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09/08/19
ta

Pole and Win for Ernie Francis Jr.
Ernie Francis Jr. grabs lead at start
Ernie Francis Jr. grabs lead at start
The monstrous roar of the 850 horsepower Trans Am presented by Pirelli TA class echoed around the iconic Watkins Glen International road circuit and had fans on their feet on Sunday as Ernie Francis Jr. dominated the entire 100-mile feature. 

Going flag to flag for his third consecutive Trans Am victory Francis Jr. (No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang) padded his championship lead over Chris Dyson (No. 20 Plaid Ford Mustang), collecting all points available for the weekend.

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09/08/19
f1

Is it time for Vettel to retire?
For the 2nd year in a row Vettel drove like a wanker at Monza
For the 2nd year in a row Vettel drove like a wanker at Monza

Sebastian Vettel had a dreadful Italian Grand Prix which saw him spin, crash and receive a penalty, whilst his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc went on to claim the team's first victory at Monza since 2010.

Vettel, who last year suffered from several spins which brought into question his race craft, repeated the same mistake at the Ascari chicane and spun, but as he rejoined the circuit he clipped the rear of Lance Stroll's Racing Point car, causing the Canadian to spin out himself.

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09/08/19
f1
irl

Something IndyCar will never see
You won't even see this at the Indy 500 because having a big crowd under the podium after every race is completely lost on IndyCar. 

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09/08/19
f2

Aitken fires to third F2 win in Monza Sprint
From left, Jordan King, Jack Aitken, Nyck de Vries
From left, Jordan King, Jack Aitken, Nyck de Vries
An emotional Jack Aitken earned his third win of the season in a thrilling FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race at Monza, dedicating his lights-to-flag victory to fellow Renault Academy driver, and friend, the late Anthoine Hubert. The Campos Racer was harried right to the checkered flag, narrowly finishing ahead of fellow Brit, Jordan King, and Championship leader Nyck de Vries.

On a still drying track, the polesitter made an astounding start, soaring into the distance unopposed, as those behind him tussled for the final podium spots. De Vries was amongst a collection of drivers to bolt off the line, but traffic into Turn 1 forced him to remain seated in sixth. King and Callum Ilott found the space to blitz past Giuliano Alesi in P2, to emerge in a British 1-2-3. 

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09/08/19
f3

Terrific Tsunoda soars to first F3 win in Monza
From left, Liam Lawson, Yuki Tsunoda, Jake Hughes
From left, Liam Lawson, Yuki Tsunoda, Jake Hughes

Yuki Tsunoda completed his remarkable upturn of form in Monza, with his, and his team’s first ever win in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. The Jenzer Motorsport driver romped to a third podium in as many races, after a lengthy battle with Jake Hughes, which ended in him finishing ahead of Liam Lawson in second and the HWA RACELAB driver in third.

The Japanese driver’s victory marked a successful weekend for Honda Dream drivers, matching his F2 counterpart Nobuharu Matsushita, who won in yesterday’s Feature Race. The feat earns him his seventh points’ finish in a row, having scored just two of them in the first seven of the campaign.

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09/08/19
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f1

Schumacher needs another F2 season - Brawn
Slow learner Mick Schumacher
Slow learner Mick Schumacher
(GMM) F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn thinks Mick Schumacher needs another season in Formula 2.

He echoes the words of former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, who said earlier this week of Schumacher: "He is growing up now, but we still have to give him time."

Schumacher, the 20-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, is currently eleventh overall in the 2019 F2 standings. He recently won his first race, in Hungary.

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09/08/19
f1

Real F1 fans like 'gladiator' Verstappen - Villeneuve
Motor mouth Jacques Villeneuve
Motor mouth Jacques Villeneuve
(GMM) Max Verstappen is among the last of the "gladiator" drivers in Formula 1.

That is the view of 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who found himself at the center of another controversy at Monza.

Verstappen had arrived at Monza calling retired Nico Rosberg the "new Villeneuve" for criticizing his first-lap crash with Kimi Raikkonen at Spa.

