U.K. Government Under Pressure To Save British Grand Prix
London bidding to take over British GP
The U.K. government "is under pressure to step in" to save the British Formula 1 Grand Prix after Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton "roared to victory in front of one of the biggest sporting crowds of the year," according to the London EVENING STANDARD.
More than 120,000 fans filled Silverstone on Sunday. U.K. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley presented the trophy to Hamilton and "left the home of British motor racing in no doubt" that the race is a "centerpiece event" in the nation's calendar.
Joey Logano's playoff hopes took another blow Sunday in the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Logano's #22 Team Penske Ford began to spew smoke on lap 174, sending him to the pits and then the garage area. The team diagnosed a suspension issue and after more than thirty laps, he returned on track.
Rosenqvist to test IndyCar with Ganassi (2nd Update)
Felix Rosenqvist is a major talent
UPDATE The Ganassi IndyCar team will give Formula E racer Felix Rosenqvist another test outing at Mid-Ohio this week, alongside championship leader Scott Dixon, Autosport reports. Ex-Formula 1 and Indycar driver Stefan Johansson, who manages both Dixon and Rosenqvist, could not be reached for comment, and the Ganassi team was also tight-lipped over the plan for Thursday's test.
07/22/16 Indy Lights multiple-race winner Felix Rosenqvist got his first taste of IndyCar power and downforce at Mid-Ohio on Thursday as he split the test day with Scott Dixon in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy. According to multiple racer.com sources, the 24-year-old set the fastest unofficial lap among the first-time Verizon IndyCar Series drivers during his morning outing.
Team Penske's Will Power is said to have led that morning sessions with a lap of 1m04.5sec around the 2.3-mile road course in the No. 12 Chevy. Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud followed Power in second and third and Rosenqvist was fourth with a 1m04.8sec lap.
IndyCar Toronto TV Rating The Honda IndyCar Toronto race earned a 0.16 overnight (i.e. much worse than an infomercial) and the re-air and NBCSN earned a 0.33. As AR1.com has stated repeatedly for the last 9 years. as long as IndyCar races are on NBCSN with ratings like that, existing sponsors will leave the paddock (not renew with teams) and potential new sponsors will laugh at teams when they go looking for sponsorship.
Sponsors WILL NOT look at you unless you are bringing in at least 1-million viewers per broadcast. That will NEVER happen on NBCSN. 100% of IndyCar races MUST be moved to network TV on ABC, NBC, or half and half like NASCAR does with FOX and NBC.
Verstappen accuses Vettel of "playing bumper cars"
Verstappen blocked the much faster Vettel every way he knew how
Sebastian Vettel accused Max Verstappen of “jumpy” driving as their on-track tensions spilled over on Sunday into a memorable wheel-to-wheel tussle.
Ever since last year’s Mexican Grand Prix, where the Ferrari driver angrily confronted the Dutch prodigy about a mid-race scrap, the two have had a testy relationship, and it flared again at Silverstone in a battle that almost took both of them out of the race. “I think he wants to play bumper cars,” Verstappen said over Red Bull’s team radio.
European Le Mans Series Continues For United Autosports At Red Bull Ring United Autosports make their way to Red Bull Ring, Austria this weekend (21-23 July) for round three of both the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
The United Autosports LMP2 team are returning to the European Le Mans Series grid after a successful showing at the Le Mans 24 Hours last month. Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Filipe Albuquerque finished fifth overall and fourth in the LMP2 class – the highest placed ELMS entrant in the race. The #32 Ligier JS P217 is currently second in the LMP2 and overall championships.
Audi is currently ranking at the top of the standings in all three DTM classifications. In the rounds at Moscow Raceway this weekend, the brand is primarily aiming to extend this advantage. Audi, BMW and Mercedes have each decided the previous six DTM races near the Russian capital in their favor on two occasions.
Mattias Ekstrom is traveling to Russia as the leader of the DTM drivers' classification. For the first time since summer 2015, the Swede is leading the DTM standings again. After having won the FIA World Rallycross Championship last year, the Audi campaigner continues to have good chances of winning his third DTM title this season. "The best are still close together and there are no clear favorites yet,” says the 2004 and 2007 DTM Champion. "From now on, the circle of candidates for the title will be getting smaller with each race and I'm hoping to be part of it up until the end.”
Kaiser Claims Weekend Sweep in Toronto to Extend Series Lead
TORONTO, Ont., Canada – Kyle Kaiser drove another exemplary race today on the streets around Exhibition Place to claim the second leg of this weekend’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto Presented by Allied Building Products.
