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08/28/19
irl

IndyCar Expected To Release '20 Schedule this week
The powerful IndyCars will race on the Mickey Mouse 3/4-mile Richmond oval
The powerful IndyCars will race on the Mickey Mouse 3/4-mile Richmond oval
The '20 NTT IndyCar Series schedule will be released later this week, according to sources.

IndyCar is holding its penultimate event on the '19 schedule on Sunday at Portland Int’l Raceway, and the calendar for next year is expected to come out around this weekend.

The major switch for next season is expected to be Richmond Raceway joining the schedule and Pocono Raceway being dropped.

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08/28/19
automotive

Porsche Taycan: 700+HP and 2.5s 0-60mph
Porsche Taycan: Over 700 HP?
Porsche Taycan: Over 700 HP?
Debuting in precisely a week from today, the 2020 Porsche Taycan is widely regarded as one of the most important EV launches of the year. We still have to wait until September 4 to discover all the juicy technical specifications, but today we can confirm there will initially be two versions of the Tesla Model S rival from Stuttgart.

According to a report from Autocar, both of them will offer “substantially in excess of 600 horsepower.” The hotter of the two will throw ceramic brakes into the mix, along with a stiffer suspension setup and all-wheel steering. In addition, the spicy variant will ride on large 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in sticky tires.

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08/28/19
nasmon

Stewart-Haas Racing in talks with Go FAS Racing about alliance
Will LaJoie stay?
Will LaJoie stay?
Stewart-Haas Racing is in talks with Ford team Go FAS Racing about a technical alliance, according to Sports Business Journal's Adam Stern. Stern's, not Front Row Motorsports as previously rumored.

@StewartHaasRcng is talking to @GoFasRacing32  about a potential new alliance, as @NateRyan first reported,” Stern (@A_S12) tweeted. “@ColeCuster has been mentioned as an option for the 32, but @CoreyLaJoie may stay, which'd make that a moot point. Front Row is an option for LaJoie if he leaves.”

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08/25/19
f1

Bottas reportedly set to be axed (4th Update)
Bottas to again team with Hamilton
Bottas to again team with Hamilton

UPDATE Valtteri Bottas is set to sign a one year contract extension to stay at Mercedes for 2020 according to Finnish newspaper Tunun Sanomat.

Our 2020 F1 Silly Season page has been updated accordingly.



08/21/19 This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. We hear Mercedes will keep Bottas and Esteban Ocon will be sent to Renault to team with Daniel Ricciardo.

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08/23/19
irl

IndyCar: Overheard at Pocono and Gateway - Saturday (2nd Update)
Herta will either drive the #88 or the #98 in 2020
Herta will either drive the #88 or the #98 in 2020

UPDATE Here in the Gateway paddock the word is that Colton Herta will indeed drive the 5th Andretti Autosport Honda in 2020 as we rumored as 'fact' at Pocono, and Conor Daly will drive the 6th entry in the Indy 500. If Marco Andretti finally realizes that another driver could do a better job in the #98, and he steps aside to learn the ropes of running the team with his father, then Herta would drive the #98 next year. 

If Andretti doesn't do what's right, and continues to circulate at the back and ruin the Andretti name, then Herta will drive the #88.

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08/23/19
f1

Ocon set to kick off F1 driver market (2nd Update)
Mercedes farms Ocon out to Renault
Ocon to be announced by Renault soon

UPDATE (GMM) Esteban Ocon's rumored return to the F1 grid for 2020 may not yet be set in stone.

It is believed that Mercedes has opted to stick with Valtteri Bottas for another year, with boss Toto Wolff negotiating a deal to loan Frenchman Ocon to Renault instead.

There are several reasons for Mercedes to keep Finn Bottas, and not just because he has upped his game in 2019 compared to last year.

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08/22/19
nasmon

Garrett Smithley to #51 Chevy


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08/18/19
f1

Did Alonso really reject Red Bull's offer? (Update)
Did Alonso really turn down Red Bull?
Did Alonso really turn down Red Bull?

UPDATE We hear the Spanish media may be confused.  We are told the offer was from Aston Martin, which sponsors the Red Bull F1 team, to drive their Vantage DTM car in 2020.

If true, no wonder Alonso turned it down.