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09/08/19
f1
f3

F1 world now thankful for 'Halo' safety
Alex Peroni's car first hit Halo-first atop the wall before coming to rest
Alex Peroni's car first hit Halo-first atop the wall before coming to rest

(GMM) The F1 world is rapidly adjusting to the sport's 'Halo' era.

The cockpit protection system was introduced last year amid great skepticism, but it has since proved its worth in a series of scary-looking incidents.

In the fatal Anthoine Hubert crash in F2 last weekend, another driver was struck on the Halo by debris at high speed.

Juan Manuel Correa, currently in a coma, slid to a halt with his destroyed car sliding along the track on the Halo.

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09/08/19
f1

Verstappen wants Honda to take 'more risk'
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen has urged engine supplier Honda to take "more risk" with its engine.

Already at the back of the grid due to an engine change, the Dutchman then sat out the bulk of qualifying at Monza when his Spec 4 Honda delivered "no power".

"There's no damage, it seems more like just a safety thing," the Red Bull driver told Algemeen Dagblad newspaper.

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09/08/19
f1

Farcical qualifying 'not a good look for F1'
The highest paid teams and drivers in motorsports embarrassed themselves
The highest paid teams and drivers in motorsports embarrassed themselves
(GMM) The strong slipstream effect of the 2019 F1 cars led to a farcical final qualifying segment at high-speed Monza on Saturday.

The top ten cars waited until the final moment to attempt their last qualifying runs in Q3, with no driver wanting to be the lead car.

The result was that, of the gaggle of slow-moving cars on the out-lap, only Carlos Sainz made it to the line in time to start the lap.

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09/08/19
nasmon

Menard tops Brickyard 400 practice
Paul Menard
Paul Menard
Paul Menard was the fastest driver over two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Practice sessions Saturday for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line.

Menard, the 2011 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard winner, topped the charts in the final practice session at 185.079 mph in the No. 21 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford fielded by the legendary Wood Brothers Racing. He was 23rd fastest in the first session at 180.473.

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09/08/19
TV News

Sunday TV Times
All times Eastern and Live unless noted. Note: There-air times for today's Italian GP F1 race have been changed.
Sunday, September 8LocationTV TimesNetwork
F3 Race 2Monza3:30-4:30amESPN+
F2 Race 2Monza4:50-5:40amESPN3
F1 Italian GP Pre-RaceMonza8:30-9:05amESPN2
F1 Italian GP RaceMonza9:05-11:00amESPN2
NASCAR Cup QualifyingIndianapolis10:30-11:30amNBCSN
GT4 America Race 1Watkins Glen12:00-1:00pm (D)CBS-SN
GT4 America Race 2Watkins Glen3:00-4:00pm (D)CBS-SN
NASCAR Cup RaceIndianapolis2:00-6:00pmNBCSN
F1 Italian GP RaceMonza5:00-7:00pm (R)ESPNews
F1 Italian GP RaceMonza8:00-11:00pm (R)ESPN2
Blancpain GT RaceHungary10:00pm-Midnight (SDD)CBS-SN


Legend: SDD: Same day delay; D = delayed; R = Repeat

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09/07/19
f2

Matsushita masters Monza for Feature Race victory
From left, and unhappy Ghiotto, a praying to the heavens Matsushita and de Vries
From left, an unhappy Ghiotto, a praying to the heavens Matsushita and de Vries
Nobuharu Matsushita claimed his second FIA Formula 2 win of the season, in an overtake fueled Feature Race at Monza. The Japanese driver rose from fifth on the grid and eventually finished 7s ahead of home hero Luca Ghiotto, and Championship leader Nyck de Vries, who completed a sensational drive from last place.

It was an emotional afternoon for the F2 field and each car adorned touching tributes to the late Anthoine Hubert who tragically passed in last weekend’s race at Spa and Juan Manuel Correa who was injured in the horrific collision. The entire Formula 2 family was Racing for Anthoine, and race winner Matsushita later dedicated his win to the Frenchman.

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09/07/19
f3

Video: Alex Peroni suffers broken back in 250 kph crash
What goes up, must come down
What goes up, must come down

Australian Formula 3 driver Alex Peroni has been diagnosed with concussion and a fractured vertebrae following a monster crash at Monza.

