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Bernie: F1 buried in its own red tape
Ecclestone realizes now what a mess F1 is in. With the rules preventing other manufacturers from a fair chance to catch Mercedes, it's just a matter of time before they leave.
Bernie Ecclestone has urged Formula One's teams to start making sacrifices in a bid to save the sport from completely imploding.

Ecclestone's words of warning come at the end of a miserable period for F1, notably with Caterham and Marussia entering administration.

With costs spiraling out of control, and with the FIA powerless to act, three other cash-strapped teams in Lotus, Force India and Sauber have threatened to boycott the United States Grand Prix as a protest at what they perceive as a lack of action to stop the folly.

Ecclestone, however, has dismissed that prospect out of hand.

"Forget all that crap," the F1 chief said. "I promise they will be racing.

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Lotus Team Principal Gerard Lopez says F1 a complete waste of money
Lotus Team Principal Gerard Lopez has criticized the spiraling costs in Formula 1, claiming that its spending compared to leading junior series GP2 is "ridiculous".

Formula 1 figures have been attempting to reach a compromise on the financial situation in the sport for months, with the crisis escalating after the collapse of Marussia and Caterham last month.

Lopez cited the cost of running a GP2 team, claiming that Formula 1 spending $375 million per year more than its feeder series makes figures from the sport's top echelon "the worst managers in the world".

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Busch 2/3rds of way to sweep in Texas
Kyle Busch celebrates
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Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage may need a broom as well as a pair of six-guns in Victory Lane on Sunday, after Kyle Busch completed the second leg of a possible sweep by winning Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

In winning his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season, his seventh in 18 starts at Texas, the 70th of his career and the 100th NNS event for Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch led 116 of 200 laps in completing the second leg of a possible weekend sweep at the 1.5-mile speedway.

On Friday night, Busch took the checkered flag in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and on Sunday he'll try to record the second weekend trifecta of his career in the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (3 p.m. ET on ESPN), the second event in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

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Team USA

Telitz, Stephens Again Perform Well at Silverstone
Michai Stephens
Jack Mitchell/JAM Motorsport Photography
Silverstone, England – The first day of action at the 14th annual Walter Hayes Trophy Formula Ford weekend brought a steep learning curve for Team USA Scholarship drivers Aaron Telitz and Michai Stephens. Both displayed impressive form, with Telitz qualifying on pole for his Heat race before falling victim to a rival's overzealous move on the first lap, while Stephens drove a strong race to finish fourth.

Perfect weather conditions greeted the 117-strong contingent of Formula Ford cars and drivers this morning, but the track remained treacherously damp for the opening qualifying sessions. Telitz, 22, from Birchfield, Wis., was the first Team USA driver in action, in Heat Three, alongside expected front-runners Ciaran Haggerty, who is mentored by fellow Scotsmen Dario Franchitti and Ryan Dalziel, plus three-time WHT winner Joey Foster and 2014 BRSCC Formula Ford champion Stuart Gough. Telitz ping-ponged between third and fourth place for the majority of the all-too-brief 10-minute session before vaulting to the top of the charts on his final lap. Pole was his.

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Rosberg takes USGP pole as Mercedes power goes 1-2-3-4
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Hamilton leads Practice 3
Lewis Hamilton looks primed for a lovely Sunday drive tomorrow in Austin
After posting the fastest time in both of yesterday's practice sessions, World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton topped the times sheets again in free practice 3. This time the Mercedes AMG Petronas driver bested teammate Nico Rosberg by a convincing 0.8 seconds in the final practice session before today's qualifying.

Williams' Felipe Massa was third 1.1 seconds behind Hamilton. Full results below.

Pos  No  Driver  Team  Time/Retired
1  44  Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes  1:37.107
2  6  Nico Rosberg  Mercedes  1:37.990
3  19  Felipe Massa  Williams-Mercedes  1:38.214
4  77  Valtteri Bottas  Williams-Mercedes  1:38.437
5  14  Fernando Alonso  Ferrari  1:38.727
6  3  Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing-Renault  1:38.927
7  27  Nico Hulkenberg  Force India-Mercedes  1:38.960
8  99  Adrian Sutil  Sauber-Ferrari  1:39.000
9  7  Kimi Räikkönen  Ferrari  1:39.143
10  22  Jenson Button  McLaren-Mercedes  1:39.241
11  20  Kevin Magnussen  McLaren-Mercedes  1:39.335
12  13  Pastor Maldonado  Lotus-Renault  1:39.448
13  8  Romain Grosjean  Lotus-Renault  1:39.561
14  11  Sergio Perez  Force India-Mercedes  1:39.582
15  26  Daniil Kvyat  STR-Renault  1:39.688
16  21  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari  1:40.208
17  25  Jean-Eric Vergne  STR-Renault  1:41.443
18  1  Sebastian Vettel  Red Bull Racing-Renault  1:43.765


