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10/03/19
irl

IndyCar windscreen to be removed for wet races?
The Aeroscreen is great in the dry, but the wet is a big unknown.
The Aeroscreen is great in the dry, but the wet is a big unknown.

The one major flaw with the new IndyCar Aeroscreen is when it rains. Whereas sportscars have windshield wipers, IndyCars do not. 

Whereas drivers can pull off a helmet visor tear-off or wipe their visor with a rag in the rain, not so with the Aeroscreen.  The water, if heavy enough, especially behind another car, could blind the driver.

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10/03/19
irl

Daly's only hope for a fulltime IndyCar ride cay rest with Carlin or Rahal
Conor Daly needs money to buy a ride.
Conor Daly needs money to buy a full-time ride.
Conor Daly told Racer that he is out of the running for a seat at Arrow McLaren SP for 2020.

“They told me they had decided to go a different direction,” related Daly. “I knew I was on their shortlist, but as of now I’m no longer their main focus. I’m flattered they considered me.”

“I’ve still got some positive things we’re working on,” he said. “I’d just like to have something nailed down in the next few weeks.”

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10/03/19
f1

Kvyat to Alfa Romeo?
Daniil Kvyat, has check, will drive somewhere
Daniil Kvyat, has check, will drive somewhere
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat has dismissed rumors linking him with a potential move to Alfa Romeo.

Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko recently said the Toro Rosso driver is not in the running to return to the energy drink company's senior F1 team next year.

It coincided with rumors at Sochi that Kvyat, who only returned to the Red Bull program last year after being dumped in 2017, might be snapped up by Ferrari-linked Alfa Romeo.

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10/02/19
irl

IndyCar and IMSA eyeing Charlotte Roval (2nd Update)
Jay Frye
Jay Frye

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' for IndyCar. “It’s a wonderful initiative brought on by Pennzoil, and cool to see the NASCAR paddock all stop and watch Josef lapping,” IndyCar President Jay Frye told RACER.

“Who knows what’s next, but we’re all racers and loved seeing an Indy car on the Roval.

"But we don’t have anything we’re working on with them to race there.”

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09/30/19
f1

McLaren to be new Mercedes works team?
Wolff denies the rumor
Wolff denies the rumor
(GMM) Toto Wolff has played down suggestions that Mercedes could quit Formula 1 after 2020.

When McLaren's new long-term Mercedes engine deal from 2021 was announced at Sochi, many suspected it could be a hint about Mercedes' future with its own works team.

Prior to the formation of its own works team, Mercedes' works team in F1 was McLaren, winning titles with Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.

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09/30/19
f1

Mercedes to bring car upgrade to Suzuka
Mercedes are stupid to waste resources upgrading car for Suzuka. They are so far ahead in both championships Ferrari can finish 1-2 at all the remaining races and Mercedes would still win both titles
Mercedes are stupid to waste resources upgrading car for Suzuka. They are so far ahead in both championships Ferrari can finish 1-2 at all the remaining races and Mercedes would still win both titles
(GMM) Toto Wolff says Mercedes is preparing an upgrade for the 2019 car.

Although the German team finished one-two at Sochi, it is Ferrari with arguably the fastest car now after a big upgrade in Singapore.

Lewis Hamilton is poised to win the world championship, but he has called on Mercedes to keep updating the car after falling behind in development. 

When asked if the Mercedes will have new parts at Suzuka, boss Wolff said: "Yes, we are working on them now.

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09/29/19
f1

Lewis Hamilton tipped to finish career at Ferrari (Update)
Hamilton says no switch, but if Ferrari continues to beat Mercedes his song may soon change
Hamilton says no switch, but if Ferrari continues to beat Mercedes his song may soon change
UPDATE
 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton has played down the possibility of a future switch to Ferrari.

The five time world champion looks poised to win yet another title with Mercedes this year, but has always left open the possibility of a move to Ferrari.

"For many drivers, Ferrari is the last dream of their career," Hamilton told Blick newspaper.

"I'm not like that. Since I was 13, I belonged to the Mercedes family and I don't think that will change."

