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FIA pursues F1 teams over illegal oil burning - Inside Sport

The oil-burn controversy came to light earlier in the year when Red Bull Racing said it suspected its rivals had found a way around the regulations surrounding the internal combustion component of the hybrid power unit.

In response, the FIA took a closer look at oil usage and consumption, and the chemical composition of the oils being used.

The FIA has now confirmed that the use of chemicals in oil that could help improve combustion is not permitted.

Head of the F1 technical department, Marcin Budkowski, wrote to the teams to re-emphasise the FIA’s position that the use of oil as fuel is prohibited.

"For the avoidance of doubt,” Budkowski wrote, “the only fuel that may be used for combustion is petrol, and the only permitted characteristics of that petrol are clearly set out in Article 19 of the technical regulations.

"Even though the technical regulations do not directly specify the...


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Forza Motorsport 7 Wants To Be The Racer To End All Racers - Gizmodo Australia

Forza as a brand has some serious cachet. 4.8 million monthly active players across the entire franchise can't be wrong, right? As a game, it has mainstream appeal: Porsche unveiled a new 911 GT2 RS at Xbox's E3 event — a new car at a games show. And the team wants the next Forza game to bring all of those fans together in one place.

It helps that Forza 7 is, hands down, the best-looking game that Turn 10 has ever made. Horizon looked pretty good last year, but on Xbox and on PC, by virtue of the fact that it's built for the native 4K and extra power of the One X and not the lesser One S, Forza Motorsport 7 has HDR and photogrammetry and all the buzzwords Microsoft is talking up this year.

Dynamic weather adds an element to the new title's gameplay as well as a visual one. Instrument clusters, in-car details and other minor elements have been tweaked on cars. There'll be a much...


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Singapore F1 Grand Prix organisers sound out Supercars for undercard - The Sydney Morning Herald

Supercars could be become the major supporting attraction at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix as part of V8 racing's revived international expansion plans.

Fairfax Media has learned that Singapore GP organisers have sounded out Supercars on joining the undercard as the main daytime drawcard at the popular F1 night street race event.

The Supercars are investigating the possibility of support status at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. The Supercars are investigating the possibility of support status at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. Photo: Getty Images

It would force the Sandown 500 in Melbourne to be moved because its traditional mid-September slot in the calendar clashes with the running of the Singapore GP.

Supporting F1 in Singapore is Supercars' latest opportunity in a renewed push to gain a foothold outside Australia and New Zealand, targeting south-east Asia after short-lived forays to China, the Middle East and the US.

The Supercars event held in Austin, Texas, in 2013. The Supercars event held in Austin, Texas, in...

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Ricciardo 4th in final Azerbaijan practice - Wide World of Sports

The Red Bull team produced strong results in the opening practice sessions. (AAP)
The Red Bull team produced strong results in the opening practice sessions. (AAP)

The Red Bull team produced strong results in the opening practice sessions. (AAP)

Valtteri Bottas has topped the final Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice and team mate Lewis Hamilton finished third as Mercedes heaped pressure on Ferrari's Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

Bottas, on soft tyres, was the early pacesetter, but a mistake on turn two led to Hamilton overtaking him as practice leader, before the Finn bounced back and finished top of the classification with a time of 1.42.742.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was second, 0.095 seconds behind the leader.

Hamilton was third and Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth, 0.545 seconds off the pace.

Four-times world champion Vettel ended the session in 12th, 1.602 seconds behind Bottas, after withdrawing early due to "a loss in the hydraulic pressure circuit".

It is a potentially significant blow to Ferrari's hopes...


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MotoGP Assen - Full Qualifying Results

Johann Zarco takes his first MotoGP pole position at a wet Assen, ahead of Marc Marquez and Danilo Petrucci...

Qualifying 2:
1. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 46.141s [Lap 8/8] 292km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 46.206s +0.065s [8/8] 294km/h
3. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 46.526s +0.385s [7/8] 294km/h
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 46.705s +0.564s [8/8] 288km/h
5. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 47.574s +1.433s [6/6] 286km/h
6. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 47.663s +1.522s [8/8] 287km/h
7. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 47.812s +1.671s [7/9] 292km/h
8. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 48.042s +1.901s [8/8] 289km/h
9. Andrea...


