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NASCAR to utilize an 'option tire' at Richmond Cup race next month

Outside of wet weather tires that NASCAR can use on short ovals, Cup teams will be given the choice between two different tires to use during the course of the 400-lap event, multiple sources confirmed.Traditionally, Goodyear provides one tire combination for each series for each event. NASCAR did introduce the use of an “option tire” earlier this year in the All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro ...Keep reading
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Bowman: "Hard to be satisfied" after missing out on back-to-back wins

Between Bowman's seventh and eighth career Cup wins, he was sidelined by a concussion and later a back injury. It's been a difficult road for the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, but an impressive victory in wet conditions on the streets of Chicago locked him into the playoffs.Bowman, 31, nearly parlayed that into back-to-back victory seven days later at Pocono. He has won ...Keep reading
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Denny Hamlin: "Not enough laps of green" to catch Blaney

Hamlin got around Alex Bowman with seven of 160 laps remaining and trailed leader Ryan Blaney by about two seconds. Until Blaney inherited the lead with 44 laps to go, Hamlin had led the most in the race (31).It took a couple laps, but Hamlin did begin to close on Blaney but never could get in position for a pass for the lead before Blaney left with the victory by 1.312 seconds.On his next to last ...Keep reading
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How Will Power pulled off the most unlikely of his 41 IndyCar wins

Winning wasn’t on the mind of Will Power going into the second leg of IndyCar’s doubleheader at Iowa Speedway, but it happened anyways.And it’s fair to understand why after scrubbing the wall on the second lap of his qualifying run meant he started 22nd, with passing proving especially difficult on the repaved 0.894-mile oval that only had limited racing room.Add to the fact that in 18 ...Keep reading
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NASCAR Cup Pocono: Ryan Blaney bests Hamlin and Bowman for win

Blaney was among a group of drivers to pit before the break between Stages 2 and 3 which left him close on fuel when he made his final stop under caution on lap 117 of 160.He came off pit road second after the stop but actually inherited the lead when Kyle Larson – who was first off pit road – was among four drivers penalized for speeding.Three cautions in the final 40 laps helped Blaney save ...Keep reading
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WEC Sao Paulo: Toyota dominates to defeat Porsche

Toyota dominated at Interlagos on the way to a second World Endurance Championship victory of the season on Sunday.The Japanese manufacturer’s #8 GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar shared by Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa and Sebastien Buemi took the victory laurels in the Sao Paolo 6 Hours by a clear margin ahead of the two Penske-run factory Porsche 963 LMDhs.Buemi crossed the line 1m08s ahead of ...Keep reading
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Robb airlifted to hospital after last-lap flip, drivers speak out

UPDATE: At 6:53 p.m. EST, A.J. Foyt Racing announced that Sting Ray Robb was released from the hospital in the following statement: Originally, Robb was airlifted to a local hospital but was reported as being ‘awake, alert and in good spirits’ after being involved in a massive four-car crash on the last-lap of IndyCar’s double-header at Iowa Speedway on Sunday. The Idaho native closed ...Keep reading
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IndyCar Iowa: Power wins from 22nd on grid as Race 2 ends in big pile-up

Will Power handed out a masterful drive to capture victory in the second race of IndyCar’s double-header at Iowa Speedway.After starting 22nd in the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet, Power jumped the majority of the field with an overcut pit strategy and then grabbed the lead on the second pit stop and bested Alex Palou by 0.2590s on the 0.894-mile oval.It was the second win of the season for Power ...Keep reading
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IMSA CTMP: Dillmann/Boulle score overall win, Corvette dominates GTD

The Inter Europol by PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca of Dillmann/Boulle beat the similar cars of Gar Robinson/Filipe Fraga and Steven Thomas/Scott Huffaker in Sunday’s 2h40m race, which featured a 34-car entry.The premier class GTP hybrids took a break from the fearsome 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course near Toronto, formerly known as Mosport. Although those cars weren’t here, some of the top ...Keep reading
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Ford SuperVan claims Goodwood Festival of Speed Shootout glory

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas took Ford’s all-electric SuperVan to victory in a truncated Goodwood Festival of Speed Shootout.Dumas lit up Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile hillclimb course to post a 43.987s effort behind the wheel of the Ford SuperVan 4.2, which can generate 1400 horsepower from its four electric motors.The time managed to eclipse former Formula 1 driver Scott ...Keep reading
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Ferrucci “drove the **** out of it” to rebound from Iowa IndyCar penalty

