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03/28/15
motogp

Andrea Dovizioso wins pole in Qatar
Andrea Dovizioso claimed a sensational pole position in Qatar, with Ducati filling 3 of the top 5 positions on the grid for Sunday’s race.

After the free practice sessions we knew that it would be close in qualifying, but few would have predicted the outcome of QP2. Andrea Dovizioso blitzed his way to pole in spectacular fashion as he took advantage of the softer tire option to set a time two-tenths quicker than the rest of the field, and funnily enough, seemed quite pleased: “I am very happy because the pole today is the result of a group effort: after two years in which we have suffered, we finally managed to achieve a competitive motorbike, and I honestly did not think we would have been so fast right away with the GP15."

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03/28/15
irl

GP of St. Petersburg Saturday Press Conference: Will Power
Video of Pole Sitter Will Power after qualifying for the 2015 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (video by Wayde Alfarone):



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03/28/15
irl

Overheard at St. Petersburg - Saturday
I was enjoying breakfast this morning in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg paddock when along came Bobby Rahal to liven up the morning conversation. Someone at the table mentioned the upcoming wedding of Graham Rahal and Courtney Force. Bobby mentioned that the wedding will take place in Montecito, California and that it should be a spectacular wedding. In fact, Bobby called John Force to discuss the announcement and Bobby mentioned to John that being the father of the bride he had to pay for it and it was going to cost him big time. John quickly (and in typical Force fashion), said, not to worry, "I will get one of my sponsors to pay for it." I love John Force! By Wayde Alfarone

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03/28/15
irl

GP of St. Petersburg Saturday Press Conference: 2-5
Video of the 2nd thru 5th drivers in pole qualifying for the 2015 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (video by Wayde Alfarone):



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03/28/15
IL

Carlin win on Indy Lights debut
Ed Jones
It was a memorable Indy Lights debut for Carlin today as the team took victory with Ed Jones, who led the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Series season opener in St Petersburg, Florida from start to finish. It was a race of mixed fortunes though, as Max Chilton looked to be in a strong position running in second, but contact with Felix Serralles left the British racer in the wall and out of the race.

