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Gene Haas Will Go Into F1 Project Without NASCAR Partner Tony Stewart  NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will not be involved in Gene Haas’ F1 project. The co-owners of NASCAR Sprint Cup team Stewart-Haas Racing will not field a co-owned F1 team should the FIA grant Haas an F1 license for ’15.

“Tony is specific to the NASCAR program,” said True Speed Communication Founder Mike Arning. “So whatever Gene may end up doing in F1 will be separate from Stewart-Haas Racing. There will be a different name and a different set of personnel to lead the F1 project.” More ...

Bahrain GP sees bump up in TV ratings in USA  The first night race in Bahrain Grand Prix history produced the most-watched non-domestic Formula 1 race on cable in three years, including the most-watched race on NBCSN since the network began televising the circuit last year, the network reported on Wednesday

Sunday's race (10:30 a.m.-12:53 p.m. ET) averaged 594,000 viewers, the most for a non-domestic F1 race on cable since the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix on SPEED (627,000 viewers). The previous best for an F1 race on NBCSN was last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (354,000 viewers).

The viewership was also up 435% from NBCSN's third race last year (111,000 viewers) for the Chinese Grand Prix. More ...

Honda Performance Development ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe unveiled  
Honda ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe
Honda Performance Development will offer customer teams around the world the very latest in LMP2 closed-cockpit sports car technology next year, with the unveiling of its new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe.

The new design is a result of the continuing teamwork between California-based HPD and England’s Wirth Research. This technical pairing has already proved to be a winning combination, with success in INDYCAR, the American Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship, including LMP2 and LMP1 Privateer class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. More ...

Q and A with Takuma Sato  
A.J. Foyt Racing's Takuma Sato returns to the site of his first Verizon IndyCar Series win this weekend when the series visits the streets of Long Beach, Calif., for the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The Japanese driver talked about the start of his season, which saw him win the Verizon P1 Award at St. Pete as well as returning to Long Beach as a defending winner.

Q. Takuma, you're off to another strong start to the 2014 season with the pole position and leading the first part of the race. Are your happy with the way the season began? More ...

Ganassi team wins first Firestone Pitstop Performance Award  
Scott Dixon in the Ganassi #9
Firestone Racing, a brand known for performance and innovation, congratulates the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing team on winning the first Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

"Firestone’s recognition of Target Chip Ganassi Racing with the St. Petersburg Grand Prix Pit Performance Award validates teamwork,” said Mike Hull, Managing Director of Target Chip Ganassi Racing. “The Verizon IndyCar Series’ competitive pit lane requires over-the-wall excellence at the highest level. Winning on the track combines the statistically measured performance in the pit box to the track position gained at pit exit. Multiplied over a race distance, that’s the difference between the steps on the podium." More ...

Mercedes advantage far more than Red Bull ever had  Below are the times for the 2nd day of F1 testing in Bahrain following the Bahrain GP that was dominated by Mercedes over the weekend.  In almost every session, the gap from the Mercedes to the other cars is huge.  Red Bull, which has been dominant in recent years, never had a car this fast.  Look for Hamilton and Rosberg to win 100% of this year's races in the ultimate snoozefest.
1. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 34.136s
2. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 35.557s
3. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes 1m 36.203s
4. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 1m 36.586s
5. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 37.310s
6. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari 1m 37.316s
7. Giedo van der Garde Holland Sauber-Ferrari 1m 37.623s
8. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 36.912s
9. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault 1m 39.263s
10. Felipe Nasr Brazil Williams-Mercedes 1m 39.679s
11. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 43.596s
SPM's Pagenaud and Aleshin head to Long Beach  
SPM rookie Mikhail Aleshin to make Long Beach debut this weekend.
INDIANAPOLIS (April 9, 2014) -- Simon Pagenaud spent his childhood fantasizing about driving race cars through the streets of his hometown in France, and each year his favorite part of returning to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is living that childhood dream.

Pagenaud and his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, embark on the 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit for the 40th running of the Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 13.

"You really know you're racing through the city streets when you're in Long Beach," Pagenaud said. "It's like the dream you have when you're a kid of racing through the streets of your hometown. It's a track that requires a lot of commitment with the wide front stretch that narrows up in Turns 1 and 2, so that you get that feeling of high speed."

