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Vips set for F2 debut in place of injured Gelael at DAMS – F2

Juri Vips is set to make his FIA Formula 2 debut with the DAMS team in place of the injured Sean Gelael at Spa-Francorchamps next weekend.

Gelael suffered a back injury, sustaining a broken D4 vertebra in an impact with a kerb on the last lap of the F2 feature race at Barcelona last weekend, and has been ruled out for the next three rounds.

Vips, who will fill in for Gelael at DAMS and partner former F3 team-mate Dan Ticktum, will also contest at least the Monza and Mugello rounds.

Last year the Estonian raced in the FIA F3 series, winning three races and finishing fourth in the championship. He was also second at last year’s Macau Grand Prix, where he took pole position.

For 2020 Red Bull steered him towards Super Formula rather than F2.

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Verstappen explains radio outburst over Spanish GP strategy – F1

Max Verstappen says a radio outburst during Formula 1’s Spanish Grand Prix was prompted by him “massively struggling” to keep his tyres alive at the end of the first stint.

Verstappen was able to record his fifth consecutive podium finish after taking second place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, splitting the Mercedes drivers of winner Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Verstappen managed to pass Bottas on the run to the first corner on the opening lap but struggled to keep up with Hamilton towards the end of his stint on the soft compound tyres.

As the gap rose to over eight seconds, Verstappen was heard telling his race engineer they should “focus on our race, rather than on Lewis.”

He added: “We were clearly not as fast as them on the softs.”

As Verstappen reinforced his wish to pit for fresh tyres, he said: “You want me to repeat again?

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2020 MotoGP Czech Republic Grand Prix session timings and preview – MotoGP

After a brief pause for breath, the reshuffled 2020 MotoGP season resumes with the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez has already been ruled out of action for Repsol Honda having undergone a second surgery on his broken right arm, which sees HRC test rider Stefan Bradl stepping in.

But the fight at the front remains just as competitive, with Jerez double winner Fabio Quartararo looking to make history by becoming the first Yamaha rider to win the opening three races of a season since Kenny Roberts in 1980.

Quartararo is likely to face stiff competition from fellow Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi and Petronas SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli, but concerns over Yamaha’s engine reliability remain after suffering failures across the two Jerez races.

Ducati will be looking to strike back in Brno, with Andrea Dovizioso claiming victory at the Czech Republic track in

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Norris: Hard tyre felt like “garbage” in Spanish F1 GP practice – F1

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris says Pirelli’s hard compound tyres felt like “garbage” in Spanish Grand Prix free practice, and felt “like I had more grip on the wets”.

Due to the global COVID-19 crisis, the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona was moved form its usual May date to the middle of August, traditionally the hottest period of the year in Catalonia.

To prepare for the extra heat and the fact that the 2020 generation of F1 cars is the fastest in history, Pirelli went conservative with its range of tyres and brought the C1, C2 and C3 compounds to Barcelona.

Those tyres are the same selection used in the British Grand Prix and one step harder than the tyre selection that spiced up last weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

According to Norris, the hardest C1 compound was so hard it was barely useable during Friday practice.

“Garbage. I

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F1 Italian GP qualifying – Start time, how to watch & more

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Italian GP qualifying: Start time, how to watch & more

The Formula 1 action continues with the middle leg of the latest triple-header at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. Here’s how to watch qualifying

With the introduction of the ban on engine ‘party modes’ kicking in this weekend, an even greater interest is being focused on how it could, if at all, shake-up the qualifying pecking order this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton topped Friday’s FP2 having seen Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas lead the morning session, as the German manufacturer dominated the opening day of action at the Italian GP.

Despite an intermittent engine issue during FP2, Lando Norris surged to third place on the timesheet for McLaren to push AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly into fourth place, with the French driver continuing to impress this season.

Max Verstappen could only manage fifth for Red Bull but ahead of Carlos

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Reduced car count won’t lessen Le Mans GTE Pro fight

The GTE Pro fight at this month’s Le Mans 24 Hours will “not feel much different” despite the reduced field in the class since 2019 reckons Aston Martin’s Harry Tincknell.

