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01/06/20
f1

Toto Wolff to Ferrari? (2nd Update)
Flavio Briatore
Flavio Briatore

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today.  Flavio Briatore has scoffed at speculation that Toto Wolff could be set to switch to Ferrari.

Amid speculation Lewis Hamilton could be eyeing the move to Maranello for 2021, also rumored is that his current Mercedes boss might join him in red.

"Toto Wolff at Ferrari in 2021? He is a shareholder at Mercedes so it makes no sense to become an employee of another team," Briatore, the former Renault boss, told Rai radio.

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12/31/19
nasmon

NASCAR eyes hybrid future (2nd Update)
NASCAR, like IndyCar, is forced to go hybrid or lose all manufacturer support
NASCAR, like IndyCar, is forced to go hybrid or lose all manufacturer support

UPDATE Australian Supercars is looking at hybrid options for their “Gen3” car that is slated for 2021. NASCAR is also rumored to use a variant of the Xtrac P1293 gearbox from the Supercars series for its Next-Gen car, which means that many of the hybrid components could be shared between the two. This would go over well with the manufacturers as they would be able to have a single hybrid unit for multiple series around the world. It would also benefit the teams since a larger scale of implementation means lower cost.

Although there are a few manufacturers–such as Ford–that are pushing for a hybrid system with higher voltage and more power, it is likely that we will see smaller steps at the beginning. Based on the current specs of the BTCC system, it's likely we'll see a 48 to 60 volt system with a smaller battery pack implemented along with an electric motor that can provide 40 to 50 horsepower on demand.

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12/30/19
irl
imsa

Hunter-Reay to drive Mazda DPi in Rolex 24
Joest Mazda at Daytona in 2019
Joest Mazda at Daytona in 2019
It appears Ryan Hunter-Reay is set to complete Mazda Team Joest’s lineup for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, having been confirmed as the team’s third driver in the No. 55 entry.

On the updated version of the entry list for this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24, the IndyCar star will join returning full-season drivers Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell in the Multimatic-built Mazda RT24-P.

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12/30/19
f1

F1 eyes Panama GP in 2022 (Update)
Planned Panama Street Circuit
Planned Panama Street Circuit

UPDATE Add promotional video for the rumored GP below.

12/30/19 According to reports from the Panamanian newspaper Mi Diario, plans for a Formula 1 race in the country are in place and a circuit is being built. It is possible to hold a race in the city and would add another new destination for the Formula 1 calendar.

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12/30/19
irl

IndyCars to be slower at COTA in 2020
2019 IndyCar race - using the runoff area in Turn 19 as the racing surface.
2019 IndyCar race - using the runoff area in Turn 19 as the racing surface.
If you thought the IndyCars were slugs at COTA compared to F1 cars in 2019 (a pathetic 13 seconds per lap slower), just wait until 2020.

Not only will the windscreen and Halo make the IndyCars slower in 2020 (added weight and higher CG), there are reports that IndyCar will also enforce the track limits at Turn 19, like F1 does.  In 2019 the drivers were using the wide runoff area at Turn 19 to gain speed. 

In F1 that would be an instant penalty for cheating. Ditto for IndyCar in 2020.

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12/28/19
irl

IndyCar to strip away P2P defense option
What took so long IndyCar?
What took so long IndyCar?
Word on the street is that IndyCar will change the way Push-To-Pass (P2P) works for 2020.

While it will keep all of its offensive qualities, the pit crews of opposing teams will no longer be able to see in real time when another driver is using P2P. Today, they radio their driver so they can use their own P2P to prevent being passed.

It defeated the real purpose of P2P - to create more passing, so if the rumor is true - bravo for IndyCar for finally fixing their mistake. What took you so long?

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12/28/19
f1

Is this the 2020 Ferrari F1 car?
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta have leaked a draft drawing of the 2020 Ferrari car. Fans don't have long to wait to see if the images are accurate as Ferrari will announce their 2020 car on February 11. 

The image shows new suspension and a third hydraulic element for the front suspension. There is a raised front wing capsule and the front nose has a new shape.

