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04/16/19
track news

Chip Wile On The Renovation Of Daytona International Speedway
From its humble beginnings on the beach to becoming arguably the most famous racetrack in the world, Daytona International Speedway is an institution of American motorsport, hosting NASCAR’s Daytona 500 alongside sportscar’s flagship race, the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid, track President Chip Wile explains the upgrades that have been made to the circuit, to ensure race day is a truly unique and unparalleled experience for teams, media and fans alike.

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04/16/19
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2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach // Fast Forward
The entire Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, where Alexander Rossi started from the pole, cut down to 30 minutes.

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04/16/19
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28 drivers slated to participate in IndyCar IMS Open Test
The month of May is almost here!
The month of May is almost here!

In preparation for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, NTT IndyCar Series drivers will participate in an Open Test from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, April 24 on the famed 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Veterans will take the oval from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with Rookie Orientation Program and refresher tests from 1-3 p.m. and all participants on track from 3-6 p.m.

The Turn 2 Viewing Mounds will be open for public viewing.

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04/16/19
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IndyCar Long Beach TV Rating (Update)
Race winner Alexander Rossi
Race winner Alexander Rossi dominated but the good news is that this year's number were up.

UPDATE The final TV Rating for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on NBCSN was a horrible 0.28, but it was up 16.7% from last year's even more horrible 0.24 final TV rating. 

This year 436,000 total viewers tuned in to the NBCSN broadcast, but only 92,000 between the age of 18-49, which is the age group sponsors look at. Those number also are up from last year's 370,000 and 82,000 respectively.

So some good news after the first three races were down, but we were promised much bigger numbers now that NBC has all the races. Let's hope that the races on NBC show some big increases so that IndyCar gets the exposure it deserves.

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04/16/19
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MacNeil, Vilander, and Smith to Drive WeatherTech Racing Ferrari at Le Mans
WeatherTech Ferrari
WeatherTech Ferrari

Looking to add to a dominate podium streak at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE class, Scuderia Corsa will return to the famed Circuit de la Sarthe in 2019 with an all-star lineup.

The No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE entry is driven by WeatherTech Racing Driver Cooper MacNeil, entering his sixth Le Mans after a third-place finish with Scuderia Corsa in 2017, Ferrari Factory Driver Toni Vilander, two-time 24 hour of Le Mans winner in his eleventh appearance at the famed endurance event and veteran Ferrari driver Robert Smith, who competed and won at Le Mans in 2017 with the Ferrari 488.

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04/16/19
f1

Chinese GP TV Rating (Update)
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

UPDATE The final ratings are in and the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix on ESPN2 averaged 260K viewers, down from the race on ESPN2 last year (290K) and down slightly from the telecast on NBCSN in 2017 (264K).

This is the first F1 race of the season that hasn’t been up in viewership.

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04/16/19
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IMSA

A strong driver line-up from Mercedes-AMG Motorsport for international competitions
Gary Paffett back with Mercedes
Gary Paffett back with Mercedes
In 2019, the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing program again shines with an extremely strong driver line-up. A total of 18 high-quality drivers will be supporting the international Customer Racing and Performance Teams in selected competitions. The ranks of the works drivers include young talents as well as some of the best-known names in motorsport who, with their experience, their skills and their achievements, are also global ambassadors for the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach. Together with the teams, Mercedes-AMG has put together promising programs for this year’s season for all its drivers.

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04/16/19
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Le Mans expands 2019 grid to 62 cars
LeMans Start
LeMans Start

The Le Mans 24 Hours will feature a 62-car grid this year, with temporary garages being erected to house the top two teams from the reserve list, High Class Racing and United Autosports.

Race organizer the Automobile Club de l'Ouest announced the move on Tuesday, granting the top two teams on the reserve list the chance to take part in the 87th running of the French endurance classic.

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04/16/19
f1

Tire choices for Baku
See tire choices below
The FIA communicated to Pirelli each team’s tire choices for the forthcoming Azerbaijan Grand Prix (April, 26-28).

Ferrari has gone with more yellow medium tires whereas everyone else went with more of the soft red tires.

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04/16/19
f1

Nothing fundamentally wrong with car - Vettel
The Ferrari chassis is simply inferior to the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes chassis. Period
The Ferrari chassis is simply inferior to the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes chassis. Period
(GMM) Just three races into yet another promising season for Ferrari, the Italian press has declared that the great Maranello team is once again in crisis.

