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Where will Alexander Rossi drive in 2020? (3rd Update)
Although Team Penske would deliver Rossi more Indy 500 wins, and pay him a higher annual salary, look for Rossi to stick with Andretti and Honda, who believed in him as a rookie
UPDATE Expect significant progress to be made before this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on a future contract for Alexander Rossi, his father and agent Pieter Rossi told NBCSports.com.
“People, relationships and an environment where he can win races,” Rossi told NBCSports.com. “We expect to make significant progress before we get to Mid-Ohio.”
“I feel good about it,” team owner Michael Andretti told NBCSports.com. “The whole thing is we all want to be here together. Whenever everybody wants to work toward the same goal, that makes it easier.
“Alex is doing a great job. He has run very well. The whole NAPA team is doing a great job.”
NBCSports.com has also learned that Andretti Autosport is closing in on a multiyear renewal to remain with Honda Performance Development as its engine partner.
Apple could launch a car 'by 2023' according to tech expert (Update)
Can Apple do EVs better than Tesla?
UPDATE Apple Inc. has hired Steve MacManus, the third Tesla Inc. engineering executive to join the PC and Smartphone technology giant in the last year.
MacManus, a Tesla vice president in charge of engineering for car interiors and exteriors, left the carmaker recently and has since joined Apple as a senior director, according to his LinkedIn profile. He worked at Tesla from 2015, after stints at Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors and Aston Martin. His interior-design skills may be applicable if Apple is indeed going to build cars.
Apple also brought in former Tesla drive systems vice president Michael Schwekutsch in March and former chief vehicle engineer Doug Field last August.
Binotto to step down as Ferrari technical director
Mattia Binotto finally realizes that technically he cannot design an F1 car as good as Aldo Costa
With Ferrari once again getting their lunch eaten by the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes, Mattia Binotto is reportedly going to step down as technical director of the Ferrari F1 team.
According to the Italian version of Motorsport.com, Binotto, who has effectively been performing a duel role at the Scuderia this season, will stand down as technical director and, in his place, will be a three-man team rather than one direct replacement.
No official announcement has been made yet, but one could be on the way as we gear up to next weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
Rumors have Grosjean put to pasture, Sergio Perez or Esteban Ocon replacing him
UPDATE According to the F1’s latest rumor, the British GP may have been Grosjean’s last with the team.
A Reddit user, who claims to have access to people in the know, says he has heard that team owner Gene Haas has given Steiner permission to drop Grosjean and open talks with Mercedes reserve driver Ocon.
“What I’m hearing is that after the British GP, Steiner was furious at the drivers, blew up at them (for obvious reasons) and phoned Gene Haas for permission to fire a driver,” wrote F1ThrowawayF1.
“Word in the paddock is that they are looking at Ocon to replace Grosjean. If possible, by the next grand prix.
Base Porsche Taycan To Have 80 kWh Battery And 322 HP
The Porsche Taycan is edging towards its global premiere at September’s Frankfurt Auto Show and a number of new details about the car have been published following demo rides provided to journalists at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Car Magazine had the opportunity to speed up the Goodwood hillclimb in the Taycan and have revealed that in addition to the 600 hp model we already know about, the electric sedan will be sold in a number of different configurations.
BMW may run 2020 LeMans so it can further tarnish its name
BMW eyes a possible LeMans return where its reputation was destroyed in defeat
BMW has yet to decide on whether it will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the M8 GTE machinery, amid its decision to discontinue participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The German manufacturer, which was present in the race for the last two years through its full-season GTE-Pro entries from the now-defunct BMW Team MTEK program, has shifted its GTE focus entirely to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with BMW Team RLL.
UPDATE Another rumor has surfaced about Alexander Rossi going to Penske. We here at AR1.com were pretty sure that Andretti and Honda would renew with Rossi given Rossi's performance, plus the fact that after Pagenaud won both races at Indy plus this past weekend's Honda Indy Toronto, Penske has to keep him.
However, another rumor has come out of left field, that Penske will scoop up Rossi, putting him in Will Power's seat, and that Will Power will take Rossi's seat at Andretti Autosport.
Why would Penske jettison Power who has won so many pole and races for Roger? Perhaps age. Perhaps Penske wants to lower the average age of his drivers.
The way he delivered the start your engines command from the Acura NSX Sunday leads one to believe he is moving on from driving competitively.