Toyota NCWTS Texas Post-Race Notes & Quotes
  • Kyle Busch
    Tundra driver Kyle Busch captured the checkered flag in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Busch started on the outside of row one and led the field five times for 80 laps (of 150).
  • Tundra drivers Jeb Burton (second), Timothy Peters (third) and Matt Crafton (fifth) followed Busch to the finish line.
  • With tonight's results, Toyota earned this year's NCWTS manufacturer's championship -- the seventh manufacturer's title for Toyota since joining the series in 2004.
  • Tonight's victory was the 16th of the season for Tundra drivers in NCWTS competition -- surpassing the previous mark of 15 Tundra NCWTS wins in 2010.
  • It marks the 127th win for Tundra drivers since Toyota joined the series in 2004.
  • Busch now has seven wins this season. 
  • Crafton continues to lead the unofficial NCWTS standings by 23 points over second-place Ryan Blaney with Tundra drivers Wallace (third), Sauter (fourth), and Peters (fifth), with two races remaining this season.

KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Toyota Care Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Finishing Position:  1st

How does it feel to be in victory lane again in Texas?

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Toyota clinches 7th NCTWS Manufacturer's Championship
Surprise, surprise. Kyle Busch won the Trucks race last night at Texas Motor Speedway.
FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 31, 2014) -- Tundra driver Kyle Busch’s victory in Friday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway enabled Toyota to clinch its seventh NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) manufacturer’s championship in 11 years participating in the series.

Toyota remains the series’ top manufacturer after previously winning last year’s title (2013) and prior to that a record five straight NCWTS manufacturer’s championships from 2006 to 2010.  Overall, this is the 10th time Toyota has earned a NASCAR manufacturer’s trophy since the start of the 2004 season.  Toyota also earned three consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) manufacturer’s crowns from 2008 to 2010.

In addition, Tundra racers have collected four driver’s championships.  Todd Bodine claimed a pair of titles in 2006 and 2010, and Johnny Benson collected the 2008 championship trophy.  Last year, Matt Crafton earned his first career NCWTS championship.  This season, Crafton is seeking to become the first-ever back-to-back NCWTS champion, although he’s facing stiff competition from fellow Tundra racers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Johnny Sauter for the driver’s title. 

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Who came up with Milwaukee's race start time?
Question: Seriously, five ovals and starting the Wisconsin race on a Sunday at 5 p.m. Indianapolis time? I would like to go to Wisconsin, but I wouldn't get back until midnight or later. Some people have jobs on Mondays. Tell the yahoo running IndyCar that we need Michigan and at least Kentucky or Chicago back. I would prefer all three. (Brian, West Lafayette, Ind.)

Answer Curt Cavin Indy Star: Yeah, I'm not a big fan of a 5 p.m. Eastern start, but I'm told there will a full day of on-track activities, and I'm sure the TV window had a lot to do with the green-flag time, which by the way, probably won't be until 5:30 or so. Anyway, I guess we're stuck with it. As for Michigan, it's not happening without a lower sanctioning fee or a title sponsor to defray much of the costs. Same with Kentucky and Chicago. It's simply a matter of economics with the ovals. By the way, there are six ovals: Indianapolis, Texas, California, Iowa, Milwaukee and Pocono.

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Porsche wins pole in Shanghai
What if they held a race but no one showed up?  Shanghai was a ghost town on Friday. Race fans could care less about the WEC's horrible sounding hybrid engines.  Like F1 they have stepped on their dicks.
Porsche took pole in qualifying for round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the 5.451-kilometer track in Shanghai.

Neel Jani and Romain Dumas combined for a four-lap average of 1:48.300, the identical aggregate time that Toyota’s Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi recorded in the 25-minute session.

The pole went to the No. 14 Porsche 919 Hybrid as a result of Jani and Dumas recording their quick laps prior to the pairing in the No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid. 

Jani and Dumas will share the wheel of the Porsche with Marc Lieb on Sunday.

