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10/02/14
f1

Japanese GP: Rosberg tops Hamilton in opening practice
Nico Rosberg
As expected the two Mercedes drivers were fastest in opening practice for the Japanese GP. Just 0.151s separates the Mercedes drivers at the top of the order. 3rd placed Fernando Alonso was 0.576s back and the only other driver within one second of the dominate Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas was 1.115s back in fourth.

Alonso's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen went fifth fastest while McLaren's Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top six.

The sensation of the session was just turned 17-year old Max Verstappen who was 12th for Toro Rosso until his lemon Renault engine spilled its guts all over the track. He looked pretty happy with his first taste of track action on an F1 weekend.

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10/02/14
f1

Will Stevens joins the Marussia F1 Team as an Official Reserve Driver
Will Stevens' check was big enough to make him an official reserve driver
The Marussia F1 Team is pleased to announce that it has signed young British hopeful Will Stevens to its 2014 roster of Official Reserve Drivers, alongside Alexander Rossi.

23 year old Will, currently competing in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 Championship, joins the Team with effect from this weekend's 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. As part of his role, he will take part in a number of Free Practice 1 sessions during the remainder of the season.

Will began his motorsport career in karts aged 11 and was widely recognized as one of the top karters in the world by 2008. The following year he transitioned to cars in Formula Renault 2.0 and spent three years in that category, notching up race wins in both the UK Series and the Eurocup. He then made the big step up to World Series by Renault in 2012.

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10/02/14
f1

F1 Schedules Mexico City FanZone Experience To Take Place During U.S. Grand Prix
F1 will "officially return to Mexico City after a 23-year absence" on Nov. 1, 2015, but fans "will not have to wait until then for the excitement of the GP," as an F1 FanZone Experience will be held in less than a month, according to Juan Pablo Sánchez of LA AFICION.

As part of the activities to promote next year's race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez, the fan zone event will be held from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 -- from noon-8pm each day -- at the same time as the U.S. F1 Grand Prix in Austin.

Tickets to attend the event will cost 100 pesos ($7.45) per day or 150 pesos ($11) for all three days.

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10/02/14
uscc

Yacaman tops Petit LeMans night practice
Gustavo Yacaman put the No. 42 OAK Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda on top of the charts in the 90-minute night practice Thursday at Road Atlanta, the third of the day for the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.

Yacaman, with the engine from Circuit of the Americas reinstalled in the car earlier in the day, set the fastest lap of the session at 1:14.923. It was a little less than three tenths off the overall best time of the day, set in second practice by Sebastien Bourdais.

Richard Westbrook was second in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP at 1:14.991, with Bourdais clocking in third in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP at 1:15.056.

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10/02/14
uscc

Bourdais tops 2nd Petit LeMans practice
Pos CP No. Drivers Time Speed On Lap Laps Make
1 1 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais 1:14.610 122.557 13 32 Corvette DP
2 2 42 P Yacaman/Brundle/Tung 1:15.134 121.703 14 0.524 15 Ligier JS P2/Honda
3 3 10 P R.Taylor/J.Taylor/Angelelli 1:15.408 121.260 8 0.798 26 Corvette DP
4 4 90 P Westbrook/Valiante/Rockenfeller 1:15.573 120.996 35 0.963 35 Corvette DP
5 5 9 P Br.Frisselle/Bu.Frisselle/Fogarty 1:15.723 120.756 9 1.113 32 Corvette DP
6 6 60 P Negri Jr./Pew 1:15.967 120.368 14 1.357 29 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
7 7 01 P Pruett/Rojas/Dixon 1:15.979 120.349 11 1.369 28 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
8 8 0 P Meyrick/Legge/Chaves 1:16.182 120.028 11 1.572 29 DeltaWing DWC13
9 9 31 P Curran/Said/Papis 1:16.734 119.165 5 2.124 23 Corvette DP
10 1 52 PC Jeannette/Montecalvo 1:17.533 117.937 13 2.923 31 ORECA FLM09

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10/02/14
uscc

Taylor and Angelelli top opening Petit LeMans practice
Pos ClPos Car No Class Drivers Diff Time In Laps Speed Make
1 1 10 P R.Taylor/J.Taylor/Angelelli 1:15.087 121.779 6 32 Corvette DP
2 2 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais 1:15.177 121.633 17 0.090 35 Corvette DP
3 3 90 P Westbrook/Valiante/Rockenfeller 1:15.396 121.280 9 0.309 30 Corvette DP
4 4 0 P Meyrick/Legge/Chaves 1:15.661 120.855 14 0.574 27 DeltaWing DWC13
5 5 9 P Br.Frisselle/Bu.Frisselle/Fogarty 1:15.723 120.756 17 0.636 35 Corvette DP
6 6 01 P Pruett/Rojas/Dixon 1:15.860 120.538 12 0.773 28 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
7 7 60 P Negri Jr./Pew 1:16.705 119.210 19 1.618 26 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
8 1 54 PC Bennett/Braun/Gue 1:16.791 119.076 8 1.704 32 ORECA FLM09
9 8 42 P Yacaman/Brundle/Tung 1:16.887 118.928 6 1.800 8 Ligier JS P2/Honda
10 2 87 PC Plowman/Drumwright/Drissi 1:17.649 117.761 13 2.562 28 ORECA FLM09

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10/02/14
f1

Bernie and FIA discuss Japanese GP typhoon contingency plans
The Japanese GP is under threat from Typhoon Phanfone, which is expected to pass close to the Suzuka area on race day.

