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12/01/19
f1

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
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.

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12/01/19
f1

Final 2019 F1 Point Standings
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
Assuming Leclerc does not lose his Abu Dhabi 3rd place, below are the final F1 drivers' standings for 2019
POSDRIVERNATTEAMPTS
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport413
2Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport326
3Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda278
4Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari264
5Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari240
6Carlos SainzESPMcLaren F1 Team96
7Pierre GaslyFRARed Bull Honda/Toro Rosso Honda95
8Alexander AlbonTHAToro Rosso Honda/Red Bull Honda92
9Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault F1 Team54
10Sergio PerezMEXSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team52
11Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team49
12Kimi RaikkonenITAAlfa Romeo Racing43
13Daniil KvyatRUSRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda37
14Nico HulkenbergGERRenault F1 Team37
15Lance StrollCANSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team21
16Kevin MagnussenDENRich Energy Haas F1 Team20
17Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing14
18Romain GrosjeanFRARich Energy Haas F1 Team8
19Robert KubicaPOLROKiT Williams Racing1
20George RussellGBRROKiT Williams Racing0


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12/01/19
f1

DHL Awards go to World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
DHL CEO John Pearson and Lewis Hamilton
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.

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12/01/19
f2

Ghiotto sprints to victory in final F2 race of 2019
From left, Nicholas Latifi, Lua Ghiotto, and Sergio Sette Camara
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.

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12/01/19
f1

Russell 'proud' of 21-0 Kubica defeat in 2019
George Russell proud to beat a 1-armed driver. His teammate Robert Kubica's right arm was mangled in a rally car accident and reconstructive surgery has left it largely useless
George Russell is proud to beat a 1-armed driver. His teammate Robert Kubica's right arm was mangled in a rally car accident and reconstructive surgery has left it largely useless
(GMM) George Russell says he is "proud" to have beaten Robert Kubica in qualifying at every single grand prix in 2019.

Abu Dhabi made it a 21-0 clean sweep of Saturday afternoon triumphs for rookie Russell, who almost had to sit out the weekend for Williams with a mysterious personal issue.

"It was never my goal," rookie Russell is quoted by Poland's Przeglad Sportowy when asked about the qualifying whitewash.

"We both realized quite early that we are only fighting each other, so I do have some satisfaction with this statistic. I'm proud of it," he added.

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12/01/19
f1

Coulthard would 'understand' Verstappen exit
David Coulthard
David Coulthard
(GMM) 2020 will be a "crucial season" for Red Bull and Max Verstappen.

That is the view of former Red Bull driver David Coulthard, who told De Telegraaf newspaper that he can imagine Verstappen leaving the team after 2020.

"Max is one of the best drivers, but he has been limited somewhat by the car," he said.

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12/01/19
f1

CEO says Ferrari keeping controversial veto power
Louis Camilleri
Louis Camilleri
(GMM) Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri has confirmed that the Maranello team is keeping its controversial veto rights in 2021 and beyond.

It was rumored that the historical and unique veto had been negotiated out of the next Concorde Agreement, which is yet to be signed by the teams.

Ferrari has refrained from being a loud public voice amid the negotiations.

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12/01/19
f1

Ricciardo signing brought pressure to Renault - boss
Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo
(GMM) Team boss Cyril Abiteboul has admitted it was "difficult to manage" Daniel Ricciardo's first season at Renault.

Ricciardo's move to the French works team from Red Bull was highly controversial, and then Renault struggled even to reach its goal of being 'best of the rest' in 2019.

"A lot was said about his recruitment. It's been a bit complicated to manage," Abiteboul told Le Figaro.

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12/01/19
f1

Renault needs more demanding driver like Ocon - boss
Will Cyril Abiteboul's slow cars ruin another good career?
Will Cyril Abiteboul's slow cars ruin another good career?

(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul thinks signing up Esteban Ocon is the perfect move for Renault.

The French team is making room for the current Mercedes reserve driver by ousting 32-year-old Nico Hulkenberg.

23-year-old Ocon's 2020 teammate will therefore be Daniel Ricciardo, who is 30.

