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07/22/19
automotive

Apple could launch a car 'by 2023' according to tech expert (Update)
Can Apple do EVs better than Tesla?
Can Apple do EVs better than Tesla?

UPDATE Apple Inc. has hired Steve MacManus, the third Tesla Inc. engineering executive to join the PC and Smartphone technology giant in the last year.

MacManus, a Tesla vice president in charge of engineering for car interiors and exteriors, left the carmaker recently and has since joined Apple as a senior director, according to his LinkedIn profile. He worked at Tesla from 2015, after stints at Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors and Aston Martin. His interior-design skills may be applicable if Apple is indeed going to build cars.

Apple also brought in former Tesla drive systems vice president Michael Schwekutsch in March and former chief vehicle engineer Doug Field last August.

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07/22/19
f1

Racing Point title sponsor going belly up?
Sergio Perez at Monaco
Sergio Perez at Monaco

(GMM) Racing Point's title sponsor has denied it could be about to fold.

Kenyan sports betting platform Sportpesa has had its operating license suspended by the country's government.

"We wish to refute claims that our business is closing down," the company said.

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07/22/19
dtm
f1

DTM champ could get F1 test bonus
Rene Rast
Rene Rast
(GMM) A special prize could be awarded to this year's DTM champion.

The German touring car series is these days run by Gerhard Berger, who according to Speed Week is looking into arranging a Formula 1 test for the 2019 winner.

Current points leader Rene Rast said: "He (Berger) has good contacts. Perhaps as a bonus he can arrange that."

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07/22/19
f1
irl

F1 to move from Sao Paulo to Rio (5th Update)
New Rio circuit. Rio de Janeiro played IndyCar like a fiddle to get F1 to come instead
New Rio circuit. Rio de Janeiro played IndyCar like a fiddle to get F1 to come instead, but now F1 may not happen for them

UPDATE (GMM) It is not smooth sailing for the new Formula 1 track in Rio de Janeiro.

Last month, we reported that the proposed venue for the 2021 Brazilian GP was being accused of being embroiled in "one of the largest corruption cases in public tenders" ever seen in the city.

Now, Rio's justice department has suspended the bidding process altogether, citing the lack of an environmental impact study.

"From the information in the file, the degradation of the environment is probable," the judge said, according to Globo.

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07/19/19
f1

Binotto to step down as Ferrari technical director
Mattia Binotto finally realizes that technically he cannot design an F1 car as good as Aldo Costa
Mattia Binotto finally realizes that technically he cannot design an F1 car as good as Aldo Costa

With Ferrari once again getting their lunch eaten by the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes, Mattia Binotto is reportedly going to step down as technical director of the Ferrari F1 team.

According to the Italian version of Motorsport.com, Binotto, who has effectively been performing a duel role at the Scuderia this season, will stand down as technical director and, in his place, will be a three-man team rather than one direct replacement.

No official announcement has been made yet, but one could be on the way as we gear up to next weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

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07/19/19
f1

Haas to fire Grosjean (Update)
Rumos have Grosjean put to pasture, Sergio Perez replacing him at Haas and Esteban Ocon replacing Perez at Mercedes backed Racing Point
Rumors have Grosjean put to pasture, Sergio Perez or Esteban Ocon replacing him

UPDATE According to the F1’s latest rumor, the British GP may have been Grosjean’s last with the team.

A Reddit user, who claims to have access to people in the know, says he has heard that team owner Gene Haas has given Steiner permission to drop Grosjean and open talks with Mercedes reserve driver Ocon.

“What I’m hearing is that after the British GP, Steiner was furious at the drivers, blew up at them (for obvious reasons) and phoned Gene Haas for permission to fire a driver,” wrote F1ThrowawayF1.

“Word in the paddock is that they are looking at Ocon to replace Grosjean. If possible, by the next grand prix.

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07/18/19
automotive

Base Porsche Taycan To Have 80 kWh Battery And 322 HP
Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Taycan is edging towards its global premiere at September’s Frankfurt Auto Show and a number of new details about the car have been published following demo rides provided to journalists at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Car Magazine had the opportunity to speed up the Goodwood hillclimb in the Taycan and have revealed that in addition to the 600 hp model we already know about, the electric sedan will be sold in a number of different configurations.

