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Autosport 02/04/20

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has vettel got one more title push left in him?

In the run-up to the Australian Grand Prix, we were fortunate to speak to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. That race event, just like the rest of the world, was soon overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, but much of what Vettel said will still be relevant when – eventually – racing restarts, and we have chosen to focus on that this week. Given all the recent errors and his struggles against upcoming star Charles Leclerc, it’s easy to forget that Vettel is one of the sport’s greats. Yes, he had Adrian Newey Red Bulls at his disposal for his four Formula 1 world titles, but he was hardly the first top driver to have a car advantage and he used it well, particularly when it came to the machines of the blown-diffuser era. As…

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mercedes fast-tracks covid breathing aid

FORMULA 1 Engineers from the Mercedes Formula 1 team have helped fast-track the design of a breathing aid to assist COVID-19 patients, and it has now been approved for use by the NHS. As the impact of coronavirus continues to be felt around the world, F1 teams have diverted their engineering capabilities towards helping manufacture medical devices through the ‘Project Pitlane’ scheme. Mercedes has been working with engineers at University College London to develop Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines – known as CPAP – that are already widely used in Italy and China. A group of engineers from the Mercedes F1 engine division – High Performance Powertrains – and UCL Mechanical Engineering first met on 18 March at the university’s Bloomsbury campus to try to reverse-engineer a device that could be produced rapidly. A first…

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coronavirus delays indy 500 until august

INDYCAR The 2020 edition of the Indianapolis 500 will now be postponed to 23 August, as IndyCar continues to push back events amid the coronavirus pandemic. IndyCar’s blue-riband event will move from its original date of 24 May, while the Grand Prix of Indianapolis – which takes place on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course – will move to 4 July, meaning it will now form a double-header with NASCAR, whose inaugural Xfinity Series race on the circuit will follow the same day. “The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favourite time of year, and like our fans I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” said Roger Penske, whose Penske Entertainment group now owns the IMS and the IndyCar Series. “However, the health and safety…

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red bull storms into le mans esports lead

LE MANS ESPORTS Red Bull Esports took the lead in the 2019-20 Le Mans Esports Series Pro Team standings with a brace of second places in the penultimate round at Sebring. Igor Rodrigues (Fast Racers Forza) and Shaun Arnold (Total Performance Racing) picked up their first wins of the season, but it was Red Bull’s Aurelien ‘Laige’ Mallet who took the spoils by dislodging pre-event leader Lazarus Esports from top spot. The LMES Pro Team series is a 16-team invitational championship that consists of five rounds, with the top six in the points booking their place in the 2020 Super Final – held at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours. Round four of the season featured GTE Pro-spec Ford GTs around the virtual Sebring circuit, with a sprint race followed by a reversed-grid endurance…

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alex marquez wins first motogp race

MOTOGP ESPORTS Alex Marquez cruised to victory in MotoGP’s first #StayAtHome Grand Prix around Mugello, while there were crashes for brother Marc, Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo. In lieu of real-world racing, MotoGP organised a six-lap Esports race for 10 of its riders, potentially the first of many. Petronas SRT’s Quartararo beat Francesco Bagnaia by over 0.2 seconds to pole in the five-minute qualifying session, while future works Yamaha team-mate Vinales completed the front row. Marquez started the race from fourth position but threw himself into a lead battle with Bagnaia on a frantic first lap. Bagnaia ran wide at the San Donato right-hander at the start of the second tour, and Marquez assumed the lead. Bagnaia attempted to catch Marquez but a crash on the penultimate lap ended his victory chances and ensured Marquez won…

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mclaren f1 driver norris dominates veloce opener

VELOCE ESPORTS McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris crushed the opposition in the first round of a new sim racing series launched by Veloce Esports and Motorsport Games. After two successive weeks of the #NotTheGP series entertaining F1 fans in the absence of the Australian and Bahrain Grands Prix, the action moved to simulation-focused title iRacing for the Veloce Pro Series. Real-life racing stars such as Norris and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves raced alongside sim racers and content creators in Australian Supercars around the Silverstone circuit. Norris took pole for the first of two races by over 0.5 seconds, and then went on to dominate the race. He crossed the line 10.935s ahead of his nearest competition, which was 2019 World’s Fastest Gamer winner James Baldwin. IndyCar racer Ed Jones disconnected from…