Mercedes buries competition in opening Australia practice
Hamilton easily tops Bottas
While it is still too early to tell who will be third on down on the F1 grid this year, there is little doubt who will be 1st and 2nd and that will be the Mercedes drivers. Three other teams run equal Mercedes engines (all customer engines in F1 must be equal to the factory team) but no one else has the Aldo Costa designed car.
Lewis Hamilton beat his teammate Valtteri Bottas by 0.551s to top opening practice for the Australian GP with a lap of 1m24.026s.
Carl Edwards spoke Wednesday night more than a year after leaving full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driving, and to the disappointment of many fans, he isn't planning a return.
"I don't have any plans to come back," Edwards told Claire B. Lang on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "I do miss a lot of people. I stay in touch with a lot of folks and have fun, but I really appreciate the time from Joe Gibbs and everyone else to go do the things I want to do.
Liberty launches F1 online TV (Update) UPDATE Formula 1 "pushed back the start" of a new TV streaming service which it "hoped to launch in Australia this weekend," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS.
A spokesperson said that the OTT product "would be tested over the season-opening weekend in Melbourne with an aim to start delivery as soon as possible after that." The spokesperson said, "We will do an intense stress test this weekend, with people connecting from all over the world to test functionalities."
RCR Reinstates Xfinity Series Crew Chief Nick Harrison Richard Childress Racing has reinstated NASCAR Xfinity Series crew chief Nick Harrison after serving a five-race suspension stemming from a violation at Daytona International Speedway in February. Harrison, who has been with RCR since 2013, will resume crew chief responsibilities for the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8.
Aaron Telitz got a call he wasn’t expecting this week. But he’s glad he answered it.
Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Sam Schmidt called the two-time Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race winner with an opportunity to test a Verizon IndyCar Series car, and the Birchwood, Wisconsin native jumped at the chance.
Kyle Busch was among the drivers testing on Charlotte Motor Speedway's ROVAL
A shortened-but-productive Goodyear tire test on the ROVAL, Charlotte Motor Speedway's road course oval, saw four of NASCAR's top drivers take to the 2.28-mile course in advance of the Sept. 28-30 Bank of America 500.
Trevor Bayne, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard and Kyle Busch made laps around the challenging circuit on Tuesday. Wednesday's portion has been tentatively rescheduled for May 1 due to inclement weather. Bayne, the driver of the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford, said the ROVAL will offer a true test to drivers, teams and cars. He lapped the course for the first time on Tuesday.
American Santino Ferrucci fastest in slower PM session
Trident’s Arjun Maini ended the second day of the FIA Formula 2 Championship test in Sakhir, Bahrain having set a quickest lap of 1:42.779 in the morning session, ending the day faster than ART Grand Prix’s Jack Aitken and Nyck de Vries of PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing.
Today Chevrolet was named J.D. Power’s most awarded brand of 2017 at the J.D. Power Automotive Summit ahead of the National Association of Auto Dealers Convention. Six different Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs won a total of nine awards in J.D. Power’s 2017 Vehicle Dependability, Initial Quality and APEAL Studies.
The flying Fords fought back in the first fight for Championship points at the Australian Grand Prix with Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard erasing the Commodore inflicted memories of the Supercars season opener in Adelaide.
McLaughlin claimed the first ARMOR ALL Pole Position of the weekend in one of two qualifying sessions in the Coates Hire Melbourne 400 at the Australian Grand Prix, with seven-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup staging his own comeback from a rare DNF in the last Adelaide race to take the second front row spot.
As long as robot cars roam public streets and highways, they will occasionally kill people. That's an ugly truth that no one in the driverless vehicle industry can deny.
Will those robot cars kill people at significantly lower rates than drunk, stoned, tired or distracted human drivers do now? Automakers, technology companies, politicians and regulators are betting they will, as driverless vehicles are rolling out faster than almost anyone expected as recently as a year ago.
BMW Facilities Raided By German Prosecutors looking for Dirty Diesel
You sell diesels and you pay the price
BMW premises in both Germany as well as Austria were searched by German prosecutors, trying to find evidence of defeat devices that can manipulate exhaust emissions.
Some 100 police and law enforcement officials went through BMW’s headquarters in Munich, as well as the automaker’s research facilities and a factory in Austria, specifically the Steyr plant, which assembles 6,000 engines per day and employs about 4,500 people.
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen work with Melbourne artist JULIAN CLAVIJO to custom-spray their rides for the Australian Grand Prix with iconic street art of Hosier Lane as the backdrop in front of Aussie and international media. Comment
Daniel Ricciardo took a decidedly sideways view of his home grand prix preparations, blasting his way around Melbourne’s Grand Prix circuit alongside drifting legend ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett.
