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07/04/19
f1

Kubica to get mid-year axe?
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica
(GMM) Robert Kubica's sponsor has rejected claims the Pole could be set to leave Williams.

Some reports say his major backer PKN Orlen, the Polish oil company, has paid only for the first half of the 2019 season.

Kubica, 34, is clearly among F1's worst performers this year, having returned to the sport following an eight-year absence with the struggling British team.

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06/30/19
f1

Verstappen, Vettel, Alonso fire up 2020 'silly season' (Update)
Verstappen watches the Mercedes and wishes he was in it.
Verstappen watches the Mercedes and wishes he was in it.
UPDATE
 (GMM) Toto Wolff is not ruling out making a move for Max Verstappen for 2020.

The big buzz in the Austrian GP paddock is that Verstappen might be able to escape from his Red Bull contract thanks to a performance clause.

Dr Helmut Marko as well as Verstappen's management have confirmed the existence of the clause, but the 21-year-old Dutch driver is not giving details.

"Why would I?" he said on Saturday.

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06/29/19
irl
f1

F1 to reduce dependency on over the car downforce
Proposed 2021 aero changes - much cleaner car on top
Proposed 2021 aero changes - much cleaner car on top
During Friday's Austrian GP Press Conference of Team and Manufacturers representatives Mario ISOLA (Pirelli), Andrew GREEN (Racing Point), Paul MONAGHAN (Red Bull Racing), Toyoharu TANABE (Honda), and Andreas SEIDL (McLaren) were asked about whether F1 should copy IndyCar and reduce the dependency on over the car downforce and increase the underbody downforce.

They answered as follows:

MI: I believe that we should look at any other series that’s providing the show, not just IndyCar. If we look at the other series with an open mind, we can find solutions also for Formula One, keeping in mind the DNA of Formula One because it is clear that we cannot have a Formula One that is a standard series like Formula Two or something like that. There are a lot of dedicated aspects to consider but observing the rest of motorsport with a critical view can only be positive.

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06/28/19
irl
nasmon

McLaughlin eyes Indy 500 or Daytona 500 go

Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin has revealed he’s interested in racing at the Indy 500 but isn’t ruling out other category appearances either.

McLaughlin has already expressed a desire of competing in NASCAR one day, something that will likely happen once he finishes what he needs to do in Supercars, including winning the Bathurst 1000.

He hasn’t had much experience with open-wheelers, winning one of three races he appeared in during the 2010 Victorian Formula Ford championship.

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06/28/19
f1

Russell to leave Williams?
George Russell
George Russell
(GMM) George Russell has denied he is pushing for a move to a faster F1 team.

Although stranded at the back, the reigning Formula 2 champion is nonetheless impressing at Williams as he utterly dominates his teammate Robert Kubica.

21-year-old Russell might therefore be forgiven for lamenting that his fellow rookies including Alex Albon and Lando Norris are getting more attention.

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06/27/19
f1

F1 could change rules for 2020 - Masi
Michael Masi
Michael Masi
(GMM) F1 race director Michael Masi says the sport's authorities could consider changes to the sporting regulations for 2020.

The time penalty that cost Sebastian Vettel victory in Canada caused a fan and media furore, triggering suggestions Formula 1 must make urgent rule changes.

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06/26/19
irl

IndyCar Denver return Dead On Arrival


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06/26/19
nasmon
irl

IndyCar eyes Surfers Paradise (13th Update)
Failed again
Mark Miles caught zero on another fishing expedition.

UPDATE This rumor remains 'false' based on today's news -  The prospect of IndyCar returning to the Gold Coast next year appears to be off the table with 2021 now suggested as the earliest possible date if a deal can be reached.

Talk of IndyCar coming back to Surfers Paradise emerged last year which saw Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk throw support behind the idea that resulted in a meeting with the boss of the American open wheel series, Mark Miles, in November.

IndyCar had highlighted that a February date would be preferred, which presented several challenges but not unfeasible with Supercars having considered starting its calendar in January.

