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11/28/19
TCRasia

Asia Racing Team Announces Two-Car Entry for Zhuhai 700km Race
Zhuhai last year
Zhuhai start last year
Asia Racing Team will enter two SEAT Leon TCR DSG cars in the “Circuit Hero 700km” on the Zhuhai International Circuit next month (7-8 December).

Confirmation of the two-car entry for the races comes after a strong result in the last year’s race, where the Spanish-built machines run by the Zhuhai circuit based team finished first and second in the Class A and conquered an astonishing third place overall.

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11/28/19
f1

Vettel's wife gives birth to 3rd child
Vettel's wife Hanna in 2015
Vettel's wife Hanna in 2015
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has been excused his media duties at Yas Marina after staying in Europe for an extra day because his wife Hannah has given birth to their third child.

The four-time world champion was slated to take part in the Thursday FIA press conference, alongside teammate Charles Leclerc, in what would have been the first time the duo had spoken since they had talks with team boss Mattia Binotto at Maranello last week following their collision in Brazil.

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11/28/19
f1

Bottas to start at back of Abu Dhabi grid
Bottas' wife Emilia - they are now separated
Bottas' ex-wife Emilia
Valteri Bottas' bad week just got worse. The 30-year-old announced on Thursday that he had divorced his wife "because of the challenges of my career", now faces a penalty amounting to 20 places on the grid the back of the grid because of an engine-related penalty.

The Finn will have a new engine for the 2019 finale after an oil leak brought an early end to his race in Brazil.

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11/28/19
nasmon

NASCAR fines three car owners $50,000 each for manipulating Homestead result
NASCAR hammers the cheaters
NASCAR hammers the cheaters
NASCAR competition officials issued significant penalties Wednesday to Premium Motorsports, Rick Ware Racing and Spire Motorsports for manipulating the results of the season-ending Monster Energy Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, said that four teams were docked 50 points from the 2019 team owner standings for their role in altering the finishing order of the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Nov. 17. Suspensions and fines were also included in the punishment.

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11/28/19
f1

Honda talks about 2022, 2023 already underway - Marko
Honda F1 engine - they have caught Mercedes and Ferrari
Honda F1 engine - they have caught Mercedes and Ferrari
(GMM) Red Bull is already in talks to extend its engine deal with Honda beyond 2021.

Both Red Bull-owned teams announced on Wednesday that their Honda contracts have been extended for one more year. The existing deal had been set to run out in 2020.

"This is a great relief for us," Dr Helmut Marko told the Austrian broadcaster Servus TV.

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11/28/19
f1

Early Ocon release 'very important' - Prost
Ocon in Renault for Abu Dhabi test next week
Ocon in Renault for Abu Dhabi test next week
(GMM) Renault made Esteban Ocon's availability for the Abu Dhabi test next week a crucial part of his release from Mercedes.

That is the claim of F1 legend Alain Prost, who is now a key advisor for the French team.

While Renault and Ocon are both French, the 23-year-old driver was firmly under contract to Mercedes, and will continue to be managed by Toto Wolff.

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11/28/19
f1

'Good chance' Verstappen will stay in 2021 - Marko
Ferrari and Mercedes won't take him, so he has to stay at Red Bull
Ferrari and Mercedes won't take him, so he has to stay at Red Bull
(GMM) Red Bull has "a good chance" of keeping Max Verstappen on board for 2021, according to Dr Helmut Marko.

Throughout 2019, and even earlier, it has been rumored that the highly rated Dutchman might be wooed by Mercedes or Ferrari.

But after Verstappen won in Brazil, Marko thinks his chances of re-signing the 22-year-old just got even better.

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11/28/19
f1

Zandvoort's banked corner 'intriguing' - Lammers
Jan Lammers
Jan Lammers
(GMM) A severely banked corner will be an exciting feature of the refurbished Zandvoort circuit for the 2020 Dutch GP, according to race spokesman Jan Lammers.

Lammers, a former F1 driver who also won Le Mans and later went into team management, is referring to the circuit's plans for a corner that will have an even steeper gradient than at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Zandvoort CEO Robert van Overdijk told BRN Nieuwsradio that the gradient will be 32 degrees, which is a 4.5 meter height distance from the bottom to the top.