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12/01/19
f1

F1 Teams set to vote on 2020 Pirelli tires
Teams tested the 2020 tires in Austin and deemed them junk
Teams tested the 2020 tires in Austin and deemed them junk

(GMM) F1 teams will vote on December 9 about whether to keep or scrap Pirelli's proposed tires for 2020.

Drivers tested the 2020 tires recently in Austin, and complained that not only are they not better than this year's tires, but that they are notably worse.

So now, several teams want to simply keep racing with the 2019 tires.

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12/01/19
f1

Alonso meets with Liberty officials in Abu Dhabi
Last year Alonso beat his teammate Vandoorne 20-0 in qualifying, could he come back in 2021 and still be competitive
Last year Alonso beat his teammate Vandoorne 20-0 in qualifying, could he come back in 2021 and still be competitive
(GMM) Fernando Alonso appears to be stepping up his bid to return to Formula 1 in 2021.

The Spaniard, who quit McLaren and F1 at the end of last year, is back in the paddock in Abu Dhabi.

One observer even saw the 38-year-old, who will tackle the Dakar rally and the Indy 500 next year, in conversation with Liberty Media officials.

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12/01/19
f1

Ferrari would be 'stupid' to cheat - Ecclestone
Was it cheating, or did Ferrari find a loophole in the rules?
Was it cheating, or did Ferrari find a loophole in the rules?
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has doubled down on his defense of Ferrari, after the Italian team was recently accused of "cheating".

Max Verstappen made the most explicit accusation, but what is undeniable is that Ferrari's top speeds have dropped off in the wake of the FIA's recent technical directives about engine legality.

Indeed, former Mercedes boss Norbert Haug told Bild am Sonntag newspaper that the FIA's clarifications "went hand in hand with a performance drop for Ferrari".

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12/01/19
automotive

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
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.

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12/01/19
f1

Toro Rosso name change to Alpha Tauri confirmed
Pierre Gasly in the Toro Rosso at Monza
Pierre Gasly in the Toro Rosso at Monza
The Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso team will compete under the name of Alpha Tauri next season, Formula One’s governing body confirmed on Saturday.

The Italy-based team were listed on the 2020 provisional entry list as Scuderia Alpha Tauri Honda, with Alpha Tauri as the chassis name.

Alpha Tauri is a fashion brand also owned by the Austrian energy drink company.

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11/30/19
usac

Kyle Larson wins third Turkey Night Grand Prix
Kyle Larson (right) poses with Ventura Raceway promoter Jim Naylor following Friday night's Turkey Night Grand Prix victory
Kyle Larson (right) poses with Ventura Raceway promoter Jim Naylor following Friday night's Turkey Night Grand Prix victory
Rich Forman
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.

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11/30/19
wec

Toyotas neutered for Bahrain
#8 Toyota
#8 Toyota
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.

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11/30/19
f1

Tire strategies for Abu Dhabi GP
Tire Strategies
Tire Strategies

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.

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11/30/19
f2

Sette Camara wins in Abu Dhabi
From left, Nobuharu Matsushita, Sergio Sette Camara, and Guanyu Zhou
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.

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11/30/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
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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11/30/19
f1

Mercedes change Bottas' engine again in Abu Dhabi
Valtteri Bottas’ is starting last anyway
Valtteri Bottas’ is starting last anyway

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.

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11/30/19
f1

Israeli racer Nissany to drive for Williams at Abu Dhabi test
Roy Nissany
Roy Nissany

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.

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11/30/19
f1

Verstappen tops final practice in Abu Dhabi
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

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.

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11/30/19
f1

Honda confirms Red Bull talks about 2022 underway
Horner ecstatic Honda wants to continue
Horner ecstatic Honda wants to continue
(GMM) Honda boss Masashi Yamamoto says it is likely the Japanese manufacturer will stay in Formula 1 beyond 2021.

After signing a one-year contract extension beyond 2020 with Honda, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko said talks about 2022 and 2023 are already underway.

Red Bull is clearly under pressure to wrap up a longer Honda deal in order to convince Max Verstappen to sign up for 2021 and beyond.

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11/30/19
f1

Williams puts Sirotkin on stand-by in Abu Dhabi
Willans throws Sergey Sirotkin a bone for all the money he paid to be a bench warmer
Williams throws Sergey Sirotkin a bone for all the money he paid to be a bench warmer
(GMM) Sergey Sirotkin, who is actually Renault and McLaren's reserve driver, was put on standby to potentially replace Williams' George Russell in Abu Dhabi.