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12/26/19
f1

Racing Point and Alfa Romeo eye Kubica's check (Update)
Alfa Romeo team boss Vasseur is the latest to have his eyes on Kubica's check
Alfa Romeo team boss Vasseur is the latest to have his eyes on Kubica's check
UPDATE
 Robert Kubica's involvement in F1 is set to continue, albeit as a development driver, with the former Williams charger allegedly in advanced talks with Alfa Romeo according to a report from RaceFans.net.

Kubica used to drive for the team when it was the Swiss outfit Sauber with BMW ownership.

The 35-year-old, whose technical feedback is highly rated, is keen on retaining a development and simulator role next season, and both Haas and Racing Point have disclosed their interest in employing Kubica in 2020.

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12/25/19
f1
irl

After buying F1 will Liberty make run at IndyCar? (2nd Update)
Greg Maffei
Greg Maffei and Liberty still want to buy IndyCar. Will Penske remove the domestic shackles that so limit its growth potential?

UPDATE Will Roger Penske, like the Hulman George family, keep IndyCar a small domestic racing series, or will he see the light and eventually sell out to Liberty so the series can grow into a global powerhouse.

Penske was always against overseas races, so the word in the paddock is that he will keep IndyCar a domestic series, which has very limited growth potential given the shrinking USA motorsports fanbase.

Someday, should he come to his senses - Liberty still wants to buy IndyCar.

Though nothing ultimately came of it the first two times they tried to buy IndyCar, Liberty is not giving up, based on comments by Greg Maffei to investors.

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12/25/19
Announcement

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all
Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays

To all of our wonderful customers, the AutoRacing1.com family would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas season and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

To those who earn a living in Motorsports on a team or as a driver, may you win, win, win and win some more in 2020.

To those of you who are fans of the sport, may your favorite driver's stocking be stuffed with so many wins in 2020 that you scream yourself silly.

And to everyone - thank you for being part of our family - some of you for 20 years when it all started. We thank you all.

And since this is our rumors page, psst.......did you hear the rumor about Santa Claus? We hear he's moving from the North Pole to the South Pole and he drives a red Ferrari with studded Firestones.

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12/19/19
f1

Palou to replace Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing? (Update)
Alex Palou
Alex Palou

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

12/02/19 Motorsport.com reports that James Hinchcliffe is on Dale Coyne's shortlist of drivers to replace Sebastien Bourdais, but said that F2 ace Sergio Sette Camara and Super Formula race winner Alex Palou are also in the running.

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12/18/19
automotive
f1

Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Owner PSA in Talks to Combine (Update)
John Elkann
John Elkann will still run the FCAU portion of the merged company

UPDATE The boards of PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have each approved a binding agreement for a $50 billion merger, Reuters reports.

Sources with knowledge of the issue assert that the two car manufacturers could formally announce the agreement before the end of week and offering further details during a conference call with reporters and analysts at a later time. Word about the agreement being signed comes six weeks after plans were first announced that PSA and FCA were planning to join forces to create the world’s fourth-largest car manufacturer by volume.

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12/18/19
f1

Technical chief leaves Renault F1, headed to Williams (2nd Update)
Claire WIlliams will not comment on rumor
Claire WIlliams will not comment on rumor
UPDATE
 (GMM) Recently ousted Renault technical boss Nick Chester could be set to join F1 backmarker Williams.

After a disappointing 2019, Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul said the team's drivers and engine are now strong, "so by elimination, there is the chassis".

Chester, though, could find refuge at Williams, the once-great independent British team.

"We never comment on personnel issues and certainly not on rumors," Claire Williams is quoted as saying by Speed Week.

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12/17/19
motogp

Valentino Rossi eyes four-wheel switch
Destroyed by Marc Marquez in MotoGP, Rossi must now look to race cars for success
Destroyed by Marc Marquez in MotoGP, Rossi must now look to race cars for success
(GMM) MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi says he sees the next phase of his career on four wheels rather than two.

Last week, the 40-year-old Italian got at the wheel of Lewis Hamilton's title-winning Mercedes in a high profile PR event.