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06/26/19
f1

Ferrari recovery to take 'months'
Months? In months Mercedes will be even further ahead as they won't sit still waiting for Ferrari to catch up
Months? In months Mercedes will be even further ahead as they won't sit still waiting for Ferrari to catch up
(GMM) A Mercedes engineer thinks it could take Ferrari "months" to alter the basic concept of its 2019 car.

Ferrari started the season with high hopes of finally breaking Mercedes' dominant grip on Formula 1 thanks to a fundamental change in the front wing rules.

But it is the Mercedes concept that has ultimately proved by far the best, winning the first eight races of the world championship.

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06/26/19
f1

Vasseur to Ferrari
Frederic Vasseur
Frederic Vasseur
(GMM) Frederic Vasseur is not ruling out a future as Ferrari team boss.

After the 2018 season, the Maranello team ousted Maurizio Arrivabene and promoted new team principal Mattia Binotto.

Binotto has been welcomed as a smart engineer and manager who is much more open with the media. But the effort to catch and beat Mercedes has so far proved a failure.

And so the latest comments made by Frenchman Vasseur, the boss at Alfa Romeo, are very notable.

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06/25/19
automotive

Seventh-Generation Chevrolet Camaro cancelled
End of road for the Camaro?
End of road for the Camaro?
Multiple sources within GM have told Muscle Cars & Trucks that the seventh-generation Chevrolet Camaro program initially in development has been suspended, and the nameplate will likely be shelved once again after 2023.

The current Camaro, the sixth-generation model, utilizes the dynamic Alpha platform that the Cadillac ATS and CTS utilized. Both are being discontinued, and will be replaced by the Cadillac CT4 and CT5, which utilize an updated version of the Alpha platform, called A2XX. Both the Camaro and the two Cadillac passenger cars mentioned are/will be built at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in central Michigan.

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06/24/19
f1

Honda F1 engine down 60hp
Red Bull Honda
Red Bull Honda
Former Formula 1 driver and now Ziggo analyst Robert Doornbos believes the Honda engine is 60HP short compared to Mercedes. Doornbos, who drove for Red Bull, still has contacts within the team and has revealed the inside information.

"You can really see that he is doing well, building up pressure within the team," Doornbos begins his analysis by giving his latest assessment of Max Verstappen.

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06/23/19
f1

Norris wants new contract and pay rise
Having pretty much destroyed teammate Sainz Jr, Lando Norris wants a new deal
Having pretty much destroyed teammate Sainz Jr, Lando Norris wants a new deal
(GMM) Lando Norris says he wants a new deal to stay at McLaren in 2020.

In recent days, team supremo Zak Brown played down the prospect of Fernando Alonso returning by saying the team is happy with Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr.

But the Sun newspaper says Norris is being paid just $500,000 this year, and wants that number increased to $3 million on a longer term deal.

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06/23/19
irl

Rumors swirl about Chase Carey's future (3rd Update)
Carey out and Wolff in?
Wolff denies the rumors or that he has interest

UPDATE (GMM) Toto Wolff has once again played down reports linking him with F1 supremo Chase Carey's job.

Carey's contract runs out next year and many in the paddock think Mercedes chief Wolff would make a good replacement.

But Wolff told the Telegraph: "I'm personally very happy.

"If you start to realize that other parts of life that are more interesting, you become less effective in your role," he added.

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06/23/19
f1

Did McLaren bring a secret upgrade to Paul Ricard?
Norris laughs at allegations of a secret upgrade
Norris laughs at allegations of a secret upgrade
(GMM) Lando Norris has denied claims McLaren took a "secret upgrade" to Paul Ricard.

Much was made of Renault's French GP car and engine upgrade, but it was customer team McLaren setting the 'best of the rest' pace in qualifying.

"We got beat by the two McLarens and they have a little update they told no one about, I think," said Daniel Ricciardo.

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06/23/19
wec

Horner hints at Red Bull involvement at Le Mans
Horner
Horner
(GMM) Christian Horner has hinted that Red Bull will play a role at Le Mans in the future.

Team sponsor Aston Martin has announced that it will enter a car in the new top 'hypercar' category. That car will be the Valkyrie, which was designed by Adrian Newey.

"I went to Le Mans to have a look and see how things were. I hadn't been there for twenty years," team boss Horner told Ouest-France newspaper.

