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08/02/10
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Jack Roush medical update
Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and chairman of ROUSH® Enterprises, was upgraded to fair condition Sunday evening at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. 

He will continue to be treated at Mayo Clinic for facial injuries sustained in a plane accident last week in Oshkosh, Wisc.  There has been no timetable set for his release from the hospital.

Fans wishing to send cards can direct them to Jack Roush’s attention at: Roush Fenway Racing, 4600 Roush Place, Concord, N.C. 28027.

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08/02/10
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Lloyd, Coyne participate in National Boy Scout Jamboree
IZOD IndyCar Series team owner Dale Coyne and driver Alex Lloyd attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree over the weekend at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Scouting.

The No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing car driven by Lloyd carries the Boy Scouts of America centennial logo on its sidepods.

About 80,000 Boy Scouts from 50 states and 26 countries attended the festivities July 31. The Jamboree, which began July 26, continues through Aug. 4.

"I love working with the Scouts and doing events with them, and to be able to be a part of a very special day for all Scouts was a great honor," Lloyd said. "I met some great people and saw thousands of Scouts enjoying the great outdoors and have fun doing activities celebrating being a part of Scouting. As a former Scout back in England, it was amazing to go such an event and witness the magnitude first hand."

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08/02/10
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Castroneves fined, placed on probation UPDATE Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves comments following today’s announcement that IZOD IndyCar Series officials have fined Castroneves $60,000 and placed him on probation for the remainder of the season for his actions after the July 25 race at Edmonton’s City Centre Airport.

“I want to thank Randy Bernard for taking the time to meet with me in Indianapolis today. Once again, I regret what occurred following the IZOD IndyCar Series race in Edmonton and I apologize for my behavior as I let my emotions get the better of me. Although my disappointment with being black-flagged while leading the race with just a few laps to go will probably always remain with me, I understand and accept the league's decision to penalize me for my reaction. I am ready to move forward and I'm hoping to add to Team Penske's success at Mid-Ohio this weekend.”  ---Helio Castroneves, driver of the No.3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda

08/02/10 IZOD IndyCar Series officials have fined driver Helio Castroneves $60,000 and placed him on probation for the remainder of the season for his actions during the July 25 race at Edmonton City Centre Airport.

Castroneves was penalized for refusing to follow the direction of officials as well as portraying unsportsmanlike conduct when he engaged in physical contact with two officials on pit lane after the conclusion of the race.  IZOD IndyCar Series officials met with Castroneves at their headquarters in Indianapolis today.

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08/02/10
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IndyCar news tidbits
Bobby Rahal, president of the Road Racing Drivers Club, announced the election of 31 members for 2010, including eight with IZOD IndyCar Series ties. Invitees included Ryan Briscoe, Gil de Ferran, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Dan Wheldon and Justin Wilson…Work began Aug. 2 on more than $5.5 million of road improvements to prepare for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix in 2011. Officials estimate work will be completed by mid-November… Chip Ganassi will be the Honorary Chairman of the 22nd Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony on Aug. 25 in Detroit. Ganassi is the first team owner to capture in a single season the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.

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08/02/10
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Martinez in for Genoa at Mid-Ohio
David Martinez will join the Firestone Indy Lights grid for the event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 6-8. The 28-year-old native of Monterrey, Mexico will drive Genoa's No. 36 entry with sponsorship from telecommunications company Quamtel and the Racing for Mexico program.

"I am extremely happy and proud to be able to drive the Quamtel car and to be part of this program with Genoa," Martinez said. "There has been a great amount of effort put into making all this happen, we have an impressive group of professionals working with us behind the scenes, and we are very confident that all the hard work and preparation will pay off with a top-notch program and a strong result on the track. 

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08/02/10
f1

FIA to consider team orders breach on September 8
(GMM)  The FIA's World Motor Sport Council will consider Ferrari's team orders breach on 8 September.

For the position switch at Hockenheim last month, the Italian team was fined $100,000 by the stewards for breaking not only the tam order rule 39.1, but also the general guideline about disrepute.

It had been speculated that the disciplinary hearing would be held in Como, Italy, on September 10 -- the day of a scheduled Council meeting.

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08/02/10
f1

Cosworth's Season So Far - Q+A with Mark Gallagher
Cosworth heads into Formula One’s summer break buoyed by the performance of all four of its teams in yesterday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Cosworth scored a 100% finish rate with all eight CA2010-powered cars taking the checkered flag and both AT&T Williams cars registering points-scoring finishes.

It was the second double points finish of the season for the Williams team with Nico Hülkenberg scoring a career best finish of sixth place and his team-mate Rubens Barrichello claiming tenth. Barrichello used all the power of his CA2010 engine to out-sprint the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher down the start-finish straight with just three laps of the race remaining, forcing his way into the final points-paying position only after some controversial defense tactics by Schumacher.

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08/02/10
f1

Schumacher apologizes to Barrichello
Michael Schumacher has admitted that his move on Rubens Barrichello was 'too hard' and has apologized to his former team-mate for his actions.

Schumacher issued the apology on his own website after reflecting on his defensive maneuver that nearly drove Rubens Barrichello into the pit wall at 180mph during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"Immediately after the race yesterday I was still in the heat of the moment but after seeing the incident with Rubens again, I have to say the stewards were right in their decision. My move against him was too hard," Schumacher said on his official website.

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08/02/10
f1

Foreign press slams sorry Schumacher after Hungary
(GMM)  In the eyes of the foreign language media, Michael Schumacher was the bad-boy of Sunday's Hungarian grand prix.