"That would work for me," Rossi laughed when asked by Sky Italia if he will permanently swap places with Hamilton's teammate Valteri Bottas from 2020.

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12/16/19
irl

Arrow McLaren IndyCar team set to steal Dale Coyne engineer (Update)
Craig Hampson (L) with Mike Cannon and Oliver Boisson
Craig Hampson (L) with Mike Cannon (c) and Oliver Boisson

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' now. Arrow McLaren SP today announced that veteran IndyCar engineer Craig Hampson will join the team in the role of Race and R&D Engineer from January 1st 2020.

Hampson comes to Arrow McLaren SP with more than 25 years of frontline experience in the sport with leading teams. During his race engineering career to date, he has more than 30 wins, four Champ Car titles and two Indy 500 victories to his name.

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12/16/19
f1

Ferrari issues Vettel ultimatum, eyes moves to Mercedes or McLaren (Update)
Vettel has to perform in 2020 or Ferrari will sack him
Vettel has to perform in 2020 or Ferrari will sack him

UPDATE (GMM) Sebastian Vettel says he is not yet seriously considering his retirement from F1.

The quadruple world champion is under huge pressure at Ferrari, with his young teammate Charles Leclerc clearly a driver of the future and Vettel's contract expiring next year.

32-year-old Vettel also admits that his 2019 season was not good enough.

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12/16/19
fe

Liberty Media to increase stake in Formula E
John Mallone walked away from an IndyCar deal and instead works to make Formula 1 and Formula E global powerhouses while IndyCar remains a small domestic-only series
John Malone walked away from an IndyCar deal and instead works to make Formula 1 and Formula E global powerhouses while IndyCar remains a small domestic-only series

The owner of Liberty Media is in talks to tighten its grip on the Formula E motor racing series as it accelerates plans to join in the electric revolution according to rumors out of Europe.

Liberty Global, the New York-listed cable operator controlled by billionaire John Malone, is understood to be preparing to increase its stake in Formula E by buying out smaller shareholders in deals that would value the venture at about $700m.

Insiders said discussions to increase Liberty’s stake, currently just under 24pc, were at an early stage, but reflect the company’s belief in the electrification of vehicles.



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12/14/19
f1

Liberty Media want Alonso to take Hamilton's seat at Mercedes
Alonso would jump at the chance to drive a Mercedes
Alonso would jump at the chance to drive a Mercedes

At the end of 2018, Fernando Alonso stepped away from McLaren and Formula 1 for good.

However, it appears that Liberty Media have realized that the Spaniard could be a real crowd-puller, and want him to return to the grid.

Reports have emerged that the Formula 1 owners are pushing Mercedes to take on Alonso as Lewis Hamilton’s replacement for 2021, should the Brit eventually choose to sign for Ferrari.

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12/13/19
nastruck

NASCAR's Hailie Deegan Switching From Toyota To Ford
Hailie Deegan
Hailie Deegan
Up-and-coming NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan appears to be in line for a surprising switch from Toyota to Ford next season, according to sources, despite the Japanese carmaker touting her as one of its rising stars. The 18-year-old has yet to announce her ’20 plans, but sources have linked her with a move next season to DGR-Crosley, a team that announced this week that it is switching from Toyota to Ford. She would likely be sponsored by Monster Energy and run a combination of ARCA and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races. Deegan is still at least a couple years away from competing in the Cup Series.

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12/13/19
nascup

NASCAR Fans Nationwide Could Lose Race Coverage if Congress Doesn't Act Soon
No one wants to miss the Daytona wreckfest
No one wants to miss the Daytona wreckfest

Lindsay Holman from Inside Sources writes - Can you imagine coming home from church on Sunday, February 16, 2020, and not having access to watch the Daytona 500? Unfortunately, this may become the reality for NASCAR fans and rural Americans across the country if Congress doesn’t act to protect satellite TV subscribers by renewing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization, or STELAR by the end of this year.

