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O’Ward declared St. Petersburg winner following Penske disqualifications

In a surprise announcement Wednesday, IndyCar announced that Team Penske has been assessed penalties following an issue with the team’s “Push to Pass” system discovered during morning warmup on Sunday in Long Beach. Winner Josef Newgarden and third-place finisher Scott McLaughlin are both disqualified from the season opener at St. Petersburg in March, with teammate Will Power promoted to second place but penalized 10 driver points. Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward, who originally finished in second place, is now the official winner – his first win since Iowa in 2022.

Officials determined that all three cars used the “Push to Pass” system on race starts and restarts, which is not allowed under Rule 14.19.16 of the IndyCar Series rulebook. Investigation showed that Newgarden’s No. 2 and McLaughlin’s No. 3 gained a competitive advantage with the violation, whereas Power did not, resulting in the 2022 champion keeping his position.

Team Penske president Tim Cindric responded, saying it was a mistake related to recent hybrid testing, and that the team will not appeal:

Statement from Team Penske President, Tim Cindric, on penalties resulting from St. Petersburg Grand Prix:

— Team Penske (@Team_Penske) April 24, 2024

In the top five, O’Ward and Power are joined by Colton Herta, Alex Palou, and Felix Rosenqvist. Newgarden, who previously led the championship standings, is now in 11th with McLaughlin down in 29th. Scott Dixon, who won in Long Beach, now leads the standings, followed by Herta, Palou, O’Ward, and Power.

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Scuderia Ferrari and HP announce a title sponsorship

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Ferrari and HP Inc. have forged a momentous, multi-year title partnership, uniting two of the world’s most renowned companies. This collaboration signifies a shared dedication to propel sustainable innovation and expedite purposeful technology across the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team, the Scuderia Ferrari Esports team, and the Scuderia Ferrari Driver Academy. 

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In addition, the HP logo will debut on the Maranello F1 cars ahead of the Miami Grand Prix, scheduled for May 3-5, when the team will start competing as Scuderia Ferrari HP. The Scuderia Ferrari Esports team and the Scuderia Ferrari car driven by Maya Weug in the all-female F1 Academy series, launched in 2023, will also race using the new moniker. 

Uniting heritage and purpose for a more significant impact

Ferrari and HP are committed to accelerating sustainable innovation through technology or sport. The companies will also collaborate to expand educational initiatives within their teams and communities and create a lasting impact for future generations.

Powering the teams through technology

As a vital aspect of this alliance, integrating HP’s cutting-edge products and services, such as adaptive PCs and devices, conferencing technology, and printing capabilities, will empower Scuderia Ferrari HP and the other racing teams of the Prancing Horse. This integration will supercharge training precision and optimize strategic decision-making on and off the track.

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The Streamliner Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton Alpine Limited Edition

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H. Moser & Cie. presents the Streamliner Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton Alpine Limited Edition, the first fruit of its collaboration with Alpine Motorsports. For this timepiece symbolising the union between the two brands, H. Moser & Cie. wanted to create a design attuned to the aesthetic tastes of the stable’s F1 drivers and endurance racing team: fine engineering visible from every angle, a bold character, a touch of colour, and a comfortable strap which fits all wrists and is made from rubber for guaranteed durability. The result is a roaring success: an entirely chiselled three-dimensional sculptural watch which looks spectacular and is perfect for everyday wear thanks to its balanced proportions and 12 ATM water resistance.

