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07/04/19
wec

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to Commence Sales of GR Supra GT4 in 2020
GR Supra GT4
GR Supra GT4

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing confirmed today that it will launch the GR Supra GT4, a race car for customer teams, in 2020. The announcement comes in response to growing customer expectations worldwide following the unveiling of the GR Supra GT4 Concept at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, and the participation of the GR Supra at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in June.

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07/04/19
irl

Ferrucci showing skill, rebuilding reputation in IndyCar
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Santino Ferrucci knows better than most drivers that one bad moment behind the wheel can lead to a long-lasting trail of Google results.

After a recent string of strong finishes in IndyCar, Ferrucci is showing off the driving skill that was never really in doubt — and, perhaps, beginning to repair a reputation that very much was in doubt after a run-in with a teammate in Europe last year that threatened to define his career.

"When you mentally crack under pressure as a driver, and you hit a breaking point, you can only get stronger from that," Ferrucci said. "You get stronger. You learn to hold your composure."

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07/04/19
f1

'Real races' in Indycar, not F1 - Ericsson
Marcus Ericsson now realizes that IndyCar is real racing
Marcus Ericsson now realizes that IndyCar is real racing

(GMM) Marcus Ericsson says the "real races" occur not in Formula 1, but in Indycar.

The Swede, who lost his Sauber seat at the end of last year, is still an Alfa Romeo reserve driver and tester.

He was in action for the Hinwil based team in the post-Austrian GP test.

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07/04/19
f1

F1 stock market listing hurting Liberty - Ecclestone
Ecclestone
Ecclestone
(GMM) Liberty Media is struggling to negotiate F1's future after listing it on the Nasdaq stock exchange, according to former supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

The American company bought the sport early in 2017, listing it on the world's second largest stock exchange and ousting Ecclestone.

88-year-old Ecclestone was in Austria last weekend and commented on the difficulty Liberty Media is having negotiating the post-2020 Concorde Agreement.

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07/04/19
f1

Binotto defends Vettel mistakes
Vettel still looks quite happy at Ferrari
Vettel still looks quite happy at Ferrari
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has leapt to the defense of Sebastian Vettel.

German Vettel, who turned 32 this week, is clearly under pressure at Maranello, amid rumors he could retire or return to Red Bull.

Some say he is making too many mistakes, which could prompt Ferrari to promote Charles Leclerc and put a driver like Valtteri Bottas alongside the Monaco-born youngster.

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07/04/19
f1

Verstappen still has 'a year to go' - Marko
Half the F1 Silly Season just ended with news Verstappen is bound to Red Bull thru 2020
Half the F1 Silly Season just ended with news Verstappen is bound to Red Bull thru 2020
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has once again played down suggestions Max Verstappen is on the move.

In Austria, a story emerged that said Verstappen could leave Red Bull at the end of the year thanks to a performance clause in his contract.

But Verstappen then won the race, prompting Red Bull driver manager Dr Marko to say the current project is on track.

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07/04/19
f1

Leclerc doubts Vettel will leave Ferrari
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
(GMM) Charles Leclerc says he doubts Sebastian Vettel is poised to leave Ferrari or Formula 1.

In Austria, team boss Mattia Binotto rejected speculation Max Verstappen, Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas or another driver could replace Vettel by insisting the current lineup is already "fixed" for 2020.

"I cannot see him stopping," Leclerc, who is Vettel's highly rated young Ferrari teammate, now tells Germany's Sport Bild.

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07/04/19
f1

Domenicali says no F1 for Lamborghini
Stefano Domenicali
Stefano Domenicali
(GMM) Stefano Domenicali has once again rejected speculation Lamborghini could enter Formula 1.

VW Group carmakers are often linked with F1 forays, but former Ferrari team boss Domenicali, who now runs VW-owned Lamborghini, says the Italian sports car company is not interested.

"It's not a project that we have ahead of us," he told Corriere dello Sport. "For us it requires too much investment."

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07/04/19
v8

Penske re-signs Coulthard and McLaughlin
McLaughlin and Coulthard
McLaughlin and Coulthard
The Shell V-Power Racing Team announced today that it has re-signed drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard, retaining the existing driver line-up for the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season.
 
McLaughlin and Coulthard, currently first and second in the Supercars points standings, will carry on as teammates for a fourth-consecutive season after first racing alongside each other in 2017. 
 
McLaughlin will continue to drive the No.17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustang GT, while Coulthard will continue in the No.12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustang GT.

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07/04/19
nasmon

Bell wins sprint car race in Grandview
Bell celebrates with Swindell team
Bell celebrates with Swindell team
NASCAR Cup driver Christopher Bell won the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek race Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway, pocketing the $10,000 top prize for the 410 Sprint Car main event.

James McFadden, driving for Kasey Kahne Racing, finished second. Lance Dewease placed third. Kyle Larson was seventh. Rico Abreu placed eighth.