In English, British tabloids called for the 41-year-old to return to retirement after pushing his former Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello towards the pitwall at the Hungaroring.

And even the Daily Telegraph said the Mercedes driver's "arrogance can no longer be tolerated in formula one".

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08/02/10
f1

Renault reserve Tung suffers back injury UPDATE Here is a video of the accident.



08/01/10
Ho-Pin Tung
(GMM)  Ho-Pin Tung also sustained a back injury in Saturday's GP2 crash.  We reported earlier that Jules Bianchi, a development driver under contract with Ferrari, fractured a vertebrae in a nose-to-nose crash at the start of the F1 support-race in Hungary.

It was Renault reserve driver Ho-Pin Tung's car that struck Bianchi, and the Chinese was also airlifted after the crash to the AEK hospital in nearby Budapest.

The Enstone based team confirmed on Sunday that Tung has now had an MRI scan "which confirmed a very small fracture on the lumbar vertebra".

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08/02/10
f1

Brawn defends Schumacher move
Michael Schumacher was handed a ten place grid demotion for the next race in Belgium after performing a dangerous blocking move on his former teammate, Rubens Barrichello, as the latter was passing the over the hill Mercedes driver on the main straight of the Hungaroring Sunday, however, Schumacher’s team boss, Ross Brawn, doesn’t believe his man did anything dangerous.

"Pretty tough - a tough move by Michael and a tough decision by the stewards," Brawn was quoted as saying on Autosport.

Fans watched aghast as Schumacher moved over and basically pushed Barrichello as close to the wall on pit straight as he could without the Williams driver actually touching it, but Barrichello continued with the move and took tenth place despite Schumacher’s tactics, stating on the radio afterwards that Schumacher should be black flagged as his move was just horrible, and the stewards agreed.

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08/02/10
f1

Old man Montezemolo's fifth child born
62 year old Luca di Montezemolo
(GMM)  62-year-old Luca di Montezemolo's fifth child has been born.

His 38-year-old third wife, Ludovica Andreoni, gave birth to Lupo -- whose direct siblings are sisters Guia (8) and Maria (6).

The Ferrari president's son Matteo (33) and daughter Clementine (29) are from previous marriages.

"It would have been nice to dedicate a win to Lupo, but it was not possible," said team boss Stefano Domenicali in Hungary.

"We have to admit it, this weekend, Red Bull was stronger than us, but we will definitely try again in Spa," he added.

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08/02/10
f1

Mercedes waiting on space-age material for blown exhaust
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg
(GMM)  Mercedes is waiting on a French supplier before pushing ahead with its latest specification of the blown diffuser.

The German team reversed the specification in Hungary because recent track outings showed that the hot engine exhaust was melting the car -- particularly the all-important floor and diffuser.

"The car looked different when it left the pits to when it came back," Michael Schumacher is quoted by Bild newspaper.

Mercedes was waiting on an order of incombustible space-craft material called Pyrosic, made exclusively by Pyromeral Systems in France.

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08/02/10
f1

Vettel mistake shows 'learning curve' - Horner
(GMM)  The drive-through penalty that cost Sebastian Vettel victory in Hungary shows he still has much to learn.

That is the assessment of the German's own Red Bull boss Christian Horner, after Niki Lauda scolded 23-year-old Vettel for not simply admitting to "screwing up".

Vettel vented his anger by gesticulating from the cockpit whilst serving the penalty, and while driving into parc ferme after the race hit the marker board with his front wing.

The German was penalized for falling too far behind the safety car at the restart, and while waiting to go onto the podium pleaded with FIA officials that his mistake had been "not intentional".

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08/02/10
USF2000

Sage Karam wins in USF2000
Polesitter Sage Karam of Nazareth, Pa. led all 12 laps to win Round 8 of the "Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda" in convincing fashion Sunday afternoon during the Harrah's Autobahn Grand Prix Presented by Mazda at the Autobahn Country Club.

The Andretti Autosport driver had a 2.312-second advantage over the No. 2 Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing car driven by Patrick McKenna of Dublin, Ireland at the checkered.  Both Karam and McKenna were in Mazda-powered Van Diemens. Tonis Kasemets of Mundelein, Ill., who won a similar race here Saturday, finished third Sunday in a Zetec-powered Van Diemen fielded by Pabst Racing Services.

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08/01/10
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Conor Daly wins again at Autobahn
Conor Daly, starting from his sixth pole of the season, scored his fifth victory in this afternoons Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear Race 2 / Round 9 at the HARRAH'S Autobahn Grand Prix Presented by Mazda.  Indianapolis native Daly, son of racing legend Derek Daly, led from green lights to checkered in his #22 Juncos Racing / INDECK / The College Network / Merchant Services Ltd. Mazda – and set the fastest race lap in the process.  Daly finished 3rd in yesterday's Race 1 / Round 8 after starting from the back of the pack due to a post-race technical infraction.

With this victory, Daly extends his lead not only in the series championship battle, but also in the fight for the inaugural VISITFLORIDA Cup a 7-race championship-within-a-championship sponsored by Florida's official tourism corporation.  Both of this weekend's races were broadcast live on HDnet, and all seven VISITFLORIDA Cup races will be seen in worldwide syndication courtesy of VISITFLORIDA.com.

