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  • Pagenaud Wins His First Indy 500 After An Epic Duel With Rossi
    on 26/05/2019 at 20:40

    On paper, Simon Pagenaud dominated the entire month of May, but on the race track, he had to fight off a strong challenge from Alexander Rossi in an epic duel over the final 15 laps […]

  • Indy 500: Pagenaud pips Rossi in a thriller
    on 26/05/2019 at 20:05

    Simon Pagenaud won the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, handing Team Penske their eighteenth victory at the Brickyard.After a late crash, the race was reduced to a dozen lap shootout at the end between Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi and Takumo Sato which the Frenchman won after a great move with a couple of laps to go in the final nail-biting laps.2019 Indy 500 Race Timeline3:10 p.m.Graham Rahal and Sebastien Bourdais brought out the red flag with 23 laps to go in the Indianapolis 500 when they touched wheels down the backstretch and triggered a heavy five-car wreck.Felix Rosenqvist, Charlie Kimball and Zach Veach also were involved.Rahal had gone low to pass Bourdais when he got squeezed heading into Turn 3, and the brief touch of tires sent both into the fence. Rahal already was gesturing wildly at Bourdais before the cars came to rest next to each other, and he quickly jumped from his car to get in his face.James Hinchcliffe neatly avoided the wreck, slipping through a crack between sliding cars as his spotter shared rapid-fire guidance over the radio.2:30 p.m.Chris Minot, a crew member with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, has been transferred to Indiana University Methodist Hospital for evaluation of a leg injury.He was injured when rookie Jordan King hit him along pit lane.Minot initially was taken to the track’s infield medical center and then was transported to the nearby hospital.Minot’s injury was the only one stemming from a series of pit-lane miscues, which included defending champion Will Power being sent to the rear of the field on a restart for hitting one of his crew members.2:10 p.m.Simon Pagenaud headed to the pits on Lap 99 of the Indianapolis 500, leaving local boy Ed Carpenter in the lead as the race hit the midway point and became official.Most of the drama so far has been on pit road.Helio Castroneves was penalized for hitting James Davison, Jordan King hit a crew member and Will Power bumped his own fueler on a stop. Power was ordered to the back of the field.Pagenaud has dominated the race from the pole after leading just 36 laps total in his seven previous Indy 500 starts. But he’s been struggling with fuel mileage, which could play a factor later in the race.1:45 p.m.Kyle Kaiser of feel-good story Juncos Racing has brought out the caution flag in the Indianapolis 500 after spinning in Turn 4 and hitting the outside wall.Kaiser was in a higher line with Sage Karam below him and went up the track, hitting the outside wall.The wreck came moments after Jordan King locked up entering the pits and slid into his right-front tire changer. The pit crew member was helped over the wall and checked by medical staff.Rookies Ben Hanley and Colton Herta are already out of the race.Hanley slowed abruptly as he detected a suspension problem before navigating his way across the 2.5-mile oval and into pit lane. The DragonSpeed team’s crew replaced the tires and sent him back onto the track but one tire was not spinning and the crew ended up pushing him back into the pit box.Herta was the first driver out of the race. He was towed in with a gearbox problem after completing just four laps of the 200-lap race.1:25 p.m.Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves was assessed a drive-through penalty after hitting James Davison on pit lane early in the race.The Brazilian damaged Team Penske’s No. 3 car while the incident spun Davison sideways and sent a tire bouncing across pit lane. Davison’s crew pushed the car back into the proper pit box.Pole winner Simon Pagenaud and defending race winner Will Power, both teammates of Castroneves, continued to hold the top two after 45 laps of the 200-lap race.1:05 p.m.Rookie Colton Herta is the first driver out of the Indianapolis 500.The 19-year-old Herta started fifth in Sunday’s race for Harding Steinbrenner Racing and hopes were high for the young driver who won at Texas.But a gearbox problem on the fourth lap ended his day early, and he has now failed to finish any of the four races since he found victory lane.12:55 p.m.The Indianapolis 500 has begun on time amid concerns rain might impact the 103rd running of the showcase race.Retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the pace car, Mario Andretti was honored before the race on the 50th anniversary of his win and Simon Pagenaud started from the pole for Team Penske on the 50th anniversary of the team’s first Indy 500 start.Colton Herta’s car rolled to a stop with smoke billowing out from the back of his car after just six laps, bringing out the first yellow flag of the race.Report in progress […]