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07/03/19
irl

Go onboard with Scott Dixon for INDYCAR's first Aeroscreen simulation
Dixon tests the Halo portion of the new IndyCar aeroscreen
Dixon tests the Halo portion of the new IndyCar aeroscreen
Here's a first look at the Aeroscreen IndyCar is developing with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, from a driver's perspective. However, this simulation was to only make sure the Halo portion of the Aeroscreen did not obstruction vision on all the different IndyCar tracks.  The windscreen portion of the Aeroscreen was not installed.

Scott Dixon simulated laps at Long Beach, Indianapolis, Texas, Iowa and Barber with no visibility issues.

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07/03/19
irl

IndyCar merges staff from marketing and communications dept (Update)
UPDATE
 Leaving IndyCar’s PR/editorial staff as part of the moves are CATHY KIGHTLINGER, PAT CAPORALI, MARK ROBINSON and COLBY REDMOND.

Meanwhile, sources say IndyCar is also out in the market looking for a new agency of record for its marketing, which is now being overseen by SJ LUEDTKE, who joined the series in February from Nike.

But one can't blame these people for the lack of sponsor money in the IndyCar paddock or IndyCar's popularity, it starts right at the top with the decision to not put 100% of IndyCar's races on NBC - the NBCSN ratings are so low sponsors run for the exits and since 99.9% of the USA population does not watch NBCSN, they have no clue what IndyCar is.

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07/03/19
f1

Video: Mercedes Austrian Grand Prix F1 Debrief

Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director, answers your questions about the Austrian GP - tackling the key topics, such as what happened to Lewis' front wing and why both cars suffered overheating issues. 

The Silver Arrows were hampered in Austria when sweltering conditions arrived for the race weekend, which saw teams up and down the paddock suffering to maintain efficient cooling.

However, Mercedes seemingly struggled more than most, as its tight packaging made it very tough for the systems to cool off.

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07/03/19
dtm

DTM and Hankook extend tire partnership until 2023
DTM Action
DTM Action
DTM and its parent company ITR have extended its partnership with tire supplier Hankook for 4 years. As a result of the deal, DTM cars will continue to race on Hankook rubber until the end of the 2023 season.

The Korean manufacturer became partner and supplier of DTM since 2011. The series adopted a standard tire back in 2000, and the partnership between Hankook and DTM is currently the longest partnership in the history of the series.

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07/03/19
irl

Video: WWII veteran - IndyCar run more exciting than escaping from Nazis

 The first time Tommy Mascari entered the Indianapolis Motor Speedway it was in the 1930s when he and his buddies would rush the fence on 16th Street as soon as the morning canon sounded on race day.

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07/03/19
nasmon

Daytona NASCAR Race Set To Run In hot July For Final Time
Doug Boles and IMS take it on the chin with the Brickyard 400 race at IMS now in blazing hot and humid conditions
Doug Boles and IMS take it on the chin with the Brickyard 400 race at IMS now in blazing hot and humid conditions
Daytona Int'l Speedway on Saturday hosts the "final July edition" of its second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season.

As part of an "effort to shuffle the scheduling landscape," the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in '20 is leaving its midseason spot around Independence Day to become the "final race of NASCAR's 26-race regular season."

NASCAR under Bill France Sr. "planted the race there originally as a replacement for an Indy-car race that never materialized, but he quickly realized its popularity and future potential," so the "tradition continued."

But area tourism promoters "have long suggested they'd be better served with moving the race to a different slot on the calendar." Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL

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07/03/19
irl
nasmon

ISC Admissions Revenue Down In Q2
ISC revenue was down due to the loss of the Phoenix IndyCar race
ISC revenue was down due to the loss of the Phoenix IndyCar race
ISC's Q2 admissions revenue came in today down 5% versus last year, indicating that NASCAR attendance has yet to fully stabilize. ISC’s Q2 is arguably a better one to gauge the sport’s overall health, because its Q1 largely accounts just for the Daytona Speedweeks. By contrast, Q2 this year included six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekends. ISC’s overall revenue and admission revenue were both off in Q2, with admissions coming in at $24.388M, off from $25.677M last year.

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07/03/19
imsa

Starworks Motorsports Withdraws from Upcoming Northeast IMSA Events
#8 Starworks Audi
#8 Starworks Audi
Following a challenging first-half of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, Starworks Motorsports has opted to withdraw its No. 8 Audi R8 LMS from the upcoming events at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Lime Rock Park.

“It has been our goal all along to run the full season, but common sense tells us that we have an issue that is beyond our control here,” said Starworks Motorsport team owner Peter Baron. “Our sponsors expect us to deliver results. We need to be in the fight for the podium. We simply don’t have the speed in the car to do that at this point. Further, these events are back-to-back and are not key markets for our sponsors.”

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07/03/19
fe

Porsche launches 'Inside E' podcast to accompany Formula E project

Stuttgart. The countdown to Porsche’s first race in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is on: The sports car manufacturer is set to make its debut in the first fully-electric racing series in 142 days’ time. Before then, however, members of the Porsche Formula E team have plenty to report. The new “Inside E” podcast takes you behind the scenes. In the first episode, regular Formula E driver Neel Jani speaks about his career at Porsche, the factory team entering Formula E, the schedule up to the first race and the goals he has set himself for the rookie season.