Peroni was in sixth place in the first of this weekend’s two FIA Formula 3 Championship races at the Italian Grand Prix race meeting when the crash occurred.

His Dallara racecar was launched high into the air after running over a short section of ‘sausage’ curbing on the outside of the final turn on the 5.8km circuit. The 300kW open wheeler barrel-rolled two-and-a-half times, landed upside-down on the outer crash barrier, and then flipped rightside-up among the catch-fencing.

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09/07/19
f1

Vettel keeps Ferrari on top in Monza practice 3
Sebastian Vettel goes fastest, but can he win pole?
Sebastian Vettel goes fastest, but can he win pole?
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel edged Red Bull's Max Verstappen by just 0.032s to set the fastest time in the final practice ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Verstappen showed impressive performance in his Honda-powered Red Bull as Ferrari's chance for a home-pole could be in jeopardy.

Charles Leclerc fastest after the first qualifying simulations and his 1m20.452s headed Vettel by 0.16s with 20 minutes of the session remaining.

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09/07/19
f3

F3: Shwartzman wins, Peroni in big crash
Robert Shwartzman
Robert Shwartzman

Championship leader Robert Shwartzman won for the first time since Le Castellet to edge closer to the FIA Formula 3 Drivers’ title. The Russian racer had to battle off his teammates for the victory, finishing at the peak of a PREMA 1-2-3, with Marcus Armstrong in Second and Jehan Daruvala third.

The race started in contrasting settings to yesterday’s wet Qualifying session, with bright conditions overlooking a warm 19-degree Italian heat. Following a spat of post Qualifying penalties, it was Lirim Zendeli who backed up Christian Lundgaard on the front row, followed by Richard Verschoor.

The polesitter was in the middle of a three-man brawl for first off the line, having seen the duo behind him make thundering starts. The Dane managed to eventually fend off Verschoor, but Zendeli flew past him coming out of the first turn.

Armstrong had bolted off the line himself, rising from seventh to fourth, ahead of Max Fewtrell, and he was soon honing in on Verschoor, who he swiftly swapped positions with, while setting the fastest lap.

Marcus Armstrong, Robert Shwartzman, Jehan Daruvala
Marcus Armstrong, Robert Shwartzman, Jehan Daruvala

Delight turned to despair for Zendeli - who had taken the lead following arguably the race start of his career to date. Zendeli and Lundgaard came together and the German skidded off track - he was left with a puncture, which ended his race. Meanwhile, the Danish driver suffered front wing damage, which forced him into the pits and left him at the back of the field.

This handed Armstrong the race lead and a chance to make it three wins from four, which would thrust him into second in the Championship. With Verschoor desperately clinging onto second, ahead of fellow PREMA duo Shwartzman and Daruvala, the Kiwi was able to build up a steady lead at the front.

The Indian lost significant ground in his tussle with Shwartzman and Verschoor, when he was forced wide in his attempts to wrestle third from his Russian teammate. This allowed the Championship leader an opportunity to pounce on P2 and he powerfully sent it down the side of the Dutchman.

Having come within 12 points of Shwartzman in Round 5, Juri Vips struggled in Spa last time out and wasn’t faring much better in Monza. The Estonian clumped the back of Keyvan Andres and was flung off track and into the wall. He attempted to get going again, but the damage to his front right tire was too great and he was forced to retire, which brought out a safety car.

Verschoor lost two places upon the restart, with Daruvala and Yuki Tsunoda both lunging ahead down the pit straight. Meanwhile, Armstrong’s lead at the front had been sliced to just 0.5s.

The sight of Shwartzman arrowing in on his teammate for P1 brought back memories of Spielberg, when the duo collided in the same scenario. There would be no repeat this time around and Shwartzman cleanly dispatched off the Kiwi to take the race lead, displaying the maturity he has gained from that episode in Round 3.

Peroni thinking: I hate it when this happens
Peroni thinking: I hate it when this happens

The race would finish under the safety car, when Alex Peroni took flight on the sausage curb. The Campos driver was able to leave his car safely, before being taken by the medical car for the usual checks.

