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06/03/19
nasmon

Dallara to build part of NASCAR's next car?


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06/03/19
irl

Detroit Grand Prix Attendance Likely Dipped Below 100,000
The rain on Saturday hurt the gate
The rain on Saturday hurt the gate
IndyCar headed to Michigan over the weekend for the 30th edition of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, and race Chair Bud Denker said that attendance was "expected to be down from 105,000 last year to 95,000 this year."

However, Denker was "pleased with adjustments made by the race staff, such as evacuating fans in 45 minutes because of inclement weather Saturday."

This year, paddock access was made available for "all ticket-holders," one of "several enhancements" at Belle Isle. DETROIT FREE PRESS,

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06/02/19
dtm

DTM could be next series to go electric
DTM Hockenheim
DTM Hockenheim
Nico Rosberg believes that DTM could be the next series to go electric, following in the footsteps of Formula E.

Motorsport has seen a lot of questions raised over the future of multiple championships. A merger between Formula 1 and Formula E has been ruled out, but the push for electric racing could see more series make the switch.

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06/01/19
nasmon

NASCAR eyes hybrid future (Update)
NASCAR, like IndyCar, is forced to go hybrid or lose all manufacturer support
NASCAR, like IndyCar, is forced to go hybrid or lose all manufacturer support
UPDATE
 Relative to hybridization and electrification, quite simply, it’s not a question of if, it’s a question of how and when,” David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development said Thursday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “A hybrid type of strategy is absolutely something that we’re looking at.

“Candidly, it won’t be something that we see as early as ’21. That’s, realistically, a little further down the road.”

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06/01/19
f1

Can Briatore rescue a floundering Ferrari F1 team?
Flavio Briatore
Flavio Briatore

Paul Velasco makes a case for Flavio Briatore at Ferrari.........

It’s open season on trash talking Ferrari in Italy, needless to say among the loudest hecklers is Flavio Briatore who has never been shy to speak his mind.

Could the former Formula 1 world champion team boss and mentor to greats – Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso – be making a play to help the Reds out of their misery? Maybe he should…

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05/30/19
f1

Did Monaco change the track and not say?
Swimming Pool area
Swimming Pool area
(GMM) Some drivers believe the Monaco layout was tweaked without their knowledge ahead of the 2019 race.

Officially, the circuit remained at precisely 3.337 kilometers from 2018 to 2019.

But some drivers disagree, and according to Auto Motor und Sport raised the issue at the driver briefing.

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05/30/19
f1

2020 F1 driver 'silly season' kicking off
Fernando Alonso or Max Vertsappen could be at play at Ferrari if Vettel retires as rumored
Fernando Alonso or Max Verstappen could be at play at Ferrari if Vettel retires as rumored
(GMM) Six races into 2019, the driver 'silly season' looks set to kick off.

The most explosive rumor is that four time world champion Sebastian Vettel, under huge pressure at Ferrari this year, could be contemplating retirement at the end of the season.

In Monaco, he admitted his role in Ferrari's issues.

"Well, I'm part of the team so I don't put myself above," said the 31-year-old German.

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05/29/19
irl

IndyCar eyes Richmond return
The IRL raced at Richmond from 2001-2009
The IRL raced at Richmond from 2001-2009
Richmond Raceway’s brief romance with IndyCar racing could be rekindled writes Randy Hallman of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The sculpted-for-speed racers that zoom around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway made an annual stop at the 0.75-mile Richmond track for a few years, and they might be coming back.

Emphasize “might be.” So far, there is no deal. There is no memo of understanding. There is not so much as a handshake.

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05/29/19
f1

Azerbaijan F1 GP Could Charter Flights For '20 Race
Arif Rahimov
Arif Rahimov
Azerbaijan Grand Prix promoters are "considering laying on charter flights" for next year’s F1 race after soccer fans "struggled to reach Baku" for Wednesday’s Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal, which Chelsea won 4-1.

The lack of direct flights to Azerbaijan from Britain, where most of the 10 F1 teams are based, and the cost of the 8,000-km round trip to Baku "have been highlighted in recent weeks."

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05/28/19
f1

Leclerc to follow Vettel out the door at Ferrari?
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc

Six races into his Ferrari career and Charles Leclerc’s relationship with the Scuderia is “close to breaking point” according to a report in the Italian media.