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07/03/19
Racing News

Pikes Peak Hill Climb officials silence the media
Carlin Dunne crashed and died 20 yards from the finish line
Carlin Dunne crashed and died 20 yards from the finish line
The moment Carlin Dunne crashed, everything changed.

Riding his 2019 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype, the 36-year-old zoomed around the final corner and was on pace to break the motorcycle record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, but what happened next was nothing close to a celebration.

Dunne lost control of his bike about 20 yards from the finish line and flew off the side of the mountain.

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07/03/19
irl
f1

Ericsson completes day of Pirelli testing in Spielberg
Marcus Ericsson
Marcus Ericsson
Marcus Ericsson completed testing for Pirelli on Tuesday, as he drove the Alfa Romeo C38 around the Red Bull Ring.

The test was done as part of Pirelli's testing program this year, which will continue on Wednesday with Antonio Giovinazzi at the wheel.

Ericsson was present in the Formula 1 paddock over the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, when it was confirmed that he would be jumping back into the wheel of an F1 car this week.

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07/03/19
autoomotive

Lee Iacocca, father of the Ford Mustang, dies at 94
Benson Ford, Jim Clark and Lee Iacocca check out the Ford dual overhead cam Indianapolis 500 engine
Benson Ford, Jim Clark and Iacocca check out the '64 Ford dual overhead cam Indy 500 engine

Lido Anthony “Lee” Iacocca, the man who helped launch the Ford Mustang, is credited for helping bring Chrysler back from the brink of financial ruin and sold America on the minivan, died at his Bel Air, California, home Tuesday morning. Iacocca was 94.

Born to Italian immigrants in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1924, the ever-quotable Iacocca (“I hire smart people and get out of their way,” he once said of his management style) began working for Ford in 1946; by late 1970, he was president of the company, having played a pivotal role in the launch of the Ford Mustang along the way.

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07/03/19
wec

Video: Ford GT Highlights from the 87th Running of Le Mans 24
There is not a more punishing endurance sports car race in the world than the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Take a look at the video highlights as Ford's factory Ford GTs from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing went like hell one last time.

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07/03/19
imsa
irl
nasmon

Video: 2019 Team Penske Mid-Season Highlights
We're at the midway point of the year and it's been quite a race season so far for everyone at Team Penske.

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07/03/19
f1

McLaren Unboxed: Ringside at Spielberg
An exciting first lap from Lando and an epic battle through the field from Carlos resulted in a race to remember in Austria.

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07/03/19
BGT

Video: Jenson Button On Starting His Own Blancpain GT Team
Jenson Button and fiancee Brittny Ward. She is expecting their first child
Jenson Button and fiancee Brittny Ward. She is expecting their first child

2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button has teamed up with Chris Buncombe and Bob Neville to form a new race outfit – Rocket Team Jenson RJN.

Racing a Honda NSX Evo in the Blancpain GT Series, the team gives talented young sportscar drivers the chance to compete in the fast-growing international endurance series.

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07/03/19
irl

Video: INDYCAR Halo (not Aeroscreen) Prototype Simulator Test
Testing the Halo portion of the Aeroscreen for site line obstruction
This simulator run is the next step in developing the Aeroscreen to reduce the risk of driver injury from debris or other objects striking the cockpit area.

Scott Dixon said the device had little to no impact on visibility, but this test was just for the Halo portion of the Aeroscreen and DID NOT have the windscreen attached as you can see in the photos we posted earlier and in this video.

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07/03/19
f1

Fans suspect unfair Ferrari treatment - Piero Ferrari
If Ferrari gets the F1 screw enough times, perhaps they will move to IndyCar
If Ferrari gets the F1 screw enough times, perhaps they will move to IndyCar
(GMM) Piero Ferrari, the Maranello company's vice chairman, has admitted his concern about recent events regarding the famous Formula 1 team.

In Canada, Sebastian Vettel lost his victory with a time penalty, and Ferrari lost a 'review' of the controversial decision two weeks later.

Then in Austria, Ferrari and four other teams lost a bid to scrap Pirelli's difficult 2019 tires, before Max Verstappen was not penalized for a controversial pass on Charles Leclerc for the race win.

FIA race director Michael Masi defended the latter decision, saying comparing the Vettel-Hamilton incident in Canada and Verstappen-Leclerc in Austria is "like comparing apples with pears".

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07/03/19
f1

'Error' crowned Kubica driver of the day
3 laps down in Austria, Kubica was voted F1 Driver of the Day
3 laps down in Austria, Kubica was voted F1 Driver of the Day
(GMM) Formula 1 says a "technical error" meant that Robert Kubica was voted driver of the day after the Austrian GP.

The Pole actually qualified and finished dead last at the Red Bull Ring, so according to Osterreich newspaper F1 authorities launched an investigation when Kubica won the popular vote.

Subsequently, it was announced that a "technical error" had occurred, and Max Verstappen was instead announced as driver of the day with 74 per cent of the vote.

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07/03/19
nasmon

NASCAR increases stage lengths for Daytona race
Daytona action
Daytona action
NASCAR has lengthened the first two stages for Saturday’s Monster Cup race at Daytona International Speedway by 10 laps each.