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Hamilton heads up Mercedes front-row lock out in Baku

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Lewis Hamilton stormed to the 66th pole position of his Formula 1 career with a dominant display in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday, heading up a front-row lock-out for Mercedes.

Hamilton charged to a best lap of 1:40.593 in the final stage of qualifying, overhauling Bottas at the top of the timesheets after the Finn sat on provisional pole after the first Q3 runs.

A red flag period following a shunt for Daniel Ricciardo gave the drivers a three-minute shoot-out to improve their times, with Hamilton finding over half a second to grab pole for Mercedes.

Bottas finished four-tenths of a second further back in second place, with the rest of the field lagging far behind.

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel locked out the second row for Ferrari, yet neither could get within a second of Hamilton at the top....


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Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Qualifying results

Full Qualifying results for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit, Round 8 of the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship

1. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes - Mercedes 1m 40.593s
2. Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes - Mercedes 1m 41.027s
3. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari - Ferrari 1m 41.693s
4. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari - Ferrari 1m 41.841s
5. Max Verstappen NED Red Bull - TAG 1m 41.879s
6. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 42.111s
7. Esteban Ocon FRA Force India-Mercedes 1m 42.186s
8. Lance Stroll CAN Williams - Mercedes 1m 42.753s
9. Felipe Massa BRA Williams - Mercedes 1m 42.798s
10. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull - TAG 1m 43.414s

11. Daniil Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 43.186s
12. Carlos Sainz ESP Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 43.347s *
13. Kevin Magnussen DEN Haas-Ferrari 1m 44.796s
14. Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault - Renault 1m 44.267s
15. Pascal...


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Rossi 'feels good', escapes 'Cole Trickle' moment

Valentino Rossi will start Sunday's Dutch MotoGP round from fourth on the grid after being pleasantly surprised by the performance of the new Yamaha chassis in the wet Saturday weather.

Sixth in the dry conditions while using the new frame on Friday, the Italian rose to second in the soaking Saturday morning practice. It was the first time Rossi had tried the new frame in such conditions and he went on to hold provisional pole early in the 15-minute Q2 shootout.

But a drying track saw Johann Zarco (Tech 3 Yamaha), Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) all move ahead of The Doctor, leaving Rossi to start from the head of the second row.

"It was a positive day for us because I was very, very curious to try the new chassis in the wet, because also in the wet with the 2017 bike I suffer a lot," began Rossi, speaking in the Assen paddock on Saturday evening. "And...


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Lost Hamilton finds form for brilliant Baku pole

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Lewis Hamilton says it is satisfying to have claimed such a dominant pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix having feared he didn't have the performance to challenge following a lacklustre Friday showing.

The Briton complained he was struggling to get pace from the tyres, an issue he suffered in Monaco and Sochi, en route to tenth quickest in FP2, but after showing an upturn in pace during FP3 he was on scintillating form when it mattered in qualifying.

Engaging in a battle for pole with team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Ferrari faded, Hamilton's second and final lap following a brief red flag period would see him stop the clock at an outstanding 1min 40.593, a full half second quicker than his team and a second up on Ferrari.

A rapid turnaround in form for the three-time champion, he says that coupled to the margin to his...


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Zarco: I seized my chance for pole

Johann Zarco said he seized his opportunity to clinch his maiden MotoGP pole at Assen on Saturday as the premier class rookie's sensational debut season continues.

The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider thrives on wet tyres on a drying track and Zarco grasped his chance with both hands to take the top spot with his final lap, squeezing out Honda's world champion Marc Marquez by 0.065s, with Danilo Petrucci making it three different manufacturers on the front row as he slotted into third on the Pramac Ducati.

“I'm so happy to be on pole; yes, Saturday was a rainy day, but I was feeling good and taking confidence on the bike. There is still some new feeling and you always need to understand the track, but I was quite OK,” Zarco said.