This allowed Shwartzman to run home unopposed in first, ahead of Armstrong and Daruvala. Tsunoda and Verschoor completed the top five, ahead of Pedro Piquet, Jake Hughes, Liam Lawson, Fabio Scherer and Logan Sargeant.

Having also claimed the fastest lap, the Russian’s win hands him a 35 point lead in the Drivers’ Championship, with three races remaining. Daruvala remains second with 144 and Armstrong is third with 137. Vips, on 122, and Lundgaard, on 97, complete the top five. Teams’ Champions PREMA Racing are first on 460 points, ahead of Hitech Grand Prix on 183 and ART Grand Prix on 174. Trident, 97, and HWA RACELAB, 72, complete the top five.

Race Result (22 Laps)

POSDRIVERTEAMGAP
1Robert ShwartzmanPrema Racing0.000s
2Marcus ArmstrongPrema Racing0.599s
3Jehan DaruvalaPrema Racing1.391s
4Yuki TsunodaJenzer Motorsport1.923s
5Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport2.372s
6Pedro PiquetTrident3.517s
7Jake HughesHWA4.557s
8Liam LawsonMP Motorsport5.170s
9Fabio SchererCharouz5.837s
10Logan SargeantCarlin6.830s
11Felipe DrugovichCarlin7.206s
12Leonardo PulciniHitech GP7.473s
13Teppei NatoriCarlin8.620s
14Devlin DefrancescoTrident8.935s
15Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix9.924s
16Max FewtrellART Grand Prix10.951s
17Raoul HymanCharouz11.728s
18Bent ViscaalHWA13.198s
19Sebastian FernandezCampos Racing15.523s
20Keyvan AndresHWA17.850s
21Simo LaaksonenMP Motorsport19.367s
22Andreas EstnerJenzer Motorsport21.148s
23Alessio DeleddaCampos Racing22.067s
-Alex PeroniCampos RacingDNF
-David BeckmannART Grand PrixDNF
-Juri VipsHitech GPDNF
-Lirim ZendeliCharouzDNF
-Niko KariTridentDNF
-Giorgio CarraraJenzer MotorsportDNF
-Yifei YeHitech GPDNF

Drivers Standings

POSDRIVERPOINTS
1Robert Shwartzman179
2Jehan Daruvala144
3Marcus Armstrong137
4Juri Vips122
5Christian Lundgaard97
6Pedro Piquet82
7Jake Hughes62
8Leonardo Pulcini61
9Max Fewtrell57
10Yuki Tsunoda49
11Liam Lawson26
12David Beckmann20
13Richard Verschoor19
14Niko Kari15
15Bent Viscaal10
16Felipe Drugovich8
17Lirim Zendeli6
18Alex Peroni5
19Logan Sargeant4
20Fabio Scherer3
21Simo Laaksonen2
22Teppei Natori1


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09/07/19
f1

Honda deficit now 'minimal' - Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat says the gap between Honda and the other engine manufacturers on the grid is now "minimal".

The Japanese manufacturer, which supplies engines to both Red Bull teams, introduced its 'Spec 4' engine at Spa.

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost said at Monza: "With the Spec 4 engine, I don't think that we have any more disadvantage."

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09/07/19
f1

Dutch GP preparations on track - Lammers
Jan Lammers
Jan Lammers
(GMM) Work is about to begin to get the Zandvoort circuit ready for the 2020 Dutch GP.

Jan Lammers, a former F1 driver and Dutch GP ambassador, told BNR Nieuwsradio: "The whole story will start from the third or fourth week of September."

Formula 1 recently announced that Zandvoort will be the first European race of the season next year at the beginning of May.

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09/07/19
f1

F1 teams support Masi as race director
Michael Masi
Michael Masi

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi looks set to keep his job as the paddock appears happy with his work

The Australian took up the role following the unexpected death of Charlie Whiting in the days prior to the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

He then filled the role on a temporary basis before being confirmed by the World Motor Sport Council for the remainder of 2019 in June.