  • Ferrari: A race of mixed fortunes
    on 26/05/2019 at 19:56

    Sebastian Vettel finished second in the 66th Monaco Grand Prix, less than three seconds behind Lewis Hamilton, after driving a solid race during which he was always a front runner.This was Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow’s fourth podium of the season. Charles Leclerc had an unlucky race, forced to retire after 16 laps, following a collision with Nico Hulkenberg.Start. At the start, Sebastian got away cleanly, running behind Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, maintaining fourth place. Charles had a strong start from 15th, immediately making up one place, setting off on his bid to move up the order. On the second lap at the hairpin, the Monegasque driver passed Lando Norris and closed on Romain Grosjean. Five laps later, he got alongside the Frenchman at Rascasse and then passed him.At this point, Nico Hulkenberg was ahead of him. On lap 9, Charles tried a repeat of his Rascasse move but he hit the barrier and collided with the German, picking up a right rear tyre puncture. He had to complete a whole lap with the wheel dragging on the ground, thus damaging his floor.He pitted for fresh tyres and got away again, but shortly afterwards he was called back in for one final attempt on Soft tyres and major set up changes to the front wing to try and balance the car that was lacking downforce following the incident. It was in vain, as the car was too badly damaged and it was deemed too dangerous to continue.Safety Car. The lap he drove with the puncture left debris on the track and that brought out the Safety Car. The four leaders pitted and Sebastian took on Hard tyres, as did Bottas and Verstappen, these last two colliding in pit lane as they drove out.The Finn picked up a puncture because of this and had to pit again. The Stewards declared that Verstappen had to take a five second penalty added to his final race time, for the unsafe release.Restart. At the restart, Hamilton led from Verstappen and Sebastian, who was now a virtual second. The German thus played a waiting game, matching the pace of the two drivers in front of him, ready to make the most of any collision or mistake. But the positions remained the same to the flag, so that Sebastian made it to the second step of the podium.Next race. Now the championship heads to Canada for the seventh round of the season, at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, on Sunday 9 June.Sebastian Vettel: “It was a tough race today but, in the end, second is a great result and I am happy for the team that we got a podium finish on such an iconic track as Monaco. We were also able to benefit from mistakes of other people today, but that’s part of this game.”“When I was following Lewis, who was struggling with his tyres, and Max chasing him very closely, I saw that they touched and for a brief moment I even kidded myself I might win it!”“We know we have a lot of work to do so today we are happy, but not entirely happy. On the other side, it’s a pity for Charles. Not the best weekend for him.”Charles Leclerc: “Our performance was there but unfortunately the result wasn’t. I gave it my all today, knowing that I had to do something different and take a lot of risks to fight my way forward after starting in 15th position.”“I enjoyed the beginning of the race and it was going quite well. While overtaking Nico on lap 9, I clipped the rear on the wall and our cars touched which damaged my rear tyre and the floor. We tried to continue racing on a new set of tyres but we were just lacking too much downforce after the incident and had to retire.”“A difficult weekend overall, but I am already fully focused on the next race in Canada and will do my best to bounce back there.”Mattia Binotto Team Principal: “Given that he started fourth, Seb’s second place is definitely a good result on a track where it’s well known that overtaking is very difficult. He ran at a good pace throughout the race and did an excellent job of managing the tyres, which wasn’t an easy task today.”“Charles had a strong start, knowing that he’d have to fight his way up the order after his race was compromised by what happened in yesterday’s qualifying. It was a good getaway, but being aggressive always carries a risk.”“He pulled off some nice passing moves, but on his last one, maybe he tried just a bit too hard. But that’s the right attitude. He proved that he is not the sort to ever give up or surrender. So it was a race of mixed fortunes and now we are already preparing for Canada.”Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton holds off Verstappen in stalemat […]