Rumor has it that Robert Wickens knows he will never drive an IndyCar again after being partially paralyzed in a crash at Pocono last year and is preparing for a life as a team manager, team owner, or IndyCar official.
Did you catch how he delivered the “Drivers, Start Your Engines” command at Toronto?
He said – and we quote: “Future drivers of mine, start your engines.”
Speculation is that he will take a partial team ownership role at SPM (Sam Schmidt is also paralyzed from a oval track accident), but the way he worded it, perhaps it's a position within IndyCar.
Agag predicts Formula E will surpass F1 and F1 is doomed
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said that investing in the future and losing money for now is "worth it" as his league aims to become not just the No. 1 electric race series, but the No. 1 race series, period.
F1 and Formula E are regulated by the same organization.
Agag: " I don't have any problem with F1. I love F1, I think it's great. But as the industry shifts toward electric, F1 finds itself more and more without an industry to relate to" "CBS This Morning: Saturday," CBS, July 13th
UPDATE The deal to "save Silverstone" as the home of the British F1 Grand Prix could slash as much as $31.3M from the circuit’s costs. Details of Silverstone's five-year F1 contract with Liberty Media "are secret," but sources close to track owner British Racing Drivers' Club said that the new deal "represents one of the cheapest in the sport." The new deal will make the British GP a potential profit-maker "for the first time in years" and help to expand facilities.
Meanwhile, Motorsport UK Chair David Richards addressed whether F1 could hold a race in London, saying, "London is a dead duck. There are just too many obstacles in the way. Environmentalists won't stand for it and the costs are huge. It just can't happen." SUNDAY TIMES
Mercedes threw race in Austria so Verstappen could win
Did Mercedes throw a race so Verstappen can win and please the Dutch fans in attendance?
(GMM) Max Verstappen has slammed suggestions that he was "gifted" victory at the recent Austrian GP.
Two weeks ago, the Dutchman won at the Red Bull Ring after a thrilling battle with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.
But fellow Dutchman and former F1 driver Michael Bleekemolen suggested afterwards that Mercedes, having won every other race in 2019, had been encouraged to suffer from what it later described as cooling problems.
Whyte Bikes have not received an ordered court payment from Rich Energy, & will now seek to have the Haas sponsor wound up.
As part of the court orders made against Rich Energy in the Intellectual Properties Courts in the UK two weeks ago, Rich Energy was instructed to pay a sum of £35,416 to ATB Sales (the trading name of Whyte Bikes, the company whose logo Rich Energy were judged to have broken copyright of). The other defendants in the case, Staxoweb (logo designer) and William Storey, are all jointly liable for these costs.
The C8 Corvette rear end resembles a Camaro in some respects
UPDATE The entry-level Chevrolet C8 Corvette is rumored to be powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine known as the ‘LT2’.
It has been speculated for quite some time that the new C8 Corvette, set to initially hit the market in entry-level Stingray guise, would use a 6.2-liter V8 engine. Now, GM Authority, citing sources familiar with Chevrolet’s future product plans, has provided details about this powertrain.
NBC Sports making bid to get F1 race broadcasts back (Update)
F1 TV ratings are up big on ESPN/ESPN2
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I was dumbfounded to read on AutoRacing1 rumors that NBCSN is attempting to get back broadcasting rights for F1 in the United States.
I shutter at the thought of having the terrible broadcasters back, as well as the commercials. When we were subjected to the awful NBCSN coverage, I made inquiries as to how to obtain Sky Sports coverage, for which I would gladly PPV for.
Although ESPN had a rocky start, they certainly made up for it. PLEASE MR CAREY DO NOT GO BACK TO THE AWFUL NBCSN. No Matter what, please don't. The coverage is currently a million percent better and the lack of commercials is epic. AR1 is correct to correlate the vastly improved coverage to skyrocketing ratings. Dave Martin, Sacramento
VW and Ford may team together at Audi's expense (4th Update)
Ford will get VWs EV cars, something it desperately needs. VW will get Ford's truck intellectual property
UPDATE VW and Ford appear close to formalizing their partnership on EVs and self-driving cars. Reuterssources claim the two have forged an "outline agreement" that will see them ally on more than just commercial vehicles. Most notably, VW would share its EV-oriented MEB platform with Ford. While VW had previously talked about opening MEB to competitors, it hadn't mentioned Ford by name -- this suggests that your future Ford could share the same basic underpinnings as something like the ID Crozz.
The companies are poised to talk about extending the partnership at a July 11th meeting, according to one of the sources.
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