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08/17/19
irl

Will Honda stay in F1?
Max Verstappen in the Red Bull Honda
Max Verstappen in the Red Bull Honda
Despite their growing success, Honda is still discussing whether to continue in F1 beyond 2020 given the huge investment.

Following an increase in form which includes two wins and a pole position, Red Bull Honda driver Max Verstappen is now breathing down Valtteri Bottas' neck in the Formula 1 world championship. The managing director of Honda F1 says everything is going well even though Pierre Gasly underperformed in the 2nd car.

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08/15/19
nasmon

DiBenedetto not returning to LFR in 2020 (Update)
Christopher Bell expected to move up to Cup in 2020
Christopher Bell expected to move up to Cup in 2020

UPDATE Word on the street is that Christopher Bell is in line to replace Matt DiBenedetto in the #95 Levine Family Racing Toyota. 

08/14/19



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08/14/19
nasmon

Clint Bowyer to re-sign with SHR


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08/14/19
nasmon

Erik Jones to re-sign with Joe Gibbs Racing


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08/13/19
f1

2020 AR1.com F1 Silly Season page goes live
Did you hear?
Did you hear?
It's time for the racing Silly Season again and AR1.com's first Silly Season page to go live is the 2020 F1 Silly Season Page.

Check it out. You can always find a link at the top of our Rumors Page.

We will be live with our 2020 IndyCar Silly Season page this week.

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08/12/19
f1

Who will replace Gasly? (10th Update)
Gasly scratches his head in wonderment after being lapped by his teammate again
Gasly scratches his head in wonderment after being lapped by his teammate again

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today.  Gasly is out as we have rumored for a long time, Albon is in per this announcement.

08/06/19 (GMM) Christian Horner says it is "essential" that Red Bull has two cars near the front of the F1 field.

And with Max Verstappen currently electrifying the sport, it is clear that he is referring to the Dutchman's struggling teammate Pierre Gasly.

Amid rumors he is about to lose his seat, Frenchman Gasly recently improved his form but he was struggling once again in Hungary last weekend.

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08/12/19
f1

20hp engine boost for Ferrari after break
Ferrari already has the most powerful engine, but their inferior chassis means zero wins so far. The 20hp should help at Spa and Monza
Ferrari already has the most powerful engine, but their inferior chassis means zero wins so far. The 20hp should help at Spa and Monza
(GMM) Toto Wolff is forecasting a "very strong" performance by Ferrari after the summer break.

Marca sports newspaper reports that the Maranello team, which was outclassed by Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda in Hungary, will unveil its third-specification engine at Spa.

The Spanish publication said the new engine should deliver a 20 horsepower boost. 

Even without considering the new engine, Mercedes boss Wolff said he already expected Ferrari to be strong at the high-speed circuits that await after the August break.

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08/10/19
irl

Meyer Shank Racing must look for new partner
Mike Shank
Mike Shank
The move of the Arrow McLaren SPM team to Chevy power in 2020 not only screwed up James Hinchcliffe as spokesman for Honda, it also screws the Mike Shank and Jim Meyer-owned Honda operation who, without its technical alliance with Arrows SPM, would be severely handicapped due to their limited resources.

Who Meyer Shank Racing teams with is important because the team wants to run fulltime in IndyCar in 2020. The team runs Honda’s luxury brand Acura in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where it leads the GT Daytona class with the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3, so switching to Chevy is doubtful.

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08/09/19
irl

IndyCar needs a sponsor to save Pocono race (Update)
The Family only really cares about their Indy 500
The Family only really cares about their Indy 500

UPDATE On yesterday's Pocono 500 preview conference call Graham Rahal said IndyCar should give Pocono another chance and we agree. Next year there will be only one NASCAR weekend at Pocono which means there will be a much better opportunity to sell tickets (3 big weekends in the span of 9 weeks just does not work - cannot sell that many tickets in the market).

Rahal also suggested, as AR1.com has on numerous occasions, that the race weekend needs to include some big concerts, a la the USGP at COTA and the Indy 500 concerts. There is so much dead time at Pocono throughout the weekend, and so little for the fans to do besides roasting in aluminum bleachers, that fans do not see the value.