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H. Moser & Cie. chose its flagship Streamliner collection for the first model in its partnership with Alpine Motorsport. It is a very fitting choice if you think of the high-speed trains that inspired both the name and the curves of this line. And, for the occasion, the Manufacture has removed all superfluous material, creating a fully skeletonised version that enables the movement to be admired from every angle. Embodying precision and exceptional engineering, the Streamliner Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton Alpine Limited Edition is an ode to transparency and three-dimensionality. At the heart of this timepiece is a one-minute flying tourbillon fitted with a cylindrical hairspring at 6 o’clock, showcasing the expertise of H. Moser & Cie.’s sister company, Precision Engineering AG. Invented in the 18th century, the cylindrical hairspring rises perpendicularly around the upper stem of the balance spindle. A frequent feature of marine chronometers at the time, it offered the advantage of being developed concentrically. The cylindrical hairspring – fitted with two Breguet overcoils attached at two points – reduces the friction of the pivots and improves the isochronism properties, all the more so if the hairspring is combined with a tourbillon, as is the case here. Nowadays, the cylindrical hairspring is challenging to produce because it requires expertise that has been lost. Each cylindrical hairspring is shaped by hand, which takes ten times as long as a traditional hairspring. H. Moser & Cie. loves to play with contrasts, and here, the brand has enjoyed combining traditional expertise with an ultra-modern watch.

At noon, the skeletonised main dial is topped with a slightly translucent domed dial, following the curve of the sapphire crystal and sporting the signature blue colour of H. Moser & Cie. and Alpine Motorsports in a bright and distinctive shade thanks to the clarity of the synthetic spinel used. Synthetic spinel is very high quality and difficult to machine, bringing intensity and added value to the watch. The Streamliner Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton Alpine Limited Edition is designed for discerning connoisseurs, thanks to its timeless elegance and understated sophistication. With no logo, it features only a discreet engraving of the brand names on the reverse side, underlining its exclusivity and pure minimalist look. The indices feature Super- Luminova®, while the inserts which top the hour and minute hands are made in Globolight®, guaranteeing perfect legibility even at night. As for the strap, H. Moser & Cie. has opted for a blue moulded rubber strap, which imitates the texture of a textile strap, prioritising comfort without compromising sophistication.

The automatic calibre HMC 811 is fully skeletonised on both the front and reverse sides, where a sizeable openworked gold rotor can be seen oscillating. The beauty of this movement is further enhanced by the lightness of the flying tourbillon, which twirls gracefully under the sapphire crystal.

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Kamui Kobayashi: “Our car was not the fastest this week but the team performed so well.”

Team principal and driver of the #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing car, Kamui Kobayashi has paid tribute to the superb effort that was put in by the whole team to secure victory in the Hypercar class at the 6 Hours of Imola. After a tough race full of twists and turns, the #7 car triumphed in the second round of the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), propelling the drivers to 2nd in the championship and Toyota to second in the manufacturers’ championship.

“It was a very tough race and to win here is absolutely phenomenal. Our car was not the fastest this week but the team performed so well” Kobayashi admitted. He paid tribute to his fellow drivers, Mike Conway and Nyck de Vries for getting them into contention from qualifying in 6th. “There was big pressure from the start of my stint; I was in the lead on slick tyres in the rain. We made the right call to switch tyres and build a gap, then we kept good pace on the wet tyres.“

The winning #7 Toyota pushed all the way by the 2nd place #6 Porsche Penske Motorsport. Credit: Toyota Gazoo Racing

Not only did the rain cause strategy headaches, so too did the fuel levels come the final stages of the race. “We were not sure about fuel so we started to save energy and I gave everything, it was very tough” explained Kobayashi. He was being hunted down by the very rapid #6 Porsche Penske Motorsport car while trying to save fuel simultaneously. Ever humble, Kobayashi played down his part in the victory, saying “the team did a great effort in terms of strategy and that gave us the chance to fight for the win. Thanks to the everyone for their fantastic work here.”

Kobayashi gets ready for his race winning stint. Credit: Julien Delfosse / DPPI

Mike Conway, driver of the #7 car for the opening stint of the race, was quick to praise his teammate. “It was really tense all the way to the end” the British driver said. “Kamui did a great job at the end to stay ahead whilst saving energy. As always the pressure doesn’t affect him; I think my heart rate in the garage was higher than his in the car!“

Reflecting on his own performance, Conway said “at the start I stayed out of trouble and tried to move forwards. I had a lot of fun and I enjoyed my first time racing here.” He also praised the team, saying “the crew did a great job in the pits and the strategy couldn’t have been any better. Congratulations to the whole team and everyone at Toyota.“

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F1: Ferrari and HP confirm partnership

Ferrari and HP have confirmed a multi-year title partnership, with the technology giant's logo appearing on the cars from next weekend in Miami.