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11/28/19
f1
irl

Tobacco giant expands McLaren backing for F1 and IndyCar
BAT expands McLaren backing
BAT expands McLaren backing for F1 and IndyCar

(GMM) British American Tobacco (BAT) will expand its sponsorship of the McLaren team in 2020, it has emerged.

This year, the way Ferrari sponsor Philip Morris (Marlboro) and BAT have used their backing has been highly controversial as they promote smoking alternatives.

Ferrari's campaign, called Mission Winnow, insists it is unrelated to Marlboro or tobacco, while BAT has run 'A better tomorrow' branding on the McLaren.

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11/28/19
f1

Williams Racing Confirms Nicholas Latifi as Race Driver for 2020
Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi

ROKiT Williams Racing is delighted to announce Nicholas Latifi will complete the team’s driver line-up for 2020, partnering George Russell in next year’s FIA Formula One World Championship.

Nicholas has impressed as Reserve Driver this year, conducting several tests and taking part in six FP1 sessions across the season. The 24-year-old has fully integrated himself in his role, spending extensive time working closely with the team both trackside and at the factory, and providing valuable feedback for the development of both the FW42 and FW43.

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11/28/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Friday, November 29LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 Practice 1Abu Dhabi3:55am-5:30am (L)ESPN2
F1 Practice 2Abu Dhabi7:55am-9:30am (L)ESPNU
Saturday, November 30LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 Practice 3Abu Dhabi4:55am-6:00am (L)ESPN2
F1 QualifyingAbu Dhabi7:55am-9:00am (L)ESPN2
Sunday, December 1LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 RaceAbu Dhabi GP7:30am-8:05am (L) - Pre-Race
8:05am-10:00am (L) - Race
ESPN2
Blancpain 9H GT RaceKyalami3:00pm-5:00pm (D)CBS-SN
Blancpain GT World CupMacau9:00pm-10:00pm (D)CBS-SN
NASCAR XfinityAwards Banquet9:00pm-1:00pm (D)NBCSN

Legend: L-Live; D = delayed

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11/28/19
f1

Albon wants to take on Verstappen in 2020
Alex Albon
Alex Albon
(GMM) Alex Albon says it is "a matter of time" until he can give Max Verstappen a real run for his money at Red Bull.

Red Bull has been happy with the British-born Thai rookie since he replaced underperforming Pierre Gasly mid-season.

But Albon admits that he is still not able to match Verstappen's pace in the sister car.

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11/28/19
f1

2019 front wing rule change 'unnecessary' - Horner
Red Bull Honda
Red Bull Honda
(GMM) Christian Horner says he still thinks the new front wing regulations for 2019 were "unnecessary".

Liberty Media pushed for the design change to make overtaking easier, but Red Bull boss Horner says the actual result was a big bill for the teams.

Horner also admitted to Auto Motor und Sport that it took Red Bull longer than the other teams to get the new aerodynamic concept right.

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11/28/19
f1

Vettel and Leclerc 'get on well' - Binotto
Mattia Binotto
Mattia Binotto
(GMM) Ferrari's two drivers "get on well", team boss Mattia Binotto insists.

Binotto, as well as Ferrari's chairman John Elkann, was openly furious after Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc collided in Brazil.

It was just the culmination of a full season that was characterized by the media as a battle for 'number 1' billing at the fabled Italian team.

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11/27/19
motogp

Marquez undergoes successful surgery on right shoulder
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
With his most successful premier class season to date finished, eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez elected to undergo surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus-Quiron today, November 27. The operation was performed by Dr. Xavier Mir, Dr. Victor Marlet and Dr. Teresa Marlet, all part of ICATME (the Catalan Institute of Traumatology and Sports Medicine).

After experiencing some discomfort with his right shoulder, and after his Monday crash at the Jerez Test, the Repsol Honda Team rider elected to have the operation as a preventative measure after medical consultation. The operation is similar to the one performed on his left shoulder at the end of 2018 but less aggressive in nature.

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11/27/19
f1
Baja 1000

2009 Formula 1 Champion Jenson Button stranded for 17 hours in the Baja 1000
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Jenson Button has said he was left stranded in the Baja California Desert for 17 hours after he suffered a breakdown during the Baja 1000.