Leclerc’s first season with Ferrari has been undone on two sides, team orders and errors.

While the former has seen the Monegasque driver firmly put in his place as Ferrari’s number two on several occasions, the latter has also cost him points.

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05/28/19
f1

Boullier confirms F1 return 'rumors'
Eric Boullier
Eric Boullier
(GMM) Eric Boullier says he could return to Formula 1.

The Frenchman was ousted as McLaren boss last year, as the once-great British team failed to return to strength even after the dismal Honda collaboration.

"I did everything I could with the means I had been given," the 45-year-old told f1only.fr.

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05/27/19
irl
nasmon

IndyCar and NASCAR talking about a possible doubleheader
Daniel Hemric. Many in NASCAR are in favor of a doubleheader
Daniel Hemric. Many in NASCAR are in favor of a doubleheader
What do NASCAR drivers think about the prospect of their world colliding with IndyCar’s in a hypothetical doubleheader weekend, with their top series competing at the same track?

The idea of a doubleheader has been part of the conversation this week in Indianapolis, where the Indy 500 preceded tonight’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

At least three NASCAR drivers would embrace it with open arms.

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05/26/19
f1

Raikkonen could race into his mid-40s
Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen
(GMM) Kimi Raikkonen says it is possible he will keep racing beyond the end of his current contract.

Having debuted in 2001, the Finn says reaching the 300 grand prix mark this weekend in Monaco is "just a number".

But only Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello had marginally longer careers. And if 2007 world champion Raikkonen races to the end of his 2020 contract with Alfa Romeo, he will top the list outright.

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05/25/19
irl
f1

McLaren to buy spot in the Indy 500 (3rd Update)
Servia's seat was never up for sale and they were never approached
Servia's seat was never up for sale and they were never approached
UPDATE
 While McLaren may have tried to buy Alonso a ride in the 500, it was not Oriol Servia's ride.

A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I wanted to touch base tonite on the Alonso drama from last week in regards to Servia’s seat. 

  1. Servia’s seat is owned by my team, Team Stange Racing in a partnership with ASPM. I brought all the sponsorship for the Indy 500 as well as Oriol.

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05/25/19
f1

Designer could return to Ferrari
Simone Resta
Simone Resta
(GMM) Ferrari could recall its former chief designer from Alfa Romeo.

Mid last year, it emerged that Simone Resta would move from Maranello to Sauber, the Swiss team that this year became Alfa Romeo.

Now, after Ferrari failed to win a single grand prix so far in 2019, Resta could return from the Ferrari 'B' team to Italy.

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05/24/19
f1

F1 heading for new engine formula in 2025
Mercedes F1 engines
Mercedes F1 engines
(GMM) F1 looks set to scrap the 'power unit' regulations for 2025.

Due to their complexity, expense, lack of noise and the utter dominance of Mercedes since 2014, the current turbo V6 rules have been almost universally unpopular.

The rules are remaining in place for 2021, but in the Monaco paddock it emerged that a sweeping change is on the cards for 2025.

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05/23/19
irl

The time is now for an IndyCar team to steal Alonso from McLaren
McLaren has let Alonso down in both F1 and now in IndyCar. He is not bound by any contract after LeMans. The time is now for an good IndyCar team to seal a full-time deal with Alonso.
McLaren has let Alonso down in both F1 and now in IndyCar. He is not bound by any contract after LeMans. The time is now for an good IndyCar team to seal a full-time deal with Alonso for 2020.
Zak Brown admits that Fernando Alonso is yet to decide on his future McLaren activities after their failure to qualify for the 2019 Indy 500

McLaren were shock elimination from the legendary Indianapolis 500 race after they were one of just three entries to fail to qualify for the race.

Alonso and McLaren had been struggling for pace in the build-up to Indy, and the team finished in the bottom six on day one of qualifying last Saturday.

The bottom six drivers then contested a ‘Last Row shootout’ on Sunday, with the bottom six drivers from this session being eliminated from the race.

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05/22/19
irl

Report: NASCAR To Acquire ISC (Update)
ISC facilities
ISC facilities
UPDATE
 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. International Speedway Corp. ISCA, +0.32% ISCB, +0.00% announced Wednesday a deal to be acquired by Nascar Holdings Inc. in a deal valued at $2.0 billion.