In China, most had expected Ferrari to bounce back after Charles Leclerc's near-win of Bahrain.

Instead, the team is now fending off a team orders controversy and claims the 2019 car is fundamentally flawed.

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04/16/19
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f1

McLaren to decide on Indycar for 2020 in summer
Zak Bown in Long Beach
Zak Brown in Long Beach

(GMM) Zak Brown says McLaren is deciding whether to enter a full two-car team in the Indycar series in 2020 or 2021.

"There is no doubt that the shareholders at McLaren would like to be in Indycar. I think it's more of a when than an if," he said.

Brown, who is McLaren's team boss, skipped the Chinese grand prix last weekend and instead attended the Indycar race at Long Beach.

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04/16/19
f1

Red Bull to get new Honda engine in Baku
20 more HP from Honda for Hanoi
20 more HP from Honda for Hanoi
(GMM) Just a few races into the long 2019 season, Honda is already preparing to introduce an upgrade for its engine.

De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper, says the more powerful Honda engine will be used by Red Bull in Baku next weekend.

Team official Dr Helmut Marko said the upgrade was originally planned for the sixth race in Monaco.

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04/16/19
f1

Raikkonen 'leading the B league' - Zehnder
Kimi Raikkonen, leader of the 'B' league
Kimi Raikkonen, leader of the 'B' league
(GMM) Alfa Romeo team manager Beat Zehnder says it is "a pleasure" to be working once again with Kimi Raikkonen.

The pair worked together when Raikkonen made his F1 debut for Sauber in 2001, and the Finn has now returned to the same Hinwil based team for 2019.

Currently, he is 'best of the rest' behind the six Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull drivers.

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04/16/19
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Carey inspects 2020 Hanoi GP site
President and CEO of Formula 1 Chase Carey, left, Hanoi Mayor Nguyen Duc Chung, second from left and two other officials watch the Hanoi F1 circuit design on the screen in Hanoi, Vietnam (AP)
President and CEO of Formula 1 Chase Carey, left, Hanoi Mayor Nguyen Duc Chung, second from left and two other officials watch the Hanoi F1 circuit design on the screen in Hanoi, Vietnam (AP)
(GMM) F1 chief executive Chase Carey traveled straight from China to Vietnam to check out the scene of the Hanoi street race for 2020.

Vietnam is the first new race put together from scratch by new F1 owner Liberty Media.

"We think this track will make for a very special race and a very exciting competition," Carey is quoted by France's L'Equipe. 

"It's a combination of a street race - we are in the city center - and a circuit," he added.

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04/16/19
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Dakar Rally moving to Saudi Arabia in 2020
Dakar is moving to the Middle East
Dakar is moving to the Middle East
The Dakar Rally is swapping South America for Saudi Arabia.

Dakar Rally organizers say next year's race will be held in "the deep and mysterious deserts of the Middle East, in Saudi Arabia."

Created by Thierry Sabine after he got lost in the Libyan desert in 1977, the Dakar Rally was raced across Africa until terror threats in Mauritania led organizers to cancel the 2008 edition. The rally was then held in South America.

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04/16/19
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NASCAR nails 25% of cars for cheating at Richmond
The #48 was among those cars found to be illegal
The #48 was among those cars found to be illegal

When will the cheating ever end in NASCAR?

Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson, who all initially qualified in the top 10 for Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway, all started from the rear after their respective cars failed pre-race inspection Saturday.

Jones had earned his first front-row starting position of the season in Friday night’s Busch Pole Qualifying with a best lap of 124.081 mph around the 0.75-mile short track, good for second behind Kevin Harvick. Elliott was slated to start seventh after a speed of 123.153 mph.

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04/16/19
automotive

Ex-VW CEO Martin Winterkorn Officially Charged
former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn
Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn charged with plotting to defraud consumers
German prosecutors have officially charged former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn with aggravated assault in connection to diesel emissions fraud. Winterkorn reigned over the VW empire at the time of the dieselgate scandal, and even though he stepped down from his executive role in 2015, the longtime executive and other four VW bosses were charged on a German court on Monday morning for repeatedly deceiving regulators.