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09/28/19
f1

Alonso could drive for Mercedes or Ferrari in 2020 (2nd Update)
Alonso could replace Bottas at Mercedes, or Vettel at Ferrari if Vettel decides to retire
Alonso has to face reality, he is not getting another top ride in F1

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false today. Fernando Alonso says he does not want to return to Formula 1 "in the short term".

At the moment, the highly rated Spaniard is preparing for a forthcoming rally-raid event in Morocco.

"I will decide about the Dakar rally based on the next rally in Morocco," Alonso said at the launch of a video game called Grid on which he was a consultant.

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09/28/19
f1

Ferrari to veto 2021 rules
Binotto says Ferrari could veto 2021 rules
Binotto says Ferrari could veto 2021 rules
(GMM) Mattia Binotto is not ruling out using Ferrari's veto against the 2021 rules.

As time goes on, it is clearer that the teams are very much divided over what is currently being proposed by Liberty Media.

We have learned from sources at Sochi that Mercedes, Racing Point, Red Bull, Haas and Alfa Romeo are also currently not willing to sign up for the proposed 2021 car concept.

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09/28/19
f1

McLaren eyeing return to Mercedes power (2nd Update)
McLaren used to blame Honda, now they blame Renault
McLaren used to blame Honda and Renault, now they can blame Mercedes

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.

09/27/19 The word in Sochi is that there will soon be a major announcement with McLaren ending its relationship with Renault and moving to become a customer of Mercedes, its long-time partner in the 1990s and 2000s, starting in 2021 and going to at least 2024. The logic behind the move is pretty sensible. If you cannot have a factory engine of your own, the best thing to have is a customer supply of the best available engines.

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09/26/19
f1

Possible wet Russian GP
Will Sochi be wet?
Will Sochi be wet?
Possible rain is in the forecast for the Russian GP this weekend at the usually dry Sochi Autodrom.

After Friday’s practices are expected to take place in dry conditions, with a high of 23, the rain is forecast to move in overnight.

That means a wet final practice with a slight chance of showers during Saturday afternoon’s qualifying. The day’s high is 68’F.

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09/26/19
nasx
nastruck

NASCAR to eliminate Xfinity and Truck series pitstops
The truck series grandstands are usually so empty you could shoot a cannot into them and not hit anyone
The truck series grandstands are usually so empty you could shoot a cannot into them and not hit anyone
Work in the NASCAR paddock is that NASCAR has considered eliminating pit stops in lower-level national series, but it's not currently likely to be implemented in 2020.

Because team revenue is flat at best, some of them see cutting costs as only way to improve business model.

NASCAR recognizes that this could hurt its product so much that it wouldn't be worth the team cost savings, so it is hesitant to make such a switch.

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09/26/19
f1

Ricciardo 'regretting' Renault move
We all knew Ricciardo did not move to Renault to win, but to collect a huge paycheck for two years and retire rich
We all knew Ricciardo did not move to Renault to win, but to collect a huge paycheck for two years and retire rich. He's set for life now.
(GMM) Mark Webber thinks his countryman Daniel Ricciardo could be "regretting" his move to Renault.

Immediately after Ricciardo's shock decision to quit Red Bull last year, former F1 winner Webber called it a "strange decision".

"He's made his bed over there with Renault, which I think is a weird decision, but that's what he wants to do," he said.

Now, Ricciardo is not ruling out leaving the underperforming Renault team at the end of his two-year deal late next season.

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09/25/19
f1

Ferrari using secret fuel formula
Horner may be right about Ferrari's fuel, but Ferrari's real secret lie in the use of Supercapacitors in their battery pack.
Horner may be right about Ferrari's fuel, but Ferrari's real secret lie in the use of Supercapacitors in their battery pack.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has taken his hat off to Ferrari following its hat-trick of wins, insisting the Scuderia is now the benchmark in F1's engine department.

A highly impressed Horner doesn't believe the Scuderia has uncovered a "silver bullet" in terms of engine development but suggests the squad's power surge is the result of a combination of factors.