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F1 teams threaten to boycott USGP, Lotus says no
The new Hybrid F1 engines are very expensive and have driven costs up through the roof, bankrupting teams.  The mental midgets of Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault, along with the FIA, are all to blame. Fans hate 'green' race engines that sound horrible, and the new F1 engines certainly sound horrible. The thrill is gone, and so too will be the fans in coming years.
Formula One faces a potential walkout from Lotus, Force India and Sauber which would leave Sunday's US Grand Prix in ruins. With the sport already reeling from the collapse of Caterham and Marussia in the past week, the latest twist in events has created a full-blown crisis as the smaller teams demand clarification concerning the future of the sport.

Bob Fernley, the deputy team principal of Force India, said yesterday: "All options are open and have to be left on the table." Ultimately that would mean not taking part in Sunday's race.

"It's a very serious situation and teams want to know where they stand. F1 is at a crossroads. Teams have been driven out of the sport. How many more teams need to be driven out?

"The disenfranchised teams [not including the top six who are part of the recently formed Strategy Group] need to know where they stand. The sport is in a crisis and it's got to be looked at. It's a very serious situation."

Another executive told The Times: "It is 50-50 whether it happens but what else is there? The small teams have complained for months and warned what was going to happen but no one listened."

Any boycott would bring back memories of the 2005 US Grand Prix at Indianapolis. Only six cars raced after seven of the teams decided to pull out of the race after completing the first lap as they protested against unsafe tires.

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7th truck title for Toyota
Tundra driver Kyle Busch's victory in Friday night's race at Texas Motor Speedway enabled Toyota to clinch its seventh NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) manufacturer's championship in 11 years participating in the series.

Toyota remains the series' top manufacturer after previously winning last year's title (2013) and prior to that a record five straight NCWTS manufacturer's championships from 2006 to 2010.  Overall, this is the 10th time Toyota has earned a NASCAR manufacturer's trophy since the start of the 2004 season.  Toyota also earned three consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) manufacturer's crowns from 2008 to 2010.

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Kyle Busch wins Texas truck race
Kyle Busch - The Cup drivers always win the Truck and Nationwide races so Cup drivers look like 'The Stars' that NASCAR needs
After an astounding run toward the front after a late restart in Friday night's Winstar World Casino & Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch took the checkered flag under caution at the end of a green-white-checkered-flag run to the finish of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

In a wild final two laps that left ThorSport Racing teammates Jeb Burton and Johnny Sauter at odds on pit road, Burton finished second, followed by Timothy Peters, polesitter Tyler Reddick and series leader Matt Crafton.

Sauter went spinning through the infield grass after what appeared to be incidental contact from Burton on Lap 146 of a scheduled 147 to cause the caution that set up the green-white-checkered finish and sent the race five laps beyond its posted distance.

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Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Susie Wolff looking to buy some more Friday morning track cleaning sessions
    Kobayashi in Austin to keep F1 dream alive
  • Boycott threat emerges as next F1 teams face collapse
  • Tost wants to keep Vergne at Toro Rosso
  • Susie Wolff to extend Williams deal
  • Williams bosses absent from US GP
  • Vettel to qualify in Austin 'out of respect'
  • Hamilton takes control of own management
  • Drivers open to three-car F1 teams

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racing news

RRDC votes in 15 new members for 2014
Fifteen race-car drivers and motorsports professionals have been voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2014. The group includes 10 Regular Members from the open-wheel and sports-car racing ranks, three Associate Members and two Honorary Members. The current roster of RRDC members now numbers 460. Voting was held among all current RRDC members.

"This year's lineup of new Regular Members includes professional racing champions past and present, amateur racing champions, and drivers with stellar racing credentials," said RRDC president Bobby Rahal. "And, of course, each driver has demonstrated his or her outstanding conduct on and off the track, a quality the RRDC members take into consideration when voting in new members.

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Bernie Ecclestone: 'Formula 1 could lose more teams in 2015'
Ecclestone (R) dictates to Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has warned that as few as 14 cars could line up on the grid next season, if more teams are forced to quit the sport due to financial problems.

On Monday, Marussia became the second team to go into administration in the space of a week after Caterham's money problems came to a head seven days ago.

However, Ecclestone has hinted that more constructors could be in danger of disappearing from the paddock from 2015.

He told Sky Sports: "It could go down to 14. If we lose another two teams that is what will happen. I can't predict if it won't or it will. But if it is 18, no drama at all.

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Vettel will run in Q1 to meet 107% rule, says Horner
Sebastian Vettel
RBR boss Christian Horner has confirmed that Sebastian Vettel will take part in Q1 in Austin, but it will be only a token appearance to ensure that the German fulfils the 107% rule.

Vettel is due to start from the pitlane thanks to taking a complete sixth power unit.

