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07/10/19
nasmon

NASCAR Daytona TV Rating (Update)
Coke Zero Sugar 400
Coke Zero Sugar 400

UPDATE The final rating for the rain postponed Coke Zero Sugar 400 on NBC was a 2.12 on Sunday afternoon, down 22.0% from a 2.72 in 2018 on Saturday night. 

3.285 million viewers were tuned in, down 26.0% from 4.437 million in 2018....i.e. NBC lost NASCAR 1.2 million viewers in one year. Both races were live. Both were on NBC. Both were in excellent time slots.

The Xfinity race on NBCSN drew a 0.46 rating with 707,000 viewers tuned in.

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07/10/19
imsa

Video: Face-off: Acura NSX vs. NSX GT3 Evo
Currently #1 in the IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) point standings, driver Trent Hindman of Meyer Shank Racing demonstrates the distinctive approaches to performance of the Acura NSX and his #86 NSX GT3 Evo in 0-60 runs, braking tests, ease-of-use evaluations and, of course, ultimate lap times at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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07/10/19
nasmon
irl

Pocono Raceway To Apply Traction Compound For NASCAR. Will it hurt IndyCar?
How much will the traction compound help or hurt the IndyCar race 3 weeks later
How much will the traction compound help or hurt the IndyCar race 3 weeks later
Pocono Raceway announced today they will add traction compound in all three corners of ‘The Tricky Triangle’ for the upcoming Gander RV 400 race weekend. The traction compound, also known as PJ1, will be applied to the third lane in Turn 1, the second lane in Turn 2 and the third lane in Turn 3.

Pocono Raceway has been collaboratively working with NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports, Inc., to enhance the on-track action for their upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS,) NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) and ARCA Menards Series (AMS) event weekend.

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07/10/19
f1

Formula 1 confirms British Grand Prix renewal through 2024
Brit Lewis Hamilton smiled when he heard the news
Brit Lewis Hamilton smiled when he heard the news
Formula 1 this afternoon at Silverstone confirmed that a new five-year contract has been signed that saves the British GP. The terms were not released but the sanction fee is rumored to be well over $20M per year.

It means Silverstone will retain its place on the 2020 calendar, which is expected to feature 21 events, with the Netherlands and Vietnam joining the roster.

Liberty Media has yet to publish a provisional schedule as it continues negotiations with organizers in Spain and Germany, but it is thought unlikely that either event will be retained.

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07/10/19
sf
irl

Lucas Auer joined by Patricio O'Ward for Super Formula at Fuji
Patricio O'Ward drops out of IndyCar and steps up to Super Formula in Japan
Patricio O'Ward drops out of IndyCar and steps up to Super Formula in Japan

#50 Lucas Auer (AUT – B-Max/Motopark Honda/M-TEC HR-417E)
Super Formula Championship position: 5th – 8 points – after 3 of 7 races

#15 Patricio O’Ward (MEX – Mugen Honda/M-TEC HR-417E)
Super Formula Championship debut – after 3 of 7 races

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07/10/19
nasmon

Daytona penalty report
Spire Motorsports #77
The Spire Motorsports #77 won last weekend
Following the race weekend at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR has issued an indefinite suspension of a crew member for violating its substance abuse policy.

It has suspended Zachary E. Young.

Young has served as the jackman for Spire Motorsports in a handful of races this year, most recently for the Chicagoland race weekend.

After winning the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona this past weekend, this news takes some of the shine off of that high point for the team



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07/10/19
f1

McLaren announced 2020 drivers to stop 'speculation'
Zak Brown, Gil de Ferran, and their drivers
Zak Brown, Gil de Ferran, and their drivers
(GMM) McLaren has announced its 2020 driver lineup with 12 races left to run this season in order to avoid "speculation".

That is the admission of the British team's supremo Zak Brown.

Just days after a story emerged about Fernando Alonso effectively splitting with the Woking outfit, McLaren has announced that Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris are staying put for 2020.

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07/10/19
f1

Ferrari still trusts Vettel - Binotto
Binotto in Austria
Binotto in Austria
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has called for more "patience" as he admits Ferrari's 2019 car is not yet a match for Mercedes'.

Heading into Silverstone, the Maranello team's boss says the British grand prix layout will not suit the Ferrari car "particularly well".

But just days ago, Binotto's counterpart at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, said Ferrari should have won two or three grands prix already this year.

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07/10/19
f1

Gasly can do 'much more' for Red Bull - Horner
Speculation now centers on which series Gasly will drive in next year
Speculation must now center on which series Gasly will drive in next year
(GMM) Amid intensifying speculation about Pierre Gasly's future, the Frenchman's bosses insist they are still supporting him.

Rumors Gasly could be ousted by Red Bull reached boiling point when Dr Helmut Marko called his performances alongside Max Verstappen this year "unacceptable".

But Christian Horner, team boss, says Red Bull still believes in the 23-year-old.

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07/10/19
f1

British GP must make 'financial sense' - Steiner
Gunther Steiner
Gunther Steiner
(GMM) Silverstone should only keep the British GP if it makes "financial sense".