"They are pushing the boundaries and you have to think some of it is coming from the electrical power, the combustion I think they’ve got some pretty juicy fuels that they’re running as well.

"It’s probably a combination. These things are never usually a silver bullet, it’s probably a combination of factors," Horner told Channel 4.

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09/24/19
f1
dtm

Kubica eyes DTM, Racing Point (5th Update)
Kubica appears headed to DTM
Kubica appears headed to DTM

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'strong' today as Robert Kubica has admitted that he could switch to the DTM in 2020.

"With [Audi Boss] Dieter Gass, I talked last time probably three years ago, or four years ago," said Kubica.

"It is true that DTM might be my destination. But we'll see."

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09/23/19
irl

IndyCar can still pull the plug on the aeroscreen
When Scott Dixon tested visibility in the simulator it was to make sure the Halo portion of the Aeroscreen did not impair visibility on banked tracks. But notice it was tested without the aeroscreen in place
When Scott Dixon tested visibility in the simulator it was to make sure the Halo portion of the Aeroscreen did not impair visibility on banked tracks. But notice it was tested without the windscreen in place. Time will tell if drivers love or hate it.

There is still a very real possibility that Indycar could nix the Aeroscreen, especially of the curved screen results in distorted vision for the driver.

Ultimately, the decision to go with or without the Aeroscreen for 2020 will come with more testing, input from the teams and drivers, and the executives at IndyCar.

“It was a new experience with the aero competition on our prior car redesign,” IndyCar Chairman Mark Miles said. “And what I learned was that changes can negative unintended consequences. It’s never easy. And that’s my mindset around any changes. But we have great people working on this. They’ve been working on it for a long time. Red Bull brought a huge amount of expertise and experience and have been on-point with this. They’re really good at what they do. We’ll have a better idea when it’s deployed and there are no unintended consequences. But it’s very promising.”

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09/23/19
imsa
f1

Kevin Magnussen eyes Rolex 24 in January
With 0.00% chance of winning in F1, Kevin Magnussen wants to diversify
With 0.00% chance of winning in F1, Kevin Magnussen wants to diversify
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen is eyeing next January's Daytona 24 hour race.

Recently, the Dane lamented his stalled midfield career in Formula 1, declaring: "I will only race in Formula 1 as long as I believe I can become world champion."

Now, the Haas driver has admitted to starting to look beyond the F1 paddock.

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09/21/19
f1

Teams may reject 6-second slower F1 cars
Pat Symonds
Pat Symonds

(GMM) F1 teams have expressed concern about the latest version of the 2021 technical rules.

On Monday, they were presented with the latest concept of the 2021 car, codenamed 'Lima'. The main difference compared to the earlier version is a more elegant front wing.

But Auto Motor und Sport claims some teams have calculated that the 2021 concept produces 60 points less downforce than the current cars, amounting to about 6 seconds per lap.

The FIA's Pat Symonds denies that.

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09/21/19
f1

Three-race trial for qualifying races in 2020
Horner against change
Horner against change

(GMM) Christian Horner says the current qualifying format "works fine".

Last week, Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto was quoted as saying that "all the teams" have already agreed that from 2020, reverse-grid qualifying sprint races will instead take place on Saturdays.

But it then emerged that Binotto had jumped the gun, because the teams, Liberty Media and the FIA are still discussing whether and how to change qualifying.

"The (current) qualifying format has raised a lot of questions, but in my opinion everything works fine," Red Bull's Horner said at Singapore.

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09/21/19
f1

Williams eyes Latifi, Hulkenberg for 2020
The WIlliams team needs money and Latifi brings the largest check. He who has the check, gets the ride.
The Williams team needs money and Latifi brings the largest check. He who has the check, gets the ride.
(GMM) Claire Williams has named at least two drivers who are on Williams' driver shortlist for 2020.

The Williams team boss says she was surprised when Robert Kubica, who has struggled this year, told her he had decided to leave the team at the end of the year.

"There's nothing much to comment on," Kubica told Eleven Sports in Singapore.

