Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn to be fired (3rd Update)
Abiteboul says Carlos Ghosn arrest does not put Renault's motorsports involvement in jeopardy
UPDATE Speaking in Abu Dhabi today, team boss Cyril Abiteboul was adamant that Ghosn's departure will not affect the F1 program.
"It's fair to say that, indeed, Carlos Ghosn was instrumental in the decision to return in late 2015," said the Frenchman, "but obviously it's not just one man's decision. It was debated at length in executive committee, at board level, and that was the decision of the company.
George Russell has put one hand on the trophy by claiming a fifth pole position at this evening’s FIA Formula 2 Championship qualifying session to extend his lead over title rival Alexander Albon to 41 points with just 44 left to claim this weekend, with the Briton flying on his second run to grab the top spot ahead of Nyck de Vries and Nicholas Latifi.
Valtteri Bottas might not have won a race this season, but Mercedes team orders and poor luck have robbed him of two likely victories. With the championship done he is free to race and he finished ahead of his teammate in both practice sessions on Friday. He normally does well at this track, so don't rule out a last gasp 2018 victory to follow up his 2017 efforts.
His time of 1m37.236s was quick enough to beat Red Bull's Max Verstappen by 0.044s. Verstappen was quickest in Practice 1.
Nikita Mazepin has set sail on his championship fightback with a fine pole position in this afternoon’s GP3 Series qualifying session at the Yas Marina Circuit, grabbing P1 as the checkered flag dropped to deny title rival Anthoine Hubert a vital chance to pull away in the points: the Frenchman will line up behind his teammate and Leonardo Pulcini in P3 on tomorrow’s grid.
The Russian stopped the clocks at 1:54.885, less than a tenth ahead of his closest rival, but more importantly for him the lap meant that the title fight closes to just 27 points, with 44 on offer for the remainder of this final race weekend of 2018.
Max Verstappen led Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo to take a surprise one-two in the first practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - but let's be clear, it was a track cleaning session so the times are largely meaningless.
Abu Dhabi hasn’t tended to be good for Red Bull in the turbo hybrid era, but a strong showing for the team in Free Practice 1 saw Verstappen go fastest with a 1m 38.491s, with Ricciardo 0.454s behind the Dutchman.
Champ leader McLaughlin on top in Newcastle Practice
Scott McLaughlin has promised to keep the heat on his Supercars Championship rival Shane van Gisbergen after driving an important psychological stake in the ground in Newcastle today.
With his sights on a maiden Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, McLaughlin finished practice fastest and six places higher than Van Gisbergen on the opening day of the last weekend of the year. xxxx
The equation is simple for McLaughlin in theory but harder in execution. All he needs to do is stay in front of Van Gisbergen throughout the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 weekend.
“It’s going to be all about qualifying here,” McLaughlin said. It’s going to be a long race but track position is key, that is all we are working on.”
The chaser also wasn’t too perturbed by his finishing position ahead of qualifying in the morning.
“We are close on points, basically equal, it’s whoever wins,” Van Gisbergen said. “The reason we are in this position is because of what we have been doing every weekend. There’s no point in changing it and see where we end up.”
McLaughlin started tamely but found his Newcastle mojo to end the day, setting the fastest lap on his sixth of the second practice session ahead of Van Gisbergen’s Red Bull Holden Racing Team team-mate Jamie Whincup and Monster Energy Racing’s Cameron Waters.
Between McLaughlin and Van Gisbergen were his Shell V-Power running mate Fabian Coulthard, Boost Mobile Racing’s James Courtney and Timken Racing’s Nick Percat.
“We have got to help Scotty out the best we can this weekend and being where we are at the moment is the best way to do that,” Coulthard said of being wedged in the middle.
Also sitting ominously in the middle is Whincup, the man who virtually stole the title from under McLaughlin’s nose this time last year.
Van Gisbergen said he was spooked on one of his flying laps today, pulling out when he came across a bunch of cars. In the end he was only .36s behind the leader in blustery conditions.
"It's different every lap, You don't know what you are going to get," he said.
“I just didn’t get it together. I came across a bunch of slow cars down the hill and panicked. I thought I was going to run into them and ended up going wide myself.”
