Daniel Ricciardo quickest as Max Verstappen crashes out of final practice

MONTE CARLO, Monaco — Red Bull face a race against time to repair Max Verstappen’s car for qualifying at the Monaco Grand prix after he hit the barriers at the Swimming Pool chicane while attempting to set a new lap record in final practice. Verstappen walked away from the accident unharmed, but teammate Daniel Ricciardo further dented the Dutchman’s pride by beating him to the fastest time of the session by just 0.001s. Verstappen had held the quickest time for much of the session, after setting a new lap record…

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Colton Herta wins Indy Lights race for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing

INDIANAPOLIS — Colton Herta held off on kissing the bricks when his father won the Indianapolis 500. For as long as the Indianapolis 500 has been on television, it has been on ABC, but it’s leaving after this year. Here’s a look back at more than 50 years of great memories at the Brickyard. Thanks to her success in auto racing, Danica Patrick feels more confident about her ability to transition into a career as a successful businesswoman. 1 Related He finally did it after winning the Freedom 100. After…

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Brendon Hartley plays down Toro Rosso exit rumours

Brendon Hartley says he was “surprised” to read that this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix could be his last. In China, Hartley and Toro Rosso teammate Pierre Gasly collided, something which nearly occurred again during qualifying in Baku two weeks later. Hartley then crashed heavily during final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix fueling speculation he might be on the verge of being replaced. The former Le Mans 24 Hours winner says his recent blips in the previous rounds have overshadowed his better moments in 2018 such as his qualifying performances…

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Valtteri Bottas – I am meeting Mercedes’ targets to secure ’19 drive

Valtteri Bottas thinks he’s doing enough in Formula One to extend his stay with reigning champions Mercedes. The Finn earned a one-year contract extension after securing three wins and helping Mercedes to a fourth straight constructors’ championship in 2017. The short length of his contract extension prompted suggestions Mercedes wasn’t entirely convinced by Bottas and it has allowed it to keep its options open, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo on the list of drivers in the final year of their existing deals. Bottas believes he has shown the speed and…

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Miami considering a Sunday morning grand prix

Miami’s proposal for a Formula One grand prix includes the suggestion of hosting the race on a Sunday morning in order to capitalise on a worldwide audience. The key facts about Miami’s proposed street race and the wider implications on the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin and the 2019 F1 calendar in general. Maurice Hamilton looks back at the troubled history of Formula One races at temporary circuits in America and Miami would be wise to avoid similar mistakes if its own race ends up on the 2019 calendar. 1…

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Pirelli asked to simplify tyre naming system

MONTE CARLO, Monaco — Confusion over whether a hyper-soft tyre is a softer compound than an ultra-soft looks set to end next year as Pirelli prepares itself to adopt a simple soft, medium and hard naming system at each race. Pirelli currently has seven different compounds to choose from over the course of a season and selects three for each race. The compounds are named hyper-soft, ultra-soft, super-soft, soft, medium, hard and super-hard and each features a different colour of writing on the sidewall. The plan is to keep a…

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The story behind Monaco’s promotional grid models

The topic of grid girls and promotional models in Formula One raised its head again at the Monaco Grand Prix. Here’s everything you need to know about one of the championship’s most controversial talking points. Why are grid girls making a return in Monaco? According to F1’s official definition of a ‘grid girl’, they’re not. There will be female promotional models on the grid (so we’ll leave that with up to you to determine whether they are ‘grid girls’ or not) but they will not hold driver number placards, which…

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Baku clarifies F1 race contract terms after Miami speculation

Baku Formula One promoter Arif Rahimov has dismissed speculation over the Azerbaijan Grand Prix’s future on the F1 calendar amid rumours suggesting it would make way for the incoming Miami Grand Prix. Last month F1 announced its plans for a second race in the U.S. with downtown Miami the location. Miami’s arrival onto next season’s calendar would make 2019 a 22-race season — the longest calendar the sport has seen. This led to speculation from various media outlets over the future of the Baku street race, which signed a ten-year…

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Rally driver Kris Meeke fired due to high number of crashes

PARIS — Northern Ireland driver Kris Meeke and his co-driver have been dropped from Citroen’s World Rally Championship team because of “an excessively high number of crashes.” Meeke’s latest crash in this year’s series came last weekend at Rally Portugal when his car rolled down a bank, crashing into trees. Meeke and his co-driver, Paul Nagle, were fortunate to escape serious injury. A Citroen Racing statement Thursday said the crashes “could have had serious consequences with regard to the crew’s safety.” The team said it would soon announce a new…

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A look back at the best memories of ABC televising the IndyCar race

When the checkered flags are waved over Sunday afternoon’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, they will also wave over the 54th and final (for now) airing of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing on ABC. It will mark the end of the second-longest marriage of a sporting event and television network, trailing only The Masters on CBS. From a handful of film cameras to video to on-board cameras to the 90-plus HD cameras that will be pointed at the track this weekend, the eyes of ABC have always been on…

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