"I think it's a silly rule, isn't it?," Horner told Sky TV. "To have to eliminate a car totally from qualifying, it doesn't really make sense. People are here to come and see the guys qualify and do the best they can. It's a crazy situation that we've got a four-time World Champion effectively not taking part tomorrow. We will take part in the first part of qualifying, but we're going to be limiting mileage to an absolute minimum.

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Testing proves IndyCar's idea of a partial canopy won't work
Drag Racing at 325 MPH uses full canopies
James Hinchcliffe doesn't remember what happened for a few hours on May 10 in Indianapolis. From the moment a piece of Justin Wilson's wing hit his helmet during the Indianapolis Grand Prix until he was leaving the hospital later that day, Hinchliffe has no recollection.

"There's nothing that I remember," he told USA TODAY Sports. "I don't recall anything until I was at the hospital getting discharged. The prevailing theory was I was knocked out briefly when it hit me and came to when I ran into Oriol Servia's car. The first thing I started talking about over the radio was wanting to get my helmet off, but I don't remember that."

On the other hand, Antron Brown remembers everything that happened May 16 at Atlanta Dragway. He remembers seeing his car's front wing fly toward him, strike the bulletproof Plexiglas on the canopy of his Top Fuel dragster with a frightening thud and bounce away.

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Lewis Hamilton for third cars in F1
Lewis Hamilton
Formula One World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas had this to say when asked about third cars in Formula 1:

"I think we would have to expand the team and make sure the efforts aren't diluted," Hamilton said in the FIA Press Conference when he was asked about the prospect of three-car teams in F1.

"But if it is a position for a younger driver it could be quite good, especially bringing them on and giving them the best experience and putting them alongside top drivers that have the experience, they might come along much more than they have in the past."


Sir Frank Williams hospitalized
Sir Frank Williams
From the BBC

Williams team principal Sir Frank Williams is in hospital for treatment on a pressure sore on his back.

The 72-year-old, a quadriplegic since a road accident in 1986, is receiving what is described as routine treatment and is said to be responding well.

Daughter Claire Williams, the deputy team principal, is missing this weekend's US Grand Prix in Texas to be with her father.

But she will attend next weekend's race in Brazil as planned.

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Denny Hamlin Texas Notes & Quotes
Having won at all three of the tracks remaining in The Chase, Denny Hamlin is a very good sleeper bet to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What's your outlook for the remainder of the season and the Chase?

"We're in a decent spot.  Not a great spot.  Obviously, last week kind of let one slip away a little bit there.  Still had a decent showing and we go to a track here were we ran really good in the spring.  Even though the finish don't show it -- we led some laps here and was pretty competitive.  Looking forward to that.  All these tracks, obviously, have been good for us.  Still we've got to keep just grinding away and keep getting good finishes every week and when you can try to take advantage and get a win -- you'll do that."

Will you touch base with Michael Waltrip Racing regarding qualifying after they were fast in practice?

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USGP: Hamilton and Rosberg 1-2 in a waltz
Lewis Hamilton shows he is #1
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in their superior Mercedes made the rest of the field look silly as they waltzed to another 1-2 in the 2nd practice session for the USGP in Austin.

Hamilton finished just 0.003s ahead of Rosberg as both drivers set near identical times in cars that are 99.99% of the equation. 

Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari over a second behind.  Daniel Ricciardo was 4th for red Bull ahead of Felipe Massa in the Mercedes powered Williams and Kimi Raikkonen in the 2nd Ferrari.

United States GP - Friday - Team Quotes

Red Bull-Renault

Daniel Ricciardo (4th, 1:40.390): We got the car in a good window to work with and hopefully tomorrow we can find a bit more speed. We didn't run much this morning but in FP2 we ended up in the top five and the long run looked reasonable, so I think we had a pretty good afternoon."

Sebastian Vettel (18th, 1:43.980): "It was a different practice today, as we focused on Sunday preparation. We had an issue with the gearbox this morning so we lost some time, but overall it was okay. It's not great knowing that you can't go out and fully go for it in qualifying tomorrow, but we knew it from the start of this weekend, so we focus on the race and hopefully we will have a good come back from the pit lane on Sunday."

Mercedes GP

Lewis Hamilton (1st, 1:39.085): "The car felt good today and we were able to improve consistently over the two sessions. I only got a couple of laps of my long run which was unfortunate as we lost a bit of track time but Nico got the data for the team so we should be ok. I'm not sure exactly what the problem was and we had to stop as a precaution but I'm sure they will identify and fix it overnight. These small glitches happen and I'm confident that we won't have problems moving forward. It's better that it happened today rather than later in the weekend, of course. It looks very close with Nico out there and I'm expecting a very tough battle this weekend. I love being here and it's great to see so many fans around the circuit already, so I'm excited for the rest of the weekend and feeling ready to put on a show for them."