David Reynolds was behind Van Gisbergen with Scott Pye and rookie Anton De Pasquale completing the top 10 from Lee Holdsworth. The retiring Craig Lowndes finished 12th from Chaz Mostert, while Andre Heimgartner was the best of the Nissans in 14th.
ARMOR ALL Qualifying and the opening 250km race for Supercars will be held tomorrow. The Championship will then be decided on Sunday afternoon with the final race of 2018.
COULTHARD QUOTE: “It today was a pretty good day. This place is pretty crazy, it’s a bit of a bullring and very difficult to set the car up perfectly for the whole lap. It’s very close, and we ended up P4 so it’s a good start to the weekend.”
MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “Overall we’ve had a really good day, and everything feels good. We’ve found a combination that we really like, and everything has gone well. We tried everything that we wanted to and went through a really solid program today. It’s going to be all about qualifying here, the race is going to be long, but track position is key and that’s what we’re working on.”
George Russell has got his championship-deciding weekend under way in fine style by topping this afternoon’s FIA Formula 2 Championship free practice with a lap of 1:51.720, grabbing P1 by over a tenth from Antonio Fuoco and Luca Ghiotto, while title rival Alexander Albon kept his powder dry by coming home in P9, almost a second behind the 2019 Williams F1 driver.
Giuliano Alesi has set the pace for the final round of the 2018 GP3 Series by grabbing the top spot in this morning’s free practice session at the Yas Marina Circuit with a time of 1:55.676, going purple in all 3 sectors late in the session for a lap which was 0.892s faster than teammate David Beckmann and Gabriel Aubry, who both set the same best time earlier in the day.
High Performance Computing (HPC) Just Changed Indycar Races For The Long Haul
Tino Belli - For its CFD simulations, IndyCar, in conjunction with ARC, has developed a proprietary layer for vehicle aerodynamics called Element on top of an OpenFOAM base.
Those who follow commercial supercomputing already know that automotive design is a hot area for high performance computing, but Indycar is taking modeling and simulation in unexpected directions—and it could change both the cars and how drivers approach the sport in the near term.
Until recently, IndyCar used single vehicle computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and rolled the results of those into the famous driver in the loop simulations that let Indy drivers take their cars for an immersive test drive. By upping the game with multi-car, large-scale CFD, racers can now factor in the dynamics of turbulent fluid flow simulations that account for leading and trailing cars, something that has a much heavier impact than even a well-seasoned racecar aerodynamics pro like IndyCar’s Tino Belli could have realized.
The FIA Formula 3 Championship unveiled the F3 2019 car to the international media at the Yas Marina Circuit today. The new car, which will be raced in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons, was revealed in the Formula 1 paddock ahead of the final F1 Grand Prix of the 2018 season.
The F3 2019 is the best compromise between the current GP3 Series and FIA Formula 3 European Championship cars. It features a naturally aspirated 3.4 liter bespoke Mecachrome 6 cylinder engine, which delivers 380 HP at 8000 rpm. The philosophy of this car’s technology was to find a middle ground between performance and cost effectiveness wherever possible.
Robert Kubica talks about his return to the Formula 1 grid
2019 Williams Martini Racing race driver Robert Kubica talks about his long journey back. Williams Martini Racing is delighted to announce Robert Kubica will complete the team’s driver line-up for 2019, partnering George Russell in the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Robert impressed the team after conducting several tests for Williams in 2017 before taking on the role of Reserve & Development Driver for the team for the 2018 season.
During this time Robert has spent extensive time working both trackside and at the factory, also having the opportunity to drive the FW41 during official testing and a number of FP1 practice sessions.
Video: Claire Williams announces Robert Kubica as a 2019 race driver Deputy team principal Claire Williams announces the news that Robert Kubica will be a Williams Martini Racing race driver in 2019. Comment
A Year Of Celebration - Following Porsche's 70th Anniversary Tour At Brands Hatch
Porsche celebrated their 70th anniversary with a victory tour in 2018, smashing lap records with the specially-developed LMP1 919 Hybrid Evo at legendary tracks such as Spa-Francorchamps and the Nurburgring Nordschleife, and showing off an array of machinery to fans at dedicated festivals across Europe.