Although a sentence hasn't been reached by officials, and it could be months before one is made public, Winterkorn could face up to 10 years in prison and be forced to repay tens of millions of euros that were originally awarded for sales bonuses, according to CNN. In addition to fraud, Winterkorn and company were also charged with embezzlement and violating the country's competition laws, the latter by claiming that VW vehicles produced fewer emissions than the competitors', therefore giving them an advantage in the marketplace.

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04/15/19
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NASCAR Richmond TV Rating
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Saturday night on FOX scored a 1.8 overnight TV rating, up slightly from a 1.7 for last year's race.


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04/15/19
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Extended Highlights of Acura GP of Long Beach
Rossi rounds the hairpin
Rossi rounds the hairpin
Alexander Rossi won the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach from the pole position for the second consecutive year, dominating Sunday’s race from start to finish.

The Andretti Autosport driver scored his first victory of the 2019 season and sixth of his NTT IndyCar Series career in becoming the first back-to-back winner in Long Beach since Sebastien Bourdais won three straight from 2005-07 on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn circuit.

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04/15/19
f1

Celebrating 125 Years of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
Toto Wolff, Hans Herrmann, Norbert Haug and Karl Wendlinger reflect on 125 years of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport history...

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04/15/19
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NTT IndyCar Series: Long Beach Race Highlights
The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is one of the premier events on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule. It saw a masterful performance by race winner Alexander Rossi. Check the highlights.

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04/15/19
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Formula E 'equally important' to F1 - Zetsche
Dieter Zetsche with Lewis Hamilton
Dieter Zetsche with Lewis Hamilton
(GMM) Mercedes sees its new commitment in Formula E as "equally important" to the F1 team.

Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche was in China at the weekend where he watched a third consecutive 1-2 for the ultra-successful works team.

"I was just talking to Toto Wolff about how the motivation is still high after five world championships in a row," he said.

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04/15/19
f1

No more race victory target in 2019 - Horner
Christian Horner and his wife Geri
Christian Horner and his wife Geri
(GMM) After three races in 2019, Red Bull no longer has a target for the number of race wins.

Prior to the season, buoyed by the promise of the new works Red Bull-Honda pairing, Dr Helmut Marko said he wanted five victories before the season finale in December.

"We all know that Helmut is an optimist," team boss Christian Horner smiled in China.

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04/15/19
f1

Budget caps 'will not help F1' - Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve knows zero about running an F1 team. Zero
(GMM) Jacques Villeneuve says a budget cap is the wrong direction for F1.

With support from the FIA and many teams, the sport's new owner Liberty Media is determined to impose caps on annual spending from 2021.

Villeneuve, F1's outspoken 1997 world champion, is diametrically opposed.

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04/15/19
f1

Williams 'no longer a racing team' - Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve knows zero about running a race team. Zero
Jacques Villeneuve knows zero about running a race team. Zero
(GMM) Williams' problems can be traced back to the decision to float on the stock exchange.

That is the view of Jacques Villeneuve, who in 1997 won the once-great team's last world championship.

"Its leaders are paying for the bad decisions made in recent years," he told Le Journal de Montreal.

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04/15/19
f1

'Multi-year job' to catch top teams - Abiteboul
Cyril Abiteboul has been saying the same thing for years
Cyril Abiteboul has been saying the same thing for years
(GMM) Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul says the French team is in the middle of a "multi-year" task to catch the big three teams.

The comments come after China, where despite making reliability fixes for its significantly more powerful 2019 engine after Bahrain, Nico Hulkenberg once again retired.

"Nico had a problem around the MGU-K," Abiteboul told France's Auto Hebdo.

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04/15/19
f1

No solution to Haas problem yet - Steiner
Gunther Steiner
Gunther Steiner
(GMM) Haas says it has serious work to do before the next race in Baku.

Having earlier looked 'best of the rest' behind the big three teams in 2019, the American team's race pace has collapsed both in Bahrain and now in China.

Team boss Gunther Steiner told Ekstra Bladet newspaper that the problem is tyre temperature.

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04/15/19
f1

Ferrari should make Leclerc 'captain' - press
Despite what the biased media write, Leclerc was slower than Vettel in China and the team made the right call to move him aside
Despite what the biased media write, Leclerc was slower than Vettel in China and the team made the right call to move him aside
(GMM) Ferrari failed to put its once-promising 2019 hopes back on track in China.