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03/28/15
irl

IndyCar Round 2 Fast-12 Results
Shaded Top-6 advance

P

No

Name

Time

Diff

Gap

FL

Laps

Speed

Engine

1

1

Will Power

1:00.651

0.000

0.000

6

6

106.841

Chevy

2

22

Simon Pagenaud

1:00.864

0.2136

0.2136

6

7

106.466

Chevy

3

11

Sebastien Bourdais

1:00.938

0.2869

0.0733

7

8

106.338

Chevy

4

14

Takuma Sato

1:00.970

0.3195

0.0326

6

6

106.281

Honda

5

2

Juan Pablo Montoya

1:00.972

0.3211

0.0016

2

4

106.278

Chevy

6

3

Helio Castroneves

1:01.042

0.3916

0.0705

7

7

106.156

Chevy

7

10

Tony Kanaan

1:01.118

0.4673

0.0757

8

8

106.024

Chevy

8

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

1:01.167

0.5161

0.0488

5

7

105.939

Honda

9

9

Scott Dixon

1:01.228

0.5776

0.0615

6

7

105.833

Chevy

10

67

Josef Newgarden

1:01.248

0.5969

0.0193

6

6

105.800

Chevy

11

25

Simona de Silvestro

1:01.366

0.7148

0.1179

8

8

105.596

Honda

12

27

Marco Andretti

1:01.477

0.8256

0.1108

6

8

105.406

Honda



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03/28/15
irl

IndyCar Group 2 Round 1 Results
Shaded Top-6 advance

P

No

Name

Time

Diff

Gap

Laps

Speed

Engine

1

1

Will Power

1:00.834

0.000

0.000

6

106.519

Chevy

2

3

Helio Castroneves

1:01.049

0.2144

0.2144

6

106.145

Chevy

3

2

Juan Pablo Montoya

1:01.188

0.3534

0.1390

8

105.903

Chevy

4

9

Scott Dixon

1:01.196

0.3617

0.0083

7

105.889

Chevy

5

27

Marco Andretti

1:01.378

0.5432

0.1815

8

105.576

Honda

6

11

Sebastien Bourdais

1:01.427

0.5928

0.0496

7

105.491

Chevy

7

26

Carlos Munoz

1:01.489

0.6546

0.0618

7

105.385

Honda

8

5

James Hinchcliffe

1:01.578

0.7436

0.0890

7

105.232

Honda

9

8

Sage Karam

1:01.801

0.9667

0.2231

8

104.853

Chevy

10

7

James Jakes

1:01.832

0.9979

0.0312

7

104.800

Honda

11

98

Gabby Chaves

1:01.971

1.1361

0.1382

7

104.566

Honda

12

18

Carlos Huertas

1:01.972

1.1372

0.0011

8

104.564

Honda



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03/28/15
irl

IndyCar Group 1 Round 1 Results
Shaded Top-6 advance

P

No

Name

Time

Diff

Gap

FL

Laps

Speed

Engine

1

14

Takuma Sato

1:01.337

0.000

0.000

5

6

105.646

Honda

2

10

Tony Kanaan

1:01.421

0.0839

0.0839

7

8

105.502

Chevy

3

22

Simon Pagenaud

1:01.430

0.0930

0.0091

7

7

105.486

Chevy

4

28

Ryan Hunter-Reay

1:01.491

0.1537

0.0607

6

7

105.382

Honda

5

67

Josef Newgarden

1:01.495

0.1575

0.0038

7

8

105.375

Chevy

6

25

Simona de Silvestro

1:01.547

0.2105

0.0530

7

7

105.285

Honda

7

83

Charlie Kimball

1:01.573

0.2357

0.0252

5

7

105.241

Chevy

8

15

Graham Rahal

1:01.574

0.2372

0.0015

7

8

105.239

Honda

9

4

Stefano Coletti

1:01.673

0.3357

0.0985

7

7

105.071

Chevy

10

20

Luca Filippi

1:01.674

0.3366

0.0009

7

7

105.069

Chevy

11

41

Jack Hawksworth

1:02.010

0.6725

0.3359

5

7

104.500

Honda

12

19

Francesco Dracone

1:04.265

2.9284

2.2559

7

9

100.832

Honda



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03/28/15
IL

Ed Jones and Carlin come to USA and take Americans to school
Ed Jones is congratulated by Team Owner Trevor Carlin
Ed Jones and his Carlin team (from England) led every practice session, won pole and then took a flag-to-flag victory in today's Indy Lights race on the 1.8-mile St. Petersburg, Florida street circuit.

If not for a first corner accident with Flex Serralles, his Carlin teammate Max Chilton, would likely have made it a Carlin 1-2.

Working until 10:30 PM every night, the powerhouse European team took the American teams to school in their USA debut.

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03/28/15
irl

Q and A with Team Penske Drivers in St. Pete

WILL POWER,  NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:
 ABOUT WANTING TO REPEAT AS CHAMPION: "I can’t help but want to win. Your own personal pressure comes with that. Nothing has changed; I feel the same as I did when I wasn’t a champion. I have to go out there and win races; it’s what I want to do."

BUZZ AROUND THE SEASON OPENER: "It’s the most competitive open-wheel series in the world. It’s not going to get any more competitive than this, and  with the new aero kits people are taking notice."

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03/28/15
promazda

Neil Alberico wins St. Pete Pro Mazda race
Top-3 finishers
Neil Alberico began his sophomore campaign in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with a dominant victory for St. Petersburg-based Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in this afternoon's Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Alberico, from Los Gatos, Calif., qualified fastest this morning and led throughout the 23-lap race to score a resounding 4.6819-second win - his first in the series - on the challenging 1.8-mile, 14-turn street circuit.

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03/28/15
irl

IndyCar St. Pete qualifying groups
Group 1 Group 2
#22 Simon Pagenaud #1 Will Power
#14 Takuma Sato #3 Helio Castroneves
#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay #2 Juan Pablo Montoya
#15 Graham Rahal #9 Scott Dixon
#83 Charlie Kimball #11 Sebastien Bourdais
#10 Tony Kanaan #26 Carlos Munoz
#4 Stefano Coletti (R) #8 Sage Karam
#20 Luca Filippi #27 Marco Andretti
#67 Josef Newgarden #5 James Hinchcliffe
#41 Jack Hawksworth #7 James Jakes
#25 Simona DeSilvestro #18 Carlos Huertas
#19 Francesco Dracone (R) #98 Gabby Chaves (R)


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03/28/15
irl

Power leads Chevy 1-2-3 in practice 3 at St. Pete
Will Power
Takuma Sato's AJ Foyt Racing Honda was the only thing preventing the Team Penske juggernaut from a 1-2-3-4 in practice 3 for the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg. 