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12/13/19
irl
nascup

Will IndyCar star Rossi run the 2020 Daytona 500?
Could Alexander Rossi possibly be running the Daytona 500, or will it be an offroad race, in February?
Could Alexander Rossi possibly be running the Daytona 500, or will it be an offroad race, in February?

OK, we admit this rumor is a WAG - Wild Arse Guess.

IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi has gone on record he may be running in a race in February that he cannot talk about yet.

The biggest race in the month of February is the Daytona 500. Rossi already drives for Team Penske in IMSA.

Would Roger run him in an extra car in the Daytona 500 as well?

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12/13/19
f1
irl

F1 to move to Rio, Sao Paulo says no (11th Update)
New Rio circuit. Rio de Janeiro played IndyCar like a fiddle to get F1 to come instead
New Rio circuit could still have active land mines

UPDATE Leaked documents revealed that "the site earmarked for a new racetrack in Rio de Janeiro" linked with hosting F1 in the future "could remain an active minefield." 

The new track is being constructed on the site of the Deodoro military base. MotoGP has agreed to a deal to race at the new venue, while Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro claimed that F1 would also make the move.

Sportlight Agency uncovered reports pertaining to the site's decommissioning as a military base, which claim that a "sweep of the area for mines was not fully completed," as documents say that "permanently flooded areas and watercourses were not subject to sweeping" GP FANS 

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12/12/19
f1
motogp

Hamilton crashed Rossi's MotoGP bike - rumor
Hamilton (44) and Rossi (46) go out on identical Yamahas
Hamilton (44) and Rossi (46) go out on identical Yamahas

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Lewis Hamilton has confirmed reports that he had a minor incident whilst riding Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike at Valencia this week.

Amid an information blackout in the 24 hours after the Mercedes and Yamaha swap, Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reported a rumor that Hamilton had crashed with "no consequences" for the world champion.

But many media outlets described that report as "fake news", especially when the six-time world champion told his fans on social media that there had been "no problems".

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12/12/19
automotive

Musk about to drive stake thru heart of German Auto Industry
If 500,000 cars per year is true, Musk will drive a stake thru the heart of all the German car manufacturers
If 500,000 cars per year is true, Musk will drive a stake thru the heart of all the German car manufacturers

Tesla plans to build 500,000 electric vehicles a year at its new factory on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany’s Bild newspaper reported on Wednesday.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that Tesla will invest up to 4 billion euros ($4.41 billion) in the plant.

Tesla’s Gigafactory will create 10,000 jobs, Bild said, citing planning documents to develop the site. 

Construction will start in 2020, the newspaper reported. Tesla declined to comment on the Bild article or on its expansion plans.

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12/11/19
irl
dtm

Ed Jones leaving IndyCar for DTM (Update)
Ed Jones is now a DTM driver
Ed Jones is now a DTM driver

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. WRT Team Audi Sport today announced the driver line-up for its 2020 DTM campaign. For its second season in the top sportscar series, the Belgian squad is renewing entirely the line-up and betting again on young talent. The Audi RS 5 DTM will be entrusted in 2020 to Fabio Scherer and Ed Jones, who both come from single-seater formulae.

Fabio Scherer (20), a promising young talent born in Canton Obwalden in Switzerland, has taken part to the FIA F.3 European Championship in the last two season, after having graduated from Formula 4, where he spent three season racing in Germany, Italy and the EAU.

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12/11/19
f1

Haas steals McLaren aero boss
Guillaume Cattelani
Guillaume Cattelani
(GMM) Haas is not commenting on reports that McLaren's aerodynamics boss Guillaume Cattelani is heading to the small American team.

Denmark's BT newspaper cited 'sources' who claim Cattelani, who worked for Enstone based Lotus before moving to McLaren in 2014, is switching to Haas.

Haas struggled with Pirelli's tires but also aerodynamics in 2019. Before entering F1 in 2012, Cattelani once worked for Dallara, who currently build Haas' F1 cars.

