Fittipaldi pays tribute to F1 legend Jochen Rindt

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Rindt died from injuries sustained when his Lotus crashed at Monza’s Parabolica during Italian GP practice on September 5, 1970. He had made 60 Formula 1 World Championship starts, winning six races and taking 10 pole positions – as well as winning the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours in a Ferrari.

Fittipaldi first encountered Rindt before he got to Formula 1, but it was a day at Silverstone – when Emerson was getting his first taste of a Lotus 49 F1 car – that left his strongest memory of a friend as well as racing rival.

“Jochen was always extremely good to me in Formula 2,” recalls Fittipaldi. “He was always nice to me, always helping me. 

“On my first F1 test in Silverstone, before I did a few laps in the Lotus 49, Colin [Chapman, Lotus founder] asked Jochen to go out and get it ready for me to

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Binder: Not focused on the title, taking things ‘race by race’

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• South African rider Brad Binder is competing in his first season in MotoGP. 

• The KTM rookie won his first race at the third attempt and is currently fourth in the riders’ standings. 

• This weekend’s race is the San Marino Grand Prix in Misano. 

South African MotoGP rider Brad Binder admitted his focus is on taming the premier class bike each race weekend and not on the title race.  

The KTM rookie sits fourth in the standings after winning his first race in the Czech Republic after only three events. Fabio Quartararo leads Binder by 21 points heading into this weekend’s San Marino GP. 

Reigning champion Marc Marquez is out injured for the rest of the season following a fracture to his arm in the opening race in Jerez. This has opened up the championship for several riders to stake their claim at the title. 

Autosport reported that

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Onslow-Cole makes surprise BTCC return with Team Hard – BTCC

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British Touring Car Championship race winner Tom Onslow-Cole will make a surprise return to the series after an absence of seven years for the next three rounds.

Onslow-Cole, who took victory seven times in the series, will replace the injured Ollie Brown at Team Hard for the next three rounds at Thruxton, Silverstone and Croft.

It means that the 33-year-old will be reunited with the Volkswagen CC, a car that he gave its BTCC debut in 2013 and that Team Hard will retire at the end of this season as it works upon a project to build new Cupras for 2021.

Since leaving the BTCC, Onslow-Cole has been predominantly active in international GT3 competition, winning the Pro-Am class title of International GT Open in 2018 and 2019.

He will now join Jack Goff and Nicolas Hamilton in Hard’s line-up of VW CCs, with Carl Boardley continuing in the team’s BMW

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Lewis Hamilton’s Next Adventure Is an Electric Off-Road Racing Team

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Lewis Hamilton is officially joining the club of successful Formula 1 racers turned team owners. However, unlike Bruce McLaren, Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart and other famous names that came before him; Hamilton’s chosen to put his millions not in F1, but in the newly-founded Extreme E.

The electric off-road racing series announced Tuesday morning the debut of the X44 racing team, founded and financed by none other than the six-time F1 world champion. According to the official announcement, the team is expected to make its debut in early 2021 along with other squads owned by the likes of United States’ Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport, as well as others from Europe and Asia with previous Formula E experience, such as Abt and Techeetah.

Hamilton will not be involved in the day-to-day operations of X44 due to his commitments to F1 and various sponsors, but claims to look forward to

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Mercedes: Lack of F1 engine modes hindered Italian GP fightback – F1

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Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff acknowledged the FIA’s ban on engine mode changes hindered both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ fightback drives at the Italian Grand Prix.

Italy marked the first grand prix since the FIA issued a technical directive banning engine mode setting changes in qualifying and the race, forcing drivers to remain in the same power setting throughout the weekend.

The ruling had zero impact on Mercedes’ qualifying pace as it romped to a front row lock-out, but hit hard in the race when both Hamilton and Bottas suffered setbacks.

A poor start followed by some car-related struggles meant Bottas could only finish fifth, while early leader Hamilton fought back to seventh after receiving a stop/go penalty that dropped him to the rear of the pack.