The 2009 Formula 1 World Champion has taken on a number of different racing roles since he retired from F1 and last weekend took on the famous Baja 1000 off-road endurance race with Rocket Motorsport.

But the race didn't go quite as planned following a differential failure which left Button and his co-driver Terry Madden stranded.

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11/27/19
automotive

Fuel cost comparisons: Electric vs. Hybrids Vs. ICE
A BEV is a Battery Electric Vehicle  Here’s the logic:  Battery = B Electric Vehicle = EV Battery Electric Vehicle = BEV
A BEV is a Battery Electric Vehicle
Battery = B Electric Vehicle = EV Battery Electric Vehicle = BEV
A PHEV is a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Plug-in = P
Hybrid = H
Electric Vehicle = EV
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle = PHEV
Full electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrids can bring noticeable fuel/energy cost savings compared to conventional cars.

We already know that plug-ins, especially all-electric cars, have a huge advantage in the form of high efficiency and related low energy cost (compared to fuel in a conventional internal combustion engine equivalent).

Thanks to a new report by the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, we can see a comparison of estimated annual fuel cost for the U.S. market with a few assumptions:

  • estimates are based on combined city/highway fuel economy (EPA)
  • 15,000 annual miles
  • and the following fuel prices: $2.55 regular gasoline; $3.00 premium gasoline; $2.85 diesel; and $0.13 electricity per kWh

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11/27/19
f1

Kvyat should leave Red Bull program - Martsenko
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat should start to think about leaving Red Bull's F1 program.

That is the view of another Russian racing driver, Nikolay Martsenko, who raced in the GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 categories.

Martsenko thinks Kvyat has suffered a significant performance dip ever since Pierre Gasly returned to Toro Rosso after a disappointing stint at Red Bull Racing.

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11/27/19
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f1

Vergne recalls 'difficult' time under Marko
Jean-Eric Vergne drives in Formula E now
Jean-Eric Vergne drives in Formula E now
(GMM) Two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne has admitted his time in Formula 1 was "really difficult".

Now 29, the Frenchman is one of many drivers who rose through the notorious Red Bull driver program only to be ousted at a young age a few years later.

"I will not attack them, because without them I would not be where I am at the moment," Vergne, who drove for Toro Rosso for three years until 2014, told Canal Plus.

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11/27/19
f1

This year better for Williams than 2018 - boss
 Claire Williams
Claire Williams
(GMM) 2019 was a better season for Williams than the previous year, according to team boss Claire Williams.

Actually, the struggling British team scored 7 points in 2018 compared to just a single point this year.

And George Russell and Robert Kubica have been stranded alone at the back of the grid and field, amid obvious financial, supplier and spare parts issues.

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11/27/19
f1

No retirement in 'foreseeable future' - Vettel
Vettel puts up with media's BS
Vettel puts up with media's BS
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel says he is not yet ready to retire.

The quadruple world champion has had a difficult season for Ferrari, as his earlier status as clear number 1 was challenged by Charles Leclerc, with whom he controversially crashed in Brazil.

"It's a very uncomfortable situation for him," Ferrari tester Marc Gene told AS newspaper.

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11/27/19
f1

Driving style the same with 18-inch wheels - Sainz Jr
18" wheels (R) vs current 13"
18" wheels (R) vs current 13"
(GMM) Driving styles will not change in Formula 1 when the sport switches to 18-inch wheels, according to Carlos Sainz.

The Spaniard is one of very few current drivers who have tried Pirelli's developmental 18-inch wheels, after McLaren ran the new rubber at Paul Ricard recently.

"The feedback has been positive," Pirelli's Mario Isola is quoted by AS newspaper.

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11/27/19
f1
wec

Montoya unlikely to complete 'triple crown'
Juan Pablo Montoya has no Indy 500 ride
Juan Pablo Montoya has no LeMans ride

(GMM) Juan Pablo Montoya says he is unlikely to complete motor racing's coveted 'triple crown'.

Fernando Alonso left Formula 1 last year, stating that his main goal is to complete the 'triple crown' of wins in Monaco, Le Mans and the Indy 500.

