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04/25/19
f1

McLaren Racing records massive $124M loss in 2018
McLaren Boss Zak Brown
McLaren Boss Zak Brown
McLaren Racing, the division which oversees its Formula 1 and IndyCar operations, recorded a record loss of $124 million for the 2018 financial year.

The McLaren Group, which also includes its automotive brand and applied technologies company, reported less loss than the year prior.

Much of that is down to McLaren Automotive which saw unit sales increase by 45 per cent, with 4,829 cars sold during 2018.

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04/25/19
automotive
irl

High-resolution maps from space are expected to revolutionize autonomous driving
NTT Data sponsors the IndyCar series
NTT Data sponsors the IndyCar series

Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD), global space technology pioneer Maxar Technologies (Maxar) and leading IT service provider and IndyCar sponsor NTT DATA Corporation will work in the creation of space technology in the future.Automated HD maps for autonomous vehicles. The maps are designed to build on high-resolution satellite imagery. This is an important step in advancing the Automated Mapping Platform (AMP), TRI-Ads concept of a public software platform, and the scalability of autonomous driving.

Autonomous vehicles use a variety of real-time sensors to ensure a safe ride. For proper functioning, these sensors must be matched with an HD card. According to TRI AD analysis, HD maps cover less than one percent of the global road network.

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04/25/19
automotive

Penske Opens Fast-Charging Stations for Electric Commercial Trucks in California
Roger Penske and his wife Kathy
Roger Penske and his wife Kathy

Electric cars aren't the only electric vehicles that need faster charging. Penske Truck Leasing, an arm of the vast Penske motorsports and business empire, has installed 14 DC fast-charging stations for electric commercial trucks at four of its facilities in Southern California. The company believes these are the first operational fast-charging stations in the United States designed specifically for commercial trucks.

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04/25/19
NASKN

NASCAR Appeals Board upholds Reed Jr. penalty
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel has upheld a penalty against NASCAR K&N Pro Series East crew chief Kevin Reed Jr.

Reed was working as crew chief on the No. 19 Toyota driven by Hailie Deegan at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on April 6. He became involved in an altercation with a NASCAR officials after being given a directive by NASCAR. 

As a result of the confrontation, Reed was fined $2,500, his NASCAR license was revoked and he was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR.

National Motorsports Appeals Panel decided that Reed violated the rules set forth in the penalty notice and upheld the original penalty. The Panel consisted of three people – Chuck Deery, Bill Mullis and Dale Pinilis.

Reed has the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book.

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04/25/19
automotive

Ford buys into Rivian, will develop joint EVs
Rivian will soon soon start selling their own EVs as well
Rivian will soon start selling their own EVs as well

Ford will develop a new electric vehicle with Rivian after announcing a $500 million investment in the American EV manufacturer on Wednesday.

The investment from Ford comes as the latest move in its commitment to build electric vehicles, with the two companies set to develop “an all-new, next-generation battery electric vehicle”.

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04/25/19
track news

Watkins Glen International extends partnership with Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Harbor Hotel
Harbor Hotel
Watkins Glen International and the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel have announced a multi-year extension to make the property the Preferred Hotel of the iconic 3.4-mile circuit, taking effect immediately.

“We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with an award-winning property like The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “During our race season, it has not only become a popular choice for many of the fans, crews and competitors, but also a popular destination for visitors to the area, no matter the time of year.”

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04/25/19
irl

Bobby Rahal to receive IMRRC's Argetsinger Award
Bobby Rahal
Bobby Rahal
Race team owner and former champion race-car driver Bobby Rahal will be honored on June 27 by the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) with the 2019 Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.

The 2019 award will be the sixth presented by the IMRRC. Chip Ganassi was the inaugural recipient in 2014. Richard Petty and Roger Penske were honorees in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Mario Andretti was cited in 2017 and Jim France and the France Family were honored in 2018.

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04/25/19
f1

ROKiT Williams Racing and the Financial Times Announce Partnership
The FT logo will appear on the inside of the rear-wing end plate of the FW42 (where hardly anyone sees it)
The FT logo will appear on the inside of the rear-wing end plate of the FW42 (where hardly anyone sees it)

ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING AND THE FINANCIAL TIMES are pleased to announce a multi-year partnership. This will increase both organization's’ visibility among global, influential audiences and combine marketing assets, enabling the team’s commercial partners to access integrated sponsorship and advertising solutions.