“In FP4 it was dry conditions but we have the rain tyres and we almost thought we can put the slick, but when we put the slick, it was wet again. So I could again...


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Raikkonen bullish for race despite plus-second gap to pole

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Kimi Raikkonen has echoed Sebastian Vettel's view that Mercedes' rapid qualifying pace for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix compared with Ferrari is not a true indicator of performance ahead of the race.

Having been closely matched with Ferrari in free practice, Mercedes stepped up its performance when it mattered in qualifying with Lewis Hamilton more than a second quicker than Kimi Raikkonen in third place, while championship leader Sebastian Vettel had to make do with fourth.

Despite this, both drivers are unconvinced by the alarming margin to the front, with Raikkonen saying trouble getting the tyres up to temperature on the one single lap available to them following a late flag speaks greater volume than like-for-like pace.

“I think the biggest issue is the tyres. You cannot really switch them off enough and if you get them...


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Marquez: I know that Vinales will be there

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez fully expects MotoGP Championship leader Maverick Vinales to be right in contention on Sunday even though the Yamaha rider will start from 11th place on the grid at Assen.

Marquez narrowly missed out on pole by only 0.065s to rookie Johann Zarco in wet qualifying on Saturday to seal his place on the front row.

However, the Spaniard – who is 23 points behind Vinales after seven races – feels the Yamaha riders have a stronger pace in the dry conditions that are forecast for Sunday.

“Today was a day when you must be smart, you need to be there; when I say to be there you need to be in the front row, second row, don't lose a lot of positions in the qualifying,” Marquez said.

“We need to start well to tomorrow in a good position and maybe we didn't make anything special, but we are there in the second place and this is the most important. We know that for us it...


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Petrucci: Top five would be great

Danilo Petrucci sealed his second MotoGP front row start in succession as the Pramac Ducati rider qualified third fastest in the wet at Assen.

Petrucci lost the chance to stake his claim for pole after a mistake on his final lap but is more than satisfied to be at the front of the grid once more for the Dutch TT.

He was only three tenths slower than Johann Zarco in Q2 and while the Italian does not believe he has the pace in the dry for a podium, he is hopeful of a strong result on Sunday.

“I'm very happy and even a few months ago I couldn't think about being on the first row. I stayed in the front in all the sessions and in the moment that counts most at the end under the chequered flag,” Petrucci said.

“I was quite surprised because on my last lap I made a small mistake and didn't improve my time, so when I saw P3 I thought it was not possible because I was first some seconds...


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Wolff warns Eddie Jordan to stop putting fake news out

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has expressed his displeasure with Eddie Jordan's rumours over the future of Mercedes and its sponsors in Formula 1, describing the speculation that it could quit the sport soon as 'fake news'.

Former Jordan Grand Prix team manager-turned-F1 pundit, currently with Channel 4, has developed a reputation for correctly predicting some of the sport's biggest exclusives, most notably his at-the-time dismissed revelation Lewis Hamilton was to leave McLaren for Mercedes.

However, Jordan has drawn the ire of Wolff for a TV piece ahead of qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in which he claimed Mercedes could decide to ditch its F1 effort if it cannot be more profitable.

He tied this into 'revealing' title sponsor Petronas and UBS would exit the team and the sport at the end of the season, speculation Wolff flatly denied before going further to criticise the 69...


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Motor racing: Sauber drivers stunned by Kaltenborn exit - Reuters

Sauber drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson have admitted they were shocked to learn of the sudden departure of team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, the first woman to run a Formula One outfit, earlier this week.

Team owners confirmed her exit on Wednesday, citing "diverging views of the future of the company", while board chairman Pascal Picci denied speculation that her departure concerned the status of their drivers and a desire to favor Sweden's Ericsson.

"For me and Pascal it has been very clear it is not the case," Ericsson said on Thursday, addressing the suggestion that Kaltenborn had departed the Swiss-based team due to favoritism ahead of this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

"We have both been given equal equipment and priorities, and that's how it's always been in this team and will always be.

"It's all been quite sudden, in the last...