That is the view of Haas boss Gunther Steiner, amid fears the historic venue might not agree a new deal with Liberty Media.

In its pre-British GP press release, Ferrari spoke up for Silverstone's hopes by saying that "if Formula 1 has a home, it's probably Silverstone".

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07/10/19
f1

Third DRS zone will no longer be used for Silverstone
Silverstone
Silverstone
This weekend’s British Grand Prix will feature just two DRS zones after the third DRS zone, added last year, has been eliminated.

In addition to DRS zones down the Hangar and Wellington Straights, last year the race also featured a zone at the beginning of the lap.

That extended down the front straight, through the opening two corners, and up to the braking zone at Turn 3.

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07/10/19
f1

Announcement scheduled for new British GP deal
Silverstone
Silverstone
(GMM) A new deal to keep the British GP at Silverstone will be announced within hours.

Amid speculation that a new contract has been agreed, a press conference attended by F1 chief executive Chase Carey has been organized for Wednesday afternoon.

The host of the press conference is the British Racing Drivers' Club; the owner of the historic Silverstone circuit.

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07/09/19
imsa

Video: IMSA Mosport Acura Team Race Highlights
2019 IMSA Mosport Acura DPi and GTD/NSX Team Race Highlights

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07/09/19
f1

Verstappen a better driver than Hamilton - Horner
Horner says Max Verstappen is better than Lewis Hamilton
Horner says Max Verstappen is better than Lewis Hamilton
Max Verstappen is better than five-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton on current form, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said at a media even ahead of the British GP.

"As the form driver, he is," said Horner. "As the driver in the form of his life, arguably over the past 12 months, he's been the best driver in the world.

"How do I substantiate that? He's not in the best car. But when you look at the results he's got out of that car since Montreal last year, some of the performances he's put in, he's made virtually zero mistakes in that period.

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07/09/19
automotive

US now has over 20,000 electric car charging stations
Elon Musk is changing the entire automotive industry
Elon Musk is changing the entire automotive industry
The Department of Energy (DOE) reports that the US now has over 20,000 electric car charging stations with more than 68,800 connectors.

The new numbers were released by the DOE this week:

“As of May 2019, there were more than 68,800 Level 2 and DC fast charging units throughout the United States. Of that total, 16%, or approximately 10,860 units, were DC fast chargers that make long-distance travel more practical for electric vehicles (EV).”

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07/09/19
nasmon
irl

Video: NASCAR and INDYCAR Drivers Build Home
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe and NTT IndyCar Series rookie sensation Santino Ferrucci joined Iowa Speedway staff and the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity for a day of rehabilitating a home on Des Moines’ northside. The Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, all-embracing Christian ministry committed to improving homes and facilities for disadvantaged families.

The drivers were in town to promote Iowa Speedway’s first ever back-to-back race weekends – Iowa Speedweek – featuring the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 on July 20 and culminating with the NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 on July 27.

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07/09/19
irl

Castroneves eyes a speedy sale of home in Fort Lauderdale (Update)
We like deFerran's boat

We like deFerran's boat

UPDATE Helio is selling his house in Fort Lauderdale because he is building a custom house across the street from his friend Gil DeFerran in Ft. Lauderdale.

Rumors are Helio will be, as many others in the exclusive neighborhood have, building a house very similar to DeFerran’s which is absolutely gorgeous, very understated and elegant, which has appeared in many architectural and home magazines. 

DeFerran’s House 

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07/09/19
nasmon

NBC Sports, NASCAR Launching "Grassroots Racing Tour"
NBC Sports and NASCAR have launched a new campaign titled the "Grassroots Racing Tour."

The season-long effort will consist of "messaging, stories, social videos, in-person appearances from NASCAR drivers & promotion" among NASCAR, NBC Sports and more than 500 local tracks.

Stories collected from the tour will be included on NBCSN's "NASCAR America" and in "remote pre-race and in-race elements," including driver videos and a "50 States in 50 Shows" feature. NBCSPORTS.com



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07/09/19
f1

McLaren retains Sainz and Norris for 2020
Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris
Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris
McLaren has confirmed that Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris will continue as its drivers for the 2020 FIA Formula 1 season.

The pair have integrated well into the team over the past nine months as the Woking outfit progresses on its road to recovery. Retaining both drivers for 2020 echoes the team's commitment to consistency and continuity, which are key pillars of its return to competitiveness.

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07/09/19
nasmon

Video: Aric Almirola, NASCAR's Hardest Working Driver
Aric Almirola and wife Janica
Aric Almirola and wife Janice
Aric Almirola is in his second year with Stewart-Haas Racing and races the #10 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The Floridian spends as much time as he can testing, in the simulator and checking over data with his engineering team.

SHR hope that it'll lead to another successful playoff run like they saw in 2018.

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07/09/19
f1

How to Master the Mighty Silverstone Circuit
Copse, Maggotts, Becketts, Stowe... Silverstone is one of the most famous tracks in the world and the home of the British Grand Prix. Two-time Formula 1 Esports Champion Brendon Leigh shows you how to master the super-fast Silverstone Circuit.

