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04/11/19
f1

Chinese GP: Vettel over Hamilton in Practice 1
Sebastian Vettel quick so far
Sebastian Vettel quick so far

After choking in Bahrain last week, Sebastian Vettel appears to have the bit between his teeth this weekend.

Two weeks on from his costly spin when battling Hamilton in Bahrain, Vettel started the China weekend on the right foot by turning in a fastest time of 1m33.911s, lapping two-tenths of a second quicker than the rest of the field.

He topped Practice 1 using Medium tires on his Ferrari while Lewis Hamilton was 2/10ths behind of Soft tires.

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04/11/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times live and Eastern unless noted.
Thursday, April 11LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – Practice 1Shanghai9:55pm-12:10amESPNews
Friday, April 12LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – Practice 2Shanghai1:55am-3:30amESPN2
IndyCar Practice 1Long Beach1:00-1:45pmNBC Gold
IndyCar Practice 2Long Beach5:00-5:45pmNBC Gold
NASCAR Xfinity - QualifyingRichmond3:40-4:40pmFS1
NASCAR Cup - QualifyingRichmond5:40-7:00pmFS1
NASCAR Xfinity - RaceRichmond7:00-9:30pmFS1
IMSA - QualifyingLong Beach8:30-9:15pmIMSA TV
F1 – Practice 3Shanghai10:55pm-12:00amESPNews
Saturday, April 13LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – QualifyingShanghai1:55-4:00amESPN2
Formula E - RaceRome9:30-11:00amFS2
IndyCar Practice 3Long Beach12:00-12:45pmNBC Gold
IMSA - RaceLong Beach4:30-7:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup - RaceRichmond7:00-11:00pmFS1
SupercrossDenver8:30-11:30pmNBCSN
Sunday, April 14LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – RaceShanghai2:00-4:00amESPN2
MotoGP RaceCOTATBAbeIN
NHRA FinalsHouston3:00-5:00pmFOX
IndyCar raceLong Beach4:00-7:00pmNBCSN


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04/11/19
irl

Thursday Media Highlights

Walk of Fame Inductees

 

Hello from California where this weekend the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will take over some streets in town.  The weather is typical for this part of the country, sunny and temperatures in the low 70s predicted for the entire weekend.

The F1 series took to the streets of Long Beach for the first race in 1975.  This weekend will be the 36th IndyCar event on this historic street circuit.  Mario Andretti, driving in the first IndyCar race in 1984 on the streets of downtown claimed the win.  Andretti also won in here in his F1 car in 1977.

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04/11/19
f1

Red Bull assembled Verstappen's car wrong
Max Verstappen in Bahrain
Max Verstappen in Bahrain
Max Verstappen appears to be a relieved young man as he prepares to tackle the Chinese Grand Prix because his Red Bull team have found a badly mounted component to be the problem that took the shine of their weekend under floodlights in Bahrain.

When stripping the cars after the race at Sakhir, the true cause emerged as the Dutchman explained on his website: “The entire weekend we suffered from a mistake we made in the setup of the car.”

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04/11/19
irl
imsa

Bourdais to sub for Hand, pull double duty
Bourdais to sub for hand in the #66 Ford
Bourdais to sub for hand in the #66 Ford
Sebastien Bourdais will take part in this weekend’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach at the wheel of the No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, subbing for regular driver Joey Hand.

The Frenchman, who completes the car’s lineup in the endurance races, has been drafted in due to flu-like symptoms for Hand, who has been ruled out of the third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

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04/11/19
motogp

Government secures funding for Spa MotoGP push
Can you imagine the MotoGP bikes thru Eau Rouge
Can you imagine the MotoGP bikes thru Eau Rouge
The Walloon Government has confirmed it has approved a loan for Spa-Francorchamps to make safety upgrades to the circuit if it secures a deal with Dorna Sports to host MotoGP.

The iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes valley played host to motorcycle grand prix racing from 1949 through to 1990, when it was struck off the calendar over safety concerns.

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04/11/19
track news

Pepsi replaces Coke at Indy
Officials from PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced a multiyear partnership Thursday, April 11 in which Pepsi and MTN DEW become the Official Soda Beverages of IMS and Aquafina the Official Water of IMS starting with the 2019 season. 

PepsiCo products will be served exclusively at concession stands and in suites throughout the historic facility starting with the INDYCAR Grand Prix and 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in May. 

