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Austrian MotoGP win didn’t prove a point to Ducati



Andrea Dovizioso sitting on a motorcycle: Dovizioso: Austria win didn't prove a point to Ducati


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Dovizioso: Austria win didn’t prove a point to Ducati

Andrea Dovizioso insists his victory in the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix didn’t prove a point to Ducati just a day after his departure for 2021 was announced.

Dovizioso’s manager Simone Battistella announced on Saturday ahead of qualifying at the Red Bull Ring that the Italian would not be renewing his deal with Ducati beyond 2020, with marque confirming this soon after.

The three-time MotoGP championship runner-up wouldn’t go into detail on why he has taken this decision, but says the call was taken this weekend in order to clear his mind in the current title battle amidst a difficult season.

Taking the lead 10 laps into the 20-lap restart, Dovizioso went on to score his first victory of the season to move just 11 points off the top of the standings in second place.

Continuing Ducati’s unbeaten run

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Dovizioso: Austrian MotoGP win didn’t prove a point to Ducati – MotoGP

Andrea Dovizioso insists his victory in the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix didn’t prove a point to Ducati just a day after his departure for 2021 was announced.

Dovizioso’s manager Simone Battistella announced on Saturday ahead of qualifying at the Red Bull Ring that the Italian would not be renewing his deal with Ducati beyond 2020, with marque confirming this soon after.

The three-time MotoGP championship runner-up wouldn’t go into detail on why he has taken this decision, but says the call was taken this weekend in order to clear his mind in the current title battle amidst a difficult season.

Taking the lead 10 laps into the 20-lap restart, Dovizioso went on to score his first victory of the season to move just 11 points off the top of the standings in second place.

Continuing Ducati’s unbeaten run at Red Bull Ring since it returned to the calendar in 2016,

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Racing Point “not surprised” by Perez’s strong return at F1 Spanish GP – F1

Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer says he’s not surprised by the way Sergio Perez has bounced back from the spell in COVID-19 quarantine that forced him to miss two races.

After missing both Silverstone Formula 1 races due to testing positive for COVID-19, Perez was passed fit to race in Barcelona where he qualified fourth, one place ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll.

Szafnauer is confident that Racing Point can show a much stronger race performance in the Spanish Grand Prix than it has of late, having often struggled to back up its qualifying pace on Sundays, with the added boost of Perez’s strong return.

“No, I’m not really surprised,” said Szafnauer when asked about the Mexican’s form. “He felt well in himself for almost the entire time.

“I think he had a headache one day. And he couldn’t understand why he wasn’t in the race car last race for example,

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Norris: Racing Point will be harder to beat in F1 Spanish GP – F1

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris is targeting the Racing Point pair in the Spanish Grand Prix but admits it won’t be an easy task.

Norris will start the Barcelona race from eighth on the grid, a place behind his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr, while Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll qualified strongly in fourth and fifth respectively.

In previous races the McLaren drivers have often shown better race pace than Racing Point but with the Silverstone-based team focussing on long run performance in Barcelona, Norris anticipates a tougher challenge taking on Perez and Stroll in the Spanish GP.

“I think from the race pace we saw in FP2 they looked definitely a bit stronger than us,” said Norris. “But I don’t think we can rule out [beating them]. We seem to be able to focus on our start, get a good start, and hang on.

“I don’t think

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Renault’s protests over Racing Point F1 brake ducts set for next week – F1

Renault’s protests over Racing Point’s Formula 1 brake ducts are set to be heard next week, although the latter’s technical director Andrew Green says there’s no case to answer.

The hearing is expected to take place at Silverstone in the gap between the two races, and will be held in a semi-virtual format.

Renault lodged its first protest after the Styrian GP, where the Racing Points finished sixth and seventh, and then submitted a second after the Hungarian GP, where Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez were fourth and seventh respectively.

The Enstone team is expected to submit a third protest after Sunday’s British GP. All three will be bundled together and heard by a new panel of stewards.