Nico Rosberg (2nd, 1:39.088): "Our Silver Arrow feels very quick around this circuit which is very impressive to see. Between Lewis and myself, the times were very tight as usual. But it was worrying to see that Lewis had a problem with his car as it shows that our car is still not 100% robust at the moment. We need to work on that but overall I'm really looking forward to the weekend. It looks like it will be a close battle between my teammate and I, so let's hope we can put on a great show for the fans here in Texas."

Paddy Lowe: "We've shown good pace here today and both drivers are happy with the performance of the car. Unfortunately, however, Lewis had his afternoon cut short by a hydraulic problem. We spotted something in the data and decided to call Lewis in to play it safe. That aside, we ran to our scheduled program throughout the day. The tire compounds nominated for this race - medium and soft - are a step softer overall than those seen last year. As such, they are coming into their window quite quickly and we are seeing a reasonable amount of degradation on the long runs - both on the prime and option. This should lead to a notably different race from a strategic perspective to that in previous visits to this circuit - or indeed at the last race in Sochi."

Toto Wolff, Mercedes Motorsport Director: "While it is positive to see strong pace from our car, the main focus must be on ensuring bulletproof reliability. Of course, it is better to have these problems on a Friday than on a Sunday and we will be working hard overnight to ensure that this is not the case. It is great to be back in Austin and to see Formula One growing in stature here in the United States. It is a key market for the sport, so to see the reception we have had already this week is a big positive."


Fernando Alonso (3rd, 1:40.189): "Today we did some good testing, helped by the track conditions, which were definitely different to previous years. It's possible the races they had here a few weeks ago helped to clean the track and as far as grip levels were concerned, we didn't have too many problems. In the second session, the situation was slightly worse because of the strong wind, but that was expected over the weekend and did not affect our work too much. The Soft compound seems to last less than expected, but we are well aware how much tire performance can change as the track evolves. Certainly the race looks like it will be different to past editions, because the likelihood of two stops opens up different strategic possibilities. Today we tried the Virtual Safety Car system and I think that, for a first try it went well, although there is still much to do. All us drivers agree it's a very worthwhile idea, we just need to get used to it."

Kimi Raikkonen (6th, 1:40.543): "The day began with a few difficulties in the first free practice session, in which we concentrated on analyzing various aerodynamic components. I did not feel comfortable with the set-up we had and controlling the car wasn't easy. In the afternoon, we made some changes and the handling of the car was definitely better. On the Medium compound, I managed to do a good lap and I think if I had not been held up in traffic, I could have done even better. We still have a lot of work to do before tomorrow's qualifying, but the improvement we saw from one session to the next seems to indicate we are going in the right direction. We just have to continue doing our best."

Pat Fry: "Contrary to what we saw at the two previous races here, today the track surface was less slippery and that means we can expect a further evolution in terms of grip. However, before we can confirm anything, we must wait and see over the next couple of days. Overall, it's been a positive day and we managed to complete our planned program without any problems, including carrying out some tests aimed at 2015. Obviously, the priority was working on the settings of the two cars, looking at finding the best aerodynamic configuration, working on the power unit control units, so as to adapt them as well as possible to the characteristics of this track. It wasn't easy finding the right balance and a set-up that suited both drivers, partly down to the strong winds which had a major effect during the second session. This evening, the engineers will assess the various solutions we tried today. Tire behavior is definitely different to the last race in Sochi: this means we can look at different strategies for the race, while we are aware that we are up against extremely competitive opponents."


Romain Grosjean (12th, 1:41.054): "It was a bit of a rodeo ride out there at times and we're still working on finding the best set-up for the car today. Certainly the wind in the afternoon didn't help us with trying to get the car easier to drive although our position on the timesheets at the end of the day wasn't as bad as we've seen on occasion this season! There are a few areas we know we can change which should make an improvement so there is progress to be made."

Pastor Maldonado (15th, 1:41.158): "It was great to be out on track again in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas as it really is a fantastic facility. We worked through our usual Friday programs and learnt a reasonable amount. The car was a little tricky at the limit as myself and Romain both found, but we expect that to improve tomorrow."