Under terms of the deal, Nascar will pay $45 in cash for each International Speedway share outstanding, which represents a 2.0% premium to the Class A shares' Tuesday closing price of $44.10, and 7.1% above Nascar's original bid in November of $42 a share.

The deal is expected to close in 2019. International Speedway's stock, which is halted for news until 9:50 a.m. Eastern, has gained 0.6% year to date.

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05/21/19
f1

F1 hints at South African GP (7th Update)
Andrew Baldwin

UPDATE Kyalami was substantially redeveloped to FIA Grade 2 standard and last week F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches referenced it while confirming "very productive conversations" about hosting a race in South Africa after 2020.

Autosport reports that the owner, Porsche SA, is not interested in promoting a grand prix itself.

However, it is keen to facilitate the return of F1 to Kyalami should an independent organizer raise the funds to make it happen, which has been rumored.

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05/21/19
f1

Latifi could replace Kubica at Williams (3rd Update)
Canadian Nicholas Latifi
Canadian Nicholas Latifi

UPDATE Speculation that Nicolas Latifi may replace Robert Kubica at Williams for the entire Canadian Grand Prix weekend appears to be way off the mark as the team are committed to their current driver line-up for the foreseeable future.

A Williams spokesperson put an end to the speculation and clarified, “As part of Nicolas’s role with us he gets six FP1 outings. Three of these in place of Robert, three in place of George. Nic’s first FP1 outing will be in Canada in place of Robert, his second will be in France in place of George.”

Thus for Montreal Latifi will be out on the Friday morning practice in place of Kubica, but thereafter the Pole will return to the cockpit for the remainder of the weekend.

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05/20/19
f1
irl

McLaren could lose petrol supplier and sponsor Petrobras (Update)
Zak Brown's job has to be on the line. The F1 team is a disaster, and they can't even qualify for the Indy 500, beat by some minnow teams. Now Petrobras wants out.
Zak Brown's (left) job has to be on the line. The F1 team is a disaster, and they can't even qualify for the Indy 500, beaten by some minnow teams. Now Petrobras wants out.
UPDATE
 McLaren looks set to lose a major sponsor.

The Brazilian state run oil company Petrobras signed a five-year, $200 million deal with the Woking based team last year.

But a new Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, was sworn in this year, and he has announced that the McLaren-Petrobras collaboration will end.

"At the moment, by decision of my government, Petrobras seeks a way to terminate the contract," Bolsonaro said. 

Globo reports that a government envoy was at McLaren's UK headquarters last week to negotiate the termination.

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05/18/19
f1

Ecclestone to buy Interlagos and save Brazilian GP? (2nd Update)
Ecclestone with his Brazilian wife
Ecclestone with his Brazilian wife Fabiana

UPDATE Not so fast - conflicting reports out of Brazil as politics drive the 'fake' news. Now comes work Sao Paulo’s local government has this week voted to exclude the circuit from a sale of city real estate which would have threatened its future as a motor racing facility altogether.

Mayor Bruno Covas, who does need to approve the concession, also spoke in support of the grand prix.

“There is no doubt that Sao Paulo can continue to host the grand prix,” he declared.

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05/17/19
nasmon
irl

Jimmie Johnson eyes IndyCar (2nd Update)
Johnson in the McLaren garage
Johnson in the McLaren garage Thursday

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'near-false' today. The too slow Jimmie Johnson has hit that age in his career where he can no longer win. The reflexes have slowed too much.

“I know that this oval [Indy] is probably not going to happen for me ever,” Johnson told NBC Sports. “That opportunity has passed for me.”

But, Johnson isn’t totally ruling out a potential one-off in an Indy car – just not at Indianapolis.

“I grew up watching Indy cars and some day down the road I’d love the chance to race in a road course event or something like that,” he said.

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05/17/19
irl

IndyCar still eyeing a return to Brazil (Update)
Interlagos
Interlagos

UPDATE An IndyCar race definitely will not be held at Interlagos in Brazil either. The Interlagos track which hosts the Brazilian Grand Prix could soon be up for sale.

Sao Paulo city council approved a bill that allows the sale by a vote of 31-10 on Thursday.

Mayor Bruno Covas, who crafted the bill when he was a councilor, will have the final say on the issue.

