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05/15/18
f1

Hamilton tests end-plate LEDs
Hamilton with his rear wing end-plate lights aglow
Hamilton with his rear wing end-plate lights aglow
Lewis Hamilton was been running in Barcelona Formula 1 testing today with a strip of red lights mounted in each rear wing endplate of his Mercedes W09.

The test was being conducted at the request of the FIA as a possible solution for improving visibility in rain conditions so trailing drivers can see the cars in front of them through the spray.

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05/15/18
irl

Hinchcliffe blood drive
James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe
Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe has partnered with IU Health and the American Red Cross to host the #HinchcliffeHundred blood drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday, May 21 from 12-6 p.m. (Legends Row).

This is actually the beginning of a larger initiative that James has started this year – he plans on hosting several blood drives at INDYCAR races in the future, including this year’s races at Iowa Speedway and Sonoma Raceway.

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05/15/18
irl

Indy 500 Tuesday: Chevy 1-2-3 overall
Pagenaud quickest overall
Pagenaud quickest overall

The welcome sight of Indy cars turning left on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval ushered in the official start of practice for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Tuesday, in preparation for the 102nd running of the iconic race on May 27.

Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud led the way as all 35 entered drivers completed laps on the 2.5-mile superspeedway. The driver of the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet ran a best lap of 225.787 mph in the two-hour session that started the day. Teammate Helio Castroneves, in the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet, was fastest in a three-hour end-of-day session at 224.665 mph. Castroneves' lap ranked second overall to Pagenaud.

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05/15/18
fe

Massa signs three-year Venturi Formula E deal
Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa
Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has signed a three-year deal with Venturi Formula E and will join the Monegasque outfit later this year for the start of Season Five.

Holding a long and distinguished career that boasts a large amount of experience, Massa competed in Formula 1 for a total of 15 seasons in which the Brazilian racer contested 270 grands prix, taking 11 race wins, 41 podiums and 16 pole positions.

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05/15/18
irl

Castroneves tops Tuesday Afternoon Practice for Indy 500
Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves turned the fastest lap in Tuesday afternoon practice for the Indy 500 with a lap of 224.665 in his #3 Penske Chevy.

Ed Carpenter was a close second, also in a Chevy, at 224.523mph. They were followed by three Hondas of Jay Howard, Scott Dixon and Marco Andretti.

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05/15/18
f1
irl
nasmon

Final Weekend TV Ratings
NetEventLocationDayTotal
Viewers
18-49
Viewers
2018
Rating
2017
Rating
% Chg.
FS1NASCAR Cup Race LKansasSat2,038,000415,0001.241.55-20%
ABCIndyCar GP Race LIndianapolisSat780,000181,0000.550.66-17%
ESPN2F1 Race LBarcelonaSun499,000156,0000.320.35-9%



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05/15/18
irl

Penske Chevy's dominate Practice 1 for Indy 500
ROP Practice

RankCarDriver NameEngineTimeSpeedDiffGapLaps
119De Melo, Zachary (R)Honda40.7512220.852--.------.----68
225Wilson, StefanHonda41.2493218.1860.49810.498143
364Servia, OriolHonda41.4348217.2090.68360.185539
433Davison, JamesChevy41.4424217.1690.69120.007645

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05/15/18
f1

Final Tuesday Barcelona Test times - Verstappen fastest
Max Verstappen quickest on Tuesday
Max Verstappen quickest on Tuesday

Red Bull's Max Verstappen clocked the fastest time on Tuesday as the teams commenced a two-day, post-race test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, just 0.034s on his closest rival, Renault driver Carlos Sainz Jr..

The Dutchman used the supersoft tire compound after Sainz, the Spanish driver who finished seventh in his home Grand Prix just two days ago, had gone quicker than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

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05/15/18
f1

Grosjean on top in Barcelona so far
Grosjean
Grosjean

Romain Grosjean topped the first morning of the Barcelona Formula 1 test.

The Frenchman turned a best time of 1m18.449s in the four-hour morning session in Spain using hypersofts.

