Nyck de Vries continued his so far flawless weekend to claim an emphatic pole position in the wet, in today’s FIA Formula 2 Qualifying at the Hungaroring. The ART Grand Prix ace picked up where he left off in Free Practice to finish ahead of Championship rivals Luca Ghiotto and Nicholas Latifi.
The rain threatened to derail the session right from the start, as Nikita Mazepin succumbed to the slippery circuit and spun at Turn 7 on his out lap. The Russian was unable to get going again, which prompted a red flag so that the marshals could quickly whisk him off track.
It was a Red Bull one-two in second practice, with Pierre Gasly leading the way from his teammate Max Verstappen, and Lewis Hamilton in third.
Damp and drizzly. That was a fair summary of the conditions drivers faced in second practice at the Hungaroring – and it was Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly who made the best of it, clocking a time of 1m 17.854s to finish just 0.055s ahead of team mate Max Verstappen, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton another 0.086s back.
Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) had been quiet for most of Friday’s action at the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky but a late flyer from the flying Frenchman saw his snatch P1 from Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), with Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) setting identical times in P3 and P4.
With rain forecast for Saturday morning, Free Practice 2 was an extra important session in terms of getting yourself into the top 10. Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins almost immediately jumped up to top spot on the combined times having finished FP1 in P9. Marquez was also improving his time early in the session before Rins emerged with Suzuki’s new front aerodynamic package.
Nyck de Vries was back on top this afternoon in Budapest, as the Championship leader dominated Free Practice at the Hungaroring. The ART Grand Prix man was in red-hot form, beating out rookie duo Mick Schumacher, of PREMA, and Anthoine Hubert, of BWT Arden, who completed the top three.
Jordan King swiftly got us underway on a dry and muggy Hungaroring track, having seen a brief spot of rain in the earlier F1 FP1 session. The rain stayed away for F2 and Luca Ghiotto made the most of a clean circuit to dip under 1m 30s, as he looked to carry on his form from Silverstone.
After the first five events of the 2019 DTM season, two things are clear: The new Class 1 race cars with their more than 610-hp two-liter four-cylinder turbo engines guarantee gripping motorsport. And Audi right now has an advantage over the competition with the RS 5 DTM in all three Championships.
“The move from the old naturally aspirated V8 engines to the modern, highly efficient four-cylinder turbo engines has paid off for everyone,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “We’re now racing with an engine concept of the kind that Audi uses worldwide in many production models and performance levels. The races are super-thrilling and partly unpredictable. Our drivers are excited about the new turbo engines and the feedback from the fans is positive, too. That Audi and BMW with their newly developed race cars are instantly so close together speaks in favor of the Class 1 regulations. And Aston Martin as a late entrant has achieved promising results in a very short period of time.”
F3: Lundgaard lunges ahead in Budapest Free Practice
Christian Lundgaard led the way in Round 5 Free Practice, topping the timings for the first time this season, at the Hungaroring. The ART Grand Prix ace was followed by Trident’s Pedro Piquet and HWA RACELAB’s Jake Hughes, in a new look top three.
Giorgio Carrara - in just his second round at this level - set the standard on an overcast morning in Hungary, racing round the tight and twisty circuit in under 1m 38s. It wasn’t to last as the glistening red trio of Robert Shwartzman, Marcus Armstrong and Jehan Daruvala flexed their muscles to go 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Hamilton nips Verstappen and Vettel in opening practice for Hungarian GP
Lewis Hamilton in the Hungaroring paddock
In a session that saw rain showers hit the Budapest track during opening practice for the Hungarian GP, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was quickest at 1m17.223s
That time was 0.165s faster than Max Verstappen in the Red Bull, and 0.166s faster than Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari.
The reigning world champion seems back on form after his distinctly lackluster performance last weekend, although it wasn't plain sailing for Mercedes, with Bottas missing nearly the entire session with a PU issue.
13 years after F1, IndyCar finally introduces KERS/Hybrid
A portion of the 2016 Mercedes F1 engine
Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that IndyCar is introducing in 2022 is an innovation introduced in Formula One from the 2009 Season to give cars a short-term power boost on each lap. Although not used in 2010, KERS made a return to the sport in 2011. It was renamed to ERS-K for the 2014 season and remains in use today.
However, the current F1 power unit is far far more advanced. Learn from the video below:
It does not pay to win in IMSA. If you do you will be neutered. How dare Mazda win two races in a row!
The Mazda team finally won two races back-to-back in IMSA, and now they will be neutered. God (IMSA) Giveth you a BoP adjustment to win, then God (IMSA) takes it away.
Following back-to-back victories at Watkins Glen and Mosport, the Mazda RT24-P was handed a 20-kilogram increase in minimum weight and a reduction in turbo boost equivalent to almost 17 hp in the mid-to-high RPM for this weekend’s race at Road America.
