Tires remaining for Abu Dhabi race on Sunday Below are the tires each driver has left for the final F1 race of 2017. There is not much difference between the top runners - all have 4 ultrasofts at their disposal and 1 new set of supersofts.
Rowland wins Abu Dhabi feature, then disqualified (Update)
Artem Markelov gets the win
UPDATE Unlike in NASCAR where a cheater always keeps his win, Oliver Rowland has been disqualified from victory at the Formula 2 Feature Race at the Yas Marina Circuit, thus promoting Artem Markelov to the win.
Rowland overhauled Markelov after the pit stop phase in the floodlit race to capture victory, his third of the year, but post-race checks deemed his car to be illegal.
Scrutineers deemed that the skid block on Rowland's car was below the prescribed thickness, and he has been excluded as a consequence.
Hamilton and Bottas begin to gap field in final practice
After Friday’s incredibly tight sessions, the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes started to show its dominance in Saturday afternoon’s running at Yas Marina in preparation for the Abu Dhabi GP. Lewis Hamilton led the way from teammate Valtteri Bottas, with the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel half a second down.
However, it should be remembered that Mercedes always turns up the wick in their power unit for qualifying and tomorrow’s race, so not too much should be read into the FP3 times as the 1/2- second gap will probably grow even larger.
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McLaughlin within reach of title following drama in Newcastle
Scott McLaughlin in the powerful Penske Ford
Young star Scott McLaughlin has one hand on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship after less than one chaotic lap at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500.
Shell V-Power Racing’s McLaughlin started the penultimate race of the season 30 points behind seven-time Champion Jamie Whincup and emerged 78 points in front, when it all unfolded after less than one 2.6km lap of the spectacular waterside circuit.
Niko Kari drove a perfect race in this afternoon’s Race 1 at the Yas Marina Circuit, pushing up to the lead at the start and absorbing all the pressure his rivals could through at him, along with a couple of VSC periods, for his maiden win in the GP3 Series ahead of 2017 champion George Russell and Arjun Maini.
The victory was made at the start: when the lights went out Arden teammates Leonardo Pulcini and Kari made great getaways from P2 and P3 respectively, leaving poleman Russell the choice of which driver to cover. He chose the Italian and pushed across to the inside line, leaving the outside wide open for Kari to swoop through and into the lead at turn 2, ahead of Russell, Pulcini and Maini, while behind them Nirei Fukuzumi and Raoul Hyman were slow to get away from the grid, delaying most of their rivals.
The Tesla all-electric semi will put the final nail in the coffin of diesel engines
Pricing details for the all-electric semi-truck have been announced.
Sitting at the base of the range is the 300-mile (480 km) version, starting at $150,000. For private customers and fleet operators looking for more flexibility, the 500-mile (800 km) variant is expected to start at $180,000.
Thanksgiving is the day each year when we take a little extra time to realize how fortunate we are.
For those in attendance at Thursday's "Turkey Night Grand Prix," the realization quickly came to how thankful we are to have witnessed Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson duking it out against each other for 98 laps in USAC Midgets at Ventura Raceway.
'UAE could have F1 driver by tomorrow if they want,' says Jones
The UAE could have a Formula One driver by tomorrow if they wanted thanks to the new expatriate rule, according to Dubai-born Indy Car Rookie of the Year Ed Jones.
Earlier this month, President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan decreed that all expatriate athletes born in the UAE could now represent the country.
Jones, who finished third in America’s Indy 500 this year, is arguably the highest achieving UAE-born expatriate athlete, and if there were a UAE sports personality of the year award, he would be a solid nomination for 2017.
Hamilton enters pitlane after nipping Vettel by 1/10th sec.
As in FP1, there was just a tenth of a second between Mercedes and Ferrari in Friday evening’s second practice in Abu Dhabi. But as the sun set, this time it was Lewis Hamilton who just had the edge over Sebastian Vettel, with third-placed Daniel Ricciardo keeping Red Bull very much in the mix.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest in the 2nd Ferrari, 0.475s off the pace, with Valtteri Bottas two tenths further back in fifth in the 2nd Mercedes.
George Russell pulled out a champion’s drive in this afternoon’s qualifying session at the Yas Marina Circuit: the Briton defied the difficulty of jumping from GP3 to F1 with Force India and back today with a stunning last lap to claim his fourth pole position of the season (and rounding out 2017 by ensuring that ART Grand Prix grabbed every pole of the year) by three tenths from Arden International teammates Leonardo Pulcini and Niko Kari.
Vettel nips Hamilton in opening Abu Dhabi practice
Vettel just ahead of Hamilton
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel turned a lap of 1m39.006s to lead opening practice for the Abu Dhabi GP - the final F1 race of 2017. Arch-rival Lewis Hamilton was 2nd quick in his Mercedes just 0.120s behind.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen jumped up to 3rd 0.148s behind Vettel.
Alexander Albon has claimed the early honors with a strong lap halfway through this morning’s free practice session for the final round of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship at the Yas Marina Circuit, taking advantage of an almost clear track to stop the clock at 1:48.974 to grab the top spot by over a tenth from Norman Nato and Nyck De Vries.
Niko Kari has laid down a marker for his rivals for the final round of the 2017 season by claiming the top spot on his final lap of the Yas Marina Circuit in this morning’s free practice session, biding his time before claiming the honors when his rivals had no chance to usurp him for a laptime that was less than a tenth faster than Dorian Boccolacci and Nirei Fukuzumi.
The Supercars title fight looks set to go right to the wire at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 after Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin traded blow for blow on the first day on the new circuit.
The decider of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship looks like being a battle of epic proportions as Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Whincup and Shell V-Power Racing’s McLaughlin went 1-2 in practice on the very first time in Newcastle.
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