The deal sees the FT become an Official Partner of ROKiT Williams Racing ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. It is the first time the FT has partnered with a team in Formula One, complementing the FT’s successful annual event and content series entitled 'The Business of Formula One'.

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04/25/19
fe

Formula E challenges 'essence of motor sport' - Hamilton
If F1 and IndyCar someday run with pure electric power, it will be the end of motorsports as we know it. It began with the internal combustion engine but once the smell and sound is gone, will it survive the electric motor era?
If F1 and IndyCar someday run with pure electric power, it will be the end of motorsports as we know it. It began with the internal combustion engine but once the smell and sound is gone, will it survive the electric motor era?
(GMM) Electric cars threaten the "basic essence of motor sport".

That is the view of five time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who nonetheless says he enjoys watching Formula E.

"The cars are getting cooler every year," he told Sport Bild. 

"I watch the races and find it fascinating to see the future of car racing." 

So while he thinks Formula E is "fun", it's still hard to compare with the things that inspired him as a kid.

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04/25/19
f1

Hamilton fighting 'both' Vettel and Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton says he is fighting both Ferrari drivers for the 2019 title.

After China, a controversy ignited in Italy because meteoric Ferrari newcomer Leclerc was ordered aside for team 'number 1' Vettel.

F1 legend Gerhard Berger is not sure Ferrari's policy is right.

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04/25/19
f1

Senna-Hamilton race 'would be exciting' - Massa
Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna
(GMM) A wheel to wheel race between Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton would be "exciting".

That is the view of Felipe Massa, who in 2008 almost beat Hamilton to his first title.

"It would be exciting to see, no question," the Brazilian told Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper.

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04/25/19
f1

F1 racing not in 'female nature' - Marko
Dr. Helmut Marko
Dr. Helmut Marko
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko doubts women are up to the job of racing in F1.

Currently, a full grid of female drivers is preparing to race in the inaugural 'W Series'.

Red Bull's Marko doubts any of them will make it to F1.

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04/25/19
f1

'Hobby' driver Raikkonen fully motivated - boss
Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen
(GMM) Frederic Vasseur has played down Kimi Raikkonen's claim that F1 is now "a hobby" for him.

"It's become more of a hobby for me lately than anything else and probably that's why it's more fun again," the Finnish driver said recently.

Set to turn 40 in October, Raikkonen is the most experienced driver on the grid. He moved from Ferrari to Alfa Romeo for the 2019 season.

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04/25/19
f1

Ferrari still 'at eye level' - Hamilton
What is he smoking?
What is he smoking?
(GMM) Ferrari is far from giving up on the 2019 season, according to boss Mattia Binotto.

After a winter of promise, the Maranello team is yet to win a race so far while Mercedes has had the best start to a F1 season since Nigel Mansell in 1992.

"In Barcelona, Bahrain and China, the differences between the two cars was a few tenths only. We are both very strong and similar in many ways," Binotto is quoted by AS newspaper.

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04/25/19
irl

IndyCar Post-Test Q&A with Fernando Alonso & Colton Herta
A not too happy Alonso
A not too happy Alonso
Fernando Alonso and rookie Colton Herta met with the media after today' rain shortened open test session in preparation for the 2019 Indy 500.

Alonso was very disappointed with the speed he was able to get out of his car and it showed in his voice.

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04/25/19
irl

Video: Jay Frye explains the new IndyCar AFP device
Driver's view of AFP
Driver's view of AFP

IndyCar is implementing the Advanced Frontal Protection Device (AFP) at this year's Indy races and today IndyCar President Jay Frye explained the purpose of the device to the media. We were there to listen in.

The AFP is causing increased turbulence in the cockpit causing the drivers to experience buffeting of the driver's helmet. The teams compensating by adding a small wicker just behind the AFP.

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04/25/19
irl

Video: Q&A with McLaren's Bob Fernley at Indy 500 Open test
McLaren IndyCar boss Bob Fernley spoke with AR1.com before today' rain shortened open test session cut short Fernando Alonso's track time in preparation for the 2019 Indy 500

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04/24/19
irl

Drivers use Indianapolis open test to gear up for Indy 500
Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal
Drivers, teams and fans got a taste of May in April at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and came away hungry for more.

Wednesday's NTT IndyCar Series open test on the world-famous 2.5-mile oval permitted 29 drivers to get comfortable in their machines, go through team test checklists and provide rookies and veterans who've been out of the cockpit a while the chance to pass evaluations that clear them to run at full tilt when practice for the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge begins in 20 days. The 103rd running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" is just 32 days away on Sunday, May 26.