The biggest issue is not so much wind as heavy rain, which could be bad enough to stop the cars from taking to the track at all. With the cars and equipment due to be packed on Sunday night for travel to Sochi there is no possibility for a rain delay, and in any case the weather is likely to get worse on Monday.

Bernie Ecclestone is not in Japan, but he is contact with the FIA's Charlie Whiting about potential scenarios. At their regular Thursday meeting team managers were told that an early start on Sunday – it's currently scheduled for 3pm – could create a bigger window in which to get the race run. There are also concerns about the weather worsening on Sunday evening, when the teams are packing their equipment for shipping to Russia.

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10/02/14
nassprint

Danica Patrick's No. 10 To Sport Pink Paint Scheme For October
Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet driven by Danica Patrick "will sport a pink look to promote breast cancer awareness during the month of October" as part of primary sponsor GoDaddy's "Put the Brakes on Breast Cancer" campaign. Names of those impacted by the disease "will be placed on the car" for the Oct. 26 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Fans can take part by giving $10 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation online at GoDaddy.com/Donate by noon PT today. ARIZONA REPUBLIC

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10/02/14
f1

McLaren says Berger reports 'nonsense'
(GMM) McLaren has slammed reports Gerhard Berger could be set to join the British team.

Earlier, Germany's Auto Bild said supremo Ron Dennis is coming under increasing pressure from the struggling Woking based team's major Bahraini shareholders.

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10/02/14
usf2000

Schmidt signs Parker Nicklin
Sam Schmidt has signed Parker Nicklin as a development driver for USF2000 for next year.

Then if he wins a couple of races, he probably moves up to Indy Lights the next year. And if he wins a couple of races in Lights, he probably gets to drive in the Indianapolis 500 not too long after that, because almost everybody who drives for Schmidt in Indy Lights goes on to drive at Indy on Memorial Day weekend in the big one.

That’s the plan anyway. Pedal to the metal, but not while texting with friends. The reason Parker Nicklin has a big Nevada Highway Patrol decal on his car is “Just Let It Ring,” a program to curb texting while driving for which he is a spokesman.

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10/02/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (Update) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

Still no love lost between Hamilton and Rosberg
10/02/14
  • Honda set for McLaren driver talks at Suzuka
  • Mercedes admits 'no peace' between warring drivers
  • Typhoon threatens Japan GP
  • New Deal Boosts F1 Prize Money To Record $800 Million
  • Fernando Alonso Forms Partnership With NOVO To Help Launch Cycling Team
  • Ferrari argues for 'unfreeze' as silly season bubbles New
  • To help keep Marussia afloat, Stevens pays to get track cleaning outing New
  • Vettel looking to be 'smart' over penalties New
  • Hugo Boss switches from McLaren to Mercedes New


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10/02/14
Blancpain Super Trof

Lally, Conway Win Pole at Road Atlanta
The team of veteran sports car champion Andy Lally and two-time Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America champion Kevin Conway won the pole Wednesday, Oct. 1 for Round 11 of the series at Road Atlanta.

Three-time GRAND-AM champion Lally turned a track-record lap of 1 minute, 24.171 seconds in the No. 29 Change Racing Gallardo LP 570-4 representing Lamborghini Carolinas. This is the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America debut for Lally, a good friend of 2013 and 2014 series champion Conway.

Conway clinched his second consecutive Drivers Championship at the last series event, in late August at Virginia International Raceway. Change Racing leads the Team Championship by 12 points over Mitchum Motorsport with two rounds remaining at this season-ending event.

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10/01/14
automotive

Corvette Z06 Sprints to 60 mph in Less than 3 Seconds
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The performance of the all-new, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 establishes it as one of the most capable vehicles on the market – and one of the few to achieve sub-3-second 0-60 performance and a sub-11-second quarter-mile time.

“The Corvette has long been known as America’s sports car,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors’ executive vice president, Global Product Development. “With the capability of the new Z06 rivaling the best performance cars in the world, we will also be America’s Supercar.”

The Corvette Z06 accelerates from a rest to 60 mph in only 2.95 seconds when equipped with the all-new, available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission – and achieves it in 3.2 seconds with the standard seven-speed manual transmission.

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10/01/14
f1

Motorsport Fraternity & Fans Invited To Attend Sir Jack Brabham Memorial
David Brabham (with trophy) will be hosting memorial for his father Jack October 24th on behalf of Kidney Research UK.
Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK – Wednesday 1 October 2014: The Sir Jack Brabham Memorial will be held at the Silverstone Wing at 2pm on Friday 24 October 2014, to celebrate the outstanding life and achievements of the triple Formula 1 World Champion and raise funds for Kidney Research UK.