Will Power, Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves were 1-2-3 for Team Penske using Chevy power, and the 4th Penske car, Juan Montoya, was 5th, just behind Sato.

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03/28/15
usf2000
r2i

Eidson wins U.S. F2000 race
St. Petersburg, Fla. - Second-year Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda driver Jake Eidson this morning scored a flawless victory for Pabst Racing in the opening round of the season in the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Eidson, 19, from Littleton, Colo., who finished third in the 2014 title-chase, secured the pole during an early morning qualifying session and led throughout the 18-lap, half-hour race which was interrupted by two caution periods.

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03/28/15
nassprint

Matt DiBenedetto calls Tony Stewart a "prick"
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart and Matt DiBenedetto shared some words with one another on Friday afternoon after Sprint Cup Series practice. The cause for the conversation was that Stewart was upset with DiBenedetto’s on-track etiquette. The result of the conversation was DiBenedetto putting Stewart on blast for anyone that was willing to listen.

DiBenedetto explained the incident and shared his thoughts on Stewart via Motorsport. com.

"I went up to him to apologize and explain the situation to him. I’m not an idiot. I wouldn’t just pull in front of him. I told him the No. 19 pulled out in front of me on the racetrack. That checked up all of my momentum and by that time – things happen so fast around here – that’s when I got to Turn 3, he was getting a few car lengths of me so I just pulled over to let him go. He didn’t understand. I tried to tell him what happened, but he just told me I just needed to get out of the way and whatever. He really just didn’t know what to say.

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03/28/15
usf2000
r2i

Eidson wins U.S. F2000 pole (Update) UPDATE Victor Franzoni of Afterburner Autosport will start today's race from the rear of the field after a violation of rule 14.2 (a) in technical inspection after qualifying.

03/28/15 Pabst Racing's Jake Eidson won pole position for the Cooper Tires U.S. F2000 Championship Powered by Mazda races at St. Petersburg today and tomorrow. Below are the full times.

Pos

No Name Time Diff FL Gap Team
1 22 Jake Eidson 1:13.585 0.000 15 0.000 Pabst Racing
2 3 Aaron Telitz 1:13.936 0.3512 16 0.3512 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
3 2 Nico Jamin 1:14.127 0.5418 19 0.1906 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
4 94 Jordan Lloyd 1:14.297 0.7120 16 0.1702 John Cummiskey Racing
5 17 Victor Franzoni 1:14.388 0.8027 14 0.0907 Afterburner Autosport
6 33 Anthony Martin 1:14.393 0.8080 20 0.0053 John Cummiskey Racing
7 83 Garth Rickards 1:14.656 1.0713 16 0.2633 Team Pelfrey
8 23 Yufeng Luo 1:14.791 1.2057 19 0.1344 Pabst Racing
9 80 Parker Thompson 1:14.867 1.2816 17 0.0759 JDC MotorSports
10 5 Keyvan Andres Soori 1:15.078 1.4928 19 0.2112 ArmsUp Motorsports
11 84 Nikita Lastochkin 1:15.146 1.5611 18 0.0683 Team Pelfrey
12 82 Luke Gabin 1:15.373 1.7880 15 0.2269 Team Pelfrey
13 6 Max Hanratty 1:15.537 1.9515 18 0.1635 ArmsUp Motorsports
14 81 Ayla Agren 1:15.653 2.0674 7 0.1159 Team Pelfrey
15 12 Augie Lerch 1:16.221 2.6358 19 0.5684 JAY Motorsports
16 16 James Dayson 1:17.222 3.6372 9 1.0014 ArmsUp Motorsports
17 61 Andrew List 1:17.247 3.6621 14 0.0249 D2D Motorsports

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03/28/15
il
r2i

Jones wins Indy Lights pole
Ed Jones has won pole for today's Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Qualifying results below...

