Party mode ban could change F1 order at Italian GP

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Ferrari: Party mode ban could change order at Monza


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Ferrari: Party mode ban could change order at Monza

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto thinks Formula 1’s ban on party modes has the capacity to shake up the competitive order at the Italian Grand Prix.

As part of a push by the FIA to increase its confidence that none of the F1 teams are finding ways to exploit the rules, it wants teams to run in the same engine modes in both qualifying and the race from this weekend’s race at Monza.

This means that drivers will no longer be able to exploit the extra single-lap power boosts that have come from special qualifying engine settings.

While some are sceptical that the changes will make any difference – and could even make differences between manufacturers bigger in the race – Ferrari is not so sure that there will be status quo.

PLUS: Why the end of “party

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Want to Own One of the First Supercars? This Rare 1971 Lamborghini Miura Is Expected to Fetch More Than $2 Million at Auction

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Many consider the Lamborghini Miura to be the first real supercar. Although it was only in production for six years, the curvaceous speedster changed the way that people thought about sports cars for decades to come. And now, a rare variant of that vehicle, the 1971 P400 SV Speciale, is heading to auction.

The beautifully restored sports car is scheduled to hit the block at Gooding & Company’s Passion of a Lifetime auction next weekend. One of only 150 P400 SVs ever produced, and one of only 764 Miuras total, it’s hard to think of a more enticing example of this very important and highly coveted automobile.

The Miura represents something of a turning point for Lamborghini. Prior to the model’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966, the marque was best known for a series of regal

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Road to Indy gearing up for IMS road course tripleheaders

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With the oval track portion of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires season now in the books, both the Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 series return to road course action with the tripleheader Cooper Tires Indy Grand Prix on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix circuit in Speedway, Ind.

The racing will take place this Thursday and Friday, September 3-4, the RTI features run alongside a pair of races for the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup, which, in common with the Road to Indy, is administered by Andersen Promotions.

Indy Pro 2000: DeFrancesco returns to his roots

After a standout karting career followed by five years of racing cars both in Europe and Asia, Devlin DeFrancesco has switched his focus toward a future in the NTT IndyCar Series. The 20-year-old Italian-Canadian joined Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport for his rookie campaign in Indy Pro 2000, marking a return

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Sikes set to make USF2000 debut with Marotti Autosport at IMS

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Simon Sikes, the current points leader in the FRP F1600 racing series, will make his USF2000 debut driving for Marotti Autosport in this week’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Indianapolis Grand Prix – two races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Thursday and Friday, September 3-4.

“This is the biggest opportunity of my life,” Sikes, 19, said. “I’m honored to work with such a determined and inspired man such as Will Marotti. I have always wanted to race in USF2000, and now we have set our minds to figuring out how we can run the full season together next year.”

With backing from Medi-Share, a healthcare sharing ministry that partners with Marotti, Sikes will make his first-ever trip to the world’s most historic racing venue.

“We tested Simon at Putnam Park recently, and he showed us he has the right stuff,” Marotti said. “We are super excited to have Simon join our team

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Ask Tim: The underachieving F1 team that needs to “pull its socks up” – F1

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In what areas is McLaren still outperforming Renault and how much of that is down to the drivers?

Jamie Holding, via email

I don’t think it’s as simple as saying ‘the drivers are doing a better job’. Looking at the Renault and its engine customer, the McLaren car is better. Carlos Sainz Jr came close to outqualifying Alex Albon in the Red Bull for the Spanish Grand Prix and beat him in the race to finish sixth, which was a fine effort. It’s been strong everywhere so far and seems to have a good balance, while Renault didn’t manage to get either of its cars into Q3 in Spain and continues to blow hot and cold.

At times Daniel Ricciardo has shown good pace in the Renault and his lap to go fifth at the Anniversary GP was excellent, although I was a bit taken aback by his comment that

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The Week in IndyCar, Sept 1, Listener Q&A

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It’s the first of a two-part World Wide Technology Raceway doubleheader wrap-up episode of the Week In IndyCar Listener Q&A show as we dive into a bunch of questions submitted via social media.