Alan Permane, Chief Race Engineer: "It was a solid day for us with a good number of laps completed and some interesting evaluations undertaken for the rest of this weekend as well as for the development of next year's car. Romain ran in the morning with a front nose concept relevant for our 2015 car whilst Pastor evaluated the latest iteration of the 2014 nose. Both cars ran reliably so it's now the usual trawl through the data to determine the best set-ups for qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday."


Kevin Magnussen (8th, 1:40.641): "This is my first visit to the Circuit of the Americas, and it's a good track. It has a unique first turn, and the high-speed corners in the first sector are especially interesting. I think overtaking should be possible around here, so I hope I can have an enjoyable race. Today's running showed that we seem to be stronger on the Prime tire than we do on the Option. We looked competitive on the Prime this morning, but e need to see if we can find some better pace on the Option. We'll work on that overnight. The virtual Safety Car test worked as it should ‚ it seems like a good idea."

Jenson Button (9th, 1:40.698): "Our car sometimes struggles in windy conditions, as do I: it's a lot more difficult to be precise when you're driving in the wind. It's in slower corners that we're most affected ‚ such as the start of sector three. And it was certainly very windy today ‚ especially this afternoon. The issues with our pace on the Option tire can be solved. For some drivers, the softer tire immediately suits their car's balance; for others, it doesn't. It didn't suit ours this afternoon ‚ but we can work around that. We'll get it working tomorrow. There were positives and negatives to today's virtual Safety Car test. I like the idea, but you spend a lot of time looking down at your steering wheel in order to ensure you're correctly driving to the delta. If you drop below it when the restart happens, you get a 10-second penalty. In that respect, it's very tricky. With my grid penalty for the gearbox change, it's going to be a difficult weekend. This isn't an easy place at which to overtake, but we'll do our best."

Eric Boullier, Racing Director: "Today was a very busy day. We spent the morning undertaking a comprehensive aero study that will inform the work we do for 2015. It was a productive session, but meant there was a necessary knock-on to our afternoon running, when we have to incorporate much of our usual FP1 learning into the 90-minute FP2 session. Perhaps as a result, we looked somewhat less competitive on the Option tire than we did on the Prime, on which we completed all our morning running. Using the Option, we struggled to find the same sort of lap time improvement as our rivals. Nevertheless, we feel we have a good baseline from which to develop for the rest of the weekend, and we'll be working to recover some of that lost pace on the Option ahead of qualifying tomorrow."


Felipe Massa (5th, 1:40.457): "I always enjoy driving this track and we've had a productive day and completed what we set out to do. It was very windy in the afternoon which made it difficult to really judge the car balance and the car was feeling different from the morning to the afternoon because of this, although the wind is likely to change for Saturday and Sunday which may result in us having to adapt our set-up slightly. I'm happy with how the car is feeling and we're looking on the pace going into the weekend."

Valtteri Bottas (11th, 1:40.828): "We gained a lot of information about temperatures and the tires in FP2 and seem to have found ways to get more performance out of them. The car was not particularly easy to drive today because of the very windy conditions and it was not easy to find the optimum balance, so we have a lot of work to do tonight to understand the car and its true performance at this track. Personally I still think I can find a bit more lap time out there so FP3 will be a chance to push the limits more."

Felipe Nasr: "This was my first time in the FW36 since Barcelona so I had to get back up to speed quickly and this is also a new circuit for me. The track is very fun to drive and has a good flow to it, especially the first sector which has a lot of fast and exhilarating corners. The car has improved a lot since I last drove it with improved grip in all areas and it's easier to drive. It was a very positive session for me and we managed to cover some good mileage."

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: "On the whole a good day for us ‚ we completed our program and looked strong on both high and low fuel runs which is encouraging. Having said that we can expect different conditions over the weekend because the track always evolves the more running we do and we're also expecting different wind strengths and directions alongside slightly cooler conditions. I think we have a competitive package so a prime target is to make sure that we stay on top of the track evolution.".


Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.085s 0.000s 18
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m39.088s 0.003s 34
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m40.189s 1.104s 29
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m40.390s 1.305s 30
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.457s 1.372s 36
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m40.543s 1.458s 32
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m40.631s 1.546s 34
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.641s 1.556s 38
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.698s 1.613s 36
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m40.800s 1.715s 25
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m40.828s 1.743s 37
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m41.054s 1.969s 31
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.110s 2.025s 36
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m41.123s 2.038s 35
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m41.158s 2.073s 37
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.332s 2.247s 33
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.420s 2.335s 34
18 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m44.437s 5.352s 19

Vettel (Did not make any simulated qualifying runs)


Kaltenborn: "I'm beyond frustration"
With Caterham and Marussia having collapsed, is Sauber next?
Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has said Formula 1 needs to make drastic changes to address its serious financial issues.