F1: "If they want blood, I'm ready," says Mario Andretti

1979 world champion, and arguably one of the finest drivers to grace motorsport, Mario Andretti is incensed at the sport's attitude towards his son's proposed F1 team.

F1: Ferrari set to announce new title sponsor

Ferrari looks set to announce a title sponsor for 2025, the first time the Maranello outfit has sported a title sponsor since 2021.

Roboze and Visa Cash App F1 Team sign a partnership agreement

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Visa Cash App RB Formula One Team is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking technical partnership with Roboze, the global leader in 3D printing of high-performance composite materials. This collaboration aims to revolutionize the production of end-use parts for our single-seaters, offering unique benefits such as weight reduction and creating parts with previously impossible geometries with other techniques.

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Visa Cash App RB, a renowned name in the Formula 1 World Championship, is proud to announce a strategic technical partnership with Roboze, the Italian company that is a global leader in high-performance 3D printing of composites. This collaboration signifies a new era in using advanced materials to produce critical components for racing vehicles, leveraging Roboze’s unmatched expertise in the field.

Visa Cash App RB has already been implementing and integrating Roboze technology in developing its single-seaters for several months and will continue to use it throughout the season. The goal is to produce parts that are impossible to make with other production methods due to incredibly complex geometries, made possible by the Italian company’s additive manufacturing technique for composites. This technique also aims to replace metal parts to reduce weight.

The primary objective of this partnership is to develop and implement ultralight yet incredibly durable components. These components, designed to maximize the performance of the single-seaters, will be made possible through the innovative use of advanced composite materials. Among the various products offered by Roboze, Carbon PEEK, a material based on a super polymer loaded with carbon fibres, has been selected for its superior thermal and mechanical resistance characteristics. This choice will enable the Visa Cash App RB F1 team to achieve significant weight reductions, improvements in aerodynamic efficiency, and an increase in the cars’ structural strength, thereby enhancing their performance on the track.

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FLEX SHOW AIKAWA Racing returning to Asia Cross Country Rally in 2024

After last racing before COVID-19, Show Aikawa‘s FLEX SHOW AIKAWA Racing will make their return to the Asia Cross Country Rally in August. The team will field a Toyota Land Cruiser 150 Prado for himself and Masato Kawabata with Daychapong Toicharoen as co-driver.

Kawabata and Toicharoen currently compete in D1 Grand Prix, the former a three-time champion with titles in 2007, 2013, and 2015. Toicharoen hails from Thailand, where the AXCR takes place, but is fluent in Japanese. In 2023, Kawabata finished ninth in the top-level D1GP standings while Toicharoen raced a part-time schedule.

In 2019, Kawabata finished second overall in his AXCR début. AIKAWA Racing first appeared at the rally the year prior, finishing sixteenth with Aikawa, Kinya Miyamoto, and Takahiro Yasui.

Although they did not return to the AXCR after the onset of the pandemic, Aikawa kept the programme alive by competing in the XCR Sprint Cup and Rally Hokkaido, both of which Kawabata won in 2023. Aikawa himself also runs rallies in a Toyota Yaris from Toyota Gazoo Racing. Due to timing, the team will not be able to defend their Rally Hokkaido win, though Aikawa plans to field a second car in the future.

“It’s our first Asia Cross Country Rally in five years, so both Kawabata and I are very excited and looking forward to it,” said Aikawa. “We believe that we will make up for the humiliation of 2019 and win our class.”

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Santag Racing partners with GRallyTeam

Santag Racing has joined forces with GRallyTeam for the 2024 FIA European Baja Cup and Portuguese Cross-Country Championship, fielding the OT3 car in the Challenger class for Armindo Araújo and João Dias.