British rookie Russell is not saying what the problem is.

"It's not an illness, it's something different," he is quoted by Auto Hebdo. "Everything will make sense when I can say more.

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11/30/19
f1

Leclerc will aim for 2020 title - Binotto
If Binotto does not improve the decision making of the Ferrari team, Leclerc will be fighting suck the fumes of both Mercedes and Red bull
If Binotto does not improve the decision making of the Ferrari team, Leclerc will be fighting to suck the fumes of both Mercedes and Red bull
(GMM) Mattia Binotto says he is still fully supportive of Ferrari's current driver lineup, even after their clash in Brazil.

That is despite the fact that many in the paddock think the momentum at Ferrari is clearly shifting for the future towards Charles Leclerc.

"For his first season with Ferrari, under a lot of pressure for a boy so young, he has proven to be mature, fast and making not many mistakes," team boss Binotto told Sky Italia.

"I think in the race he has to improve in deciding the pace and the wear of the tires, as Sebastian in this area is still ahead of him," he added.

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11/30/19
f1

Renault to test 'e-sport' driver in F1 simulator
Jarno Opmeer - every kids dream - to get paid to play video games
Jarno Opmeer - every kids dream - to get paid to play video games
(GMM) F1 teams are beginning to explore the crossover between so-called 'e-sports' and its real-life counterpart.

Once simply a world of video games for fun, technological progress means that the official "Formula 1 Esports Series" is getting tantalizingly close to the real thing.

"There are a lot of similarities between the two," Jarno Opmeer, Renault's official e-sports driver who is also a real-life single seater racer, told Ouest France newspaper.

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11/30/19
f1

Canada GP promoter in Abu Dhabi for Latifi news
Francois Dumontier salivating that there will be not 1, but now 2 ride-buying Canadians in F1 next year
Francois Dumontier salivating that there will be not 1, but now 2, ride-buying Canadians in F1 next year
(GMM) Canada GP promoter Francois Dumontier traveled to Abu Dhabi for the announcement of Nicholas Latifi's 2020 race seat with Williams.

Le Journal de Montreal said Dumontier also traveled to England in late 2016 when the same British team was about to announce Lance Stroll's signing.

"When I heard that Williams would make the announcement in Abu Dhabi, I decided to come here," he said.

"We cannot ask for more," Dumontier added. "Two Canadians in F1 on a permanent basis is a very historic and exciting moment."

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11/30/19
f1

Raikkonen, Bottas, undecided about 2021
Kimi Raikkonen could hang it up after 2020
Kimi Raikkonen could hang it up after 2020
(GMM) F1's two Finnish drivers aren't sure what they will be doing in 2021.

Like many drivers on the grid this year, both Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas are only signed up to their current teams for 2020.

"Well, that decision must be made somewhere before then, but I haven't even thought about it," said 40-year-old Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen in Abu Dhabi.

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11/30/19
f1

McLaren's Brown not admitting Honda regret
Zak Brown watches as the Honda powered cars bury his McLarens
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.

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11/30/19
f1

Mercedes bans Ocon from Abu Dhabi garage
Mercedes reserve driver Esteban Ocon banned
Mercedes reserve driver Esteban Ocon banned
(GMM) Mercedes has banned its 2019 reserve driver Esteban Ocon from the team garage this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Although to still be managed by Toto Wolff, the Frenchman has been signed up by the Renault works team for 2020.

Ocon, 23, has also been released early by Mercedes so that he can get an early taste of the 2019 Renault in the post-grand prix Abu Dhabi test next week.

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11/30/19
f1

Verstappen donates to koala fundraiser
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen has made a donation to help save Australia's koalas from bushfire.

A crowd-funding campaign for the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in Australia aimed to raise $25,000 to put drinking stations in areas ravaged by recent fires.

But when footage of a koala rescue went internationally viral, and it then emerged that the koala in the footage had died, the fundraiser spiraled and almost $2 million has now been raised.

