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05/31/20
irl

IndyCar rookies Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay to miss opener (Update)
Alex Palou
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.”

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05/31/20
f1

F1 to test reverse grids
Hamilton would have to race thru the field from the back in his superior Mercedes
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.

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05/30/20
f1
irl
nascup

Button, Johnson, Alonso eye IndyCar go
Jenso Button was eyeing an IndyCar go before the Chinese Virus hit.
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.”

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05/29/20
f1

Bottas vs. Alonso for Renault seat (Update)
The Asturian Bull
The Asturian Bull

UPDATE (GMM) A former F1 driver thinks Renault is more likely to sign Fernando Alonso for 2021 and beyond than Valtteri Bottas.

The French team is looking for a replacement for Daniel Ricciardo, with boss Cyril Abiteboul admitting losing the Australian to McLaren is "disappointing".

Bottas is clearly an option, former F1 driver JJ Lehto admits, amid reports that the current Mercedes driver could lose his seat to George Russell.

"Valtteri has always had one year contracts, which feels like there is no complete trust and faith in him," the former Benetton driver told Iltalehti newspaper.

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05/29/20
f1

Mercedes will sell team over Chinese virus crisis (Update)
Eddie Jordan
Eddie Jordan says Mercedes sponsor Petronas will be in trouble financially from the virus

UPDATE This rumor started by Eddie Jordan is downgraded to 'false' today with this announcement.

05/04/20 (GMM) Eddie Jordan says he is "convinced" that most manufacturers in Formula 1 could quit the sport over the fallout of the corona crisis.

FIA president Jean Todt has already warned that in the period ahead, "teams, suppliers and manufacturers may have to review their program".

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05/29/20
f1

Russian Billionaire looks to buy a F1 team (Update)
Dmitry Mazepin (L) wants to buy an F1 team so his son Nikita can race in F1
Dmitry Mazepin (L) wants to buy an F1 team so his son Nikita can race in F1

UPDATE (GMM) Backmarker Formula 1 team Williams has admitted it may be sold.

On Friday, the former world champions admitted that after slumping to dead last in 2019, a $16 million profit has now become a similar sized loss.

And that was before the corona crisis struck.

In a statement of its disappointing annual results, Williams CEO Mike O'Driscoll also confirmed that current title sponsor Rokit will depart.

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05/29/20
f1

Renault set to quit F1? (3rd Update)
A rarely shaven Cyril Abiteboul denies rumors
A rarely shaven Cyril Abiteboul breathes sigh of relief

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Renault is staying in Formula 1 for now.

Amid serious financial problems for the French carmaker, interim CEO Clotilde Delbos on Friday announced that she will save EUR 2 billion by slashing 15,000 jobs.

However, the Enstone and Viry-based works Formula 1 team will race on.

"We have said publicly and confirm that we remain committed to Formula 1," Delbos said.

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05/28/20
f1

Bottas to Renault or Red Bull to make room for Vettel (3rd Update)
The bias British F1 media do not want Vettel to land at Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton for fear he might beat him and prove it was the car that won all those races
The bias British F1 media do not want Vettel to land at Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton for fear he might beat him and prove it was the superior Mercedes car that won all those races and titles

UPDATE "Valtteri Bottas is in conversation with Red Bull," writes well connected Sky Sports F1 TV reporter Ted Kravitz.

Max Verstappen has penned a long-term contract with the Austrian team but uncertainty surrounds Alex Albon's future with the team.

If Bottas was to leave Mercedes then Wolff will have to make a decision on whether to go with his young driver program or turn to four-time world champion Vettel.

"Sebastian is a great driver, a major personality and an asset to any Formula One team," Wolff recently said.

"When looking to the future, our first loyalty lies with the current Mercedes drivers but naturally we must take this development into consideration."

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05/28/20
automotive

Tesla, Panasonic in Talks to Expand Gigafactory
Tesla Gigafactory to expand
Tesla Gigafactory to expand
T
esla 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.

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05/27/20
f1

Ferrari working on 20hp boost for Austria
The best that Binotto can do is 20hp? What about its inferior chassis to Mercedes, Red Bull, and now the 'pink' Mercedes team?
The best that Binotto can do is 20hp? What about its inferior chassis to Mercedes, Red Bull, and now the 'pink' Mercedes team?
(GMM) Ferrari is aiming to show up in Austria in July with an engine packing 20 more horsepower.

When the Melbourne season opener was called off, most insiders were predicting at the time that the engine legality scandal of 2019 had hurt Ferrari in the power stakes.

Ferrari's Maranello HQ has been shut down for the pandemic ever since, but last Thursday the Italian team officially went back to work.

"With three shifts a day, Ferrari hopes to take steps with the engine," reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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05/26/20
f1

Silverstone races face axe from 2020 calendar (5th Update)
Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle
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.

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05/26/20
f1

FIA to scrap complex 'MGU-H' for 2025
Mercedes F1 engines
Mercedes F1 engines
(GMM) F1's governing FIA is preparing to scrap the 'MGU-H' element of the current engine formula for 2025.

The news was broken by Spanish correspondent Albert Fabrega, who says the 'motor generator unit - heat' is ground-breaking technology that has obvious weaknesses in F1.

For instance, he says the technology is expensive, complex, exacerbates the gaps on the grid and is a disincentive for other engine manufacturers to enter the sport.

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05/26/20
f1

Mick Schumacher tipped for mid-season 2020 debut
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
(GMM) Mick Schumacher could make his Formula 1 race debut much earlier than expected.

Officially, Michael Schumacher's son is taking his rise to the top steadily, as he plans to do another full year of Formula 2 in 2020.