The change was updated in the Cup Rule Book.

Stage 1 will now end on Lap 50. Stage 2 will now end on Lap 100.

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07/03/19
f3
wseries

Female F3 driver slams W Series
Sophia Florsch's claim to fame is her ability to crash
Sophia Florsch's claim to fame is her ability to crash. The only barriers she is knocking down are the concrete safety barriers
(GMM) Formula 3 driver Sophia Florsch has hit out at the new female-only open wheel category called W Series.

Last year, 18-year-old German Florsch came to international attention thanks to her spectacular airborne crash during the fabled Macau grand prix.

But she is vowing to return to Macau later this year, dismissing the lure of the female-only category that has been championed by David Coulthard.

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07/03/19
f1

2019 tires 'impossible to understand' - Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen's Haas shod with the made-for Mercedes Pirelli tires
Kevin Magnussen's Haas shod with the made-for Mercedes Pirelli tires
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen has slammed the "super uninspiring" situation with F1's Pirelli tires in 2019.

In Austria, a push by some of the ten teams to axe the difficult-to-understand tires and replace them with the ones supplied by Pirelli last year was voted down 5-5.

Haas has been among the most affected teams. In Austria, Magnussen qualified an impressive fifth, but slipped down the field to almost finish dead last.

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07/03/19
f1

Montoya raises hand to be F1 steward
Montoya with his son Sebastian at a go-kart race
Montoya with his son Sebastian at a go-kart race
(GMM) Former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya has raised his hand to become a FIA steward.

The sport has been rocked by controversial stewards decisions in recent races, with many figures calling for better rules and greater consistency.

"It would certainly be interesting," Montoya was quoted by Auto Bild when mentioning the possibility of becoming a steward.

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07/03/19
f1

Stop calling F1 'boring' - Hamilton
In most race Hamilton leads a parade.  F1 had one good race and Hamilton thinks there is no problem......as long as he s winning
In most race Hamilton leads a parade. F1 had one good race and Hamilton thinks there is no problem......as long as he s winning
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has urged reporters to "chill" rather than denounce Formula 1 as boring.

Mercedes has won every race so far in 2019 except for Austria, where the team suffered cooling problems. Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, in the Ferrari, instead tussled for victory in a thrilling race.

"You guys have been begging for racing for ages and you got it," championship leader Hamilton told reporters.

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07/03/19
motogp

Bradl to stand in for Lorenzo at Sachsenring
Lorenzo out, destroyed by Marquez
Lorenzo out with injury, destroyed by teammate Marquez, should retire
Honda test rider Stefan Bradl has been named as Jorge Lorenzo’s stand-in for this weekend’s German MotoGP.

Lorenzo broke two vertebrae when he crashed in Free Practice 1 last weekend at Assen, and was ruled out of the rest of that round and the next.

While the Spaniard’s seat remained unfilled for the rest of The Netherlands event, Bradl will race for Repsol Honda at his home grand prix.

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07/03/19
fe

New Seoul Formula E track layout revealed
Formula E race will take place in Seoul on May 3, 2020. Dubbed Seoul E-Prix 2020, the race will be held at Jamsil Sports Complex and on roads around the Olympic Park.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said that Korea will "lead the electric revolution around the world" through next year's race KOREA HERALD



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07/02/19
f1

ESPN Telecast of F1 Austrian GP Sets Event Viewership Record (Update)
Since ESPN took over from NBCSN F1 ratings are up 21%
Since ESPN took over from NBCSN F1 ratings are up big

UPDATE The two replays of the race later that night drew another 170,000 viewers so the total USA viewers for the Austrian GP was 810,000.

07/02/19 The live telecast of the Formula 1 myWorld Austrian Grand Prix on ESPN2 on Sunday, June 30, earned the largest U.S. television viewership for the event since it returned to the F1 schedule in 1997.

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07/02/19
irl

Five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Dixon tests Aeroscreen prototype in simulator
Dixon tested just the Halo, not the windscreen. The windscreen was not on the car, they just wanted to see if the Halo would block visibility
Dixon tested just the Halo, not the windscreen. The windscreen was not on the car, they just wanted to see if the Halo would block visibility

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07/02/19
irl

Dixon tried IndyCar Aeroscreen in simulator

“Everything went smoothly,” said dixon to Motorsport.com. “Additions on this were cooling pieces and a screen anti-fog system, so they were checking the line of sight wasn’t impeded by any of these.

“To be honest, it felt very like the current car, visually, where you look out at the AFP [Advance Frontal Protection device]. We went through Indy, Texas, Iowa, Barber and Long Beach, and no issues.”

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07/02/19
f1

Piero Ferrari slams F1 officiating
Piero Ferrari
Piero Ferrari
In Formula 1 we need “simpler rules, transparent rules”, we need to make it “immediately understandable, in its dynamics, in the eyes of the public” demands the vice-president of Ferrari, Piero Ferrari in an interview with Italian media today.

Piero Lardi Ferrari is an Italian billionaire businessman, the second and only living son of Enzo Ferrari, and a 10% owner of the Ferrari automotive company of which he is the vice chairman.