  • Mercedes: We wanted to win this race for Niki
    on 26/05/2019 at 19:42

    Mercedes report from the Monaco Grand Prix, Round 6 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, on the streets of Monte-Carlo.For Niki: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport win the Monaco Grand PrixLewis took his 77th career victory today – his fourth of the 2019 season and his third at the Monaco Grand PrixValtteri finished the race in P3, his first-ever podium finish in Monte CarloLewis (137 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 17 points from Valtteri (120 points)Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (257 points) lead Ferrari (139 points) by 118 points in the Constructors’ ChampionshipRon Meadows, Sporting Director, accepted the Constructors’ trophy on behalf of the teamLewis Hamilton: “Today was one of the hardest races of my career, it was so intense. With 20 laps left I thought there was no way I was going to make it to the end. I thought I was going to crash, I was battling so much with the car. There was absolutely nothing left in the tyres and it was so tough to keep the car on the track.”“I thought to myself, ‘what would Niki do’. I was trying my hardest – giving everything I had. I just tried to stay focused and make no mistakes. I know he was watching me today, but with Niki by my side we managed to do it. I wore his helmet colours today and I didn’t want to let him down. He was close to my heart, I really wanted to deliver for him this weekend and I was determined not to crack under the pressure. Today belongs to Niki.”Valtteri Bottas: “My race was decided in the pits. We did a double-stacked pit stop under the Safety Car, Lewis first, then me. Vettel and Verstappen came in as well and when I left the pits, Max was released at the same time and was side-by-side with me. We touched, I hit the wall because there’s no space to go and I got a right-front puncture.”“So I had to do another pit stop the following lap. At that point, I thought I’d be at the end of the field, but I only lost a couple of places, so I guess I was unlucky but lucky at the same time. It’s always disappointing if you finish the race lower than you qualified; however, my pace was really good all weekend long and I still scored valuable points for me and the team.”“One of my first thoughts this morning was that I wanted to drive well for Niki, I wanted to win for him. Ultimately, I didn’t, but Lewis did, so I’m sure Niki would be proud right now.”Toto Wolff: “That result means a lot. It was a World Champions’ drive for a World Champion that isn’t among us anymore. It couldn’t have been a more dramatic race, so I am relieved it is over. Lewis did an incredible job out there, it was a really hard-fought race with Max.”“We know the tyre choice, in hindsight, was wrong with Lewis and we should’ve taken the Hard tyre at his stop. But, these things happen and at the time we thought the Medium was the right call. It was the driver who made the difference and managed the race.”“Valtteri had a tougher time, losing ground with the pit stops and the clash with Verstappen in the pit lane, but he did a great job and will be determined to fight back. This one was a really hard-fought victory and now we have a couple of days that are going to be difficult with Niki‘s funeral in Vienna before we set sail for Canada.Andrew Shovlin: “We wanted to win this race for Niki but winning in Monaco is always much easier said than done. There was a bit of a risk of rain early in the race and while it didn’t really turn into much, it meant that we were pushing a bit harder than we’d planned to build a bit of a gap to the midfield.”“The Safety Car was earlier than we would have liked and with hindsight, we should have fitted the Hard tyre, but we were concerned about the warm-up on the restart, which was why we took the medium. That obviously made life difficult for Lewis and we’ll review our decision making and the information that we had at the time.”“We’re grateful that Lewis was able to manage it so well to the end as he really had to work for the victory today. Valtteri’s race was also compromised at the Safety Car. We felt the release from Red Bull was ok, but Max had room on the left to give Valtteri more space rather than putting him into the wall.”“That broke the front right wheel rim and caused a puncture, so we had to pit for a new set. From there his opportunities were rather limited. The car had good pace, but you simply can’t pass here and Valtteri had a frustrating race stuck behind Vettel.”“It was some consolation that Valtteri was able to get back on the podium after Max had the time penalty applied. Well done to Lewis, we made life more difficult than we needed to for him today, but our thoughts are now with Niki and his family.”“He has been such a big part of this team over the last few years, we have benefited so much from his wisdom and straight talking, and he is simply someone who cannot ever be replaced. All he would have asked of us is to give it 100% and race hard and that’s what we will do.”Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton holds off Verstappen in stalemat […]

  • Redding finds his feet as he dances to ‘incredible’ BSB triple
    by 91527 on 26/05/2019 at 19:36

    'I never expected three wins!' - Scott Redding set himself high expectations but still exceeded them... […]

  • Magnussen penalised for Perez chicane incident in Monaco GP
    on 26/05/2019 at 19:15

    Kevin Magnussen has been given a post-race penalty by the Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1 stewards for jumping the chicane while battling Sergio Perez […]

  • Hulkenberg: "Impatient" Leclerc showed his frustration
    on 26/05/2019 at 18:37

    Leclerc, who had started 15th after a strategy error from Ferrari saw him eliminated in Q1 from Saturday, was on an early charge through the field and passed Romain Grosjean for 12th with an audacious move down the inside of La Rascasse before coming up on Hulkenberg.He tried to overtake Hulkenberg at the same right-hander a lap later, but ran out of space, clipping the wall on the right-hand ...Keep reading […]

  • Charles Leclerc "too impatient" in Monaco clash - Nico Hulkenberg
    on 26/05/2019 at 18:34

    Nico Hulkenberg believes Formula 1 rival Charles Leclerc was "impatient" and "definitely too ambitious" in attempting the move that caused their Monaco Grand Prix clas […]