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05/15/18
f1

Red Bull gambles big on hypersofts for Monaco
Raikkonen on the pink hypersoft tire
Raikkonen on the pink hypersoft tire
Pirelli has revealed the teams' selections for this year's Monaco Grand Prix, with the all-new hypersoft compound dominating choices. The pink-walled hypersoft, introduced by Pirelli in 2018 as the new softest tire in its F1 range, will make its grand prix weekend debut in Monaco.

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, as well as the two Renaults and the Williams duo, picked the maximum available 11 sets of the hypersoft tire. If the tire does not hold up they are in big trouble as it's clear they hope to start up front and start on the hypersoft tires. Mercedes went the most conservative.

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05/15/18
irl

De Melo to replace Fittipaldi in Indy 500
Zachary Claman De Melo
Zachary Claman De Melo

After his strong performance at last weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix, Zachary Claman De Melo is returning to the seat of the #19 Paysafe car this week, making his Verizon IndyCar Series oval debut at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

The rookie will be amongst the 35 drivers vying for a spot in the field of 33 cars that get to compete in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.

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05/15/18
irl

Complete Indy 500 USA Broadcast Schedule
Indy 500
Indy 500
Below is the complete 2018 Indianapolis 500 schedule for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 (all times ET):

Tuesday, May 15

05/15/18
nasmon

NASCAR All-Star Race dignitaries announced
A foul mouth rapper a kung foo fighter a workout babe no wonder NASCAR is for sale
A foul mouth rapper, a Kung Foo fighter and a workout babe - no wonder NASCAR is for sale
It's only fitting that the biggest all-star weekend in sports will feature an all-star cast of dignitaries this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion team owner and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Joe Gibbs joins Machine Gun Kelly - one of rap music's preeminent artists - and Rampage Jackson, one of MMA's most famous fighters - as special dignitaries for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at America's Home for Racing, adding even more star power to the Saturday night showdown of racing's best drivers going wheel-to-wheel for $1 million.

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05/15/18
irl

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Partners with AFS Racing for Indy 500
Jay Howard to drive #7
Jay Howard to drive #7
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today it will begin a partnership with AFS Racing for a co-entry in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. The partnership between the two teams will see SPM personnel utilizing AFS Racing’s equipment. The No. 7 One Cure Schmidt Peterson Motorsports/AFS Racing Honda entry for this year’s Indianapolis 500 will be piloted by IndyCar veteran Jay Howard.

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05/15/18
automotive

Autonomous cars are not ready for primetime (2nd Update)
If the technology can't even see a big firetruck then we are not even close to having fully autonomous cars
If the technology can't even see a big firetruck then we are not even close to having fully autonomous cars

UPDATE The woman driving a Tesla Model S that collided with a fire department vehicle in Utah on Friday told police that Autopilot was engaged at the time, and that she had been using her phone just before impact.

The vehicle was traveling at highway speed, and according to the Associated Press, it had not slowed down before the collision. The driver suffered a broken ankle.

Tesla says it is cooperating with the South Jordan Police Department in Utah in the ongoing investigation.

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05/15/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Ricciardo waiting to see if Raikkonen gets the ax at Ferrari
    Ricciardo waiting to see if Raikkonen gets the ax at Ferrari
    Ricciardo in no hurry to sign 2019 contract
  • Leclerc 'definitely' a future champion - Pujolar
  • McLaren plans mid-season Alonso talks
  • Wolff slams Marko over tire conspiracy
  • Verstappen can win in Monaco - father
  • Boss defends Grosjean amid new career crisis

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05/14/18
nasmon

NASCAR Kansas TV Rating
FS1 earned a 1.23 overnight rating for Saturday night's KC Masterpiece 400 NASCAR Monster Cup race Kansas Speedway, down 16% from a 1.46 for last year's race.

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05/14/18
racing news

Video: Porsche wins at the ring
The Nurburgring 24 Hours is one of the most famous race in the world. The Eiffel classic takes place at a 25,378 kilometer long combination of the Nordschleife and the Grand Prix circuit.