The Italian team looked on track to take on Mercedes this year, but in Australia, Bahrain and now in Shanghai it was the German outfit with 1-2 finishes.

Not just that, Ferrari is now embroiled in a team orders scandal after telling Charles Leclerc to move aside for Sebastian Vettel. 

"If there is a 30 million dollar man and a 2.5 million dollar man, then the hierarchy is already quite clear," pundit Toni Vilander told Finland's MTV.

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04/14/19
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imsa

187,000 for Acura GP of Long Beach
Start of Acura GP of Long Beach
Start of Acura GP of Long Beach
Grand Prix Association of Long Beach officials announced that preliminary indications are that attendance at the 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was up around one percent over the 2018 race.

“Awaiting the final audit, it appears that this year’s event exceeded last year’s total of 185,300, which should put the total for this year’s event at about 187,000,” said Jim Michaelian, Grand Prix Association President and CEO.

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04/14/19
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Mixed emotions for Long Beach GP winner Alexander Rossi
Rossi announces that his grandfather passed away
Rossi announces that his grandfather passed away

Alexander Rossi appeared to have a perfect weekend winning the Acura GP of Long Beach from start-to finish for the 2nd year in a row.

But he didn't.

Rossi learned that his grandfather on his mother's side, Donald Russell had passed away. Our condolences to him and his family.

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04/14/19
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Michael Andretti's team gets 200th win
Michael Andretti
Michael Andretti

With Alexander Rossi's victory at today’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Andretti Autosport team led by Michael Andretti recorded its 200th race win coming from multiple areas of competition (IndyCar, Indy Lights, Pro Mazda/Indy Pro 2000, USF2000, Global Rallycross, Americas Rallycross, FIA Formula E Championship, ALMS/IMSA).

Having grown and diversified since Andretti became a team owner in 2003, the brand currently competes globally across six areas of competition: INDYCAR, Indy Lights, FIA Formula E Championship, U.S. rallycross, GT4 America and Australian Supercars.

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04/14/19
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DragonSpeed Wins 4 Hour of Le Castellet
Winning DragonSpeed drivers
Winning DragonSpeed drivers
The no21 DragonSpeed Oreca 07-Gibson took the first victory of the 2019 European Le Mans Series at Le Castellet with Ben Hanley crossing the finish line ahead of the nearest rival, the no28 IDEC Sport Oreca of Paul Loup Chatin. It was the first win for the no21 DragonSpeed, and Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley, since Spa in 2016.

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04/14/19
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Acura GP of Long Beach Honda Saturday recap
Recap of how the Honda teams did in qualifying for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Saturday. The Honda powered cars of Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon will start 1st and 2nd.

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04/14/19
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Long Beach GP Starting Lineup and Tires
Rossi will start on pole
Rossi will start on pole
Starting lineup and starting tire choice for today's Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

SPCarDriver NameEngineTire
127Rossi, AlexanderHondaAlternate-Soft
29Dixon, ScottHondaAlternate-Soft
312Power, WillChevyAlternate-Soft
42Newgarden, JosefChevyAlternate-Soft
522Pagenaud, SimonChevyAlternate-Soft
615Rahal, GrahamHondaPrimary-Hard
728Hunter-Reay, RyanHondaPrimary-Hard
830Sato, TakumaHondaPrimary-Hard
931O'Ward, Patricio (R)ChevyAlternate-Soft
1088Herta, Colton (R)HondaPrimary-Hard
1198Andretti, MarcoHondaPrimary-Hard
1210Rosenqvist, Felix (R)HondaAlternate-Soft
1319Ferrucci, Santino (R)HondaAlternate-Soft
1418Bourdais, SebastienHondaPrimary-Hard
155Hinchcliffe, JamesHondaPrimary-Hard
1659Chilton, MaxChevyAlternate-Soft
1720Jones, EdChevyAlternate-Soft
1860Harvey, JackHondaAlternate-Soft
197Ericsson, Marcus (R)HondaAlternate-Soft
204Leist, MatheusChevyPrimary-Hard
2114Kanaan, TonyChevyPrimary-Hard
2226Veach, ZachHondaPrimary-Hard
2321Pigot, SpencerChevyPrimary-Hard

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04/14/19
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Herta and Andretti top Long Beach warm-up
Colton Herta
Colton Herta

Colton Herta turned the fastest lap in morning warm-up for today's Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in his Honda in a session that saw Honda sweep the top-9 positions.