Pagenaud climbed nine positions in the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener March 30 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to earn a fifth-place finish. The Frenchman started 14th, but he believes the No. 77 Charter Communications/SPHM Honda team is prepared for a better qualifying performance from the car at Long Beach. More ...

Patience Pivotal for Newgarden in Long Beach  
Josef Newgarden will be looking to build on his solid performance in St. Pete this weekend in Long Beach.
INDIANAPOLIS (April 9, 2014) - When Josef Newgarden steers through the Streets of Long Beach for the second Verizon IndyCar Series race of 2014, patience will remain at the front of his mind.

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) driver Newgarden used that strategic trait to pass 12 cars en route to a ninth-place finish March 30 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to open the new season.

"Patience is an important thing I learned in St. Pete," Newgarden said. "These are long races, and a lot can happen. You have to be very patient throughout the whole deal, with each set of tires and each stint, because anything can happen at any point."

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach's 11-turn, 1.968-mile street circuit will create contrasting challenges for Newgarden compared to St. Petersburg.

Barber Test 4 "Long Beach is different because it's all about corner entry," he said. "You have to have a really stable rear end when entering corners, where in St. Pete you are generally dealing with a lot of understeer in the car. You also have to have really good traction because there are a lot of corners that lead into big straightaways. Those two things are going to be key."More ...

Ferrari ends Bahrain test early  (GMM)  Ferrari abandoned the second and final day of post-race testing in Bahrain on Wednesday.

Before the test, having finished just ninth in the grand prix, Spaniard Fernando Alonso said the Italian team "will work night and day" to improve during the test.

But after doing 69 laps on Tuesday, Alonso managed just 12 laps on Wednesday before he was "called to a halt when the chassis was found to be damaged".

Ferrari added that it "decided to bring the test to a premature end as a precautionary measure".

Reports said it was Kimi Raikkonen's race chassis that was being used in testing this week, but it was damaged when the Finn was launched over the curbs in Friday practice.

Fallows replaces Prodromou, who was stolen by Mercedes (Update)  UPDATE (GMM)  McLaren is disputing Red Bull's appointment on Wednesday of a new aerodynamics boss.

Late last year, we reported that as well as Red Bull's aerodynamics chief Peter Prodromou, McLaren has also signed his 'deputy' Dan Fallows.

But Red Bull on Wednesday said Fallows has in fact become the reigning world champions' new 'head of aerodynamics'.

"Previously working as a (aerodynamics) team leader, he left the team for a short time last year," Red Bull said in a statement.

"He has now returned ... to begin working in his new role," the team added. More ...

Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Set for Long Beach  
MSR looking for a strong outing in Long Beach.
Pataskala, Ohio (8 April 2014) – After staging the longest races of the year, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will make a significant change in both scene and format this weekend as everything moves to a sprint mindset for Saturday’s Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase on the streets of Long Beach, California.

Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will travel over 2,000 miles across the country, returning to race on the fabled street circuit for the first time since 2006.

John Pew and Ozz Negri will pilot the No. 60 Ford Ecoboost/Riley which displays a fresh new livery from AERO Paint for Round 3 of the championship. Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is pleased to once again welcome AERO, Curb Records, Roberts Service Group, and CRC Chemicals on board the No. 60 machine for the Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase event.

The 1.968-mile temporary street course plays host to IndyCar’s 40th Long Beach Grand Prix this year in conjunction with the TUDOR Championship event, which is set to see two classes contest the tight confines of the 11-turn layout. The prototype machines along with the GTLM cars will take to the track for the 100-minute sprint race. More ...

Toyota FT-1 Concept - Jay Leno's Garage .  Alex Shen from Toyota's Newport Beach CALTY Design Research shows Jay the daring sports car concept that leapt out of the Gran Turismo game environment to reality!

McLaren closing on title sponsor for 2014 (Update)  UPDATE
The McLaren of Jenson Button
The Japanese owner of Play.com is in talks to take over the title sponsorship of the McLaren Formula One (F1) team, one of the most prestigious naming rights deals in global sport.

Sky News has learnt that Rakuten, Japan’s biggest internet retailer, is in advanced discussions with the British motor racing outfit about paying roughly £40m annually over the next three years as it builds global awareness of its growing business empire.

