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F1 is 99% car and with Red Bull Verstappen thinks he can't win
(GMM) A former F1 driver has urged Max Verstappen to "keep quiet" and "not worry", amid speculation he wants to move on from his current team Red Bull Racing.
Although Dr Helmut Marko insists he has the Dutchman firmly under contract, there are rumors Verstappen, 19, is eyeing a move to Ferrari for 2018.
The speculation has been fueled by increasingly frustrated comments from the Verstappen camp, suggesting not only that Red Bull's performance in 2017 is not good enough, but that there may be no light at the end of the tunnel next year.
Sources: Earnhardt Jr. In Talks With Fox, NBC About Joining Broadcast Teams
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not motor mouth like Darrell Waltrip
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is "in talks with Fox Sports and NBC Sports about joining one of their broadcast teams," the "clearest sign yet that Earnhardt is close to a move to the booth," according to sources cited by Adam Stern of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL.
Earnhardt "announced about two months ago that this would be his last year racing full time."
UPDATE This rumor is now upgraded to 'fact' with this confirmation from Sauber:
"Longbow Finance SA regrets to announce that, by mutual consent and due to diverging views of the future of the company, Monisha Kaltenborn will leave her positions with the Sauber Group effective immediately. We thank her for many years of strong leadership, great passion for the Sauber F1 Team and wish her the very best for the future. Her successor will be announced shortly; in the meantime we wish the team the best of luck in Azerbaijan."
Pascal Picci Chairman of the Board Sauber Holding AG
Takata plans to file for bankruptcy as early as next week Takata Corp., the Japanese company facing billions in liabilities stemming from its defective airbag inflators, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as early as next week as it works toward a deal for financial backing from U.S. auto parts maker Key Safety Systems Inc., sources told Reuters on Thursday.
The plans were first reported by the Nikkei news service in Japan. Bloomberg also reported on the plans.
The Chevys may be slower but they don't blow up like the Hondas do
Speed for reliability. That was the trade off Honda made this offseason. Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti confirmed as much during his victory news conference at the Indianapolis 500 -- a triumph that testifies to Honda’s wise decision writes Jim Ayello of the Indy Star.
And let’s make that clear right now. Honda made the right call. Whatever it sacrificed in reliability or durability was absolutely worth the speed and power it’s gained this season -- engine failures be damned. Heading into this weekend’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600 -- a race that will see eight Hondas front the field -- its cars have championed five races, including the most important one on the calendar.
McLaren to split with GT manufacturing partner Motorsport.com rumors that McLaren is set to terminate its contract with CRS to develop and build its GT3 and GT4 racing machinery.
The move has yet to be officially announced, but Motorsport.com rumors that McLaren Automotive began proceedings to bring the relationship with its GT racing partner of the past seven years to an end last month.
Detroit GP loses over $1M every year, does it have a future after 2018? (Update) UPDATE
Roger Penske has so much money that losing over $1M per year on the Detroit races is a drop in the bucket to him.
As he announced an estimated weekend attendance of 100,000 for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, Bud Denker was emphatic that the Verizon IndyCar Series event will continue to be a staple on the schedule.
“We plan to have it here for many, many years to come,” Denker said Sunday evening after the second series race of the weekend concluded on the temporary street course at Belle Isle Park.
Denker is chairman of the grand prix and point man for the event promoted and operated by Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Roger Penske’s organization. The Penske group returned Indy car racing to the island in the Detroit River in 2007 following a six-year absence and it has settled into its slot the week following the Indianapolis 500 since 2012.
Video: Esteban Gutierrez to make a home in IndyCar (2nd Update) UPDATE This rumor is updated to 'fact' as Dale Coyne plans to run Gutierrez until he Sebastien Bourdais returns. On our Hotnews page you can read about the Mexican’s withdrawal from racing for Techeetah’s Formula E team so there is now nothing preventing him from becoming Bourdais’ full-time stand-in. The only fly in the ointment is the next race - Texas - a high-speed oval. If IndyCar is unable to fit in a test day at Texas Motor Speedway to provide Gutierrez his first oval test, Oriol Servia may get the nod from Coyne for that one race.
AR1 spoke with Scott Dixon, who has been walking gingerly on his right foot since his crash in the Indy 500, after qualifying sixth for race one this morning. Dixon commented, "We are struggling on the reds and we have way too much bottoming. Hard to get the time out of the car. I like the one shot qualifying session better because we don't waste so many tires. During the race, it depends how the race plays out, whether it is fuel or not. That will make the difference for me."
- Lucille Dust reporting from Detroit.
Scott Dixon has cast doubt over his fitness to race in this weekend’s IndyCar double-header in Detroit after a horrifying crash during the Indianapolis 500. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner was quickly cleared to drive by IndyCar Medical staff but later returned to the Infield Care Center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to be fitted for a walking boot after injuring his left ankle.
During the Victory Celebration Dixon revealed in his speech that caravan retailer Camping World is expected to sponsor his #9 entry for the rest of the season.