This is the first significant BoP hit for the Multimatic-built prototype.
Spa action - a snow storm hit this year's event so they are moving the date
The FIA World Endurance Championship will include Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on its calendar for the next four years, thus extending a relationship which has been in place since the start of the championship in 2012.
Spa has always played a major role in the WEC’s calendar, not only for its favored position in Northern Europe which attracts spectators from Belgium, France, Germany, the UK and Netherlands, but also because it serves as the all-important dress rehearsal for the WEC’s headline event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
An unsung feature of the NTT IndyCar Series is the contact these Dallara cars can take, particularly on a road course. Felix Rosenqvist of Sweden has raced open-wheel machines all over the world, but he has never experienced car forgiveness like this.
"We see all the time that you can touch and we can always bang wheels,” he said after giving Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon a solid but unintentional hit on the final lap of Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “I think that’s one of the great things for the sport is that we can go really aggressive against each other without spinning or (damaging) parts."
Rosenqvist also appreciated that Dixon and their boss, Chip Ganassi, were fine with the Turn 2 bump.
"I think everyone really enjoyed that – we were enjoying it (as drivers)," Rosenqvist said. "We were banging wheels, (and) it was a bit exciting."
Nice guys can finish first
Dixon and crew
Scott Dixon was willing to play nice on Mid-Ohio's final lap, but a 46th career race win meant more to him than allowing Felix Rosenqvist to score his first win in the series.
"I'm not going to leave the door wide open by any means," Dixon said. "I knew he was going to come in deep there. I thought he was actually going to just wait to get a good exit off of (Turn) 2 and ultimately I think if he had just been a little bit more patient there I think he would have (passed) me going into (Turn) 4."
Dixon remains third in career Indy car wins, but Mario Andretti's 52 is increasingly within reach. A.J. Foyt won a record 67 races in his career.
Andretti Autosport builds on continuity
Andretti and Honda convinced Rossi to stay
NTT IndyCar Series team owner Michael Andretti had a newsworthy Mid-Ohio weekend by announcing contract extensions with both star driver Alexander Rossi and Honda Performance Development. It wasn’t that many years ago that Andretti got plans in place as the next season was about to begin.
“Now we can be ahead of the game,” he said. “It takes a lot of the pressure off and makes it good for us planning on how to run the team. We aren’t reacting; we are being proactive. That’s important for the race team and part of the reason we have come on strong the last few years. It makes for great continuity.
"I keep saying it. He is a big talent. He is going to win a lot of race"
- Five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon on Chip Ganassi Racing rookie teammate Felix Rosenqvist.
• Former Formula One driver Felipe Nasr tested Monday at Mid-Ohio in an Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda. Nasr, the reigning IMSA prototype champion, was joined by Spanish driver Alex Palou, the most recent winner in SuperFormula in Japan, in a Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda. • The top two championship contenders in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires - Oliver Askew and Rinus VeeKay - have been confirmed to IndyCar tests, both next month at Portland International Raceway. Askew will be with Chip Ganassi Racing, VeeKay with Ed Carpenter Racing. • Sunday's victory extended Dixon's record total of Mid-Ohio victories to six. Among tracks hosting NTT IndyCar Series races this season, Michael Andretti won seven races in Toronto while Al Unser Jr. won six times at Long Beach. The old Trenton (N.J.) Speedway held more than one race a year, which enabled A.J. Foyt to win 11 races. Bobby Unser and Mario Andretti won seven times each at Trenton. • The 41 points scored by Rosenqvist at Mid-Ohio gave him breathing room in the season's tight Rookie of the Year battle. Rosenqvist has 296 points to Santino Ferrucci's 259. Colton Herta has 245, Marcus Ericsson 219. • Dixon's win pushed Chip Ganassi Racing into a tie with Andretti Autosport for the second-most wins by an Indy car team using a Dallara chassis. Each has 63. Team Penske leads with 100. Dallara debuted in the sport in 1997.
ABC Supply 500 at Pocono
The ABC Supply 500 will be held Sunday, Aug. 18 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
Television coverage will be on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. with the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network providing the action on radio affiliates, including Sirius Channel 98 and XM Channel 209.
Hamilton won't let Netflix show that he was a wanker
Hamilton wants Netflix to edit out his wanker mistakes in the German GP
Lewis Hamilton has said he will not let Netflix use film of his horrible showing in the German Grand Prix to be used in their second ‘Drive to Survive’ Formula One series, using the lame excuse he was sick.
The defending five-time world champion, who had a sore throat, secured pole position, but endured an error-riddled race. [AR1.com Take: Since when does a sore throat affect your driving? That's about as lame an excuse as we have ever heard.]
In the rain-hit event he finished 11th before being elevated to ninth when both Alfa Romeo cars were given time penalties for a technical infringement.