Following the exit of both Ford and BMW from the FIA World Endurance Championship at the end of the 2018/19 superseason, Le Mans was already set for a considerably smaller GTE Pro grid than last year’s bumper 17-car contingent.

But the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the French classic to be postponed until September, prompted Corvette Racing and Porsche’s North American cars to withdraw, cutting the size of the field from 11 cars to eight.

Two Ferrari 488 GTEs from IMSA squads Risi Competizione and Scuderia Corsa-run WeatherTech Racing, which moves up from the GTE Am ranks, are the only GTE Pro cars now set to take part in the race besides the six full-season WEC entries from

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F1 Italian GP: Hamilton heads Monza second practice from Bottas – F1

Lewis Hamilton topped second practice for Formula 1’s 2020 Italian Grand Prix at Monza ahead of Valtteri Bottas, while Daniel Ricciardo lost third to a track limits violation.

Ricciardo’s loss for running too wide at the exit of the Parabolica meant Lando Norris finished third despite missing much of the middle part of the session as McLaren investigated a possible power unit problem, ahead of Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen.

Under cloudless skies at Monza – where ever more Ferrari banners were being unfurled in the empty main grandstand opposite the team’s garage during FP2 – the second 90-minute session got off to a low-key start before Kimi Raikkonen emerged in his Alfa Romeo.

The 2007 world champion, who at one stage in the early running held a wild snap of oversteer as he exited the second, set the initial benchmark at 1m22.959s on the medium rubber, before he was

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Gasly: “No idea” where AlphaTauri Italian GP practice pace came from – F1

AlphaTauri Formula 1 driver Pierre Gasly says he has “no idea” where the team’s pace came from after impressing in practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

Gasly was sixth fastest in the morning session before moving up two spots in the afternoon as the fastest Honda-powered driver, even ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

His team-mate Daniil Kyvat also showed flashes of speed, taking fourth in FP1 before slipping to seventh in the quicker afternoon session.

“It’s been the best Friday by far since the start of the season,” said Gasly. “I think we were sixth this morning, fourth this afternoon. So I must say that the feeling in the car was good. I could push, I managed to put some good laps, and I felt quite comfortable.

“So a positive Friday for us. Unfortunately, we had a small issue with the damper at the end during the long run.

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Dovizioso to leave Ducati at the end of 2020 MotoGP season – MotoGP

Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati will not renew their partnership for the 2021 MotoGP season, bringing an end to an eight-year partnership in the premier class.

Dovizioso joined Ducati back in 2013 and was an instrumental part in bringing it back to the front of the field, winning 13 races between 2016 and 2020 and finishing runner-up in the championship for the past three seasons.

While Dovizioso remaining with Ducati for 2021 looked a likely scenario at the start of the year, talks between both parties stalled during the coronavirus lockdown.

Ducati wants to move away from big-money rider contracts in light of the financial crisis caused by coronavirus, while Dovizioso has been unwilling to take a substantial pay cut.

On Thursday at the Red Bull Ring, Ducati boss Davide Tardozzi said a decision on Dovizioso’s future would be taken after next weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix.

However, after a meeting between

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WEDS Adventurer King Of Mad Wheels Are My Favorite Off-Road Wheel Of All Time

I am hardly an off-road enthusiast. Certainly not on the order of a Collins or a Tracy, so I’ll usually defer to them. But I am a wheel enthusiast, and when I see a rare and weird set of wheels, it just gets my blood pumping. I haven’t done an Vintage Aftermarket Wheel Of The Week post in a very long time, but that’s how I cut my teeth on this very website a handful of years ago.

So why pick up that old thread and run with it? Why now? Well, I just found a listing for a brand new set of Weds Adventure King Of Mad wheels, and I absolutely had to share it with you all.

Photo: Footwork Autosport

The Weds brand started off as Nippo, Ltd. producing wheels under contract for Nissan in the mid-1960s. Nippo offered a line of aftermarket wheels called Elster in 1969,

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