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05/14/18
automotive

Toyota aims to steal all of Ford's passenger car customers
Can Ford do anything right?
Can Ford do anything right?

While fewer competing models in a given segment stands to benefit any automaker left in that realm, Toyota isn’t sure just how loyal Ford car owners are to the Blue Oval brand.

Behind the scenes, there’s surely much licking of chops, but Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz wasn’t forthcoming with conquest predictions when he talked with Automotive News TV this week. One thing was clear, however. Toyota will remain a full-line brand for the foreseeable future, and the automaker stands to field a more car-heavy product mix for some time to come. And it’s just fine with that.

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05/14/18
f1

Formula 1 To Hold Race No. 1,000 In China not Silverstone
China will host F1 race No. 1,000
China will host F1 race No. 1,000
Formula 1 Managing Dir, Commercial Operations Sean Bratches said that F1 execs "considered moving next year’s British Grand Prix back to April" so that Silverstone could host the 1,000th championship race "but that honor will go to China instead," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS.

Bratches said that the British weather "made such a rescheduling impractical." Silverstone, which hosted the first F1 championship race in '50, will host this year’s British race on July 8.

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05/14/18
f1

Spanish GP Draws Total Crowd Of 172,144
Barcelona
Barcelona
This year's Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix drew a total of 172,144 fans to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

That number was just 5,840 shy of the total attendance for the '17 event.

Sunday's race drew a crowd of 91,896 people, about 3,000 fewer than the '17 race attracted. MUNDO DEPORTIVO

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05/14/18
f1

F1's Bratches Says Miami The Best City 'On The Planet' To Host Race
Sean Bratches
Sean Bratches
Formula 1 Managing Dir, Sean Bratches said that there is not a "city on the planet that better aligns with the sport's value than Miami" as talks open with Liberty Media about hosting a grand prix event in the city as early as '19, according to Sam Hall of AUTOWEEK.

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05/14/18
automotive

VW sells more sausages than cars
Volkswagen Sausages - called Currywurst
Volkswagen Sausages - called Currywurst
Volkswagen has quickly grown to become one of the largest producers of automobiles in the world. But cars and trucks aren’t even its most prolific product. Sausages are.

That’s right: sausages. Currywurst, to be specific. They’re a highly popular type of sausage in Germany. And VW makes them by the tens of thousand every day.

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05/14/18
automotive

Trump meets with automakers to determine future of CAFE standards
The manufacturers want a national standard, not a separate one for Claifornia
The manufacturers told Trump they want a national standard, not a separate one for California like there is today
Executives from top car companies visited the White House on Friday amid a looming legal conflict between the Trump administration and primarily Democratic-led states over climate rules for automobiles writes Chris Mooney of the Washington Post.

The Trump administration is readying a proposal to freeze auto-efficiency standards beginning in 2021, rather than continuing to strengthen them as originally outlined by the Obama administration. At the same time, that proposal would challenge the ability of California, long a national leader when it comes to vehicle standards, to set its own rules. California and other states supportive of stronger standards have already sued the EPA over its move to change course.

At the meeting, President Trump referred to a prior meeting with the executives from early 2017 and noted his administration’s efforts to roll back the Obama-era rules.

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05/14/18
irl

Stefan Wilson Unveils No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Honda
Stefan Wilson's Indy 500 ride
Stefan Wilson's Indy 500 ride
When Stefan Wilson takes the green flag at the 102nd Indianapolis 500, his car – the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Honda – will carry the names of 25 Hoosiers awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. The patients-in-waiting joined Wilson today, along with representatives from Indiana Donor Network, Intelisys and Andretti Autosport, to unveil the bold and meaningful Indy 500 livery.