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07/09/19
track news

Hockenheim announces new management
Georg Seiler retiring
Georg Seiler retiring
Change is in the air at Hockenheim Ring: When Georg Seiler retires at the end of August after 41 years as CEO, Jochen Nerpel and Jorn Teske will take over the management of the Hockenheim-Ring GmbH. After an intensive recruitment procedure that attracted over 40 applicants, the shareholders decided on a dual team made up of two experienced Hockenheim Ring managers.

Jorn Teske has been head of the marketing department for over 13 years and, since 2017, authorized signatory of Hockenheim-Ring GmbH. He possesses explicit knowledge of the company, wide-ranging industry expertise and experience in dealing with municipal circumstances. With his expertise in sports marketing, sponsoring and marketing from the event organizer and company perspective, this 51-year-old is responsible for the positive brand development of the Hockenheim Ring and its events and is committed to a proactive representation of the company in the motor sport scene, the region and the media. Jorn Teske will be taking over management in the administrative division.

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07/09/19
irl

Mouser to again sponsor Bourdais in Toronto
Bourdais gets Mouser backing again
Bourdais gets Mouser backing again
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan announced today that for the second consecutive year Mouser Electronics, Inc. and Molex, LLC will be the primary sponsors of the No. 18 entry driven by Sebastien Bourdais for the Honda Indy Toronto, July 12-14 in Toronto, Canada. 

“Mouser Electronics and Molex Connectors are so much more than sponsors for us. For eight years now we have collaborated together as partners to make both our teams better. We head into the Honda Indy Toronto proud to be unveiling the newest version of the Mouser-Molex machine,” said Vasser-Sullivan Co-Owner James “Sulli” Sullivan. 

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07/09/19
irl

Randy Lanier: Weed, Speed and the Road Ahead is Focus of "Smoked"
Randy Lanier in the 1980s as a CART IndyCar driver
Randy Lanier in the 1980s as a CART IndyCar driver
The Miami Herald and McClatchy Studios announced today that "Smoked," a six-part podcast and multimedia series chronicling the extraordinary life of South Florida's Randy Lanier will launch July 16. Lanier was a racing prodigy who rose to stardom at the Indy 500 while living a secret double life as one of the biggest pot kingpins in American history.

"Smoked" is based on dozens of interviews, some with people who've never spoken publicly before; archival research stretching back 40 years; and exclusive reporting by Miami Herald editor Amy Driscoll and reporter Alex Harris, who co-host the six-part narrative series.

"The Miami Herald was known for its comprehensive and groundbreaking coverage of smuggling and the South Floridadrug trade throughout the 1970s and '80s," said Aminda Marqués González, editor and publisher of the Miami Herald. "This tale of weed, speed and the road ahead follows in those footsteps. 'Smoked' is a gripping human interest story with an important underlying message that will engage audiences across the country."

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07/09/19
nasmon

NASCAR almost did not buy ISC and expects change in TV revenue in 2025 (Update)
From AR1.com's perspective, with TV ratings plummeting yearly, the new NASCAR TV deal is likely to see a huge drop in revenue.
From AR1.com's perspective, with TV ratings plummeting yearly, the new NASCAR TV deal is likely to see a huge drop in revenue.

UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Adam Stern misunderstood the slide. The company did a typical financial sensitivity analysis to see, and show investors, what the financials would look like under a range of possibilities.

The process typically works like this:

The management asks themselves something like, what if we go into a recession and more viewers lose interest, how bad could the TV revenue be? And if we don't go into a long recession, the SUV craze tops out and performance cars become cool, and cord cutters decline and cable subscriber growth turns around, how good could it be?

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07/09/19
f1

Seidl doubts more manufacturers will enter F1
Andreas Seidl knows manufacturers are focusing on electric power-trains for the future
Andreas Seidl knows manufacturers are focusing on electric power-trains for the future
(GMM) Andreas Seidl is not expecting another car manufacturer to enter Formula 1 any time soon.

In Austria recently, Bernie Ecclestone revealed that some years ago he negotiated unsuccessfully to bring a Volkswagen brand like Audi or Porsche to the grid.

Seidl, the former Porsche motor racing boss, has just entered F1, but only after joining McLaren as the British team's new team principal. 

"I think it's very difficult for a manufacturer to come in now," he is quoted by Speed Week.

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07/09/19
dtm

Berger eyes Monaco for DTM calendar
Gerhard Berger recently at Austrian GP
Gerhard Berger recently at Austrian GP
(GMM) Gerhard Berger is looking to add Monaco to the DTM calendar.

The former Ferrari and McLaren driver, who now runs the premier German touring car series, hosted Monaco's Prince Albert II as his guest at the Norisring round last weekend.

He told DPA news agency that Monaco would be "a good story" for a DTM calendar of the near future.

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07/09/19
f1

F1 stars say Silverstone must stay
Silverstone
Silverstone
(GMM) A trio of F1 stars say Silverstone must stay on the F1 calendar.

Amid uncertainty about the historic race's future, it is possible a new deal could be announced prior to the British grand prix this weekend.

That announcement would come as a relief to Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who says losing Silverstone would be "disastrous".