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09/07/19
f1

Bottas 'completely free' for 2021
Mercedes gave Valtteri Bottas one more year and then he's out the door
Mercedes gave Valtteri Bottas one more year and then he's out the door
(GMM) Valtteri Bottas says he will be "completely free" at the end of 2020.

After a period of uncertainty and speculation, Mercedes recently confirmed that the Finn is staying at Mercedes next year.

Bottas, though, said the process was simple from his perspective.

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09/07/19
f1

Wolff admits engine reliability concerns
How bad will Mercedes beat Ferrari on their home turf this year? It won't be pretty
How bad will Mercedes beat Ferrari on their home turf this year? It won't be pretty
(GMM) "Question marks" remain about engine failures that occurred at Spa last weekend, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits.

The power units in the customer cars of Sergio Perez (Racing Point) and Robert Kubica (Williams) failed, just days before the F1 circus moved on to Monza.

"We started to understand what happened, but we only had five days to do that," Wolff said.

"We have an idea of what might have gone wrong, but I wouldn't call it a thorough analysis. Question marks remain."

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09/07/19
f1

Drivers hit back at Villeneuve over Hubert death
Jacques Villeneuve at Monza Friday
Jacques Villeneuve at Monza Friday
(GMM) Three drivers have hit back at Jacques Villeneuve, following comments the 1997 world champion made in the wake of Anthoine Hubert's death.

Villeneuve, now an always-outspoken pundit, said one of the issues is that the younger generation spends so much time in simulators that they then underestimate the sport's real dangers.

"I disagree with many things he says," Lewis Hamilton said at Monza, according to Speed Week.

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09/07/19
irl

Alonso admits 2021 return possible
Alonso at Monza Friday
Alonso at Monza Friday
(GMM) Fernando Alonso has flagged the possibility of a return to Formula 1 in 2021.

Having retired at the end of last year, the double world champion is back on the pitwall this weekend at Monza as a McLaren ambassador.

"Let's see," he told Britain's Sky when asked about his future in F1.

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09/07/19
f2

American F2 driver Correa faces 'very lengthy rehabilitation program' (Update)
Juan Manuel Correa's condition worsens
Juan Manuel Correa's condition worsens
UPDATE
 Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa has developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and is in a "critical but stable" condition following the crash at Spa.

Correa is battling leg and spinal injuries from the crash last weekend and has now been placed in an induced coma.

Correa was initially treated in a hospital in Belgium before being moved to a specialist unit in London earlier this week.

This morning Correa's family issued a statement confirming he had developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

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09/07/19
TV News

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live unless noted
Saturday, September 7LocationTV TimesNetwork
F3 Race 1Monza4:30-5:30amESPN+
F1 Practice 3Monza5:55-7:30amESPN2
F1 QualifyingMonza8:55-10:00amESPNews
F2 Race 1Monza10:45-11:50amESPN3
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Indianapolis11:00am-NoonNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingIndianapolis12:00-1:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Indianapolis1:30-2:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity RaceIndianapolis3:00-6:00pmNBCSN
Sunday, September 8LocationTV TimesNetwork
F3 Race 2Monza3:30-4:30amESPN+
F2 Race 2Monza4:50-5:40amESPN3
F1 Italian GP RaceMonza9:05-11amESPN2
NASCAR Cup QualifyingIndianapolis10:30-11:30amNBCSN
GT4 America Race 1Watkins Glen12:00-1:00pm (D)CBS-SN
GT4 America Race 2Watkins Glen3:00-4:00pm (D)CBS-SN
NASCAR Cup RaceIndianapolis2:00-6:00pmNBCSN
F1 Italian GP RaceMonza7:00-9:00pm (R)ESPN2
F1 Italian GP RaceMonza9:30-11:30pm (R)ESPNews
Blancpain GT RaceHungary10:00pm-Midnight (SDD)CBS-SN


Legend: SDD: Same day delay; D = delayed; R = Repeat



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09/06/19
nasx

Hoosier Driver Haley Paces Opening Day of Practice for Indiana 250 at IMS
Justin Haley
Justin Haley

Indiana native Justin Haley was the fastest driver overall in two NASCAR Xfinity Series practice sessions Friday for the Indiana 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Haley, 20, from Winamac, Indiana, topped the charts at 168.227 mph in his No. 11 LeafFilter Chevrolet that features a paint scheme honoring his grandfather. Xfinity Series championship leader Tyler Reddick was second at 168.199, followed by Brandon Jones at 168.196 in No. 19 First Foundation Toyota, Austin Dillon at 167.713 in the No. 10 Ellsworth Advisors Chevrolet and three-time Indiana 250 winner Kyle Busch at 167.710 in the No. 18 Combs Toyota.