"The good thing about the Schumacher family is that they know exactly what to do so that he doesn't get into Formula 1 too early," former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld told Sky Germany.

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05/26/20
f1

Pundit thinks Vettel to Aston Martin 'possible' (Update)
Would Mercedes move Bottas to the 'pink' Mercedes team to make room for Vettel vs. Hamilton?
Would Mercedes move Bottas to the 'pink' Mercedes team to make room for Vettel vs. Hamilton?

UPDATE (GMM) Intrigue about the future of Mercedes' works team is only intensifying.

In the past days, weeks and months, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has been clearly moving in the direction of fellow Aston Martin investor Lawrence Stroll.

Wolff admits he is in talks with new Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius about his role as Mercedes team boss.

"It's not just about whether I extend my contract as team principal but also about what we are going to do with this joint company," Wolff told ORF.

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05/26/20
f1

Austrian government to give F1 green light
Austria races set to get green light
Austria races set to get green light
(GMM) Austrian officials look set to show a green light to Formula 1's plans to re-start the 2020 season in July.

Health and sports ministers Rudolf Anschober and Werner Kogler have given the strongest indication yet that the plan for back-to-back 'ghost races' will be approved.

"There are entry and exit regulations, provisions for accommodation and catering," Kogler told the broadcaster ORF.

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05/25/20
f1

Hamilton to retire after breaking Schumacher records?
Lewis Hamilton - nothing else to prove
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?'

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05/25/20
automotive

Aston Martin chief to leave, Mercedes-AMG CEO to replace him
Andy Palmer pushed out by Lawrence Stroll
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.

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05/24/20
f1

'Mercedes or nothing' for Vettel in 2021 (12th Update)
Would Vettel takr a salary cut to drive for the great Mercedes team? You bet he would.
It's Mercedes or retirement for Vettel

UPDATE It turns out Ferrari already knew Sebastian Vettel was leaving the team before 2020 even started.

Carlos Sainz Jnr has revealed Ferrari first approached him about joining their team for the 2021 F1 season during the off-season.

There have been reports that Ferrari never made Vettel an offer to renew and that could be due to the fact Vettel already told them he was leaving. 

Did he decide to retire (he certainly does not need the money) or did he already have an offer from Mercedes?

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05/23/20
f1

McLaren headed to bankruptcy?
2020 McLaren F1 car
2020 McLaren F1 car

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.

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05/23/20
f1

Hungary or Germany happy to replace Silverstone races
Hungary ready and able to replace the two British 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.

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05/23/20
nascup

NASCAR to welcome fans back soon
Steve Phelps
Steve Phelps

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.”

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05/22/20
irl

Ferrari eyes IndyCar starting in 2022 (3rd Update)
Piero Ferrari wants Ferrari in IndyCar
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.

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05/22/20
f1

Sirotkin eyes return to Williams
Sergey Sirotkin - if he has check he will drive
Sergey Sirotkin - if he has check he will drive
(GMM) Sergey Sirotkin is hoping to return to Formula 1.

The Russian raced for Williams in 2018 before serving as McLaren and Renault's reserve driver last year.

This year, though, his mission is to put together a 2021 race deal.

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05/21/20
irl

Toronto IndyCar race in jeopardy (4th Update)
Stick a fork in this race for 2020, it appears done. Only a miracle will save it.
Stick a fork in this race for 2020, it's done

UPDATE As predicted this race is now Officially canceled for 2020.

05/16/20 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with this announcement.  Although it says postponed, there is little room in the IndyCar schedule to reschedule it.

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05/21/20
irl

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.
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.

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05/21/20
irl

Richmond IndyCar race to be cancelled
Word on the street is that the June Richmond IndyCar race will soon be announced as the latest victim of the Chinese Virus pandemic and cancelled.

Rumored Revised 14-race 2020 IndyCar Schedule

RndDateEventTrackType
1Jun. 6
(Sat. Night)
Genesys 600Texas Motor Speedway1.5 Mile Oval
2July 4GMR Grand PrixIndianapolis Motor Speedway2.439 mile RC
3/4Jul 11 & 12Rev Group Grand PrixRoad America4.048 Mile RC
5/6Jul. 17 & 18
(Fri & Sat. Night)
Iowa 300Iowa Speedway0.875 Mile Oval
7Aug 9The Honda Indy 200Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course2.258 Mile RC
8Aug 23Indy 500Indianapolis Motor Speedway2.5 mile Oval
8Aug 30Bommarito Automotive Group 500Gateway Motorsports Park1.25 Mile Oval
10Sep. 13Portland GPPortland Int'l Raceway1.967 Mile RC
11/12Sep. 19/20Firestone GP of MontereyLaguna Seca Raceway2.238 Mile RC
13Oct 3
(Sat)
Harvest Grand PrixIndianapolis Motor Speedway2.439 mile RC
14Oct 25Firestone GPSt. Petersburg1.806 Mile Street


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05/20/20
f1

Renault in 'No rush' to decide Ricciardo replacement
Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo
(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."

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05/19/20
f1

British GP could move to Hockenheim
Expect Silverstone to get an exemption
Expect Silverstone to get an exemption
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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05/19/20
f1

Todt to stay FIA president for another year - report
Jean Todt
Jean Todt
(GMM) FIA president Jean Todt looks set to remain FIA president even after the mandatory end of his final term that was set to definitely expire in 2021.

However, he indicated recently that he may be asked to stay on board through the exceptional circumstances of the corona crisis.

At the same time, reports have been linking names including Luca di Montezemolo, Dave Richards, Formula E boss Alejandro Agag and others with Todt's top job.

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