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07/09/19
f1

Gasly: The harder he tries, the slower he goes
We predicted Pierre Gasly would be destroyed by Verstappen before the season started
We predicted Pierre Gasly would be destroyed by Verstappen before the season started and that is exactly how it has panned out
Pierre Gasly has Red Bull’s full support but the under-performing Frenchman is going slower the harder he tries and is in need of a mental reset, team boss Christian Horner told Reuters on Monday.

Gasly, 23, graduated to the former Formula One world champions this season from sister outfit Toro Rosso but has been off the pace in comparison to his 21-year-old team mate Max Verstappen.

While the Dutch youngster won the last race in Austria at the end of June, despite dropping seven places at the start, Gasly was seventh and lapped. 

“That was a very tough moment for him,” Horner told reporters ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

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07/08/19
irl

IndyCar's Robert Wickens gets back in the driver's seat


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07/08/19
f1

Takuma Sato takes Ayrton Senna's McLaren MP4/4 up Goodwood hill
Takuma Sato takes a classic McLaren-Honda MP4/4 and pushes it up the Goodwood hillclimb at Festival of Speed.

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07/08/19
automotive

BMW Donates 100 New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Visitors to America's National Parks

The BMW Group today announced the successful completion of its project, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, and Department of Energy, to donate 100 electric vehicle charging stations in and near to national parks throughout the United States. Additionally, to date, more than 90 of the charging stations have been installed, with the remainder on course to open this month.

“We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the summer than visiting one of America’s beautiful national parks. In making electric vehicle charging more widely available for everyone, this joint effort serves to make America’s national parks more accessible to drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO, BMW of North America.

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07/08/19
nasmon

Video: O'Donnell discusses decision to call Daytona race
Steve O'Donnell
Steve O'Donnell

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer, said that series officials hoped to run the final 33 laps of Sunday’s Cup race at Daytona International Speedway “but every indicator we had was that we weren’t going to be able to do that and kind of said enough is enough and for the safety and sake of everybody, unfortunately, had to call the race.”

The result was that Justin Haley, who was leading when the race was halted at 3:18 p.m. ET for a lightning strike was declared the winner when NASCAR called the event at 5:30 p.m. ET because of rain.

O'Donnell talked with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about the decision to call the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Sunday evening.

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07/08/19
f1

Bernie Ecclestone "would take a bullet" for Vladimir Putin
Ecclestone and Putin
Ecclestone and Putin
Bernie Ecclestone is a controversial figure in the sport of Formula 1 and in his most recent interview he may have made his most outrageous comments to date. When speaking to ESPN the former F1 chief said that he would "take a bullet" for Russia's president Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader has visited a few Grand Prix's and clearly has a good relationship with Ecclestone. 

"If someone had a machine gun and was prepared to shoot Putin, I would stand in front of him," Ecclestone said to ESPN. "He's a good guy. He's never done anything that isn't doing good things for people."

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07/08/19
automotive

Ride onboard a Bentley Continental GT up Pikes Peak
Onboard up Pikes Peak
Onboard up Pikes Peak
In its centenary year, Bentley is celebrating another record-breaking run at the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the release of two new films.

Join driver Rhys Millen (NZ) on board the Bentley Continental GT as a new outright record for production cars is set by 8.4 seconds. A camera mounted to Rhys’ race helmet reveals footage from a driver’s point-of-view as he tackles the 156 corners, climbing almost 5,000ft in 10m18.488s.

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07/08/19
nasmon

Only 30,000 in attendance For Coke Zero At Daytona
Only an estimated 30,000 were on hand at a track that seats over 100,000
Only an estimated 30,000 were on hand at a track that seats over 100,000
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Justin Haley yesterday won the weather-shortened Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400, which made its "last July run -- a day later than planned -- before moving to late August next year." An estimated crowd of 30,000 watched the race, originally scheduled for Saturday, at Daytona Int'l Speedway. Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL

Nearly 2.3 inches of rain fell in Daytona Beach "over 36 hours beginning Friday afternoon and into Saturday night," which "turned grassy areas in the track’s infield into swampy bogs." The high humidity gave fans a "bonus sauna treatment to go with their tickets," which led to "many empty seats." Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL

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07/08/19
automotive

Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Reveal To Be Livestreamed Globally
Camouflaged Mid-Engine Corvette
Camouflaged Mid-Engine Corvette
The late Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the Chevrolet Corvette, had a vision for a mid-engine Corvette. That vision will come to life the evening of July 18, 2019, in Orange County, California, and the world can watch the reveal via livestream from the comfort of their own homes.

The livestream opens at 7:30 p.m. PDT/10:30 p.m. EDT on July 18 and can be accessed through media.chevrolet.com/nextgenCorvette, which also will be sent out on Chevrolet’s social media channels. The stream will include Corvette video footage, a hosted preshow and the reveal presentation. It will be available for viewing across the globe, in all seven continents.

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07/08/19
wec

SMP Ends WEC Program, LMP1 field decimated
With zero chance of winning against the Toyotas and the biased rules, SMP Racing waves goodbye to WEC
With zero chance of winning against the Toyotas and the biased rules, SMP Racing waves goodbye to WEC
SMP Racing won’t return to the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2019-20 season, with the Russian team confirming its surprise departure from the LMP1 ranks.