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05/14/18
usac

Andretti Autosport Short Track Announces New Partnership with Steve Evans Country Sausage
Andretti Autosport Short Track is proud to announce its newest primary associate partner for the 2018 Sprint Car racing season. Steve Evans Country Sausage will join driver Jarett Andretti and the No. 18 team. The team will continue to compete in over 60 Sprint Car events throughout the country on the USAC National Sprint Car Series and at weekly Sprint Car tracks throughout the Midwest.

Steve Evans Country Sausage was made after Evans found a faded piece of paper with an old recipe for genuine country sausage on it, written by his father, Bob Evans. The recipe dates back to the 1940's, when Bob Evans made it for his first restaurant. Today, Steve Evans Country Sausage is available in grocery stores throughout Ohio and growing throughout the Midwest. Andretti is proud to represent the family brand.

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05/14/18
nasmon

NASCAR Teams not getting through inspection 'frustrating'
Steve O’Donnell
Steve O’Donnell

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer, called the pattern of teams not getting cars through inspection “frustrating” for the sanctioning body.

Appearing on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” Monday morning, O’Donnell addressed the issue after a weekend where six teams were unable to make qualifying attempts for the Cup race at Kansas Speedway due to not passing inspection in time.

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05/14/18
irl

SIXTY WEST to sponsor Davison in Indy 500
Davison last year subbing for Sebastien Bourdais
Davison last year subbing for Sebastien Bourdais
Foyt/Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi, which is fielding a car for James Davison in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, is thrilled to welcome another supporter to their program, in the form of SIXTY WEST. 

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and all of the Foyt/Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi team. I look forward to a relationship that mirrors our company’s growth and the performance we demand," said Director of Investments Michael Williams of the new relationship.

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05/14/18
irl

IndyCar GP TV Rating
ABC delivers over 1 million viewers again, and again, and again
ABC delivers over 1 million viewers again, and again, and again
The Verizon IndyCar Series IndyCar Grand Prix at IMS Saturday on ABC pulled in a 0.8 TV rating (1.14 million viewers) between 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM ET, up 14% from last year's overnight TV rating of 0.7 and 1 million viewers, and equal to the the 2016 overnight rating of 0.8 also on ABC. The inaugural road race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in '14 drew a 0.9 overnight.

AR1.com has stated repeatedly that 100% of IndyCar races need to be on free over the air network TV to ensure that every race draws at least 1 million viewers. All ABC races over the last 20 years have drawn at least 1 million viewers, whereas the cable TV races draw 1/2 of that at best.

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05/14/18
f1

Ferrari must modify Halo mounted mirrors or remove them
Ferrari mirror in Spain
Ferrari mirror in Spain
The FIA has explained why Ferrari's Halo mounted mirrors would need to be altered for the next race in Monaco, or be removed.

"It's a liberal interpretation of the word 'mounting' because that's how they become legal," he said.

"The interpretation hinges on whether we think that's a mounting or not. We somehow think not.

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05/14/18
irl

Hollywood Actor and Brand Ambassador Chris Hemsworth To Wave Green Flag for 102nd Indy 500
Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth
Hollywood actor and TAG Heuer brand ambassador Chris Hemsworth will serve as honorary starter for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, waving the green flag on Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hemsworth was recently seen in Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War," which set a box office record of $640.9 million worldwide on opening weekend. He is also known to motorsports fans for his portrayal of Formula One legend James Hunt in Ron Howard's biopic "Rush."

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05/14/18
automotive

Humans are the Guinea Pigs in development of self-driving cars
More humans will die in the search for autonomous perfection
More human Guinea Pigs will die in the search for autonomous perfection
Even if you don’t own a Tesla, you are, or might soon become, part of the company’s massive experiment in automotive safety.

There are already more than 200,000 Teslas on the road, and all of them built after early 2015 are capable of Autopilot, that is, semi autonomous driving. This makes drivers, and anyone encountering these cars on the road, guinea pigs who are helping to train the artificial intelligence Tesla ultimately hopes to use for a fully autonomous driving system.

