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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
f1

Hulkenberg balks at IndyCar oval danger (Update)
Now that IndyCar is getting a Halo for 2020 perhaps Hulkenberg will give IndyCar a try - but our sources say he will drive for the Alfa Romeo F1 team in 2020
Now that IndyCar is getting a Halo for 2020 perhaps Hulkenberg will give IndyCar a try - but our sources say he will drive for the Alfa Romeo F1 team in 2020

UPDATE (GMM) Nico Hulkenberg has turned down an offer to drive for McLaren in the British marque's first full Indycar season next year.

"I have a lot of respect for those who race on ovals, it's just not my thing," said the German, after McLaren boss Zak Brown revealed the failed talks in Singapore.

Earlier, the Renault refugee had also ruled out Formula E, saying the all-electric series is "not exactly exciting".

"Formula 1 blood flows in my veins," Hulkenberg insisted.

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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

Hulkenberg to Alfa Romeo for 2020 (3rd Update)
AR1.com rumored Hulkenberg to Alfa Romeo way before all other news publications
AR1.com rumored Hulkenberg to Alfa Romeo way before all other news publications
UPDATE
 (GMM) Alfa Romeo and Williams are emerging as Nico Hulkenberg's only potential options to remain in Formula 1 next year.

The F1 world was surprised in Singapore when Haas announced that it is keeping Romain Grosjean for 2020.

"I was talking to Haas seriously, but for a number of reasons we did not get together," German Hulkenberg said on Thursday.

Haas boss Gunther Steiner explained: "Yes we were talking with each other, but we never had a fixed agreement on contract details."

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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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09/19/19
f1
dtm

Kubica eyes DTM, Racing Point (3rd Update)
Where will Kubica's check land him?
Where will Kubica's check land him?

UPDATE The Williams team confirmed Kubica will not return to the team in 2020.



09/19/19 (GMM) Robert Kubica is now being linked with a move to Racing Point.

Earlier this week, the boss of the customer Audi team WRT said the Pole is "naturally an interesting name" for a potential DTM race drive for 2020.

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09/19/19
f1

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

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' with today's announcement that the Haas team has confirmed their driver lineup will remain unchanged for 2020.

09/13/19 Haas boss Guenther Steiner has revealed Pascal Wehrlein has approached the side over their 2020 seat as he bids to return to Formula 1.

Wehrlein has been out of F1 since 2017 after driving for Manor in 2016 before joining Sauber the following year and he is raced last season in Formula E.

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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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09/16/19
f1

New F1 team confirms 2021 ambition
The Panthera team F1 model
The Panthera team F1 model
(GMM) A new team is hoping to make its Formula 1 debut in 2021.

During the summer break, reports emerged that a new outfit called Panthera has set up camp near the British GP venue at Silverstone.

"I would welcome them," Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost said at Spa.

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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
imsa

Jordan Taylor to replace Magnussen at Corvette, denied by Wayne Taylor
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
Jordan Taylor is set to replace Jan Magnussen at Corvette Racing for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, as the first major shakeup in the team’s lineup in nearly a decade.

Industry sources have confirmed to Sportscar365 that the 28-year-old will make the switch from his father’s Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi operation to the Pratt & Miller-run factory squad, in a deal that’s believed to have been struck with GM late last month.

The move, which is understood to have been a number of months in the making, has come at the expense of longtime Corvette driver Magnussen.

It’s unclear if the 46-year-old Dane, who has been with Corvette Racing since 2004, was forced out or elected to step down in a possible move towards retirement.

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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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09/11/19
f1

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

UPDATE (GMM) Imola has followed in the footsteps of fellow Italian circuit Mugello in saying it too wants to host a Formula 1 race.

Monza recently secured a new five-year deal to host the Italian GP until at least 2024.

"In five years, we will think about applying to bring Formula 1 to Tuscany," Ferrari-owned Mugello's director Paolo Poli said this week.

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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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09/09/19
f1

Latifi's dad to buy him Williams seat for 2020, replace Kubica (6th Update)
Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi - has check, will drive

UPDATE (GMM) Nicholas Latifi looks set to replace Robert Kubica at Williams for 2020.

Kubica, having returned to Formula 1 this year but clearly struggling, said at Monza that he doesn't know if he has done enough to keep the race seat.

Williams has kept supporting the 34-year-old despite his struggle, but boss Claire Williams said at Monza: "We're working out what we're going to be doing from a race driver perspective for 2020 at the moment."

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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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09/05/19
f1

Bratches' F1 exit 'imminent' (Update)
Sean Bratches
Sean Bratches

UPDATE F1 Managing Dir of Commercial Operations SEAN BRATCHES is set to "leave F1 at the end of this year," as the commercial structure of the sport "will be revamped over the winter," according to sources cited by Andrew Benson of the BBC.

Bratches, a former Exec VP/Sales & Marketing at ESPN, joined F1 with CEO CHASE CAREY and Managing Dir ROSS BRAWN when the sport was taken over by Liberty Media in '17.

F1 "declined to comment on the contractual position of its three senior managers."

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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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09/03/19
f1

McLaren eyeing return to Mercedes power
McLaren used to blame Honda, now they blame Renault
McLaren used to blame Honda, now they blame Renault
(GMM) McLaren could be looking to return to Mercedes power.

Days ago, Carlos Sainz Jr. surprised some in the paddock by saying he "expected more" from Renault's latest engine upgrade.

"There have been three engine evolutions," he said. "I didn't notice the first or the second ones either."

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09/02/19
nasmon

Kurt Busch to renew with Ganassi racing


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