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07/18/19
f1
irl

2019 Mexican GP to be last. Door open for IndyCar? (4th Update)
Mexico City packs the grandstands
Mexico City packs the grandstands

UPDATE (GMM) Mexico could be set to escape Liberty Media's race axe so if IndyCar has any dreams of racing in Mexico City, they can forget about them.

The F1 owner wants to keep the 2020 calendar at 21 races, even though new venues Zandvoort and Vietnam will be added to the schedule.

So with Silverstone getting a new contract and Monza set to follow, it means Barcelona and Hockenheim look most likely to be ousted.

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07/17/19
wec

BMW may run 2020 LeMans so it can further tarnish its name
BMW must like getting beat as it eyes a possible LeMans return where its reputation was destroyed in defeat
BMW eyes a possible LeMans return where its reputation was destroyed in defeat
BMW has yet to decide on whether it will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the M8 GTE machinery, amid its decision to discontinue participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The German manufacturer, which was present in the race for the last two years through its full-season GTE-Pro entries from the now-defunct BMW Team MTEK program, has shifted its GTE focus entirely to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with BMW Team RLL.

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07/17/19
f1

Sergio Sette Camara to replace Robert Kubica (Update)
Russell expected to stay, Kubica looks to be out
Russell expected to stay, Kubica looks to be out
UPDATE
 (GMM) Speculation about Williams' 2020 driver lineup has arrived "too early".

That is the view of team boss Claire Williams, amid suggestions the struggling Grove team is looking for a replacement for Robert Kubica.

On his return to F1 after eight years, Kubica has struggled alongside rookie George Russell, with some believing Williams could replace him with Esteban Ocon as early as Spa.

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07/16/19
irl

Overheard at Toronto Sunday (Rossi Saga Update)
Rossi to replace Power?
Rossi to replace Power?

UPDATE Another rumor has surfaced about Alexander Rossi going to Penske.  We here at AR1.com were pretty sure that Andretti and Honda would renew with Rossi given Rossi's performance, plus the fact that after Pagenaud won both races at Indy plus this past weekend's Honda Indy Toronto, Penske has to keep him.

However, another rumor has come out of left field, that Penske will scoop up Rossi, putting him in Will Power's seat, and that Will Power will take Rossi's seat at Andretti Autosport.

Why would Penske jettison Power who has won so many pole and races for Roger?  Perhaps age. Perhaps Penske wants to lower the average age of his drivers.

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07/16/19
irl

Wickens eyes IndyCar career outside the cockpit
The way he delivered the start your engines command from the Acura NSX Sunday leads one to believe he is moving on from driving.
The way he delivered the start your engines command from the Acura NSX Sunday leads one to believe he is moving on from driving competitively.
Rumor has it that Robert Wickens knows he will never drive an IndyCar again after being partially paralyzed in a crash at Pocono last year and is preparing for a life as a team manager, team owner, or IndyCar official.

Did you catch how he delivered the “Drivers, Start Your Engines” command at Toronto?

He said – and we quote: “Future drivers of mine, start your engines.”

Speculation is that he will take a partial team ownership role at SPM (Sam Schmidt is also paralyzed from a oval track accident), but the way he worded it, perhaps it's a position within IndyCar.

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07/16/19
f1

Next Honda upgrade could match Mercedes F1 power - rumor
Honda F1 engine. The reports assumes Mercedes will be standing still. Bad report.
Honda F1 engine. The reports assumes Mercedes will be standing still. Bad report.
(GMM) Honda looks set to match the power of Mercedes' title winning engine with its next upgrade.

After Max Verstappen won in Austria, Red Bull is now hoping Honda's 'spec four' upgrade will be available at Spa, Monza, or as a best-case scenario even before the summer break in Hungary.

AS newspaper thinks the step forward could be as much as 25 horse power.

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07/15/19
fe
f1

F1 is doomed
Agag predicts Formula E will surpass F1
Agag predicts Formula E will surpass F1 and F1 is doomed
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said that investing in the future and losing money for now is "worth it" as his league aims to become not just the No. 1 electric race series, but the No. 1 race series, period.

F1 and Formula E are regulated by the same organization.