In a statement released on Monday morning, SMP founder Boris Rotenberg revealed that he feels that the team made the most of a difficult situation in LMP1 during the 2018-19 ‘Super Season’.

“For us it was a difficult season,” Boris Rotenberg, founder and leader of SMP Racing, said. “We worked a lot on our BR1 prototype. As a result, we were able to show and prove to everyone that the Russian team, Russian drivers and the Russian car are capable of achieving the highest results in the most difficult world championships and in such a prestigious race as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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07/08/19
f1

Red Bull understands Gasly struggle - Salo
Gasly lapped by his teammate in Austria
Gasly lapped by his teammate in Austria
(GMM) Red Bull "knows something we don't" about Pierre Gasly's struggle to get up to speed in 2019.

Publicly, Dr Helmut Marko has called the Frenchman's performance this year "unacceptable", and is giving him until the summer break to up his game.

Daniil Kvyat, at the junior team Toro Rosso, looks the most likely to replace him.

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07/08/19
f1
irl

Ericsson to stay in IndyCar
Marcus Ericsson wants to race where driver talent matters and that is IndyCar
Marcus Ericsson wants to race where driver talent matters and that is IndyCar
(GMM) Marcus Ericsson says he is in no hurry to return to the Formula 1 grid.

The Swede lost his Sauber race seat at the end of last year, but retained his connection with the team by remaining Alfa Romeo's reserve.

Ericsson then returned to the wheel of the car for the post-Austrian GP test.

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07/08/19
f1

Hamilton 'staying calm' after setback
Hamilton knows his superior Mercedes car will prevail
Hamilton knows his superior Mercedes car will prevail
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton says he is "staying calm" after a difficult race for Mercedes recently in Austria.

After eight consecutive wins in 2019 for Mercedes, championship leader Hamilton finished just fifth in Austria as the German team admitted its car has a fundamental cooling problem at hot races.

But Hamilton insists he is not worried.

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07/08/19
f1

McLaren eyes focus shift to 2020 car
Andreas Seidl (L)
Andreas Seidl (L)
(GMM) McLaren is contemplating stopping development of its 2019 car.

After a performance slump that has lasted for years, the once-great British team is now 'best of the rest' behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

But McLaren is already looking towards 2020.

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07/08/19
nasmon

Video Recap: Coke Zero Sugar 400 in three minutes
Watch the Coke Zero Sugar 400 that saw Justin Haley get the win in Daytona.

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07/07/19
nasmon

Inclement weather delays Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona
Austin Dillon wrecks half the field before the red
Austin Dillon wrecks half the field before the red
Inclement weather has delayed Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Lightning in the area during the final stage caused NASCAR to bring cars down pit road and stop the race at 3:19 p.m. ET local time.

Justin Haley, in the No. 77 Chevrolet, was scored in the lead when the red flag came out on Lap 127 of 160. William Byron in the No. 24 Chevrolet was in second place and Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Chevrolet was in third.

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07/07/19
tv news

Sunday TV Times
All times Eastern. Note IMSA channel change due to NASCAR Daytona Race postponement until Sunday
Sunday, July 7LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGPGermany5:00am-9:00am (L)beIN Sports
Superbike World Championship #2Donington9:00am-10:10am (L)beIN Sports
IMSA RaceMosport12:55pm-3:45pm (L)IMSA.TV
NASCAR Cup RaceDaytona1:00pm-4:30pm (L)NBC
IMSA RaceMosport1:00pm-4:00pm (L)CNBC
NHRAEpping1:00pm-4:00pm (L)FS1
DTMNorisring4:00pm-6:00pm (SD)CBSSN

Legend: L=Live, D=Delayed, SD=Same Day Delay

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07/07/19
dtm

Bruno Spengler ends two-year DTM win drought
Race start
Race start

BMW's Bruno Spengler took a 5-sec. victory in the second DTM race at the Norisring to end a two-year victory drought.

Spengler claimed the lead on the opening lap and was pretty much always appeared in control of the race.

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07/07/19
dtm

Rast wins DTM Race 1 at Norisring
Rene Rast
Rene Rast

A rather poor start, but a brilliant comeback: with a brave strategy, Rene Rast (GER) claimed his third win of the season at the Norisring. In the DTM race on Saturday at the street circuit in Nuremberg, the 2017 DTM champion started third, but dropped to the back of the field after stalling his engine. Then, however, he made clever use of an early safety car intervention for a tactical move that saw him move up into the lead. DTM newcomer Aston Martin also shone. Daniel Juncadella (ESP) temporarily ran in fourth place in a turbulent and action-packed race and eventually finished sixth in the first race of the weekend.

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07/07/19
dtm

Rast wins pole for DTM Norisring Race 2
Rene Rast
Rene Rast

For points’ leader Rene Rast, things are going well at the Norisring. After his dominant victory in the DTM race on Saturday, the German also secured himself the best possible starting grid position for the race on Sunday, adding another three points to his championship total in the process. Rast’s time of 46.146s was the fastest lap time ever around the 2.3 kilometer's long street circuit in Nuremberg. For the Audi driver, it was the eighth DTM pole position of his career and the third of the current season following his pair of pole positions in the previous round at Misano.