Hosted by the BRDC and organised by Sir Jack'’s youngest son, David, the Memorial will provide an opportunity for those who were unable to attend the state funeral in Australia to reminisce and pay their respects.

Sir Jack, the legendary driver and engineer who passed away in May, suffered from kidney disease and underwent dialysis for many years. He was renowned for his tremendous contribution to raising awareness of kidney disease, particularly in Australia. In the hope of continuing Jack’s efforts, the Sir Jack Brabham Memorial will raise funds for Kidney Research - the only UK based charity dedicated to funding research to create a world free from kidney disease.

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10/01/14
uscc

Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Set for Petit Le Mans Debut
John Pew piloting the #60 Ford EcoBoost Riley at Laguna Seca.
Atlanta, Ga. (1 October 2014) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will be back in IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship action this weekend as the Columbus-based team heads south to Road Atlanta for the season-finale event.

Michael Shank Racing drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri will partner in the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost/Riley entry in the Prototype class. The duo made a front row start at Long Beach earlier this season and scored a dramatic second place finish at Road America last month. The team has actively developed the first-year Ford EcoBoost/Riley package in its first season of IMSA competition and is looking to put the lessons learned this season to good use in the finale.

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10/01/14
f1

Honda hits back after F1 delay reports
New Honda F1 engine
(GMM)  Honda has apparently hit back at rumors its 2015 F1 program is facing delays.

Italy's Autosprint reported on Tuesday that, despite making an audacious bid to lure Fernando Alonso to McLaren for 2015, the Japanese manufacturer is three months behind in the development of its all-new turbo V6 'power unit'.

Apparently hitting back at that speculation on Wednesday ahead of the Japanese grand prix at Honda-owned Suzuka, the carmaker revealed the first image of its 2015 engine.

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10/01/14
f1

Sauber and de Silvestro split
Simona and her backers decided to no longer feed the ride-buying cancer that has inflicted open wheel racing
(GMM)  Simona de Silvestro's road to formula one appears to have ended.

Until now, the 25-year-old female Swiss driver was a Sauber tester, testing one of the Hinwil based team's older cars with unique 'Clean Air Energy' branding.

The former Indycar driver had also been linked with a F1 debut in Friday morning practice in Austin next month, but Speed Week reports that de Silvestro's management and Sauber have now split.

"Simona's driving program will not continue for financial reasons," a spokesman for the Swiss team confirmed.

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10/01/14
dtm

DTM and Super-GT agree upon new Class One regulations with turbo engines
DTM and the Japanese Super GT are making big steps forward, in their co-operation. Since the beginning of the 2014 season, the technical regulations – mainly in the chassis and the aero areas – have been identical, in the two series and from 2017, there also will be joint engine regulations: two liters, four cylinders, turbo charged. These are the key data of the new ‘Class One' – how it will be internationally called. That was agreed upon by DTM rights holder and promoter ITR e.V., the Japanese Super-GT organizers GTA and all the manufacturers involved during a joint meeting, on 30th September in Tokyo. In addition, the American motor-racing association, IMSA, also plans to announce races according to the new Class-One regulations.

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10/01/14
f1

Suzuka: On Board with Lewis Hamilton in the F1 Simulator!
Lewis Hamilton guides us through a lap of the legendary Suzuka Circuit - home to the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix - in the Formula One simulator.



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10/01/14
f1

Video: Nico Rosberg previews the Japanese Grand Prix
In the next episode of his 2014 Grand Prix preview series, Nico Rosberg shares his thoughts on the unique challenges of the legendary Suzuka circuit.



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10/01/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Could be last F1 race for Kobayashi.  He would need to bring a big check to keep team afloat
    Kobayashi retains Caterham seat for home race
  • Mercedes 'can throw championship away' - Marko
  • Father plays down 'superstar' Verstappen's Suzuka debut
  • 'Faster' cars would make F1 'harder' - Coulthard
  • Wolff '99pc sure' of 2015 Mercedes lineup
  • Ferrari 'determined' to overhaul Williams
  • Single DRS zone retained at Suzuka
  • Button says McLaren on 'upward curve'


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09/30/14
nnw

NASCAR Suspends Nationwide Crewman, Team
William Coralline, a crew member in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR on Tuesday for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

On Sept. 24, Coralline was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2014 NASCAR Rule Book.

Additionally, the No. 74 team that competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series has been penalized for a rules infraction committed during a Sept. 26 practice at Dover (Del.) Int’l Speedway.

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09/30/14
motogp

Eurosport, MotoGP reach TV Deal For Netherlands, Belgium
MotoGP leader Marc Marquez
MotoGP rights holder Dorna Sports and Eurosport have come to an exclusive TV and digital rights agreement for MotoGP in the Netherlands and pay-TV in Belgium for four seasons from '15-18. The agreement includes live rights in HD for all rounds in all three classes -- MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 -- including Friday's free practice, Saturday's qualifiers and Sunday's races.