So far, Red Bull has been quiet about the extent to its involvement in the Aston Martin Le Mans program.

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06/22/19
f1

Silly season revving up at Paul Ricard
Ocon is wasting his time in F1. He will likely never win a single race
Ocon is wasting his time in F1. He will likely never win a single race

(GMM) F1's silly season is shifting into another gear in the Paul Ricard paddock.

Firstly, given Valtteri Bottas' most recent performance dip, there are claims Toto Wolff wants to put Esteban Ocon in the Mercedes for 2020.

But another season for Bottas is also a possibility.

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06/22/19
f1

Three existing F1 races have to drop in 2020 (2nd Update)
Hockenheim
Hockenheim
UPDATE
 (GMM) Hockenheim is still fighting to save the 2020 German grand prix.

It is believed Hockenheim and Barcelona are the existing circuits most likely to be axed in order to make way for the new races in Vietnam and Zandvoort.

"It would be sad to see it go but at the end of the day it's commercial aspects," said Nico Hulkenberg when asked about Hockenheim's dubious future.

However, there could be hope.

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06/21/19
f1

Vettel penalty review to be rejected (2nd Update)
The Kangaroo Court did not have the spine to meet with Ferrari Face-to-Face
The Kangaroo Court, who wants Hamilton to win every race, did not have the spine to meet with Ferrari Face-to-Face

UPDATE The stewards (kangaroo court) from the Canadian Grand Prix, convened at Paul Ricard with one joining via teleconference, decided there are "no significant and relevant new elements which were unavailable to the parties at the time of the competition concerned".

Therefore, a review will not take place.

They determined that of the seven items Ferrari presented as evidence, five were "available before the end of the competition".

A video analysis performed by Karun Chandhok for Sky Sports F1 was also offered by Ferrari, but deemed "new but not significant and relevant as this is a personal opinion by a third party".

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06/21/19
nasmon

Did Carl Edwards quit NASCAR to avoid Carbon Monoxide poisoning? (Update)
With so many races and no pollution controls on the cars, NASCAR drivers are being slowly killed from inhaling CO from their car and the ones in front of them
With so many races and no pollution controls on the cars, NASCAR drivers are being slowly killed from inhaling CO from their car and the ones in front of them
UPDATE
 In the NASCAR Xfinity Series race this past weekend, Brandon Brown was on track in the middle of the second stage at Iowa Speedway when his engine went sour.

The Virginian’s cockpit began to fill with smoke. Brown thought he could still get something out of the car while on pit road, so he didn’t stop and instead just kept going–until he was overcome by fumes in the car.

This is the third time in this season alone that we’ve seen a driver be exposed to carbon monoxide.

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06/19/19
f1

No more 'futuristic' look for 2021 F1 cars
2021 cars won't look this good
2021 cars won't look this good
(GMM) F1 teams are apparently worried about the look of the proposed cars for 2021.

Earlier, fans were generally happy with the futuristic appearance of the mocked-up drawings based on the as-yet unconfirmed new rules.

But although Liberty Media and the FIA asked the teams to keep quiet in Montreal recently, it is believed there is widespread concern that could help to explain the October rules delay.

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06/17/19
wec
f1

Red Bull eyes WEC Hypercars for 2021
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Aston Martin Valkyrie
(GMM) It is "too soon" to say what involvement Red Bull will have at the top level of the world endurance championship in the future.

New rules for the series including Le Mans have been announced for 2021, in which production 'hypercars' will replace LMP1 as the top class for the future.

Aston Martin, already a Red Bull partner, has counted itself in.

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06/15/19
automotive

C8 Corvette to have 8-speed dual clutch tranny
In one month the C8 Corvette will be revealed
In one month the C8 Corvette will be revealed
A filing from General Motors with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office detailing an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which could be used by the C8 Corvette has emerged online.

The patent, first picked up by Mid Engine Corvette Forum, was filed on November 13, 2015, but only granted on June 4, 2019. The 12-page document details an eight-speed gearbox by GM, but doesn’t specifically state what vehicles it could be used for. It does, however, include possible nine-speed and ten-speed derivatives as well.