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07/07/19
f1

MPs hold crisis talks with Formula 1 bosses in bid to save British GP
Chase Carey likely told the MPs to cough up some money or you lose the race
Chase Carey likely told the MPs to cough up some money or you lose the race
MPs have held last-ditch meetings with Formula 1 bosses over the British Grand Prix, which takes place for the final time next weekend.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Formula 1 – dormant until last month – includes DUP chief whip Jeffrey Donaldson, Ian Paisley, son of Ireland’s former First Minister, and Lord Hain, Europe Minister under Tony Blair.

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07/07/19
wseries

Marta Garcia wins W-Series Norisring race
Garcia celebrates
Garcia celebrates
Eighteen-year-old Marta Garcia (ESP) was crowned champion of the fourth W Series race at the iconic Norisring near Nuremberg (Bavaria) this afternoon, 3.619sec ahead of Beitske Visser (NDL), who finished P2 for the second race in a row. Bagging pole position in qualifying and clocking the second-fastest lap of the race (51.049sec), the Spanish teenager drove superbly to earn 25 points, elevating herself to third position in the title chase.

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07/07/19
v8

Shane Van Gisbergen prevails in fiery Watpac Townsville 400
Shane van Gisbergen leads under caution
Shane van Gisbergen leads under caution

Shane van Gisbergen prevailed in an insane Supercars race on the streets of Townsville punctuated by mid-race rain chaos and a raging pit lane fire.

The Kiwi wet tracker scored his second win of the year after a crazy race which had more slip and slide than Queensland sun in the second leg of the Watpac Townsville 400.

A pit lane fire sparked from a broken fuel hose meant the race finished under safety car with Van Gisbergen prevailing over Fabian Coulthard and Cameron Waters.

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07/06/19
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Saturday, July 6LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP QualifyingGermany6:30am-8:55am (L)beIN Sports
Superbike World Championship #1Donington8:55am-10:00am (L)beIN Sports
IMSA Weathertech Sportscar QualifyingCanada11:25am-12:40pm (L)IMSA.TV
Score Baja 500 Highlights World X GamesBaja CA/Mex2:00pm-3:00pm (D)ABC
NASCAR Cup (RAINED OUT)Daytona7:00pm-7:30pm (L) - Pre-Race
7:30pm-11:00pm (L) - Race
NBC
NASCAR CupDaytona11:00pm-12:00am (L) - Post-RaceNBCSN
Sunday, July 7LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGPGermany5:00am-9:00am (L)beIN Sports
Superbike World Championship #2Donington9:00am-10:10am (L)beIN Sports
IMSA RaceMosport12:55pm-3:45pm (L)IMSA.TV
NASCAR CupDaytona1:00pm-4:30pm (L) - RaceNBC
IMSA RaceMosport1:00pm-4:00pm (L)NBC
NHRAEpping1:00pm-4:00pm (L)FS1
DTMNorisring4:00pm-6:00pm (SD)CBSSN

Legend: L=Live, D=Delayed, SD=Same Day Delay



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07/06/19
nasmon

Rain Forces NASCAR To Postpone Daytona Race
Ominous Clouds Over Daytona

Persistent rain with no letup in sight forced postponement of Saturday night’s scheduled Coke Zero Sugar 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

The event has been rescheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, to be broadcast on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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07/06/19
dtm

Muller puts Audi on Norisring pole
 Nico Muller (c)
Nico Muller (c)
Audi driver Nico Muller set a new qualifying lap record at the Norisring to secure pole position for Saturday's opening DTM race.

Muller, who scored the second victory of his DTM career at the previous Misano round, achieved his second series pole position with a 46.337s lap of the 1.43-mile circuit set during his first qualifying run.

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07/06/19
nasx

Video Highlights: Chastain wins Xfinity Race at Daytona
Watch Kaulig Racing sweep the top-three finishing positions as Ross Chastain earn's the organization's first victory in the Xfinity Series at Daytona.

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07/06/19
nasmon

Video: Daytona Monster Cup Coke Zero Pre-Race Q&A
Erik Jones (No. 20 Sports Clips Toyota), Alex Bowman (No. 88 Valvoline Patriotic Chevrolet), and Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

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07/06/19
v8

McLaughlin prevails over Whincup in Townsville
Scott McLaughlin leads
Scott McLaughlin leads
The King of Townsville Jamie Whincup has been dethroned by yet another Scott McLaughlin masterclass, who grabbed his sixth win in a row on the city streets of Reid Park.

A pre-determined strategy play designed to get Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Whincup in front worked before Shell V-Power Racing’s McLaughlin’s superior speed prevailed, scoring his 13th win of the season in first of the two Watpac Townsville 400 races.

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07/06/19
motogp

Marquez beats Quartararo in practice 3
Marquez is tough to beat in Germany
Marquez is tough to beat in Germany

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) ended Free Practice 3 at the top of the timesheets thanks to a late 1:20.347 at the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

The Championship leader edged out Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) by 0.168 and Assen winner Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) by 0.287 as both Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) missed out on a top ten.