For the Netherlands, Eurosport's commentators and experts will be onsite, and joined trackside, by an editorial team which will produce a customized feed for the Dutch audience. As part of the agreement Eurosport will also undertake additional promotional activities around the World Championship to increase visibility and help further increase the profile of the MotoGP brand in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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09/30/14
fe

Formula E Plans 'Massive Expansion' In London And Beyond
Formula E, the upstart new race series that runs on electricity, "is planning massive expansion after only a single race," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. The success of the inaugural event in Beijing earlier this month "sparked huge interest with more than 40 cities interested in hosting an event." Planners are also close to giving consent for the last round of the championship in London’s Battersea Park next year, "in what promises to be a spectacular finale against the background of the capital's skyline."

From being no more than a concept three years ago, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said that "plans are gathering pace for a multi-constructor world championship." Formula E "had to start with a single car for each team because no electric single-seater racing cars existed."

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09/30/14
motogp

Suzuki Gives Green Light To 2015 Return To MotoGP
Suzuki has given an "official green light to its 2015 MotoGP return and confirmed Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales as its riders," according to AUTOSPORT. Suzuki will "also go ahead with a wildcard appearance" in the '14 season finale at Valencia in October, with test rider Randy de Puniet "set to give the new GSX-RR its racing debut at the Spanish event."

The Suzuki deal is Espargaro's "first factory MotoGP ride." The 25-year-old Spaniard has started 71 top-class grands prix since "first appearing as a stand-in rider for Pramac Ducati" in '09, and he "has dominated the CRT and Open classes with first Aspar, then Forward Racing in recent seasons."

Vinales steps into MotoGP "after just one season in Moto2." AUTOSPORT

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09/30/14
nassprint

NASCAR Dover TV Ratings
ESPN's live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 28, earned a 2.3 U.S. household rating, averaging 3,786,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media.

The rating and viewership were down from last year's race, which earned a 2.4 rating and averaged 3,969,000 viewers.

Greenville, S.C., was the highest-rated of the nation's 56 metered markets with a 7.1 rating for the race telecast, followed by Greensboro, N.C., at 7.0 and Birmingham, Ala., at 6.1. Indianapolis was fourth at 5.4 with Knoxville, Tenn., fifth at 5.2.

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09/30/14
automotive

1934 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Heads to Auction
1934 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix
Tulsa, OK – Leake Auction Company will sell a 1934 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix this November in Dallas. It was consigned from the John Ridings Lee collection and will be a part of Leake's Platinum Series of cars, set to cross the auction block in Dallas Market Hall on Saturday, November 22.

People have had a fascination with the Bugatti brand since 1901. Only 40 Type 51's were manufactured between 1931 and 1934, making this Bugatti extremely rare. Carrying chassis number 51153, the Bugatti was purchased by Mr. Lee in March of 2012 from Peter Mullin of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Canada. It has been raced at the vintage car races at Laguna Seca. The Bugatti has a manual transmission with twin overhead cam supercharged V-8 Grand Prix engine. The exterior color is in Bugatti Blue with black leather interior. 

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09/30/14
f1

Renault expects engine penalties
Renault says it is braced for a spate of engine penalties in the closing stages of the 2014 season.

Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat became the first driver to fall foul of Formula 1's strict new power unit regulations when he used a sixth Renault engine at the previous Singapore round, resulting in a 10-place grid penalty.

With more than half of the field on the brink, having used five of at least one of the six separate elements, the French manufacturer's Head of Track Operations, Remi Taffin, has accepted that there will be more drops.

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09/30/14
track news

New Catch Fence Coming To Dover
Dover Int'l Speedway officials have confirmed that the track will install a new catch fence that will be in place for the May 29-31, 2015 NASCAR race weekend.

The process of removing the current fence began on Monday, one day after the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and is scheduled for completion by Jan. 1, 2015.

The new fence will be installed by Smith Fence, a Florida-based contractor that has performed similar installations at other facilities on the NASCAR circuit. The project will incorporate the most up-to-date technologies and stand at 21-feet tall, up from its current 15-feet.

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09/30/14
uscc
irl

Ganassi to run Dixon in Petit Le Mans
Scott Dixon will be the third driver of #01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost at Petit Le Mans.
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 30, 2014) – Seven-time TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (TUSC) Champions and five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today that three-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon will join Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the driver lineup of the No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Prototype (P) for the TUSC season finale – the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 4.

Dixon has competed twice with CGRFS this season in a second Prototype fielded in the TUSC Rolex 24 At Daytona and also at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

About Scott Dixon:  Scott Dixon just completed his 13th season with Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series with a third-place finish in the series championship point standings.  He is a three-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion (2003, 2008, 2013) and won the Indianapolis 500 in 2008.  Dixon was also part of the overall winning team at the 2006 Rolex 24 at Daytona, and his 35 Indy car wins are tied for fifth on the all-time list.

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09/30/14
f1

2015 nose rules benefit Mercedes, Ferrari
(GMM)  Two teams already have a "big head start" when it comes to the 2015 regulations, according to Force India technical boss Andy Green.

With the shape of this year's nose designs ranging from the odd to the unseemly, the FIA has moved to end the situation by tweaking the rules for 2015.