The Indy 500 is now his only missing triumph.

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11/27/19
motogp

Marc Marquez fastest on rain-affected final test day
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez was fastest on the final day of MotoGP testing for 2019 at Jerez, which saw limited running due to rain.

The Repsol Honda rider’s third lap was his fastest of the day at 1:37.820s, which left him just ahead of Suzuki Ecstar riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir respectively.

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11/27/19
motogp

Marquez to undergo shoulder surgery
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez will have shoulder surgery today after the MotoGP world champion was second-quickest in season-ending testing at Jerez.

The Honda rider suffered a serious injury to his left shoulder last year and wants to prevent the current problem with his right shoulder from escalating.

“Tomorrow (Wednesday) I have a surgery to fix the problem (luxation) in the right shoulder, the same problem as last year in the left shoulder,” said Spaniard Marquez, who suffered numerous crashes on the way to a sixth top-class world title in 2019.

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11/27/19
Baja 1000

NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan's team wins Baja 1000 Class 1 title
Meanwhile IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi rolled his Honda Ridgeline while leading his class
Meanwhile IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi rolled his Honda Ridgeline while leading his class
Melissa Eickhoff photo

Part-time NASCAR Cup Series driver Brendan Gaughan returned to his roots over the weekend, competing in and winning his class in the Baja 1000, an off-road racing event held in Mexico.

Gaughan and his team, which included RJ Anderson, Jake Gaughan and Buddy Feldkamp, are the unofficial winners of Class 1.

Gaughan was behind the wheel the team’s vehicle at the end of the event, finishing in 20 hours, 57 minutes and 38 seconds.

Meanwhile IndyCar's Alexander Rossi’s Honda went rolling over on its side followed by an end-over-end before landing in a ditch on its roof around the 95-mile mark. He's lucky he did not kill himself.

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11/27/19
f1

Honda extends Red Bull, Toro Rosso deals for 2021
Dr Helmut Marko relieved
Dr Helmut Marko relieved
Honda has committed to staying in Formula 1 until at least the 2021 season after extending its deals with Red Bull and Toro Rosso by one more year.

Honda's longer-term commitment to F1 has still not been clarified but it has confirmed it will continue to partner with Red Bull and the energy drinks company's junior team Toro Rosso in 2021.

Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko said it was "a great relief for us" in an interview with Red Bull-owned ServusTV.

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11/26/19
nasmon

NASCAR Follows ISC Merger With Structural/Personnel Moves
No more ISC
No more ISC
NASCAR today will announce some of the structural/personnel changes to the company since it acquired ISC, headlined by ISC's Frank Kelleher being promoted to NASCAR Senior VP & Chief Sales Officer.

NASCAR bought ISC in a $2B deal that closed recently, and the sanctioning body is combining the two companies structurally. ISC execs were expected to play a key role in the combined company, and that is being underscored with Kelleher replacing Jon Tuck, who is leaving NASCAR.

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11/26/19
tcra

TCR Asia returns to Malaysia, China and Thailand in 2020
Zhuhai start
Zhuhai start
TCR Asia have unveiled their 2020 calendar, a schedule that will see the longest running TCR Series contest their sixth season with a mix of events across Malaysia, China and Thailand, taking in such popular venues as Sepang, Shanghai and the iconic Bangsaen Grand Prix.

The 2020 season will begin off the back of the second season of the TCR Malaysia Championship at the iconic Sepang Circuit, the home of the Malaysian MotoGP, the host of the first ever TCR Asia event back in 2015, and a regular stop on the annual TCR Asia program.

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11/26/19
f1

Ecclestone defends Ferrari amid cheating claims
Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has defended Ferrari amid accusations of cheating.

Max Verstappen made the "cheating" claim explicit recently, but there is no doubt the FIA is now responding to questions about the legality of the Italian team's power unit.

"I prefer not to comment further," Red Bull-Honda driver Verstappen told Sport Bild.

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11/26/19
f1

2021 speculation 'doesn't affect me' - Verstappen
Max Verstappen unfazed by speculation
Max Verstappen unfazed by speculation
(GMM) Max Verstappen thinks Formula 1's next generation of top drivers is in good shape for the future.