The talks have been going on for some time, and Rakuten is understood to have seen off competition from an unidentified drinks brand to move into pole position to secure an agreement.

However, a person familiar with the talks said there was no certainty that they would be concluded successfully. More ...

V6 switch ended Mercedes quit talks  
All this possible quit talk to ensure F1 does not change the rules and Mercedes can keep its advantage.  Or is it true and F1 is letting them cheat because they were getting their clocks cleaned for years and now that they are winning they are getting value out of their investment and will stay in F1?  When in doubt, always follow the money.
(GMM)  Mercedes has revealed it probably would have quit formula one if the sport had stayed with loud V8 engines beyond 2013.

It was believed Renault was the major driving force behind the controversial new turbo V6 regulations, but Daimler board member Dr Thomas Weber said on Wednesday that Mercedes was also keen to see the sport drive into the future.

The BBC quotes him as saying the old V8 rules had become "hard to explain" amid the trends for "downsizing" and fuel efficiency within the road car market.

Asked if Mercedes would have pulled out had the rules not changed, he admitted: "I think so, yeah.  We had hard discussions."

Weber explained that the new rules now make it easy to "clearly convince" the decision-making board that F1 has become relevant and worth the investment.

He said recent statements that the rules are too complicated were "stupid", insisting that the quieter engines are simply the sound of the future. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

Alonso is obviously not happy with Domenicali run Ferrari team? When will he quit?
  • Maldonado and Lotus suffered two PU failures
  • Marussia Motors Dispenses With F1 Team
  • Ricciardo: Red Bull chipping away New
  • Video: A to Z of Formula One: Part 2 (E to H) New
  • No F1 test debut for Vandoorne New
  • Unhappy Alonso wants Ferrari to work 'day and night' New
  • Video: Domenicali: Bahrain GP a race to forget New
  • Even 'genius' will not close gap to Mercedes - Marko New
  • Ferrari team no longer 'excellent' - Briatore New More ...
GM doing major upgrade to electric car factory  
Cadillac ELR is hands-down the best looking and most plush electric vehicle on the road
In preparation for the next generation of electric vehicles and advanced battery technologies, General Motors will invest $449 million to upgrade manufacturing processes at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Assembly plants.

“General Motors is committed to building award-winning products and developing technologies in America, which helps to grow our economy from a resurgent auto industry,” said Gerald Johnson, GM North America Manufacturing vice president. “These investments will help the next-generation Chevrolet Volt build on its position as the leader in electrified propulsion.”

The investment, announced at the Automotive Press Association, is the largest to date at both facilities and includes $384 million at Detroit-Hamtramck for new Body Shop tooling, equipment, and additional plant upgrades to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt and two future products. This brings GM’s total investment at Detroit-Hamtramck to more than $1 billion over the last five years. More ...

Bourdais looks for good result in Long Beach  
Bourdais ran with a different sponsor in St. Pete.  Mistic will be on the car this weekend
KVSH Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais will be returning to the site of some of his greatest success when he takes on the challenging 1.968-mile, 11-turn Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach temporary street circuit this weekend in Long Beach, California.

Bourdais, who will debut the No. 11 Team Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone will be making his ninth start in Long Beach and second for KVSH Racing. He opened the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season with a 13th place finish at St. Petersburg, however the results were not a true indication of how strong he, the team and the car really were.

"St. Petersburg was a valiant effort by the whole team and to finish where we started is very frustrating," Bourdais said. "The only positives that came out of the race are that we keep fighting back and I had a rocket ship for a car, so I know our time will come." More ...
First Street Fight for Corvette C7.R  
Corvette C7.R
After the two longest races on the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule, Corvette Racing moves to the shortest event on its calendar. The team’s two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs travel to the West Coast for the Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase – part of this weekend’s Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Although the race lasts just 100 minutes, the event typically is one of the most challenging of the season. It’s a sprint through the streets of Long Beach – a 11-turn, 1.968-mile circuit that is playing host to a grand prix weekend for the 40th year.

Corvette Racing has been part of the last seven Long Beach weekends as part of the American Le Mans Series, and the results have been overwhelmingly solid. The team has four victories at the circuit to its credit including two years ago for the duo of Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin. A Corvette Racing driver also has set the fastest race lap in class each of the last seven years. More ...