Santino Ferrucci stormed back from an early penalty to finish a season-best sixth in the opening race of the double-header weekend for the IndyCar Series at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night.The 26-year-old started eighth in the No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet and was up to seventh shortly after the start of the race, which was impacted with an early caution for a multi-car crash.After an extended ...Keep reading
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Coyne to replace pain-ridden Harvey with Daly for Iowa Race 2

Team owner Dale Coyne confirmed to Motorsport.com following qualifying that Daly would drive the No. 18 Honda entry in place of Harvey, who has been battling through significant neck pain since last weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.Harvey had made three qualifying attempts in Saturday’s qualifying round at the 0.894-mile oval after hybrid woes impacted two of the runs.He ultimately ...Keep reading
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“Unacceptable” Palou errors dent IndyCar points lead with rare exit at Iowa

Alex Palou’s championship lead took a massive dent after crashing out of the opening race of IndyCar’s double-header round at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night.Starting third in the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Palou quietly remained in the position through the early portion of the 250-lap race as passing was increasingly tough at the repaved 0.894-mile oval.When the caution waved on lap ...Keep reading
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How Mercedes has shielded Antonelli from F1 media glare

Mercedes is enacting a plan to manage the media frenzy surrounding its Formula 1 junior Andrea Kimi Antonelli, which will advance whether or not he's promoted from F2 for 2025.Antonelli’s career has famously progressed at considerable pace, while the 17-year-old Italian’s close relationship with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff after joining the manufacturer’s junior scheme in 2019 has long ...Keep reading
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Alpine confident of avoiding Le Mans engine issue in Sao Paulo WEC race

Alpine is confident it can overcome the engine problem that resulted in the early end to its Le Mans 24 Hours assault in Sunday’s Interlagos World Endurance Championship round. The French manufacturer has revealed that its two A424 LMDhs went out of Le Mans last month inside the first six hours as a result of a valve issue, a problem which Alpine and its Signatech factory team were aware going ...Keep reading
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VR46 "doesn't agree" with Ducati on reducing factory MotoGP bikes in 2025

Valentino Rossi’s VR46 squad “doesn’t agree” with Ducati’s decision to cut down the supply of factory MotoGP bikes to just three next season.Team boss Alessio ‘Uccio’ Salucci has expressed his disappointment over Ducati only providing the outfit with a single example of the GP25 in 2025, when Pramac has enjoyed two of the latest-spec bikes in the last two seasons.VR46 had originally ...Keep reading
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Is Lawson the best driver for Red Bull to replace Perez with?

Just one month after Sergio Perez secured a two-year contract extension with Red Bull, his Formula 1 future seems to be unravelling.Performance clauses are putting Perez at risk of losing his seat in a near future, as the grid becomes more and more competitive.The Mexican has scored just 11 points in the four grands prix since his new deal was announced – fewer than Haas's Nico Hulkenberg or ...Keep reading
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IndyCar Iowa: McLaughlin beats O’Ward, Palou stalls then wrecks

Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin won a chaotic opening race of IndyCar’s double-header at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night.The New Zealander started second and took advantage of a rapid pitstop to jump into the lead and hold the field at bay to win by 0.4814s over Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward at the 0.894-mile oval.It is the fifth win of McLaughlin’s career, second of the season and ...Keep reading
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NASCAR Xfinity Pocono: Custer wins after brief duel with Allgaier

After a wild side-by-side battle with Justin Allgaier that lasted nearly a lap with four of 90 laps remaining, Custer pulled ahead and held on to take the win in Saturday’s race at Pocono Raceway by 0.670 seconds.While Custer was the series points leader coming into the race, the win is the first of the season for the driver of the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Ford and locks him into the playoff field ...Keep reading
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IndyCar Iowa: Herta, McLaughlin take poles as hybrid woes impact qualifying

The format for the double-headers saw each driver receive two single-car laps, with the first setting their position for the opening race on Saturday night and the second determining their spot for Sunday’s event. The qualification order went in reverse of entrant points.Herta, driving the No. 26 Andretti Global Honda, stormed to a quick first lap of 187.655mph to take his first pole on an oval ...Keep reading
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IMSA CTMP: AO Racing's Hyett takes pole, Corvette tops GTD