  • Bottas feared pitlane incident with Verstappen would ruin Monaco GP
    on 26/05/2019 at 18:28

    Valtteri Bottas says Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen "kept drifting to the right" during their pitlane incident in the Monaco Grand Prix, which he feared had been ruined […]

  • Honda: First time we had four cars in top eight since 1991
    on 26/05/2019 at 18:25

    A productive and tense Monaco Grand Prix saw all four Honda-powered cars finish in the top eight after a strong race performance.Max started from third place and attacked for second on the opening lap, before a quick pit stop during a Safety Car period gave him the chance to get ahead of Valtteri Bottas.The stewards deemed the release from the pit stop to be unsafe and Max was handed a five-second time penalty, but spent the rest of the race attacking Lewis Hamilton for victory. A big attempt with three laps remaining saw Max try and pass on the inside of the Nouvelle Chicane out of the tunnel, but light contact saw the two leaders continue in order, and with a close field at the chequered flag Max was relegated to fourth by his penalty.Excellent strategy from both Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso ensured the strong haul of points, as Pierre rose from eighth on the grid following a penalty in qualifying to finish fifth.The Safety Car period happened on lap 10, and while the top six all opted to pit, Red Bull kept Pierre out on track, allowing him to rise to fifth and run at his true pace. After making his stop much later in the race, Pierre remained a comfortable fifth and opened up enough of a gap to pit for soft tyres with 16 laps remaining and secure the extra point for the fastest lap.A similar strategy from Toro Rosso saw Daniil and Alex stay out during the Safety Car period and emerge in seventh and eighth respectively after their pit stops. Both appeared to have a pace advantage over Carlos Sainz in sixth but with overtaking so difficult in Monaco were unable to pass him, still picking up 10 points for the team.This was the first time we had four cars in the top eight since the 1991 British GP, when only the top six scored points. We got all four cars into the points in the 1987 British GP, when Honda cars filled all four top places.Toyoharu Tanabe, Technical Director: “A strong performance resulting in all four cars finishing in the points, in the top eight. However, it was a real shame that Max got a penalty. Both teams performed strongly all weekend and managed the race strategy very well.”“Now, we take a break from Europe and head to Montreal. The track there is very different to this one, so we will be working hard on our PU development before going to Canada.&rdquo […]

  • Victory wait goes on but Bridewell content to play ‘long game’
    by 91527 on 26/05/2019 at 18:21

    It has been four years since Tommy Bridewell has won a BSB race but he continued to show impressive title credentials at Donington Park […]

  • Red Bull F1 boss: Verstappen "reserved" in Monaco GP Hamilton chase
    on 26/05/2019 at 18:19

    Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen was "really reserved" in his pursuit of Monaco Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton, but also "fought like a lion" […]

  • Perez Almost Ran Over Two Marshals While Exiting The Pit Lane
    on 26/05/2019 at 18:18

    After pitting during the safety car, Sergio Perez was alarmed to find two marshals crossing the track in front of him […]

  • Verstappen was "really reserved" in Hamilton battle
    on 26/05/2019 at 18:15

    Verstappen finished second on the road after his attempt to pass Hamilton in the closing laps at the chicane saw contact made but the two drivers continue in the same positions.Read Also:Monaco GP: Hamilton wins despite tyre dramaVerstappen has been carrying a five-second time penalty after an unsafe release into the path of Valtteri Bottas at his pitstop under the ...Keep reading […]

  • Mercedes: Hamilton "saved" us after wrong tyre call
    on 26/05/2019 at 18:07

    The German car manufacturer went it alone in moving on to the medium compound during the early safety car that was called out to clear debris left on the track from Charles Leclerc's flailing tyre.Read Also:Monaco GP: Hamilton wins despite tyre dramaHamilton planned to "crash or finish" in "hardest" raceIt decided against switching to hards as the pursuing Red Bull ...Keep reading […]

