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11/13/19
f1

Mercedes eyes option of leaving F1
Wolff says it is not a given Mercedes stays in F1
Wolff says it is not a given Mercedes stays in F1
Champions Mercedes are likely to stay in Formula One after major changes come into play in 2021 but that cannot be taken for granted, team principal Toto Wolff said on Tuesday. Especially with large layoffs looming for Mercedes and Tesla starting to eat into their sales, Mercedes may not want to be spending so much money on a sport that uses internal combustion engines.

The German car maker’s factory team have won both the constructors’ and drivers’ championships for an unprecedented six years in a row, and next season is the last before a financial, technical and sporting shake-up.

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11/12/19
imsa

Joest, Mazda to Part Ways After Sebring
Joest run IMSA Mazda DPI team
Joest run IMSA Mazda DPI team
Mazda is expected to part ways with Joest Racing following the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March, with a mid-season team switch possible for the DPi manufacturer.

Although Mazda won't confirm it, Sportscar365 reports that the German outfit’s contract, which runs through the end of the Japanese business year in March, has not been renewed, leading to the possibility of the factory Mazda RT24-Ps running under two different banners in 2020.

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11/11/19
irl

Penske paid $300M to buy IndyCar and IMS
Land Controlled by IMS
Land Controlled by IMS. Our estimates now put the deal at around $1 billion

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today as we expected the report of $300M was way wide of the mark. IMS and Hulman-subsidiary Georgetown Realty Co. Inc. control about 37% of all the land in Speedway, making Hulman the 4.8-square-mile town’s single-largest landowner.

All that land will be turned over to Penske when the deal closes, bringing with it responsibility for about $2.7 million in annual property taxes.

Valued at $97 million for tax break purposes, the acreage accounts for about 16% of Speedway’s assessed property value of $608 million according to IBJcom.

If the assessed property value is $608 million, adding in the IndyCar series, the value of the historic Indy 500 race, the IMS Museum, and IMS productions, the deal had to be just south of $1 billion.

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11/11/19
nasmon

NASCAR Phoenix race to sellout (2nd Update)
Packed grandstands. Since Jim France has taken over the reins of NASCAR, the series has been on the rise
Packed grandstands. Since Jim France has taken over the reins of NASCAR, the series has been on the rise
UPDATE
 Estimated total attendance at ISM was "more than 50,000."

All 42,000 grandstand seats sold out, with "several thousand more combined in the Infield suites and a record number of campers." ARIZONA REPUBLIC



11/08/19 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. ISM Raceway has announced a sellout crowd for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500, the second time in a row it has done so after its $178M renovation. The track sold out its roughly 45,000 seats comprising the Allison grandstand that was built as part of the renovation of the venue that wrapped up last year.

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11/11/19
f1

Will Renault leave F1? (3rd Update)
Abiteboul admits Renault's F1 days could be numbered
Abiteboul still plays down Renault leaving

UPDATE (GMM) Renault has played down rumors it might quit Formula 1.

Last week, reports suggested that amid on and off-track scandals, poor results and the loss of engine customers Red Bull and McLaren, new Renault CEO Clotilde Delbos might be poised to pull the carmaker out of F1.

But a Renault spokesperson told f1only.fr that the rumors were put out there to "destabilize" the team.

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11/10/19
f1

Mercedes to slash costs, will F1 program feel pinch?
How much longer can Toto afford Lewis Hamilton?
How much longer can Toto afford Lewis Hamilton?
As it grapples with recalls, costly fines over illegal diesel engine software and a slowing global market due to stiff competition from EV car maker Tesla, Daimler is embarking on an austerity program that, if implemented, will see it cut 10 per cent of its management jobs (1,100 positions) and freeze its 300,000 workers’ paychecks in Germany. Will is also hit their huge F1 budget?

That’s according to German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung, Mercedes-Benz‘s parent company, who cites an email sent to staff by the group’s works council. The news was confirmed by Handelsblatt and German news agency DPA.

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11/10/19
f1
irl

McLaren IndyCar drivers to get F1 tests
O'Ward and Askew may get an F1 test with McLaren
O'Ward and Askew may get an F1 test with McLaren
The McLaren F1 team could give an opportunity to its young IndyCar driver line-up to take part in Formula 1 tests next year.