A sampling of the items posed this week (Q&A begins at the 8m31s mark in the episode):

  • “Michael Andretti seemed especially mad at Zach Veach after he piled into that race 1 crash. Have you heard anything about Zach’s chances of staying at Andretti? If he leaves, who gets that seat? Hinch? Conor Daly? Kevin Magnussen? Scott Tucker?”
  • “I saw that Dave Furst is the new VP Of Communications for IndyCar. This seems to be a bit of a revolving door position with Curt Cavin and Mike Zizzo having the job the past couple of years and Zizzo in the
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Ferrari: Party mode ban could change F1 order at Italian GP – F1

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Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto thinks Formula 1’s ban on party modes has the capacity to shake up the competitive order at the Italian Grand Prix.

As part of a push by the FIA to increase its confidence that none of the F1 teams are finding ways to exploit the rules, it wants teams to run in the same engine modes in both qualifying and the race from this weekend’s race at Monza.

This means that drivers will no longer be able to exploit the extra single-lap power boosts that have come from special qualifying engine settings.

While some are sceptical that the changes will make any difference – and could even make differences between manufacturers bigger in the race – Ferrari is not so sure that there will be status quo.

PLUS: Why the end of “party mode” won’t crash Mercedes’ festivities

For while the Italian outfit is bracing

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The New Nissan Z Prototype Will Debut on September 15

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a screenshot of a cell phone: Plus, Tesla plans to raise an additional $5 billion, and Formula 1 investigating wheel tether failures.


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Plus, Tesla plans to raise an additional $5 billion, and Formula 1 investigating wheel tether failures.

New Nissan Z “Proto” to Debut September 15th

As part of its comeback plan, Nissan is looking to boost profits and reclaim some of its old soul. The thing that has enthusiasts most excited is the new Z, which is set to replace the charming, but aging 370Z. Today, Nissan announced that it’ll show off the new Z “Proto” on September 15th at 8:30 PM Eastern, and we can’t wait. Nissan hasn’t confirmed much about the new Z, but teaser images released show its looks will hark back to the original 240Z, and it’s likely to share its rear-wheel drive platform with Infiniti. Power will probably come from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo

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Ferrari explains Leclerc’s lengthy F1 Belgian GP pitstop – F1

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Ferrari has provided extra insight into the power unit pneumatic valve issues that delayed Charles Leclerc in the Formula 1 Belgian GP and impacted the strategy of Sebastian Vettel.

When the safety car came out after the Antonio Giovinazzi/George Russell accident, those in the second half of the field had the opportunity to pit on that lap, and Leclerc duly came in.

However, the team knew that it would be a slightly longer long stop, as the Monegasque driver had an issue with his pneumatic valve system, which needed an air refill – a procedure that all teams practice and are prepared for.

“Both drivers were very near Turn 17 and therefore close to the pit lane entry,” said Ferrari head of strategy Inaki Rueda.

“Ideally we wanted to bring them in on the same lap and do a double stop, as we did in the second Silverstone race.

“However,

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Kanaan aiming for IndyCar oval races again in 2021 – IndyCar

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Tony Kanaan is aiming to race on all of IndyCar’s oval rounds in 2021, despite the veteran driver having previously expected to wind down his time in the series.

Kanaan had announced pre-season that the 2020 campaign would be the last time he competed at any IndyCar race except the Indy 500, but restrictions on spectators thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the Brazilian’s chance to interact with fans.

The 45-year-old Brazilian has been a crowd favourite in IndyCar, and his Indy 500 victory with KV Racing in 2013 was considerably popular among the series’ fanbase.

Following the double-header at Gateway, Kanaan had been expected to draw the curtains on his time in IndyCar, but felt that his run to 19th in the second race was not a fitting conclusion.

Kanaan says his ideal scenario for 2021 would be for him to race in all oval rounds once again,

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