  • Alfa Romeo: Our race was compromised on Saturday
    on 26/05/2019 at 17:58

    Alfa Romeo report from the Monaco Grand Prix, Round 6 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, on the streets of Monte-Carlo.Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal: “It was a difficult weekend for us and our race was effectively compromised on Saturday. At some stages, our cars were among the fastest on track, but Monaco being Monaco it meant there was no way to make up any ground.”“Despite the difference in pace, overtaking here was nearly impossible and even with a different strategy we finished the race close to where we started. Leaving with no points after the promise we had shown in practice is disappointing, but hopefully we can get back to scoring ways next time around in Canada.”Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)Result: 17thFastest lap: 1:16:436Tyres: Start on soft tyres, after 48 laps change to medium tyres“We didn’t expect this to be an easy weekend and unfortunately it turned out to be the case. It was quite a boring race and there was nowhere to pass: we finished where we were on lap one. Even though I had front wing damage, some issues before and after the stop and I was hit by Stroll, none of these things ultimately had any impact on our finishing position.”“Once you’re behind a car, you’re stuck there unless they have a massive issue – it’s just how it is in Monaco. We tried something different with the strategy as it made no sense to copy what those in front of us did, but in the end it didn’t make us move forward. The only thing that could have given us a chance was rain, but it didn’t come.”Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)Result: 19thFastest lap: 1:16:299Tyres: Start on soft tyres, after 46 laps change to medium tyres“It was not a very entertaining race for us. I lost a position to a Williams in the first corner and, even though my pace was faster, I couldn’t find a way through. I tried a move at Rascasse but there was not enough space for two cars, we touched and I got stuck. It was really frustrating to stay behind slower cars, it ended up to be a fairly boring race for me.”Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton holds off Verstappen in stalemat […]

  • Red Bull: We were very competitive
    on 26/05/2019 at 17:52

    Red Bull report from the Monaco Grand Prix, Round 6 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, on the streets of Monte-Carlo.Max VerstappenFinish Position: 4th*, Start Position: 3rdFinished 2nd on the road with a 5-second penalty applied as per Stewards’ decisions“I gave it my all today and I had a fun race. I think we were very competitive and I enjoyed putting the pressure on and trying to go for the win. You know when you’re up against Lewis it’s going to be very hard but I kept pushing him and I tried to force him into a mistake. I made him use his tyres a bit more than he wanted which meant I could attack.”“At one point I could see his tyres really dropping off and there were a few corners on the track where he was really slow which meant I could line up a move, but we just couldn’t get close enough. With a few laps to go, I thought I’m going to try it now and see what happens.”“We touched but luckily nothing came of it. The penalty from the pit stop is unfortunate, but I don’t think the Team did anything wrong and it is impossible to see in that tight pit lane. When you look at our pace we were very strong and that’s the most important thing. Of course, I would have liked to be on the podium but I enjoyed the race and you win some, you lose some.”“It’s easy to say with a few more laps I would have got him but I tried my very best and that was all I could do. The Team did a mega job all weekend and we tried everything we could to get that win today.”Pierre GaslyFinish Position: 5th, Start Position: 8th“It was a really positive day and we can be very pleased with fifth position after starting eighth in Monaco which is a difficult track to recover positions on. We had a very good strategy and a really great car to race. I enjoyed driving such a fast car on a track like this and to be able to push so hard at the end and put in some very quick laps and to finish within ten seconds of the leader after starting eighth. I’m really happy and now we need to keep working so we can deliver similar performances in the coming weekends.”Christian Horner, Team Principal: “Max drove the wheels off the car today. He got away in grid position and had a look at passing Bottas into turn one but wasn’t quite far enough alongside. The mechanics did a great job with the pit stop and Max left the box before Bottas which, as per the rules, is fine.”“Unfortunately, it all got a bit too tight resulting in the Mercedes making contact with the barrier and the stewards issuing Max a five-second penalty. Max drove like a lion for the rest of the race and tried everything he could to pass Lewis. We had a better tyre strategy and there was only really one lap where he got close to making a move into the chicane.”“Finishing second on the road, but with the top four so close, he was denied a podium. Finishing fourth is tough for Max today after a drive like that but as always, he didn’t give up until the checkered flag. Pierre really made a great recovery having got the penalty yesterday and starting in P8.”“He kept his head, was quick when he had clear track and managed to move up the order. With the benefit of the second pit stop, he smashed the fastest lap for that extra point which is important for the Team and was able to progress up to P5. A great job by him and the Team and also congratulations to Honda for having four Honda-powered cars in the top eight.”Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton holds off Verstappen in stalemat […]