Whereas both drivers could have previously turned up their engines at select moments to try overtakes, they were forced to remain

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Liddell, Chaves turn strong restarts into Road Atlanta Michelin Pilot series wins

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Robin Liddell and Gabby Chaves made the most of the final restart Sunday in the VP Racing Stay Frosty Coolants 240.

Both drivers shot from third to first in their classes after the restart with 56 minutes left in the four-hour race, then went on to claim victories in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

Liddell drove past Jeff Westphal and Eric Foss to take the lead shortly after the final restart, but relinquished it briefly during the final cycle of pit stops. When Gregory Liefooghe pitted with 15 minutes left, Liddell and the No. 71 Rebel Rock Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R he shared with Frank DePew and Andrew Davis were back in the lead and headed for the overall and GS class victory.

“I really had the bit between my teeth all weekend,” Liddell said. “It was just an outstanding job by the whole

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The Ferrari model that is behind Alpine’s F1 push – F1

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Enzo Ferrari made no secret of the fact that he only ever set up his road car operation so it could help fund his Formula 1 team.

But whatever the original motivation, it proved to be a brilliant business plan as the road car business and Scuderia Ferrari helped fuel each other’s success.

Such a two-way stream is not too far away from the vision that new Renault CEO Luca de Meo now has for the Alpine brand, after giving the green light for a renaming of his French car manufacturer’s F1 team.

Since arriving at Renault in July, de Meo has had to make some swift decisions on how to plot a path out of the coronavirus-fuelled financial crisis for the whole Renault Group.

Part of that included an evaluation of the F1 project, and whether or not to commit to another five-year period.

But, just as happened at

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Stoner: MotoGP currently lacking ‘next level’ without Marquez – MotoGP

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Marc Marquez’s stint on the sidelines has left MotoGP lacking its “next level”, according to world champion Casey Stoner.

Honda star Marquez is facing at least another two months as he recovers from a broken arm sustained during the Spanish Grand Prix, after an initial comeback attempt at the Andalusian GP left him needing a second operation.

His absence has paved the way for some new winners in the class, Fabio Quartararo, Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira all racking up maiden victories.

However the unpredictable start to the pandemic-affected season hasn’t impressed retired Ducati ace Stoner, who thinks the series is missing its “next level” without Marquez on the grid.

When asked by on the latest episode of the In the Fast Lane podcast if he feels Marquez’s absence has lessened the value of the championship, Stoner said: “This is where I can start some controversy, but I completely agree.

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DAMS slams continued “unacceptable” F2 unreliability after Ticktum fuel DQ

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DAMS has accused Formula 2’s organisers of knowing about a problem with the spec fuel tank for “several races”, following Dan Ticktum’s disqualification from his sprint race victory at Monza.

Team principal Francois Sicard also hit out at the “unacceptable” reliability of the current F2 car, citing multiple engine-related failures throughout the season.

Ticktum pulled over at Curva Grande immediately after securing victory in Sunday’s F2 race, and had to be dropped off in the pitlane in the medical car to celebrate his victory.

Following the race, Ticktum was disqualified from the sprint race having been unable to provide the required fuel sample required by F2’s sporting regulations.

In a statement, Sicard lambasted the decision to disqualify Ticktum, stating that the fuel tank had suffered a leak – and that the F2 organisers had prior knowledge of a problem with the spec fuel cells used by

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Lewis Hamilton launches Extreme E team

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Six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will make his first foray into team ownership with the launch of X44, which will compete in the inaugural season of the all-electric Extreme E off-road series.

According to Hamilton, the team, which is named after his race number in F1, is another step towards his ongoing goal of raising awareness of environmental issues.

“It’s an exciting new project and it will be fun to have a different role from being the team driver,” said Hamilton.

“What is most appealing though, is that the Extreme E Championship will be not only raising awareness of some of the most critical environmental issues facing our planet, but also doing something about it through working with local charitable organizations to leave behind no trace and a long-lasting legacy of change. Every single one of us has the power to make a difference, and it means so much

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