Norris: F1 races feel “more like Formula Renault” without fans – F1

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Grands Prix have felt more like Formula Renault events than Formula 1 thanks to a lack of fans this year, reckons McLaren’s Lando Norris.

No spectators have been allowed in to F1 races held so far this year in a bid to minimise the risks to public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It means that only staff essential to the running of the grand prix are present, with around 2000 people at each of the first three events held so far.

Norris says that he has missed having fans there, and thinks their absence will hit him especially hard at this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

“I’ve missed them a lot, I’ve missed the whole atmosphere from them,” he said, when asked by Autosport about what it has been like to run in front of empty grandstands.

“You know, it feels a lot more like a race in Formula Renault where

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2013 BTCC champion Jordan takes win as he races in support series – National

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2013 British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan made a winning return to a BTCC event at Brands Hatch last weekend, racing a Mini Miglia in one of the support categories.

Jordan was due to drive for West Surrey Racing in this year’s BTCC but was unable to drive for the team after losing a sponsor as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year’s runner-up said at the time that “the worst phone calls” led to his exit from the championship, having raced in the series every year since 2008.

Instead, Jordan purchased a Miglia machine and the Jordan Racing Team he runs with father Mike entered the car at Brands Hatch.

Jordan took a win and two other podiums as the category made a guest appearance alongside the BTCC.

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Jordan soon got to grips with the Mini

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Czech MotoGP debut win after three races “scary”

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a man looking at the camera: Binder: Debut win after three races


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Binder: Debut win after three races

MotoGP Czech Grand Prix winner Brad Binder says his dream of scoring a premier class victory coming in just his third race is “scary”.

Binder stunned on Sunday at Brno by charging to the front of the Czech GP on lap 13 to dominate by 5.2 seconds to score his and KTM’s first MotoGP victory.

The MotoGP rookie showed great pace during practice and qualifying for the two Jerez races last month, but two mistakes ruled him out of possible podium contention.

Now the first rookie winner since Marc Marquez in 2013, Binder was left stunned by the result.

“Today, it was the most incredible day in my life so far,” he said.

“It’s that day I’ve dreamed of since I was a child.

“Gosh, for it to come true in my third grand prix is scary.

“I honestly, I can’t

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Binder: Czech MotoGP debut win after three races “scary” – MotoGP

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MotoGP Czech Grand Prix winner Brad Binder says his dream of scoring a premier class victory coming in just his third race is “scary”.

Binder stunned on Sunday at Brno by charging to the front of the Czech GP on lap 13 to dominate by 5.2 seconds to score his and KTM’s first MotoGP victory.

The MotoGP rookie showed great pace during practice and qualifying for the two Jerez races last month, but two mistakes ruled him out of possible podium contention.

Now the first rookie winner since Marc Marquez in 2013, Binder was left stunned by the result.

“Today, it was the most incredible day in my life so far,” he said.

“It’s that day I’ve dreamed of since I was a child.

“Gosh, for it to come true in my third grand prix is scary.

“I honestly, I can’t believe it.

“It’s been from the day of starting

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F1 set to abandon Americas plans in 2020, with new races expected – F1

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Formula 1 is to abandon plans to race in the Americas this year, with new races at Imola, the Nurburgring and Algarve now set to join the calendar.

The sport’s owner Liberty Media has been weighing up how best to fill out its schedule, with the coronavirus pandemic still moving at different speeds around the world.

But with the situation in America and Brazil among the most concerning, it is understood a decision has been taken to call off the races on the American continent.

It means there will be no grands prix in the United States, Canada, Mexico nor Brazil this season.

Instead, F1 has slotted in three extra races in Europe, all at venues that have not held F1 recently.

The Nurburgring and Imola circuits will be returning to the schedule after a lengthy absence, while Algarve will hold an F1 race for the first time.

F1 still

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Marquez explains importance of two Jerez MotoGP races for Honda – MotoGP

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Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez says back-to-back races at Jerez will be “important” for Honda to evaluate its 2020 bike after a tough pre-season.

Honda only made a breakthrough with its RC213V on the final day of the Qatar test at the end of February, after it found its 2020 aerodynamic package was the cause of its turning woes.

Having had just two 90-minute sessions on the bike in four months on Wednesday’s Jerez test day, Marquez hasn’t had much time to properly find optimum settings with the 2020 RC213V.

With the coronavirus-delayed 2020 calendar kicking of this weekend with the first of two Jerez races, Marquez says running at the same circuit may allow Honda to introduce new parts in the second event having been able to work intently on set-up in the first.

When asked by Autosport if two races at the same circuit will be important

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Russell surprised by lack of Williams race pace in Austria F1 races – F1

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George Russell says Williams has been surprised by its lack of pace in race trim compared to qualifying in the two Formula 1 races at the Red Bull Ring.

The British driver qualified a career-best 12th for the Styrian Grand Prix after shining in the wet conditions and started one place higher following a penalty for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

But after running through the gravel at Turn 6 while battling Kevin Magnussen – which he accepted was “a complete driver error” – Russell dropped to last and finished two laps down in 16th position, one place ahead of team-mate Nicholas Latifi.

Russell said afterwards that “we probably would have ended up in the same position had I not gone off” due to the FW43’s lack of pace in race conditions.

“I completely hold my hands up for that, it wasn’t good enough from my side but nevertheless it was a

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