Audi’s Rene Rast earned a second win of the 2019 season with a commanding drive to victory at Zolder, as the field behind him enjoyed a thrilling race-long battle around the sweeps and chicanes of Belgium’s classic Zolder circuit.
Retirement on Saturday, victory on Sunday has become Rast’s modus operandi so far in 2019. But, unlike Hockenheim, where the German made best use of a canny strategy and a concerted push past other cars to claim the victory, his win on Sunday was relatively straightforward.
Indy Qualifying... some final thoughts Some final thoughts about qualifying for this year's Indy 500, if I might....
1. Fernando and the entire MacLaren team might've missed the show, but over the last couple of years have put a new face on F1 drivers. It's not a stretch to say that some F1 teams and drivers in the past were viewed as prima donna rude arrogant horse's.... uh, yeah. IMS and IndyCar staffs, as well as members of the media and fans were completely taken in by Alonso's poise, sincerity and friendliness, even in the face of a frustrating effort.
Lewis Hamilton wants F1 to be everything IndyCar is
What Hamilton describes F1 should be, is exactly what IndyCar is - no driver aids, including no power steering. F1 is 99% and 1% driver
Lewis Hamilton has said that Formula 1 cars have become too easy to drive and that teenagers (Russian Mazepin this week) should not be able to jump into one of the cars and drive it without any issues. The Brit wants the sport to become more physical and has said that he doesn't find it physically challenging at all.
"This is not a sport where you need to do anything," Hamilton said to Motorsport.com. "It’s not like cyclists for example, that need more blood flowing through the heart, or more oxygen. We’re not fatiguing. Honestly, the cars are not hard enough to drive, they should be more physical.
“I think in 2021 they need to get rid of [certain driver aids] - not having as much power steering, for example. You should be physically, massively depleted afterwards. I think that’s how a sport should be.”
Things do not look good for the hapless McLaren IndyCar team after Fernando Alonso was 5th quick (last) before the rains hit the Indy track this morning.
Alonso had to cut short his runs after trying a new setup that resulted in the car bottoming out on the track. Clearly the McLaren team is lost and there is a very good chance they and Alonso are not going to be fast enough to qualify for the Indy 500 unless they pull a rabbit out of their hat.
TED KLAUS, President, Honda Performance Development
MODERATOR [T.E. McHale]: Thanks for being here today. Our guest is the president of Honda Performance Development, now in his second formal month on the job, Ted Klaus. Ted, thanks for making time to join us for this.
TED KLAUS: Good morning, everyone.
MODERATOR: As you are a newbie, and you say that, not an insult or derogatory remark, give us some general impressions of your first month of May as HPD president.
Visser claims victory in Zolder to close gap on Chadwick
If anyone thought Jamie Chadwick was going to be out of reach of her W Series rivals after a dominant performance at the opening round in Hockenheim, the second race in the all-female series painted a different picture.
Beitske Visser, 24, from Holland, used her experience of the Zolder circuit in Belgium to take a victory every bit as impressive as Chadwick’s had been in Germany. She got a perfect start from second on the grid, survived two safety-car restarts and led every one of the 19 laps.
IndyCar has new software that predicts whether a car is going fast enough to make the show -- and are using it to pull the plug on a slow run. Sage Karam, as far as we know, is the first to find out about this new wrinkle.
IndyCar also announced that, if tomorrow is a rain-out (and storms are predicted for tomorrow), the top 30 places will use today's time for the starting order (ie, no "fast 9" contest). HOWEVER, the last 3 positions will be determined in a shoot-out on the first available dry day / time. So, the agony might go on for 6 drivers for at least an extra 24 hours.
UPDATE James Hinchcliffe has been cleared to drive and his team is frantically preparing his backup car for a qualification run yet today..
05/18/19 Indy took its 4th casualty of the month, this time when James Hinchcliffe crashed during his qualification run in turn 2. Similar to the crashes of Kaiser and O'Ward, his car snapped around in turn 4, did a 270, and slammed sideways into the wall. Prior to the crash, his car pushed in the corner (understeer is a common problem this month) and he responded by cranking more steering into the corner. The wheels caught, the car came around, and he was along for the ride -- including a slide on his side. See video below:
Carbon nanotube ultra-capacitors are going into mass production
Offering extreme fast charge and discharge capabilities, Nawa's ultracapacitors are going into mass production
Charging almost instantly and offering massive power density, Nawa's innovative ultracapacitors are ready to make a mark across industries from automotive to power tools and aviation. And after raising more than US$10 million, this French company is going into mass production.
Paul Ripke takes over Mercedes' Pure Pit Wall post-race debrief for the Spanish GP, quizzing Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin and Sporting Director Ron Meadows on the key - and not so key - questions from Barcelona.
Fernando Alonso, Gil de Ferran, and Johnny Rutherford discuss McLaren's history at the Indy 500, and the challenge that lies ahead, as the team returns to compete at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
F1's Milestone Year - Celebrating 1,000 Grand Prix Races, Part 3: Designers
The greatest F1 designer of all time (Aldo Costa) is not included in this video because he is not British
F1 celebrated its milestone 1,000th race at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, with Shanghai playing host to Round 3 of this year’s World Championship. To mark the occasion, Mobil 1 The Grid look back on some of the designers who shaped the history of the sport, including Colin Chapman, Frank Williams and Adrian Newey.
Not included is the greatest ever F1 designer, Aldo Costa because he is not British - such is the prejudice in the F1 paddock. The video mentions Rory Byrne for Schumacher's Ferrari, but the real brains behind those Ferraris was Costa. Byrne went back to Ferrari in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and failed miserably - unable to ride on Aldo Costa's coattails.
Good morning from the epic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is a beautiful day with temperatures to be expected to be in the lower 80s. Wind and temperature are two factors the teams will be looking at they setup the cars for their qualifying run today. With thunderstorms predicted for tomorrow, the pressure will be on to make the show today and not risk being rained out.
The track was pretty quiet this morning. IndyCar practice was from 8-9:30 am but only five cars took to the track for some practice time.
DragonSpeed to dump WEC for full-time IndyCar in 2020
Elton Julian sees IndyCar as his team's future
DragonSpeed, the international sportscar team which has won endurance races in IMSA, ELMS, and FIA WEC competition this year, will focus its energies on expanding its current schedule of selected NTT IndyCar Series events in 2020.
DragonSpeed Team Principal Elton Julian said, “The Le Mans 24 Hours next month will be our final LMP1 and regular WEC outing, allowing us to ramp up our IndyCar efforts on both the technical and marketing fronts. We’re not leaving the WEC completely, as we plan to enter our number 21 LMP2 ORECA O7-Gibson in individual rounds, including Spa, Brazil, and Le Mans, with Le Mans of course subject to us earning or being granted an invitation. We’re also considering running Daytona and Sebring with IMSA again.”
Tesla Needs Drastic Cost Cutting to Survive Says Musk
How long before the dumpster fire called Tesla goes belly-up? They changed the world with their cars, but as a business they are not viable
Tesla’s continued existence remains littered with obstacles---many constructed by its own hands. The electric vehicle automaker has made it its mission to agitate the century-old, and often lethargic, automotive hierarchy by bringing the first marketable electric vehicles to the masses. And in the decade since its launch, the company has achieved great success.
Tesla’s future, however, grows ever dimmer as even with a $2.7 billion infusion of capital this month, Tesla’s outspoken and polarizing CEO Elon Musk, said without drastic cost-cutting measures, the company is liable to join the likes of Delorean, Pontiac, and Saab; dead.
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