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09/21/19
irl

IndyCar - Overhead at Laguna Seca - 2
Thise hills could be full on Sunday
Those hills could be full on Sunday

Three years ago, Laguna Seca was going out of business, but it appears IndyCar is about to make Laguna Seca a success again - in a big way. After a 15-year hiatus, the open-wheel racing series returns this week for the Firestone Grand Prix of  Monterey. More on attendance numbers in a minute.

“There were a certain amount of requirements to bring the track up to current safety standards from when the last time IndyCar was here,” said Timothy McGrane, the facility’s CEO. “When IndyCar came out in the fall, there were a number of areas they required us to install safety fencing. That was by far the biggest part of the upgrade project.”

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09/20/19
irl

IndyCar - Overhead at Laguna Seca -1
Morning Practice on Friday
Morning Practice on Friday

The morning practice saw most teams sitting in the pits waiting for the clock to countdown the 45 minute session. With the Firestone primary tires falling off after only 5 laps, most teams were not wasting the precious rubber on the practice session. It will be interesting to see how the alternate (red) tires do in the afternoon practice session.

We spoke with Michael Shank, who is seeking a new collaboration with an IndyCar team for next season. Shank replied that he should have everything in place in two weeks.

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09/20/19
f1

Alfa Romeo could axe Giovinazzi (3rd Update)
Giovinazzi looks lost and helpless
Giovinazzi looks lost and helpless but he brings a huge check

UPDATE (GMM) Antonio Giovinazzi says the current uncertainty about his place at Alfa Romeo for 2020 is "part of the game".

After missing out on the Haas seat, Renault refugee Nico Hulkenberg is now pinning his hopes on a potential move to Alfa Romeo.

Italian Giovinazzi, despite his strong Ferrari link, has been fending off speculation about his future all season.

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09/20/19
f1

Ricciardo emerges as potential Vettel replacement
Daiel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo
(GMM) A wild rumor has emerged from Italy involving former Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel.

Some believe that with Charles Leclerc taking over the de-facto 'number 1' role at Ferrari, quadruple world champion Vettel's position has become untenable.

"If this continues, I would not be sure that Ferrari will keep him," former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher told Sky Deutschland.

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09/18/19
nasmon

Reddick to replace Hemric


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09/18/19
f1

Is the current Ferrari engine better than rivals, or are they cheating? (Update)
Now Toto Wolff and Mercedes are whining
Now Toto Wolff and Mercedes are whining

UPDATE (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has denied claims that Red Bull is pushing the hardest for the FIA to look into the legality of Ferrari's 2019 power unit.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner told Auto Motor und Sport this week: "We sent a number of questions to the FIA, but have not received any answers."

An unnamed rival team member added: "They (Ferrari) must have come up with something very clever.

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09/15/19
imsa

Briscoe Linked to Wayne Taylor Racing Drive
Ryan Briscoe (L) and his wife
Ryan Briscoe (L) and his wife
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ryan Briscoe, meanwhile, could find refuge at WTR next year, which could feature an all-new lineup in the Konica Minolta-sponsored Cadillac DPi.

The Australian open-wheel turned sports car ace, who is managed by WTR co-owner Max Angelelli (who is undergoing treatment for cancer), is understood to be in contention for one of the full-season seats.

Renger van der Zande, who has been with the team since 2018, does not currently have a contract with the Wayne Taylor team for next year, but Wayne Taylor says he and son Jordon will be the drivers.

So a lot of conflicting reports out of Laguna Seca this weekend.

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09/15/19
motogp

MotoGP to expand to 22 races from 2022
MotoGP, Formula E and F1 are booming
MotoGP, Formula E and F1 are booming
MotoGP could expand to 22 races after 2021 according to series boss Carmelo Ezpeleta.

Spain already has four races -- Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, Jerez, Valencia and Motorland Aragon -- on a 19-round calendar but Portugal’s Portimao circuit is interested in joining them.

Finland is set to join next year and Indonesia the season after.

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09/14/19
imsa

Spirit of Daytona may return with Mazda
Is a Mazda in Spirit of Daytona's future?
Is a Mazda in Spirit of Daytona's future?
Spirit of Daytona Racing could make its return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with a customer Mazda DPi program reportedly currently under discussion for 2020.