Although 2019 was initially billed as a Lewis Hamilton versus Sebastian Vettel battle, the season is ending with most agreeing that 22-year-olds Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are poised to eventually take over.

When asked about Ferrari's Leclerc, Verstappen's boss at Red Bull, Christian Horner, told Auto Motor und Sport: "He's also an incredible talent.

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11/26/19
f1

Hamilton could struggle to win in 2020 - Zanardi
Alex Zanardi
Alex Zanardi
(GMM) Alex Zanardi thinks Lewis Hamilton could have a tough time winning a seventh world championship in 2020.

The former F1 and Indycar driver said he enjoyed watching the sport in 2019, which in his words was "not at all boring" despite Hamilton sealing the title with two races to spare.

"But I see a more open fight in 2020," the Italian, who was speaking at the Super GT-DTM 'Dream Race' at Fuji in Japan, told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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11/26/19
f1

Hard to identify with 'modern F1' - Piero Ferrari
Piero Ferrari
Piero Ferrari
(GMM) Piero Ferrari, the son of team founder Enzo, says he hopes the Maranello team stays in Formula 1 "forever".

Currently, while the 2021 regulations have now been published, the teams and manufacturers are so far all officially uncommitted to the sport beyond 2020.

"This applies to all the three top teams," Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told Auto Motor und Sport.

"So far, no team has confirmed anything beyond 2020. Honda is firstly looking at the new technical and sporting rules and then it will make a decision, but there's always a risk," he said.

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11/26/19
f1

Top teams will still dominate in 2021 - Steiner
Gunther Steiner
Gunther Steiner
(GMM) The top three teams are likely to keep dominating in 2021, according to Haas team boss Gunther Steiner.

Actually, the sweeping technical, sporting and financial changes are designed to help the smaller teams to close the gap to the big-budget Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

But in 2020, the big teams will be free to design their cars for 2021 outside of the confines of a budget cap.

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11/26/19
f1

Gasly could return to Red Bull - Horner
Gasly (R) has one good race
Gasly (R) has one good race
(GMM) Pierre Gasly remains a candidate to return to Red Bull Racing in the future.

That is the claim of team boss Christian Horner, even though Frenchman Gasly was demoted mid-season and replaced by rookie Alex Albon.

Albon is staying in 2020, but Horner said Gasly is "of course" eligible to return in the future.

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11/26/19
track news

NJMP Announces Beer Fest For 2020
NJMP Clubhouse
NJMP Clubhouse
South Jersey craft beer fans can look forward to celebrating Memorial Day Weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park for the Designer Wraps Beer Fest! The festival will take place Saturday, May 23 1PM – 5PM, with early and VIP entry beginning at noon. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, May 24. Attendees of the festival can expect up to 50 craft breweries and over 100 styles of beer, in addition to food trucks, vendors, music, and more. Participating breweries include Founders Brewing Company, Evil Genius Beer Company, Urban Village Brewing Company, Three 3’s Brewing Company, Pinelands Brewing Company, and D9 Brewing Company, with more to come.

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11/25/19
irl

2020 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Tickets On Sale Tuesday
Detroit GP
Detroit GP
Fans can purchase tickets for the 2020 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear beginning at 7:00 am ET on Tuesday morning, November 26. The annual motorsports festival on Belle Isle will take place May 29-31, 2020 and the event will wave the green flag on a busy and exciting summer in the Motor City. With single-day seats starting as low as $45, fans will be able to purchase tickets to the Grand Prix online at www.DetroitGP.com/tickets or by calling the ticket hotline at 866-464-PRIX (7749), beginning Tuesday morning.

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11/25/19
motogp

Vinales tops Day 1 test at Jerez
Vinales
Vinales
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi traveled from the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo to the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto to commence the next stage in their 2020 pre-season testing program.

Following last week‘s IRTA test, the team-mates were keen on trying the prototype and new items once more at the Jerez MotoGP Official Test. Their findings confirmed the improvements made, and they completed the first day in 1st and 14th place respectively in the rankings.