Both Marussia and Caterham went into administration this month and will not take part in Sunday's US Grand Prix.

This comes after the FIA abandoned plans for a budget cap for 2015 after failing to get support from F1 teams.

"What we need - and we have been saying for so long - is to get the figures right in the sport," said Kaltenborn.

"I'm beyond the stage of frustration. It's one thing to just talk about this terrible scenario that some teams are not going to be there, but for the people responsible for the sport to have let it come this far is extremely disturbing.

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Hendrick Motorsports at Texas Motor Speedway
With three races remaining, Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points.
CONCORD, N.C. – On Sunday, the Eliminator Round heads to Texas Motor Speedway.

Before the green flag waves for the second race of the round, which will be televised on ESPN at 3 p.m., here are some notes to keep an eye on.

POINTS LEADER: Following a second-place finish to Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. last weekend at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon moved back into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points lead and is seven points ahead of fifth place with two races remaining in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. After the Phoenix International Raceway event on Nov. 9, the field will be reduced to the four drivers that will battle for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16.

HENDRICK AT TEXAS: In 27 races (109 starts) at Texas, Hendrick Motorsports has five wins, 27 top-five finishes and 47 top-10s. Jimmie Johnson most recently went to Victory Lane for the organization in November 2013 after starting third. Johnson ranks tied for first among drivers all-time with three wins and his 16 top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile oval rank him second. Johnson’s average finish of 9.5 ranks second behind Matt Kenseth (8.2). Gordon and Earnhardt rank tied for first all-time with two pole positions.

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NASCAR Test Ban May Not Be Cast In Stone
NASCAR's Senior Vice President for Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn commented today on a statement by Roush Fenway Racing co-owner Jack Roush that the sanctioning body's ban on independent testing in 2015 may not be cast in stone.

"I think the final word on testing for next year has not been uttered yet by NASCAR," said Roush on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Dialed In yesterday (Wed, Oct 29th). "My understanding is there is substantial resistance from Goodyear on what's... on the table right now in terms of their being able to supply the tires for the number of teams that NASCAR anticipates going to the Goodyear tire tests. I will be less surprised if it changes than if it stays the way it is"

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Ferrari fined $3.5 million by U.S. regulators for not filing reports
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ferrari sports car brand has been fined $3.5 million for not filing "early warning reports" indicating safety issues with U.S. safety regulators, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today.

Ferrari has been required since 2011 to file quarterly early warning reports, because that was the year that Fiat began selling cars in the U.S. market. Before then, Ferrari as a small-volume manufacturer did not have to file the reports.

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USGP: Mercedes 1-2-3 in opening practice
Lewis Hamilton
2014 F1 points leader Lewis Hamilton led opening practice for the USGP at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was 2nd 0.292s back and ahead of another Mercedes powered car of Jenson Button.

Kvyat's Renault was 4th ahead of another Mercedes, the McLaren of Magnussen.

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Button to receive Austin Gearbox Penalty
Jenson Button's United States Grand Prix weekend is off to a difficult start.
Jenson Button will become the latest driver to receive a grid penalty for a gearbox change after McLaren were forced to change his gearbox ahead of the United States Grand Prix at Austin.

Button will drop five places on the grid after the gearbox fitted to his car after his retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix in September was found to be faulty, and with Formula 1 regulations requiring gearboxes to last for six consecutive races, this meant an automatic penalty for the Briton.

Button is hoping that hot conditions on Sunday allow him to recover those places as McLaren seem to be finding some form towards the end of the season, with Button and Kevin Magnussen having finished fourth and fifth last time out at Sochi.

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Haas: "We'll be proud to be Ferrari B team"
Gene Haas
Amid ongoing talk of F1 becoming the preserve of eight  teams of three cars US tycoon Gene Haas says he'll be proud to be considered Ferrari's B team when his North Carolina based squad debuts in 2016.

Speaking ahead of the USGP in Austin, the 61-year-old Nascar team owner also expressed confidence that his F1 outfit will be founded on more solid business ground than the recent struggling back of the grid teams.

"We'd be very proud to be a Ferrari B team because that would certainly teach us how to run in Formula One and quite frankly we will take all the help they can give us," Haas told CNN. "You can't get any better than Ferrari.

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Jon Field Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion
Former American Le Mans Series champion Jon Field has been sentenced to prison on tax evasion charges.

Field recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to file false income tax returns, following his involvement in the family-owned Cadillac Ranch restaurant chain.