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05/14/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Vettel wasn't smiling after Spanish GP as Ferrari struggled with the thinner tread Pirellis
    Vettel wasn't smiling after Spanish GP as Ferrari struggled with the thinner tread Pirellis
    Vettel concerned after Barcelona tire struggle
  • Vettel Claims Pirelli Changed The Tires To Suit Mercedes And Red Bull
  • FIA should make quicker technical decisions - Lauda
  • Mercedes chiefs want me to stay - Hamilton
  • Vandoorne should shed 'nice boy' image - Hill
  • FIA to investigate first on-track Halo incident
  • Vettel defends VSC tire stop
  • German GP Organizers Want F1 Contract Free Of Financial Risk
  • Grosjean handed Monaco grid penalty

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05/14/18
nasmon

NASCAR Kansas Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A
Second Place Finisher, Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota), Third Place Finisher, Joey Logano (No. AAA Insurance Ford) and Race Winning Team; VP of Competition, Greg Zipadelli, Crew Chief, Rodney Childers and Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Busch Light Ford)

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05/13/18
irl

Wickens not happy stroking it in IndyCar
Wickens was not happy not being able to race hard at the end
Wickens was not happy not being able to race hard at the end

Saturday's IndyCar GP was a fuel economy run for all the front runners. After Josef Newgarden brought out the caution flag on lap 56 out of 85 after spinning on the Turn 11 curb trying to pass Sebastian Bourdais, everyone was able to pit for the last time in the race, but it required running 29 laps for the last stint meant everyone was just trying to hit their fuel numbers.

Robert Wickens has admitted he has never had to fuel save before in DTM, GP3 and GP2, which were all 100% attack mode the full race.

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05/13/18
f2

Aitken clinches first F2 victory in Barcelona sprint
From left, Albon, Aitken and Norris
From left, Albon, Aitken and Norris

Jack Aitken managed a flurry of virtual safety car periods to collect his first FIA Formula 2 Championship victory in the Sprint Race in Barcelona, Spain, assuming the lead at the start of the race and holding on to claim ART Grand Prix’s second win of the weekend, ahead of DAMS’ Alexander Albon and Carlin’s Lando Norris.

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05/13/18
gp3

Alesi secures victory in dramatic Race 2
A happy Alesi
A happy Alesi
Giuliano Alesi kept his cool in a damp GP3 Series Race 2 in Barcelona, Spain, producing a trio of flawless safety car restarts to ensure the Trident driver secured victory, keeping second-placed ART Grand Prix driver Anthoine Hubert at arm’s reach throughout the race as Jake Hughes took third place having started from 13th on the grid.

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05/13/18
tv news

Sunday TV Times
All times Eastern and events Live unless noted
Sunday, May 13LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – raceSpain8:30am-9:05am – pre-race
9:05am-11:00am - race
ESPN2
F1 – raceSpain7:30pm – 9:30pm (R)ESPN2
F1 – raceSpain10:00pm – Midnight (R)ESPNews


Legend D = delayed; SDD = same-day delay; R=Repeat

 



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05/13/18
irl

Penske's 200 IndyCar wins
Roger Penske
Roger Penske
Team Penske reached one of the most significant milestones in its 52-year existence Saturday afternoon -- it’s 200th IndyCar win -- when Will Power won the INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It was also Power’s 30th career IndyCar win. It was also Team Penske’s 19th win at IMS.

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05/13/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • TV ratings are down in Brazil. Why? No more Brazilian drivers. Same reason why TV ratngs are historically low in the uSA - No American drivers in a winning car
    TV ratings are down in Brazil. Why? No more Brazilian drivers. Same reason why TV ratings are historically low in the USA - No American drivers in a winning car
    Liberty refunds money after F1 streaming launch
  • Sainz future depends on Red Bull talks - Abiteboul
  • Vandoorne not looking to leave McLaren
  • Lauda tips Mercedes to keep drivers
  • Wolff denies Pirelli helped Mercedes
  • Vettel hits out at 2019 rule changes
  • FIA tells Ferrari to remove Halo winglets
  • McLaren takes 'big step' in Barcelona
  • Williams will struggle to replace Martini - Lowe

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