“We need a uniformity of judgment on the controversial episodes. Either we do this or people become disaffected”.

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07/02/19
irl

Karam to drive Carlin #31 in Toronto IndyCar race
Sage Karam at Indy
Sage Karam at Indy

Carlin is proud to announce that self storage company SmartStop Self Storage will join the team as a primary partner at the Honda Indy Toronto with NTT IndyCar Series driver Sage Karam piloting the No. 31 SmartStop Self Storage Carlin Chevrolet.

“We are extremely excited to partner with SmartStop Self Storage and to be a part of their debut into the NTT IndyCar Series. The Honda Indy Toronto is such a great event and will be the perfect introduction for them into the series,” said Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “We’ve obviously been following Sage’s career closely since he won the Indy Lights Championship in 2013 and he’s done a really great job. I think he’ll be a great addition to the team and a good teammate for Max this weekend.”

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07/02/19
nasx

Gimme Country to primary sponsor Reddick in 2019
Online Country-Focused Radio and Music Community to Serve as Primary Partner on Tyler Reddick's No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro
Online Country-Focused Radio and Music Community to Serve as Primary Partner on Tyler Reddick's No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro
Richard Childress Racing announced today that Gimme Country, Gimme Radio's newest branch of its online music service, has joined its 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series program as a primary partner for Tyler Reddick's No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro. The first immersive country music-focused radio service will first appear on Reddick's Chevrolet Camaro for the upcoming July race at Daytona International Speedway. 

"We built Gimme Country to give a home to the millions of country fans that have been largely ignored by the other digital music services," says Tyler Lenane, Gimme Radio CEO. "Seeing how Tyler Reddick and RCR have built a loyal following and how much they value their fans - it's exactly what we want to do with Gimme Country, so this partnership was an absolute no-brainer. We are so excited to be working with such a great team."

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07/02/19
f1

F1 constructors standings - a Mercedes blowout


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07/02/19
automotive

Over 25,000 Mazda 3s Recalled
2019 Mazda 3
2019 Mazda 3

Mazda is recalling a little over 25,000 examples of the new Mazda 3 in the United States because the car’s wheels could fall off. Literally.

A recall notice published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in June reveals that select Mazda3 models delivered across the U.S. may have had a partial gap between the hub bolts and hub flanges during assembly.

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07/02/19
f1

Italian press questions Ferrari's 'political weight'
Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel find that Ferrari has no political might in F1
Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel find that Ferrari has no political might in F1

(GMM) The Italian press has reacted with anger after the thrilling Austrian GP.

While Mattia Binotto congratulated Max Verstappen on his win and accepted the stewards' decision, he made clear Ferrari did not agree that the Red Bull driver should have escaped penalty for his overtaking move on Charles Leclerc.

It followed the Canadian GP, where Sebastian Vettel lost his victory after a controversial time penalty imposed after his battle with Lewis Hamilton.

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07/02/19
f2
f1

Next Red Bull junior pushing towards F1
O'Ward got an arse-whopping in his F2 debut because he has to learn to not wear out F2's crappy tires
O'Ward got an arse-whopping in his F2 debut because he has to learn to not wear out F2's crappy tires, but he may be Red Bull's most promising junior
(GMM) Red Bull's next generation of young drivers appears poised to push into Formula 1.

At the senior F1 team, victory in Austria after a thrilling race appears to have eased doubts that Max Verstappen could be heading to Mercedes.

"I have thought it for a while, but now I know it for sure: Max is the best driver in Formula 1," declared team boss Christian Horner.

But there are grave doubts about Pierre Gasly's place alongside him, with Dr Helmut Marko calling the Frenchman's recent performances "unacceptable".

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07/02/19
nasmon

Forbes: NASCAR Top-10 paid drivers
Jimmie Johnson is #1 at $17.5M
Jimmie Johnson is #1 at $17.5M. Perhaps washed up, but he makes more money than 1/3 the IndyCar drivers combined

The top-10 Driver salaries in NASCAR in 2019 according to Forbes:

1. Jimmie Johnson
Total Earnings: $17.5 million
Salary/winnings: $14 million
Endorsements/licensing: $3.5 million

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07/02/19
f1

Sebastian Vettel calls for the end of Race Stewards
Vettel is perhaps right. Let the drivers have at it. If they take each other out they are only hurting themselves in the long run - no finish, no points
Vettel is perhaps right. Let the drivers have at it. If they take each other out they are only hurting themselves in the long run - no finish, no points

Sebastian Vettel argued after the Austrian F1, perhaps it was time for the action on track to stand for itself.

“I’m not a fan of passing on these decisions to people somewhere sat in a chair,” he said.

“I think we are the best to judge, in the car, and it’s racing, you know, we’re not fighting for the kindergarten’s cup.

"We are all adults. Some older, some younger. But they should leave us alone.”

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07/02/19
nasmon

Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona
Last year's action - Hamlin, Stenhouse and Newman
Last year's action - Hamlin, Stenhouse and Newman

There is a full 40-car field of cars and drivers entered for this race.