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08/01/10
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Red flag at Pocono UPDATE #2 NASCAR is still trying to get the end of the this race under way, but rain again has put that on hold. The yellow remains out following the red flag.  Now backmarker Sam Hornish Jr. is leading because he did not stop during the yellow and the leaders did.  What a travesty it would be to see a backmarker luck into the win after Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jimmie Johnson battled so hard for victory all day long.

Top 10 as of Lap 176
1  Sam Hornish Jr. 
2  Greg Biffle 
3  Mark Martin 
4  Carl Edwards 
5  Joey Logano 
6  David Ragan 
7  Martin Truex Jr. 
8  Ryan Newman 
9  Paul Menard 
10  Kevin Harvick
08/01/10 Track cleanup has been completed and the rain has subsided and the race is about to go green again on Lap 172 of 200 following two hard crashes at Pocono.

08/01/10 Racing has come to a stop with a severe crash involving Kurt Busch. Elliott Sadler got caught in the aftermath and his car hit the wall head-on, completely destroying his hood as the engine and other motor components lay on the ground. Both drivers are OK, but it's starting to rain again at Pocono with Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Stewart out front.

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08/01/10
f1

FIA to ramp up flexibility tests for Belgium
(GMM) The FIA is set to ramp up its front wing flexibility tests amid the current controversy about the Red Bull and Ferrari cars.

After McLaren and Mercedes requested a clarification about the legality of their rivals' cars, the FIA tested the wings and the floors prior to the Hungarian grand prix and - as at Hockenheim a week ago - were cleared to race.

But it emerged earlier on Sunday that Charlie Whiting was open to the idea of devising new flexibility tests, given the visible extent of the flexing wings.

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08/01/10
f1

Vettel curses Race Stewards
Sebastian Vettel blew another sure win with a mental mistake
Sebastian Vettel was left cursing the stewards after failing to win yet another race from pole, with salt rubbed into the wounds as Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber romped to victory in Hungary.

Only once from seven pole positions this year has Vettel taken the checkered flag and but for a safety car, a dodgy radio and those stewards, he would have improved that statistic at the Hungaroring.

When the safety car was deployed at the end of lap 15, Vettel had built up a cushion of over 10 seconds to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso at the time and seemed set to cruise to the line.

But a piece of the front wing from Vitantonio Liuzzi's Force India was too dangerous for a marshall to retrieve from the middle of the track, bringing the safety car into play.

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08/01/10
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Roush has more surgery
Multi-team owner Jack Roush had another surgery Saturday and a time frame for him to return to the race track has not been determined, Roush Fenway Racing General Manager Robbie Reiser said Sunday. Roush was involved in a plane crash Tuesday at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The Roush Fenway Racing co-owner was able to walk away from the crash but pictures showed a bloodied face. Reiser said he was unsure of the full extent of the injuries. Roush, 68, is being treated for facial injuries at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., according to the team. "I know there was a surgery done yesterday, but most of it is an evaluation of what they're going to do and I think you'll see a lot of updates coming this week," Reiser said prior to the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. "It's going to be a while before he returns. They've got some work to do there. They haven't really discussed that with us right now." Reiser's role will increase some with Roush in the hospital. Roush typically visits the race shop each Tuesday and then is at the track on the weekend. "Jack's a big part of our company and has been for a long, long time," Reiser said. "Whenever something like this happens, everybody has to pick up a little bit and help along. Jack has always taken care of a lot of stuff we have had at the race track, so I am here for him not being here." Roush called Reiser on Friday and they talked about the organization's performance  as it still looks for that first Cup win of the season. More at SceneDaily

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08/01/10
FIAGT

Total 24 hours of Spa three-quarter distance report
After the earlier heavy rain the track continues to dry out after warm and very humid conditions overnight.

Hour 13 sees the continuation of the 79 BMW Motorsport’s 1 lap lead despite a tap from a back-marker and 16 minutes of running under the Safety Car; the 91 EBRT Porsche 911 Cup put a dent in its GT4 podium aspirations by hitting the wall hard at Blanchimont, aka Turn 17, and ending in a dangerous position, before somehow managing to rejoin the race 40 minutes later!

The British entered Ford GT 71 spun and graveled at Turn 9 before rejoining, unlike the Marc VDS entered 98 Ford GT that was officially retired after its incident in hour 12.

The lead GT3 Audi 50 of Kumpen, Marc ‘The Duck’ Fassler, and Rockenfeller didn’t get the rain that they prayed for but did take third overall in a strong showing and we ended the hours with GTN leading GT2 leading GT3 for the first time.

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08/01/10
f1

Lauda criticizes Schumacher and Vettel after Hungary
(GMM)  Niki Lauda on Sunday slammed Michael Schumacher's pitwall swerve against his former Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello as "completely unacceptable".

The FIA stewards at the Hungaroring have docked the seven time world champion ten places on the Spa-Francorchamps grid after investigating the incident.

"It was a hard fight, and this is what we are here for, but I accept that the FIA stewards saw it as too hard," said the Mercedes driver.

And team boss Ross Brawn added: "We don't necessarily agree with their decision but we do accept the penalty."

Lauda said on RTL television: "To endanger another competitor in such a way is totally unnecessary.

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08/01/10
f1

HRT looks set to keep current race lineup
(GMM)  HRT's current race drivers on Sunday indicated they will be back in action at Spa-Francorchamps after the summer break.

With Karun Chandhok and Christian Klien also under contract with the struggling Spanish team, boss Colin Kolles said in Hungary that all four drivers are in contention for the two race seats.

But after Sunday's race at the Hungaroring, Japanese Sakon Yamamoto said he intends to use the rare four-week break until Belgium to prepare "for the following races".