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04/24/19
irl

Quotes from IndyCar open test Wednesday
Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti
MATHEUS LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet):
"Solid day at the track, I think. We managed to do a couple laps and that was important for us. It's just good to be back here, back in the speedway car. It's been a long time since the last time I drove one of these, so just happy to be here again. Working towards May now. Just trying to put everything together, doing laps by myself. We didn't really run in traffic today, which wasn't our goal, and I think it was a good shakedown for us. We finished P5 or P6, no-tow speed, so I think that was good. We've just gotta keep in mind that the conditions in the Month of May are going to be different, the track's probably going to be hotter and everything, but for the first time here this year it was good. Looking forward to the Month of May now."

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04/24/19
f1

Ross, F1 Scrap Downtown Miami Race, will move to Hard Rock Stadium site
Hard Rock Stadium Site
Hard Rock Stadium Site
Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and F1 have "mutually decided to scrap a year-long effort" to bring a race to downtown Miami, as they "determined that the disruption to businesses and residents downtown would be too great." 

Rather, the sides are "working on a new idea: put the race adjacent to Hard Rock Stadium."

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04/24/19
irl

Herta tops test session 2 at Indy
Colton Herta
Colton Herta

In a rain interrupted session that was forced to end 15 min. short of its allotted time, Colton Herta turned the fastest lap at over 226 mph to lead only 9 drivers that managed to get out on track during the 2nd practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This session was run by rookies and drivers who have had little or no IndyCar seat time this year.

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04/24/19
IRL

Sato Fastest in Indy 500 Test - Rookie Session Starts at 5:45 pm (2nd Update)
Sato won in 2017
Sato won in 2017

UPDATE Results from the Veterans Test added below.

04/24/19 The Rookie session has just started at 5:45 pm.  But before the first lap was completed, the McLaren car just slowed and caused the first yellow of the session.  It has been reported that the reason is a low battery, so hopefully nothing else is wrong.  This number 66 car was built in England and is running on the oval for the first time.

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04/24/19
irl

Noon update from the Indy 500 Test - Updated Schedule
UPDATE IndyCar has revised the session times as follow:

3:30-5:30 pm  Veterans

5:30-7:30 pm  Rookies

7:30-8 pm  All cars (pending conditions)

Since the track is drying quicker than anticipated, we could go green as early as 3:15 pm with the same two hour window.



Rain has stopped
Rain has stopped
04/24/19

The rain has stopped and the sky to the west is getting lighter.  The safety trucks are out drying the track.  Radar is not showing any other rain until after 6 pm tonight.  It is still pretty wet in pit lane so it might be another hour before IndyCar decides what to do with the schedule for the rest of today.

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04/24/19
IRL

Morning Update from Indianapolis 500 Testing --2nd Update
UPDATE The rain is now steadily falling at the Speedway.  Race control just announced that the track will have to be dried before any activities resume. 




04/24/19 UPDATE With 11 minutes into the veterans session, moisture forced a yellow flag.  Ed Carpenter, the 2017 and 2018 pole sitter for the 500, is on top of the charts.  Marco Andretti, driving a red number 98 honoring his grandfather's win here in 1969, is second fastest. 

Only half of the 20 drivers in this session posted a time.  

We have been told that there is too much moisture on the track at the moment and we will have an update in an hour.


Castroneves going for 4th win
Castroneves going for 4th win

04/24/19

Good morning from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  It is not the ideal day for running at 200 mph.  It is 50 degrees under cloudy skies.  A bit of sprinkles happened at 9:30 in Gasoline Alley but that did not continue.  Temperatures are expected to be in the low 60s later today.

Today's schedule is 11am to 6 pm.  The veterans will take to the track at 11 am for two hours.  Rookie orientation program and refresher tests are from 1-3 pm.  Then all participants are allowed to be on track from 3-6pm.

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04/24/19
irl
f1

McLaren Returns To Indianapolis 500 With Today's Test Run
McLaren prepped IndyCar for Alonso
McLaren prepped IndyCar for Alonso
McLaren and its "trademark papaya orange car will be back on the track" today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a test, as the racing team is competing in the Indy 500 for the first time since '76. Driver Fernando Alonso "had McLaren’s support" in his '17 Indianapolis 500 debut, but he "drove for Andretti Autosport and McLaren as a team carried little responsibility." 