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09/06/19
f3

Lundgaard seals second F3 pole in Monza
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard became the first driver this season to seal a second pole position in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, controlling an extremely competitive Qualifying session that had more than 10 different leaders. The Danish driver set his time late on as the circuit began to dry in Monza, and finished ahead of PREMA duo Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman.

With the track still damp, following rain in the Formula 2 Qualifying session, the cars headed out with caution onto the track and Niko Kari set the first time at 1:53.444. Devlin DeFrancesco dipped under 1m 49s as they began to get a feel for the circuit. Fabio Scherer then took further chunks out of the best time.

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09/06/19
f1

Alonso open to F1 return in 2021
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso says he is open to a Formula 1 return, most likely in 2021, but wasn’t giving any further details away.

Alonso maintains that he wants to pursue further challenges away from Formula 1, such as the Indy500 project, and that the same issues remain in Formula 1 that made him leave in the first place.

However, while he wasn’t sure of a 2020 return being an option, he admitted that the major regulation changes coming for 2021 could present a “good opportunity”.

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09/06/19
f2

Ilott wins F2 pole at Monza
Callum Ilott
Callum Ilott
Ferrari Formula 1 junior Callum Ilott took his maiden Formula 2 pole position at Monza, while his teammate Juan Manuel Correa lay in the hospital in intensive care with mangled legs from his accident at Spa that killed Anthoine Hubert.

The Brit who is the sole representative for his team fittingly put in his best ever performance for the team and later dedicated it to his teammate Juan Manuel Correa. The Ferrari Academy driver topped a trio of rookies, finishing ahead of Guanyu Zhou and Nikita Mazepin, who also scored his best ever Qualifying position.

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09/06/19
irl

NBC not telling full story on IndyCar TV viewership (Update)
By taking the NBC deal Mark Miles ensured IndyCar will never reach its viewership potential
By taking the NBC deal Mark Miles ensured IndyCar will never reach its viewership potential

UPDATE Added table below to show that NBCSN is indeed losing viewers for IndyCar and if not for more races on network TV this year, the bleeding would have been even worse. Imagine how good it would have been if all races were on ABC and ESPN:

  • IndyCar would have had 11 races on ABC vs only 8 on NBC. Hence there's another couple of million additional viewers lost.
  • As F1 has proven the past two years with F1, ESPN and ESPN2 ratings consistently trounce NBCSN, hence there is another couple of million viewers lost by IndyCar.

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09/06/19
f1

Leclerc nips Hamilton in Monza practice 2
Will Mercedes disappoint the Tifosi again this year?
Will Mercedes disappoint the Tifosi again this year?

In another session partially compromised by intermittent rain showers, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc nipped sandbagging Lewis Hamilton by just 0.068s in practice 2 for the Italian GP at Monza.

Hamilton set his time on a wetter track, so it appears Mercedes is holding back and is out to embarrass Ferrari in their home race.

Leclerc's fast time of 1m20.978s was set earlier in the session on red tires. Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel was 3rd quick 0.201s behind.

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09/06/19
f2

F2: Ghiotto quickest in home Free Practice
Luca Ghiotto
Luca Ghiotto
Luca Ghiotto got off to the perfect start in his home country, topping Free Practice for the first time since Silverstone. The UNI-Virtuosi racer was quickest amongst a flurry of late lap times, leading ART Grand Prix’s Nyck de Vries and Carlin’s Louis Deletraz.

With the circuit still drying from rain in the morning, Mahaveer Raghunathan was the sole car out on track in the opening 10 minutes, with the remainder of the field only running an installation lap. The MP Motorsport racer set the early time at 1:42.998.