Multiple sources have confirmed to Sportscar365 that the Troy Flis-owned team, which has been absent from top-level IMSA competition for more than a year, is working to field a Mazda RT24-P.

It would mark the first customer Mazda DPi, following the recent success by the Multimatic-built prototype, which enters this weekend’s round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on a three-race win streak.

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09/14/19
f1

F1 Qualifying races will replace Q3 in 2020 (Update)
Mattia Binotto spills the beans
Mattia Binotto jumped the gun

UPDATE (GMM) Mattia Binotto may have jumped the gun by announcing that F1's qualifying format is changing radically for 2020.

The Ferrari boss told La Gazzetta dello Sport that all ten teams have agreed to scrap the existing knockout format in favour of a new Saturday sprint race.

"All teams have said yes, including us," Binotto said. "So in 2020, it will be done."

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09/11/19
irl

Jimmie Johnson - too old for NASCAR, eyes IndyCar
Johnson thinks an IndyCar might suit his style better. He's in for a rude awakening.
Johnson thinks an IndyCar might suit his style better. He's in for a rude awakening.
44-year old Jimmie Johnson can't win in NASCAR anymore so now he's thinking maybe he can do IndyCar. Johnson appeared on the 273rd edition of the Dale Jr. Download podcast and admitted that testing a McLaren F1 car last November in a ride-swap with Fernando Alonso wet his appetite for road course racing in open-wheel or sportscars.

“I don’t feel like it’s my strong suit but … when I’ve been in cars with more downforce and more braking ability, I’ve been much more competitive, like, when I’ve been in sportscars.

“I just think my driving style isn’t ideal for a big heavy Cup car. And hopping in that Formula 1 car and having that chance to match Fernando’s lap time as I did in Bahrain, was an eye-opening experience for me. Like maybe on a road course, those types of car fit my style a little bit more.”

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09/09/19
nasmon

Brickyard 400 ticket sales (2nd Update)
One lonely fan
One lonely fan. In some places the crowd was non-existent

UPDATE IMS president Doug Boles said yesterday that advance ticket sales had "topped 50,000 for the 235,000-seat venue.

That appeared to be about all they had by the looks of the grandstands.



Typical Brickyard 400 crowd
Typical Brickyard 400 crowd

09/02/19 IMS says it is flat in ticket sales and expecting at least 50,000 in attendance for next week's Brickyard 400, including both general admission and hospitality.

With 250,000 seats or so, and at least half of the 50,000 people in suites and General Admission, the grandstands will look very barren and you'll be able to shoot a cannon into the grandstands and not hit anyone.

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09/08/19
f1

Ferrari planning EUR 9m contract for Leclerc
Leclerc screwed Vettel in qualifying. Vettel gave Leclerc a tow to set fast time in the first run, but stayed behind Vettel in the 2nd run until it was too late to cross the line before time ran out
Leclerc screwed Vettel in Monza qualifying. Vettel gave Leclerc a tow to set fast time in the first run, but stayed behind Vettel in the 2nd run until it was too late to cross the line before time ran out
(GMM) Ferrari is reportedly working on a new contract for Charles Leclerc.

Many believe the momentum is clearly switching from current 'number 1' driver Sebastian Vettel to Leclerc, the 21-year-old Spa winner and Monza pole sitter.

At Monza, Vettel was vocally upset about having not been given a slipstream in Monza qualifying by Leclerc, as per a pre-session agreement.

"We have to clarify that internally," team boss Mattia Binotto told Sky Italia after qualifying.

"I understand his frustration, so we will talk with him and try to understand what we could have done differently."

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09/07/19
irl

Aldo Costa to design 2022 IndyCar
Finally, IndyCar will have a properly designed race car. The greatest designer in F1 history will move to Dallara in September
Finally, IndyCar will have a properly designed race car. Aldo Costa, the greatest designer in F1 history, will move to Dallara in September

Rumor has it that the greatest designer in F1 history will design the 2022 IndyCar for Dallara.