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05/16/19
f1

F1 eyeing race in Marrakech
Sean Bratches, high on a race in Africa
Sean Bratches, high on a race in Africa

While there has long been talk of heading back to South Africa, according to F1 commercial boss, Sean Bratches, in addition to a return there, the Moroccan city of Marrakech is also in talks to host a round of the world championship.

"We race on five continents and the last habituated continent that we don’t race in is Africa," said Bratches at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club in London. "We have proactively been approached by Morocco and Marrakech to take a grand prix there. There is a high degree of interest.

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05/16/19
irl

Speculating on 2020 IndyCar Schedule (2nd Update)
Michael Andretti pitting in Mexico City in 2001
Michael Andretti pitting in Mexico City in 2001. The crowd size rivaled the Indy 500

UPDATE Correction to our assumed 2020 IndyCar Schedule. The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will return to its usual dates on the third weekend of April 17-19 in 2020. The event moved up to the second weekend in 2019 only because Easter was on the third weekend this year.

They have scheduled the event on that third weekend into the future except for 2022 when Easter will again be on that weekend Grand Prix President Jim Michaelian told AutoRacing1.com. 

No.DateVenueComment
1Sun Feb 16Surfers ParadiseAssumes 3 week separation between
Surfers and St. Pete for travel
2Sun, Mar 8St. Petersburg
3Sun, Mar 22AustinSame weekend as 2018
4Sun, Apr 5BarberSame weekend as 2018
 Sun, Apr 12EasterNo Racing
5Sun, Apr 19Long BeachOne week later than 2018 to avoid Easter
6Sun Apr 26Mexico City*Teams depart straight from LB
7Sat, May 9GP Of IndySame weekend as 2018
8Sun, May 24Indianapolis 500Memorial Day Weekend
9Sat, May 30Detroit - Race 1Always 1 week after Indy 500
10Sun, May 31Detroit - Race 2
11Sat, Jun 6Ft.WorthSame weekend as 2018
12Sun, Jun 21Road AmericaSame weekend as 2018
13Sun, Jul 12TorontoSame weekend as 2018
14Sat, Jul 18IowaSame weekend as 2018
15Sun, Jul 26Mid-OhioSame weekend as 2018
16Sun, Aug 18PoconoSame weekend as 2018
17Sat, Aug 22GatewaySame weekend as 2018
18Sun, Sep 6PortlandAgain Labor Day weekend
19Sun, Sep 20Laguna SecaSame weekend as 2018
 Sun, Sep 27Mexico City*Preferred date for Mexico City

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05/16/19
f1

Taxi drivers threaten Monaco GP
Taxi drivers block nearby Nice airport
Taxi drivers block nearby Nice airport
(GMM) A protest threat is hanging over next weekend's Monaco grand prix.

On Wednesday, disgruntled taxi drivers disrupted services at Nice Airport over a union dispute, which affected the Cannes film festival.

Now, Monaco is in their sights.

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05/16/19
f1

Montoya joins Racing Point as Stroll 'coach'
Lance Stroll getting his lunch eaten by his teammate Perez
Lance Stroll getting his lunch eaten by his teammate Perez
(GMM) Juan Pablo Montoya may have joined the Racing Point team.

That is the claim of Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, who reported that the former Williams and McLaren driver was wearing a team shirt in Barcelona.

The report said Colombian Montoya may have become a sort of 'mental coach' for Lance Stroll, whose billionaire father Lawrence bought the team last year.

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05/15/19
irl

McLaren to buy another IndyCar team? (Update)
Zak Brown eyeing an IndyCar team purchase?
Zak Brown eyeing an IndyCar team purchase?

UPDATE The British team’s chief executive Zak Brown said last month that they were interested in a full-time IndyCar presence and now the co-owner of IndyCar’s Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) team, Sam Schmidt, has said that McLaren officials have held discussions with close to every team in the series about a deal.

Schmidt told to the Indianapolis Star: “I think from June to last December, (McLaren) has talked to everyone in the paddock about everything from partnerships to equity to whatever.”

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05/14/19
f1

Alfa Romeo could axe Giovinazzi
Giovinazzi looks lost and helpless
Giovinazzi looks lost and helpless
(GMM) Antonio Giovinazzi needs to up his game.

That is the view of former F1 driver JJ Lehto, who warned that if the Italian driver doesn't improve, he is at risk of being ousted by Alfa Romeo.