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11/30/19
f1

Vettel admits wanting to 'stay home' this weekend
Ferrari Technical Director Laurent Mekies and Sebastian Vettel in Abu Dhabi
Ferrari Technical Director Laurent Mekies and Sebastian Vettel in Abu Dhabi
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel has admitted he would have liked to "stay home" this weekend.

On Thursday, the Ferrari driver missed the FIA press conference in Abu Dhabi following the birth less than 24 hours earlier of his third child - his first son.

"Maybe this is the first weekend where the feeling is strongest that I would also like to stay at home," he told the German broadcaster RTL.

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11/30/19
f1

F1 wants changes to Paul Ricard layout
Paul Ricard circuit
Paul Ricard circuit

(GMM) Formula 1 is pushing organizers of the French GP to make modifications to the Paul Ricard circuit.

This year's race at the track was regarded as perhaps the most boring of 2019.

L'Equipe sports newspaper reports that Eric Boullier, the former McLaren boss who is now involved in organizing the French GP, is in Abu Dhabi this weekend for talks.

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11/30/19
f2
f1

Schumacher happy to be Leclerc's future teammate
Mick Schumacher - not fast enough yet
Mick Schumacher - not fast enough yet
(GMM) Mick Schumacher says he would be happy to be Charles Leclerc's future teammate at Ferrari.

The 20-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher admits he would have liked to make the jump for 2020, but he is only twelfth overall in his first season of Formula 2.

"Although I have the super license, I have not had a real opportunity to make the jump to F1," Schumacher told Marca sports newspaper in Abu Dhabi.

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11/29/19
wec

Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Takes a Bow in "FORD v FERRARI"
1966 24 Hours of LeMans
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."

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11/29/19
F2

Sette Camara clinches pole at Yas Marina
Sergio Sette Camara
Sergio Sette Camara
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.

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11/29/19
f1

Bottas tops Abu Dhabi practice 2 despite crashing
Bottas and Grosjean tangle
Bottas and Grosjean tangle

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.

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11/29/19
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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11/29/19
f1

Bottas over Verstappen in Abu Dhabi practice 1
Vettel hits the barrier with his left rear causing damage to the fragile Ferrari
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.

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11/29/19
f1

Video: Max Verstappen and Alex Albon duel in the desert
Fun and games 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.

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11/29/19
f2

F2: Sette Camara sets the pace in Free Practice
Sergio Sette Camara fastest in session1, eyes IndyCar for 2020
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.

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11/29/19
f1

Sirotkin might replace Russell in Abu Dhabi
Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin
Williams is unsure if George Russell will be fit to race at this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and is believed to have Sergey Sirotkin on standby to step in if needed.

Sirotkin raced for the Williams team in 2018 alongside Lance Stroll, competing the entire season before leaving and rejoining Renault as a reserve driver this year.

Sirotkin also holds a reserve role with McLaren. He last raced in F1 12 months ago, at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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11/29/19
f1

Latifi 'sure' Williams will improve
With his daddy's injection of $30 million into the Williams team, how could it not improve?
With his daddy's injection of $30 million into the Williams team, how could it not improve?
(GMM) Nicholas Latifi thinks Williams can bounce back after horror 2018 and 2019 seasons.

The 24-year-old Canadian, with the powerful backing of his billionaire father and McLaren co-owner Michael Latifi, has been signed by Williams to replace Robert Kubica in 2020.

Latifi denied the seat is a poisoned chalice.

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11/29/19
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Williams did not use my experience - Kubica
Kubica endures final race for Williams this weekend
Kubica endures final race for Williams this weekend

(GMM) Robert Kubica says Williams did not make the most of his contribution in 2019.

The Pole admitted in Abu Dhabi that this weekend is "probably" his last ever in Formula 1.

Next year, he admits he is targeting a race seat in DTM, and aims to combine it with a F1 reserve role to complement sponsor PKN Orlen's next move.

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11/29/19
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Doping scandal will not affect Russia GP - official
Russian GP
Russian GP
(GMM) A Russian official has played down suggestions the future of the country's Formula 1 race could be in danger.

The World Anti-Doping Agency is considering banning Russia from hosting major sporting competitions for several years for not cooperating with doping investigations.

But Svetlana Shakhova, who is secretary of the Russian Automobile Federation, said it shouldn't affect the Sochi race.