The Californian took advantage of some misfortune for polesitter Colton Herta (Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing), then posted a series of fastest race laps to claim his second victory in as many days and his third of the season to take a commanding lead of 52 points into the final four races of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season.
Honda extends sponsorship of Toronto IndyCar race TORONTO (July 16, 2017) - Honda Indy Toronto along with its owners and operators, Green Savoree Racing Promotions, is proud to announce the extension of its sponsorship agreement with Honda Canada Inc. for the annual event at Exhibition Place through 2020.
Honda Canada has been the title sponsor of the race since 2009 when Green Savoree Racing Promotions relaunched the event with the Verizon IndyCar series as the feature. The 2018 Honda Indy Toronto will be a special event with Honda's 10th year of partnership.
Sunday Update from Toronto UPDATE The Firestone tire team is busy mounting wet tires in anticipation of the predicted storms during the IndyCar race. The forecast has moved the storms back to 4 pm, just after the race starting time. If it does rain during the race, it will be the first time the Indycars will be using the new wet tires in a race. The silver stripped wet tire was redesigned two years ago and showcased at Iowa.
Nicholas Latifi put in a racing masterclass to easily claim his maiden FIA Formula 2 win with a strong drive in cold conditions in this morning’s Sprint Race in Silverstone, building a big lead before controlling the restart from a late safety car to win ahead of RUSSIAN TIME’s Luca Ghiotto and Artem Markelov.
UPDATE Esteban Gutierrez has been cleared to drive today's 85-lap race this afternoon by IndyCar's Medical Director, Dr. Michael Olinger. The crew of his number 18 UNIFIN sponsored car worked until 11:30 pm last night to get the car back together and the car was in tech at 9 am this morning.
7/15/17 Esteban Gutierrez crashed hard in Turn 11 in qualifying for the Honda Indy Toronto Saturday. He was able to get out of the car under his own power, but afterwards experienced some concussion like symptoms. IndyCar put out the following statement:
Alesi controls Race 2 for maiden win Giuliano Alesi has dominated this morning’s Race 2 at Silverstone for his maiden GP3 win, leading all the way from lights to flag and controlling the pace all the way despite a close late battle behind him to lead home Jack Aitken and Niko Kari.
A Long-Term Future Together for the Silver Arrows & PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport had a rare opportunity to talk to PETRONAS President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin at the recent Austrian Grand Prix. Comment
Final Weekend TV Ratings (Update) UPDATE NASCAR races from Kentucky on July 6 and 8 saw declines. The Xfinity race Alsco 300 on NBCSN, originally scheduled for July 7 but rain delayed it to July 8, attracted 975,000 viewers, down 2 percent from last year (July 8, 2016: 995,000 viewers) and down 11 percent from two years ago (July 10, 2015: 1.094 million). The Monster Cup Series race Quaker State 400 on NBCSN (2.71 million viewers) was down 15 percent from last year (July 9, 2016: 3.192 million viewers). It dipped to its lowest TV audience in this race’s history.
Musk: more than half of new vehicles will be electric and almost all autonomous in the US within 10 years
We have recently seen several projections about the adoption of electric vehicles from different companies and research groups, like Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, and even OPEC. Most of them predict that about half of new vehicle production will be electric at some point between 2035 and 2040.
Now Tesla CEO Elon Musk jumps in with his own prediction, which is unsurprisingly much more aggressive.
One of the world's biggest banks is betting that all new cars in Europe will be electric by 2035 The internal combustion engine has had a long run, but its days have been numbered for a while now. A recent survey from Dutch bank ING has pegged the year 2035 as the point when battery-powered cars will slay the gasoline engine for good.
Sales of electric vehicles have been slowly growing in Europe and the US, and are surging in China—in 2016, China registered as many as 352,000 new e-cars, compared to only 159,000 registered in the US during the same time period.
NASCAR New Hampshire Xfinity Post Race Q&A Race winner Kyle Busch (No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota), crew chief Eric Phillips (No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota),second-place finisher Ryan Preece (No. 20 Preece MoHawk Northeast Inc. Toyota) and third-place finisher William Byron (No. 9 AXALTA/Peerless Chevrolet) Comment
6 Hours of Nurburgring - New aero kit for Porsche Team From the Nurburging to the end of the season, Porsche Team is now using his brand new aero package « High Downforce ». Lets ‘ have a look at it with Timo Bernhard and Anreas Seidl. Comment
Kaiser Scores Comfortable Win in Toronto Kyle Kaiser’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires points lead had been gradually eroded in recent weeks, but the 21-year-old Californian stemmed the tide with an accomplished victory this afternoon for Juncos Racing in the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products on the streets of Toronto.