Founded in 2021, Santag Racing previously competed with a Can-Am Maverick in both the Challenger (T3) and SSV (T4) categories. They are the reigning European Baja Cup team champion, ironically beating GRallyTeam by ten points, while Dias won the T3 title over GRallyTeam’s Ghislain de Mévius in a tiebreaker. Santag also claimed the 2023 CPTT T4 championship with Rui Farinha.

As part of their new partnership, Santag will be the exclusive distributor for the OT3 on the Iberian Peninsula. The alliance comes weeks after the team entered the World Rally-Raid Championship‘s BP Ultimate Rally-Raid in Portugal and Spain: Dias and his Maverick led the Challenger overall early on before a burst gas pipe relegated him to eighth; Araújo finished second, losing by less than eight minutes.

With their successes in Europe, Santag plans to enter the Dakar Rally in 2025.

“These cars are highly competitive, bearing the hallmark of GRallyTeam, which continues to invest in the quality, evolution, and development of the OT3,” commented Santag manager David Vieira. “It provides us with promising indicators and expands our offerings to customers, solidifying our position and growth in this sport in both Portugal and Spain.”

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2025 KTM 450 Rally Replica revealed

The KTM 450 Rally Replica has received a facelift for 2025, which the manufacturer deemed its biggest since 2020 as changes are intended to make it closer resemble the factory counterpart used by those in the World Rally-Raid Championship‘s top-level RallyGP.

The 450cc fuel-injection engine is modelled after the one used in KTM’s motocross and enduro bikes and features a new single overhead camshaft. To improve its cooling, a second radiator has been added. The clutch and gearbox are also stronger to protect them from damage.

The frame, a departure from the steel trellis frame, is supported by a new aluminum swing arm to reduce weight while maintaining stiffness.

In total, the bike can carry 34.5 litres of fuel. A sixteen-litre fuel tank is situated at the back while nine- and 9.5-litre tanks are at the front, each of which have a fuel pump that the rider can operate independently.

The dashboard is lighter with more warning lights and an LED headlight system to help riders in dawn and at night. KTM regards the changes as “a major styling update, with a sharper, more aggressive profile.”

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Jose Ignacio Cornejo joins Hero MotoSports

A month after parting with Monster Energy Honda Rally Team, José Ignacio Cornejo has signed with Hero MotoSports for the rest of the 2024 World Rally-Raid Championship.

“I’m really excited to join Hero MotoSports, a team that’s making the waves for all the right reasons,” commented Cornejo. “I’ve known the team for years, and they’re all good friends from the circuit. I’m sure it will be great fun to embark on a journey with some of the best riders in rally raid, and create greater success stories for the team. In the past few years, Hero has shown exceptional growth, and I know the journey is only upwards from here.”

The Chilean raced for Honda from the 2018 Dakar Rally through the 2024 edition, finishing sixth in his final start with them in January with a career-best three stage wins. He ended his Honda tenure with ten total Dakar stage wins and a best finish of fourth in 2020, along with back-to-back sixths in the W2RC RallyGP points.

Honda skipped the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in February, and Cornejo left the team the following month. Without Cornejo or Dakar winner Ricky Brabec due to sponsorship obligations, Honda entered the recently concluded BP Ultimate Rally-Raid with just four riders but won anyway courtesy of Tosha Schareina ahead of Cornejo’s new team-mate Sebastian Bühler.

Cornejo joins Hero at an opportune time as the team is enjoying their best season to date so far. Although he did not win, Bühler’s runner-up in Portugal is the highest W2RC finish of his career. Ross Branch, Hero’s other full-time rider, currently leads the championship with a pair of seconds at Dakar and Abu Dhabi. Aaron Marè scored the marque’s maiden W2RC victory in Abu Dhabi as a substitute rider for Bühler. After three rounds, Hero leads Honda by three points in the manufacturer’s standings.

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F1: Mercedes cannot depend on season's "bright spots", insists Wolff

As its roller-coaster season continues, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits that his team cannot continue relying on positive signs at certain events.

F1: "We made too many mistakes," admits Vasseur

So competitive are the teams behind Red Bull that Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur admits that even the tiniest difference means going from hero to zero.