The Texas-based Sportscar Vintage Racing Association has selected Matt Breeden as its next president. Breeden, a former vice president of INDYCAR and most recently the chief financial officer for Indianapolis-based Racetrack Engineering LLC, will remain in Indy for his new role.
Breeden served as vice president of business affairs for INDYCAR and was also the vice president and general counsel for the Champ Car World Series. He represented Champ Car in its merger with INDYCAR in 2008.
Nasr On First Indycar Test: "I'm Very Thankful For The Opportunity"
Felipe Nasr in Hinchcliffe's car
Arrow Schmidt Peterson press release
After taking part in his first-ever test in an NTT IndyCar Series car, reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship winner and ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr has spoken of how much he enjoyed the experience. Nasr took part in an evaluation test with Arrow Schmidt Peterson at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Monday.
It was announced last week that Nasr would be taking part in the test for Arrow Schmidt Peterson. Previous drivers who have taken part in the team’s annual test have included the likes of Robert Wickens and Marcus Ericsson, who both went on to drive for the team in the NTT IndyCar Series itself.
DEForce to run Barrichello in last two USF2000 races
DEForce Racing is pleased to announce that they will be running in the final two rounds of the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship with Brazilian driver Eduardo Barrichello.
Barrichello has had eleven starts this season with his former team, Miller Vinatieri Motorsports where he achieved three top-ten finishes and one top-five finish. The Brazilian will close out the season with DEForce Racing in the No. 91 Ale and bib's sponsored machine.
Mercedes' Andrew Shovlin, Trackside Engineering Director, dives into answering your German GP questions - from what happened at Lewis Hamilton's pit stop after he spun and took off his nose, to why both our cars spun at Turn 1 and much more.
The Mission E concept study, later renamed to Taycan. Will the final production of the Taycan look as good?
UPDATE Porsche’s iconic 911 sports car will soon be eclipsed by the battery-powered Taycan.
Just over a month before its official unveiling in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche has already received deposits for over 30,000 Taycans, so Porsche is now looking to lift annual production of the brand’s first all-electric model to 40,000 vehicles, Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst said Monday in his report.
With Porsche delivering 35,600 911s last year, the Taycan -- to be priced at roughly $90,000 -- could surpass the cancer causing combustion engine 911.
PGA move golf tournament to screw Detroit IndyCar race
How much will the Detroit GP attendance be hurt by the PGA tournament? AR1.com Take: Don't believe all the BS about how the two events could work together - fans cannot be in two places at the same time.
The PGA Tour announced the dates for next year's Rocket Mortgage Classic PGA Golf Tournament, making for a busy week in Detroit next summer.
The golf tournament will now be held May 26-31, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club. That will coincided with the Detroit Grand Prix, the IndyCar Series weekend of racing at Belle Isle, which is scheduled for May 29-31.
“With the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the Detroit Grand Prix being held during the same week, we will have another excellent opportunity to shine a bright, international spotlight on the city of Detroit," Jason Langwell, executive director of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, said in a release. "Viewers will have a front-row seat to some of the best excitement and energy Detroit has to offer."
Nate Lashley claimed his first PGA Tour victory in the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic, which was held in the last week of June this year. Langwell said the PGA Tour assigned the new date. He had no input on it, but welcomes the additional spotlight on the city.
Video: Tony Stewart punches fan Tony Stewart was dirt track racing recently. A fan was mouthing off at him, first he gave him the finger, the fan kept mouthing off so he chased the fat slob down and punched him in the face. Comment
Like Father, Like Son - Introducing Classic Team Lotus
With Seven Formula 1 Constructors' titles and six Drivers' Championships, Colin Chapman made Lotus one of the most successful racing teams of all time. Today, Chapman's son Clive continues his father’s legacy running Classic Team Lotus.
Mobil 1 The Grid visited the headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk where Clive gave a behind-the-scenes tour and told the inside story of one of the most famous teams in racing.
Formula 1 Continues U.S. TV Growth on ESPN Networks
German Grand Prix on ESPN Attracts Race’s Largest Cable TV Audience on Record
In ESPN’s second season since returning to live Formula One World Championship race coverage, viewership for the race telecasts is continuing to grow after another record-setting telecast this past weekend.
With year-over-year audience increases in eight of the 11 live race telecasts so far this year, Formula 1 on ESPN networks is averaging double-digit viewership increases over averages of the past two seasons on U.S. television.
The Honda 200 was a thrilling show. Watch all the action in less than 30 minutes.
Watch Newgarden choke on last lap. Watch officials ruin pass for lead by not getting lapped cars out of way for Rosenqvist and Hunter-Reay. Was pro-Dixon bias involved? AR1.com has learned one race control official has business relationship with Dixon.
