the wall in the pit entry, and in qualifying hit the wall on the outside of turn 10 and qualified last behind his teammate George Russell.

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03/17/19
f1

Gap to Mercedes in Melbourne 'staggering' - Marko
Aldo Costa designed most of the Mercedes before moving into semi-retirement this year. His cars are always superior to Adrian Newey who designs the Red Bulls
Aldo Costa designed most of the Mercedes before moving into semi-retirement this year. His cars are always superior to Adrian Newey who designs the Red Bulls
(GMM) Ferrari was not the only top team scratching its head after qualifying in Melbourne.

Prior to the 2019 season opener weekend, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko predicted that Ferrari was two tenths ahead of Red Bull, with Mercedes only third.

In actual fact, Mercedes utterly dominated qualifying, with Max Verstappen only splitting the Ferraris for fourth place. 

"We knew that Melbourne would be a good track for Mercedes," Verstappen said. "But they were really fast."

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03/17/19
f1

Renault not a disappointment in Melbourne - Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg and Renault were soundly beaten by the minnow Haas team
Nico Hulkenberg and Renault were soundly beaten by the minnow Haas team
(GMM) Nico Hulkenberg has denied that the start of Renault's 2019 campaign in Melbourne is "a disappointment".

"I can't see why it's a disappointment," the German driver told Canal Plus broadcaster. "Why do you say that?"

Indeed, Hulkenberg outqualified his new teammate Daniel Ricciardo, but the pair both missed out on 'Q3'.

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03/17/19
f1

Racing Point is 'my project' - Perez
Psst...someone tell Sergio Perez his teammate's daddy now owns the team and it's his project now
Psst...someone tell Sergio Perez his teammate's daddy now owns the team and it's his project now
(GMM) Sergio Perez says he sees Racing Point as his "project" in F1.

Earlier, the Mexican was targeting a return to a top team such as Ferrari. But last year, when he forced Force India into administration, he says he placed a bet on the future with the newly Lawrence Stroll-owned outfit.

"I think after the administration process that took place, it was important to stay here," he told El Mundo Deportivo newspaper in Melbourne.

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03/17/19
f1

Sainz Jr. lost Red Bull 'ticket' in 2017
Carlos Sainz Jr. instead drives for the backmarker McLaren team
Carlos Sainz Jr. instead drives for the backmarker McLaren team
(GMM) Carlos Sainz Jr. says he lost his chance to race for Red Bull at the end of 2017.

Last year, when Red Bull needed a replacement for the Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo, Spaniard Sainz was a contender but ultimately Pierre Gasly got the call.

"It could have gone either way, me or Gasly," Sainz told AS newspaper in Melbourne.

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03/17/19
f1

Hulkenberg says Netflix doco 'exaggerated' Magnussen rivalry
Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg have denied that their feud is still simmering.

In the newly released Netflix docuseries, Magnussen - who famously told Hulkenberg to "suck my b*lls" in 2017 - is depicted as still prioritising his rivalry with the German.

"I haven't seen it yet, but I can say that Hulkenberg and me is a closed chapter," he told Ekstra Bladet newspaper.

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03/17/19
f1

Ferrari still favorites for race - Rosberg (who was, like always, dead wrong)
Rosberg dead wrong as usual - Ferrari were crushed
Rosberg dead wrong as usual - Ferrari were crushed

(GMM) Mercedes' dominance in Melbourne so far does not mean the whole season will be like that.

That is the view of Frederic Vasseur, the Alfa Romeo team boss.

"I'm not surprised because Mercedes also did it last year," the Frenchman told the RTBF broadcaster.

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