And Bruno Senna, who sat out the British grand prix, added that he is "looking forward to the summer break and to compete again in the next races".

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08/01/10
f1

Williams mechanic knocked out by Rosberg tire
(GMM)  A Williams mechanic was knocked unconscious in a pitlane accident on Sunday.

Nigel Hope found himself in the path of the loose wheel that came off former team driver Nico Rosberg's Mercedes car during the Hungarian grand prix.

Hope, a team truck driver, was reportedly knocked unconscious in the incident and was taken to the medical centre.

It is believed he suffered a broken rib, but he bravely returned to pitstop duty after returning from the medical centre.

"After I heard that my tire hit 'big Nige', I was more concerned about my tire than him!" joked Rosberg.

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08/01/10
f1

Renault and Mercedes teams fined
The Renault and Mercedes GP teams have been each fined $50,000 by the FIA for pit-stop mistakes during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Renault were fined after Robert Kubica was unsafely released from his stop into the path of Force India’s Adrian Sutil. Kubica and Sutil collided as a result and Sutil was forced to retire immediately. Kubica continued and was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty during the race before also retiring with accident damage.

Mercedes GP were fined the same amount for the unsafe release of Nico Rosberg after his stop. The right-rear tire of Rosberg’s car came off as he started down the pit lane and only came to a stop after hitting Williams mechanic Nigel Hope in the back. Hope was fortunately uninjured.

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08/01/10
f1

Ten-place Spa grid penalty for Schumacher
(GMM) Michael Schumacher has received a ten-position grid penalty after Sunday's Hungarian grand prix.

Rubens Barrichello was furious at the Hungaroring after narrowly avoiding the pitwall as his former Ferrari teammate vigorously defended tenth position.

The stewards agreed with the veteran Brazilian, ordering Schumacher's Mercedes ten places down the grid at Spa-Francorchamps later this month. Xxxx

The FIA officials, including former driver Derek Warwick, said the German 41-year-old "il legitimately impeded" Barrichello, with whom he shared the Ferrari team for six years.

"For me it should have been a one race ban," said Lotus technical boss Mike Gascoyne.

David Coulthard added: "It could have been a horrible accident. He never knows when to give it up, but perhaps now he should with his comeback."

The stewards also penalized Mercedes $50,000 for releasing Nico Rosberg into the pitlane with a loose wheel, and a similar fine was levied against Renault for Robert Kubica's pitlane crash with Adrian Sutil.

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08/01/10
nassprint

Rain could wash out Pocono race
Track crews try to dry wet Pocono track
It was raining at the Pocono Raceway this morning but NASCAR officials still hope to get the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in despite a chance of showers all day.

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08/01/10
f1

Barrichello slams Schumacher after Hungary pass
(GMM)  Stewards are investigating Michael Schumacher's defense of tenth position during the Hungarian grand prix.

Williams' Rubens Barrichello did manage to muscle past his former Ferrari teammate, but only after narrowly avoiding the pitwall.

"Horrible!" the Brazilian veteran screamed on the radio.  "That should be a black flag.

"It was the most dangerous maneuver against me I have ever known," added the Brazilian on BBC television.

Seven time world champion Schumacher responded: "We know certain drivers have certain views, and there's Rubens.

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08/01/10
FIAGT

Total 24 hours of Spa half distance report
Torrential rain now as the heavens open and everything gets a bit dark. And I do mean dark. One very noticeable difference between here and Le Mans is the almost complete lack of incidental light. This proves a little difficult if you are a spectator without a torch as there are few if any lights to see by outside of the Paddock. Heaven only knows what it is like to drive in. Whereas at Le Mans all of the main corners are floodlit by diesel generator powered halogen lamps needed for the television cameras. From the exit of the Porsche curves round to Tertre Rouge is lit as is Mulsanne Corner, Indy, and Arnage. Basically anywhere you are allowed to walk, you can very likely see where you are going. Not so here. There are no night time TV pictures and, outside of the Paddock, very little in the way of lighting other than the moon. In a word, darkness.

The seventh and rainiest hour yet saw the 79 BMW Motorsport continue to show how it is done in GTN, whilst Marcel Fassler in the 50 Phoenix Racing GT3 Audi shows his skills at carving through the rain increasing his lead over the Prospeed Competition Porsche 911 GT3. Gianmaria Bruni had the 2 ALD Team Vitaphone Ferrari F430 back up to third overall and leading GT2.

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08/01/10
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BMW to contest 2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
BMW will contest all three legs of the 2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup 2010 with the BMW M3 GT2. This Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO)-sanctioned championship consists of Silverstone's 1000-kilometre race in Great Britain, the classic "Petit Le Mans" round in Road Atlanta (US), and the 1000- kilometer season finale in Zhuhai (CN).

In Silverstone and Zhuhai management of the BMW M3 GT2, to be driven by BMW works drivers Jorg Muller (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE), will be in the hands of Schnitzer Motorsport, led by team manager, Charly Lamm (DE). With the 10-hour "Petit Le Mans" counting towards the American Le Mans Series, BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team, together with drivers Dirk Muller (DE)/Joey Hand (US) and Tommy Milner (US)/Bill Auberlen (US), will represent BMW in the event. The ALMS drivers will be supported by Jorg Muller and Dirk Werner.

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08/01/10
f1

Force India also not using F-duct in Hungary
(GMM)  Adrian Sutil's is another car not running an F-duct system in the Hungarian grand prix.