The Arrows McLaren SP IndyCar squad recently announced that it had signed former Red Bull junior Patricio O’Ward and 2019 Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew to compete for them in 2020.

And now McLaren has hinted that it could look at its new young signings as a possible pool of talent to help them with F1 test and development work.

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11/08/19
f1

Hamilton 'thinking about' Ferrari move - Villeneuve
There is zero chance Hamilton goes to Ferrari. He is playing Mercedes like a fiddle to extract more money in his contract renegotiation, which has begun.
There is zero chance Hamilton goes to Ferrari. He is playing Mercedes like a fiddle to extract more money in his contract renegotiation's, which have begun.
(GMM) 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve thinks Lewis Hamilton is contemplating a move to Ferrari.

Six time world champion Hamilton's Mercedes contract expires next year, and Toto Wolff said recently it is "natural" that the Briton is attracted to Ferrari because it's the "most important brand" in F1.

"Lewis is chasing all the records and he has a good chance of getting most of them," Villeneuve told Sky Italia. 

"Going to Ferrari would be the culmination of all of it and I suspect he is thinking about it."

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11/07/19
irl

IndyCar could be racing with Supercars in Sydney as soon as 2021 (2nd Update)
Route to track from downtown Sydney
Route to track from downtown Sydney

UPDATE Old news for AR1.com readers, but IndyCar President Jay Frye said that officials have "held 'exploratory' discussions about staging a race in Sydney," according to van Leeuwen & Malsher of AUTOSPORT.

IndyCar has "made no secret of its ongoing desire to return to Australia," with talks of a "revived Gold Coast Indy event stretching back several years."

The Queensland government has "shown genuine interest in bringing the series back" to Surfers Paradise for the first time since '08, but a "resolution on a date has been a stumbling block." IndyCar has "made it clear it wants to race in Australia in February."

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11/07/19
f1

F1 to scrap Pirelli's 2020 tires (Update)
Albon testing the inferior 2020 tires in Austin
Albon testing the inferior 2020 tires in Austin. Why does F1 need new tires for 2020?

UPDATE (GMM) Toto Wolff has confirmed reports that Formula 1 could abandon Pirelli's 2020 tires.

In Austin, the teams and drivers got their first taste of the 2020 tires.

"My first impression is very bad," said McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr.

That view was widespread, triggering media reports that suggested the sport and Pirelli could simply abandon the 2020 tires.

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11/06/19
f1

Binotto threatened Red Bull with legal action - source
Binotto read Horner the riot act
Binotto read Horner the riot act
(GMM) Mattia Binotto confronted Christian Horner after the US GP and threatened him with legal action, according to the Spanish source Motorlat.

Other photographic evidence emerging in the wake of the Austin race appear to back up correspondent Yhacbec Lopez's claim about the Ferrari chief's fury.

The normally calm Binotto was enraged after Austin when Red Bull-Honda driver Max Verstappen said Ferrari had been caught "cheating" with its engine.

"I was standing outside the Red Bull hospitality," Lopez claims.

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11/05/19
NHRA

Kalitta Motorsports to make big sponsor announcement for 2020 (Update)
Brian Norko, Doug Kalitta, J.R. Todd, Shawn Langdon and Chad Head at NGK Kalitta Motorsports sponsorship announcement during SEMA
Brian Norko, Doug Kalitta, J.R. Todd, Shawn Langdon and Chad Head at NGK Kalitta Motorsports sponsorship announcement during SEMA

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Kalitta Motorsports, the seven-time NHRA world championship winning team, and NGK Spark Plugs announced an exclusive multi-year partnership today at SEMA that pairs the world’s leading spark plug brand to one of the most legendary teams in motorsports. The marketing partnership, which will officially begin in 2020, will see every race car in the Kalitta Motorsports stable use NGK Spark Plugs in all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.

 “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with NGK Spark Plugs,” said Chad Head, Kalitta Motorsports General Manager. “The Kalitta team, led by Connie Kalitta, has been one of the most innovative and creative motorsports organizations for 60 years. We feel the partnership with NGK Spark Plugs will continue this tradition of performance excellence and championship results.”