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08/09/19
irl

Graham Rahal confirms team looking at third car
Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal
On a conference call to preview the Pocono 500, Graham Rahal confirmed the Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar team are talking to sponsors about a third car for 2020.

The main benefit he talked about more cars, mean more data, which  means better team performance. They are competing against bigger teams in Penske and Andretti who get more test days and can try different setups on race weekends.

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08/09/19
irl

Arrow SPM to switch to Chevy engines with McLaren and Herta (3rd Update)
Sam Schmidt rumored to be eyeing Chevy power
Sam Schmidt moves team to Chevy

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement. Still no word on Colton Herta as the driver......or will Fernando Alonso bite the bullet and make the move fulltime?



08/08/19 McLaren Racing is in the advanced stages of forming an IndyCar partnership for next year, according to sources, and the team could announce its new deal in the near future.

McLaren has been working on fielding a full-time entry in next year’s NTT IndyCar Series, and Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports continues to be the team that sources say McLaren is most likely to align with.

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08/09/19
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f1

Hulkenberg to Formula E? (2nd Update)
Hulkenberg. AR1 Note: He has never even had an F1 podium in all these years
Hulkenberg. AR1 Note: He has never even had an F1 podium in all these years

UPDATE (GMM) Nico Hulkenberg says he is "not ready" to contemplate a switch to Formula E.

It is strongly rumored that if Haas shows the door to Romain Grosjean, the Frenchman will accept an offer he has already received from the all-electric series.

Renault driver Hulkenberg's F1 future is similarly uncertain, but he insists: "I'm not ready for Formula E yet. I like what I'm doing.

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08/09/19
f1

Carlos Slim likely saved Mexican GP (Update)
Carlos Slim
As first rumored by AR1.com, Carlos Slim saved the race as he has big investments in all those companies

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Some of the "most powerful businesses in Mexico opened their wallets and came to the rescue" of the Mexican F1 Grand Prix, ensuring the race will remain in the country through '22.

Sources said that thanks to "direct intervention" by Mexican billionaire magnate and motorsports enthusiast Carlos Slim, a "group of sponsors" including Citibanamex, Hidrosina, Telcel, Seguros GNP, Heineken and Diageo will provide funding after the government announced it would no longer fund the race.

Diageo Dir General Erik Seirsen said that the businesses intend to "continue the current agreement" with race organizer CIE. Heineken will reportedly be the race's title sponsor. MSN.

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08/08/19
f2
f1

Schumacher will make it to F1 grid
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
(GMM) Mick Schumacher will "definitely" make it all the way to Formula 1.

That is the view of Jean Alesi, a friend of Mick's famous father Michael Schumacher.

This year, 20-year-old Mick, and former Ferrari driver Alesi's 19-year-old son Giuliano, are competing in Formula 2.

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08/08/19
f1

Fittipaldi to F1?
Fittipaldi has a near-zero chance of ever landing a fulltime  F1 seat
Pietro Fittipaldi
(GMM) Gunther Steiner has played down rumors that Haas might sign up Pietro Fittipaldi as a race driver in 2020.

With Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean often clashing on track, the American team's boss has admitted he will use the summer break to think about the next driver lineup.

Active drivers including Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas have been linked with the seat, but another name in the mix is Fittipaldi's.

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08/07/19
f1
irl

2019 Mexican GP to be last. Door open for IndyCar? (5th Update)
Mexico City packs the grandstands
Mexico City packs the grandstands

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. The Mexican Grand Prix organizer has announced the race will remain on the Formula 1 calendar beyond the end of its current contract, which runs out after this year's event.

An official announcement will be made at the mayor's office on Thursday and is expected to be for 3 years.

The news was confirmed in a video by Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who assumed office in December.

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08/07/19
f1

2020 Dutch GP in doubt?
Dutch tree huggers are out to stop the Dutch GP at Zandvoort.  It really should be at Assen anyway - a superior circuit
Dutch tree huggers are out to stop the Dutch GP at Zandvoort. It really should be at Assen anyway - a superior circuit
(GMM) Dutch GP boss Jan Lammers has played down suggestions Formula 1's return to Zandvoort in 2020 is in doubt.

Organizers revealed recently that, thanks to Max Verstappen's success and popularity, a million people registered to get tickets for the first Dutch GP since 1985.