P

No CFLap Name FTime Diff Laps LapTime Gap Speed FSpeed
1 11 15 Ed Jones 1:05.319 0.000 17 1:05.319 0.000 99.205 99.205
2 14 13 Max Chilton 1:05.405 0.0859 17 1:05.405 0.0859 99.075 99.075
3 42 14 Jack Harvey 1:05.862 0.5429 19 1:06.736 0.4570 97.099 98.387
4 8 15 Scott Hargrove 1:05.922 0.6027 18 1:06.115 0.0598 98.011 98.298
5 12 7 Spencer Pigot 1:06.128 0.8086 18 1:06.264 0.2059 97.791 97.992
6 18 14 Kyle Kaiser 1:06.341 1.0217 17 1:09.790 0.2131 92.850 97.677
7 4 17 Felix Serralles 1:06.364 1.0442 20 1:06.716 0.0225 97.128 97.644
8 83 17 Matthew Brabham 1:06.678 1.3585 19 1:06.903 0.3143 96.857 97.184
9 7 14 RC Enerson 1:06.720 1.4008 19 1:10.529 0.0423 91.877 97.122
10 77 16 Scott Anderson 1:07.063 1.7435 19 1:07.063 0.3427 96.626 96.626
11 5 18 Juan Piedrahita 1:07.078 1.7587 20 1:09.398 0.0152 93.374 96.604
12 51 18 Shelby Blackstock 1:07.579 2.2595 12 1:07.579 0.5008 95.888 95.888
13 71 10 Ethan Ringel 1:07.758 2.4389 17 1:46.779 0.1794 60.686 95.634

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03/28/15
promazda
r2i

Alberico wins Pro Mazda pole
Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver Neil Alberico has won pole position for today's Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires race at St. Petersburg. Full qualifying results below...

Pos No Name FTime Diff Gap FSpeed Team
1 3 Neil Alberico 1:11.677 0.000 0.000 90.406 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
2 2 Daniel Burkett 1:11.721 0.0449 0.0449 90.350 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
3 81 Santiago Urrutia 1:11.779 0.1025 0.0576 90.277 Team Pelfrey
4 7 Jose Gutierrez 1:11.787 0.1109 0.0084 90.267 Juncos Racing
5 6 Timothe Buret 1:11.874 0.1970 0.0861 90.158 Juncos Racing
6 82 Pato O'Ward 1:11.882 0.2051 0.0081 90.148 Team Pelfrey
7 19 Raoul Owens 1:11.909 0.2324 0.0273 90.114 JDC MotorSports
8 23 Will Owen 1:11.979 0.3023 0.0699 90.027 Juncos Racing
9 22 Weiron Tan 1:12.042 0.3658 0.0635 89.947 Andretti Autosport
10 10 Florian Latorre 1:12.048 0.3718 0.0060 89.940 Cape Motorsports w/WTR
11 5 Garett Grist 1:12.363 0.6865 0.3147 89.549 Juncos Racing
12 91 Kyle Connery 1:12.458 0.7813 0.0948 89.431 JDC MotorSports
13 28 Dalton Kellett 1:12.462 0.7853 0.0040 89.426 Andretti Autosport
14 14 Alessandro Latif 1:12.708 1.0317 0.2464 89.123 World Speed Motorsports
15 26 Parker Nicklin 1:13.315 1.6382 0.6065 88.386 JDC MotorSports
16 13 Bobby Eberle(E) 1:14.555 2.8788 1.2406 86.915 World Speed Motorsports
17 37 Jay Horak(E) 1:15.902 4.2254 1.3466 85.373 M1 Racing


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03/28/15
fe

Track layout revealed for Monaco ePrix
Monaco layout
There will be free entry for fans to the Monaco ePrix – round seven of the FIA Formula E Championship – which takes place on May 9.

The 12-turn, 2.76km layout for the race was revealed today. It is a shortened version of the historic circuit of the Principality, which has been hosting motor races since 1929.

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03/28/15
f1

Vettel doing what Alonso could not - make Ferrari a front-runner again
Like Schumacher before him, Vettel is helping to make Ferrari a frontrunner again by surrounding himself with good people.  He demanded it before signing with the Scuderia
McLaren-Honda's all-champion driver lineup is putting a brave face on its situation.

As in Australia, the two MP4-30s were due to line up dead last on the grid in Malaysia.

The only cars slower around Sepang are the Manors, who were outside the minimum 107 per cent qualifying time.

The McLaren duo has, however, been unusually upbeat this weekend, even though the new works collaboration with Honda appears to be floundering at present.

"We are struggling," acknowledged Fernando Alonso, who qualified behind his teammate Button, "but the progress with the car has been fantastic since Australia."

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03/28/15
f1

Hamilton asked FIA to explain Alonso crash
Alonso locks a wheel in the painfully slow McLaren Honda
(GMM)  Lewis Hamilton played an unusually forceful role earlier this weekend in the drivers' FIA briefing, according to a Spanish newspaper.

According to Diario AS, the meeting with Charlie Whiting was anything but routine in Malaysia as the reigning world champion demanded to know more about Fernando Alonso's mysterious Barcelona testing crash.