Perfect storm sets back Rossi in Bahrain  
Alexander Rossi
The GP2 season opener in Bahrain proved to have plenty of bad luck for Alexander Rossi and EQ8 Caterham Racing. Following an extremely positive pre-season test where Alexander topped the times, the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend was unfortunately one to forget.

The weekend opened with a difficult practice session and braking issues. The brakes were sorted out for qualifying, where Alexander maintained a top five position on his first tire run. Shortly after the start of his second tire run a red flag forced him to abort his fastest lap which would have seen him on the front row of the race one grid. Following the red flag Alexander made a compulsory weighbridge visit leaving him out of sync and in traffic for the final minutes of the session. Unable to put a lap together Alexander qualified 15th for Saturday’s feature race. More ...

track news
ISC cash cow Increases  Despite rain delaying this year's Daytona 500, ISC saw an increase in Q1 revenue from a year ago. Revenue rose to $131.8M for the quarter from $128.6M over the same period a year ago. Ticket revenue was flat at $30M, but revenue from sponsorships and TV rights rose slightly to $85.2M and food, beverage and merchandise revenue jumped to $13M from $10M a year ago. ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy said, “First quarter financial results were within our range of expectations thanks to increased revenue and stabilized earnings on a comparable basis.” More ...
Rosberg keeps Mercedes on top in Bahrain test Day 1  Nico Rosberg
Our main aim today was to try different directions with set-up and to get to know the tires a bit better. You never stop learning how to get the best out of the tires, so it has been a productive day from that perspective. We also did a bit of work on the brakes as this is an area I'm not one hundred percent happy with at the moment. We've had a good few weeks on track but you are never at the maximum level of performance. There is always more to be found and we are constantly pushing to improve the car and also ourselves as drivers. Having said that, the team are doing a fantastic job with this car from every perspective. Reliability, car performance, Power Unit performance: it's all there and it's a pleasure to be a part of a team with such positive momentum. More ...
Cosworth reveals 2014 F1 power unit (For Haas Team?)  
Cosworth has revealed its 2014 Formula 1 power unit although it will not be used this season.

The English company started work on a 2014 engine as long ago as 2010, when the regulations stipulated an I4 layout at the behest of Volkswagen. But when the German company decided against a Formula 1 entry in June 2011 the rules were switched to a V6 layout. Cosworth decided around this time that without a backer for the V6 that it could not offer it as a customer engine. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

  • Di Montezemolo left Bahrain before the race was over, disgusted at the speed of the Domenicali led Ferrari team
    Only F1 noise will change - Todt
  • 'Super GP2' could be key to F1's future
  • Ricciardo better than Webber 'not fair' - Vettel
  • No title cliff-hanger in 2014 - Ecclestone
  • Todt unmoved by Vergne hospital story
  • Hamilton claims 'document' helped Rosberg catch up
  • Di Montezemolo: Ferrari plight very painful
  • The background to Bahrain
  • Haas still unsure of 2015 F1 entry New
  • Bahrain 'bland' until late safety car - Marko New More ...
Andretti team hires Roger Griffiths  
Roger Griffiths
Michael Andretti and his championship winning IndyCar racing effort, Andretti Autosport, announced today that industry veteran Roger Griffiths has joined the team as the new Director of Motorsport Development, and will work with all areas of Andretti racing competition including the INDYCAR ladder and Andretti Formula E, as well as Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX).

"I'm very excited to have Roger (Griffiths) join the team," said Andretti. "A man with his knowledge, talent and experience will be a huge addition for not just Andretti Autosport, but also for VARX and Andretti Formula E. We look forward to using expertise in many different areas within our team." More ...

Bud Moore recovering  NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore suffered a mild heart attack over the weekend and is recovering in a hospital near his home in Spartanburg, S.C. "He had a procedure done and is doing fine. He will be in the hospital a few days and is expected to be released later this week," said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall. Moore, 88, a decorated veteran of World War II, was part of the Hall's second class in 2011. Charlotte Observer
Legacy Credit Union back as title sponsor of Indy Lights at Barber  
IndyCar rookie Carlos Munoz celebrating his Lights victory last year at Barber Motorsports Park.
Birmingham, Ala. (April 7) – ZOOM Motorsports announced today that Legacy Credit Union will be returning as the title sponsor of the 2014 Legacy Indy Lights 100 races at Barber Motorsports Park.