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11/05/19
irl

Penske to implement guaranteed starting spots in 500
With Tony George listening Roger punted on the guaranteed starting spot question
With Tony George listening, Roger punted on the guaranteed starting spot question
Roger Penske has long argued that full-time, championship contending teams should have a guaranteed starting spot in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, similar to what NASCAR does for its regular teams.

This became a big topic in 2018 when James Hinchcliffe, fifth in the championship standings, failed to qualify for the 33-car field. Now that he owns the Indy 500 will Penske push for guaranteed starting spots?

In yesterday's press conference, when asked this question, Penske punted:

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11/05/19
f1

Haas could offer Kubica race seat for 2021
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica
(GMM) Haas team boss Gunther Steiner says he remains very keen to sign up Robert Kubica for 2020 and beyond.

Amid rumors the departing Williams driver might accept a development driver role for 2020, Kubica was linked with Haas and Racing Point.

But the Pole said in Austin that his situation had suddenly become "more complicated, but it also means that I have interesting options".

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11/05/19
f1
dtm

Hulkenberg to Alfa Romeo for 2020 (8th Update)
AR1.com rumored Hulkenberg to Alfa Romeo way before all other news publications
Hulkenberg denies move to DTM in 2020 even though his Alfa Romeo option in F1 is now gone. Will he stay home and tend to gardening in 2020?

UPDATE (GMM) Nico Hulkenberg has slammed as "fake news" reports he will on Tuesday be unveiled as a DTM driver for 2020.

The German's comments come as his last real option to stay on the F1 grid next year, the race seat alongside Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo, is filled.

"Antonio (Giovinazzi) has emerged as a very quick driver, even alongside as tough a benchmark as Kimi, and we expect him to develop even further as his experience grows," Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur announced on Monday.

Earlier, media reports by the leading Motorsport Network announced that Hulkenberg, 32, could be unveiled on Tuesday as a works BMW driver in the German touring car series DTM for 2020.

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11/04/19
irl

In case you doubted our IndyCar buy rumors
Tony George admits there were attempts to buy IndyCar
Tony George admits there were attempts to buy IndyCar
Over the last couple of years AR1.com rumored that Liberty Media made two runs at trying to buy the IndyCar series, only to be rebuffed, and met by denials from Mark Miles saying IndyCar is not for sale. Our inside sources were solid, but the sale never happened.

Well today, we learned from Tony George in the press conference after it was announced Roger Penske was buying IndyCar lock, stock and barrel, that those rumors were true:

“There were offers," George said. "I remember back to 1977-78, and recently we had some up to a couple years ago – most recently this past spring. But we’ve always been committed, and I’ve said before that my mother was committed, everyone has always been committed, but you had to start to take into account the bigger picture. Is this really the best thing for this institution?"

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11/04/19
f1

McLaren F1's Petrobras Deal To Be Terminated (4th Update)
Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren
Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren

UPDATE McLaren have confirmed that its sponsorship deal with Brazilian oil giant Petrobras will be terminated with immediate effect and the companies logos removed from the car for the next race.

Petrobras, which is majority owned – 64 per cent – by the Brazilian government, agreed a five-year sponsorship deal with McLaren at the beginning of the 2018 season but ever since Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in, he has pushed for the deal to be cancelled.

The deal, reportedly worth £163 million, will therefore come to an end ahead of the Brazilian GP, where the logos will no longer be on the MCL34.

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11/04/19
irl

IndyCar to be sold (5th Update)
Mark Miles said IndyCar was not for sale, but AR1.com maintained it was.
Mark Miles said IndyCar was not for sale, but AR1.com maintained it was.

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today although IndyCar was not sold to Liberty, but to Roger Penske. See Hot News

11/10/18 The original rumor was that Liberty wanted to buy IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the powers to be keep saying it is not for sale.

That was the case before the Nov. 3 death of Mari Hulman George--the matriarch of IMS and IndyCar Series parent Hulman & Co. And it’s still the case.

“As a practice, we don’t discuss our corporate ownership structure. However, the passing of Mari Hulman George does not affect the operation of IMS and IMS is not for sale,” Speedway President Doug Boles told Anthony Schoetle of IBJ.