The German qualified 13th on Saturday, but said he was feeling even less grip from the VJM03 car in morning practice.

"We had absolutely no grip," the Force India driver is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.

"So we removed the F-duct before qualifying and it was a little bit better."

Ferrari and Red Bull are also not using the downforce-stalling innovation for the twisty curves and scant straights of the Hungaroring.

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08/01/10
f1

Wurz says Superfund has no more F1 team plans
(GMM)  There are no plans to revive Team Superfund's bid for a formula one entry, Alex Wurz has revealed.

The former grand prix driver was part of the Austrian investment company Superfund's attempt to put together a team for 2010.

But after missing out, there have been rumors that Wurz and Superfund might still be interested in one day occupying a place in pitlane.

"There are no plans," Wurz, now a commentator for Austrian television ORF, said in Hungary to motorline.cc.

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08/01/10
f1

Toro Rosso to use Ferrari KERS in 2011
(GMM)  Toro Rosso's 2011 car will be fitted with KERS.

"It's mainly because Ferrari are going to be using KERS," team boss Franz Tost said in an interview in Hungary with motorline.cc.

Ferrari is Toro Rosso's customer engine supplier.

"So there are changes to the engine, especially at the front, and there is no alternative in terms of specifications," added Tost.

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08/01/10
f1

Now Rosberg admits 2010 title tilt over
(GMM)  Nico Rosberg has now joined his teammate Michael Schumacher in writing off the 2010 world championship.

"We're in a situation where we cannot win the titles anymore," said the German, who is sixth in the drivers' standings and sixth on the grid for Sunday's Hungarian grand prix.  There are a few tracks where we should look good, like Monza and Singapore, but we now have to mainly look to next year," Rosberg is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.  We want to be world champion (in 2011)," he added.

Meanwhile, the Cologne tabloid Express claims that Mercedes has advised him to no longer describe the 2010 car or his track outings as a "disaster" or a "catastrophe".  Rosberg admitted that those words can be "misunderstood".

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08/01/10
f1

McLaren borrows EUR48m from HSBC
(GMM)  McLaren has reportedly borrowed nearly EUR50 million to build its new production car factory and buy back the formula one team from Mercedes.

The Independent newspaper said it the first debt the Woking based company has taken on since 2005.

A spokesman said the HSBC loan will also "provide head room on its facilities to assist in the buyback of the remaining Daimler shares by the end of 2011".

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08/01/10
gp2

Ricci sprints to maiden GP2 victory
Italian Giacomo Ricci has claimed his first GP2 main series win with a dominant display of speed and aggression to lead home Christian Vietoris and Davide Valsecchi in this morning's sprint race in Budapest.

The Italian's teammate Michael Herck, with whom he shared the front row, could not pull away on the formation lap and had to be pushed into the pitlane, removing one challenge for Ricci, when the lights went out he made a strong getaway and held off a fast charging Jerome d'Ambrosio into turn one for a lead which he would not relinquish.

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08/01/10
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Busch Roars to Ninth NASCAR Nationwide Win
Even when he doesn't get any practice, Kyle Busch still wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Busch won his ninth NASCAR Nationwide race of 2010, his sixth in his last seven starts and 39th of his career by dominating the U.S. Cellular 250 in front of 55,988 fans at Iowa Speedway.

"I really like these cars," Busch said. "It's fun, man. I've really grown accustomed to these things and have learned how to drive them. You can really drive the Nationwide cars hard because they don't have a whole lot of horsepower, so you can really try to make up a lot by being able to get more out of the car, driver-wise."

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08/01/10
f1

Ecclestone thinks Ferrari should keep using team orders
Pocono Raceway keeps taking hits.  Often criticized by drivers for unnecessary 500-mile races and for clogging two spots on the Sprint Cup schedule, the 2 1/2-mile triangle track is now deemed by some unsafe after an accident in the June race involving Kasey Kahne.

The rally cry of "shorten the races" has morphed into "make them safer."

Track president Brandon Igdalsky is listening — and he's promising to do what it takes to improve the track.

"Do we need to make changes? Yes," he said.

Greg Biffle offered the harshest critique in a recent Sports Illustrated story, saying "they're going to kill somebody there." He added: "If they don't change that racetrack — maybe not next year, maybe not three years from now — they'll hurt somebody there."

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08/01/10
gp3

American Alexander Rossi dominates GP3 race 2
Alexander Rossi won his 2nd GP3 race of the year Sunday
American Alexander Rossi has won Sunday's GP3 race in Budapest.  Polesitter Rossi took the lead at the start and was never headed to win his 2nd race of the year.

Plagued by mediocre qualifying results this year, which has hampered his ability to win more race, Rossi was good to his word on Sunday.  He said he had no doubt he could win more races if he could start closer to the front.

Another American Josef Newgarden was headed for a 2nd place finish when his car broke 2 laps from the end, which handed 2nd place to Canadian Robert Wickens.

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08/01/10
f1

Team order ban 'incompatible with reality' - Ferrari
(GMM)  Ferrari is showing no sign of reversing its stance about team orders in formula one. Team boss Stefano Domenicali is quoted by Spain's El Mundo newspaper as insisting that Felipe Massa should not be downtrodden after moving aside for Fernando Alonso at Hockenheim.

"I like basketball, and I understand that whoever assists has as much or even more value than the one who scores the goal," he said.

And to Germany's Die Welt, the Italian indicated that another situation like last Sunday could soon be played out again.