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FIA pursues F1 teams over illegal oil burning - Inside Sport

The oil-burn controversy came to light earlier in the year when Red Bull Racing said it suspected its rivals had found a way around the regulations surrounding the internal combustion component of the hybrid power unit.

In response, the FIA took a closer look at oil usage and consumption, and the chemical composition of the oils being used.

The FIA has now confirmed that the use of chemicals in oil that could help improve combustion is not permitted.

Head of the F1 technical department, Marcin Budkowski, wrote to the teams to re-emphasise the FIA’s position that the use of oil as fuel is prohibited.

"For the avoidance of doubt,” Budkowski wrote, “the only fuel that may be used for combustion is petrol, and the only permitted characteristics of that petrol are clearly set out in Article 19 of the technical regulations.

"Even though the technical regulations do not directly specify the...


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Motorsport.com teams with TAG Heuer for Formula E video series - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

“Inside Formula E” goes behind the scenes of the all-electric racing series, first episode to educate new fans in the build-up to the New York ePrix.

June 23rd, 2017, Miami, FL – Motorsport.com has teamed up with FIA Formula E series partner TAG Heuer to launch a new video series that goes behind-the-scenes of the all-electric championship as it gears up for its New York City debut.

The FIA Formula E championship will race in Brooklyn, New York on July 15 and 16 in what will be the first-ever FIA-sanctioned motor race ever held in the five boroughs of New York.

New York joins a list of some of the world’s greatest cities including Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Monaco, Paris and Berlin in hosting the championship whose goal is to promote electric power as the key to sustainable mobility.

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Hyundai Motorsport in prime position for Polish podium - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

With podiums from the past four gravel events, Hyundai Motorsport hopes it can extend its run at Rally Poland, the eighth round of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC)

Hyundai Motorsport will aim to continue its recent run of podium results as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) moves to Poland for round eight of the 2017 season.

Having secured top-three finishes at every gravel event so far this year, including victories at Tour de Corse and Rally Argentina, hopes are high that the team can once again challenge at the front of the competitive WRC field.

The scene of two previous podiums, in 2014 for Thierry Neuville and in 2016 for Hayden Paddon, the team will be looking for another assured performance in this year’s event.

Despite claiming a podium last time out in Sardinia, and showing the rally-winning capabilities of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, the team lost some ground to...


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Verstappen tops Azerbaijan GP practice - Wide World of Sports

The Red Bull team produced strong results in the opening practice sessions. (AAP)
The Red Bull team produced strong results in the opening practice sessions. (AAP)

The Red Bull team produced strong results in the opening practice sessions. (AAP)

Red Bull's Max Verstappen led the way in both practice sessions for the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix but has left his mechanics with plenty of work to do after crashing.

Valtteri Bottas was second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo while championship leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari placed fifth and his Mercedes title rival Lewis Hamilton only 10th.

Dutch teenager Verstappen led the way on Friday morning from Ricciardo and then in the second session lowered his fastest time to 1 minute 43.362 seconds on the 6.003-kilometre street course in Baku.

Bottas was one-tenth off the pace, Vettel trailed by a quarter of a second and Hamilton by more than a second.

But Verstappen hit a barrier late on and while escaping unharmed, his car suffered some damage.

"It was very weird," Verstappen told Sky Sports. "I...


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US F1 GP moved for Justin Timberlake - Wide World of Sports

Formula One's new owners have taken the unprecedented step of changing the sport's schedule to accommodate a Justin Timberlake concert at October's United States Grand Prix.

Pop star Timberlake is due to perform at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas on the evening of Saturday, October 21, and following a request by promoters, qualifying on that day will be moved back by two hours.

Organisers hope the move will encourage fans to stay and watch the concert which now follows the conclusion of qualifying.

It means the one-hour session that determines the starting grid positions will now take place at 4pm local time.

Liberty Media, the American conglomerate which took control of the sport at the start of the year, hopes its flexibility with the timetable will encourage other promoters to stage grands prix in the United States.

Venues in New York, Las Vegas and Miami are all under...


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