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12/10/19
v8

Holden Commodore to be discontinued to Australia (Update)
Teams like the Walkinshaw Andretti United team could soon be in search for Ford Mustangs
Teams like the Walkinshaw Andretti United team, which run Holden Commodores, will soon be in search for Ford Mustangs

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded t 'fact' today. However, the Commodore will continue in Supercars until the end of 2021 amid the bombshell announcement the brand will retire the iconic nameplate.

In a move which has shocked the automotive industry, both the ZB Commodore and BK Astra will be withdrawn from the market next year as Holden looks to narrow its portfolio exclusively on SUVs and light commercial vehicles.

The Commodore model, which has been present since 1978, will continue to be sold until the existing stocks are depleted.

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12/10/19
f1

Williams to sign Israeli tester for 2020
Claire Williams salivating over Nissany's huge check
Claire Williams salivating over Nissany's huge check
(GMM) An Israeli driver looks set to sign up as a Williams test driver for 2020.

At the post-grand prix Abu Dhabi test, 25-year-old Roy Nissany, who reportedly sat out the 2019 racing season with an injury, tested the struggling British team's F1 car.

The well funded driver was several seconds off the pace of the regular Williams racers, but it appears as though Nissany will nonetheless be unveiled in mid January as a test driver for 2020.

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12/06/19
f1

Gazprom denies plans to become F1 sponsor
Kvyat could use a sponsor boost
Kvyat could use a sponsor boost
(GMM) Russian natural gas giant Gazprom has denied reports that it is poised to re-enter Formula 1 as a sponsor.

It was reported this week that Gazprom, a former Minardi sponsor last decade, was poised to back either Renault or Toro Rosso to the tune of EUR 35 million beginning next year.

Russian driver Daniil Kvyat races for Toro Rosso, which will be renamed Alpha Tauri in 2020, and Renault's reserve is another Russian, Sergey Sirotkin.

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12/05/19
irl

New baseball stadium would kill the Long Beach GP (2nd Update)
Is this why Jim Michaelian was seen smiling the other day?
Is this why Jim Michaelian was seen smiling the other day?

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today, which is good news for the Grand Prix, but now the City is looking for new ways to possible screw the race

11/01/19 Some great news for the Acura GP of Long Beach - As the Los Angeles Angels head toward an end-of-the-year deadline to decide whether to leave the city of Anaheim, the prospect of the team landing in Long Beach has dimmed after team officials said the city was “on the back burner.”

After the Long Beach Post reported in February that the team and Long Beach were in early talks to bring the team to a proposed Downtown waterfront ballpark, the Angels have dealt almost exclusively with Anaheim.

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12/02/19
irl

Penske to return Pocono to IndyCar schedule?


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12/02/19
f1

None of the top F1 drivers will change teams in 2021
Will Horner's prediction be correct?
Will Horner's prediction be correct?
(GMM) The drivers at every top team should all keep their seats for 2021, according to Christian Horner.

2020 looks set to be a fascinating year for the 'silly season', with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Honda) all out of contract.

"Everyone should stay with their same team for the same money," Horner, the boss at Red Bull, smiled to the Dutch publication Formule 1.

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12/01/19
f1

F1 set to freeze engine development from 2022
Christian Horner
Christian Horner
(GMM) F1 looks set to begin to freeze engine development in Formula 1 from 2022.

The move comes after Honda decided only to commit to the sport for one more year - 2021 - beyond the end of its current contracts with Red Bull and Toro Rosso.

"Honda is waiting to see how the rules will change for 2021 and, above all, 2022, especially if engine development is frozen to cut costs," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, according to Speed Week.

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11/28/19
f1

Sergio Sette Camara to replace Robert Kubica (2nd Update)
Sergio Sette Camara, has check, will drive
Sergio Sette Camara, had check, not big enough

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' as Canadian Nicholas Latifi brought a $30 million check and bought the ride at Williams.

07/17/19 (GMM) Speculation about Williams' 2020 driver lineup has arrived "too early".

That is the view of team boss Claire Williams, amid suggestions the struggling Grove team is looking for a replacement for Robert Kubica.

On his return to F1 after eight years, Kubica has struggled alongside rookie George Russell, with some believing Williams could replace him with Esteban Ocon as early as Spa.

