Ferrari fined $50k for Abu Dhabi GP F1 fuel breach, Leclerc keeps P3
The Binotto run Ferrari team makes so many tactical as well as mental mistakes he should be canned
Charles Leclerc will keep his third-place finish in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but his Ferrari team have been fined €50,000 after the stewards found the Italian squad had given an inaccurate fuel declaration for the Monegasque’s car ahead of the race.
While the teams were preparing on the grid for the Grand Prix, the stewards issued a document highlighting the discrepancy, but said it would not be investigated until after the race. Leclerc went on to finish third in the race, behind race winner Lewis Hamilton and second-placed Max Verstappen.
DHL Awards go to World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
DHL CEO John Pearson and Lewis Hamilton
At the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019 on December 1, logistics partner DHL again presented two awards: the DHL Fastest Lap Award to the driver with the most fastest laps and the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award to the team that most consistently achieved the fastest pit stops over the course of the season. The DHL Fastest Lap Award this season goes to Lewis Hamilton, who drives for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team and was crowned Formula 1 World Champion early this season. In a repeat of last year, the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award will be won by Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, which impressed with three world record times in a single season prior to the race on Sunday.
Ghiotto sprints to victory in final F2 race of 2019
From left, Nicholas Latifi, Lua Ghiotto, and Sergio Sette Camara
Luca Ghiotto made it back-to-back Sprint Race wins to seal third in the Championship and close out his final Formula 2 race with a victory. The win is the Italian’s fifth during his time in F2, and fourth this season, as he brings a close to the 2019 season. Finishing in second place, Nicholas Latifi is crowned Vice-Champion, while his teammate Sergio Sette Camara claimed the final podium spot and fourth in the Championship.
With Latifi and Ghiotto battling to become Vice-Champion, and lining up second and third on the reverse grid, they knew that a strong start would be vital. Ghiotto’s was perfect, Latifi’s was sluggish. The Italian fired ahead, as Latifi failed to challenge Giuliano Alesi on reverse pole, and lost out to Ghiotto.
Daimler to ax at least 10,000 jobs as Tesla eats into its sales
People who used to buy expensive German cars are now buying Teslas in bigger numbers
Daimler said on Friday it will cut at least 10,000 jobs worldwide over the next three years, following others in the industry as they cut costs to invest in electric vehicles while grappling with weakening sales. With so many Teslas now on the road there is no question they are hurting the German auto industry.
It marks the third announcement on cost cuts this week by a major German car company as automakers seek to fund huge investments into cleaner and self-driving technologies while demand in China, their biggest market, is falling and a trade war between Washington and Beijing is curbing economic growth.
Kyle Larson (right) poses with Ventura Raceway promoter Jim Naylor following Friday night's Turkey Night Grand Prix victory
Nearing halfway of Friday night’s 98-lap feature at California’s Ventura Raceway while running fifth, Kyle Larson nearly saw his Turkey Night Grand Prix end in shambles after biking hard into turn one.
Somehow, someway, the Elk Grove, Calif. native regained his footing, kept his foot on the throttle and carried on as if it was just part of the game plan.
Obviously, it wasn’t, but Larson welcomes a challenge and responded to it in kind throughout the night, beginning with his qualifying run. After being a favorite to win the pole, Larson uncharacteristically spun on his second qualifying lap, relegating him to 16th fastest and forcing him to carve through the field if he was to reach the pinnacle once again.
The FIA Endurance Commission has confirmed that the two Toyota will be hit with unequal Success Ballast handicap for the upcoming Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain in December.
The #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway will be slowed by 2.51s. This is two-tenths of a second less than the #8 of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley, who have been handed a 2.72s penalty.
The optimal strategy for the 55-lap Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a one-stopper, but there are several interesting variations on this theme as the pit stop window is quite wide.
There are two one-stop strategies that work almost equally well: soft for seven to 14 laps, combined with hard for 41 to 48 laps. Alternatively, medium for 10 to 18 laps, combined with hard for 37 to 45 laps.
It's then going to be down to the individual race circumstances for each driver to decide when is the best time to stop.
From left, Nobuharu Matsushita, Sergio Sette Camara, and Guanyu Zhou
Sergio Sette Camara battled to his first Feature Race win in Formula 2 and earned DAMS the Teams’ Championship title in emphatic style under the lights at Yas Marina. The Brazilian recovered from a slow start to finish five seconds ahead of Carlin’s Nobuharu Matsushita and Guanyu Zhou, of DAMS’ title rivals UNI-Virtuosi.
Emotions poured from the French side’s pit wall in the aftermath, as the team passionately told Sette Camara on the radio: “Jean-Paul would be proud of that one,” in honor of the late Jean-Paul Driot, the French team’s founder.
It was all change on Valtteri Bottas’ Silver Arrow on Friday night as Mercedes were forced to fit a new power unit for the second time this weekend in Abu Dhabi, ahead of final practice…
Mercedes mechanical failures are rare, with Bottas’ engine problem in Brazil the team’s first since Austria 2018. They fitted a new internal combustion engine (ICE), turbocharger and MGU-H ahead of Friday practice, triggering a string of grid penalties that would confine him to the back of the grid.
Israeli racer Nissany to drive for Williams at Abu Dhabi test
Former Formula 2 driver Roy Nissany will get his first taste of 2019 Formula 1 machinery when he takes the wheel for Williams during next week’s two-day post-season test in Abu Dhabi.
ROKiT Williams Racing is pleased to confirm its line-up for the post-season Abu Dhabi Pirelli tire test. 2020 Race Drivers, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will be joined by Israeli racer Roy Nissany.