But this week, an organisation called Rust Bij De Kust - whose motto says locals are "Tired of racing noise in the dunes and in your backyard" - indicated that it will step up its efforts to disrupt plans for the 2020 race.

According to BNR Nieuwsradio, the group intends to object to Zandvoort's planning applications to upgrade the circuit, which could mean the circuit runs out of time to be ready for 2020.

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08/07/19
f1

F1 to Saudi Arabia in 2021 (2nd Update)
Saudi Arabia is just a money grab by F1
Saudi Arabia is just a money grab by F1

UPDATE (GMM) A Qatari broadcaster has slammed Formula 1 for contemplating a grand prix in Saudi Arabia.

This week, it emerged that Liberty Media is in talks with the powerful Kingdom for what would be a race on a novel street circuit. One rendering depicts the F1 cars racing underneath a clear-bottomed swimming pool.

The Saudi talks were already controversial given the state's human rights record, but now they are also under fire by Qatar broadcaster BeIN Media Group.

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08/06/19
irl

Pagenaud re-signs with Team Penske
Simon Pagenaud, counting the Penske Dough
Simon Pagenaud, counting the Penske Dough

According to AR1.com sources, Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, as expected, has resigned with Team Penske.  The terms of the deal are not known.



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08/04/19
automotive

Renault eyes stake in Fiat, by reducing stake in Nissan
Renault Logo
Renault Logo
Renault and Nissan Motor Co. have held talks that would see Renault reduce its stake in the Japanese carmaker and help the French company restart merger discussions with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The sides are weighing plans under which Renault would cut its 43.4 percent holding in Nissan, a move meant to rebalance their global alliance, the Journal said, citing internal emails as well as people briefed on the talks. Any reduction of the stake would need approval from France, which owns 15 percent of Renault.

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08/04/19
f1

F1 to reduce winter testing by two days
Lando Norris says Winter Testing really helped him as a rookie
Lando Norris says Winter Testing really helped him as a rookie
(GMM) F1 could reduce the amount of pre-season testing to free up capacity for another race.

Liberty Media has asked the teams for their agreement to sign a 2020 race deal with Barcelona, which would bring the calendar to an unprecedented 22 grands prix.

"I think in principle, yes is the answer," Red Bull boss Christian Horner said.

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08/03/19
f1

Italian driver on Toro Rosso radar
Luca Ghiotto
Luca Ghiotto
(GMM) A new driver has emerged on Toro Rosso's radar for 2020.

Pierre Gasly has struggled at the senior Red Bull team this year, but boss Christian Horner says he is not considering a mid-year driver change.

"He now has the second half of the season to get everything right. But we do not plan to replace him or do a driver exchange with Toro Rosso," he insisted.

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08/02/19
f1

Mercedes eyes George Russell to replace Bottas (2nd Update)
George Russell
George Russell
UPDATE
 (GMM) George Russell has admitted that a 2020 seat at Mercedes is "unlikely".

That is despite the fact that, alongside Esteban Ocon, he is one of the German marque's top development drivers.

And Valtteri Bottas' seat is in doubt, arguably even more so after he crashed out at Hockenheim.

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08/01/19
irl

IndyCar to implement Standing Starts in 2022
IndyCar tried a standing start at the GP of Indy in 2014, but one wanker stalled and caused a big crash
IndyCar tried a standing start at the GP of Indy in 2014, but one wanker stalled and caused a big crash
With the announcement today that IndyCar will add Hybrid Technology to their cars starting in 2022, comes word that the cars will have onboard starters should a driver spin out and stall the engine. And as long as the cars batteries are charged, the electric motor, which has great torque, can help get the car rolling easier.

Which leads to the latest rumor - Standing Starts. With the help of the electric motor off the line (to supplement the internal combustion engine), IndyCar can now implement Standing Starts with little fear that a driver will stall on the grid.

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08/01/19
irl

Is IndyCar eyeing Cosworth hybrid technology for its 2022 900-HP car? (Update)
The hybrid system would include a an electric motor inside a redeigned Xtrac gearbox. The battery weight would replace some of the ballast in the current car used to offset the weight of heavier drivers
The hybrid system would include an electric motor inside a redesigned Xtrac gearbox. The battery weight would replace some of the ballast in the current car used to offset the weight of heavier drivers and the new chassis will need to be lighter to offset some of the added weight, especially the battery.