It means teams like Lotus, Force India, Toro Rosso, McLaren and Caterham - with the sorts of designs most targeted by the FIA rule change - are having to fundamentally re-design the front of their cars for next season.

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09/30/14
automotive

Toyota to recall 690,000 Tacomas in U.S. to fix suspension
Toyota Motor Corp. said it would recall about 690,00 Tacoma 4X4 and Tacoma pre-runner pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix issues with the vehicles' rear suspension system.

"The involved vehicles' rear suspension system contains leaf springs that are constructed of either three or four leaves. There is a possibility that a leaf could fracture due to stress and corrosion," Toyota said in a statement today.

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09/30/14
automotive

Chrysler boosts Ram diesel supplies
Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost production of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines.

The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will account for 20 percent of the Ram 1500 pickup's annual production volume, up from 10 percent today, Chrysler said in a statement today, without giving details.

The additional output may help Chrysler win customers from bigger rivals Ford Motor Co. and General Motors. Chrysler says nearly 60 percent of all Ram 1500 EcoDiesel deliveries have been conquest sales from competitors' pickup brands, a notable achievement given the segment's high owner-loyalty rates.

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09/30/14
automotive

Ford cuts the profit forecast for 2014-2015
The second largest US automaker announced during an investor meeting yesterday that its predictions for the pretax profit in 2014 has been trimmed to $6 billion, lower than the previously forecasted $7 billion to $8 billion.

The main reasons for the recalculation were the higher than expected costs incurred from recalls in the North American region, coupled with higher than previewed losses in Russia and South America.

Analyst estimates for the company's 2015 pretax profit ($10.6 billion) have also been higher than what executives have in view, as Bob Shanks, Ford's chief financial officer, added that the carmaker expects the figure to be in the ballpark of $8.5 billion to $9.5 billion.

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09/30/14
fe

Alejandro Agag outlines plans for second Formula E season
LONDON, UK (September 30 2014): Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has outlined his plans for the second season of the fully-electric FIA Formula E Championship in which he hopes to attract ‘three or four’ manufacturers – reinforcing the series as the centre of electric vehicle development and also help it gain world championship status.

In an interview released on the official Formula E website and social media channels (www.fiaformulae.com), the series boss talks about his plans to move away from the current one-make format and open up the regulations to allow full manufacturer involvement. Teams would then be able to develop their own powertrains for year two in 2015/16 and their own batteries from season three.

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09/30/14
nassprint

NASCAR restaurant closing at Universal CityWalk
NASCAR Sports Grille
With racing on a decline in the USA because of its aging fan base, NASCAR Sports Grille, a mainstay at Universal CityWalk since the entertainment complex opened in 1999, will close Nov. 1.

The racing-themed restaurant, which serves American-style food such as burgers, ribs, sandwiches and pasta, will continue lunch and dinner service through that date.

Universal Orlando employees recently were told of the closing. No replacement has been identified.

The restaurant "has been a big part of helping CityWalk grow and establish itself as an entertainment destination," Universal Orlando spokesman Tom Schroder said Sunday. "This change is part of our ongoing commitment to bring new entertainment experiences to CityWalk."

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09/30/14
f1

F1 'too easy' as teen Verstappen makes debut
Max Verstappen
(GMM)  F1's governing body has cleared the way for Max Verstappen to make history this week at Suzuka.

Under existing rules, a hopeful rookie can qualify for the mandatory 'super license' credential by testing for more than 300 kilometers under FIA supervision.

Verstappen, who turns 17 on Tuesday, did that recently at Adria in Italy, as Red Bull pushes F1's youngest ever driver into action at an unprecedented speed.

"He did 396 kilometers without any problem," said Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost in Singapore.  "People were really impressed with his performance and now it's in the hands of the FIA."

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09/29/14
r2i

Andersen Promotions and RACER Magazine Form Partnership
Andersen Promotions today announced that it has entered into a partnership with RACER magazine and Racer Media & Marketing which will see the leading motorsports authority become an Official Partner of the Mazda Road to Indy effective immediately. The new alliance will include creative services, content marketing and an expanded advertising campaign to further showcase competitors in the three INDYCAR-sanctioned ladder series - Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Andersen Promotions has been an advertising partner of RACER magazine since 2011, utilizing a campaign of "Meet the Latest" ads to showcase drivers and their accomplishments in the respective series. The new association will further expand this coverage with content-driven features including a "talent watch" section in the magazine and online highlighting drivers who demonstrate clear growth potential through the ladder system; a Mazda Road to Indy subsection on RACER.com; the introduction of driver profiles; and the opportunity for drivers to appear as guest contributors and columnists on RACER.com.

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09/29/14
Team USA

Stephens, Telitz Chosen to Represent Team USA Scholarship in England
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. - After intense deliberations, Aaron Telitz of Birchwood, Wis., and Michai Stephens of Evanston, Ill., today have been named as winners of prestigious Team USA Scholarships for 2014. The pair will travel to England next month to carry the patriotic red, white and blue colors in the traditional Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch on October 25/26 and Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone on November 1/2.