The case revolves around Racing Point using a 2019 Mercedes brake duct design on its 2020 car; since last year the rules have changed and brake ducts are now listed parts, which

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McLaren withdrew Racing Point F1 appeal after FIA car copying assurances

McLaren has explained its decision to withdraw its appeal against the FIA’s Racing Point ruling, saying it was satisfied by assurances made in the clampdown on future car copying.

Racing Point was hit with a 15-point Formula 1 constructors’ championship penalty and a €400,000 fine after it was deemed to have copied Mercedes’ 2019 rear brake ducts design on its 2020 car.

Racing Point based the concept of the RP20 car on last year’s title-winning Mercedes W10, claiming to have reverse engineered the design based off photographs.

McLaren was one of four teams to initially lodge an intention to appeal the ruling with the FIA, pushing for a harder penalty, but opted to withdraw from the case earlier this week.

Williams also opted to drop its appeal, leaving only Renault and Ferrari to take formal action in pursuit of a greater sanction against Racing Point.

Asked by Autosport why McLaren

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Teichmann converts 7th match point to win; Serena delayed

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jil Teichmann needed seven match points to reach the first hard-court semifinal of her career with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over CiCi Bellis at the Top Seed Open on Friday.

Teichmann’s next opponent will be either 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams or Shelby Rogers. The start of their match was delayed by rain Friday.

This hard-court tuneup ahead of the U.S. Open — which starts Aug. 31 in New York — is the first tennis tournament in the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Teichmann served for the victory at 5-3 in the second set and was one point from winning a half-dozen times in that game, but couldn’t convert, and Bellis eventually broke on her fourth chance.

In the next game, though, Teichmann got

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Hulkenberg replaces Perez at Racing Point for F1 British GP – F1

Nico Hulkenberg has been confirmed as Sergio Perez’s replacement at Racing Point for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result.

Racing Point announced on Thursday that Perez would be missing the British Grand Prix after testing positive for COVID-19, forcing him to enter quarantine.

The team quickly set the wheels in motion to draft in recent Renault F1 driver Hulkenberg as Perez’s replacement, as revealed by Autosport.

Hulkenberg flew to the UK on Thursday in preparation for his shock F1 return, having made his last start at the end of the 2019 season in Abu Dhabi.

But Hulkenberg was unable to enter the paddock at Silverstone until he had a negative test result for COVID-19, as per the FIA’s protocols for the closed event.

Hulkenberg is understood to have undergone a test on Thursday evening before a second test at the Silverstone testing base

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Renault Wants a Bigger Punishment for Racing Point

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Renault Wants a Harsher Punishment for Racing Point

The Racing Point Formula 1 team was fined €400,000 and docked 15 constructor’s championship points for illegally using rear brake ducts designed by Mercedes, but is allowed to run these parts for the rest of the 202o F1 season. Renault thinks that’s too lenient, so it’s pushing for a harsher punishment. Autosport reports that Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul feels that Racing Point should have its results stricken from every race it runs with those brake ducts. His argument is that Renault lost points for a similar regulation breach in Suzuka last year. “There was no discount for Renault, so I don’t know why there should be a discount for Racing Point,” Abiteboul said. Abiteboul plans to protest Racing Point after every Grand

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FIA won’t stop ‘free’ 2021 F1 upgrades for Racing Point and AlphaTauri



FIA won't stop 'free' Racing Point, AlphaTauri upgrades


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FIA won’t stop ‘free’ Racing Point, AlphaTauri upgrades

The FIA has told teams that it won’t drop the new rule that will allow Racing Point and AlphaTauri to get ‘free’ upgrades for the 2021 Formula 1 season.

The rule specifies that teams currently using 2019 unlisted customer parts can upgrade them to 2020 spec for next year, without deploying the tokens that have been introduced to rein in development.

Racing Point and AlphaTauri are the two teams that will benefit from the rule, as they are now using 2019 parts, such as suspension elements, provided by their respective partner teams, Mercedes and Red Bull. Ferrari customer Haas already uses the same 2020 parts as the works team and thus will not benefit.

A late addition to the 2021 FIA technical regulations, Article 22.8.5.b, states: “In the event the customer competitor has used for that TRC-H [transferable component]

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