Earlier, Spaniard Alonso had utterly muddied the waters during the Thursday press conference by contradicting all of the fundamental elements of McLaren's official story about why he crashed five weeks ago.

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03/28/15
f1

Boss plays down 'naughty' Rosberg-Hamilton move
Hamilton gives Mercedes 13th straight pole while Rosberg again chokes
(GMM)  Toto Wolff on Saturday played down suggestions the tension between Mercedes' drivers could be set to reignite.

During qualifying at Sepang, Lewis Hamilton was momentarily delayed when he had to pass his slow-moving teammate on the inside of a corner.

Reportedly, the reigning world champion complained afterwards on the radio.  On British television BBC, former driver David Coulthard agreed that Nico Rosberg's move was "naughty".

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03/28/15
f1

Iconic European Venues 'Fall Silent' As Formula One Moves East
Mario Andretti passes Gilles Villeneuve at Monza in 1978.  Monza may also soon be gone from F1
Mario Andretti passes Gilles Villeneuve at Monza in 1978. Monza may also soon be gone from F1
The "whine of the Mercedes W05 turbine that powers so many" of the F1 teams "will disappear from the European arenas," according to Tim Rich of the London INDEPENDENT.

The "greatest season" in the history of the sport, '76, was "fought out in Europe:" at Zolder, Zandvoort, Anderstorp, Brands Hatch and the Paul Ricard track near Marseille. It was "decided" at the Nurburgring -- none of these arenas "will stage a grand prix this year and in all probability they never will again."

Not even the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza, "at the sport's very heart, is safe." The circuit has been "described as a 'financial disaster'" by F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone. Unless Monza can "gain exemption" from a £15M ($22.3M) tax bill, the Italian GP "will go the same way as Germany."

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03/28/15
f1

Malaysian GP: Mercedes 1-2 in final practice
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for the fastest time in final practice for Formula 1's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, but Hamilton always lets Rosberg win the practice sessions, but when it's time to qualify Hamilton beats him..

Rosberg's time of 1m39.690s was enough to beat Hamilton by 0.184s.

The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen, who set the fastest first sector of all was 0.555s behind Rosberg, and Sebastian Vettel a few thousandths further back.

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03/28/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Red Bull boss might buy F1 from CVC and then put an end to the Mercedes snoozefest
    Hockenheim warns Ecclestone of contract 'consequences'
  • Sutil's legal issues with Sauber 'not resolved' - manager
  • Manipulating excitement would kill F1 - Lauda
  • Susie Wolff 'disappointed' with Sutil appointment
  • CVC would sell F1 to Red Bull - Ecclestone
  • Next hurdle for Manor is 107pc qualifying rule
  • Alonso role meant no IndyCar for Magnussen
  • Schumacher's stepbrother on Germanwings passenger list


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03/28/15
v8

Symmons Plains: Race 1 results
1. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore 25 laps
2. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew PRA Ford FG X Falcon +2.2765 seconds
3. James Courtney Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore +3.0714 seconds
4. Shane Van Gisbergen Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore +8.4573 seconds
5. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew PRA Ford FG X Falcon +8.8020 seconds
6. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford FG Falcon +9.8875 seconds
7. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore +10.0823 seconds
8. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore +10.9610 seconds
9. Tim Slade Supercheap Auto Racing Holden Commodore +13.3501 seconds
10. Fabian Coulthard Freightliner Racing Holden Commodore +14.0249 seconds

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03/28/15
v8

Symmons Plains: Race 2 results
1. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore 25 laps
2. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore +1.6507 seconds
3. James Courtney Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore +5.4450 seconds
4. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford FG Falcon +7.5100 seconds
5. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore +8.6203 seconds
6. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew PRA Ford FG X Falcon +9.0513 seconds
7. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport Mercedes E63 AMG +9.5860 seconds
8. Shane Van Gisbergen Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore +10.2325 seconds
9. Scott McLaughlin Wilson Security Racing GRM Volvo S60 +12.6140 seconds
10. Lee Holdsworth Walkinshaw Performance Holden Commodore +13.2307 seconds

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03/28/15
f1

Malaysian GP: Friday Press Conference
Cyril Abiteboul
Team representatives

Robert Fernley (Force India)
Matthew Carter (Lotus)
Paul Hembery (Pirelli)
Franz Tost (Toro Rosso)
Cyril Abiteboul (Renault Sport F1)
Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing)

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