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04/11/19
f1

ExxonMobil Celebrates Participation in Formula One
Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly & Christian Horner celebrate 1,000 F1 races with ExxonMobil
Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly & Christian Horner celebrate 1,000 F1 races with ExxonMobil
ExxonMobil returns to its heritage look to celebrate its extraordinary participation in Formula One at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, the 1,000th World Championship race

ExxonMobil brands are one of only a few to have been involved in Formula One since the very first World Championship race at the 1950 British Grand Prix, from which EssoTM and MobilTM have powered some of the greatest teams and drivers through the decades.

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04/11/19
irl

IndyCar: REV Group and Road America Announce FREE Admission for First Responders
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REV Group, Inc., (NYSE: REVG), a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of industry-leading specialty vehicle brands, along with Road America, have teamed up to pay tribute to first responders at the NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix June 20-23, 2019.

As part of the tribute, all active-duty first responders will receive FREE entry to the REV Group Grand Prix during the entire weekend of activities including the NTT IndyCar Series race on Sunday. Additionally, REV Group and Road America have planned a unique race experience to honor the men and women that answer the call to protect and serve our communities. First responders, including law enforcement, fire, paramedics and emergency medical technicians, will be admitted free of charge by showing valid identification indicating active service Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23. FREE admission must be redeemed at the gate and is only valid during the event weekend.

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04/11/19
f1

Renault F1 team introduce new MGU-K in China
Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg

All four Renault-powered drivers will use a new specification of MGU-K this weekend as the manufacturer works to solve the problems it has suffered since the beginning of the season. Both Renault works cars retired at the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Fellow Renault user Carlos Sainz Jnr also dropped out of the Australian Grand Prix with power unit problems, and the Renault engines have experienced non-terminal problems as well.

Nico Hulkenberg confirmed he will take a new power unit this weekend following his retirement from sixth place in Bahrain.

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04/11/19
f1

Weber slams Ecclestone over Schumacher comments
Weber and Schumacher in 2007
Weber and Schumacher in 2007
(GMM) Michael Schumacher's former manager has slammed Bernie Ecclestone for comments about the F1 legend.

In an interview with Sport Bild, former F1 supremo Ecclestone said of Schumacher: "His problem was that he had no limits."

The 88-year-old was referring to incidents like Jerez 1997, when Schumacher turned in on his championship rival Jacques Villeneuve. 

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04/11/19
f1

Forghieri says F1 should 'get rid of DRS'
Mauro Forghieri talks to Mario Andretti at Zandvoort in 1971
Mauro Forghieri talks to Mario Andretti at Zandvoort in 1971
(GMM) Legendary Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri says F1 should "get rid of DRS".

Best known for his scarlet F1 cars of the 60s and 70s, the now 84-year-old is using the occasion of this weekend's 1000th grand prix to consider where the sport should be heading.

"I think the move to hybrids is correct," Forghieri is quoted by Italy's Autosprint.

"But I would like more overtaking, and the only way is to get rid of DRS, which I hate," he said.

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04/11/19
f1

Ferrari should have kept Raikkonen - Ecclestone
Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone still thinks Ferrari should have kept Kimi Raikkonen in 2019.

A friend of Sebastian Vettel's, former F1 supremo Ecclestone thinks Finn Raikkonen was a better number 2 driver than Charles Leclerc is.

"I thought Ferrari made a mistake by releasing Kimi," he told France's Auto Hebdo.

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04/11/19
f1

Sweet-smelling Ferrari 'not illegal' - Marko
Dr. Helmut Marko
Dr. Helmut Marko
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has dismissed claims that Ferrari's 2019 car is illegal.

However, the Italian team stunned rivals Mercedes and Red Bull in Bahrain with a power unit that was superior to the tune of a huge five tenths per lap on the straights alone.

In the days since, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has revealed that he thinks Ferrari's Shell fuel in 2019 smells like grapefruit.

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04/11/19
f1

Hamilton causes Vettel 'mental block' - Ecclestone
Everytime Hamilton pressures Vettel, Vettel chokes
Everytime Hamilton pressures Vettel, Vettel chokes
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone says that despite Sebastian Vettel's four titles, the German remains "underestimated".

Many are predicting that the arrival at Ferrari of Charles Leclerc is basically the end of the Vettel era.