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11/04/19
f1

Alfa Romeo to quit F1? (Update)
Vasseur may need a new engine supplier soon
Vasseur may need a new engine supplier soon

UPDATE (GMM) F1's Swiss-based team will survive even if it loses its Alfa Romeo backing.

That is the claim of Ossi Oikarinen, a former BMW Sauber engineer who is now a pundit for Finnish broadcaster C More.

Rumors in Austin suggested that amid the Hinwil based team's current performance slump, Alfa Romeo - having only taken over Sauber's naming rights in 2019 - might pull out.

"It's difficult to say if there's anything behind those Rumors," Oikarinen said.

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11/04/19
f1
dtm

Kubica has 'interesting options' for 2020 (3rd Update)
Kubica's sponsor will not follow him to DTM
Kubica to bench warm somewhere

UPDATE (GMM) Robert Kubica says he has "interesting options" on the table for the future.

The departing Williams driver could leave Formula 1 altogether, but he has also been linked with test roles at Haas or Racing Point.

And now it is rumored that Ferrari might be interested in the popular Pole, who has struggled since returning to the grid in 2019 with his permanent arm injuries.

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11/03/19
nasmon

Kurt Busch to renew with Ganassi racing (Update)
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11/03/19
f1

FIA ruling may have stopped Ferrari engine advantage
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
(GMM) World champion Lewis Hamilton suspects the FIA might be getting to the bottom of Ferrari's engine power advantage.

Ever since the Maranello team took a giant leap forward with its 2019 power unit, rumors have swept the paddock that its technical secret may be illegal.

"They should protest!" Ferrari's Mattia Binotto said this week.

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11/01/19
irl

Hinchcliffe is out of ride, O'Ward and Askew for Arrow McLaren (3rd Update)
Honda Spokesperson James Hinchcliffe will stay with Honda in 2020
James Hinchcliffe

UPDATE A source familiar with the situation, who has been granted anonymity to speak freely about the situation, told Norris McDonald of the Toronto Star that, “Schmidt Peterson have really put the screws to James. He was gobsmacked when they told him; for him, it came entirely out of the blue.

“They will pay him his salary (estimated in the neighborhood of $500,000 U.S. a year) but to earn it he will have to go to the races and be in their hospitality unit and shake hands with people and talk about racing and be a personality. They might also have him do some appearances away from the races. They are on the hook for a lot of money and they will want to get their money’s worth.”

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11/01/19
nasmon
irl
imsa

Honda would leave IndyCar for NASCAR
Art St. Cyr says a Honda move to NASCAR would mean an end of its IndyCar program.
Art St. Cyr says a Honda move to NASCAR would mean an end of its IndyCar program.

Honda told Autosport they are is interested in joining NASCAR if budgets make sense, but a switch to the championship would likely mean the end of its IndyCar and IMSA programs.

"We always keep an eye on it," said St Cyr, speaking after Acura's Petit Le Mans win. "We look at it peripherally, right now. But it is something that interests us.

"Given the opportunity, we'd jump at the chance to do that [NASCAR] as soon as it makes sense for us." St Cyr added that the scale of NASCAR's challenge and reach is both an attraction and a deterrent in terms of the effort required.

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10/29/19
f1

Lukoil to replace Petrobras at McLaren (Update)
Did Zak brown pull a rabbit out of his hat?
Zak Brown

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'speculation today. Negotiations between McLaren and the Russian oil company Lukoil have failed, according to the Russian publication Championat.

We reported recently that Lukoil may replace Petrobras as the British team's oil sponsor, after Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro terminated the deal.

However, the Petrobras logos were still on the McLaren car in Mexico.

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10/28/19
f1

Is Hulkenberg now angling for Red Bull seat?
Red Bull is already set with its drivers.  Hulkenberg would be a very long shot.
Red Bull is already set with its drivers. Hulkenberg would be a very long shot.
Jack Plooif, an established Dutch Formula 1 reporter doesn't rule out the chance of a contract signing at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing for Nico Hulkenberg.