Kaiser’s second win of the season, combined with a mistake by series rival Matheus Leist (Carlin), allowed him to extend his margin to 38 points with only five races remaining. The champion will claim a Mazda Scholarship valued at $1 million to ensure entry into three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2018, including the 102nd Indianapolis 500.
Allianz extends partnership with Formula E Formula E - the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series - is pleased to announce that Allianz has extended its partnership as an Official Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship for a further five seasons.
Allianz - one of the world’s leading insurance companies - teamed up with Formula E ahead of the Mexico City ePrix in February earlier this year, joining the electric street racing series as an Official Partner and putting their name to the Allianz eVillage fan zone.
Video: Q&A with Esteban Gutierrez at Toronto IndyCar race Esteban Gutierrez talks about his learning curve in IndyCar, and says driving F1 cars is more mental, IndyCars more physical. He also talks about a possible Mexico IndyCar race.. Soon after the interview, Gutierrez crashed hard in qualifying. Comment
Leclerc flies to five in Silverstone feature Charles Leclerc has claimed his fifth race of the season at a damp Silverstone in this afternoon’s feature race, making light of a big fluid leak and losing a mirror to fly to victory by almost 9 seconds over a race long battle between Norman Nato and Oliver Rowland.
The Monegasque driver led the grid away when the lights went out, easily holding the lead from pole as his fellow front row starter Rowland was slow off the line, allowing Nato into P2 before the first corner ahead of the Briton and countryman Jordan King, Nobuharu Matsushita, Artem Markelov, Sergio Canamasas, and Nicholas Latifi as the field shook out around the circuit.
To help the gate on Sunday officials wanted to keep Hamilton on pole at all costs
Romain Grosjean believes British Grand Prix stewards did not penalize Lewis Hamilton for qualifying blocking because he is British and in a Formula 1 championship fight and there was no way they were going to take a Brit off pole.
Hamilton was investigated by the officials after claiming Silverstone pole position as Haas driver Grosjean claimed he had been held up by the Mercedes early in Q3.
IndyCar Toronto qualifying groups Group 1 3 Castroneves, Helio 12 Power, Will 15 Rahal, Graham 26 Sato, Takuma 14 Munoz, Carlos 20 Pigot, Spencer 27 Andretti, Marco 19 Jones, Ed 83 Kimball, Charlie 21 Hildebrand, JR
Veteran drivers Montoya, Servia named to test universal aero kit
Oriol Servia will be testing the Honda
INDIANAPOLIS - Veteran Indy car drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia have been named by INDYCAR to perform testing duties for the Dallara universal aero kit to be used by all Verizon IndyCar Series teams starting in the 2018 season.
Pagenaud leads Penske 1-2-3-4 in morning practice in Toronto The Team Penske superior shocks did it again. On the bumpy streets of Toronto, Team Penske ran 1-2-3-4 in Saturday morning practice with Simon Pagenaud leading the way over fast man on Friday Helio Castroneves.
Josef Newgarden was third and Will Power 4th, also for Team Penske.
It is a sunny day in Toronto, Ontario. Today should be in the high 70s with no rain predicted. The downtown area was covered by a thin layer of fog this morning, that should burn off quickly today. Now race day might be another story.
The streets of Exhibition Place are tough on an IndyCar. Sharing the track this weekend is the Canadian arm of NASCAR, the NASCAR Pinty's Series. This series was formed when NASCAR purchased the old CASCAR series here in Canada in 2008. Veteran Canadian drivers compete in the series part-time for fun while maintaining full time careers, while others are serious championship contenders.
F1 Live on the Streets of London - Onboard with Valtteri! Incredible scenes as Mercedes-Benz Formula One superstar Valtteri Bottas performs donuts and burnouts on the streets of London at the mega F1 Live event! Comment
Hamilton over Vettel in final Silverstone practice
Lewis Hamilton is all but set to take pole position for his home British Grand Prix as he set fastest time in final practice Saturday morning before rain slowed the action 40 minutes into the session at Silverstone.
Hamilton's lap of 1m28.063s in his Mercedes was 0.032sec faster than Sebastian Vettel who was second in the Ferrari at 1m28.095s.
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