Aldo Costa, born in Parma, Italy, has decided it's time for a new life chapter. Costa will leave the Mercedes F1 team at the end of September and in 2020 will join Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara as their new Chief Technical Officer.

Before joining Mercedes, he was Head of Design Office at Ferrari in 1996, part of the dominant squad that took six constructors’ titles between 1999 and 2004 in the Michael Schumacher era, and two more in 2007 and 2008.

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09/07/19
f1

Kubica to lose F1 ride (5th Update)
If Kubica's check is large enough, any number of teams will want him despite his physical limitations
If Kubica's check is large enough, any number of teams will want him despite his physical limitations

UPDATE (GMM) Robert Kubica says his future will become clearer "sooner or later".

The popular Pole returned to F1 this year after an eight-year break following his near-fatal rallying crash of 2011.

But he has struggled, not just with Williams' slowest-in-2019 car, but notably against his teammate George Russell.

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09/06/19
f1

Ocon to Renault, Hulkenberg to get axe(11th Update)
Hulkenberg during press conference Thursday
Hulkenberg during press conference Thursday

UPDATE At Thursday's Italian GP press conference dumped Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg has admitted he has ‘nothing concrete’ lined up for the 2020 Formula 1 season despite ongoing talks with other teams.

The highly rated German driver will be replaced as Daniel Ricciardo’s teammate at Renault by Frenchman Esteban Ocon, who will join the team following a sabbatical from competition.

The 32-year-old has been linked with a move to Haas for next season, with Romain Grosjean tipped as heading to Formula E, but AR1.com sources say he is going to Alfa Romeo.

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09/06/19
f1

Aldo Costa to return to Ferrari (Update)
Aldo Costa. If true, Ferrari will become the team to beat in F1 in a few short years
Aldo Costa to Dallara means Ferrari will not be the team to beat in future years.

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today with this news that Costa will join Dallara to work on the Haas F1 car and next generation IndyCar.

07/24/19 (GMM) Another familiar name could be on the way back to Maranello.

It is already known that Simone Resta is almost certainly returning to his old Ferrari design role after a short stint at Alfa Romeo.

And now Auto Bild reports that Aldo Costa could also be on the way back to Maranello.

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09/04/19
f1

Monza on verge of new five-year F1 contract (2nd Update)
Monza
Monza

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. The Italian Grand Prix will remains at Monza for another five years following the signing of a new contract.

Formula 1 CEO and chairman Chase Carey joined the president of the Automobile Club d’Italia on stage in Piazza del Duomo to announce the deal and sign the contract in front of more than 10,000 Ferrari fans.

“This is one of four Grands Prix that were part of the 1950 championship and still features in the calendar and along with the British Grand Prix, it is the only one to have been held every year since then,” noted Carey. “History, speed and passion are words that motorsport fans associate with Monza. The feeling one gets at this Grand Prix is truly unique, as is the circuit’s distinctive podium.

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09/01/19
f1

Hulkenberg to Red Bull for 2020? (Update)
Our sources say he is going to Alfa Romeo
Axed Nico Hulkenberg has yet to score a podium in F1

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' just like we predicted. Dr Helmut Marko has now ruled out Nico Hulkenberg for the second seat at Red Bull for 2020.

Earlier, while insisting that the outfit would prefer to choose between Alex Albon, Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly to be Max Verstappen's next teammate, team boss Christian Horner admitted Hulkenberg was a "conservative" choice that could not be ruled out.

But when asked at Spa by Auto Bild if Renault refugee Hulkenberg actually has a chance, Red Bull driver program boss Marko answered bluntly: "No."

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09/01/19
irl

McLaren agreement with SPM IndyCar essentially a rent-a-car deal
McLaren is essentially renting a car from SPM for the Indy 500
McLaren will have SPM prepare their car for the Indy 500 and have 0.00% ownership of the team

As we have speculated previously, McLaren is NOT coming to IndyCar as a team, but is coming to IndyCar in name only. All the fake news around McLaren coming to IndyCar has been just that, 'fake propaganda.'