On the morning show of Giel Beelen on Radio Veronica, Jack Plooij discusses the Grand Prix weekend in Mexico. There he tells, among other things, that he was troubled by the sickness bug and discusses the latest rumors. One of them would connect Hulkenberg to Red Bull Racing again.

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10/28/19
f1

F1 Qualifying races still possible in 2021 - Seidl
Seidl - not for 2020 but maybe 2021
Seidl - not for 2020 but maybe 2021
(GMM) Formula 1 may push ahead with plans for a reverse-grid, sprint race qualifying format for 2021.

F1 sporting director Ross Brawn actually wanted to trial the concept over three races next year, but the teams did not unanimously agree.

"Ross said today that two teams opposed it, so it is currently off the agenda for 2020," said McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl.

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10/26/19
f1

Wehrlein eyes Haas seat (Update)
Is Pascal Wehrlein's check big enough?
Was Pascal Wehrlein's check big enough? No.

UPDATE (GMM) Pascal Wehrlein is not getting too excited about the prospect of a return to Formula 1.

The former Sauber and Manor driver has been closely linked with a potential new team for 2021, thanks to his association with Adrian Campos and a Monaco management firm.

"First of all, I'm not really looking at Formula 1 beyond my job with Ferrari," the 25-year-old told Germany's Auto Bild.

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10/25/19
nasmon

Mayweather Appears Involved With Potential NASCAR Team
Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather and his The Money Team brand appear to be involved with a new team venture in NASCAR that is trying to start up.

A user on Reddit’s NASCAR page on Friday shared a link to TheMoneyTeamRacing.com, a website that shows Mayweather’s likeness and TMT’s logo, along with bold lettering that states: “The Champ is ready to fight again, this time in a sport full of speed, fire and fury.”

The website states that the team’s first race will be at Homestead-Miami Speedway next month and touts that announcements on drivers, sponsors and merchandise will be coming soon.

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10/24/19
f1
wrc

F1 career over, Alonso fishing for something
Hopefully Alonso does not meet the same fate as Robert Kubica in a dangerous rally car
Hopefully Alonso does not meet the same fate as Robert Kubica in a dangerous rally car
With his career on the wane, and too afraid to do IndyCar racing full-time, Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso now says he might give the World Rally Championship a go.

"I have been in three of the four things in which Toyota Gazoo is racing and WRC is the only one missing," he told the official WRC website during a visit to this weekend's Rally Espana.

"So maybe I speak with Tommi Makinen once, and at least testing the Yaris would be interesting." 

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10/24/19
f1

Record crowd expected for USGP at COTA
COTA
COTA
Organizers for the upcoming F1 U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas said that they are "on pace for the best year of ticket sales" since '12, the inaugural year of the Austin race, according to Chris Bils of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

Overall sales for the Nov. 1-3 event are "up 15% from last year, when F1 reported 263,160 attended the weekend and 111,580 came on race day."

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10/22/19
nasmon

Corey LaJoie to stay with GoFas Racing


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10/21/19
track news

Atlanta Motor Speedway eyes building a casino (Update)
Ed Clark
Ed Clark

UPDATE Added rendering of Atlanta's proposal below.

10/21/19 Atlanta Motor Speedway is interested in building a $1B casino resort attached to the venue if Georgia legalizes casinos, track President Ed Clark told a state legislative group last week.

Sports Business Journal last year first reported that track owner SMI was considering having casinos built on its property to better leverage its real estate and connect with the expanding gambling industry.

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10/21/19
nasmon

Big changes coming for NASCAR?
Which way will NASCAR President Jim France take NASCAR?
Which way will NASCAR President Jim France take NASCAR?
In Daytona Beach, Ken Willis wrote the acquisition (of ISC by NASCAR) is "one of several steps necessary to proceed with yet unspecified changes to how NASCAR presents its racing season."

Those changes "could be the most earth-moving" since '72, when NASCAR "streamlined its Cup Series schedule by about 40% (from roughly 50 races per year to 30)."

Willis: "The Sonic-SMI merger and the NASCAR-ISC deal are two big steps. The 2020 conclusion of NASCAR's current five-year sanctioning agreement with all existing tracks would be next."