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11/28/19
irl
f2

Sette Camara eyes IndyCar move
Sergio Sette Camara
Sergio Sette Camara
Young F2 driver Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara is eyeing one of the open IndyCar seats at Dale Coyne Racing, Carlin, AJ Foyt Racing, and Ed Carpenter Racing. After three years in F2 he sees no opportunity to move up to F1 - he has to bring too large a check.

“I’ve done quite a few seasons in F2 already, I’m still quite young -- I’m 21 -- but I arrived in F2 quite early and F1 was not possible for 2020 so I’m considering options,” Camara told RACER’s Chris Medland. “For sure one of the big options is to try something in the United States, but I don’t have anything confirmed yet.

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11/28/19
f1

Italian GP to Mugello or Imola for 2025? (2nd Update)
Mugello
Mugello

UPDATE (GMM) There is a "good chance" Mugello will eventually take over as host of the Italian GP.

That is the claim of Eugenio Giani, who is president of Tuscany's regional council.

In May, it was announced that a new five-year deal with existing race host Monza had been agreed by Liberty Media.

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11/28/19
f1

Latifi's dad to buy him Williams seat for 2020, replace Kubica (12th Update)
Latifi drove Friday morning practice in Austin
Latifi has a billionnaire daddy just like fellow Canadian Lance Stroll

UPDATE This rumor is finally upgraded to 'fact' with this announcement. Our 2020 F1 Silly Season page has been updated.

11/25/19 (GMM) Nicholas Latifi has given another strong indication that he will move into Formula 1 in 2020.

It is essentially an open secret that the 24-year-old son of billionaire McLaren co-owner Michael Latifi will replace Robert Kubica at Williams.

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11/27/19
nasmon

NASCAR may add street racing in 2021
NASCAR might be eyeing the streets of Long Beach. They might have to double their grandstand capacity
NASCAR might be eyeing the streets of Long Beach. They might have to double their grandstand capacity
NASCAR is considering adding temporary tracks in city centers or sports stadium parking lots to the season as soon as 2021, Sports Business Journal reports.

Along with its signature oval tracks, NASCAR currently competes on two road courses (Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International) and a so-called “roval” set up in the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sources tell SBJ that NASCAR is aiming to add 8 new markets by 2022, which would likely require the elimination of several current events.

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11/23/19
automotive

C8 Corvette ZR1 to Get Hybrid Twin-Turbo DOHC V-8
C8 Corvette
C8 Corvette
Motor Trend rumors from well-placed source that the range-topping C8 Corvette ZR1 will add a performance hybrid system to boost it to 900 hp.

Rumors of a hybridized C8 have been flowing for quite some time, but now Motor Trend claims it has exclusive confirmation from a senior official at GM. The ZR1 will build on the Z06's all-new engine with a performance-oriented hybrid system to fill in torque gaps and increase total output to an even 900 hp.

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11/21/19
f1

F1 rejects France Family track
Homestead
Homestead
Rumor has it that the France Family owned Homestead Miami Speedway held talks with F1 and Miami-Dade county about hosting a Formula 1 race there, but F1 rejected the offer last week.

We hear they fell off their chair in hysteria when they saw the Mickey Mouse Homestead infield road course. All kidding aside, the F1 race course could have traversed the surrounding roadways as well.

F1 does not want to be way down in Homestead. They want a Miami, or Miami suburb event.

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11/21/19
nasmon

Fox Sports to cut cost on NASCAR broadcasts
Waltrip not being replaced?
Waltrip not being replaced?
To save money, Fox Sports is rumored to go with a two-man booth for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, with just Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon.

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11/19/19
f1

Miami GP to be blocked from ever happening? (3rd Update)
MIAMI GP site
MIAMI GP site

UPDATE The mayor of Miami-Dade county, Carlos Gimenez, used his veto earlier this month to overturn opposition to the event, and on Tuesday the County Commissioners sided 7-5 in his favor.

“We need more time to work out a compromise with the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Gardens community, and racing fans that’s a win-win for everyone to bring Formula 1 to our county,” said Gimenez.

