Grip levels left Verstappen ‘confused’ in qualifying

Max Verstappen found qualifying for the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix “confusing” as changing grip levels meant he ended up setting his fastest time in Q1. Drivers have been struggling with grip levels at Portimao throughout the race weekend so far due to a combination of the recently resurfaced track and the hardest possible tyre selection. Verstappen was able to […]

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Marquez ‘needs to be lucky’ to mount Teruel podium charge

Honda rider Alex Marquez admits he he’ll “need to be lucky” to mount another Aragon MotoGP podium charge after qualifying a season’s-best 10th for the Teruel Grand Prix. The Honda rookie once again made it directly into Q2 for the second Aragon round and went on to qualify one spot better than last weekend in 10th, albeit 0.721 seconds off […]

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Sato confirmed at Rahal Letterman Lanigan for 2021

Two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda for his fourth straight year, it was announced today. The Japanese driver, who won this year’s Indy 500 and has accumulated three other wins for team owners Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan, currently lies seventh in the championship, just behind teammate Graham Rahal. Said Bobby Rahal: […]

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Next two races are crucial for Alex Albon | F1 News by PlanetF1

It is getting towards crunch time for Alex Albon, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner putting particular focus on the next two races. Albon’s future beyond the end of the 2020 season has been one of the big talking points throughout the year with the 24-year-old suffering more lows than highs in his first full campaign alongside Max Verstappen. A […]

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Portuguese GP: Bottas completes practice sweep at Portimao

Valtteri Bottas completed a clean sweep of Formula 1 practice sessions for the Portuguese Grand Prix after edging out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for top spot in FP3. Bottas headed the timesheets in both FP1 and FP2 at Portimao, and was able to maintain his advantage over Hamilton in the final practice session on Saturday morning. After both Mercedes drivers […]

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Verstappen's radio rant an 'emotional' reaction | F1 News by PlanetF1

Christian Horner says Max Verstappen’s insult-riddled radio message after his crash with Lance Stroll in FP2 was just “emotions” running high. Verstappen was very much centre of attention in a chaotic second practice session in Portugal after he and Stroll squabbled for track space heading down the pit-lane straight in Portimao and collided with each other. Soon after the collision, […]

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Horner: Red Bull will take outside driver if Albon dropped

Red Bull Racing Formula 1 boss Christian Horner is clear that the team will look outside its own pool of drivers if Alex Albon is not retained in 2021. Albon’s future has been the subject of speculation recently amid struggles to match the pace of teammate Max Verstappen. He currently has 64 points compared to the 147 of the Dutchman. […]

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F1: FIA relaxes Portimao track limits after practice farce

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has revised the track limits guidance at Portimao following Friday’s farce when 125 lap times were deleted for infringements. The FIA had gone in to the weekend adopting a strict protocol at the Algarve circuit’s Turn 1 and Turn 4, where it deemed that any driver whose entire car went across the white line […]

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Super GT news: Tomoki Nojiri confident ARTA Honda woes fixed

Tomoki Nojiri is confident that the tyre warm-up problems that cost the ARTA Honda team a likely victory in the previous SUPER GT race at Fuji will not be repeated this weekend at Suzuka. Nojiri and teammate Nirei Fukuzumi secured a third pole of the 2020 season on Saturday, as Fukuzumi eclipsed fellow Honda driver Takuya Izawa in qualifying. But […]

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