Alessandro Cinelli joins Alfa Romeo Racing as Head of Aerodynamics
Alessandro Cinelli moves over from Ferrari
Sauber Motorsport AG, which operates and manages the Alfa Romeo Racing team in the Formula One World Championship, have appointed Alessandro Cinelli to the position of Head of Aerodynamics, where he will succeed new Technical Director, Jan Monchaux.
Alessandro joins Alfa Romeo Racing from Scuderia Ferrari, where he was Head of Aero Experimental Group and covered various other positions within the Aerodynamics department during a 17-year tenure with the team.
Mercedes have announced that Markus Schafer will be their new non-executive chairman, taking over the role from Niki Lauda who passed away earlier this year.
Schafer, in charge of Daimler AG Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, was a non-executive director before Lauda’s death, and will now officially take on the new role for the Silver Arrows.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has praised the appointment. “The commitment of our parent company has been fundamental to the team’s success and will continue to be so in the years ahead,” he said.
Gunther to test for Andretti BMW Formula E team this week
BMW Motorsport has announced that Maximilian Gunther will test for the BMW i Andretti Formula E team this week. Gunther, who entered 10 races for Dragon Racing in the recently concluded 2018/19 FE season, will join BMW factory driver and FE racer Alexander Sims at the test, which will take place at the Calafat track in northern Spain.
There are rumors around changes coming at the BMW FE squad. Antonio Felix da Costa has been linked with a possible move to DS Techeetah, following the decision of Andre Lotterer to leave the squad.
Honda gives it right back to Alonso who is now home tending to his garden
After Max Verstappen's second victory of the Red Bull-Honda era, the Japanese manufacturer couldn't help but make reference to one of Fernando Alonso's infamous put-down of its engine four years ago..
The Austrian Grand Prix was Honda's first F1 victory since the 2006 season, made all the more emotional after the difficult years the company endured as McLaren's engine supplier between 2014 and 2017. Arguably that partnership's most notorious moment came at Honda's home race in 2015, when Alonso, frustrated at the underpowered engine inside his car, opened his radio channel to declare he had a "GP2 engine" -- GP2 was the name of what is now Formula 2, F1's main feeder series, so it was a massive insult.
All these years in F1 and Hulkenberg doesn't even have a single podium to show for it. He was poised to score his first podium last Sunday in the closing laps but then crashed out like a complete wanker
(GMM) Nico Hulkenberg's crash out of the German GP coincides with "important discussions" about his future.
That is the news from team boss Cyril Abiteboul, who says he and other Renault team members had "tears in our eyes" when Hulkenberg slid off the wet Hockenheim circuit and lost his first-ever F1 podium.
"You have to wonder about the psychological side, but with so many things happening, you cannot blame him," France's Auto Hebdo quotes Abiteboul as saying.
Indeed, Hulkenberg holds the record for the longest F1 career without a single podium. His contract is up at the end of the season and Esteban Ocon is being linked with his seat.
"Let's be honest," said Abiteboul, when asked about Hulkenberg's crash.
(GMM) F1 race director has cleared Hockenheim of blame for much of the carnage seen during the wet German GP.
Top drivers including Charles Leclerc, Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg all crashed last Sunday.
Leclerc said the ice-rink style grip in the runoff where he crashed was "unacceptable", even though he insisted: "I don't want there to be headlines that say 'Charles Leclerc blames the track for his mistake'.
Just when Netflix was filming the Mercedes team for its popular documentary, they self destructed with Hamilton wrecking twice and teammate Bottas once.
(GMM) The F1 world may never again see Toto Wolff and the Mercedes team wear fancy dress.
The German carmaker kept this year's Hockenheim race on the calendar by sponsoring it, and took the opportunity to use a special livery and dress team members in old-style costume to mark Mercedes' 125 years in motor racing.
The Netflix documentary team was also on hand to film the team's home race, but ultimately it was easily Mercedes' worst showing for some time.
"It just shows you can't mess around with this stuff," team boss Wolff said. "You should always concentrate on the job.
Dillon Bassett wrecks out after he crashes into the back of the sweeper truck as he attempts to make a late pit stop in the U.S. Cellular 250.
A NASCAR senior executive suggested Monday that series officials could have delayed opening pit road by a lap in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway to avoid the incident Dillon Bassett had with a sweeper.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer, made the comments Monday on “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Binotto expects Leclerc to recover from German GP crash
Verstappen passes the crashed Ferrari of Leclerc
Mattia Binotto said Charles Leclerc “will get over” his race-ending crash at the German Grand Prix while he was in contention for victory.
Leclerc crashed from fourth place on lap 27 of 64 in slippery conditions at Hockenheim on soft compound tires as the rain increased.
The outside of Turn 16 proved to be a hazard throughout the race, with numerous drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen all ran out of talent on the wet tarmac, and heavily contributed to Leclerc’s failure to stop the car after running wide because of a snap of oversteer.
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