Agag: " I don't have any problem with F1. I love F1, I think it's great. But as the industry shifts toward electric, F1 finds itself more and more without an industry to relate to" "CBS This Morning: Saturday," CBS, July 13th



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07/15/19
f1

British GP at Silverstone saved? (12th Update)
The BRDC cannot afford an F1 race
The BRDC denies they are paying $25M per year

UPDATE The deal to "save Silverstone" as the home of the British F1 Grand Prix could slash as much as $31.3M from the circuit’s costs. Details of Silverstone's five-year F1 contract with Liberty Media "are secret," but sources close to track owner British Racing Drivers' Club said that the new deal "represents one of the cheapest in the sport." The new deal will make the British GP a potential profit-maker "for the first time in years" and help to expand facilities.

Meanwhile, Motorsport UK Chair David Richards addressed whether F1 could hold a race in London, saying, "London is a dead duck. There are just too many obstacles in the way. Environmentalists won't stand for it and the costs are huge. It just can't happen." SUNDAY TIMES 

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07/15/19
f1

Vettel retirement rumors 'increasing' (6th Update)
Vettel knows Ferrari no match for Mercedes. Did they steal Aldo Costa back from Mercedes yet?
Vettel knows Ferrari is no match for Mercedes. In F1 the car is 99% and the driver 1%. He is so dismayed one has to think he will now retire

UPDATE Sebastian Vettel skulked through the paddock on Sunday night with his headphones on and his face a mask of torment. All year, the Ferrari driver has reached for all manner of excuses to try to explain his under-performance, but this time there was no contesting the facts. In a year when he was once thought to have the fastest car, he now lies a staggering 100 points adrift of Lewis Hamilton with 11 races of 21 still left. A crash on Sunday with Max Verstappen, which relegated him to 16th and which the stewards decided was entirely his fault, was but the latest entry in a catalog of failure.

Rumors are rife that Vettel, in a state of deep disillusion with F1 since a penalty in Montreal last month deprived him of a win, could yet follow Nico Rosberg’s example and take a shock early retirement at the end of the year. That might be an over dramatic reading – for a start, he is under contract at Ferrari until the end of 2020 – but he looks this summer like a pale imitation of the driver who won four world titles at Red Bull.

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07/14/19
fe

Formula E in "advanced" talks over Jarkata race
ABB FIA Formula E is in "advanced negotiations" with Jakarta about holding a race in the Indonesian capital city as early as next season.

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan announced on his Instagram account that he flew to this weekend's 2018/19 season finale in New York to "complete negotiations" with FE.

Regarding the possibility of a 2019/20 Jakarta race, an FE spokesperson told Autosport: "We're in advanced discussions but aren't yet able to make an announcement."



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07/14/19
f1

Mercedes threw race in Austria so Verstappen could win
Did Mercedes throw a race so they didn't win every one?
Did Mercedes throw a race so Verstappen can win and please the Dutch fans in attendance?
(GMM) Max Verstappen has slammed suggestions that he was "gifted" victory at the recent Austrian GP.

Two weeks ago, the Dutchman won at the Red Bull Ring after a thrilling battle with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

But fellow Dutchman and former F1 driver Michael Bleekemolen suggested afterwards that Mercedes, having won every other race in 2019, had been encouraged to suffer from what it later described as cooling problems. 

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07/13/19
f1

Pat Fry leaving McLaren for Williams (Update)
Pat Fry Williams bound?
Pat Fry Williams bound?

UPDATE Williams insists that no final decision has been made about Pat Fry joining its team, despite the Briton being hotly tipped to move to the Grove-based outfit from McLaren.

Just days after Williams announced it had parted with former technical chief Paddy Lowe, Fry handed in his notice at McLaren and has been put on gardening leave.

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07/13/19
irl

IndyCar's forced to go hybrid with 2021 engine (6th Update)
UPDATE 



Jay Frye failed to deliver his two game-changing announcements at Indy that he promised
Jay Frye failed to deliver his two game changing announcements at Indy that he promised. Can he deliver now?

06/03/19 IndyCar hosted five carmakers not currently in the series during the 500, according to an Adam Stern/SBD source. 

Now that they are talking about some sort of electrification of the power unit for 2021, manufacturers are more interested. How many years did it take IndyCar to figure this out?