Marco Andretti and his Andretti Honda teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay were 2nd and third while Rahal Honda teammates Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato rounded out the top-5.

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04/14/19
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Sunday Morning Update from Long Beach
Famous turn one fountain
Famous turn one fountain

It is a beautiful day in Southern California for the 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.  The weather has been perfect all weekend and should be 72 degrees by race time.  The Indy cars have a final warm up at 9 am this morning and race time is 1:30 pm local time.

Alexander Rossi, a native of Nevada City, California, will lead the 23 entries down Shoreline Drive this afternoon.  Rossi, the defending winner from 2018, is familiar with being on pole after earning that position last year. 

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04/14/19
f1

Gasly needs 'a bit of time' - Horner
Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly
(GMM) Christian Horner has once again defended Pierre Gasly amid suggestions the Frenchman may lose his Red Bull seat.

Struggling to adjust to his new car after being promoted from Toro Rosso, some are saying the Frenchman's days will be numbered at the senior team.

But Red Bull team boss Horner told De Telegraaf newspaper: "Let me say that people also have to give Pierre a bit of time.

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04/14/19
f1

F1 needs another race in China - Wolff
Wolff wants a 2nd race in China where his team always wins
Wolff wants a 2nd race in China where his team always wins
(GMM) Toto Wolff says F1 should consider adding a second race in China to the F1 calendar.

This weekend's event in Shanghai marks the 1000th grand prix in the history of the modern world championship.

Wolff says it is a good country for F1 races.

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04/14/19
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Vettel plays down F1 quit claims
Vettel drove a solid race in China - the best of the rest
Vettel drove a solid race in China - the best of the rest
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel has denied suggestions he could soon quit F1.

Heavily criticized for his start to the 2019 season, some believe the German will struggle to have his Ferrari contract renewed beyond its expiry late next year.

Not just that, Vettel recently admitted there are aspects of today's F1 'show' that he doesn't like.

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04/14/19
f1

'Strange' Haas problem not fixed yet - Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen says Haas has not solved the problem that affected the American team so badly in Bahrain.

The outfit looked to have started 2019 with a car that was 'best of the rest', but Haas' race pace plummeted during the race a fortnight ago in Bahrain.

The team brought a new rear wing to China to address the problem, but Magnussen told the Danish newspaper BT that it is not the answer.

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04/14/19
f1

I remember how to drive - Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo
(GMM) Daniel Ricciardo says he is being "patient" about getting up to speed in 2019, even if some are wondering if the Australian has lost his mojo.

Many raised their eyebrows when Ricciardo decided to quit Red Bull last year, and they are still raised as the 29-year-old struggles to shine alongside new Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg.

"I accept the criticism," he said in China.

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04/14/19
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Shell Mustangs go 1-2 for perfect weekend at Phillip Island
This is all everyone else ever sees of the Penske Mustangs
This is all everyone else ever sees of the Penske Mustangs
Scott McLaughlin proved beatable when his golden run came to an end at the hands of team-mate Fabian Coulthard and a puzzling pit stop at Phillip Island.

Coulthard claimed his first race win since last May, beating McLaughlin by effectively jumping him in the pits, and in turn ending the unbeaten streak of his Shell V-Power Racing partner. 

It was the first time this year McLaughlin had been beaten on the track after a formation lap stoush with Cameron Waters at the Australian Grand Prix last month.

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04/14/19
nasmon

NASCAR Richmond Monster Cup post- race Q&A
Martin Truex Jr (No.19 Auto Owners Insurance Toyota), Owner Joe Gibbs and Crew Chief Cole Pearn.

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04/13/19
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Video: IndyCar Series: Long Beach Qualifying Highlights
Rossi exits pits to make final run for pole
Rossi exits pits to make final run for pole
Alexander Rossi repeated Saturday as the NTT P1 Award winner for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Now he’ll look to turn it into a second straight win. The Andretti Autosport driver turned in the best lap in the last of three rounds of knockout qualifying, the Firestone Fast Six. He navigated the tight 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit in 1 minute, 6.4811 seconds (106.569 mph) in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda – the fastest lap of the race weekend this far and within less than three-tenths of a second of the track record.

