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Autosport 70: Another F1 winner’s Indy 500 challenge

Like Fernando Alonso, Johnny Herbert tried to find success in America’s greatest race following wins in Formula 1 – as he told us in the 9 May 2002 issue of Autosport magazine – but things didn’t go to plan

Strange, isn’t it, how we take for granted that anyone operating at the top level of their chosen sport has a passion for their endeavours, yet when they fall off the pedestal we assume they will just jack it in and live off the fruits of their successes?

Johnny Herbert is different. Excluded from Formula 1 after two barren years (barring that remarkable win at the Nurburgring in 1999) with Stewart/Jaguar, he could have slipped comfortably into at least semi-retirement.

Grand Prix Gold: 1999 European GP

But he was enthusiastic enough to swallow his pride and take up a test

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

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 all teams.

“This fuel

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Vettel: No fans at Monza a good thing after Ferrari double DNF in Italian GP – F1

Sebastian Vettel says he is glad that there were no fans at Monza this year after Ferrari endured another nightmare showing at the Italian Grand Prix.

Having struggled for pace in qualifying, both Vettel and Charles Leclerc failed to make it to the chequered flag after both were forced out in spectacular incidents.

Vettel suffered brake failure at the first chicane and smashed through the polystyrene blocks in the escape road, while Leclerc had an off at Parabolica and crashed heavily – bringing out a red flag.

Reflecting on another bruising encounter for the Maranello team, Vettel said that it was probably a blessing in disguise that the loyal tifosi were not there to witness what happened.

“I think this year is very different and I think probably in that regard it is good that there are no fans,” he said.

“Life is like this. It always depends where you

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MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch & more – MotoGP

MotoGP has set up camp at the Red Bull Ring for a double-header starting this weekend with the Austrian Grand Prix. Here’s how to watch qualifying.

Marc Marquez remains out of action after his second surgery to fix the plate in his broken right arm, with Honda test rider Stefan Bradl stepping in again, but the team hasn’t ruled out the reigning champion returning for the second Red Bull Ring race.

KTM’s Pol Espargaro topped the combined Friday practice timesheet, after FP2 was held in mixed conditions due to a brief rain downpour, to maintain the Austrian brand’s strong form fresh from Brad Binder securing his and the team’s maiden MotoGP race win last time out in the Czech Republic.

Andrea Dovizioso enjoyed a stronger start to his Austrian GP weekend in second place after a nightmare at Brno, but his Ducati future continues to dominate the headlines, with the

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Seidl: Mercedes will remain F1 power unit benchmark despite engine mode ban – F1

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl is confident that Mercedes will remain the benchmark power unit supplier despite the upcoming clampdown on engine modes.

The FIA informed the teams last week that it wants them to run a single mode in qualifying and the race, which was initially set to be introduced from the Belgian Grand Prix but looks set to be delayed until the Italian GP, with details to be outlined in an upcoming technical directive.

McLaren is switching from Renault to Mercedes power next year, and many observers believe that the Brixworth-built engines will lose more from the new ruling than their rivals.

“To be honest, we only have this information from that letter, which is a confidential letter, but it doesn’t go into the detail of what actually the FIA wants to achieve,” said Seidl of the planned rule change.

“So we need to wait for

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Morbidelli: Maiden MotoGP podium because of “big brother” Rossi – MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli says his maiden MotoGP podium in the Czech Grand Prix is “mostly because of” his mentor Valentino Rossi, who he says is “like a big brother” to him.

The Petronas SRT rider led for the first 12 laps of Sunday’s Brno race on his Petronas SRT Yamaha, before ultimately taking his first podium in second place after eventual race winner Brad Binder passed him on the 13th tour.

Morbidelli made his MotoGP debut in 2018 as the reigning Moto2 world champion, becoming the first rider from the VR46 Academy to make the step to the premier class.

The Italian’s route to MotoGP was unconventional, having stepped to Moto2 from the European Superstock 600 series.

Commenting on the role Rossi played in his Brno podium, Morbidelli said: “I am here mostly because of him, because he believed in me when I was a nobody.

“So, I know it’s a

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Ferrari to drop appeal against Racing Point F1 brake ducts – F1

Ferrari has withdrawn its appeal against Racing Point’s Formula 1 brake duct copying case verdict, becoming the final team to drop its opposition to the penalty levied by the FIA.

Having originally submitted a notification to appeal the decision made against Racing Point’s brake ducts, Ferrari’s withdrawal from the appeals process means that the case will not go to the International Court of Appeal, and is effectively over.

The original verdict announced by the FIA stewards at Silverstone will stand.

Racing Point will retain the penalty of a €400,000 fine and 15 constructors’ World Championship points.

The team will also continue to be reprimanded by the stewards at every race where it uses the contentious brake ducts.

McLaren, Williams and Renault had already dropped the matter and, earlier on Sunday, Racing Point confirmed that it would also not continue with its appeal, which was intended to clear its name.


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Gasly “struggling to realise” maiden F1 win at Italian GP – F1

Pierre Gasly was left “struggling to realise” his maiden Formula 1 victory after taking a shock win for AlphaTauri in the Italian Grand Prix.

Gasly capitalised on a red flag stoppage to rise from 10th in the first stint to line up third on the grid for the restart behind Lewis Hamilton and Lance Stroll.

Gasly was able to pass Stroll at the start before inheriting the lead when Hamilton was forced to serve a stop/go penalty after entering the pit lane when it was closed during the first safety car period.

A late charge from McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr meant Gasly came under pressure entering the final lap, running less than one second ahead, but he was able to hold on and take the win by just 0.4 seconds.

“It’s unbelievable,” Gasly said after the race. “It was such a crazy race. We capitalised on the red flag. The

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F1 Italian GP: Gasly holds off Sainz to score maiden win in red-flagged race – F1

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly won a dramatic and disrupted 2020 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr, with early leader Lewis Hamilton penalised for a safety car infraction.

Sainz chased Gasly relentlessly over the second half of the race at Monza, which was red flagged when Charles Leclerc crashed heavily at the Parabolica, but he could not find a way by and finished a close second ahead of Lance Stroll’s Racing Point.

Hamilton dominated the early stages only for a 10-second stop/go penalty for pitting when the pitlane was closed, following a safety car to recover Kevin Magnussen’s stranded Haas on the exit of the Parabolica, to drop him to last and require a charge back to seventh.

At the start, Valtteri Bottas appeared to react slower than Hamilton on the front row and he was quickly passed by Sainz on the run down to Turn 1, where

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WRC Rally Estonia: Tanak takes home win and leads Hyundai 1-2 – WRC

Ott Tanak took a relatively untroubled home victory on Rally Estonia to record his first World Rally Championship win for Hyundai since joining this season – ahead of team-mate Craig Breen.

Tanak and Breen merely had to minimise the risks in the six final stages as they held first and second respectively overnight, but there was one heart-stopping moment for Tanak when a rut almost sent him into a ditch.

Disaster was averted at the cost of only a couple of tenths of a second and Tanak kept his stranglehold even as the pursuing Toyotas were able to win every stage of the day.

Elfyn Evans took the first stage of the morning, Sebastien Ogier would claim two and Kalle Rovanpera ended up winning three, including the points-scoring Power Stage.

The only fly in Toyota’s ointment on the closing day was the loss of its fourth car, driven by Japanese

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