"We give our drivers information during the race, according to the principles I have spoken about teamwork and the interests of the team."

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08/01/10
f1

Ecclestone thinks Ferrari should keep using team orders
Bernie Ecclestone with Ferrari drivers Alonso and Fisichella
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone has defended Felipe Massa after the Ferrari driver let his teammate Fernando Alonso win the recent German grand prix. Amid the team orders controversy, fans and media in Massa's native Brazil attacked the 29-year-old, depicting him as a puppet who lacks courage.

"I heard about that," the F1 chief executive told the O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper at the Hungaroring.  "But if it was team orders, he couldn't do anything -- he obeyed his team.  People should support him," added Ecclestone.

The 79-year-old Briton also said Ferrari should not now change its stance on team orders, even though it faces the wrath of an upcoming World Motor Sport Council hearing. Ecclestone said that if Ferrari lets Massa win a race ahead of Alonso, "that's a mistake.  If they did it at Hockenheim then they should be consistent."

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08/01/10
f1

Interlagos must improve ageing F1 track - Ecclestone
(GMM)  Organizers of the Brazilian grand prix need to improve the Interlagos circuit.

That was the clear message given by Bernie Ecclestone in an interview at the Hungaroring with the O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper.

"Brazil will organize the next World Cup and the Olympics in 2016," said the F1 chief executive.

"It makes sense.  Long ago I believed in Brazil and took formula one there in 1972.  But the future depends on significant improvements to Interlagos.

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08/01/10
f1

No rain for Hungarian GP race-day
(GMM)  Rain will not affect Sunday's Hungarian grand prix.

It is sunny and warm late on Sunday morning at the Hungaroring, with very little cloud in the sky.

A high temperature above 30 degrees is likely for the race at 2pm local.

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08/01/10
f1

Flexible wings deemed legal by FIA in Hungary
(GMM)  The FIA has ruled once again that Red Bull and Ferrari's front wings are legal, it emerged prior to Sunday's Hungarian grand prix.

After qualifying, McLaren and Mercedes asked the governing body to urgently clarify the rule about flexible aerodynamics, despite the controversial designs run by Red Bull and Ferrari passing similar scrutiny only a week ago at Hockenheim.

"I would like it (clarification) this afternoon, please, to come into effect tomorrow," Martin Whitmarsh said on Saturday.  "I've no idea.  We are just a competitor trying to do the best job we can."

And Mercedes' Ross Brawn added: "The FIA should issue clear guidelines, before we all go off and spend a lot of money trying to recreate these wings."

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07/31/10
FIAGT

Michael Waltrip Spa 24 update
The last place you would expect to see a NASCAR driver like Michael Waltrip this weekend is in Spa, Belgium.  So how does he like driving at the famous circuit, so much different than the American ovals he is used to?

“Driving a Ferrari in the rain is like driving a NASCAR, they get out of shape the whole time, so that’s about fine. What I didn’t like was driving on slicks in the rain; I thought that I would have to changes pants as well as tires.”

“I’ll tell you what’s cool about this place is the back straightaway, in 6th gear, in a Ferrari, and you can’t see where you’re going!”

Asked what was it that attracted him to endurance racing? He replied, “These guys race hard; this isn’t endurance racing, it’s a sprint.  I thought that there would be some slack, but there’s not. These cars are tuned and the guys are charging the whole time. I got a whole new respect for these guys and what they do here.”

At which point MW disappeared into the garage to take on some much needed fluids, to get some rest, and to contemplate an early morning stint before the run to the finish. Nathan Heywood reporting from Spa

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07/31/10
FIAGT

Total 24 hours of Spa Quarter distance report
Rain, Shine, Rain, Shine, Rain, Shine, was the general pattern of the weather keeping race directors busy second guessing the weather that saw heavy rain showers in the Paddock and sun shining on a dry track at Les Combes. Similarly, we saw rain showers over Rivage 1 & 2 whilst the sun had dried the track at the start-finish straight and we saw a rainbow out of the press room window. The universal response to a look at the sky seems to be a Gallic Shrug (of the shoulders) and the remark “C’est Spa” as in that is the way it is here sonny and that’s the way we like it. It’s makes for great racing in any case.

The first hour saw a 1-2-3 of the 2 AF Corse Ferrari F430, and the two BMW Motorsport M3s 79 and 78, followed by a host of  Porsche 911s. It also saw the first three cars into the pit never to return; au revoir Excelsior Porsche 70 pitting after hitting the wall hard.

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07/31/10
gp2

Maldonado powers to fifth GP2 win
Pastor Maldonado has extended his series lead with yet another crushing display to take his fifth victory of the season, claiming the lead following a string of start problems for his rivals to easily lead home Christian Vietoris and Sergio Perez in this afternoon's feature race in Budapest.

The Venezuelan's job was made easy by the removal of the front row before the start, with Davide Valsecchi stalling off the line for the formation lap, Adrian Zaugg causing another tour when he stalled, and then finally polesitter Sam Bird's engine stopped ahead of the third attempt at a start. When the lights went out Oliver Turvey bogged down, handing Maldonado an easy lead ahead of Vietoris, Perez, Giedo van der Garde and Turvey, but behind then was chaos as Jules Bianchi caught Giacomo Ricci's rear and spun back into the traffic. Ho-Pin Tung had nowhere to go and they hit nose to nose, with Rodolfo Gonzalez into the back of them.