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04/24/19
irl

2019 Indy 500 Entry List (Correction)
UPDATE We apologize for the previous miscount. We count 36 cars entered so far for 2019, up one from 2018.

04/23/19 It appears we will have less cars trying to qualify for the 2019 Indy 500 with only 35 cars/drivers entered, down two from 2018

Team name (engine manufacturer): Driver (career Indianapolis 500 entries). 

AJ Foyt Racing (Chevrolet): Tony Kanaan (17), Matheus Leist (1)

Clauson - Marshall with AJ Foyt Racing: Pippa Mann

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04/24/19
f1

Vettel shaves mustache for Baku
Vettel comes clean
Vettel comes clean
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel has followed the advice of an Italian newspaper ahead of the grand prix in Baku.

Amid intense criticism of his start to the 2019 season alongside the exciting newcomer Charles Leclerc, La Stampa said of Vettel after China: "He should shave his mustache".

Some thought Vettel's mustache was a tribute to Nigel Mansell, but it was actually a nod to the Ferrari driver's own father Norbert.

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04/24/19
f1

Russell expects Williams to stay slowest
Kubica
Kubica
(GMM) Williams' race drivers seem resigned to a full season at the back of the grid.

The once-great British team's slump is so severe that co-founder Sir Patrick Head has been brought out of retirement.

"It's the right step," Robert Kubica is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.

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04/24/19
dtm

Three questions for Mercedes DTM driver Maximilian Gotz
Maximilian Gotz
Maximilian Gotz
Maximilian Gotz is one of the most experienced drivers in the ADAC GT Masters. At Oschersleben on the last weekend in April, the 33-year-old MANN-FILTER Team HTP Motorsport squad member will embark on his seventh season in the Super Sports Car League. This time, he will have a new team-mate: for the 14 races of the forthcoming campaign, Indy Dontje will be sharing the cockpit of the number 47 Mercedes-AMG GT3.

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04/24/19
f1

'Impressive' Albon used to Red Bull pressure
Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon
(GMM) Alexander Albon says he is used to the pressure of the Red Bull environment.

The Thai-British driver has been hailed by Dr Helmut Marko as the surprise of the 2019 season so far.

But it was not always smooth sailing, as Albon was actually once kicked out of the Red Bull development program.

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04/24/19
f1

Prost slams Senna movie
The Senna movie reminds Prost how much better Senna was than him
The Senna movie reminds Prost how much better Senna was than him
(GMM) Alain Prost has slammed the 2010 movie about Ayrton Senna.

"I hate the Senna movie. I really hate it," the F1 legend said.

In the film, British film makers depicted a strong and personal rivalry between Prost and Senna, who was killed in a crash in 1994.

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04/24/19
f1

Giovinazzi wants more 'time to learn'
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi
(GMM) Antonio Giovinazzi will soon look better alongside his Alfa Romeo teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

That is the view of team boss Frederic Vasseur, after the Italian struggled to shine early in 2019 during his first full season on the grid.

Giovinazzi actually raced twice for Sauber in 2017 when Pascal Wehrlein was injured, but he says he is still getting up to speed now.

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04/24/19
f1

Honda confirms new engine for Baku
Honda F1 engine
Honda F1 engine
(GMM) Honda has confirmed that it is taking a more powerful engine to Baku this weekend.

Last week, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko said the new engine is 20 horse power better than the power unit used in Melbourne, Bahrain and China.

And Christian Horner said: "There are things in the pipeline that should help us in the near future to find that bit we are missing compared to the cars ahead of us."

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04/24/19
nasmon

Goodyear tire info for Talladega Cup race
Talladega
Talladega
NASCAR makes its first visit of the season to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, and with it will come a new left side tire in both Cup and Xfinity. Right side tires remain the same from those used in both Cup races and the sole Xfinity race last season at Talladega.

According to a Goodyear media release, “Talladega exhibits some wear characteristics, though teams are still able to employ some tire strategy – two-tire and fuel-only stops – that leads to chances to trade fresh rubber for track position. Because it is possible to pit at Talladega and not lose a lap to the race leaders, that opens up strategy plays for teams outside the top 10 to short pit and gain track position when the rest of the field pits at the end of a stage.”