“That’s why I’m happy that the Miami-Dade BCC [Board of County Commissioners] sustained my veto. This allows us to work towards a solution.

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11/19/19
irl
f1

Hulkenberg linked with Indycar switch - with Veekay at ECR (7th Update)
The Hulkenberg to IndyCar rumors continue
The Hulkenberg to IndyCar rumor is now dead

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Nico Hulkenberg will not be joining Ed Carpenter Racing next year, despite speculation continuing to mount as recently as last weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Speaking to Autosport, Ed Carpenter did not comment on VeeKay but did confirm that he would remain IndyCar's only owner-driver by continuing to race on ovals in the #20 car, and that his road/street course partner would not be Hulkenberg.

"I will be continuing as oval driver in the #20 Chevy next season," said the three-time Indy 500 polesitter.

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11/19/19
f1

Red Bull, Honda, close to 2021 extension
Red Bull and Honda will be formidable in 2020
Red Bull and Honda will be formidable in 2020
(GMM) Red Bull and Honda are moving closer to extending their works Formula 1 collaboration beyond 2020.

Officially, the Japanese engine manufacturer - like others on the grid - are yet to sign up for the sweeping new regulations of 2021.

But after a difficult return to the sport with McLaren in 2015, Honda is now making clear progress, closing the gap to the other engines and winning three of the 20 grands prix so far in 2019.

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11/18/19
motogp

Honda to run Marquez brothers in 2020 (Update)
Alex Marquex will team with his brother in 2020
Alex Marquez will team with his brother in 2020

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today with this announcement from Honda:

"Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce the signing of double World Champion Alex Marquez. The young Spanish rider will join the Repsol Honda Team on a one-year contract.

"He will move from the intermediate class (Moto2) to partner eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez in 2020 for his debut season in the premier class aboard the Honda RC213V."

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11/18/19
nasmon

4th OEM: NASCAR hosted Honda at Phoenix

If Honda moves to NASCAR, it could spell the end of their IndyCar involvement as they have said they cannot do both.

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11/17/19
f1

Renault to shut down F1 program after this season?
Will Renault pull the plug?
Will Renault pull the plug?
Will Renault pull the plug at the end of this year? F1-Insider.com learned that this scenario has already been discussed among leading members of the FIA and marketer Liberty Media in the paddock of Austin.

Background: The new Renault boss Clotilde Delbos (52), who has been heading the French group for a few weeks and was personally promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron (the French state owns 15 percent of the Renault Group). 

She is known as the woman of numbers and savings - and is considered in the paddock as an opponent of the Formula 1 engagement. Just recently, she admitted that Renault’s Formula 1 team was under scrutiny.

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11/17/19
f1

Ferrari could stop Wolff becoming F1 boss
Bernie speaks
Bernie speaks

(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone isn't so sure that Toto Wolff will be the next F1 supremo.

In Wolff's rare absence this weekend in Brazil, rumors are abounding that the Mercedes chief is lining up to replace Liberty Media's F1 CEO Chase Carey.

But Carey's predecessor, 89-year-old Ecclestone, told the Daily Mail that Wolff's ascendancy to the top job could be difficult.

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11/16/19
f1
irl

Penske to buy Mercedes F1 team (2nd Update)
Penske going on a buying spree?
Penske denies rumor

UPDATE (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has told the F1 world not to dismiss rumours about Mercedes quitting the sport.

In Brazil, after Mercedes won its sixth consecutive drivers' and constructors' championships this season, there are rumours that American racing legend Roger Penske could buy the German team.

Penske immediately denied it, former F1 supremo Ecclestone told the Daily Mail: "I wouldn't be surprised if Mercedes stopped.

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11/16/19
f1
irl

F1 owner looked into buying Indycar
John Mallone wanted to make IndyCar a global powerhouse, but the Hulman George family wanted to keep it small so they chose Roger Penske who has always said IndyCar should remain a domestic series. Don't look for any overseas races with Roger in control
John Mallone (Liberty Media) wanted to make IndyCar a global powerhouse, but the Hulman George family wanted to keep it small so they chose Roger Penske who has always said IndyCar should remain a domestic series. Don't look for any overseas races with Roger in control
(GMM) Liberty Media, F1's owner since 2016, looked into also buying the premier American open wheeler series.