Mobil 1 The Grid traveled to the Festival of Porsche at Brands Hatch to speak to a number of drivers and Porsche collectors about some of the legendary race cars being showcased.
Whether Alonso returns to F1 remains to be seen, but it certainly does not sound like it given his negative comments. Besides the Indy 500, Alonso may turn to IndyCar fulltime at some point
Fernando Alonso will walk away from F1 after this weekend’s Abu Dhabi GP with questions about whether a possible return is on the cards down the line. Today he says no.
“The rules change went in the wrong direction,” he told ESPN in the build-up to the Yas Marina race, “because now the teams have very little room to play and to use creativity into strategies or anything like that.
“There is fixed fuel for everyone, a fixed fuel flow to put in the engine that is the same for everyone. The same tires for everyone, the same weight distribution for everyone. The same tyre pressure, mandatory for everyone, the same camber for everyone.
“In a way it helped the less talented people. They train a lot in the simulator, they arrive to the new circuits knowing exactly where are the bumps, where are the curbs that you can take, where are the difficult spots and then into the race, normally there is only one optimum way to arrive to the end.
The journey of the No. 48 Chevy to Bahrain for Johnson and Alonso's car swap Taking a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 across the world is no easy task. See how it came together for Jimmie Johnson’s trip to Bahrain. Comment
After losing the Euro F3 title to Schumacher, Ticktum won in Macau
No rest for the wicked, or the talented. Just days after completing his stunning back-to-back Macau F3 double, Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum has been called up by Arden Motorsport for the final round of the F2 Championship in Abu Dhabi.
Last year the 19-year-old Briton made the dramatic switch from streets in the orient to the opulent Yas Marina circuit well enough, getting on the podium in the second GP3 race.
Vinales again on top on final test day at Valencia
Maverick Vinales Position: 1st – Time: 1’30.757 "It has been a positive test. We've been working a lot on improving for the first lap of the race. I'm actually really happy because from the first lap I felt good grip and I could push. There's still work to do to further improve the engine braking and the smoothness of the power, so that's what we will work on in Jerez. It was unlucky that we couldn't ride all day, like we had planned. We couldn't test the engines very well, so we're going to decide after Jerez which of the two we choose. As I said, we need to try more, to be more convinced about the engine decision, but I think we're on the right track.
Catch up on all the key moments from the NASCAR Championship 4 race at Homestead as Joey Logano wins the Monster Energy Series title.
Joey Logano came into this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series finale as the underdog to the “Big Three” in the championship hunt, but when at the end of the night on Sunday he walked onto the stage as the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion after taking the checkered flag in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Tokyo court decides to keep Ghosn behind bars for 10 days
Ghosn back in 2008. If convicted, he may not get out of jail until he is a very old man
Tokyo District Court has decided that Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn and Representative Director Greg Kelly will be detained for 10 days, Kyodo News reported on Wednesday.
Ghosn was arrested on Monday after a Nissan internal investigation found he had allegedly engaged in years of wrongdoing, including personal use of company money and under-reporting earnings.
Japan's legal system is opaque even to locals, and basic details of Ghosn's location and immediate future are unknown, although he is likely at a detention facility in northern Tokyo. According to Japanese law, Ghosn can be held in custody for up to 23 days without being charged.
Vinales tops Marquez on first of two days of testing at Valencia
Fresh from completing the 2018 Triple Crown at the season finale in Valencia, the Repsol Honda Team was back on track at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit today with its new line-up, which sees Jorge Lorenzo joining the squad alongside World Champion Marc Marquez for 2019.
After five days of almost uninterrupted rain showers, the sun finally made its appearance at Valencia today, but it took the whole morning for the asphalt to dry enough to offer good conditions for proper testing.
Of course future Porsches will be all-electric and won't need an intake manifold
When Porsche designs an intake manifold, they do things differently. While most car companies try to increase pressure of air entering an engine, Porsche tries to expand that air. Here's how it works. Intake manifolds can be designed with certain length runners in order to be tuned to produce peak horsepower at a specific RPM.
The idea is that when the intake valve closes, the air rushing into the engine is force to build in pressure in the intake port. This pressure wave wants to equalize, so it bounces back and forth in the intake manifold. If you time the valve openings correctly, you can have that high pressure air force its way into the engine, making more horsepower and more torque.
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