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09/06/19
f1

Alonso at Monza


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09/06/19
f1

Leclerc tops opening practice on wet Monza track
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc bolted on a set of medium Pirellis on a drying track and turned the fastest lap in the waning moments of opening practice for the Italian GP.

In a session where times mean nothing unless it rains for qualifying and the race, Carlos Sainz Jr. was 2nd quick for McLaren ahead of the 2nd McLaren of Lando Norris  who both went out on the soft tire late on to take advantage of the drier conditions for McLaren.

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09/06/19
f3

F3: Shwartzman quickest in wet Free Practice
Robert Shwartzman
Robert Shwartzman
Robert Shwartzman topped a rain-hampered session in Monza, leading Free Practice for the first time in 2019. The PREMA racer set the quickest time early on - before the field all switched to wets - and finished ahead of in-form duo Marcus Armstrong, of PREMA Racing, and Pedro Piquet, of Trident.

The session begun under light rain down the pit straight as teams initially set out on slick tires. Spa-Francorchamps Race 2 winner Armstrong was first to notch a quick time, dipping under 1m 45s, followed by teammate Shwartzman.

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09/06/19
f1

Door to top team could still open - Perez
Sergio Perez at Monza
Sergio Perez at Monza
(GMM) Sergio Perez thinks Racing Point would let him leave if a top team comes knocking.

The F1 world was surprised at Spa when a new three-year contract for the Mexican was announced, as he and his sponsors usually prefer one year deals.

"I think this team has a lot of potential, especially as the smaller teams will have a better chance against the bigger ones from 2021," Perez said at Monza.

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09/06/19
f1

Kvyat not impressed by Albon's first Red Bull race
Alex Albon is in the Red Bull team while the man he beat at Toro Rosso is still there. Sour grapes.
Alex Albon is in the Red Bull team while the man he beat at Toro Rosso is still there. Sour grapes.
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat has countered the Red Bull narrative by admitting he was not impressed by former teammate Alex Albon's move to the top team.

Having overlooked Kvyat to replace Pierre Gasly, both Christian Horner and Dr Helmut Marko said after Spa that they had been impressed with Albon's "great" first weekend at Red Bull Racing.

"I don't know why you call it a good first race," Kvyat said at Monza when asked about Albon's showing at Spa.

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09/06/19
f1

Steiner targeting driver announcement for Singapore
The AR1.com rumor page has Hulkenberg going to Alfa Romeo in 2020, not Haas
The AR1.com rumor page has Hulkenberg going to Alfa Romeo in 2020, not Haas
(GMM) Gunther Steiner is hoping to decide Haas' second driver for 2020 by the next race at Singapore.

At Spa, amid rumors Nico Hulkenberg is being actively courted, the American team's boss admitted Haas could be in a position to make an announcement at Monza.

But Renault refugee Hulkenberg says he is not rushing. Finland's Turun Sanomat reports that his options are Haas and Alfa Romeo, speculating that he might even replace Antonio Giovinazzi within the next weeks.

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09/06/19
f1

Hamilton admits Ferrari switch 'an option'
Hamilton in Monza
Hamilton in Monza
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has admitted switching to Ferrari is "an option" for the future.

Earlier, we reported that although the Mercedes driver has over a year to run on his current deal, "I will look at the various options in the months to come".

Ahead of Monza, Sky Italia quotes the five time world champion as saying: "I've ruined their party so many times, but whenever I'm in Italy, the fans still ask me to come to Ferrari.

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09/06/19
f1

Magnussen still has 'no fear' when driving
Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen says he felt "no fear" when he raced at Spa just 24 hours after the death of Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert.

But that doesn't mean he wasn't deeply affected by the rare fatality.

Asked about Daniel Ricciardo's admission that he considered not racing last Sunday, Magnussen said at Monza: "I didn't have those thoughts.

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09/06/19
f1

Verstappen slams 'no charisma' critic Rosberg
F1 TV pundit Nico Rosberg
F1 TV pundit Nico Rosberg
(GMM) Max Verstappen has hit back hard at Nico Rosberg, following the 2016 world champion's latest criticism.

