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IndyCar rookies Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay to miss opener (Update)
Alex Palou ready to go
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Alex Palou will be able to debut at the IndyCar next weekend in Texas. The Catalan pilot is already in the United States, after the Department of Homeland Security had accepted the request of Indiana senator Mike Brown to include the pilots of IndyCar and IMSA among the athletes authorized to enter the country.
“I’m already in the United States!. I have been working very hard for the past two months to return. I must thank IndyCar and RFEdA for their efforts to make it possible, “said the pilot on his Twitter profile. His team greeted him with another message:” Welcome Alex! We are glad you were able to come back.”
Hamilton would have to race thru the field from the back in his superior Mercedes
Formula 1 is considering using the upcoming double header races set to start the 2020 season to experiment with the long-pondered reversed-grid ‘sprint race’ format for deciding the main event’s grid.
At a meeting between Liberty Media, the FIA and the teams on Friday, Liberty proposed the idea of using one each of the back to back races at the Red Bull Ring and – clearance permitted – Silverstone to trial a Saturday sprint race to determine the grid for the Sunday race.
Jens Button was eyeing an IndyCar go before the Chinese Virus hit.
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' for 2020, as schedule changes brought on by the Chinese virus negate any chance Button or Johnson would have to test. Alonso will contest the Indy 500 only.
“Our decision to go with just our two young drivers, two Indy Lights champions, is an exciting line-up,” Zak Brown told Racer. “We know rookie drivers will make some mistakes; so will some experienced drivers. Our plans for 2020 are now changed because of the lack of testing available.
"I think the other drivers that we’re talking to recognize how difficult IndyCar racing is; they have a tremendous amount of recognition for the drivers, and while they’re confident in their ability to be successful, they recognize they need to test. So I think the likelihood now, of a third car popping up in 2020, is probably unlikely.”
Tesla and Panasonic are reportedly in talks to bolster battery production at the Nevada “Gigafactory” a year after questions about demand prompted them to table expansion discussions.
Panasonic CFO Hirokazu Umeda, during a briefing on the Japanese electronic giant’s latest financial results, told reporters that the company is “seeing strong demand from Tesla” and that the factory’s current capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours per year was insufficient to meet it.
Silverstone races face axe from 2020 calendar (5th Update)
Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle
UPDATE SunSport reports that the two Silverstone races will now be switched to July 26 and August 2 back-to-back events after Boris Johnson intervened to save them. It is a huge boost to F1 after the coronavirus pandemic caused the sport to scrap or postpone the opening 10 races.
An F1 spokesperson said: "We have been working closely with government on the implications of the policy for Formula One and Silverstone and those discussions are ongoing at this time with the aim of finding a solution with safety as our first priority."
Meanwhile, Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle had earlier said the Northamptonshire circuit would be willing to roll back the race date to August.
Hamilton to retire after breaking Schumacher records?
Lewis Hamilton - nothing else to prove
Lewis Hamilton has admitted to questioning his future in Formula One during the lockdown. After he breaks Michael Schumacher's F1 win record this year what else is left for him to accomplish. Will he retire? Based on what he says in the video below, we think not.
The six-time world champion said he had days when he struggled for motivation as he has waited to discover when the 2020 season may get under way amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a Mercedes video filmed earlier this week, Hamilton said: 'I have days when I wake up and feel groggy, I don't feel motivated to work out. I feel, 'Jeez, where are we going? What's next? Should I continue racing?'
Aston Martin chief to leave, Mercedes-AMG CEO to replace him
Andy Palmer pushed out by Lawrence Stroll
Aston Martin Chief Executive Andy Palmer is leaving the business as part of a management shake-up and will be replaced by Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday.
The luxury carmaker said in an emailed statement that it is reviewing its management team but declined to comment on Palmer's fate. Canadian Billionaire Lawrence Stroll and his investors have taken a controlling interest in the company and are apparently weeding poor management.