New this year, the Legacy Indy Lights 100 will feature two races over the three-day weekend and will be one of the main features during the 5th Annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama weekend, April 25-27. Legacy Indy Lights 100 Race #1 is set for Saturday, April 26th, and Legacy Indy Lights 100 Race #2 will take place Sunday, April 27th, before the event’s main race.

Now, in its 13th season, the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires is an essential stepping-stone for drivers and teams striving to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series and features some of the brightest young talent in racing today. Racers will compete using single-seat, open-wheel vehicles powered by 3.5 liter, normally aspirated spec engines, capable of speeds up to 190 mph on superspeedways. 

“Legacy has been a fantastic partner with us since the inaugural race in 2010, and we’re thrilled to have them again as the title sponsor of the Legacy Indy Lights races,” stated Rick Humphrey, vice president of ZOOM Motorsports, the exclusive event promoter at Barber Motorsports Park. “With the Legacy Indy Lights 100 double header as part of the event weekend this year, the on-track action at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be second to none.  And on top of that, we have a total of eleven races throughout the three day weekend, so fans are in for a fun weekend for sure.” More ...

The day F1 died (11th Update)  UPDATE #11
Ecclestone proposes to replace F1 with GP2 at 1/100th the cost and almost the same speed
Further to what we reported yesterday that most GP2 cars would qualify for an F1 race now, comes a proposal from Ecclestone to replace F1 with GP2.  The teams would operate at 1/100th the annual budget and be flush with 35 car fields.  The races would be more competitive and the cars sound more like the old F1 cars.

Ecclestone insists the rumors he wants full control of F1 in his own hands are "nonsense".  Perhaps the real plan is 'GP1'.

Told that support series GP2 is not only a vastly cheaper category, but also now with cars almost as fast as the 'green' F1, and certainly louder, Ecclestone fully agreed.

"Maybe we should turn GP2 into formula one," said Ecclestone, who already controls the GP1 trademarks.  "It would certainly cost a lot less.  We'd certainly have a lot more teams.

"So maybe what we're talking about is a 'super GP2'," he added. More ...

Video: '98 Long Beach - Remembering what the grandson destroyed  Here are the last 5 laps of the 1998 CART FedEx Championship Series race at Long Beach. Listen to the screaming engines, the huge crowd, the plethora of big name sponsors, 100,000+ crowd and Bob Varsha as the host. And to think, Tony George destroyed all this.

American Honda backs Evening with Mario Andretti in Long Beach (Update)  UPDATE
Mario Andretti at Indy in 1994 - He was 54 years old and still competitive
The genius of Mario Andretti - excerpts from Gordon Kirby's latest column.  Donnie Hoevel was Andretti's chief mechanic during his final years. Hoevel remembers the last tire test Mario did with Goodyear at Indianapolis near the end of 1994.

"They had every Goodyear engineer known to man out there and they all said they were disappointed it was all over because they loved to do tire tests with the old man," Hoevel said. "There were times when they'd slip in a set of control tires without telling him and he'd say, 'Ah, you guys are trying to fool me! You can't fool me. I know what you're doing.' There aren't too many people who have that kind of feel."

Neil Ressler was Ford's racing boss in those days. Ressler oversaw Ford's technical involvement with the Benetton team in F1 and Newman/Haas in Indy cars.

"We were taking instrumentation on those cars in '93 and '94 and I remember Mario would go into the turns and give the steering wheel a flick," Ressler recalls. "The cornering speeds were close to 230 mph at Indy and he'd flick the wheel just to see what the car was doing. Honest to God. How he could do that I have no idea. I guess he had good enough car control that he could catch it, even at 54 years old." More ...

Bahrain Sees Future Of F1 Racing Under The Lights  
The start under the lights
Bahrain believes its F1 circuit "has a bright future after the country's first floodlit grand prix turned out a thriller on Sunday," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Sakhir Circuit Chair Zayed Alzayani said the decision to turn the 10th anniversary event into a night race "was a statement of intent for the future of motorsport in the Gulf kingdom."