  • Williams: We were able to compete genuinely
    on 26/05/2019 at 17:42

    Williams report from the Monaco Grand Prix, Round 6 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, on the streets of Monte-Carlo.Race NotesGeorge Russell finished 15th and Robert Kubica 18th in the Monaco Grand PrixThe Brit started 19th on the medium Pirelli tyre, and Robert 20th on the grid on the mediumBoth drivers ran a one-stop race, with George pitting on lap 10 and Robert on 21, both for the hard Pirelli tyresDave Robson, Senior Race Engineer: “We had a busy race today, but it made for some enjoyable racing as we were able to compete genuinely with both Alfa Romeo and Racing Point. It was a rare Monaco Grand Prix with little incident or retirement and we were unable to score any points. However, both drivers were very good and produced measured and controlled races to make the one-stop strategy work.”“The tyres were a challenge, especially as the light rain fell, but Robert and George were able to keep the tyres in a sensible window. Once again, the team in Monaco and Grove worked well together and delivered two strong strategies in difficult circumstances. It was a shame that Robert’s race was spoilt by the contact with Giovinazzi but unfortunately that is the nature of racing on the streets of Monte Carlo.”George Russell: “It was a really enjoyable race and I pushed myself to the limit. Our pace was very strong, I got into the rhythm and my engineer came on the radio and said you are lapping the same pace as the leaders. We put in some good laps at the end and I was pleased with my performance.”Robert Kubica: “It was quite a long Grand Prix to manage the tyres and it was an unlucky race for me, but that’s just Monaco. The race started pretty well for us, when the Safety Car was deployed I thought that I was coming in, but that was not the case. Giovinazzi hit me at Rascasse so I lost a lot of time there, but that’s just how it is.”Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton holds off Verstappen in stalemat […]

  • F1: Monaco GP: Race team notes - Alfa Romeo
    on 26/05/2019 at 17:39

    It was a difficult weekend for us and our race was effectively compromised on Saturday. […]

  • Renault: It’s clearly a missed opportunity
    on 26/05/2019 at 17:26

    Daniel Ricciardo had started from sixth on the grid, however an early pit stop strategy did not play out and the Australian finished in tenth, which was converted to ninth following the application of post-race penalties.Daniel made an excellent start and had gained a place to fifth. He pitted under an early safety car but came out in traffic. Backed up behind a slow-moving McLaren he lost valuable time, but once in clean air he closed on the ninth-placed Haas by around a second a lap. The strong pace was just enough to be moved into ninth once Romain Grosjean’s penalty had been added to his overall race time.Nico passed the flag in P14 after an early incident involving Charles Leclerc. The Ferrari driver was racing from the back of grid but an ambitious move on Nico round the Rascasse clipped the back of the Renault and caused a right rear puncture. He pitted but got stuck behind a roadblock provoked by a spinning Williams and Alfa Romeo and then slower cars and was unable to make significant progress.Daniel started from sixth on used Pirelli’s Soft (red) tyres, pitting on lap 11 for new Medium (yellow) tyres.Nico started on new Medium (yellow) tyres, pitting on lap 9 for new Hards (white).Nico HülkenbergStarted P11, finished P14“Nothing went our way today. We made a decent start, kept it clean off the line and then we suffered a puncture after Charles [Leclerc] sliced my tyre open. Luckily, I didn’t hit the wall, but the Safety Car meant everyone gained on me and from then, I was at the back of the train and it was difficult to recover from there.”“It’s hard to take as the results today don’t reflect the competitiveness level of Renault at the moment. With a clear track at the end, we showed very good pace. The car had more performance and potential than what the result showed. But, that’s racing sometimes and we need to make the most of the opportunities in Canada.”Daniel RicciardoStarted P6, finished P9“It was a very frustrating race, to be honest. We had a great start, jumped Kevin [Magnussen] on the outside for fifth and had a strong Turn 1. Then we pitted under the safety car, which is where we missed out.”“We definitely could have done better and got a great result as we had all the cards in our hand. Although we missed some points, the car was very good even though we couldn’t always use the speed we had. We’ll look at what happened and address it for future races.”Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal: “After the good qualifying yesterday, we thought a big part of the job had been done. Unfortunately, the single most important decision of the day was to stop Daniel under the safety car.”It turned out to be the wrong one, on the basis that it gave McLaren the opportunity to execute a smart team strategy with Norris and Sainz. A small positive is that we return into the points, but the bigger positive is that the car has demonstrated its potential, not just on the short runs yesterday, but on the longer runs today.”“It’s clearly a missed opportunity that does not reward the hard work of the team and the drivers to improve the competitiveness of the package.”Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton holds off Verstappen in stalemat […]

  • 2019 Monaco Grand Prix – Sunday 26/05/2019 | FastMail
    on 26/05/2019 at 17:22