However, in doing so he also hinted that the ankle injury he sustained in the shunt is worse than originally thought and may cause him to miss the double-points round in Detroit.
Formula E's leading manufacturer, Renault, "could have its entry taken over by Nissan," according to Rencken & Mitchell of MOTORSPORT.
The Renault-Nissan alliance, "one of the world's biggest automotive partnerships," has been discussing "how to best operate" works motorsport programs for the French and Japanese makes. In addition to joining Formula E for the '15-16 season, Renault "returned to Formula 1 with a works team last year after reclaiming the Enstone-based Lotus entry."
Gutierrez to sub for Bourdais in Detroit? (2nd Update) UPDATE
This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. "We’re going to miss having Sebastien in the No.18 car, but we’re very happy with our choice of a replacement for him this weekend,” team owner Dale Coyne said. "Esteban [Gutierrez] has a great open-wheel racing background, especially with his time in Formula One and the GP2 Series. I think he’ll do well in an Indy car despite the learning curve and we all look forward to seeing what he’ll do this weekend in Detroit.”
"I’m very grateful to join Dale Coyne Racing, a highly competitive team,” Gutierrez said. “When Dale Coyne called me, I had no doubt that this would be a great opportunity for me to get experience in the Verizon IndyCar Series. My target is to learn as quickly as possible. IndyCar is a very challenging series for drivers, but I feel ready to take this chance.
Watkins Glen president Michael Printup says that his organization is close to making a major announcement of a new race entitlement sponsor for this August's NASCAR Cup Series race.
Up until last year race was named the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen but following last year's event, Kellogg's Corporation, the makers of the Cheez-It product, decided not to return. The search for a replacement sponsor has been ongoing ever since.
Petrol cars will vanish in eight years says US report (Update)
Superior in every way, except 1 today - recharge times for batteries
UPDATE Tony Seba says private car ownership will be dead by 2030. Experts say more like 2050 or 2060, but change is coming
By Markham Hislop, americanenergynews
Suddenly, Tony Seba is the talk of the town. The Stanford lecturer released a study in early May predicting a new electric vehicles (EVs) business model – Transportation as a Service (TaaS) – would transform global auto manufacturing and destroy Big Oil in just 13 years. In this interview, the second part of three, Seba explains some of the technical changes that led to his bold predictions.
London Unlikely To Return To Formula E Calendar In '17-18
Kiss London goodbye. Most Formula E races go bellyup. Fans won't buy tickets to watch silent race cars
Formula E "will not return to London next season as hoped," but the championship is set to race in Santiago, Chile, according to Sam Smith of AUTOSPORT.
While the electric single-seater series is "poised to add races" in Brazil, Chile and Italy next season, a round in London is "unlikely to materialize."
Formula E's intention was to "take the short-term hit" of losing London for '16-17 with a view to it returning as a proper city-street venue in '17-18. It is understood this is "now unlikely," although the series is "seriously pursuing" an '18-19 race.
UPDATE Audi could be one step closer to selling off Ducati as Bloomberg is reporting the automaker has received interest from several different companies and investment firms.
Citing people familiar with the matter, the publication says CVC Capital Partners and Permira are both considering bids as is Hero MotoCorp. Royal Enfield's parent company, Eicher Motors, is also rumored to be considering an offer.
Sources suggest Audi could move towards formalizing the selling process in the next few weeks but the automaker hasn't decided whether or not to let Ducati go. If the company decides to sell, the Italian motorcycle brand is expected to be valued at more than $1 billion (€892 million).
Who will replace Bourdais in the #18 Dale Coyne car? (Update)
James Davison in for Bourdais
UPDATE Multiple outlets are reporting that James Davison will replace the injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda for next weekend's 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. The 30-year-old Australian is a veteran of two Indianapolis 500 starts scoring a best finish of 16th in 2014 driving for KV Racing Technology. Davison also has a previous relationship with Dale Coyne Racing having run the Mid-Ohio and Sonoma rounds in 2013 in addition to the 2015 Indy 500.
Bourdais suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip in a vicious qualifying crash yesterday. Davison reportedly will not qualify the No. 18 car today, and we expect him to turn his first laps in Friday's final Carb Day practice session. Should he not make a qualifying run today, Davison will start the race last.
Electric Car Battery With 300 Mile Range, 5 Minute Charging Time
As we have told you for a long time, ultracapacitors (StoreDot calls it a Flash Battery) are coming, whether they are made of Graphene or other materials
People who build conventional cars think their business model is safe because who would drive an electric car that takes an hour or more to recharge when you could drive a car with an internal combustion engine and never spend more than five minutes filling the tank? Range anxiety is seen by many as the number one reason people don’t want to buy an electric car, but it really is about convenience.
Those who advocate for hydrogen fuel cell powered cars use the same argument -- it only takes 10 minutes of so to refuel with hydrogen. What sort of idiot would waste an hour or more charging a battery when filling a hydrogen storage tank takes so little time?
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