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04/23/19
irl

Daly unveils No. 25 US Air Force Indy 500 Honda
Conor Daly unveils his Indy 500 car
Conor Daly unveils his Indy 500 car
More than 20 U.S. Air Force recruits were on hand at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today as Conor Daly joined U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service Commander Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt to unveil the No. 25 Indianapolis 500 livery. Paying tribute to fighter jets throughout America’s Air Force history, Daly’s Indy 500 colors display the iconic shark teeth war paint often carried into battle by the A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35 Lightening.

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04/23/19
automotive

Polestar expands management team in North America
Polestar's first EV
Polestar's first EV
Polestar, the electric performance brand, has announced the expansion of its management team in North America. Six new appointments have taken place as the company prepares for the roll-out of Polestar Spaces, initial deliveries of the Polestar 1 to customers, and the launch of the Polestar 2 – the brand’s first fully-electric car.

Led in the region by Gregor Hembrough, North America is one of three key regions for Polestar. Launched in 2017 as a standalone brand from the Volvo Car Group, Polestar has since begun recruiting a global retailer network, constructed a new factory, and will soon begin production of its first car, the 600 horsepower Polestar 1.

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04/23/19
irl

Preferred Freezer Services Backs Carpenter At Indy

Preferred Freezer Services will back Ed Carpenter in the 2019 Indianapolis 500. (IndyCar Photo)

Preferred Freezer Services will continue its sponsorship agreement with Ed Carpenter Racing, with the company backing team owner Ed Carpenter as he attempts to qualify for the 103rd Indianapolis 500.

Preferred Freezer Services, a global leader in the cold storage, warehousing, distribution and logistics industry, first teamed up with Ed Carpenter Racing to field a second car for the team in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. The company has supported ECR’s Indianapolis 500 program each year since, serving as primary partner on six entries for the 500-mile race over the past five years.

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04/23/19
nasmon

Hendrick Motorsports Set To Unveil Esports Platform, Branding
Hendrick Motorsports this morning will reveal its esports platform, Hendrick Motorsports Gaming Club. The announcement will include debuting a logo and having a production day with the two new drivers the team drafted for the inaugural season of the NASCAR eHeat Pro League.

The team created social media handles on Twitter and Instagram for the new platform, and it will use the Nos. 5 and 25 for its cars in the new Pro League, which uses the "NASCAR Heat 3" console game on PS4 and Xbox One.

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04/23/19
f1

Ferrari to introduce first 2019 updates this weekend
How far will Hamilton be ahead of the Ferraris this weekend? Will Mercedes bring better upgrades than Ferrari?
How far will Hamilton be ahead of the Ferraris this weekend? Will Mercedes bring better upgrades than Ferrari?
Ahead of this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, team boss Mattia Binotto has confirmed that the first updates for the SF90 will be introduced.

"We are bringing a few updates to Baku, as the first step in the development of the SF90," he said.

"Coming off the back of three races that definitely didn't go the way we wanted, this is another important moment for us," he admitted. "We have prepared for it very well, analyzing all the data we have acquired up until now, looking at areas where we can improve and working on adapting the car's set-up and the power unit management to the characteristics of the track.

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04/23/19
f1

F1 esports champion Brendon Leigh crashes in on-track debut
Brendon Leigh (C) crashed on his real racing debut
Brendon Leigh (C) crashed on his real racing debut
Formula One's inaugural esports champion Brendon Leigh crashed during his on-track racing debut at the weekend proving eSports can help a real race car driver, but it does not make a gamer a real race car driver

Leigh, 19, has won both esports championships held by F1, in 2017 during its first championship and in 2018 as part of the Mercedes team he still belongs to. He became something of a viral sensation during the first final for wagging his finger tauntingly at a rival driver.

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04/23/19
v8

Ford responds to Mustang getting neutered (2nd Update)
The Penske Mustangs will unleash more HP in response to the changes
The Penske Mustangs will unleash more HP in response to the changes
UPDATE
 Ford statement disputing need for change

Mustang Supercar Teams to Modify Mustang Ahead of Pirtek Perth SuperNight at the Request of the Supercars Technical Department

  • Supercars exercises Technical Parity rules on Mustang Supercars, requests changes to the aerodynamic package
  • Supercars Mustang teams, committed to proving their capabilities, will comply with requirements and update their cars in time for the Pirtek Perth SuperNight event, 2-4 May 2019.
  • Mustang was approved and signed off at the Supercars Controlled Aerodynamic Test (VCAT 9) by all homologating teams (DJR Team Penske, Triple Eight Race Engineering and Kelly Racing) in the closest results ever measured at any prior VCAT
  • Mustang was designed and built within the rules, with every component and part approved by Supercars before being manufactured, tested, homologated by Supercars and ultimately raced in the 2019 season

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04/23/19
f1

Raikkonen took beer sponsor to Alfa Romeo
Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen

(GMM) Kimi Raikkonen took a personal sponsor with him to Alfa Romeo.