    Toro Rosso report from the Monaco Grand Prix, Round 6 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, on the streets of Monte-Carlo.Daniil KvyatRace: Pos. 7th“We had a very strong Qualifying yesterday and capped it off with a strong race today, so it’s a nice feeling. I was a sitting duck at the start of the race: Gasly had a clean braking move on the outside, while I was on the inside line and I couldn’t change it – someone must have taken it easy into the corner and it caused a chain reaction.”“However, I’m very happy because I think it was a really strong race for us. We can be satisfied with the amount of points we brought home today and with how we managed the race – the teamwork was fantastic, the support I got from everyone was great! P7 is a great result in Monaco.”“We have been working hard over the past few weeks to see where we need to improve and what I need to go faster, and we found it. Now we just need to find it every weekend, so we can continue to score a good amount of points. The car is performing well so we have to keep developing it in the same direction.”Alexander AlbonRace: Pos. 8th“I’ve got to say a big thanks to the team because the strategy was fantastic! We knew there was the chance to get into the points today, and we did a good job to make it happen. It was tricky out there because you spend the whole race close behind other cars, you have to make sure you don’t brake late or lock up otherwise your race is over. The most difficult part of the day was managing the tyres, as the Softs don’t really like to last that long, so they begin to degrade and vibrate. Still, it was good fun out there and great to have both cars finish in the points!”Jody Egginton, Technical Director: “Following a positive Saturday with both cars qualifying inside the top ten, we have been able to finish the job today and secure points with both drivers finishing P7 and P8 today, which is fantastic. With the threat of rain looming in the background, we have decided to manage the first stint tyres to keep open as many strategy options as possible.”“There was a risk of rain, which did not arrive, but we were ready and everything worked out, with the drivers doing a fantastic job to manage the tyres and then push when requested. On the operational side the team did a good job today, with solid pit stops and good pitwall communication – we have been rewarded with the points we deserved. The season is long but the STR14 is responding well to development, so we are confident we can make further gains.”Franz Tost, Team Principal: “From the beginning of the weekend onwards, Toro Rosso showed a strong performance here in Monaco. We qualified in P8 and P10 and ended the race in seventh and eighth position. I must say we are very satisfied to finish such an important and difficult race inside the top 10. The start of the race was ok, the drivers had a good first lap.”“After that, the main goal was to save the tyres, not to overshoot and suffer from graining. Both Dany and Alex managed to do this in a very professional way. The strategy was good, first because we stayed out when the SC was deployed, then to call both drivers in at the perfect time and keep Grosjean behind us.”“These are 10 important points for us, so congratulations to the drivers and to the team for a good and competitive weekend, I am really satisfied to see four Honda-powered cars within the first eight at the end of the race. Now let’s get ready for Canada, where we hope to continue scoring points.”Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton holds off Verstappen in stalemat […]

  • McLaren: Good reward for all of the hard work
    on 26/05/2019 at 17:17

    McLaren report from the Monaco Grand Prix, Round 6 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, on the streets of Monte-Carlo.Carlos SainzStarted 9th, Finished 6thFastest lap 1m15.891s on lap 32 (+1.612s, 5th)Pit-stops 1, lap 30 [Soft/Medium] (2.4s)“Yes! P6 today is a very good result and my third points finish in a row. An amazing first lap after passing both Toro Rossos around the outside at Turn Three. Definitely one of my best overtakes! After that, a good pit call to stay out under the Safety Car and some solid laps to earn P6.“Another fast pit-stop by our mechanics, a great lap to defend from the Kvyat stop and then it was just about managing the tyres and bringing it home. Important points on another track that really didn’t suit us much. We need to keep pushing to improve, but congrats to all the team for today.”Lando NorrisStarted 12th, Finished 11thFastest lap 1m16.413s on lap 61 (+2.134s, 13th)Pit-stops 1, lap 47 [Medium/Soft] (3.3s)“A long race and not a lot more I could’ve done. A couple of cars got past me in the opening laps – but both of those guys got punctures so it didn’t affect me too much. It was a fairly straightforward race from then on. I had to manage my tyres in the middle of the race which restricted my pace and actually helped out Carlos.“It was a good result at the end of the day for the team and that’s the positive thing. For myself maybe not great and perhaps I could’ve got a point, but I’m still happy.”Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: “Thanks to the entire team for a clean and well-executed race. This result strengthens our fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship, which is a good reward for all of the hard work by everyone trackside and back at the factory.“Carlos gained a position on the first lap and the right call from the strategy team to stay out during the Safety Car period gained him another two places. This, plus the overall fastest pit-lane time of the entire field and Carlos producing a strong drive and managing to stay in front of Kyvat, all combined to earn him a well-deserved sixth place.“Lando lost two positions in the opening laps. Thereafter he was into a strategy to help him manage his Medium compound tyres and go for a long first stint. While this compromised his own race it in turn helped Carlos’ race. Everyone stays ultra-focussed for Canada where our aim is to have both cars in the points after Lando missed out by one place on his Monaco Grand Prix debut.”Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton holds off Verstappen in stalemate&nbs […]