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10/21/19
f1

Ferrari to keep 'veto' power after 2020
Rumor has it that Ferraro to keep some veto power
Rumor has it that Ferraro to keep some veto power
(GMM) Ferrari is keeping its historic and highly controversial right to "veto" Formula 1 rules.

That is the claim of La Gazzetta dello Sport, after the teams last week met with the FIA and Liberty Media to discuss the 2021 regulations for the final time before the end of October deadline.

Germany's Auto Bild claims the meeting did not go well, with the teams only submitting various counter proposals to the most disputed of the rules.

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10/18/19
irl

O'Ward to return to IndyCar
Patricio O'Ward rumored in the running for the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team
Patricio O'Ward rumored in the running for the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team
Pato O’Ward’s goal of Formula 1 appears to be over, and the 20-year-old Mexican appears headed right back into IndyCar.

After it was learned Red Bull is ending its relationship with O’Ward, the 2018 Indy Lights champion told RACER.com on Friday afternoon that IndyCar is now his primary focus, and speculation is that it could be with Arrow McLaren SP.

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10/17/19
f1

Drivers knew of Renault brake bias system
What did Hulkenberg know?
What did Hulkenberg know?
Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg had to know about Renault’s brake bias system, if it proves to be true, says former driver Ralf Schumacher.

Renault are facing a huge penalty if found guilty of running a pre-set brake bias system that automatically adjusts the balance depending on where the car is on the track.

The matter was brought to the FIA’s attention at Suzuka when Racing Point lodged a 12-page protest.

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10/17/19
irl
f1

IndyCar worried about Miami GP
May will be rather warm in Miami. What are they thinking? Too bad an IndyCar race wasn't a support race to F1 in Miami in early May instead of the near empty grandstand GP of Indianapolis.

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10/17/19
nasmon

Penske to give McLaughlin NASCAR go
Roger Penske and Scott McLaughlin
Roger Penske and Scott McLaughlin

Roger Penske has teased a ‘near future’ opportunity for Scott McLaughlin in the United States, but insists Sunday’s Bathurst win doesn’t impact the team’s plans for the driver.

McLaughlin has long spoken of his desire to eventually move to the US, but only after achieving his goals of winning a Supercars title and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

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10/16/19
nasmon

Geico to become NASCAR's First Premier Partner
Ty Dillon - Geico Chevy
Ty Dillon - Geico Chevy

NASCAR is finalizing a deal that will make Geico the first company to sign as a premier partner for its new Cup-level sponsorship model, sources said.

The deal has not yet been signed, though it has been verbally agreed to and will be reached barring an unforeseen late complication.

NASCAR has been in the market looking for three to five top-tier partners for its new model, which will replace the title sponsorship system that is in place. NASCAR has been asking $15-20M annually over several years for the deals.

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10/15/19
automotive

VW to sell Lamborghini (Update)
Lamborghini Terzo-Millennio
Lamborghini Terzo-Millennio

UPDATE The goal of spinning off Lamborghini would be to stockpile more cash and other resources for VW's massive planned push into electric vehicles. Back in March, reports circulated that Volkswagen's "Vision 2030" corporate plan might include plans to focus on the brand's core brands — VW, Audi and Porsche. That means the futures of fringe players like Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, motorcycle brand Ducati and design firm Italdesign (and note this isn't a comprehensive list of brand's under the expansive VW Group umbrella) are up in the air.

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10/14/19
v8

Did Penske team cheat to win? (Update)
Dick Johnson (L) and Roger Penske (R) celebrate the win
Dick Johnson (L) and Roger Penske (R) celebrate the win

UPDATE Dick Johnson has rubbished suggestions that Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat will be stripped of victory in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Speaking on Macquarie Sports Radio, DJR Team Penske co-owner Johnson believes the action did not alter the outcome of the race.

“That’s rubbish,” said Johnson, who celebrated his team’s first Bathurst 1000 win since 1994.

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10/13/19
v8

Penske team uses Coulthard as 'Sacrificial Lamb' to help McLaughlin
Penske Sacrificial Lamb' Fabian Coulthard
Penske Sacrificial Lamb' Fabian Coulthard

Shane van Gisbergen says the Penske Supercar team uses Fabian Coulthard to a ‘sacrificial lamb’ after the DJR Team Penske driver was penalized for slowing excessively under Safety Car in the Bathurst 1000.