  • For the second time this season, Garrett Smithley is entered in Premium Motorsports’ No. 15 Chevrolet.
  • B.J. McLeod makes his ninth start of the season for Petty Ware Racing in the No. 51 Ford
  • J.J. Yeley makes his third start of the season for Rick Ware Racing in the No. 52 Ford.
  • Joey Gase makes his first start of the season for Rick Ware Racing (and sixth Cup start of 2019 overall) in the No. 53 Chevrolet.
  • Brendan Gaughan makes his third start of the season for Beard Racing in the No. 62 Chevrolet.
  • Justin Haley is back in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet.
  • And Parker Kligerman makes his eighth start of the season in the No. 96 Toyota for Gaunt Brothers Racing.

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07/01/19
cc
irl

ChampCar licensed from IndyCar
Tony George gets the last laugh against ChampCar
Tony George gets the last laugh against ChampCar - licensing the name to a crappy enduro series for sedans to an organization called ChumpCar

The old ChampCar name has been licensed from IndyCar and the new series is the ChampCar Endurance Series sponsored by TireRack for some crappy enduro sedan cars. And to add insult to injury,  group who licensed it calls themselves ChumpCar International, Inc..

They advertise themselves as: The ChampCar Endurance Series is for people like you that have always wanted to go road racing without all the hassles, huge rulebook, or obscene expense. All you need is a valid drivers license, some safety gear, and a race car, which you can rent from arrive and drive teams, or build your own car! ChampCar is the simplest path to real wheel-to-wheel road racing!

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07/01/19
irl

Andretti to carry UniFirst livery for Toronto, Mid-Ohio
Marco Andretti colors for 2 races
Marco Andretti colors for 2 races

UniFirst Corporation, a North American leader in providing customized work uniform programs, corporate attire, and facility service products, will be the primary sponsor of Marco Andretti’s No. 98 IndyCar machine at the upcoming Honda Indy Toronto and Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The No. 98 car design will feature UniFirst’s branded green colors, along with the company’s corporate logos. UniFirst, the official shop uniform supplier of Andretti Autosport, recently signed a new multi-year sponsorship extension, continuing its long-running partnership with the championship-winning team. 

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07/01/19
nasmon

NASCAR Chicagoland TV Rating
NBCSN earned a 1.4 overnight rating for yesterday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, down 12.5% from a 1.6 in 2018.

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07/01/19
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Austria GP USA TV Ratings
Verstappen battles Leclerc
Verstappen battles Leclerc
ESPN2 earned a 0.5 overnight rating for yesterday's Formula 1 Austria Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring, up 25% from a 0.4 for last year's race. These numbers do not include the two repeat broadcasts that air later in the day.

The race, a thriller won by Max Verstappen, was Honda's first win in F1 since 2006.

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07/01/19
f1

Austria confirmed to Red Bull that Gasly has to go
Pierre was lapped by his teammate. Helmut Marko must be saying this guy has to go.
Pierre was lapped by his teammate. Helmut Marko must be saying this guy has to go.

Pierre Gasly accepted his poor performance that resulted in finishing a lap behind teammate Max Verstappen in Austria. At what point does a driver ask himself whether he is a wanker?

This marked the third straight race a midfield driver had finished ahead of the Frenchman and this time, he had plenty of excuses, except admitting he is inferior.

“I struggled with the traffic at the beginning and it kind of snowballed from there as we spent more time behind other cars,” Gasly explained.

“The hotter everything got, the harder it becomes. I struggled with that and getting past Kimi [Raikkonen] and other cars around.

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07/01/19
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Chicagoland Speedway Sees Sparse Crowd For Camping World 400
After the rain delay the crowd was even more sparse
After the rain delay the crowd was even more sparse
Getty Images for NASCAR
The Chicagoland Speedway stands yesterday at the start of the Monster Energy Cup Series Camping World 400 were "half-filled," showing that the market is "not as thrilled as it used to be about NASCAR."

Seating capacity had been "reduced in the offseason to 47,000 from 55,000." 

Camping spots also "appeared to be only about half-filled, so the Cup race probably drew no more than 30,000." Coverage of the race, won by Alex Bowman, was also "sparse in Chicago's two daily newspapers."

While the track is "not to blame for any of this," as NASCAR "searches for bold new ways to move into the next decade, maybe it no longer makes sense, or cents, to have even one race a year there" FORBES.com



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07/01/19
nasmon

Video Race Recap: Bowman's first NASCAR Cup win at Chicagoland
Whether it was all those second-place finishes or a lengthy rain delay, Alex Bowman's first win in the Monster Energy Series was worth the wait.

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07/01/19
f1

Peter Windsor: Verstappen should have been penalized
Note all the tire tracks thru the corner and note how Verstappen aims to cutoff Leclerc thru the corner. He then proceeds to drive Leclerc straight off the track. Dirty driving for certain
Note all the tire tracks thru the corner and note how Verstappen aims to spear Leclerc thru the corner. He then proceeds to drive Leclerc straight off the track. Dirty driving for certain
Peter Windsor breaks down the Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc incident in the Austrian GP and explains why Max Verstappen should have received a penalty but got a free pass.