The AD wrote Saturday morning that McLaren announced that it needs no less than 280 million euros to get out of the corona crisis.
The umbrella brand of the Formula 1 team not only misses out on F1 revenues, but sales of the sports cars have also dropped a lot since the corona virus.
McLaren's plan was to borrow the historic Formula 1 cars and its own head office, but the make has now returned from that. The bondholders announced that this had already been done in 2017, when they had to buy out the contract of then team boss and shareholder Ron Dennis.
Hungary or Germany happy to replace Silverstone races
Hungary ready and able to replace the two British races
Hungary and Hockenheim Germany are ready to replace the two Silverstone races on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar now that the UK government have confirmed quarantine regulations that will make the British GP impossible in the short term.
The UK government 14-day quarantine will require visitors and returning residents to give an address where they will self-isolate. Spot checks will then be made, and offenders will reportedly subject to a fine of $1,200.
NASCAR officials remain hopeful that fans will soon be able to watch from the sidelines, rather than at home, with the head of the sport telling FOX Business on Friday he expected spectators would be allowed “sometime in the near future.”
“Right now, we feel good about the policies and protocols we have in place for our drivers and crews and FOX production people – anyone who is at the racetrack,” Steve Phelps told Dagen McDowell on "Mornings With Maria." "We need to make sure that we have the same protocols and make sure everyone is safe from a fan standpoint... I believe we will be back with fans sometime in the near future.”
Ferrari eyes IndyCar starting in 2022 (3rd Update)
Piero Ferrari wants Ferrari in IndyCar
UPDATE Formula 1 teams have agreed to reduce the 2021 budget cap from $175M to $145M opening the door for Ferrari to join IndyCar or the WEC.
05/21/20 According to the son of the legendary Enzo Ferrari, the Italian brand is in favor of employing the staff who would otherwise have to be fired in Maranello. It may not be under the heading of the Formula 1 project, but Piero Ferrari suggests a trip to another class.
''I love Indianapolis, when I was little boy I saw Gianpaolo Dallara take his first victory in the Indy 500. Ferrari has already participated with Alberto Ascari in the Indy 500 and that could be an option now. In the 80's there were already plans, but then they never got off the ground. I think my father would be very proud if a Ferrari could win the Indy 500," said Ferrari to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Road America to take Toronto's slot on IndyCar schedule (Update)
Alexander Rossi, who completely dominated last year's Road America race, will be happy to hear he might get double the pleasure this year.
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.
05/20/20 RACER is rumoring that the June 21 date for Road America has been moved to Toronto’s original weekend of July 10-12 but the scenic road course in Elkhart Lake will now host a Saturday/Sunday IndyCar doubleheader.
No one from IndyCar or Road America was available for comment but a member of a team confirmed that IndyCar owner Roger Penske had alerted all the owners of the change Wednesday afternoon.
This will be the third doubleheader on the 2020 revised schedule as IndyCar scrambles to fill the void left by the cancellation of COTA, Long Beach, Barber and Detroit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Renault in 'No rush' to decide Ricciardo replacement
(GMM) A source at Renault's works team reports that there is "no rush" to decide the identity of Daniel Ricciardo's replacement for 2021.
On the face of it, the team may be seen to be in crisis, with big-name signing Ricciardo defecting to McLaren and the parent company struggling financially amid the corona crisis.
Groupe Renault has secured a EUR 5 billion state-guaranteed loan to see it through the global crisis, with the French magazine Auto Hebdo surmising: "In this context, Formula 1 may be regarded as a frivolous expense."
The British Grand Prix may be heading to Hockenheim after F1 bosses tell Boris Johnson it will be moved elsewhere if it gets cancelled or if sport is denied exemption from 14-day quarantine on travelers into the UK.
Formula One have upped the battle to save the British Grand Prix by telling Boris Johnson that if it is cancelled the race will go to Germany.
But it is even worse than that. With most teams based in England, where are they to go between other races if the restriction is not lifted?
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