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07/31/10
gp3

Nico Müller flies to victory in Budapest
Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller continued his impressive display in Hungary during Race 1 this afternoon by taking a lights to flag victory. The Swiss driver has been untouchable since arriving at the Hungaroring and romped to victory after a dream start. All throughout the race he held off Esteban Gutiérrez to take his second win of the season.   

Behind the leader ART Grand Prix’s Gutiérrez had a less than ideal start to his race from second place. The Mexican was passed off the line by a charging Robert Wickens who drove his Status GP car clean past Gutiérrez and Tech 1 Racing’s Stefano Coletti from fourth off the line. A battle for second and third ensued between all three drivers entering turn 3 with Gutiérrez eventually sealing the spot ahead of Coletti, and Wickens slotting into fourth. 

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07/31/10
nastruck

Sadler wins his first ever truck race
Elliott Sadler held off Kasey Kahne in a green-white-checkered finish to win the inaugural Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono on Saturday.

Sadler was the beneficiary after a flurry of late mishaps sent the race into NASCAR's version of overtime. He cut off Matt Crafton's pass attempt inside, then pulled away from Kahne on the final lap to take victory.

It was Sadler's first Trucks win, giving him victories in all three NASCAR racing series.

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07/31/10
track news
nassprint

Kentucky Speedway to make announcement
Kentucky Speedway’s owner hinted Friday that a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race would be held next year at the Gallatin County track. A “big press conference” is planned Aug. 10 at Kentucky Speedway, said Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. He would not go so far as to say the event would include news of a 2011 Cup race, but that it “deals with all of that.”

“Don’t try to get me to hold that press conference now, OK?” Smith said. “But we’ll have a lot of things to announce when we’re there (about) a lot of the changes that we’re making.” Smith expects 500 people at the news conference, including Gov. Steve Beshear and three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip. A spokeswoman for Beshear said the governor’s schedule for that week was not yet available. Jerry Carroll, the track’s former chairman, and a consultant for SMI, will be there. “If Bruton Smith is coming all the way up here, and the governor is coming all the way up here, they’re not going to tell people bad news. So figure it from there,” Carroll said.

Earlier this month, NASCAR CEO Brian France said SMI and ISC had submitted requests to NASCAR to move races in 2011. ISC wants a second Cup date for its Kansas Speedway. On Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, France said the 2011 Cup schedule would include changes and that it was within a week or two of being completed. Kentucky Speedway would be the first new venue on the Cup schedule since Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway were introduced in 2001. Cincinnati Enquirer

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07/31/10
f1

Ferrari development driver Bianchi hurt in crash
Jules Bianchi
(GMM) Ferrari development driver Jules Bianchi was injured in a crash at the Hungaroring on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Frenchman, who is managed by Felipe Massa's manager Nicolas Todt, spun his ART car at the start of the GP2 race, which took place shortly after the F1 qualifying session.

He was struck nose-first by the Renault test driver Ho-Pin Tung, and taken to the AEK hospital, where Massa last year recuperated after his horror qualifying crash.

Ferrari, having signed Bianchi on a multi-year contract last year, revealed that a vertebrae fracture will keep him "out of action for quite a long time".

Bianchi, who occasionally tests older Ferrari F1 cars, "will not be back in the cockpit until he has fully completed his rehabilitation program", added the Italian team.

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07/31/10
f1

F1 ponders 'secret' of Red Bull's speed
(GMM) After the team orders controversy, F1 teams have moved on to a bigger problem: Red Bull's overwhelming pace.

Ferrari looked to have closed the gap with one-two victory at Hockenheim, but on Saturday Sebastian Vettel's 1.2 second advantage over the first non-Red Bull was described in Hungary by Mercedes reserve driver Nick Heidfeld as "frightening".

"I don't know what they are doing, but it's incredible," said McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who is leading the championship but nearly two seconds off the pace in qualifying.

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07/31/10
f1

Webber predicts sleepy race in Hungary
(GMM)  With Red Bull so dominant at the twisty Hungaroring, it might be the opening moments of Sunday's grand prix that determines the outcome.

"The first three seconds can be crucial and can deliver 70 per cent of the result," said Mark Webber, pole sitter Sebastian Vettel's teammate and fellow occupant of the front row in the sister RB6.

Although straight lines are few at the twisty Hungaroring, the run from the grid to the first corner is actually one of the longest on the F1 calendar.

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07/31/10
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Hamilton: Red Bulls are too fast for us
After qualifying for tomorrow's Hungarian GP, Lewis Hamilton said the "Red Bulls are impossible to beat."

Red Bull have dominated this weekend's proceedings in Budapest, culminating in a 1-2 in qualifying where Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber easily outpaced their rivals.

And although Ferrari came the closest to matching them, third-placed Fernando Alonso was over a second slower than Vettel with his team-mate right Felipe Massa right behind him.

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07/31/10
nassprint

Dwindling attendance puts pressure on race promoters
ESPN announcer Marty Reid pointed out the obvious early in Sunday's telecast of the Brickyard 400.

Reid mentioned the abundance of empty seats at one of NASCAR's marquee events but said the broadcast wasn't going to dwell on it. Reid was right on both counts. There were plenty of empties, and it wasn't his place to talk about it.

But dwindling attendance numbers have become an every-track story in the Sprint Cup Series. Numbers have been falling in the last couple of years, and maybe it's time for everyone to just accept attendance isn't what it used to be, and there's not a lot that can be done about it.