According to a report in the Marion Star, the Ohio native has been sentenced to five months, seven days in prison, as well as three years of probation and three months of home confinement. Additionally, he has been ordered to pay $174,458 in restitution.

A report by the Department of Justice said that Field falsified income tax returns and underreported the amount of income he earned for his business ventures between 2006 and 2010.

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OneMain Financial to Sponsor Ford Mustang and Elliott Sadler in 2015
Sadler's 2015 Nationwide ride
OneMain Financial announced today that it will be the primary sponsor of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 1 OneMain Financial Ford Mustang driven by Elliott Sadler in the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). This sponsorship reunites the two organizations as OneMain Financial (previously known as CitiFinancial) sponsored Roush Fenway entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 2008 to 2010.

"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Elliott Sadler in the NASCAR Xfinity Series," said Mary McDowell, President and CEO of OneMain Financial. "Both on and off the track, the OneMain Racing program helps us build connections with our customers, employees and communities.  The teamwork displayed by our race team mirrors the commitment our employees have to each other and to building personal loan solutions for each customer's unique needs. We are especially excited to field the Roush Fenway ‘OneMain Financial 1' Ford to represent our brand this year!"

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Formula One's Lewis Hamilton: Trying to Get Traction in USA
Lewis Hamilton and his superior Mercedes F1 car
Lewis Hamilton, the man known as one of the fastest drivers on the planet, sits calmly on a couch in a downtown New York hotel, speaking of his love for America in general and New York in particular.

This is a place where he can wander the streets without anyone bothering him. "There is no one invading my life and my space," says Hamilton.

That, however, speaks to the biggest problem facing Hamilton and Formula One, whose drivers are anonymous to the U.S. sports-loving public and outside the world of F1 racing fans.

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Max Chilton has to decide where to take his checkbook next
Max Chilton - his check would go a lot further in IndyCar where he could buy a ride capable of winning races
MOTORSPORT legend John Surtees believes Marussia being saved from going bust is driver Max Chilton's "only hope" of staying in Formula 1.

Administrators FRP Advisory confirmed on Monday that Marussia would continue to operate but the team were forced to withdraw from this weekend's race in Austin, Texas and are also expected to miss the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The races in Texas and Sao Paulo are back-to-back and the cars will be transported direct from the US to Brazil before returning to Europe.
And Surtees, who is still the only man to win world championships on four and two wheels, believes Reigate-based Chilton may struggle to find another team if Marussia do not race next year.

"I think Max's only hope would be Marussia," Surtees said. "I understand, but for what reason I don't know, that Marussia's Russian backer isn't keen to continue to invest money.

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Mardenborough to test Formula Renault 3.5
Nissan NISMO racing driver, Jann Mardenborough, will take advantage of the increasing motorsport co-operation between Nissan and Renault on 3 November when he tests a Formula Renault 3.5 racing car at the Motorland Circuit in Spain.  23 year-old Mardenborough will drive the single-seater at the invitation of Renault Sport Technologies.

An invitation from Renault Sport to test a Formula Renault 3.5 machine is usually reserved for the winners of various racing series but special invitations are sometimes made to drivers who have shown high levels of potential.

Widely considered as one of the final stepping-stones ahead of Formula 1, Formula Renault 3.5 is the ideal training ground for the F1 stars of the future.

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Harvicks sell another property (Update) UPDATE
Kevin Harvick smiling all the way to the bank
NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, have sold 110.5 acres adjacent to their North Carolina estate for $3.2 million.

The Harvicks' 12,000-square-foot mansion at 8419 Haw River Road in Oak Ridge is listed with Tyler Redhead & McAlister Real Estate for $3.5 million. The effusive listing describes the estate as "extraordinary" with "architectural details beyond description." Features of the opulent estate include "soaring ceilings on all levels," "European-inspired balconies" and "multiple outdoor living spaces" on 19.8 acres, including gardens, a saltwater pool with cabana and outdoor dining area, according to the listing.

The land was sold in two transactions. The 29.5 acres at 8413-8419 Haw River Road sold for $1.1 million, and 81.1 acres at 8427-8461 Haw River Road sold for $2.1 million, according to Guilford County records.

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Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Romain Grosjean
    Family denies Bianchi to leave Japan
  • Grosjean reveals Lotus exit clause
  • Mercedes not ready to let drivers 'off leash'
  • Verstappen wants Vergne to be Toro Rosso teammate
  • Russian billionaire buys Nurburgring
  • Alonso keeps F1 guessing over future
  • Forza Rossa still waiting for FIA approval
  • FIA to tackle cost problem after team failures

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