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04/13/19
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IndyCar groups for qualifying

Hunter-Reay favored to lead Group 1
Hunter-Reay favored to lead Group 1
Group 1
15 Rahal, Graham
28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan
2 Newgarden, Josef
10 Rosenqvist, Felix
12 Power, Will
5 Hinchcliffe, James
7 Ericsson, Marcus
30 Sato, Takuma
20 Jones, Ed
19 Ferrucci, Santino
14 Kanaan, Tony

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04/13/19
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IndyCar at Long Beach: Rossi goes fastest in final practice
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi. Can he win pole two years in a row?
Andretti Autosport Honda driver Alexander Rossi waited until the very end of the session to show his hand with the fastest lap of the weekend so far at 1m07.0588s.

While the top-13 drivers were separated by just 1/2-second, the biggest gap was between 1st and 2nd with Graham Rahal second quick 0.1278s back.

Scott Dixon was third quick in his Ganassi PNC Honda while Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top-5.

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04/13/19
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Saturday Morning Update from Long Beach
Can Dixon get the pole today?
Can Dixon get the pole today?
Good morning from Long Beach.  The weather is staying perfect with the high temperature expected to reach 74 today.   Today's schedule for the Indy cars which practice at 9 am and then qualify at 12:10 pm.  There won't be much time to make adjustments to the cars with such a short turn around time.  And the reason for the short day is that the Bubba Burger Sportscar Grand Prix starts at 2 pm this afternoon,

Scott Dixon, the defending series champion, told the media that he still had some time in his Honda powered car. "I think it was only an average run. I think I missed the timing line when I went to get the fast lap out of it. We ran long and the grip felt high, but I made a pretty big mistake in the first two laps.  We didn't really get what we wanted out of it and I think we had the potential this morning. I think the Hondas look strong. As you can tell every weekend, it's super tight and the mix is quite heavy, so we will have to see what we can do to try to create a bit of a gap there."

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04/13/19
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F1's Milestone Year - Celebrating 1,000 Grand Prix Races, Part 1: Landmarks
F1 will celebrate its milestone 1,000th race at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, with Shanghai playing host to what will be Round 3 of this year’s World Championship. To mark the occasion, Mobil 1 The Grid look back on some of the landmark races and milestones which shaped the history of the sport, starting with the series’ first ever race at Silverstone, in 1950. 

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04/13/19
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F1's Milestone Year - Celebrating 1,000 Grand Prix Races, Part 2: Records
F1 will celebrate its milestone 1,000th race at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, with Shanghai playing host to what will be Round 3 of this year’s World Championship. To mark the occasion, Mobil 1 The Grid look back on some of the records which shaped the history of the sport, starting with Alfa Romeo's run in the 1950s.

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04/13/19
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Video: Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Practice Highlights
Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay topped the speed charts during Day 1 of the 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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04/13/19
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An interview with Acura Brand Officer: JON IKEDA
Jon Ikeda and T.E. McHale
Jon Ikeda and T.E. McHale
T.E. McHALE:  Good morning, everyone.  I know this is about the 50th time I've said this this morning, but I've never said it into a microphone:  Welcome to the "Acura" Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Those of you who visit us regularly for these media briefings know we typically do them with representatives from Honda Performance Development.  Today we have a special guest.  To my right is Acura brand officer Jon Ikeda.  We're making Jon available to talk a little bit more about this sponsorship that came together after Toyota had it for so long.

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04/13/19
f1

Stewart unsure Hamilton best ever driver
Hamilton refuses to do the Race of Champions for fear he can't win without an Aldo Costa designed car
Hamilton refuses to do the Race of Champions for fear he can't win without the advantage of an Aldo Costa designed car

(GMM) F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart is not sure Lewis Hamilton is any more talented than the other top drivers on the grid.

The triple world champion says Hamilton was a "lucky boy" to have made the move to Mercedes just before the German giant started to dominate.

"Lewis is a very lucky boy to be in a position to have such enormous support behind him," Stewart told the Mirror newspaper.

"What Lewis did was move at the right time to Mercedes. Of course he's a very good driver. But is he better than Sebastian Vettel? Or Fernando Alonso, Alain Prost, Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna, Schumacher or Jackie Stewart?"

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04/13/19
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McLaughlin extends Championship lead with victory at Phillip Island
Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin
Unstoppable. Scott McLaughlin did a ‘Winx’ at the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint with one of the most convincing victories of recent times at the Victorian circuit.