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07/06/19
irl
f1

McLaren and driver Fernando Alonso part ways (Update No)
Fernando Alonso is done with the loser McLaren team
Fernando Alonso and Zak Brown dispel rumor

UPDATE Fernando Alonso has appeared to rubbish reports that he and McLaren have parted ways with a light-hearted jab on social media.

UK publication Motor Sport Magazine published a story on Friday local time suggesting that the Spaniard’s relationship with McLaren had ended.

The article, headlined ‘Fernando Alonso ends driver partnership with McLaren after Indy 500 debacle’ picked up traction with numerous media outlets around the world fueling the story.

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07/05/19
irl
nasmon
wec

MSHFA Class of 2020
Wally Dallenbach, Sr.
Wally Dallenbach, Sr.
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) will induct its largest class in recent years March 16 - 17, 2020 during its 32nd annual Induction Celebration in Daytona Beach.

The Class of 2020 includes NASCAR’s first-ever champion Robert “Red” Byron (Historic), flat track impresario Chris Carr (Motorcycles), early motorcycle racer, promoter and publisher Floyd Clymer (At Large), driver, official and safety advocate Wally Dallenbach, Sr. (Open Wheel), Rick Hendrick, one of NASCAR’s most successful owners (Stock Cars), Daytona 500 champion Tiny Lund (Historic), Can-Am and Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Jacky Ickx (Sports Cars), quarter-mile racing legend “Ohio” George Montgomery (Drag Racing) and Baja 500 and 1,000 and SCORE World Champion Ivan “Ironman” Stewart (Off-Road Racing).

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07/05/19
motogp

Petrucci Signs With Ducati Team For 2020
Danilo Petrucci
Danilo Petrucci
On the eve of the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, the factory Ducati Team has resigned Danilo Petrucci for the 2020 MotoGP World Championship Series. Currently in his rookie year on the Ducati Team after four years with the Pramac Racing team, Petrucci has scored his first MotoGP win, has three podium finishes, and is in P3 in the standings with 108 points.

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07/05/19
nasmon

Logano to start on pole at Daytona
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, and Paul Menard, driver of the #21 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford, lead Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 BodyArmor Ford, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, during practice
Brad Keselowski and  Paul Menard lead Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano during practice

Joey Logano will start from the pole position for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 after Busch Pole Qualifying was canceled Friday at Daytona International Speedway because of inclement weather.

It was not raining in Daytona Beach, Florida, at the time of the cancellation, but lightning was spotted near the 2.5-mile track and had track activity on hold.

The full lineup for Saturday’s race (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) has been set by owner points, meaning Kyle Busch will start alongside Logano on the front row.

Full Daytona lineup



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07/05/19
motogp

Marquez reigns over Rins on Day 1
Marquez
Marquez
After being beaten to P1 by Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) in FP1 at the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) returned the favor in FP2 to lead the field by 0.341 after setting a 1:20.705, with Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) putting his GSX-RR in between Marquez and Quartararo in FP2 as the two Spaniard’s lead a frustrated Frenchman on Friday.

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07/05/19
irl

Alonso plans Indy 500 return
Alonso plans Indy 500 return, likely without McLaren
Alonso plans Indy 500 return, likely without McLaren
Expect Fernando Alonso back at the Indy 500 in 2020 until he bags the Triple Crown.

He tried his hand in 2017 but was denied by a Honda engine failure while this year he failed to even qualify.

Alonso says he will try again.

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07/05/19
motogp

Quartararo vs Marquez is on, Rossi completes top three
Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo

FP1 at the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland saw Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) beat nine-time Sachsenring winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to P1 after the Frenchman set a 1:21.390 to head the Championship leader by 0.074, with Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) 0.574 back in third.

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07/05/19
f1

Mercedes will release Ocon if 2020 opportunity emerges
Esteban should look elsewhere for his career
Esteban should look elsewhere for his career
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the German manufacturer won't close the door if a potential opportunity to return to F1 emerges for reserve driver Esteban Ocon.

Ocon was elbowed out of Racing Point at the end of 2018 to make way for Lance Stroll, leaving the Frenchman on the sidelines this season.

The 22-year-old has nevertheless kept himself busy conducting simulator work for Mercedes and acting as the Silver Arrows outfit's official reserve driver.

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07/05/19
usac
cart

Video: The Wild Story of the 1979 USAC-CART Split
1976 Rutherford at Indy before the split
1976 Rutherford at Indy before the split
Indy Cars racing at Talladega is a thrillingly dangerous-sounding idea, but it really almost happened in 1980. The scheduled event at Talladega was only part of the ugly IndyCar split between USAC and CART. The raging war also involved a plane crash, extra races at Indianapolis, boycotts, and lots of lawsuits. In 1979, Indy Car racing split into two separate series: USAC and CART. Struggling to find tracks, USAC scheduled a race at Talladega for August 1980. Had the race been held, speeds would've been nearly 30 mph faster than at Indianapolis. Likely, it would've been similar to races at Texas World Speedway with cars spread out and not as dangerous as it sounded. Regardless, the race was cancelled in April 1980.