They were chosen from a group of six candidates who took part in a shootout aboard Allen Berg Racing Schools FR1600 cars at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on September 8. The other finalists were Ben Auriemma, from Manhasset, N.Y., Tristan DeGrand, from St. Louis, Mo., Garth Rickards, from Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Kenton Koch, from Glendora, Calif.

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09/29/14
nassprint

Jeff Gordon rises to the occasion at Dover
Jeff Gordon
At the very beginning of the 2014 NASCAR racing season, many of us were wondering if four time Sprint Cup Series Jeff Gordon was contemplating retirement in the near future. The golden boy of NASCAR's 1990's era became the sport's elder statesman.

Now, as we approach the final months of the racing season, it's apparent that the "R" word is far from Gordon's mind. He seems to be having way too much fun chasing that fifth NASCAR championship. In fact, at age 43, he actually appears to be getting younger.

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09/29/14
automotive

Video: Porsche 918 fire burns to a crisp in Canada


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09/29/14
tv news

Motorsports This Week on ESPN
Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup Moves to Kansas
Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS., will host Race No. 4 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s 10-race version of the playoffs, on Sunday, Oct. 5, and ESPN will have a live telecast of the 400-mile race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 2:16 p.m. All Chase races feature NASCAR NonStop, a split-screen commercial format, during the second half of the race telecast. The race will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on Oct. 6 at 5 a.m. Extended post-race will air on ESPN SportsCenter with analyst Ricky Craven in the studio and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards providing additional analysis from the track. ESPN2 also will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Kansas on Friday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m.

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09/29/14
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Penske adds Pagenaud to IndyCar lineup
A happy Pagenaud becomes Penske's 4th IndyCar driver
Team Penske announced today that race-winning driver and perennial championship contender Simon Pagenaud will join its ranks beginning with the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The 30-year-old Pagenaud is a four-time race winner in the Verizon IndyCar Series and one of the most sought-after talents in open-wheel racing. Under the terms of a multi-year agreement with Team Penske, Pagenaud will drive the Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet beginning next season. With today’s announcement, the most successful program in the history of North American open-wheel racing will field a formidable four-car lineup moving forward.

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09/29/14
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The Four drivers eliminated from Chase...what happened
Four drivers fell by the wayside in NASCAR's first ever Chase elimination race at Dover International Speedway. #47-AJ Allmendinger, #41-Kurt Busch, #16-Greg Biffle and #43-Aric Almirola failed to advance to the three-race Contender Round, which will eliminate three more of the 12 remaining drivers after races at Kansas, Charlotte and Talladega. Here's a look at what doomed the four who failed to survive:

AJ Allmendinger: Allmendinger came to Dover 10th in the standings thanks to his 13th-place finish last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But starting 28th didn't help the chances of the #47 Chevrolet, which finished 23rd. Midway through Sunday's race, Allmendinger was one point behind Kurt Busch, two points ahead of Biffle and seven points ahead of eventual qualifier #5-Kasey Kahne for the final transfer spot. After falling a lap down 45 laps into the race, Allmendinger caught a break when #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. kissed the wall on Lap 75, enabling him to get a free pass back to the lead lap. But Allmendinger remained on the outside-looking-in, two points behind the battle between Kahne and Busch for much of the final 60 laps. He eventually overtook Busch, but sitting 13th in the standings was of little consolation this week. "It was an awful day. I'm not going to take a moral victory out of it to miss by two points," Allmendinger said. "It's disappointing. But we didn't deserve to be in (the Chase) with the run that we had. We know (the JTG Daugherty team) is making steps in the right direction. We kept throwing the kitchen sink at it every stop. My crew chief, Brian Burns, did everything he could to keep trying to make it better. We just missed it all weekend."

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09/29/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Sainz may have to buy his way into F1 like Ericsson did by keeping Caterham afloat
    Three teams in battle for 2015 survival
  • Sainz eyes F1 future despite Verstappen setback
  • Verstappen passes medical and waits for license
  • Ferrari loses legal battle with engineer
  • Rosberg contamination 'not a conspiracy' - Mercedes
  • Force India turns to Toyota for wind tunnel
  • Vijay Mallya drops out of India's 100 richest club


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09/28/14
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Video: A tribute to Jim Clark
1968 started as his lucky year: in South Africa the Scot Jim Clark took his 25th Victory at a Grand Prix race and was therefore known as the most successful driver in the young history of the Formula 1. Just weeks later, Clark was killed in a F2 race in Germany on the Hockenheim Ring. The cause for this fatal accident was a puncture - but there were no eyewitnesses.

His death shook the entire racing sport to its core. Clark, son of a sheep farmer, was seen as "virtuoso at the steering wheel" and is still regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.

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09/28/14
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David Coulthard drives Jim Clark's Lotus 25


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09/28/14
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Marcus Ericsson backers pay $18M per year so he can run dead last
If you can raise $18M per year you too can buy a back of the grid F1 ride. This is the open wheel racing cancer at its worst.
Caterham F1 team's new principal Manfredi Ravetto has taken to the media in the last 24 hours to project some positive forward looking messaging about the team, whilst underlining that the rescue of the team is itself a minor miracle.