Coulthard was running third, one position behind his ultimately victorious Shell V-Power Racing teammate Scott McLaughlin, when a Safety Car was called on Lap 135.

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10/12/19
f1

Russian F1 team in works (3rd Update)
SMP boss, and Russian Billionaire, Boris Rotenberg
SMP boss, and Russian Billionaire, Boris Rotenberg

UPDATE (GMM) A Russian government minister is still talking about the prospect of a Russian Formula 1 team.

At Sochi recently, trade and industry minister Denis Manturov said a Russian team is "not far off". His comments came at the same time as Formula 1 and the FIA played down the prospect of new teams joining for 2021.

But minister Manturov, who was appointed directly by Vladimir Putin, is still making noises about a Russian F1 team.

"I think first of all we should talk about the appearance of a Russian team," he told the state-owned Russia-24 television broadcaster on Friday.

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10/11/19
f1

Honda ups F1 budget to EUR 140 million
Honda throwing big money at engine program to catch up before engine freeze
Honda throwing big money at engine program to catch up before engine freeze
(GMM) Honda is upping its Formula 1 budget for 2020, according to Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The move follows pressure on the Red Bull-Honda alliance from Max Verstappen and his father Jos, who have indicated they could be on the move for 2021.

The Italian sports newspaper claims that Honda is investing EUR 140 million on development of its 2020 engine, in order to catch Ferrari and Mercedes.

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10/10/19
f1

Will Typhoon force Japan GP reschedule? (4th Update)
Typhoon prediction for next Sunday
Typhoon will impact Suzuka

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Saturday's Japanese GP sessions have been cancelled due to the Typhoon, with qualifying set to take place on Sunday at 10:00am local time.

10/10/19 This rumor is upgraded to 'strong' today. Formula 1 is considering calling off all activity at Suzuka on Saturday.

Saturday is when the local area is expected to bear the full brunt of a typhoon that has been categorized by the Japan Meteorological Agency as "violent".

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10/10/19
automotive

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Production to be Delayed by UAW GM Strike
C8 Corvette
C8 Corvette
For all the justified hype, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette might be off to a rough start—and it hasn't gone on sale yet. According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, the production and on-sale date of the mid-engine Corvette will be delayed as the ongoing United Auto Workers strike at GM impacts the company's ability to catch up on current-generation orders and finish retooling Bowling Green Assembly Plant to build the new car.

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10/09/19
f1

FIA proposes active aerodynamics for 2021
F1 rules makers hard at work again. Active aerodynamics will raise, not lower costs, and make the 99.5% and the driver 0.5% of the equation, down from 1% today.
F1 rules makers hard at work again. Active aerodynamics will raise, not lower costs, and make the car 99.5% and the driver 0.5% of the equation, down from 1% today.
(GMM) F1's governing body is proposing that the Formula 1 cars in 2021 feature active aerodynamics.

The news, reported by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, comes amid pressure from some teams for a watering down of the major car changes for 2021.

Led by Mercedes, it is believed that some teams want Liberty and the FIA to agree to keep the regulations substantially the same.

But president Jean Todt has ruled that out. 

"It will not change much," a source said, referring to the proposed 2021 car concept.

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10/09/19
f1

Zandvoort to scrap non-F1 races?
With all the resistance, and the fact the track is substandard, why isn't the Dutch GP at Assen?
With all the resistance, and the fact the Zandvoort track is substandard, why isn't the Dutch GP at Assen?

(GMM) Zandvoort has denied that it will cancel a number of motor racing events in order to ensure that the Dutch GP takes place as scheduled next May.

It has emerged that several environmental groups are causing legal trouble for the race organizers, which at best could delay the track's necessary upgrade works.

"They want at least three races to not go ahead," a source told De Volkskrant newspaper. It is suggested that by scrapping three non-F1 races at Zandvoort, the environmental groups might be appeased.

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10/09/19
f1

F1 considering combustion engine freeze for 2021
F1 could freeze the combustion engine and leave the electrical portion wide open
F1 could freeze the combustion engine and leave the electrical portion wide open
(GMM) F1 is considering a freeze on the internal combustion engine part of the current 'power units' from 2021.