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07/05/19
v8

Lee Holdsworth tops the timesheets in Townsville practice
Lee Holdsworth
Lee Holdsworth
The Bottle-O Mustang driven by Lee Holdsworth has pipped Shane van Gisbergen to top the timesheets in the second practice session for this weekend's Watpac Townsville 400.

Holdsworth was just 0.01 ahead of van Gisbergen's Red Bull Holden and defending Virgin Australia Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin, who was just 0.02 off Holdsworth's pace this afternoon.

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07/05/19
f1

Vettel wants F1 rules on 'two sheets of paper'
Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel

(GMM) Sebastian Vettel wants Formula 1 to dramatically simplify the rules.

The complexity of the current rules is a hot topic at present, in part because Ferrari's Vettel lost his win in Canada after an incident with Lewis Hamilton.

"If the rules were on two sheets of paper, there would be a lot more room for maneuver," the German told Servus TV.

Vettel's complaints about the rules have even invigorated rumors the newly 32-year-old quadruple world champion could quit the sport.

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07/05/19
f1

Massa slams Rio's Brazil GP plans
Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa
(GMM) Felipe Massa has slammed the plans to move Brazil's grand prix from his native Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro.

Controversial new Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has said the chance of F1's move to Rio is "99 per cent".

But there are already doubts about the company that is behind the new project.

"It sounds like a joke," former F1 driver Massa is quoted by Brazil's Globo in reference to media reports about the project's dubious funding.

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07/05/19
f1

Budkowski admits Renault 'below our potential'
Marcin Budkowski
Marcin Budkowski
(GMM) Renault's executive director Marcin Budkowski has admitted the French works team will not beat Mercedes in 2020.

In Austria, Daniel Ricciardo lamented a poor showing for Renault, despite significant recent engine and car upgrades.

But Budkowski, who caused a stir last year with his move from the FIA, says he is "delighted" to be wearing yellow.

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07/05/19
f1

Vettel has 'special relationship' with Red Bull
Vettel with Red Bull in 2012
Vettel with Red Bull in 2012
(GMM) Red Bull maintains a "special relationship" with Sebastian Vettel.

That is the claim of Christian Horner, and it comes amid speculation about German Vettel's future in Formula 1.

Vettel, now 32, had great early success with Red Bull, but has failed to win a fifth title with Ferrari since joining in 2015 and is reportedly now under great pressure at Maranello.

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07/05/19
f1

2020 Monza F1 deal 'on the right track'
Monza
Monza
(GMM) The future of the Italian grand prix at Monza is "on the right track".

In May, fears about the 2020 race at the historic circuit near Milan eased when the Italian automobile club Aci agreed a deal with Liberty Media.

However, even the official F1 website admitted that a "formal signature" was still missing.

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07/05/19
f1

Italy GP boss rejects anti-Ferrari FIA bias
Angelo Sticchi Damiani
Angelo Sticchi Damiani
(GMM) Italian GP boss Angelo Sticchi Damiani has defended the FIA and its stewards following a spate of controversial recent decisions.

In Canada, Sebastian Vettel lost victory with a time penalty, and Ferrari was subsequently denied its request for a 'review'.

Then a push to revert to the 2018 Pirelli tires was rejected, before Red Bull's Max Verstappen won in Austria even after pushing Charles Leclerc off the track.

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07/05/19
f1

Mercedes admits 'fundamental' cooling flaw
Mercedes will fix their cooling problems
Mercedes will fix their cooling problems
(GMM) A "fundamental" car design flaw cost Mercedes its chance of winning a ninth consecutive win of 2019 in Austria.

That is the admission of the otherwise dominant team's trackside engineering boss Andrew Shovlin.

The team admitted after the race at the Red Bull Ring, which was won by Max Verstappen, that the 2019 Mercedes does not have big enough radiators.

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07/05/19
f1

Less data would make F1 better - Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen
(GMM) Kimi Raikkonen says Formula 1 would be more exciting if it limited the amount of data the teams and drivers are able to analyze.

With over 300 grands prix to his name, the 39-year-old Finn is the oldest and most experienced driver on the grid.

He will stay at Alfa Romeo for 2020, but beyond that he says he is not too interested in F1's future.

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07/05/19
f1

Marko 'not worried' about Verstappen exit clause
By winning in Austria, Verstappen lost his chance to move to Mercedes
By winning in Austria, Verstappen lost his chance to move to Mercedes - exit clause in Red Bull contract now null and void
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko says he is "not worried" about the exit clause in Max Verstappen's Red Bull contract.

Just prior to the Dutchman's sensational win in Austria, 21-year-old Verstappen would not deny the rumors of an exit and his management confirmed the existence of the exit clause.

But the win in Austria, and Red Bull-Honda's uptick in performance and results, appear to have calmed that story.

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07/05/19
f1

Marko gives Gasly until summer break to improve
Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly
(GMM) Pierre Gasly has until the summer break to up his game at Red Bull.

Since stepping up from Toro Rosso to replace Daniel Ricciardo, the Frenchman has struggled alongside the on-form Max Verstappen in the sister car.

In Austria, for instance, Verstappen won while Gasly was a lap down and seventh.

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07/05/19
irl

What July 4th means to Mario Andretti


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