Team founder Tony Fernandes decided to pull the plug on his disastrous five year F1 adventure in June and after looking around in vain for a buyer he ended up leaving the team to Colin Kolles and his Swiss and Middle Eastern backers.

"This is a small team which was structured as a mega, state-of-the-art, supersonic, top team – and it cannot work like this," Ravetto told F1.com. "You have to be realistic. I don't know what the target of the previous owners was, but this is not sustainable – and it has proven not to be sustainable."

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09/28/14
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Project Brabham Hits Halfway On First Target in 3.5 days
Project Brabham
Project Brabham – the bid to return the iconic Brabham Racing team name to the track by Sir Jack's Brabham's youngest son, David, is already halfway to hitting its first crowdfunding target of 250,000 British Pounds just 3.5 days following its launch.

David, an ex-F1 driver, Le Mans winner and multiple sportscar champion in his own right, is inviting the motorsport community to become a part of the new Brabham Racing team and shape its future through crowdfunding.

Fans across the globe have embraced the open source racing model David is developing which promises openness and transparency, giving fans unprecedented behind-the-scenes access while inspiring drivers and engineers across the globe through the Brabham-Digital immersive online portal.

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09/28/14
WRX

Team Peugeot-Hansen score first World RX victory
Team Peugeot-Hansen claimed their maiden FIA World Rallycross Championship victory in the tenth round of the series at Franciacorta, Italy.

Swedish driver Timmy Hansen was top of the field at the end of the event's four qualification heats. He won semi-final one and the final in emphatic fashion to score maximum points and the first ever rallycross win for the Peugeot 208WRX. The result makes it four podium finishes in succession for the team.

Double FIA European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov qualified sixth overall at the Intermediate Classification and won semi-final two to join Hansen on the front row for the final. He was second on lap one behind Hansen, but was slowed by a punctured tire from early in the race. He finished fourth.

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09/28/14
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Formula One sues various USA firms to protect their trademark
Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Licensing BV filed suit in New Jersey seeking triple damages against 13 defendants.

File Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Plaintiff: Formula One Licensing BV, and Formula One World Championship Limited
Plaintiff Counsel: Frederick L. Whitmer of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Defendant: F1 New Jersey, LLC
MBA Group, LLC
F1 Air, LLC
F1 Air Group, LLC
F1 Air Group Two, LLC
F1 Air Logistics, LLC
Grasmere, LLC
Kart Management Group, LLP
Karting America LLC
F1 Long Island, LLC
R.J. Valentine
F1 Outdoors
F1 Hospitality
Cause: 15:1114 Trademark Infringement
Court: New Jersey District Court
Judge: Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle, Referred To: Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio


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09/28/14
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Jones and Wallace give Busch 1-2 in Vegas
If a driver is destined to win a major event in one of NASCAR's three national series, then Las Vegas, a city made for celebrating literally anything, is the  place to be. Eric Jones certainly must have experienced that celebratory feeling after winning the September 27th Rhino Linings 350 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

However, Jones is only 18 years old. That's too young to buy his winning pit crew a drink in a Las Vegas casino. It's also too young to bring his good luck at the race track to a casino slot machine. That is, of course, assuming he even has any previous experience with the art of gambling.

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09/28/14
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Kevin Ward Jr. family claims wrong man was on trial in Stewart case
Kevin Ward Jr.'s family continues to question the decision by an Ontario County (N.Y.) grand jury to clear Tony Stewart of all charges in the sprint-car accident that killed the 20-year-old Ward.

And the Ward family also is questioning the allegations that Ward was under the influence of marijuana during the accident, saying it does not believe Ward used marijuana in the hours before the race during which he died.
 
Ward was killed on Aug. 9 when he walked out onto the track under caution at Canadaigua Motorsports Park and was struck by Stewart's car. The grand jury reviewed the incident and cleared Stewart of all criminal charges in the case. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said in announcing the decision that a toxicology report showed that Ward had marijuana in his system at the time of the accident.

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09/28/14
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IndyCar champ Will Power beats jet down runway
TOOWOOMBA'S racing champion Will Power had the need for speed at the Wellcamp Airport Community Open Day beating a Cessna Mustang Jet.

The unlikely drag race caught the attention of the massive crowds with the roar of the jet and V8 engines providing plenty of entertainment for rev heads.

The reigning Indy Car champion bounced back from a loss in the first of two races to split the honors with the Cessna Mustang Jet.

Mr. Power said it was one of the most unusual races he had ever participated in but it was also one of the most entertaining.

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09/28/14
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Rossi suffers concussion in fall at Aragon
Valentino Rossi was taken to hospital in Alcaniz for a CT scan after being knocked unconsciousness in a crash at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon.

Rossi had started well from his sixth place grid position and had been making progress when he ran wide in the downhill section, running off track and onto the slippery grass where he crashed heavily.

He lost consciousness briefly after the crash but regained it quickly and was taken immediately to the Medical Centre for a checkup. No injuries were diagnosed, but the rider was transferred to hospital for a precautionary check up.

