Pagenaud to start from pole for 2nd straight race

NEWTON, Iowa — Simon Pagenaud will start first in Saturday’s IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway after winning the pole for the second week in a row. Pagenaud, who won in Toronto last weekend starting from the front row, posted an average speed of 180.073 mph to capture his third pole of 2019 and 13th overall. It was also Team Penske’s fifth straight qualifying win in Newton, as the team swept the top three spots with Will Power second and series leader Josef Newgarden third. “I’m definitely happy to be ahead…

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Australian GP to remain in F1 until 2025

The Australian Grand Prix has extended its race contract for a further two years, keeping the race in Melbourne until at least 2025. It has become F1’s traditional season opener, hosting the first race of the season every year since 1996 apart from 2006 and 2010. The Australian Grand Prix Corporation already had a deal in place to keep the race until 2023 but has now extended it through to the end of the 2025 season. In recent years, stories circulated that the race could move to either Sydney or…

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Mercedes engineers still don’t understand how Hamilton secured the fastest lap at Silverstone

Mercedes’ engineers are still struggling to understand how Lewis Hamilton was able to set the fastest lap of the British Grand Prix on a set of tyres that should have been well past their best. 1 Related A new rule this year awards a bonus point to the driver who sets the fastest lap of the race and it has seen teams adapt their strategy and approach to the end of races in pursuit of the point. The easiest way to secure the point is to fit fresh tyres towards…

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Alfa Romeo technical director Simone Resta set to return to Ferrari

Alfa Romeo technical director Simone Resta will leave the team at the end of this month in order to return to Ferrari. 1 Related Resta, who previously worked as Ferrari’s chief designer from 2014 to 2018, joined Alfa Romeo last year when it was still known as Sauber. He oversaw a significant improvement at the Swiss team’s performance but retained links with Ferrari and is now set to return to Maranello . Simone Resta joined Alfa Romeo in 2018 from Ferrari. Octane/Action plus via Getty Images Jan Monchaux will take over…

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Red Bull’s 1.91s pit-stop broke world record at Silverstone

What can you do in 1.91 seconds? It’s probably fair to wager it wouldn’t be a lot, whoever you are. But that’s how long it took Red Bull’s pit crew to change four tyres on Pierre Gasly’s car at the British Grand Prix on Sunday, making it the fastest ever stop in Formula One history. Red Bull’s Aston Martin-sponsored car was adorned with 007 branding for F1’s 1007th race, with James Bond actor Daniel Craig watching on from the garage, and the team channeled the super-spy’s super reflexes in fine…

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‘Borderline dirty’ racing great for F1

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks the hard racing seen at the British Grand Prix is good for spectacle, but is happy his drivers avoided any “dirtiness” in their fight for the lead. 1 Related Mercedes’ drivers swapped positions early on in the race on Sunday — Lewis Hamilton briefly got past Valtteri Bottas at Luffield, before the Finn fought back to reclaim the lead through Copse corner. The race was full of wheel-to-wheel racing, with Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen racing hard for the first half of the grand prix.…

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Luck had nothing to do with Hamilton’s British GP victory

SILVERSTONE, U.K — As Lewis Hamilton walked away from Mercedes’ pre-race strategy meeting on Sunday morning, he had a clear plan of how to win the British Grand Prix. Starting from second on the grid behind teammate Valtteri Bottas he knew it wouldn’t be easy, but nothing – not Bottas, not Pirelli’s temperamental tyres, not even the British weather – was going to get in his way. 1 Related As events transpired, a well-timed Safety Car gifted him the jackpot of a free pit stop and the lead of the…

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Pagenaud wins in Toronto for 3rd win of season

TORONTO — Simon Pagenaud won his third race of the season and Alexander Rossi tightened the championship race with Josef Newgarden in IndyCar’s Sunday race through the streets of Toronto. The win on the streets around Exhibition Place is the first for Pagenaud this year away from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Frenchman won the Indy 500 and the road course race at the speedway to save his job with Team Penske. Pagenaud had to save fuel in the waning laps to hold off reigning series champion Scott Dixon. But Penske…

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Pagenaud claims pole; Bourdais, Sato scuffle

TORONTO — Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud will start from the pole for the IndyCar race through the streets of Toronto. Pagenaud has been on a tear around Exhibition Place all weekend, as his Team Penske Chevrolet has been consistently fast, and he paced Saturday morning’s final practice on the 11-turn, 1.786-mile street course. Then he took pole in qualifying, edging out reigning series champion Scott Dixon for the top starting spot in Sunday’s race. “This is the best you can feel in racing, when you achieve what you expect,”…

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FIA president Todt wants to bring back in-race refueling in F1

SILVERSTONE, U.K. — Formula One is considering bringing back in-race refueling as part of rule changes from 2021 and Jean Todt, the president of the governing FIA, said on Friday he would be in favor. 1 Related Refueling was banned in 2010 for cost and safety reasons and attempts to reintroduce it since then, to make the cars lighter and faster as well as give teams more strategy options, have failed. “Cars are probably becoming a bit too heavy,” Todt told reporters at the British Grand Prix. “That is something…

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