F1 drivers to discuss racing concerns in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Formula One drivers are set to meet on Friday to discuss growing concerns and frustrations around the quality of racing. The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) will discuss several key issues, including Pirelli’s tyres, which remain a contentious topic in the paddock, and the significant performance gap between the grid’s top three teams and the rest. Haas driver Romain Grosjean, the director of the GPDA, expects numerous topics to be on the agenda. “It’s not only tyres,” he said during Thurday’s media day, ahead of this…

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Vakoc aiming to return to racing in February

Petr Vakoc is set to make his comeback in February after what will be more than a year on the sidelines due to a collision with a truck left him with serious spinal injuries. In a blog published by the Quick-Step Floors team, the Czech rider revealed he has set himself the target of returning to racing in exactly 100 days’ time. Circulated on November 6, that would make the comeback date February 14, which is the day of the Tour de la Provence one-day race in France. However, the…

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Vakoc could return to racing in 2019

Czech rider Petr Vakoč could make his return from injury to race with Quick-Step Floors in 2019, according to team boss Patrick Lefevere’s comments in French sports newspaper L’Equipe. Related Articles Vakoč was involved in an accident with a truck while training in the province of Mpumalanga, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, in January this year with Quick-Step teammates Bob Jungels and Laurens De Plus. While Jungels escaped injury, De Plus suffered a broken pelvis and sacrum – the latter connecting the base of the spine to the pelvis – and…

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Saturday Preview – The Jump Racing Is Back At Cheltenham

Redicean The ITV racing team is bringing viewers action from Newbury, Doncaster and Cheltenham on Saturday. The Group 1 Futurity Stakes is the feature race at Doncaster, there is a brace of Group 3’s for the two-year-olds at Newbury and the jumps season starts in earnest at Cheltenham. There is a three-mile handicap to open proceedings at Cheltenham’s showcase meeting on Saturday. This is the first big handicap of the season and there are some familiar faces to the fore of the market. Cogry won this twelve month’s ago…

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Neff signs with Trek Factory Racing

Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff is the newest addition to the Trek Factory Racing team for the 2019 season. The mountain bike specialist announced her contract deal on Wednesday through a video message on Twitter, confirming that she will also be racing on the road and in cyclo-cross. Related Articles “I’m more than excited to share the news that I will be racing on the Trek Factory Racing team,” Neff said. “My main focus will be mountain biking, but I will also get the chance to race on the road and in cyclo-cross.…

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It feels like we’re racing in Formula 1.5

AUSTIN, Texas — Gene Haas says the performance advantage of Formula One’s top three teams makes it feel like the rest are competing in a different racing class. The Haas team is fighting Renault for fourth in the championship this year, the position which has become customarily known as ‘best of the rest’ in recent seasons. Only Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari have won a race in the V6 turbo era, which started in 2014. Haas believes beating Renault in his team’s third season of existence would be like winning…

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Tom Pidcock’s TP Racing to debut at RapenCross and Superprestige Gieten

New British cyclo-cross team TP Racing will race for the first time this weekend at the RapenCross in Lokeren, Belgium, on Saturday, and at the Gieten Superprestige in the Netherlands on Sunday. Related Articles Headed up by former World, European and British junior cyclo-cross champion Tom Pidcock, TP Racing will be equipped with MAAP apparel, Specialized CruX bikes, SRAM groupsets and Vision wheels. The team also includes Dan Tulett and Emily Wadsworth and is headed up by rider agent Andrew McQuaid’s Trinity Sports Management agency. Pidcock, who also won the…

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W Series splits opinion among female racing drivers

Plans to launch an all-women racing series next year have divided opinions among existing female racing drivers. A new international racing series exclusively for female drivers, W Series, will launch next year in a bid to give women an easier pathway to Formula One. W Series will be a free-to-enter, single-seater racing series that aims to increase female participation in motorsport. The grid will be formed of 18-20 drivers who will be chosen by a pre-selection programme to race in identical F3-level cars for a total prize fund of $1.5…

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Women-only motor racing series to start in 2019

A new international racing series exclusively for female drivers, W Series, will launch next year in a bid to give women an easier pathway to Formula One. The new category will begin in May 2019 and will feature six 30-minute races throughout Europe in the opening season. The series hopes to expand to include races in Australia, Asia and the Americas in future. The winner will earn $500,000 to help fund her next step up the racing ladder. W Series will see each driver compete with identical machinery, a Tatuus…

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Peter Sagan: It'll take time to get used to racing without the rainbow stripes

For the past three seasons, Peter Sagan has been synonymous with the rainbow jersey. In fact, it’s hard to remember him wearing anything other than the rainbow stripes. While seeing him in a different kit next year will be an unusual sight for fans, Sagan himself says that it will take time for him to get used to being without the jersey. Sagan won the world title three times in a row between 2015 and 2017 but handed the baton over to Alejandro Valverde in Innsbruck last Sunday after stepping…

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