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09/28/14
dtm

Mattias Ekstrom flies to victory in the Zandvoort dunes
Ekstrom celebrates
Swede Mattias Ekstrom was victorious in the ninth season round of the DTM at Zandvoort in The Netherlands and thus secured the first victory for Audi this season. In a thrilling closing stage of the race, the 36-year-old worked his way up through the field in an impressive way and claimed the lead. The two times' champion finished ahead of the newly-crowned champion Marco Wittmann and Martin Tomczyk (both BMW), who were second and third respectively. "In the DTM, racing is always extremely hard and today was no exception. After all the bad luck of the past months, now, things were running perfectly for us at last. I enjoyed every lap of this race," said a delighted Ekstrom after scoring his fourth DTM career win at Zandvoort.

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09/28/14
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Ferrari fans salute Montezemolo
Fans display a Ferrari heart flag to say goodbye to Luce Montezemolo
Hundreds of Ferrari fans paid homage to Luca di Montezemolo on Saturday at Maranello, transforming a planned outing into a tribute to the outgoing president, who confirmed he was stepping down earlier this month after nearly 23 years.

The Caprino Bergamasco branch of the Scuderia Ferrari Club, the one with the most members of any Ferrari club in the world, made a point of bringing along the giant heart flag, that features the Scuderia Ferrari logo. It is now a regular feature of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and it was unfurled at the factory entrance in Via Abetone, as the fans shouted out: "Thank you, you will always be in our hearts."

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09/28/14
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Lorenzo get first win of 2014
Jorge Lorenzo in the wet
Jorge Lorenzo took victory in a chaotic dry-wet race at Aragon, ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow on the podium. The race saw drama as Italians Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone both suffered big crashes in the dry before Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa went down after the rain began to fall.

Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took victory by over 10 seconds as he judged the conditions better than his rivals, changing bikes with four laps to go, with Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) just beating Crutchlow (Ducati Team) to the line to complete the podium. The riders were forced to change to wet set-ups in the final stages after the rain began to fall heavily – having started the race on a drying track.

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09/28/14
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Mortara and Ekstrom penalized by the stewards
The two Audi drivers Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekstrom were penalized at Zandvoort. After qualifying, irregularities were found on Mortara’s Audi RS 5 DTM. The front diffuser on the car of the Italian was mounted too low, which is forbidden by article 3.7 of the technical regulations. Following his penalty, the Audi driver loses his third place on the grid and has to start the race at Zandvoort from last position.

Mattias Ekstrom, who set the fourth-fastest time, will be dropped five places on the starting grid. According to the stewards, the 36-year old had obstructed Gary Paffett on his flying lap in qualifying. Instead of fourth place, Ekstrom now would have had to start the race from ninth place on the grid. Following Mortara’s exclusion, Ekstrom and all other drivers move up one place, so that he will be starting eighth.

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09/28/14
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Are today's F1 drivers pansies?
The 1987 Lotus at the hands of Ayrton Senna.  Are today's F1 cars too easy to drive making way for pansies?
Alain Prost has backed a study by F1's powers-that-be into how to make the cars more difficult to drive.

The current generations of cars may be technical beasts but according to the drivers are actually easy to drive.

And with F1 becoming easier over the years, that has opened the doors for teams to sign drivers such as Max Verstappen.

The Dutchman will be just 17 when he lines up on the Australian GP grid with Toro Rosso next season.

However, Verstappen's sign has raised eyebrows and has prompted a study into ways to make the cars more challenging.

According to Autosport, the FIA is looking into the matter and could introduce new regulations in 2016.

One person who backs that decision is triple World Champion Prost.

"I don't know what's going to happen with Max Verstappen, but it's true that he's going to be able to drive the car no problem," he told Autosport.

"This was absolutely not possible in our time - the cars were so difficult to drive.

"Every year we were testing in Portugal, we were stopping sometimes for a month testing.

"But the first time we went to Portugal it was not possible to make a complete day of testing at all, no way!

"It was physically really difficult, which is not the case today.

"That doesn't mean you absolutely want to go back to the way it was, but I think the speed of the cars during the races and the grip is not very good. It's quite slow, so you need to have a proper Formula 1."

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09/28/14
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Magnussen admits F1 future is 'make-or-break'
Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen admits his rookie season with McLaren was always likely to be "make-or-break" for his F1 career.

McLaren has yet to confirm its driver line-up for 2015, with Magnussen and team-mate Jenson Button being made to wait while Ron Dennis and Eric Boullier assess which drivers are available. While Button has over 250 grands prix behind him, Magnussen is in his first season and being dropped could prove costly to his hopes of staying in F1, but he told Crash.net during an exclusive interview that it is a situation he has prepared himself for.

"The way I see it is I've always known that if I don't deliver this year then that's it," Magnussen said. "I've got one chance and I think I'm doing OK. It does put pressure on you because when the press starts talking about it because then it makes many people talk about it and you can feel a bit of negative energy coming from that. But you have to deal with it and it's not a massive problem because I knew when I pushed to get this seat that if I go for this seat it's my one opportunity and it's going to be make-or-break. I knew what I was going in to and I think I'm doing OK."

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