Alzayani: "There's more to come. We want to branch out. Not just the racing aspects of motorsports but the other stuff that goes around it. The development of teams, research and manufacturing relevant to the motorsport industry. A racing school, to develop talent. The missing pieces of the puzzle to make motorsport happen." Another piece of that puzzle "was fitted into place" on Sunday with the announcement that Bell Racing Helmets "would be relocating its global research and development and manufacturing operations" to a facility within the circuit grounds in '15.

The circuit said that the race drew just 31,000 on Sunday. Reuters [Editor's Note: At just 31,000 (and almost no one on Friday and Saturday) the race is a big-time money loser, but we doubt the promoter cares.  Bahrain wants F1 to help put the country on the map, and paint it in a good light - that has value.]

Catch Tony Kanaan on 'The Late Late Show' with Craig Ferguson  
Tony Kanaan
Reigning Indianapolis 500 Mile Race champion Tony Kanaan will be a guest on "The Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson, which airs at 12:30 a.m. (ET) April 10 on CBS.

Kanaan, who started on the front row in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car and finished sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 30, is prepping for this weekend's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Kanaan has three top-five finishes in the past five years on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit.

Also on April 10, Kanaan will be a guest on "Good Day LA" and participate in a pet adoption event at the Long Beach Animal Shelter. Individuals who adopt a pet that day will receive a year's supply of Milk-Bone treats. He'll greet fans and sign autographs at 11 a.m. at the event.

Video: Dale Jr. crashes himself in Texas  

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Todt unconcerned about driver dieting  
Jean-Eric Vergne was recently hospitalized due to ill effects of dieting.
FIA president Jean Todt has dismissed concerns that Formula 1 drivers are being forced into extreme dieting that compromises their safety, despite Jean-Eric Vergne being hospitalised earlier this year.

Toro Rosso driver Vergne was hospitalised between the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix, after suffering complications related to his body weight dropping too low as a result of dieting.

"I got down to 67kg, which was a bit too low and I lost energy," Vergne told AUTOSPORT. "But I've added some weight and I'm OK now."

The minimum weight limit for car and driver has increased by 50kg to accommodate 2014's new hybrid V6 turbo engines, but many teams have struggled to get down to that limit, putting pressure on heavier drivers to lose weight.

But Todt dismissed the concerns, telling reporters in Bahrain on Sunday: "I think normally you can do a good diet and not to have to go to hospital because you have been losing so many kilos. More ...

tv news
Motorsports This Week on ESPN  
NASCAR Nationwide Series in Prime Time on ESPN2
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will race under the lights in prime time at historic Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on Friday night, April 11, and ESPN2 will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7:30 p.m. ET and the green flag will fly at 8:16 p.m.  All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.  The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN2.

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Ricky Craven, Wallace (analysts).
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on ESPN2, ESPN3 More ...
Dane Cameron Joins Risi Competizione Ferrari  
It's been a difficult opening two races for the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari team.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -  The only full-time Ferrari GTLM entrant, Risi Competizione, has had the most extraordinary and unfortunate of starts to its 2014 season.  The Houston-based team now though plans to re-set back to zero, put the incidents and accidents of Daytona and Sebring firmly behind it, and start the season afresh.

Thanks to the indefatigable efforts of the whole Risi team, the No.62 Risi F458 Italia is once again pristine and ready for action at Round 3 of the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship.  The Ferrari will be competing against the factory entries from BMW, Corvette, Porsche and Viper – the 10 entrants in GTLM being part of the 22-strong field around the scenic streets of Long Beach, California.
Driving the Ferrari will be Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, who brings a wealth of experience and race-winning expertise with him and needs little introduction to worldwide GT audiences.  He will be paired in Long Beach with a newcomer to Risi and Ferrari, 25-year-old Dane Cameron. More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

  • Sure, sure.  Mercedes says Lowe did not tell Rosberg to stand down after one failed pass attempt
    Mercedes denies Lowe call was 'team order'
  • Montezemolo left track during Bahrain thriller
  • F1 to push ahead with making V6 engines louder
  • Mercedes secret is 'double diffuser' of 2014
  • Teams pushing Ecclestone into internet era
  • Massa: Safety Car destroyed our strategy
  • Ferrari felt like it was in a lower class New
  • Ron Dennis (who has the superior Mercedes engines) slams "disrespectful" Sebastian Vettel New More ...
Formula One abandons cost cap plan  Formula One has abandoned plans to impose a budget cap in 2015 and will seek to reduce costs instead through regulation changes, FIA president Jean Todt said on Sunday.