 

05/29/19 Back in March (Below) Jay Frye told AutoWeek's Bruce Martin that IndyCar would be making two game-changer announcements in the month of May. That never happened, i.e. Frye failed to deliver.

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07/13/19
f1

Designer Resta returning to Ferrari - source
Simone Resta
Simone Resta
(GMM) Ferrari's former chief designer is returning to the Maranello team.

Mid last year, it emerged that Simone Resta would move to the new Ferrari-linked Alfa Romeo project.

But as Ferrari's 2019 campaign faltered, rumors began to emerge that Resta could be returning to Italy.

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07/13/19
f1

Horner eyes F1 boss job?
Horner responds.....whoa....
Horner responds.....whoa....
(GMM) Christian Horner has played down speculation he might be in the running to replace Chase Carey as F1's post-2020 chief executive.

Liberty Media's 65-year-old Carey, however, is not fueling the retirement talk.

"What, just retire?" he told the Daily Mail.

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07/12/19
f1

Haas Sponsor Rich Energy to be shuttered
The logo that did Rich Energy in
The logo that did Rich Energy in

Whyte Bikes have not received an ordered court payment from Rich Energy, & will now seek to have the Haas sponsor wound up.

As part of the court orders made against Rich Energy in the Intellectual Properties Courts in the UK two weeks ago, Rich Energy was instructed to pay a sum of £35,416 to ATB Sales (the trading name of Whyte Bikes, the company whose logo Rich Energy were judged to have broken copyright of). The other defendants in the case, Staxoweb (logo designer) and William Storey, are all jointly liable for these costs.

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07/12/19
MacauGP

DRS to be used at Macau this year
Macau action
Macau action
DRS could be used for the first time at the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix this year, pending the final FIA track homologation.

The GP3 Series and European Formula 3 merged to form the new FIA Formula 3 Championship for this year, which has a new single-make formula car that has also been adopted by Macau.

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07/12/19
f1

Monza on verge of new five-year F1 contract
Monza crowds are huge
Monza crowds are huge
(GMM) Monza is now on the cusp of sealing its place on the 2020 F1 calendar.

There had been doubts about the future not only of Monza, but also another historic venue on the current calendar, Silverstone.

A new British GP deal until 2024 has now been announced, and Italian GP boss Angelo Sticchi Damiani says Monza is all set to follow suit.

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07/12/19
f1

Who will replace Gasly? (7th Update)
Daniil Kvyat in Austria
Daniil Kvyat in Austria

UPDATE (GMM) Daniil Kvyat insists he is "calm" amid speculation about Pierre Gasly's future at Red Bull.

With Gasly struggling at the senior team, boss Christian Horner told the media this week that the Frenchman needs to do a "control-alt-delete" reset.

"What I listen to is what is said inside when we are together at the factory," Gasly said at Silverstone.

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07/11/19
f1

2020 F1 Silly Season status
Bottas doubtful for 2020
Bottas doubtful for 2020
The 2020 F1 Silly Season is well underway. Here is a summary of the current F1 driver market for 2020:

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton – confirmed
Valteri Bottas or Esteban Ocon - Not Confirmed

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07/11/19
f1

2020 race seat for Ocon '100pc' sure - source
Ocon rumored to replace Bottas in 2020
Ocon rumored to replace Bottas in 2020
(GMM) Esteban Ocon's chances of returning to the Formula 1 grid next year stand at "100 per cent".

That is the claim of Matthew Carter, the former chief executive of the now defunct Lotus team.

Frenchman Ocon had to sit out 2019 as Mercedes' reserve driver, having lost his Force India seat. Toto Wolff slammed Renault for supposedly reneging on a deal to accommodate Ocon this season.

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07/10/19
irl

Alonso to return to Indy 500 without McLaren (3rd Update)
Alonso likely to return to 2020 Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport and no McLaren
Alonso hurt himself by belittling Honda in F1

UPDATE Red Bull F1's Dr. Helmut Marko told motorsport-total.com that the 37-year-old former McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso is an "absolute no-go" for the Japanese manufacturer. 

Whether this pertains only to F1, or worldwide, remains to be seen, but it supports the notion Alonso will be back at Indy in a Chevy in 2020, perhaps even with McLaren.

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