PJ Hyett took pole position for the IMSA SportsCar Championship at the LMP2-led round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.Hyett’s AO Racing Oreca beat the similar cars of Daniel Goldburg (United Autosports) and Gar Robinson (Riley) in qualifying for Sunday’s race, which features a 34-car entry.The premier class GTP hybrids have taken a break from the fearsome 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course near ...Keep reading
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Hamlin still looking for a Cup title, but chasing race wins "fuels me"

Hamlin has enjoyed immense success in his Cup career, but his detractors love to point out the one thing he has never done is win a series championship, although he has been in position several times over the years.The 43-year-old driver of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 Toyota, in fact, is once again in good shape to contend for the series title this season, with three wins in hand already and ...Keep reading
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WEC Sao Paulo: Kobayashi claims pole in Toyota 1-2

Toyota claimed its first pole position of the 2024 World Endurance Championship campaign as it blocked out the front row for Sunday’s Sao Paulo 6 Hours.Kamui Kobayashi took the top spot in the #7 Toyota GR010 HYBRID in the 10-minute Hyperpole session for the fastest 10 cars in opening qualifying.The Japanese driver’s 1m23.140s around the Interlagos circuit gave him a a margin of just over one ...Keep reading
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Indy NXT Iowa: Foster’s late surge leads Andretti podium sweep

Andretti Global’s Louis Foster pulled off a late pass and surged to victory in a wild Indy NXT race at Iowa Speedway.The 20-year-old Briton started second and stalked team-mate James Roe until pulling off the winning move with an outside pass with five laps to go as a late caution left him coasting to the finish at the 0.894-mile oval.“We discussed prior to the race that we were going to save ...Keep reading
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NASCAR Cup Pocono: Ty Gibbs beats William Byron to pole position

One week after qualifying second at the Chicago Street Course, Gibbs – the last car to go out in the final round of qualifying on Saturday, bested that effort by one spot by laying down a blistering lap at 170.039 mph.Gibbs just edged William Byron (169.661 mph) to take the top starting position in Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway and his third consecutive top-10 start.Gibbs now has two career ...Keep reading
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NASCAR Cup Pocono: Tyler Reddick spins but still leads practice

Just as the second group got under way, Reddick looped his No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota around in Turn 2 but was able to keep it off the wall. Less than 10 minutes later, he was back on track and turned the fastest average lap speed of both sessions at 168.230 mph.Reddick has been frustratingly close to picking up his second win of the season in recent weeks. He’s finished eighth or better in six ...Keep reading
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Indy NXT changes race format for Iowa race amid tire concerns

The race format for today’s Indy NXT race at Iowa Speedway has been reduced from 75 to 55 laps following issues the teams were dealt with during Friday’s practice session.Several teams in the paddock encountered blistering after the opening half of practice, with the likes of HMD Motorsports and Abel Motorsports encountering right-rear tire problems and Andretti Global suffering right-front ...Keep reading
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IMSA CTMP: Fraga fastest in FP2 from van der Zande, Lexus tops GTD

Brazil’s Filipe Fraga set the pace in second practice for the IMSA SportsCar Championship at the LMP2-led round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.Riley’s Fraga beat Renger van der Zande (Tower Motorsport) and Colin Braun (Crowdstrike by APR) in the 90-minute session, which featured a 34-car entry.The premier class GTP hybrids have taken a break from the fearsome 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course ...Keep reading
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Dixon’s IndyCar hybrid failure “could have happened to a lot of cars”

Scott Dixon says the hybrid issue that caused the Honda engine of his Chip Ganassi Racing car to shut down at Mid-Ohio last weekend “could have happened to a lot of cars”.Dixon’s hopes of a seventh IndyCar Series title took a massive hit when he was classified last after joining the race over 20 laps in arrears while his supercapacitor system was fixed and recharged.Primed to roll off 13th ...Keep reading
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Ducati admits reaction to Marquez MotoGP decision has been "divisive"

Ducati says its decision to sign Marc Marquez for its factory MotoGP team in 2025 has garnered a “divisive” response in Italy.The marque has admitted that it has received a bit of criticism for choosing six-time champion Marquez over Jorge Martin as Francesco Bagania’s team-mate for next season.Read Also:


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WEC Sao Paulo: Jota leads final practice top three sweep for Porsche

Jota's Callum Ilott headed a tight final practice session for the World Endurance Championship's Interlagos round with the top three split by less than a tenth.Ilott headed a Porsche 963 LMDh clean sweep of the top three, his customer Jota car beating the two factory Porsche Penske Motorsport entries with a benchmark effort of 1m24.297s set shortly before the track was declared wet.Conditions ...Keep reading
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The "major contributor" behind Bearman securing Haas F1 drive

Oliver Bearman says his Ferrari cameo at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a "major contributor" to his 2025 Formula 1 seat at Haas, amid his tough Formula 2 season.Bearman was announced last week as one of the American squad's race drivers for the upcoming F1 campaign, when he will make his full-time debut in the championship.The announcement had been in the pipeline for a while, and seemingly ...Keep reading
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Le Mans win a catalyst for Ferrari's inaugural Hypercar upgrade

Ferrari’s victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours was one of the factors behind the early introduction of the first evo joker upgrade of its 499P for Interlagos this weekend.The Italian manufacturer explained that it brought the revision focussed on rear brake cooling of its Le Mans Hypercar to the Brazilian round of the World Endurance Championship in order to prepare for the latter rounds of the ...Keep reading
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Ford wants to "own" rallying with factory Dakar programme

Ford says it wants to “own” the world of rallying as it adds a factory programme in the Dakar Rally in 2025.The American marque already has a strong presence in off-road competition thanks to a semi-factory team in the World Rally Championship and official entries in Baja 1000 and Finke Desert Race in Australia, but is now expanding to cross-country rallying in association with M-Sport.It ...Keep reading
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McLaren won't be "nasty" as it takes the fight to Red Bull in F1

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says McLaren is "prepared to go toe-to-toe" with Red Bull as it mounts a Formula 1 title challenge, but pledges the team won't be "nasty" about it.Following a string of car upgrades McLaren has closed the performance gap to Red Bull in recent weeks, having been the highest-scoring team over the past six races.McLaren's surge to the front has raised simmering tensions between ...Keep reading
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NASCAR Truck Pocono: Heim beats Enfinger in three-lap shootout

With rain approaching the track, Heim maintained a steady lead, but his No. 11 Tricon Garage Toyota team had waited to make a final green-flag stop for fuel.A caution on lap 45 provided something of a cushion, saving some fuel, but when rain finally brought out a caution with eight of the scheduled 70 laps remaining, his team felt sure he had enough to make it.As it turned out, he did. After more ...Keep reading
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WEC Sao Paulo: Toyota dominates second practice with 1-2

The two Toyotas led the way in second free practice for Sunday’s Interlagos World Endurance Championship round as the top four cars were separated by five-hundredths of a second.Sebastien Buemi sealed the top spot with a 1m26.727s aboard the #8 Toyota GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar early in the extended session on Friday afternoon. Kamui Kobayashi then vaulted the sister #7 entry up from seventh ...Keep reading
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IMSA CTMP: Deletraz beats van der Zande by 0.003s in FP1

AO Racing’s Louis Deletraz set the pace in opening practice for the IMSA SportsCar Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.Deletraz beat Renger van der Zande (Tower Motorsports) and Ben Hanley (United Autosports) in the 90-minute session, which featured a 34-car entry.The premier class GTP hybrids have taken a break from the fearsome 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course near Toronto, formerly ...Keep reading
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Montoya to drive Hollinger’s F1 Williams FW26 at Goodwood

This weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will have a unique crossing of worlds as Juncos Hollinger Racing co-owner Brad Hollinger is sporting an IndyCar presence in West Sussex while also featuring two legendary Williams cars from Formula 1.A former shareholder and board member at Williams, Hollinger is now in his third full year as a team owner alongside Ricardo Juncos in North America’s ...Keep reading
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Peugeot WEC focus shifts from reliability to performance

Peugeot has switched from focusing on the development of its updated 9X8 2024 Le Mans Hypercar fully to improving performance after its reliable run at the Le Mans 24 Hours.Olivier Jansonnie, technical director of the Peugeot Sport organisation that develops and runs the 9X8s, revealed that he is expecting an upturn in the performance of a car that failed to make it into the top 10 at ...Keep reading
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Friday favourite: When IndyCar team-mates lived on the same street