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'strong' today with this IndyCar announcement. It really is 'fact' in how we rumored the new KERS will work, including how it will supplement the existing Push-To-Pass system, but we still do not know if Cosworth will be the supplier of the single-sourced technology.

Cosworth is already providing 'stock' KERS systems for other series, so why not IndyCar.  We suspect IndyCar will put it out to bid.

 

07/30/19 IndyCar has failed to land a third engine manufacturer for almost 10 years now for two primary reasons - 1) the TV ratings are so low on NBCSN the return on investment is not there, and 2) the automobile world is going electric and IndyCar doesn't even have hybrid technology that has been on passenger cars for 10 years now.

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08/01/19
f1

2020 F1 calendar to feature record 22-races
Steiner says that if the calendar is expanded to 22-races, it still must be done on 3 engines
Steiner says that if the calendar is expanded to 22-races, it still must be done on 3 engines
Word in the Hockenheimring paddock on Thursday is that F1 will feature a record-breaking 22 events in 2020, now that it appears Spain will remain, with two new races - the Netherlands, and Vietnam.

Formula 1 owners Liberty Media had previously informed teams that a 21-race calendar would be retained, with the Netherlands and Vietnam replacing Spain and Germany.

But the Barcelona government has given the green-light to fund a 2020 grand prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, enabling the race to remain while long-term negotiations can take place.

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07/31/19
f1

Verstappen and Vettel to swap teams
Such a move would bring Vettel back to where he had so much success
Such a move would bring Vettel back to where he had so much success

Rumors that 50/50 Max Verstappen will wear Ferrari red rather Red Bull blue next season refuse to evaporate. This is despite him scoring two superb wins in four weeks for his current team, powered by a Honda engine that just two years ago was the laughing stock of the grid. Ferrari’s win tally this year? Zero.

Whatever the motivation, there is clearly a long-term, strategic plan. Verstappen’s handlers – his wily father Jos and shrewd manager Raymond Vermeulen – seem determined to steer the youngster, still only 21 despite his seven wins, towards Maranello. Does Jos see Max emulating the achievements of his friend (and former Benetton team-mate) Michael Schumacher in effectively ‘saving’ the Scuderia? Is Aldo Costa headed back to Ferrari to design the car for the talented Verstappen? 

Whatever, in Hockenheim the word in the paddock was that negotiations between Red Bull and Ferrari were continuing apace, with the end-game being the straight swap between him and Sebastian Vettel. Then, of course, came the race, where Vettel scored second from the back after an aborted qualifying, and Verstappen took arguably his best career victory. Why would either wish to go the other way after that? Dieter Rencken/RaceFans.net

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07/30/19
irl

Herta to get bigger salary than Rossi (Update)
Rossi a $3 million man?
Rossi a $3 million man?
UPDATE
 This rumor is downgraded to 'false.' Other sources tell us Rossi is getting $2 million per year and more than likely $3 million per year from Andretti, Honda and their sponsors. 

We also hear that McLaren and Arrow SMP offered Rossi $3 million per year so it's very likely Andretti was able to match it.

As to what McLaren and Arrow SPM offered Herta, still hearing $1.5M per year, but no confirmation.

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07/29/19
track news
nasmon

ISC prez Saunders looking for new job
John Saunders
John Saunders
ISC president John Saunders has been seen as approaching the end of his tenure, and Adam Stern/SBD sources say he could leave the company in the months after the NASCAR acquisition closes.

Departments most ripe to be made redundant are administration, legal, accounting and possibly sales/marketing.

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07/29/19
f1

Haas F1 to change drivers for 2020 (Update)
Anti-American Gunther Steiner
How are those non-American drivers working out for Anti-American Gunther Steiner? Not very well.

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'very strong' today.  As the team's driver crisis continues, Haas boss Gunther Steiner insists "something has to change".

After Silverstone, where Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen collided for the third time in 2019, Steiner's fury prompted rumors that Grosjean could be axed.

Then, during the sensational wet German GP, they collided again.