The governing International Automobile Federation announced last year that, with some teams struggling financially, it planned to introduce a cost cap for next season with an agreement scheduled for June 2014.

However Todt, speaking to reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix, said leading teams had made clear they did not believe the initiative was viable.

"I understand that all the [six] teams that are part of the strategy group are against the cost cap now," he said. More ...

Rain delays start of Texas NASCAR Sprint Cup race (Update)  UPDATE Besieged by daylong rain showers, Sunday's scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway has been postponed until Monday.

The Duck Commander 500 was slated for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, but heavy rainfall into the early afternoon delayed that plan. The new green flag start time is noon ET on Monday (televised on FOX).

04/06/14 NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers say knowing well in advance that you're going to be in an extended rain delay on race day doesn't make the news any better.

But since Texas Motor Speedway's current weather postponement -- green flag is currently on hold --  is the fourth of the season's first seven races, drivers say they are getting used to devising creative ways to pass time. Or not-so-creative ways.

While Kyle and Samantha Busch tried to figure out a way to work in a workout, food and television were more likely outlets in the garage. More ...

Maldonado gets five-place grid drop for China  Pastor Maldonado has been given a five-place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix after his clash with Esteban Gutiérrez in Bahrain.

Fresh from leaving the pits, Lotus driver Maldonado tipped Sauber rival Gutiérrez into a roll at the first corner, bringing out the Safety Car.

Maldonado was initially given a 10-second stop/go penalty during the race, but the stewarding panel also decided to apply a grip drop for the next race and add three penalty points to his Super License.

Although the incident was a dramatic one, Gutierrez escaped unharmed.

Palmer wins GP2 Sprint race  
Palmer beats Trummer and Leal in a close finish
Jolyon Palmer has topped a dominant weekend in Bahrain with victory in this morning’s sprint race: the win, along with pole position, a podium and fastest lap yesterday allowed the Briton to head home with the lead in the 2014 GP2 Series championship after standing on the top step between Simon Trummer and Julian Leal.

The win was set up at the start: Felipe Nasr had a poor start from pole position while Palmer had a brilliant one, slotting in behind front row starter Trummer into turn one from P6, with Leal following him to push up from P7 to P3 and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs a third impressive starter to move up behind them, and ahead of Nasr, from P10 on the grid. More ...
About that fossil fuel burning car you are driving....  
Instead of building more zero carbon producing nuclear power plants and powering all cars with pollution free energy (electricity), we now 'frack' for oil and natural gas and earthquake activity is now on the rise.  Shake, rattle and roll.
Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration.

One earthquake recorded at 3.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey rocked houses in several communities around central Oklahoma at 7:42 a.m. local time. Another about two hours earlier in the same part of the state, north of Oklahoma City, was recorded at 2.9 magnitude, USGS said.

Those two were preceded by two more, at 2.6 magnitude, and 2.5 magnitude, that also rolled the landscape in central Oklahoma early Saturday morning. A 3.0 magnitude tremor struck late Friday night in that area as well, following a 3.4 magnitude hit Friday afternoon.

Austin Holland, a seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey who tracks earthquake activity for the USGS, said the earthquake activity in the state is soaring. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday  
  • Vergne hospitalized because of extreme diet so he can be light like the F1 midgets
    Todt says crisis rule changes unlikely
  • Vergne hospitalized amid extreme F1 diets
  • Ferrari 'not doing a good job' in 2014 - Alonso
  • Team battles heating up at Mercedes, Red Bull
  • Vettel takes blame for Q2 elimination
  • Grosjean sure of faster Lotus race pace
  • Perez targets podium finish from second row
  • Revised Malaysian GP starting grid
  • Ecclestone says two new F1 team entries will be accepted
  • Further rule changes would be 'absurd' so we can keep our advantage - Mercedes
  • McLaren confident over progress with MP4-29 More ...
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