"Kimi is the only one who can bring the results at the moment," the Finn told Iltalehti newspaper.

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05/13/19
irl

At least 3 more drivers to enter Indy 500 (4th Update)
Oriol Servia
Oriol Servia finally confirmed

UPDATE We already had this rumor as 'fact' for Oriol Servia. Today it was confirmed.

Chicago-based Team Stange Racing, LLC (TSR) announces today a partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to field the No. 77 MotoGator Team Stange Racing with Arrow SPM Honda in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 with primary partner MotoGator and co-primary partner Lucas Oil. The entry will be driven by Indy 500 veteran Oriol Servia.
 
“I am so pleased to announce this great partnership with Arrow SPM today as Team Stange Racing makes its entry into IndyCar racing,” stated John Stange, Jr., Co-Owner, Team Stange Racing, LLC. “We are so blessed to partner with a company like MotoGator who is committed to building a winning IndyCar program with TSR.

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05/13/19
irl

Juncos to deep-six his Indy 500 entry
Juncos (C) needs a ride-buyer with a big check
Juncos (C) needs a ride-buyer with a big check

Juncos Racing’'s two main sponsors withdrew ahead of tomorrow’s opening Indy 500 practice session he told RACER.

“Unfortunately, we lost the two main sponsors that we thought was going to happen,” Ricardo Juncos said. “The second one was just last week. But we are here and you know the car is ready, Kyle’s ready, the team is ready.”

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05/13/19
f1

2019 to be last German GP (Update)
Hockenheim boss Georg Seiler
Hockenheim boss Georg Seiler

UPDATE (GMM) The boss of Hockenheim has warned that Formula 1 could "bleed out" if too many traditional races are axed.

It is believed the German and Spanish grands prix will be the two that are axed to make way for Zandvoort and Vietnam in 2020.

Georg Seiler, boss of the Hockenheimring, admitted: "If only the fee decides, then it looks relatively bad for us.

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05/13/19
f1

Wolff hints at Vettel-Hamilton cockpit swap (Update)
Hamilton will follow Aldo Costa to Ferrari if Costa makes that move.  Costa has moved back to Italy and works from home for Mercedes this year
Lewis Hamilton 

UPDATE (GMM) Lewis Hamilton has dismissed reports he might be considering a move to Ferrari.

At the weekend, we reported Toto Wolff's comments that suggested Hamilton might be heading to Maranello, while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel could be Mercedes-bound.

But after winning in Barcelona, Hamilton said he thinks Wolff was referring to his earlier contract negotiations with Mercedes.

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05/12/19
f1

Wolff plays down rumors Mercedes to quit F1
Toto Wolff
Toto Wolff
(GMM) Toto Wolff has played down rumors that Mercedes could quit Formula 1 at the end of 2020.

All the teams are only committed contractually until the end of next year, with the next Concorde Agreement set to drastically slash spending.

But boss Wolff denied that the end of the current contract is the perfect time for Mercedes to call time on its ultra-successful works team.

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05/10/19
f1

'Green light' for 2020 Dutch GP, to replace Spanish GP (21st Update)
Zandvoort has no government backing. Assen has government backing but the sports ministry won't approve it.
Zandvoort

UPDATE (GMM) F1 is poised to confirm Zandvoort's place on the 2020 calendar.

We have learned that F1 chief executive Chase Carey is travelling to the Netherlands on Tuesday to announce the return of the Dutch grand prix.

Reports suggest Zandvoort will replace Barcelona.

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05/10/19
f1

Williams could stop designing gearbox
Claire Williams
Claire Williams

(GMM) Claire Williams insists the struggling British team is not giving up on 2019.

George Russell and Robert Kubica arrived in Barcelona with the media expecting Williams' woeful car to be updated.

But both drivers say the updates are actually smaller than expected.

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05/10/19
f1

Red Bull has 'new car' for Spain?
Max denies it
Max denies it
(GMM) Max Verstappen has denied that Red Bull has a "completely new car" for Barcelona.

Some are predicting the Honda-powered team will be a real surprise this weekend in Spain, given the extent of the car upgrades.

"I've even read reports that we have come here with a completely new car," Dutchman Verstappen is quoted by Algemeen Dagblad newspaper.

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