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06/14/19
irl
nasmon
imsa

IndyCar/NASCAR eye Doubleheaders (3rd Update)
Roger Penske has spoken
Roger Penske has spoken

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'strong' today. What Roger Penske wants, Roger Penske gets.

The Captain has spoken.

Roger Penske, one of two owners to field cars in both NASCAR and IndyCar, would like to see the two worlds merge for doubleheader weekends between the Cup Series and IndyCar. 

In an appearance Friday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive,” Penske discussed the possibility of a doubleheader in relation to also shortening the NASCAR schedule.

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06/13/19
nasmon

Major NASCAR Cup team to fold
Will Jack Roush retire and fold his Cup team?
Will Jack Roush retire and fold his Cup team?
This was a tough week for this reporter because I heard a whopper of a rumor about a major NASCAR team planning to shut down their operation for next season. While this information came from a usually reliable source I have known inside NASCAR for many years, I refuse to make huge waves based on one single rumor.

While I didn’t want to contact the team mentioned in the rumor yet, I did make a few other calls with my reliable sources within NASCAR and tap-danced around the issue without hearing anything close to a second source for the rumor. But if a Charter-owning team that runs up toward the front of the pack in NASCAR’s Cup Series is thinking about leaving at the end of the year, this move would be a major “Canary in the Coal Mine” for NASCAR.

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06/12/19
wec

Hartley to replace Alonso at Toyota (2nd Update)
Brendon Hartley
Brendon Hartley

UPDATE Ex-Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley will slot straight into the seat vacated by Fernando Alonso in Toyota's 2019/20 World Endurance Championship line-up.

The Japanese manufacturer announced in April that the two-time WEC champion would be joining the team for the new season but stopped short of announcing the line-ups in each of its two LMP1 cars.

It has now confirmed that Hartley will share one of the TS050 HYBRIDs together with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima from the 2019/20 championship opener at Silverstone in September.

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06/12/19
f1

Mercedes getting preferential treatment in F1
Marko applauded Vettel for changing the bollards
Marko applauded Vettel for changing the bollards
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has admitted he wonders if Mercedes is being unfairly favored by F1's authorities.

The Red Bull official hit out at the penalty that cost Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel victory in Montreal.

He even defended Vettel, who won all of his four titles at Red Bull, for what is being described as his post-race 'tantrum'.

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06/11/19
nasmon

Reddick will have full-time Cup ride with RCR in 2020


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06/10/19
v8
irl

IndyCar's Power and Pagenaud eye possible Bathurst go
Power and Pagenaud would like to try one of Roger Penske's dominant Mustangs
Power and Pagenaud would like to try one of Roger Penske's dominant Mustangs

Australia’s own IndyCar ace Will Power wants to revisit Bathurst in Supercars - and there's a chance it could happen as soon as next year writes Tim Robson of WhichCar.

“Oh absolutely, I would love to win Bathurst,” the 2018 Indy 500 champion told WhichCar at an IndyCar event in Texas. “It’s a race I’ve watched since I was a kid. I would love to do it.”

Powers thinks the idea of racing with Penske teammate - and 2019 Indy 500 winner - Simon Pagenaud is a terrific one as well.

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06/10/19
f1

Verstappen considering Red Bull exit (2nd Update)
Jos Verstappen
Jos Verstappen knows his son must move to Mercedes to win an F1 title. In F1 the car is 99%, the driver 1%

UPDATE (GMM) Max Verstappen's father has 'retweeted' a news article about the Dutchman potentially leaving Red Bull.

On Sunday, we reported Dr Helmut Marko's quote in La Gazzetta dello Sport that said the Red Bull boss was "worried" about losing Verstappen to a rival.

"At the moment there is only one car that is winning and it is Mercedes," he also said. 

When asked about the article and the fact that his father Jos had 'retweeted' it on Twitter, Verstappen said in Canada: "There is a lot in this article, but in the end I am the driver, not my father."

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06/08/19
irl

Will Harding Steinbrenner Racing go belly-up? (Update)
Colton Herta
Colton Herta

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Harding Steinbrenner Racing has secured a multimillion deal for Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (GESS) and Capstone Turbine Corp. to provide primary sponsorship for the rest of the season on the No. 88 Honda driven by 19-year-old rookie Colton Herta.