"Something has to change," a resigned Steiner is quoted as saying by the Dutch publication Formule 1 after the German GP. "I don't know what else to say."

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07/29/19
f1

Last year for German GP (3rd Update)
Wolff - no more Mercedes bailout for the German GP
Wolff - no more Mercedes bailout for the German GP

UPDATE (GMM) Mercedes is not going to save the German GP.

When Hockenheim also looked doomed a year ago, the German carmaker and multiple reigning championship winner stepped in with key sponsorship that was impossible to not notice at the 2019 race.

Mercedes' naming sponsor advertising was all over the circuit, and the team used a special livery and wore vintage clothing to mark 125 years in motor racing.

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07/29/19
irl

Overheard at Mid-Ohio - Sunday (2nd Update)
Might we soon see Indy cars running with IMSA at The Glen?
Might we soon see Indy cars running with IMSA at The Glen?

UPDATE We also heard that there is a push for a joint IMSA/IndyCar doubleheader weekend at The Glen in 2020, which makes absolutely perfect sense. The 2019 IMSA race at Watkins Glen was the weekend after IndyCar ran at Road America.

Would Watkins Glen going back-to-back with Road America work for IndyCar? Absolutely. The driving distance for the teams is reasonable, IndyCar had that weekend (June 30th) open this year so it falls perfectly for them. We will be surprised if this doesn't happen.

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07/27/19
irl

Overheard at Mid-Ohio - Saturday
Alexander Rossi and Andretti Autosport look forward to more good times ahead
Alexander Rossi and Andretti Autosport look forward to more good times ahead

We just got back from the Andretti Autosport hospitality, where it was announced that Alexander Rossi will be piloting the No. 27 Honda for 2020 and beyond. Next season, Rossi will have primary sponsorship from NAPA in 9 races including the Indianapolis 500, and primary sponsorship from AutoNation in 7 races.

Also, let us take this opportunity to pass along a thank you to the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske crew, who were kind enough to give us a talk about aerodynamics after lunch today.

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07/26/19
irl

Overheard at Mid-Ohio - Friday
More McLaren rumors
More McLaren rumors

It’s about 5 p.m. here on Friday at Mid-Ohio, and most of the on-track action is finished for the day. Last evening, I was going through my notes of previous Mid-Ohio races, and I noticed that each of the last two years, a major topic of discussion was one Fernando Alonso. And I thought to myself, “man it’s going to be nice to spend a weekend at Mid-Ohio not chasing Fernando Alonso/McLaren/IndyCar/ ghosts.”

Oh, well!

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07/26/19
f1

'Green light' for 2020 Dutch GP, to replace Spanish GP (22nd Update)
Last year for Spanish GP?
Spanish GP saved?

UPDATE The prospects of the Spanish Grand Prix remaining on the Formula 1 calendar have been boosted in the wake of the regional government providing funding, according to local media..

Formula 1 has visited the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya since 1991 but its existing contract expired at the conclusion of the 2019 event.

With Vietnam and the Netherlands joining the 2020 roster, and Formula 1 owners Liberty Media keen to retain a 21-event calendar, Spain was expected to be one grand prix to drop from the schedule.

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07/26/19
f1

Vettel retirement rumors 'increasing' (7th Update)
Vettel squashed retirement rumors at Thursday's press conference
Vettel squashed retirement rumors at Thursday's press conference

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today.  Sebastian Vettel says quitting Formula 1 is "not an option".

Clearly under pressure at Ferrari, the 32-year-old German insists he is still enjoying driving "the fastest cars there are".

And so he told the German broadcaster RTL ahead of his home race at Hockenheim that quitting is "not an option".

"The goal is to succeed with Ferrari," he added.

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07/26/19
f1

Ferrari could veto 2021 budget cap
Binotto could kill the budget cap rule
Binotto could kill the budget cap rule
(GMM) Claire Williams is not commenting on rumors that Ferrari may "veto" the 2021 budget cap.

Although not yet announced, it is believed the teams have all agreed with the FIA and Liberty to lock in the $175 million per-team budget cap for 2021.

But the announcement will not be made until October, and as one of the sport's biggest spenders, there are rumors that Ferrari could use its famous 'veto' to bulldoze the plan.

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