Until last year, the Thai beer Singha appeared on the Ferrari livery. It was not widely known that it was Finn Raikkonen's personal sponsor.

The brand now has a much larger presence on the Alfa Romeo livery.

Voravud Bhirombhakdi, the Singha vice president, told Ilta Sanomat newspaper that he got an email from Raikkonen proposing a collaboration.

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04/23/19
irl

First sign it's almost May
Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan unveils "Kanaan Avenue" sign. (WTHR Staff)
Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan unveils "Kanaan Avenue" sign. (WTHR Staff)
We know it is still April, but today we saw a sign that the month of May is arriving in Indianapolis. Yes, a sign...literally.

Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan took part Monday in a street sign takeover.

He renamed the southwest corner of Washington Street and Meridian Street in Indianapolis as "Kanaan Avenue."

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04/23/19
fe

Harley Davidson's 'Livewire' backs Envision Formula E team
Harley Davidson's first electric motorcycle
Harley Davidson's first electric motorcycle - the LiveWire

Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing today announced that Harley-Davidson, one of the world’s most iconic motorcycle brands has agreed to a multi-year sponsorship of the team. The sponsorship reflects Harley-Davidson’s commitment and excitement to lead in the rapidly evolving EV mobility space, and enthusiasm to share evocative and new electric-powered performance experiences with a growing global audience.

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04/23/19
f1

Verstappen has right approach in 2019 - Marko
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen is being patient as Red Bull-Honda ramps up in 2019.

Rumors that the Dutch driver is in talks about a switch to Mercedes have been denied by all sides.

Rather, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko says Verstappen is comfortable.

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04/23/19
f1

Gasly 'too aggressive' with Red Bull car
Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly
(GMM) Pierre Gasly says he has identified how to change his driving style for the rest of the 2019 season.

Gasly stepped up from Toro Rosso this year to replace Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull, but so far has struggled to shine alongside Max Verstappen.

After China, he acknowledged that he needs to adjust his driving style.

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04/23/19
f1

Leclerc 'calm' amid Ferrari rumblings - Danner
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
(GMM) Charles Leclerc is "calm" even though he is making big waves at Ferrari.

That is the view of former F1 driver Christian Danner, referring to how Leclerc is being backed by the Italian press as the Ferrari number 1 of the future.

The 21-year-old was moved aside for Sebastian Vettel in China, and was obviously angry afterwards.

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04/23/19
f1

Marko happy with rookie Albon
Albon
Albon
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko says he is more than happy with new Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon.

Thai-British driver Albon was surprisingly drafted into the junior team following Pierre Gasly's promotion to Red Bull Racing.

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04/23/19
f1

Magnussen sponsor affected by Sri Lanka attacks
Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife Anne Holch Povlsen's three children were among the hundreds killed
Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife Anne Holch Povlsen's three children were among the hundreds killed
(GMM) A sponsor involved in formula one is grieving the loss of three of his children after the Easter terror attacks in Sri Lanka.

On social media, Danish driver Kevin Magnussen paid tribute to three of billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen's children, whose first names all start with A.

Povlsen backs Magnussen via his Bestseller fashion company, including the Jack and Jones brand.

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04/23/19
f1

Horner does not 'suspect' Ferrari cheating

What is that smell?
(GMM) Christian Horner says Red Bull is not accusing Ferrari of cheating.

With Ferrari so fast on the straights this year, the Red Bull boss recently revealed that the Shell fuel being used by the Italian team in 2018 smells like fruit.

"Suspect is the wrong word," Speed Week quotes Horner as saying.

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04/23/19
f1

Three F1 teams to test 18-inch tires for Pirelli
18" Wheels
18" Wheels
Getty Images
(GMM) Three teams have emerged as the favourites to provide cars so that Pirelli can begin on-track testing for the 18-inch tyres for 2021.

"If everything goes to plan, the first tests with the new tyres will take place in mid-September," Pirelli's Mario Isola told Auto Motor und Sport.

The German report said Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault will provide the 2018-spec test cars. Red Bull cannot follow suit, because in 2018 the team was powered by Renault engines.

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