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07/31/10
gp3

Rossi looking for better result in Hungary
Rossi, who can be blindingly quick at times, admits his qualifying pace is holding him back from winning
After a frustration filled German Grand Prix at Hockenheim less than a week ago, Alexander Rossi, America's best hope to be the next F1 driver from the USA, is looking forward to GP3’s next stop this weekend at the Hungaroring in Budapest. The ART driver is anxious to score points as he did in the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix while competing in the International Formula Master Series with a 3rd place podium finish.

In Germany this past weekend, Saturday morning and Round 9 of the GP3 Series saw Alexander with a disappointing starting position of P19 after he endured a qualifying session in wet conditions where he could not find a comfortable balance in the car set up, compounded by a grid penalty carried over from practice.

Alexander made a sensational start from 19th place, moving to P11 by the exit of Turn 1. At the hairpin, a multi-car shunt brought out the Safety Car. At the restart, 3 laps later, Alexander attacked again, muscling up to P6 through Turn 1 while Rio Haryanto spun causing several cars to make evasive moves to avoid a collision which resulted in Rossi being pushed off track then pitched into a clockwise spin down the centre of the track, causing considerable damage and debris and beckoning the second appearance of the Safety Car.

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07/31/10
racing news

Hoosier Tire legal victory has broad implications
Lakeville-based Hoosier Tire won a victory in the antitrust case brought by Pittsburgh-based Specialty Tires of America, which objected to exclusive contracts for the supplying of racing tires.

The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit confirmed July 23 that single-tire or “spec tire” rules in dirt oval-track racing were legal under the antitrust laws, and that Hoosier Tire had not violated the law in contracting to supply the tires. The court affirmed the dismissal of all claims against it and co-defendant Dirt Motor Sports, a sanctioning body for dirt races.

The court ruled that sanctioning bodies should have the discretion to determine their own rules, including specifying a single supplier’s products be used in the race.

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07/31/10
gp3

Nico Müller grabs maiden pole in Budapest
Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller has claimed his first GP3 pole position in a dramatic qualifying session this morning at the Hungaroring. 

The Swiss driver continued from where he left off yesterday and posted his quickest time of 1:36.991 in the late stages of the session seconds before ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Gutierrez crossed the finish line matching the Swiss’ time exactly. When the checkered flag fell the top four drivers were within a mere four tenths of each other and the top 21 drivers were split by just one second in the tight session. 

The thirty minute qualifications opened on a damp track after overnight rain, and the entire grid came straight out the pits when the lights turned green. Muller was first to set a quick time, but as the track dried the times quickly dropped and it was Tech 1 Racing’s Doru Sechelariu who set the initial pace along with Manor Racing’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Carlin’s newcomer Antonio Felix Da Costa. 

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07/31/10
nassprint

Hamlin criticizes NASCAR again
Denny Hamlin who, after confirming he was one of those fined, stepped up to the plate at Pocono and addressed the muzzling fine they hit Hamlin with for rightfully criticizing NASCAR.

Hamlin said he told NASCAR officials he was raised to be honest. And he still was Friday, despite the fine and potential for more. His honesty was rewarded with 17 straight questions on the subject, to which he provided 17 honest answers, come NASCAR-hell or high water.

Hamlin wouldn't say how much his fine was, but "there's been illegal parts in the garage that have not gotten hit as bad as I did."

Hamlin said he thought his Tweeting was to blame for at least some of his fine. "It's more than likely the Twitter comments more than anything that kind of got me in trouble with them," he said. "They did give me a pretty good log book of all the negative things I've had to say over the last couple of months."

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07/31/10
f2

Stoneman clinches race one pole
Britain's Dean Stoneman sealed his fourth pole position of the season today at Brno, edging out 2009 polesitter Nicola De Marco by just 0.045s. 

Stoneman left it late in the session, eventually moving to the top of the timesheets in a frantic last five minutes that also saw Nicola De Marco, Jolyon Palmer and Sergey Afanasiev take spells at the top. 

It was Afanasiev who made the best start to the session, topping the timesheets for nearly all of the opening ten minutes before the field pitted for fresh rubber. The Russian resumed his spell at the top with around ten minutes to go, only to be displaced by Jolyon Palmer as the times began to tumble.

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07/31/10
f1

Hungarian GP: Red Bull dominate again
A happy Mark Webber
Red Bull dominated the final practice session for the Grand Prix of Hungary Saturday morning led by Mark Webber who humbled the rest of the field with a quick lap of 1m19.574s with Sebastian Vettel second at 1m20.058s after leading most of the session.  Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third, but 1.150s down on Webber's time.

Robert Kubica was fourth for Renault, with Felipe Massa fifth, Lewis Hamilton sixth and Petrov seventh.  Nico Rosberg was eighth, Jenson Button ninth and Nico Hulkenberg tenth.

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07/31/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief
  • Morning sun drying damp track early on Saturday
  • Dennis hits out at McLaren drivers' car criticisms
  • Cypher out of running for 2011 F1 debut
  • Berger not eyeing return to F1 paddock
  • Ferrari removes F-duct for rest of weekend
  • Teams not revealing flexible front wing secrets
  • Ferrari prefers Alonso because Massa slower - Piquet

Morning sun drying damp track early on Saturday
(GMM)  The sun is out at the Hungaroring early on Saturday morning, drying the damp track in the wake of heavy overnight rain.

However, the day's weather forecast is for some likely rain at the Budapest venue, probably some time after the final practice session at 11am local.

There is extensive cloud cover overhead at the time of writing at 8.45am, leaving the prospects for qualifying currently uncertain.

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