The final practice in Abu Dhabi saw an interesting session, with the top three teams completing slightly different strategies. With Ferrari concentrating on the medium compound tire to see if it is fast enough to make it thru Q2, that left Mercedes and Red Bull to tussle it out on the softer reds and it was the Dutchman Max Verstappen who came out on top.
Verstappen's second flying lap at the end of the session was fastest with a 1m 36.566s, 0.074s ahead of World Champion Lewis Hamilton and 0.089s ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the 2nd Mercedes.
Zak Brown watches as the Honda powered cars bury his McLarens
(GMM) McLaren supremo Zak Brown is refusing to say whether he regrets splitting with the team's former works engine supplier Honda.
After three dismal years together following Honda's return to Formula 1 in 2015, Brown and fellow executives signed up instead for a customer Renault deal.
However, although McLaren has upped its game considerably and is now regarded as 'best of the rest' in 2019, Red Bull scooped up the works Honda deal and is now winning races and targeting the title for 2020.
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Takes a Bow in "FORD v FERRARI"
1966 24 Hours of LeMans
Anyone who has seen "FORD v FERRARI," the blockbuster 20th Century Fox film depicting Ford Motor Co.'s effort - spearheaded by Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and Ken Miles (Christian Bale) - to unseat Ferrari as the king of Le Mans, saw this before the credits rolled: "Revered by racing fans worldwide, Ken Miles was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame."
"The goal that our late president Ron Watson had from the outset was that induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America would be seen as the ultimate motorsports credential," said George Levy, president of the MSHFA, "just as with Cooperstown for baseball and Canton for football. The mention in 'FORD v FERRARI' is proof that goal is being realized."
Sergio Sette Camara continued his hot form from Free Practice to score his second pole position of the 2019 season, in Qualifying at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. The Brazilian puts his DAMS’ side in a strong position to secure the Teams’ Championship in tomorrow’s Feature Race, but will face stern competition from Callum Ilott in P2 and Louis Deletraz in third.
Jordan King was the first out on track, setting the initial time at 2m 11s, while Nyck de Vries and Jack Aitken were amongst five drivers to remain in the pitlane when the lights went green. Deletraz set the first fast time of the evening, racing around in 1:50.128, but was swiftly displayed by Ilott, who beat him by less than a hundredth of a second.
Mercedes Valtteri Bottas' finished on top of second Abu Dhabi GP practice with a time of 1m36.256s to make it a clean sweep for the day, but it wasn't the perfect evening for the Finn after he collided with the Haas of Romain Grosjean towards the end of the session, in a move that left the Frenchman rather irate.
Mercedes did well to get Bottas back out before the end of the session - but it remains to be seen how much damage was inflicted on Grosjean's Haas, and whether he might end up with any penalties as a result.
Vettel hits the barrier with his left rear causing damage to the fragile Ferrari
The track was still dusty and the sun was still heating the track, so the times are meaningless, but Valtteri Bottas put his new Mercedes engine to good use and turned the fastest lap of 1m36.957s in opening practice for the Abu Dhabi GP.
Max Verstappen was 2nd quick 0.535s back in his Red Bull Honda and Lewis Hamilton third in the 2nd Mercedes 0.634s in arrears.
Video: Max Verstappen and Alex Albon duel in the desert
Fun and games in the desert
Before getting down to the business of the season finale at Yas Marina, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing drivers Alex Albon and Max Verstappen took advantage of their surroundings on Wednesday, heading into the Dubai desert to sample a rather different kind of racing machine; a Honda dune buggy.
Arriving in style in an Aston Martin DBX, the drivers were soon rather more hot and sweaty, jumping dunes and doing donuts in their Honda Talon 1000X. While Max had sampled similar kit before, this was Alex’s first foray into off-roading. Fortunately, Red Bull athlete Mohammed Balooshi, motocross and desert rally rider, was on hand to deliver a few pointers.
Sergio Sette Camara fastest in session1, eyes IndyCar for 2020
Sergio Sette Camara led an all DAMS top two in Free Practice, topping the first session of the season finale ahead of teammate Nicholas Latifi. The French side are looking to wrap up the Teams’ Championship this weekend, ahead of second place UNI-Virtuosi, and it was the British team’s driver, Guanyu Zhou, in third place.
Latifi was the first man to hit the track, fresh from the announcement that he will race in Formula 1 next season with Williams. Mahaveer Raghunathan was the first to set a time though, as the rest of the grid acclimatised to the circuit.
Rather than race IndyCars, Nico Hulkenberg prepares for 2020
(GMM) Nico Hulkenberg says the only sure thing in his immediate future is a "break".
After a decade on the grid, the 32-year-old German lost his Renault race seat for 2020 and also failed to reach a deal with an alternate team.
"My future is still in the stars, but for me that's fine. I've known for a while that this moment is coming," he said in Abu Dhabi, the last race of 2019.
"I'm curious to see which chapter I'll open after that, and I really don't know what will happen, but for now I just want to have a break for a few months and then see where my head and my heart take me," Hulkenberg added.
Historic Trans Am Series Joins 2020 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Historic Mustang Trans-Am
Fans at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will have the opportunity to witness some of the most legendary cars in Trans Am racing history next summer as the Historic Trans Am Series will join an action-packed on-track lineup during Grand Prix weekend – May 29-31, 2020 on Belle Isle.
The Historic Trans Am Series features some of the most iconic cars from what’s considered one of the greatest eras of Trans Am racing in the late 1960s to early 1970s. Featuring such cars as Chevrolet Camaros, Ford Mustangs, AMC Javelins, Pontiac Firebirds, Ford Falcons, Plymouth Barracudas, Dodge Challengers and more, the Historic Trans Am Series will connect fans to the legendary Motor City muscle cars that helped build Trans Am into one of the top forms of motorsports in the United States.
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