After spending several hours reviewing the video evidence as well as speaking to the drivers and their team representative, the stewards ultimately they decided no further action was necessary.

This was not to take away from Verstappen's brilliant drive to the lead, but the pass on Leclerc was as dirty as they come. He could have waited and done the pass the proper way given he had time and his car was superior.

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07/01/19
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NASCAR Chicagoland Monster Cup post race Q&A
Alex Bowman
Alex Bowman

Race Winner, Alex Bowman and Crew Chief, Greg Ives (No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet)

THE MODERATOR: We will go ahead and kick off with today's Camping World 400 race winning crew chief Greg Ives. Thank you for joining us here. I know that was a win that you guys have been chasing for a long time. Just talk to us a little bit about your thoughts now that you can officially say that you guys have been to Victory Lane.

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07/01/19
f1

McLaren quiet over Honda axe regrets
Andreas Seidl and Zak Brown. Brown led the decision to axe Honda
Andreas Seidl and Zak Brown. Brown led the decision to axe Honda
(GMM) McLaren boss Andreas Seidl is refusing to say whether he thinks the British team should have stuck with Honda.

Honda was McLaren's works engine partner between 2015 and 2017, until the once-great team lost patience with the Japanese brand and switched to customer Renault power.

But on Sunday, Honda's new works partner Red Bull broke through for their first win as Red Bull-Honda.

Seidl, McLaren's new team boss, says the victory was "great".

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07/01/19
f1

Overheating Mercedes 'not racing' in Austria - Wolff
Toto Wolff storms off after his cars were overheating badly in Austria
Toto Wolff storms off after his cars were overheating badly in Austria
(GMM) Mercedes' "Achilles heel" was exposed in Austria, team boss Toto Wolff has admitted.

"We knew it would be a difficult race for us," said Valtteri Bottas. "In the end it was even worse than we expected."

After a run of eight consecutive wins for Mercedes, it was Red Bull and Ferrari finishing one-two in Austria as the silver cars battled to control overheating.

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07/01/19
f1

Victory eases 'doubts' over future - Verstappen
Jos Verstappen
Jos Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen appears to have cemented his place at Red Bull with a thrilling victory in Austria.

Earlier, it had emerged that a clause in the Dutchman's contract may allow him to switch to a rival team like Mercedes for 2020.

But Max's father Jos Verstappen told the Finnish broadcaster C More that the 21-year-old is happy at Red Bull.

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07/01/19
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Long wait for Austrian GP victory decision 'stressful'
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Red Bull and Max Verstappen had a long wait to discover if their highly popular victory in the exciting Austrian GP would stand.

Stewards deliberated for almost four hours before confirming that the Dutchman would not be penalized for his overtaking move on Charles Leclerc.

"It was very stressful," Max's father Jos Verstappen said. "Then there was the fake news (about a penalty for Verstappen).

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06/30/19
nasmon

Weather delays Monster Energy Series race at Chicagoland
Johnson leads
Johnson leads
Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway has been delayed by inclement weather.

NASCAR officials had moved up the start time of the Camping World 400 by 14 minutes to a 3:02 p.m. ET green flag (NBCSN, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and the race did get underway. But lightning and rain built in from the west of the Joliet, Illinois, track and the event was halted 11 laps in. A heavy rain storm then started.

When the race resumes, Jimmie Johnson will lead the field to green in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Kevin Harvick, in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, will also be on the front row.

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06/30/19
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Verstappen keeps Austrian GP win (Update)
Bump and run is the new passing standard gong forward. Just hope your suspension does not break
Bump and run is the new passing standard gong forward. Just hope your suspension does not break
UPDATE
 Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto says stewards at the Austrian Grand Prix made the “wrong decision” regarding the race-winning overtake.

“What’s Ferrari’s opinion and position? We still believe that this is a wrong decision, that’s our own opinion,” said Binotto.

“We believe that Charles leaves the entire space, he had no fault, a collision has happened and he has been pushed and forced off the track, so we believe these are clear rules which we may appreciate or not.

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06/30/19
f3

Hughes propelled to first F3 win
Jehan Daruvala, Jake Hughes, Robert Shwartzman
Jehan Daruvala, Jake Hughes, Robert Shwartzman

Jake Hughes claimed his first ever FIA Formula 3 win in controversial circumstances after leader Robert Shwartzman caused a collision with teammate Marcus Armstrong on the final lap of Race 2 in Austria. The Russian had been unwavering for the majority of the morning, but lost his nerve when his teammate scampered past him in the dying embers and inadvertently cut the Kiwi’s rear tire in an attempt to reclaim first.

Despite suffering damage to his front wing, the Russian managed to complete his final tour of the Red Bull Ring in first, but was demoted to third after a five second time penalty was added for causing the collision. This saw Hughes promoted to the top of the podium for his first ever win in the category, ahead of Jehan Daruvala.

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06/30/19
f2

Camara wins F2 sprint race
Camara wins by 1/2 sec
Camara wins by 1/2 sec

Sergio Sette Camara claimed a controlled first win of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, pouncing from third on the grid and maintaining the position, despite a late safety car bunching up the drivers and creating a tense final few laps. The Brazilian finished ahead of UNI-Virtuosi’s Luca Ghiotto and Championship leader Nyck De Vries.