But former F1 supremo Ecclestone, who remains friends with the 31-year-old, told Sport Bild: "Formula one needs a Sebastian who wins.

"People underestimate him. He will find a way out of the low he's in.

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04/11/19
f1
f1

Ecclestone concerned about Formula E success
Formula E drew a large, but rare, big crowd in Mexico City
Formula E drew a large, but rare, big crowd in Mexico City
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone is concerned about the success of Formula E.

The former F1 supremo, ousted by Liberty Media in 2017, says he can imagine the city-focused, all-electric series resonating with people.

Asked by France's Auto Hebdo to say what he wishes for F1 in the future, 88-year-old Ecclestone said: "To be better.

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04/11/19
f1

Williams situation 'terrible' - Ecclestone
Paddy Lowe left Williams a wreck
Paddy Lowe left Williams a wreck
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has described Williams' current situation as "terrible".

And the former F1 supremo, who was at the sport's helm for the entire duration of Williams' 9 constructors' and 7 drivers' championships, is concerned the British team will struggle to recover.

"Williams is in a terrible situation," he told France's Auto Hebdo.

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04/11/19
f1

George Russell: F1 should adopt standard cockpit size
George Russell
George Russell
Williams' George Russell believes Formula 1 should adopt a standard cockpit size, having put on weight over the winter thanks to the new driver weight regulations.

F1 for the first time has adopted an independent seat weight rule of 80kgs in 2019, meaning those below the limit have had ballast added to their seat.

Reigning Formula 2 champion Russell revealed that he had put on six kilos over the winter period – as he prepared to make the step to Formula 1 and adapt to the revised regulations.

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04/11/19
f1

Watch the $59M Montreal paddock upgrade progress
Main Paddock building
Main Paddock building
Two months ahead of the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix, the local government has spent $59 million on a new paddock at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which should be ready when the Formula 1 circus lands there.

 A restoration was probably long overdue. The original paddock stemmed from the 1976 Olympics, which were held in Montreal. After 43 years, a new complex is being built.

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04/11/19
f1

Hamilton says Netflix series 'good' for F1
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton says the recent Netflix series about F1 was a "good thing", even though he did not take part.

No Ferrari or Mercedes driver, or the top two teams as a whole, took part in the popular series called Drive to Survive.

World champion Hamilton says the producers actually wanted him to feature in his own series.

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04/11/19
irl

Patricio O'Ward trains as a boxer
Patricio O'Ward, who is 1/4 Irish and 3/4 Mexican, feels boxing makes him a better race car driver
Patricio O'Ward, who is 1/4 Irish and 3/4 Mexican, feels boxing makes him a better race car driver
Patricio O’Ward was born in Mexico and lived there until he was 11, so it’s no surprise he is a boxing fan, writes Robert Morales of the Long Beach Press Telegram.

What might be surprising is O’Ward uses boxing workouts to assist him in being all he can be as a race-car driver. Whether jumping rope, doing light bag work or agility training at Black Stallion Boxing Plus in San Antonio, O’Ward is of the mind it can give him the strength and endurance needed to deal with being in a race car at high speeds for two hours.

His early success shows it’s working. In 2018, O’Ward won nine of 17 races in Indy Lights as well as the series title, the result of which was signing with Carlin this season for a near-full ride in NTT Indy Car for 13 of 17 races.

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04/11/19
automotive

Ford CEO says the company 'overestimated' self-driving cars

As we predicted, the idea of autonomous computers replicating what the most powerful computer ever created can do (the human brain) is far far away
As we predicted, the idea of autonomous automobile computers replicating what the most powerful computer ever created can do (the human brain) is far far away
Ford CEO Jim Hackett scaled back hopes about the company's plans for self-driving cars this week, admitting that the first vehicles will have limits. "We overestimated the arrival of autonomous vehicles," said Hackett, who once headed the company's autonomous vehicle division, at a Detroit Economic Club event on Tuesday. While Ford still plans on launching its self-driving car fleet in 2021, Hackett added that "its applications will be narrow, what we call geo-fenced, because the problem is so complex."

Hackett's announcement comes nearly six months after its CEO of autonomous vehicles, Sherif Markaby, detailed plans for the company's self-driving car service in a Medium post. The company has invested over $4 billion in the technology's development through 2023, including over $1 billion in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company that is creating a virtual driver system. Ford is currently testing its self-driving vehicles in Miami, Washington, D.C. and Detroit.

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