F1: Sport targets new points system

Not for the first time, the sport is looking to change the points system in a bid to generate greater interest for fans and greater incentive for teams and drivers.

F1: Horner defends Verstappen dominance

Christian Horner has leapt to the defence of Max Verstappen following criticism of the Dutchman's dominance of the sport.

Shinya Fujiwara planning Dakar Rally debut in 2026

Shinya Fujiwara knows how to navigate obstacle courses on a motorcycle, but will now see if he can transfer those skills to the Saudi desert. At a press conference in Nagoya on Monday, he announced his goals of entering the Dakar Rally in 2026.

As he has no prior rally raid experience, he will run the Rallye du Maroc in October and the Africa Eco Race in January 2025 to get accustomed to the discipline. The former, held in Morocco, is the final round of the World Rally-Raid Championship while the AER follows the Dakar’s original route from Europe to Senegal. The Rallye du Maroc is on the Road to Dakar, a programme in which the best finisher who has never competed in the Dakar earns free registration.

“It has always been my dream to participate in the Dakar Rally. As the song by Mr. Children goes, ‘I feel great when I climb progressively higher walls,'” said Fujiwara. The song he quotes is “Owarinaki Tabi” (“Endless Journey”), one of the most popular works from the Japanese rock band. “By taking on a big challenge, I want to show the pride of being a Japanese person to the world.”

Nicknamed “Bussashi-sensei”, Fujiwara won the 2014 All-Japan Trial Championship in the International A category. He also competes in hard enduro events, winning the All Japan Hard Enduro Championship‘s selection tournament in 2021 and 2022, and contesting the legendary Red Bull Erzbergrodeo; he finished eighty-second overall at the latest edition in 2023. Fujiwara will return to the Erzbergrodeo in June before beginning his rally training.

Born on 6 January 1990 in Hyōgo Prefecture, he began riding when he was seven years old.

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Glickenhaus 008 Hydrogen Fuel Cell aims to run the “first zero emission Baja 1000” in 2024

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus hopes to be the first team to complete the daunting Baja 1000 with zero emissions, and plan to do so with the SCG 008 Hydrogen Fuel Cell (HFC) car.

Introduced in 2022, the SCG 008’s standard ICE form is a kit car (meaning it ships with most components but customers must acquire others like the engine themselves) that combines elements of the SCG Boot with the 004 sports car. The 004 has been used by the team in endurance races like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, while the Boot—based on Steve McQueen’s car of the same name that raced in the 1960s—won Class 2 at the 2019 and 2020 Baja 1000s with Sonora Rally director Darren Skilton as driver.

Team owner Jim Glickenhaus described the 008 as being like a rallycross or rally raid version of the 004. Indeed, the design of the 008 is modelled after the 004 and both are three-seater vehicles with the driver’s seat in the centre. Otherwise, the 008’s bodywork is made from fibreglass rather than carbon fibre. It also uses a carbon steel chassis with independent rear suspension.

The HFC version will use 700-psi hydrogen tanks that can be swapped out within a “few minutes”, with an intended range of roughly 150 miles in the desert.

“We hope to prove that this can be done safely with quick safe refueling,” wrote Glickenhaus. “We are also developing a HFC pick up truck. We are also working on viable refueling stations and viable remote refueling solutions.

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2024 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix Highlights

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Max Verstappen converted pole position into victory in a 2024 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix full of incidents and overtakes, leading home McLaren’s Lando Norris and Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez to make four wins from five races this season.

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Verstappen led the vast majority of a strategic encounter at the Shanghai International Circuit that featured a Virtual Safety Car and two full Safety Car periods, the Dutchman keeping his cool at the front as the drama unfolded behind him.

2024 Formula 1 Chinese GP
2024 Formula 1 Chinese GP
2024 Formula 1 Chinese GP
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F1: Chinese Grand Prix in Words, Stats and Pictures

Everything you need to know about the Lenovo Chinese Grand Prix... all the details, stats, pictures and quotes.