Jordan King started on reverse grid pole and made a clean getaway off the line, as Louis Delétraz focused on retaining second place. All eyes were on De Vries as he claimed three scalps when the lights went out and honed in on Delétraz. The Dutchman didn’t wait around: he was past the Carlin driver ahead of Lap 2 and sat just 0.4s behind King.

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06/30/19
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O'Ward quits IndyCar
Patricio O'Ward in Austria for this weekend's F2 races
Patricio O'Ward in Austria for this weekend's F2 races is done with IndyCar

Red Bull junior driver Patricio O'Ward will replace Dan Ticktum at Team Mugen for the remainder of the Super Formula season in Japan.

O'Ward - who joined the Red Bull junior team in May - has been competing in IndyCar with Carlin this year, but confirmed on Friday that he will miss the rest of his IndyCar schedule.

Why? Because he cannot find sponsorship - the races are on NBCSN have such low TV ratings a sponsor won't touch them.

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06/30/19
automotive

Honda recalls 1.6 million vehicles over Takata airbags

2013 Acura TSX
2013 Acura TSX
Honda is recalling 1.6 million vehicles in the last phase of its efforts to replace potentially deadly Takata airbags, the company announced Friday. The recall includes many Honda and Acura models from 2003 through 2015.

The recall affects Honda and Acura automobiles in the United States.

Honda urged owners of affected vehicles to seek free replacements immediately at authorized dealers.

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06/30/19
f1

Epic F1 battles no longer allowed - Arnoux
Rene Arnoux today
Rene Arnoux today
(GMM) Rene Arnoux says that under the F1 rules of today, "prison" would have awaited after one of the sport's most epic and legendary wheel-to-wheel battles.

At Dijon in 1979, the French driver clashed wheels multiple times with Gilles Villeneuve in a battle that is now part of Formula 1 folklore.

"That kind of racing no longer has a place, obviously," Arnoux, now 70, told Le Journal de Montreal.

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06/30/19
f1

New Rio F1 race accused of 'corruption'
Rio trying to steal F1 race from Sao Paulo
Rio trying to steal F1 race from Sao Paulo
(GMM) Even before a circuit is built, the new project to potentially organize the 2021 Brazilian GP in Rio de Janeiro is being accused of corruption.

Controversial president Jair Bolsonaro recently said the project at Deodoro, a neighborhood of Rio, has a "99 per cent" chance of taking F1 away from Interlagos.

But Brazilian media are now saying there are problems with the way the Rio organizers and authorities are going about putting together the new venue.

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06/30/19
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Austin Dillon on Pole in Chicagoland
Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Dow Univar Solutions Camaro ZL1 secured the top position in qualifying for the Camping World 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Chicagoland Speedway, with a fast lap of 30.636 seconds, 176.263 mph. It was the third consecutive pole of the season for Dillon, his first at the 1.5mile track, and sixth of his MENCS career.

Kevin Harvick will start second, his fifth front row start of the season in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, Dillon’s RCR teammate Daniel Hemric was third fastest, seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was fourth and Kurt Busch will roll out fifth on the grid.

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06/30/19
f1

Barcelona must try to keep Spain GP - minister
Barcelona
Barcelona
(GMM) Catalunya sport minister Gerard Figueras says he has "good feelings" about Barcelona's talks to keep the Spanish grand prix.

But he also told EFE news agency that it would "not be a drama" if Liberty Media follows through and axes the race to make room for Zandvoort and Vietnam.

"There is activity 360 days a year because it is very well positioned at the international level," said Figueras.

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06/30/19
f1

Don't 'muck around' with Silverstone - Ecclestone
Don't 'muck around' with Silverstone - from the man who tried to kill off Silverstone repeatedly
Don't 'muck around' with Silverstone - from the man who tried to kill off Silverstone repeatedly
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has warned Liberty Media not to "muck around with Silverstone".

The British grand prix promoters have cancelled their race contract for financial reasons, but are still in talks with Liberty about inking a new one.

"We are still talking to Silverstone and looking forward to reaching an agreement," a Liberty spokesperson said.

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06/30/19
f1

F1 is not racing anymore - Ecclestone
Ecclestone is Austria says F1 is not racing aymore
Ecclestone is Austria says F1 is not racing anymore

(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has joined those who are lashing out at the present state of Formula 1.

The former F1 supremo, who is in Austria this weekend, was ousted by Liberty Media in early 2017.

Asked if he still likes Formula 1, the 88-year-old told Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper: "I still like the brand, yes.

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06/30/19
f1

Gasly performances 'unacceptable' - Marko
Gasly's too slow says Marko, and that pretty much is the kiss of death for his F1 career
Gasly's too slow says Marko, and that pretty much is the kiss of death for his F1 career
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko's patience with Pierre Gasly appears to be up.

Earlier, the Red Bull official said the team would not oust the struggling Frenchman before the end of the season.

But the rhetoric has suddenly changed, after Gasly qualified ninth at Red Bull's home race in Austria.

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