When Alex Tagliani made his debut in the CART Indycar series in 2000 at the Player’s-backed Forsythe Racing team, it began a three-year partnership with fellow French-Canadian Patrick Carpentier.Results during that period were a mixed bag and Toyota Atlantic graduate Tagliani was frequently left to lament misfortune that meant his abundant pace didn’t translate into an overdue maiden win until ...Keep reading
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IndyCar Iowa: Start times for oval doubleheader, how to watch, entry list

The Tennessee native has amassed a staggering six wins, with Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward the only other active winner in the field with his lone victory in the second race of the 2022 doubleheader.Newgarden has won nine of the last 12 oval races on the schedule, including three of the four races held at Iowa Speedway in 2022 and 2023.Scott Dixon is the only driver to have competed in every ...Keep reading
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WEC Sao Paulo: Peugeot fastest in truncated opening session

Peugeot set the quickest time in the opening practice for the World Endurance Championship at Sao Paulo after a red flag brought an early halt to proceedings.The 90-minute session was red-flagged at exactly the halfway point when Arnold Robin heavily crashed his #78 ASK Lexus RC F GT3 at Turn 4 on a damp but drying track. Although bronze-rated Robin was reported to be okay and taken to medical ...Keep reading
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Espargaro: My job at Aprilia is done, now I want to help Honda win again in MotoGP

Aleix Espargaro feels his ‘job at Aprilia is done’ and he now wants to help Honda return to winning ways in MotoGP in his role as a test rider.Espargaro has been a key pillar of Aprilia’s MotoGP programme since 2017 and widely hailed for transforming the RS-GP from a perennial backmarker to a multiple race-winning bike.But instead of continuing his relationship with the Noale-based marque ...Keep reading
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What is going on with RB's F1 downgrades?

RB looked set to be the best of the rest in Formula 1's 2024 midfield, even overtaking Aston Martin as the fifth-fastest team. But in recent races the Anglo-Italian squad has struggled to sustain that trajectory, with its wide-ranging Barcelona upgrades sending it up the wrong path.From grabbing solid points in Monaco and Canada, RB was nowhere in Spain as both Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo ...Keep reading
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WRC expects increased Rally1 field for inaugural Rally Paraguay

Paraguay’s inclusion on the 2025 World Rally Championship calendar is likely to bolster the Rally1 field following an explosion in local interest in the category.The WRC will head to the South American nation for the first-time next year as part of multi-year agreement announced last month.Paraguay is set to complete the championship’s long-held ambition to host two rounds in the region, with ...Keep reading
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Aston Martin "back to normality" after British GP - Alonso

Fernando Alonso believes a double-points finish at the British Grand Prix was a step "back to normality" for Aston Martin after a difficult run of results in Formula 1.The British squad had scored points in each of the first six rounds of the championship, but a comprehensive upgrade introduced for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix made the AMR24 more difficult to drive.As a result, Aston Martin only ...Keep reading
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Everything you need to know about the Dutch GP fan experience

The 2024 Dutch GP is set to take place on the 23-25 August, where the crowd will no doubt provide a loud and vibrant atmosphere once again.  It may be even louder this year because of how competitive the leading battle is, where there have been six different winners in the opening 12 grands prix of 2024. So it may not be a foregone conclusion that home crowd favourite Max Verstappen will claim ...Keep reading
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Gresini or VR46? Aldeguer hopes for 2025 MotoGP team decision in summer break

Moto2 frontrunner Fermin Aldeguer is still waiting for Ducati to decide the team with which he will make his step up to MotoGP in 2025.Aldeguer had been expected to join Pramac after he signed a MotoGP contract directly with Ducati at the start of his third season in Moto2.But Pramac’s decision to break a long association with Ducati and join the Yamaha fold next year has complicated matters for ...Keep reading
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"Still a few unknowns" for Conway on post-injury Toyota WEC return in Brazil

Toyota driver Mike Conway has conceded that there are “still a few unknowns” ahead of his return to the cockpit at this weekend’s Interlagos World Endurance Championship round.The Briton stressed that only after his first laps in opening free practice on Friday morning ahead of the Sao Paolo 6 Hours will he have the final validation of his fitness as he recovers from the injuries that ruled ...Keep reading
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