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11/25/19
v8

Mostert joins Walkinshaw Andretti United on multi-year deal
Chaz Mostert
Chaz Mostert
Walkinshaw Andretti United has confirmed Chaz Mostert will join the Holden squad on a multi-year deal.

Mostert has long been expected to make the switch from Tickford Racing to WAU but it is only now that the open secret in the paddock has been confirmed.

The move became obvious to the public following Sunday’s final race of the season when Tickford mechanics delivered the 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner to the Walkinshaw Andretti garage on a tied to a trolley as part of a prank.

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11/25/19
f1

Ferrari says 'air fully cleared' after Brazil crash
Air is cleared until the next time
Air is cleared until the next time
(GMM) Ferrari says "the air is now fully cleared" between the drivers and boss Mattia Binotto ahead of the Abu Dhabi season finale this weekend.

Binotto and Ferrari chairman John Elkann were admittedly furious after Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc collided in Brazil.

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11/25/19
f1

2021 F1 comeback 'tempting' - Wehrlein
Pascal Wehrlein - in Formula E now - locks brakes in opening race
Pascal Wehrlein - in Formula E now - locks brakes in opening race
(GMM) Pascal Wehrlein says he does not want to return to Formula 1 in order to race at the back.

The German lost his race seat after stints at Manor and Sauber, and he now races in Formula E. At the Saudi Arabia opener last weekend, he finished a best of 11th.

Wehrlein has also been linked with a return to F1 for 2021 with the prospective new Spanish team headed by Adrian Campos.

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11/25/19
f1

Hulkenberg exit shows things 'wrong' in F1 - Vettel
Nico Hulkenberg - no check no drive
Nico Hulkenberg - no check no drive
(GMM) Nico Hulkenberg's departure from F1 shows that "some things are wrong" about the category.

That is the view of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who like Hulkenberg is German.

Hulkenberg never finished on the podium during his decade on the grid, but Vettel says there is no doubt that he is good enough for Formula 1.

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11/25/19
f1

McLaren always favored Alonso - Vandoorne
Vandorrne now drives in Formula E for Mercedes
Vandoorne now drives in Formula E for Mercedes
(GMM) Stoffel Vandoorne says the McLaren team was built around Fernando Alonso.

Despite much fanfare after his junior career, Belgian Vandoorne struggled as Alonso's teammate with both Honda and Renault power.

He is now a works Mercedes driver in Formula E, and he got his new season off to a good start with podium finishes at the Saudi Arabia opener.

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11/25/19
f1

F1 will still be competitive in 2021 - Jordan
Eddie Jordan
Eddie Jordan
(GMM) Eddie Jordan says he isn't worried that Formula 1 will be uncompetitive in 2021.

Often, major regulations changes lead to utter dominance. Indeed, since the 'power unit' era began in 2014, Mercedes has won every single title.

Ferrari and Red Bull-Honda have arguably now caught up, but former team boss and owner Jordan told the Gulf News that the top drivers will continue to shine in 2021.

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11/25/19
f1

F1 will not go all-electric - Symonds
Famous last words Pat?
Famous last words Pat?
(GMM) Formula 1 will work to become the authority in the area of biofuels rather than join Formula E in the world of electric power.

That is the view of Pat Symonds, a former F1 engineer who now works with the FIA.

"Formula 1 didn't invent the hybrid, but Formula 1 showed what a hybrid could be and it moved people's perceptions of what a hybrid is capable of," he said.

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11/25/19
f1

Honda 'even better than expected' - Bottas
In Brazil Albon had as much power as Hamilton
In Brazil Albon's Honda had as much power as Hamilton
(GMM) F1 looks set to be heading for a three-team battle for the 2020 championship.

After Max Verstappen's win in Brazil, six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton says it is "often the case" that Red Bull finishes a season strongly.

But Hamilton says it is clear that Honda is catching up.

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11/25/19
f1

Porsche rules out F1 project
Porsche is all-in on electric now
Porsche is all-in on electric now
(GMM) Porsche has ruled out entering Formula 1.

The VW-owned German sports car marque has switched from Le Mans success to Formula E, and Mark Webber says Porsche wants to dominate the electric series.

"The gloves are off now. We have got to do our best," said the former Porsche sports car driver.