“To get those two companies to come aboard in-season with a multimillion dollar commitment, which will certainly allow us to continue to participate for the rest of this year more comfortably than we were able to do anything last year, that makes you feel great,” Harding Steinbrenner team president and former IndyCar executive Brian Barnhart said Friday.

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06/05/19
f1

Ferrari and Renault to form F1 alliance? (2nd Update)
A Ferrari-Renault alliance? We highly doubt it
Merger talk has been cancelled.

UPDATE This rumor is now downgraded to 'false.' Fiat Chrysler says political conditions in France caused it to withdraw its offer to merge with French automaker Renault.

The company says its board made the decision at a meeting Wednesday evening. An FCA statement says it has become clear that the political conditions don’t currently exist for the deal to proceed successfully.

FCA thanked Renault and its alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi for their constructive work on the proposal.

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06/05/19
automotive

Ford to announce UK engine plant closure
Internal combustion engine manufacturing has hit a peak. It's all downhill from here
Internal combustion engine manufacturing has hit a peak. It's all downhill from here
Ford Motor plans to close its UK engine manufacturing plant in Bridgend, Wales, ITV news and the Financial Times reported, saying an announcement would be made on Thursday.

The BBC reported that union leaders from the plant had been called to the company's headquarters for a meeting on Thursday.

Ford declined to comment on what it called speculation when contacted by Automotive News Europe.

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06/05/19
nasmon
irl

Buyers lining up for NASCAR, Maybe IndyCar, maybe more (Update)
Greg Maffei says Liberty has interest in buying NASCAR. As rumored by AR1.com on these pages, they also have an interest in IndyCar. However, IndyCar keeps saying they are not for sale, i.e. they prefer to remain small and irrelevant
Greg Maffei says Liberty has interest in buying NASCAR. As rumored by AR1.com on these pages, they also have an interest in IndyCar. However, IndyCar keeps saying they are not for sale, i.e. they prefer to remain small and irrelevant

UPDATE NASCAR’s proposed $2 billion takeover of International Speedway Corp. (ISC) has been framed by many as the racing circuit’s solution to cutting down on a marathon 38-race season schedule. The theory is that private ownership of 13 tracks (ISC’s 12 + Iowa Speedway) gives the racing circuit the flexibility needed to eliminate and/or move race dates and venues. But Chris Lencheski (a sports/media private equity CEO, a winning NASCAR team owner & LeMans racing promoter in D.C.) believes that there’s a larger play at “value creation” at stake here – “the chance to own the entirety of global motorsports for the first time, should someone be so motivated.”

Howie Long-Short: Mark Coughlin suggested back in late April that Sonic Financial Corp’s bid to take Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (TRK) private was the “first step” to a NASCAR roll-up, but Lencheski points out that it was actually the second step to this “global motorsports roll-up opportunity.” NASCAR’s April ’18 acquisition of Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) – stock car racing’s minor leagues – eliminated a potential competitor (in the late 90s/early 00s Bruton Smith expressed genuine interest in acquiring ARCA to compete with NASCAR) and started the chain of events.

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06/05/19
nasmon
irl

Only 1/3 of seats were sold for NASCAR Texas race
NASCAR at Texas
NASCAR at Texas

The doomsday talk of NASCAR has become a storyline on a seemingly weekly basis, and it continues to draw the ire of Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage.

A recent Forbes article detailing the fall of NASCAR suggested that TMS’ race a couple weeks ago “appeared as if only one-third of the 100,000 seats” were occupied.

“I don’t think that number is accurate,” Gossage said.

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06/05/19
f1

'Mature' Kvyat tipped for top team return
Daniil Kvyat, has check, could drive
Daniil Kvyat, has check, could drive

(GMM) Daniil Kvyat could return to the front of the grid in the future.

That is the view of Alexey Titov, the head of the Russian GP promoter Rosgonki.

He said Kvyat is now back in top form after a tumultuous period in his career, which involved getting dropped from the Red Bull program altogether.

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