Sam Schmidt told Autosport "Yes - and that's another thing that seems to have got lost or out of control in the media since the McLaren announcement.

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09/01/19
irl

Who will replace James Hinchcliffe as Honda Spokesperson? (Update)
Hinchcliffe likely to lose Honda gigs
Hinchcliffe to lose his 2 Honda gigs

UPDATE According to Autosport James Hinchcliffe will stay on with what will become McLaren Racing SP into the 2020 IndyCar Series season so he is definitely out as a Honda spokesperson.

"We're very pleased James is staying, absolutely," Sam Schmidt told Autosport, "although I'm not sure why there was all that speculation.

"Yes, it was unfortunate that we had to change engine supplier - unfortunate for us, unfortunate for him - but we had to make a change in order to join forces with McLaren, and the pros far exceeded the cons there.

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08/31/19
f1

F1 considering qualifying race experiment for 2020
Abiteboul in favor of trying it
Abiteboul in favor of trying it
(GMM) F1 is toying with the idea of experimenting with the race format in 2020.

The sport's all-new era is not arriving until 2021, but sporting boss Ross Brawn said the stable regulations for 2020 gives Liberty the freedom to experiment at one or two races next year.

One idea is a race for qualifying rather than the existing knockout format.

"If we are to improve the show there is nothing wrong with trying and seeing how it goes, get some fan feedback, and if people like it and it improves the show, I'm all for it," said Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer.

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08/30/19
irl

Herta and Steinbrenner to move to Andretti, not Meyer Shank (2nd Update)
Michael Andretti to make room for Herta and run a 5th car
Michael Andretti to make room for Herta and run a 5th car

UPDATE Team owner Michael Andretti is confident a fifth entry for Andretti Autosport in 2020  will likely include Colton Herta moving over from Harding as previously rumored, with George Michael Steinbrenner, IV moving too.

We originally rumored that they would be a Satellite Team with Meyer Shank Racing, and of course we now know that is not the plan.  However, we hear that Meyer Shank Racing could very well become a Satellite team to Andretti Autosport.

With AutoNation backing both Andretti Autosport and Meyer Shank Racing and driver Jack Harvey, and Meyer Shank being a previous satellite team to Andretti, all the stars are aligning for that to happen again.

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08/30/19
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Marko plays down latest Vettel-Red Bull rumor
Helmut Marko and Sebastian Vettel have a laugh at Spa Friday morning
Helmut Marko and Sebastian Vettel have a laugh at Spa Friday morning
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has played down the latest version of the rumor linking Sebastian Vettel with a return to Red Bull for 2020.

At Spa, Alex Albon admitted to feeling nervous about taking over the demoted Pierre Gasly's seat.

"These decisions are never easy, but we had to react," Marko, who founded and still heads Red Bull's driver program, told Auto Bild.

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08/29/19
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Richmond to replace Pocono IndyCar race (9th Update)
Mark Miles
Mark Miles

UPDATE Richmond Raceway will indeed be on the 2020 IndyCar schedule, per an Adam Stern source with direct knowledge of the move, and the track has a press conference slated for next Tuesday.

08/20/19 Brian Carroccio here. 

I caught up with Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles about an hour before the green flag for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. My goal in speaking with Miles was to get the series’ view on where matters stood between INDYCAR and Pocono with regard to continuing the event. I approached him within the context that it had been reported by this outlet (see below) and others that INDYCAR had been somewhat lukewarm with respect to inquires from Pocono Raceway to continue the event.

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08/29/19
automotive

SPIED: Could This Be The 800 HP Plug-In Hybrid Chevrolet C8 Corvette?
What are those orange connectors sticking out of the front hoods?
What are those orange connectors sticking out of the front hoods?
It is no secret that there will be at least one hybrid version of the new Chevrolet Corvette. Could it be hiding under those prototypes?

TFLnow recently stumbled upon a pair of C8 Corvette prototypes bathed in camouflage. This is quite interesting, because Chevrolet has already launched the car officially since mid-July. Are those some of the test mules used previously, or something more?

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