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11/25/19
dtm
sgt

Karthikeyan wins Sunday's sensational Dream Race at Fuji
Start of race 2
Start of race 2

Narain Karthikeyan (Modulo Epson Honda NSX-GT) won the second Dream Race at Fuji Speedway, leading home the field after a breathlessly exciting, incident-strewn, Safety Car-punctuated finale to this weekend’s long-awaited SUPER GT x DTM tie-up.

The Indian driver quickly took control of the race, slipstreaming past pole-sitter Loic Duval (Audi RS 5 DTM) at the start of the second lap and seeing off a lengthy challenge from the chasing cars of Naoki Yamamoto (RAYBRIG Honda NSX-GT), Koudai Tsukakoshi (KEIHIN Honda NSX-GT) and Daisuke Nakajima (MOTUL MUGEN Honda NSX-GT).

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11/25/19
dtm
sgt

Nick Cassidy wins first-ever SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race
Race 1 start
Race 1 start

SUPER GT frontrunner Nick Cassidy took a commanding lights-to-flag victory at Fuji Speedway to win the first-ever Dream Race joint-event between the Japanese GT series and DTM on Saturday.

The KeePer TOM’S Lexus LC500 driver was untroubled from pole position after fellow front-row starter Loic Duval failed to make the grid after crashing on the installation lap. In the opening laps, the New Zealander quickly established a healthy lead over the chasing cars of Ronnie Quintarelli (MOTUL AUTECH Nissan GT-R) and Naoki Yamamoto (RAYBRIG Honda NSX-GT).

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11/25/19
f1

Kaltenborn eyes move into football management
Monisha Kaltenborn, failed at F1, now trying something different
Monisha Kaltenborn, failed at F1, now trying something different
(GMM) Monisha Kaltenborn's next move could be into the world of football.

The 48-year-old became the first female team boss and owner until the takeover of the Sauber team in 2016.

Germany's Auto Bild now reports that she is supporting Martin Bruckner's bid to become president of the Austrian football club SK Rapid Wien.

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11/25/19
f1

2019 tires would mean higher pressures in 2020 - Pirelli
And the reasson to change the tires for 2020 was what?
And the reason to change the tires for 2020 was what?
(GMM) Mario Isola has warned that Pirelli would have to increase mandatory running pressures if the teams reject the 2020 tires.

In Austin, teams got their first taste of the proposed 2020 tires, and the feedback was nearly universally negative.

However, Pirelli boss Isola is hoping the teams get a better impression when the tires are tested again after Abu Dhabi.

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11/25/19
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Indycar no distraction for F1 team - Seidl
McLaren is renting a car from Sam Schmidt's team who will do all the work to field it. So yes, McLaren has nothing to do except find a driver
McLaren is renting a car from Sam Schmidt's team who will do all the work to field it. So yes, McLaren has nothing to do except find a driver
(GMM) McLaren's full-time Indycar project for 2020 will not distract the improving British team in Formula 1.

"No," team boss Andreas Seidl insisted to the Spanish daily AS.

"It is important to understand how we manage these projects," he added. "They are independent of one another, each one focusing on its own program in the operational and technical aspects." 

Seidl, who is in charge of the Formula 1 team, indicated his support for McLaren supremo Zak Brown's approach.

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11/25/19
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Kubica 'cheerful' as F1 race career ends
Kubica happy to put failed F1 return behind him
Kubica happy to put failed F1 return behind him
(GMM) Robert Kubica is in a "very good mood" even though he is bowing out of Williams and Formula 1.

It is expected that the Pole will race elsewhere in 2020, whilst potentially serving as Racing Point's new F1 reserve driver.

However, former driver Christian Danner - now a commentator - told the German broadcaster RTL that Kubica remains chirpy.

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11/25/19
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McLaren 'absolutely' happy with current drivers
Sainz Jr.
Sainz Jr.
(GMM) McLaren is more than happy with its current driver lineup.

This year, despite Fernando Alonso's departure, the British team has become 'best of the rest' behind the sport's top three outfits.

Even Christian Horner, a top official at Red Bull who released former junior driver Carlos Sainz Jr. to McLaren, is happy for the Spanish driver.

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