On his Youtube channel, Rosberg - now an online and television pundit - said Verstappen was "back to his old self" at Spa with his crash with Kimi Raikkonen.

Dutchman Verstappen hit back at Monza: "I am not very interested in what he says on his channels.

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09/06/19
f1

Vettel still number 1 driver - Montezemolo
Vettel at Monza Thursday
Vettel at Monza Thursday
(GMM) Ferrari is on the way to having "two number 1 drivers", according to former president Luca di Montezemolo.

Having been invited to attend Ferrari's pre-Italian GP event in Milan, 72-year-old Montezemolo defended the under-fire Sebastian Vettel.

Many in the Italian press say Charles Leclerc has now taken over from him as the team's top driver.

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09/06/19
f1

Sainz Jr. tones down Renault rhetoric
Carlos Sainz Jr. at Monza
Carlos Sainz Jr. at Monza
(GMM) Carlos Sainz Jr. has toned down his rhetoric about McLaren's engine supplier Renault.

The Spaniard surprised the F1 paddock recently by saying he "expected more" from Renault in 2019.

Then at Spa, both he and Lando Norris had engine problems, which Sainz called "unacceptable". It triggered speculation McLaren is eyeing Williams' customer deal with Mercedes for 2021.

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09/06/19
f1
irl

Aldo Costa to join Dallara from 2020
The greatest designer in F1 history moves to Dallara. Perhaps the 2021 Haas F1 car and 2022 IndyCar will be proper race cars
The greatest designer in F1 history moves to Dallara. Perhaps the 2021 Haas F1 car and 2022 IndyCar will be proper race cars

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and Dallara Automobili S.p.A are pleased to announce that the team's Technical Advisor Aldo Costa will join the world's leading racing car manufacturer as Chief Technical Officer at the beginning of 2020.
 
Last year, Aldo stepped back from his previous role of Engineering Director and has continued to support the team in an advisory capacity during 2019 while also spending more time with his family in Italy.
 
His new role as CTO of Dallara Automobili S.p.A represents the fantastic opportunity to pursue his career closer to home, work across a remarkable breadth of racing and automotive projects and to continue developing the next generation of Italian engineering talent - an approach that Aldo fostered actively during his time with Mercedes.

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09/06/19
f1

Alfa Romeo Racing introduces special livery for the Italian Grand Prix
New livery for Monza
New livery for Monza
The Italian Grand Prix is our home race and the place where the Alfa Romeo brand has written some indelible memories in the history of Formula One.

It is a special place where we want to celebrate the heritage of this most prestigious of Italian marques, the passion of the tifosi, the determination that brings us to the starting line. For these reasons, we are proud to take to the track this weekend with a special livery to commemorate all that takes us to Monza. A tribute to Italian style, Italian design and Italy as a whole – a way to show our passion on our skin. The livery incorporates the colors of the Italian flag, the unmistakable Tricolor which will be ubiquitously represented on the Monza grandstands: a symbol of Italy, an embodiment of the support of a whole country ready to stand behind our name.

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09/06/19
usac

Zeb Zips to BC39 Win as Clauson-Marshall Sweeps Top Three
Zeb Wise
Zeb Wise

Teen phenom Zeb Wise held off hard-charging runs from NASCAR stars and his Clauson-Marshall Racing teammates for a storybook win in the second annual Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 5 at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Wise, 16, prevailed after a thrilling four-lap shootout with two of his Clauson-Marshall Racing teammates, Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom. Courtney finished second and Windom third.

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09/06/19
automotive

Porsche Taycan - On the road from Niagara Falls
Porsche Taycan in NY State
Porsche Taycan in NY State
At the precise moment the new Taycan was revealed yesterday, Porsche’s first fully electric sports car set off from nearby the world debut location at Niagara Falls on a 408-mile road trip to New York City. This marked the first road excursion by a production standard, fully undisguised Taycan Turbo in the United States.

The journey took place in real world conditions and with real world challenges – with sun, rain and traffic - it demonstrates the type of use the Taycan will encounter when deliveries begin in December.

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