“It was kind of cool!” said Daniel after his first-hand lesson in letting it all hang out from one of drifting’s biggest stars. “Because there are a lot of right-left and left-right combinations you can actually join the drifts pretty well through a lot of the corners. I feel like a lot of the track is built for drifting! It was sick, a lot of fun,” he added.
UPDATE The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Fontana drew a 2.41 'final' rating with 4.03 million viewers on FOX, down 14% from last year's 3.16 (5.188 million viewers) down 40% from a final rating of 4.0 just 2 years ago also on Fox. Only 962,000 between the critical age of 18 and 49 tuned in - the age of people with the most buying power.
The 'final' rating for the Xfinity race at Fontana was a 0.75 and 1.19 million viewers, down 19.4% from the 0.93 on FS1 with 1.46 million viewers in 2017.
Gateway kicks off lap sponsorship program for NASCAR and INDYCAR fans
Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, this year will offer its fans a unique way to be a part of the Gateway 200 presented by CK Power for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the second annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Lap sponsorships will be available for the first time for both races.
ESPN's F1 Coverage Launches This Week With Australian Grand Prix
It all starts this weekend
After an absence of more than 20 years, the FIA Formula One World Championship returns to its original television home in the United States this weekend with the launch of the 2018 season in Australia. ESPN and ABC will televise all 21 races in the championship as part of a multi-year linear and digital partnership.
The Rolex Australian Grand Prix will start the new season and will air live on ESPN2 at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday, March 25 (late Saturday night). ESPN networks also will air all three practice sessions live from Australia as well as qualifying from the 5.303 km (3.295-mile), 16-turn Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.
Mark Miles told AR1.com that the NBC deal does not preclude ESPN International from working with IndyCar on the international rights.
UPDATE Added full Q&A session below.
03/21/18 IndyCar this morning formally unveiled its new media-rights deal with NBC Sports Group, which will be the series’ sole broadcaster starting next season. The three-year deal puts IndyCar on the NBC broadcast channel eight times in ’19, including the Indianapolis 500. Five races are slated to air on ABC this year. All IndyCar races beginning next year will air either on NBC or NBCSN, but the series will also have content on NBC Sports’ Gold OTT product.
Nyck de Vries opened the second FIA Formula 2 Championship pre-season test at Sakhir, Bahrain with the fastest time, as the PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing driver set a 1:43.785 to head the first day’s timing boards ahead of Charouz Racing System’s Louis Deletraz and Campos Vexatec Racing driver Luca Ghiotto.
Pirelli World Challenge has launched its all-new App ahead of this weekend’s round at Circuit of The Americas, bringing a variety of web-enabled features together on mobile platforms and tablets.
Available for iOS and Android mobile operating systems, the app offers a variety of content on-the-go, including live streaming of all races, live timing and scoring, news, highlights and archive video accessibility, official Facebook and Twitter feed tracking, as well as fan-centered track-specific information.
When Little Lewis Came to Brackley... One of Lewis Hamilton's biggest fans, Little Lewis, wrote him a letter. Unfortunately, the letter was mislaid and only resurfaced when it was discovered in the freight by one of the Team. We had to do something about it. Little Lewis HAD to come to the factory in Brackley and boy did we have a surprise in store for him! Comment
It's now one whole year since you first drove competitively for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. How have the past twelve months been for you? Valtteri Bottas: The beginning was a very hectic period because, with Nico retiring in such an unexpected fashion, I had very little time to get to know the ropes. Looking at the big picture, there were some very good moments last season, but my performance has not been consistent enough yet. All in all, I've had a lot to learn. The challenge for me this year is to put what I've already learnt to good use on the track.
Australia's first-ever Grid Babies give Ricciardo a grilling at a press conference
Daniel Ricciardo and the Australian GP Grid Kids
In the lead up to this weekend’s season-opening Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Mobil 1 held an exclusive event with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Driver Daniel Ricciardo and Australia’s 2018 Grid Kids to help inspire the next generation of local racing champions.
The Power of #1 event saw Ricciardo step into the hot seat for a kids-only grilling from some of Australia’s top karters. He talked to the Grid Kids about the teamwork aspect of performance driving and the importance of everyone and everything being of the very best quality, from engineering and technology innovation to the right team and partners. The Grid Kids were also given a unique and exclusive opportunity to take to the Karting Victoria Championship Track in a time challenge race against Ricciardo.
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