Earlier, it was thought that the engine rules would remain stable until 2025.

But concerns about the high development costs are now driving speculation that a freeze before then could be on the cards, with only the electrical parts of the power units then eligible for constant development.

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10/08/19
irl

Ericsson could leave Arrow McLaren SP (2nd Update)
Rookie Ericsson is looking for the best place to land n 2020
Ericsson takes a step up for 2020

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement that Ericsson will drive a 3rd Ganassi Racing Honda in 2020. We have updated our 2020 IndyCar Silly Season page accordingly.

This opens a full-time slot on the Arrow McLaren SP team for Fernando Alonso should by some miracle he decide to run IndyCar full-time in 2020. 


09/01/19 After confirming James Hinchcliffe will stay with the team Sam Schmidt told Autosport "Obviously you'd like to pick up a driver with some level of experience who has showed promise but honestly it's wide open for that second seat right now."

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10/08/19
f1

Russia GP to move to St Petersburg? (3rd Update)
The DTM will race at Igora Drive next year
The DTM will race at Igora Drive next year

UPDATE (GMM) A circuit close to St Petersburg is "capable" of hosting Formula 1.

That is the view of the track's architect, Hermann Tilke, referring to the new Igora Drive circuit that will host a round of the DTM series next year.

Igora is located two hours from St Petersburg, linking it with recent rumors that the Russian GP could be relocated from its current venue at Sochi.

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10/07/19
automotive

Porsche Taycan to be faster than Porsche claims
From Video below:
0-100km/h ~2.7s (claimed 2.8s) (-0.1s)
0-160km/h ~5.8s (claimed 6.3s) (-0.5s)
0-200km/h ~8.6s (claimed 9.8s) (-1.2s)
0-250km/h ~13.6s

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10/04/19
nasmon

Ally Extending Deal To Sponsor Hendrick Motorsports (Update)
#48 Jimmie Johnson
#48 Jimmie Johnson

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Ally on Friday announced that it has extended its full-season sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports through ’23, a three-year deal that is a significantly positive development for the NASCAR team. The deal is for the team’s No. 48 Chevy driven by Jimmie Johnson, whose contract is currently slated to expire after next season.

The team did not announce his future but noted that the sponsor extension almost certainly ensures that the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion will retire as an Ally-sponsored driver.

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10/04/19
f1

Slim hope Miami GP will go forward (5th Update)
Proposed circuit
Proposed circuit

UPDATE The Miami Dolphins face a new hazard in the team’s bid to bring Formula One racing to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Neighbors of the proposed track are pushing Miami-Dade County to step in and possibly block the planned yearly event, which would debut in 2021.

“Formula One racing would never be allowed in a rich neighborhood,” Lynette Hickenbottom told commissioners Thursday.

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10/04/19
f1

Lando Norris to be managed by Mercedes (Update)
McLaren boss Zak Brown manages Norris today - major conflict of interest
McLaren boss Zak Brown manages Norris today - major conflict of interest

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Mercedes and McLaren have denied reports about the management of Lando Norris.

Italy's Auto Moto claimed that a company headed by McLaren driver Norris' wealthy father Adam was involved in brokering the team's recently announced Mercedes engine deal.

The report, which appears to have now been removed from the Auto Moto website, also said 19-year-old Norris is set to be managed by Mercedes even though he drives for McLaren.

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10/04/19
f1

Spain-Based Team Hoping To Join F1 In '21
Pascal Wehrlein
Pascal Wehrlein
A "would-be" Spain-based F1 team said on Thursday that it was "planning an entry under new regulations" from '21, with former F1 driver Pascal Wehrlein as part of the "prospective lineup." 

Monaco-based MIM Group, linked to Adrian Campos' Campos Racing Team, which competes in Formula Two and Formula Three, said in a statement that it "had a team of former F1 engineers working on a preliminary study." 

The statement mentioned meetings in May and July with F1 Chair Chase Carey and Managing Dir Ross Brawn. The three new teams that entered F1 in '10, "when a budget cap was proposed but never happened," are now defunct. REUTERS 

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