Last week, American racing legend and billionaire Roger Penske shocked the racing world by announcing he has bought Indycar as well as the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

But Germany's Auto Motor und Sport claims that Liberty was also a potential buyer. The company reportedly lost interest because it did not want to enter a bidding war with Penske.

The report was confirmed by the Associated Press, who said two people "with knowledge of the sale" agreed that Liberty was interested in Indycar.

"One person familiar with Liberty's talks said the company balked at an initial asking price of $250 million", the report claimed.

Liberty Media's international arm, Liberty Global, owns the all-electric series Formula E.

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11/15/19
f1

New engine for Leclerc may include 2020 parts - rumor (Update)
Leclerc would be happy to get more power. Mercedes tests next year's engine parts at the end of every season
Biased British F1 media wrong again

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Charles Leclerc has denied that his new engine in Brazil is to test developments for 2020.

Ferrari's 2019 engine is the hottest topic in the Interlagos paddock, after the FIA issued a second technical directive just one race after Max Verstappen accused the Maranello team of being caught "cheating".

"I will get an engine of the same specification that I used before the problems in Austin," Leclerc said, referring to his practice failure in the US.

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11/14/19
nasmon

Cole Custer to take over the SHR #41


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11/14/19
imsa

Jordan Taylor to replace Magnussen at Corvette, denied by Wayne Taylor (3rd Update)
Jordan Taylor would be following his brother Ricky out of his father's team. Ricky went to Team Penske
Jordan Taylor would be following his brother Ricky out of his father's team. Ricky went to Team Penske

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Statement from Wayne Taylor:

“I want to congratulate Jordan on being named a factory driver for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing. As a father, I can’t express how proud I am to have both my sons in factory rides and, even though they are no longer with Wayne Taylor Racing, I can only wish them well. Our new driver lineup for the 2020 season will be announced in the coming days.”



10/18/19 Corvette Racing announced today that Jan Magnussen will explore new driving opportunities for 2020 away from Corvette Racing.

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11/14/19
motogp

Marquez destruction of Lorenzo will send him to retirement (Update)
Jorge Lorenzo destroyed by teammate Marc Marquez
Jorge Lorenzo destroyed by teammate Marc Marquez, retires

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

11/14/19 Jorge Lorenzo will make a major announcement after calling an 'exceptional' press conference at Valencia this afternoon, on the eve of the MotoGP season finale.

The triple MotoGP champion's future has been the subject of intense speculation after a nightmare debut season at Repsol Honda, marred by a string of injuries and lack of confidence in the RC213V.

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11/14/19
f1

Hamilton may change teams for 2021
Hamilton is not going anywhere unless Aldo Costa, who has left Mercedes, decides to start designing F1 cars again
Hamilton is not going anywhere unless Aldo Costa, who has left Mercedes, decides to start designing F1 cars again
(GMM) F1's sporting boss thinks it is possible Lewis Hamilton will seek a "new challenge" for 2021.

Hamilton, the new six-time world champion, says he wants to stay in Formula 1 beyond the end of his 2020 Mercedes contract.

But both he and his team boss Toto Wolff have admitted that the negotiations should be interesting. 

"In this next year there will be a lot going on with drivers switching, drivers talking to various teams," Hamilton said this week.

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11/14/19
f1

Two new F1 teams confirm 2021 ambition (2nd Update)
Pascal Wehrlein
Pascal Wehrlein

UPDATE (GMM) A hopeful 2nd new Formula 1 team will discover next month if the sport will consider allowing new entrants.

Recently, Formula 2 boss Adrian Campos and his business partner Salvatore Gandolfo announced that they are working on putting together a Spanish F1 team.

They have already met with Chase Carey and Ross Brawn, recruited former F1 engineers Peter McCool and Ben Wood, and vowed to study the new rules for 2021 with a view to running former Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein.

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