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11/29/19
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Ferrari duo still allowed to race - Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
(GMM) Ferrari's two drivers will still be allowed to race, despite angering bosses with their collision in Brazil.

While Sebastian Vettel was absent on Thursday due to the third of his third child, a son, his teammate Charles Leclerc said in Abu Dhabi that they will simply be "a bit less aggressive" in future.

"Seb probably shouldn't have gone to the left and he knows it," he said. "And I could have done a better job of avoiding him going to the left.

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11/29/19
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Hulkenberg admits future 'in the stars'
Nico Hulkenberg prepares for 2020
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.

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11/29/19
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2020 F1 debut 'would have been nice' - Schumacher
Mick Schumacher has yet to prove himself
Mick Schumacher has yet to prove himself
(GMM) Mick Schumacher admits it "would have been nice" if he had been able to step up to Formula 1 for 2020.

However, as he looks set to finish just 12th overall this year, the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher is instead signing up for a second season of Formula 2.

"I'm glad that I can continue in the same team," the German said.

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11/29/19
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Relationships 'tough' for F1 drivers - Hamilton
Vettel manages a wife and now 3 kids, Hamilton struggles to keep his dog alive
Vettel manages a wife and now 3 kids, Hamilton struggles to keep his dog alive
(GMM) Six time world champion Lewis Hamilton says having personal relationships outside of Formula 1 is difficult for the drivers.

Sebastian Vettel was late to arrive in Abu Dhabi on Thursday after the birth on Wednesday of his third child - a son.

"Congratulations to Seb, he's obviously a great father," Hamilton said.

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11/29/19
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Honda engine now 'on par with Mercedes' - Albon
Albon beats Hamilton to line in Brazil
Albon beats Hamilton to line in Brazil
(GMM) Red Bull driver Alex Albon thinks Honda is now "on a par with Mercedes".

Just four years after Honda's abysmal 2015 return to Formula 1 with McLaren, the Japanese supplier has finally caught up with the other engine manufacturers.

However, some think it was the high altitude in Brazil that helped Honda-powered Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly to finish first and second recently.

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11/29/19
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'Interesting times ahead' for Renault - Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg prepares to weed his garden in 2020
Nico Hulkenberg prepares to weed his garden in 2020
(GMM) Daniel Ricciardo says Renault is showing "encouraging signs" at the tail end of his difficult first season since leaving Red Bull.

The Australian insists he does not regret quitting as Max Verstappen's teammate to join Renault, who are fighting to keep fifth place in the constructors' championship at the Abu Dhabi finale.

"It wasn't a failure," Ricciardo told Ziggo Sport when asked about Renault's 2019, "but we did not achieve what we wanted to achieve.

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11/29/19
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Renault needs 'patience' for works success - Boullier
Eric Boullier
Eric Boullier
(GMM) Renault only needs "patience" and it can eventually catch the top teams in Formula 1.

That is the view of Frenchman Eric Boullier, the former McLaren boss who actually entered F1 to front a former incarnation of the team based at Enstone.

"It's a big challenge to take over a team and reconfigure it," he told Ouest France newspaper when asked about Renault's difficult 2019 season.

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11/29/19
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'No room' for second driver at Red Bull - Boullier
Verstappen is Red Bull's favored son
Verstappen is Red Bull's favored son
(GMM) Any driver would struggle to be Max Verstappen's teammate at Red Bull-Honda.

That is the view of former McLaren team boss Eric Boullier, who was asked by Ouest France newspaper about Pierre Gasly's up-and-down 2019 season.

Fellow Frenchman Gasly moved up to Red Bull Racing for 2019 to replace Daniel Ricciardo, but by mid-season he had been relegated to Toro Rosso.

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11/29/19
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Video: Love him or not: Kyle Busch's funniest quotes of all time
If he's being clever or witty, or just plain mad, take a listen to Kyle Busch's best quotes from on and off of the race track in this NASCAR YouTube compilation.

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11/29/19
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Scuderia Ferrari Q&A with Mattia Binotto
Mattia’s Q&A session is online. Watch it to see his thoughts from the 2019 season and get ready for the Abu Dhabi GP.

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Historic Trans Am Series Joins 2020 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Historic Mustang Trans-Am
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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