  • Redding scores Donington hat-trick to move into BSB lead
    by 91527 on 26/05/2019 at 16:52

    Scott Redding makes it three wins from three on a landmark weekend for the ex-MotoGP rider as he moves into the series lead […]

  • Donington Park BSB - Race Results (3)
    by 91527 on 26/05/2019 at 16:12

    Full Race Results (3) for the third round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park (National) […]

  • Savvy Redding denies luckless Fores in rain curtailed race
    by 91527 on 26/05/2019 at 13:21

    Scott Redding times his move on Xavi Fores to perfection to snatch victory just seconds before the anticipated red flags fall... […]

  • Donington Park BSB - Race Results (2)
    by 91527 on 26/05/2019 at 12:55

    Full Race Results (2) for the third round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park (National) […]

  • Ducati: Petrucci podium "very important" as 2020 decision looms
    on 26/05/2019 at 11:27

    Unlike teammate Andrea Dovizioso, Petrucci has a contract that runs out at the end of the year, and has Pramac's Jack Miller vying for his ride.The Italian was in danger of being overshadowed by fellow GP19 rider Miller over the first rounds of the season, but bounced back in Le Mans to pick up his first podium as a works Ducati rider, finishing a close third behind Dovizioso.“Danilo’s ...Keep reading […]

  • VIDEO: ‘Banged up’ Brookes baffled by huge crash
    by 91527 on 26/05/2019 at 10:03

    "The bike was spinning up a lot and the end result was me being thrown off..." […]

  • Redding on top again warm-up
    by 91527 on 26/05/2019 at 09:00

    Scott Redding is seeking wins number two and three from today's BSB races at Donington Park […]

  • Donington Park BSB - Warm-up Results
    by 91527 on 26/05/2019 at 08:44

    Full Sunday morning warm-up results for the third round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park (National) […]

  • Roger Penske emailed Supercars stars after clash
    on 26/05/2019 at 08:34

    The pair clashed on the opening lap of yesterday's race, Coulthard running McLaughlin off the track at Turn 5.McLaughlin then took a controversial shortcut to rejoin in third place, before going on to win the race.Coulthard, who later admitted fault, dropped to the back of the field before copping a 15s penalty for the contact.Despite being the eve of the Indy 500, the incident still ...Keep reading […]

  • Percat argued against risky pit call
    on 26/05/2019 at 07:49

    The BJR driver was running fifth in the closing stages of today's 200-kilometre race when a late Safety Car led to an unsuccessful strategic gamble.The team – operating without team boss Brad Jones, who is currently holidaying overseas – opted to pit Percat for a fresher set of used rubber, with hopes of chasing down the frontrunners before the flag.However doing so dropped him back to ...Keep reading […]

  • Winton Supercars: McLaughlin dominates Sunday race
    on 26/05/2019 at 05:36

    As expected based on his half-second advantage in qualifying, it was a straightforward win for the defending series champion. Having beaten teammate Fabian Coulthard to the first corner, McLaughlin had more than a second up his sleeve within the first three laps. He then eased the advantage over Coulthard out to around 4s across the first stint, before Coulthard made his first stop on Lap ...Keep reading […]

  • Winton Supercars: McLaughlin seals pole with record lap
    on 26/05/2019 at 02:03

    The defending champion was in a class of his own throughout qualifying, with healthy gaps to the field in both Q2 and Q3.His Q2 lap was a 1m18.825s, which initially put him five-tenths up on the pack, only for teammate Fabian Coulthard to reduce the deficit to three-tenths on his final run.In the decisive Q3 portion, however, McLaughlin could make the five-tenth gap over Coulthard stick ...Keep reading […]

  • Winton Supercars: McLaughlin sets early Sunday pace
    on 26/05/2019 at 00:14

    Crews were greeted by dry, cold conditions to kickstart Sunday's action, times dipping into the 1m19s almost from the word go.It was Jamie Whincup that led the way initially thanks to a 1m19.734s, which left him roughly a tenth clear of yesterday's pacesetters Chaz Mostert and McLaughlin.Just after the 10-minute mark Anton De Pasquale took over at the top with a 1m19.614s. However his ...Keep reading […]