The young Kiwi landed a seventh straight ARMOR ALL Pole Position, more consecutive poles than any driver in history at the circuit, then converted it to his third straight victory at Phillip Island.

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04/13/19
f1

Binotto denies not having Ferrari backing
Mattia Binotto
Mattia Binotto
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has slammed as "completely wrong" claims he could become isolated at Ferrari.

Binotto took over as team boss for 2019, but former president Luca di Montezemolo told La Repubblica newspaper that bigger bosses John Elkann and Louis Camilleri are inexperienced.

"This year, Ferrari will fight until the last for the title, which was not the case for a long time," Montezemolo said.

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04/13/19
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Gasly struggle could benefit Kvyat - Petrov
Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly
(GMM) Another former driver thinks Pierre Gasly is at risk of being demoted at Red Bull.

After a difficult start for former Toro Rosso driver Gasly in 2019, Jacques Villeneuve said he can imagine the Frenchman being dropped by Red Bull this year.

But for now, Dr Helmut Marko is backing Gasly.

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04/13/19
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Hamilton doesn't care about 'triple crown'
Lewis Hamilton not good enough to compete if his car isn't the best. He won't do the Race of Champions either for fear of being exposed
Lewis Hamilton afraid to compete if his car isn't the best. He won't do the Race of Champions either for fear of being exposed as just another driver
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton insists he "couldn't care less" about the so-called triple crown.

Fernando Alonso repopularized the triple crown achievement by declaring that he wants to add victory at the Indy 500 and Le Mans to his Monaco GP win.

He won Le Mans last year, and next month will try for the second time to win at Indianapolis. 

But when asked about the triple crown, won only by Graham Hill, Hamilton said in China: "Honestly, I couldn't care less." 

Indeed, Hamilton said that when he decides to quit F1, he will not mount a comeback later or even race elsewhere.

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04/13/19
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Custer wins Xfinity Series race at Richmond
Cole Custer
Cole Custer
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Cole Custer said on Friday afternoon that his No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Xfinity Series team might be ready to peak in time for the Playoffs.

Clearly, Custer is ahead of schedule, after a convincing victory in Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway.

After losing the lead to Austin Cindric on a restart with 26 laps left, Custer regained the top spot on Lap 231 of 250 and pulled away for his second victory of the season. In a race that dodged a persistent threat of rain, Custer crossed the finish line 2.639 seconds ahead of Cindric.

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04/13/19
f1

Sainz Jr. urges Renault to improve reliability
Sainz Jr.
Sainz Jr.
(GMM) Carlos Sainz Jr. has backed Renault's efforts to improve the reliability of its power unit.

Renault, supplying engines not just to its own works team but also customer McLaren, has taken a big step forward with its 2019 unit.

But works driver Nico Hulkenberg, for instance, had to have not just his combustion engine but also the turbo and MGU-H replaced after Bahrain.

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04/13/19
f1

Kubica 'exchanged things' with teammate Russell
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica
(GMM) Robert Kubica is happier at the wheel of his Williams this weekend in China.

In Australia and Bahrain, the Pole - having returned to F1 after an eight year injury break - suspected that his chassis was not the same as his teammate George Russell's.

"The balance is completely different here but we are still a long way behind," Kubica told Eleven Sports in Shanghai.

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04/13/19
f1

Vettel 'not a magician' - Verstappen
Vettel won 4 World Titles with Red Bull.  Verstappen zero.
Vettel won 4 World Titles with Red Bull. Verstappen zero.
(GMM) Max Verstappen says he has not been surprised by the early success of Charles Leclerc's move to Ferrari.

The pair were wheel-to-wheel back in their karting days, with Leclerc now joining Verstappen in challenging the likes of top F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

But Verstappen said of Leclerc: "I knew how fast he is.

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04/13/19
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Weekend TV Times
All times live and Eastern unless noted.
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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04/13/19
f1

Chinese GP: Bottas over Vettel in shortened Practice 3
Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas
In final practice before qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas topped the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel – but the session was cut short by a huge crash for Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon, who put his STR14 heavily into the wall on the pit straight.

Bottas was four tenths of a second over the two Ferraris of Vettel and Charles Leclerc with five minutes of Free Practice 3 remaining when Albon ran wide on the final corner. The Thai driver’s Toro Rosso wobbled on the astro turf before he was sent hurtling at worrying speed into the nearside track barrier.

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