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Blaney on Newman wreck: “I was trying to push him to the win”

Blaney on Newman wreck: "I was trying to push him to the win"Ryan Newman is in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries following a violent airborne crash on the final lap of Monday's Daytona 500. Newman had taken the lead of the 500 at the white flag with a push from fellow Ford driver Ryan Blaney. The race had gone into Double Overtime after numerous incidents late in the race. Blaney then got a shove from defending race winner Denny Hamlin, allowing him to get a strong run on Newman coming to the line. Newman was able to block the run coming through the tri-oval, but ended up hooked off the nose of Blaney's No. 12 machine, sending him upside down in a violent crash. Denny Hamlin would win the race in the second-closest finish in 500 history, while Newman was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. The extent of Newman's injuries remain unknown, but a Monday night statement from RFR said he was in "serious condition" but "doctors have indi..

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Aston Martin set to postpone hypercar programme

Aston Martin set to postpone hypercar programmeAston Martin is set to postpone its return to the top flight of the World Endurance Championship with the Valkyrie LM hypercar. The British manufacturer is expected to announce imminently that the project will be delayed for at least one year and that it will not race in the 2020/21 WEC, which kicks off this September at Silverstone. Aston has declined to comment on the potential delay of the racing plans for the Cosworth-engined super-sportscar conceived by Red Bull Racing technical boss Adrian Newey. But it is likely to cite confusion over the future of global sportscar racing in the wake of the announcement last month that the next breed of IMSA SportsCar Championship prototypes will be able to vie with LM Hypercars for outright victory in the WEC from the 2021/22 season. A statement issued by Aston after the news that IMSA and WEC promoter the Automobile Club de l'Ouest had linked up in the creation of the global LMDh platform ..

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Ocon was “destroyed” after year as Mercedes reserve

Ocon was "destroyed" after year as Mercedes reserveRenault Formula 1 newcomer Esteban Ocon said he was "destroyed" after his year as a Mercedes reserve driver in 2019. Ocon, who switched to a Mercedes reserve role after losing his seat at Racing Point, undertook a packed simulator programme and would often have to dash from the factory to the track. Ahead of his return to a full-time race role, Ocon admitted the past year had taken a lot of out of him. "I mean, the season I had was very very demanding," Ocon said. "I was not sleeping for two days [at a time], it was quite crazy - the amount of travel I was doing, and the amount of hours I was doing in the simulator and then travelling to track, doing stuff for Mercedes. They used me well but a lot. "So, I arrived, to be honest, after testing in Abu Dhabi, at my training camp [I was] the lightest I've ever been. I was destroyed basically, from the year." Despite this, Ocon said he is "definitely" arriving into the new season th..

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Kubica first to drive new Alfa Romeo in Barcelona test

Kubica first to drive new Alfa Romeo in Barcelona testRobert Kubica will be the first driver to sample Alfa Romeo's C39 at Barcelona 2020 pre-season Formula 1 testing, which will be the ex-Williams racer's first outing for the team. Kubica was announced as Alfa's reserve F1 driver last month, shortly after he left Williams at the end of the 2019 season. Read Also: Alfa Romeo F1 team rebranded as Kubica joins in reserve role The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner will drive Alfa's 2020 challenger on the first morning of winter testing on Wednesday, before handing over to Antonio Giovinazzi for the afternoon. Kimi Raikkonen will drive the car for the full second day of the opening testing on Thursday, before Giovinazzi takes over again for the final day on Friday. Kubica's commitments as Alfa's reserve driver in 2020 will run alongside his racing deal in the DTM with BMW customer squad ART Grand Prix. His backer – the Polish petrol retailer PKN Orlen – has ..

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Hamlin wins Daytona 500; Newman hospitalized after crash

Hamlin wins Daytona 500; Newman hospitalized after crashDenny Hamlin emerged as a three-time winner of the Daytona 500 as Ryan Newman’s No. 6 Ford flipped on the last lap and ended up on its roof. Hamlin led on the restart to the second overtime and the battle on the final lap ended up involving Newman, Ryan Blaney and Hamlin. Blaney got into Newman, sending him into the wall and into the car and his car was then hit again by Corey LaJoie. Meanwhile, Hamlin drag-raced with Blaney to the finish with Hamlin edging him at the finish line. Safety crews worked to turn Newman’s No. 6 Ford upright and Fox Sports reported that once Newman was extracted from the car, he would immediately be taken to a local hospital. It’s the second consecutive Daytona 500 victory for Hamlin and third overall (his other was in 2016). Blaney ended up second, Chris Buescher was third, David Ragan was fourth and Kevin Harvick credited with fifth. Following the break between Stages 2 and 3, all of the lead-lap..

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Byron exits 500 early: “No reason to be that aggressive”

Byron exits 500 early: "No reason to be that aggressive"William Byron will finish 40th (last place) in the 62nd running of the Daytona 500. Byron, who won his Duel race Thursday and started the event from the outside of the second row, was the first driver to exit the race Monday after it was postponed due to rain. The 22-year-old was making his third appearance in the Daytona 500, having also crashed out last year. On Lap 58 of 200, he connected with the nose of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s machine, sending him spinning through the backstretch grass before slamming the inside wall. He became the first retirement from the race. “Yeah, I don’t know," said Byron when asked what happened. "Obviously, I got hit in the back bumper. I saw a brief replay of it. He (Stenhouse) was kind of moving when he hit me first and so he pushed me left with him. And then he hit me in the center of the left rear and just turned me around. I think it was just enough. The first hit, when he was sliding left..

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Fry says there’s no “low-hanging fruit” at Renault

Fry says there's no "low-hanging fruit" at RenaultRenault technical director Pat Fry says the challenge of turning around fortunes at the French car manufacturer is very different to what he faced at McLaren, because there is not sot much "low-hanging fruit". Fry joined Renault earlier this month from McLaren, where he was praised by the outfit's bosses as having played an instrumental role in getting the Woking-based team back to competitive form. But while Renault has hired him to give it a level of technical leadership that it felt it lacked in the past, Fry has played down talk that he just needs to repeat what he did at McLaren. "I think the challenge is different," he said. "I think McLaren had a few specific problems that were not simple to fix but there were some low-hanging fruit, I guess. "I've only been here for a few days now, so I think that there are lots of things we need to be doing and reviewing. It's too early to see exactly where we are. "Ther..

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Racing Point explains SportPesa deal termination

Racing Point explains SportPesa deal terminationRacing Point CEO and team principal Otmar Szafnauer has explained why SportPesa is no longer the squad's title sponsor, after announcing a new deal with water tech company BWT. SportPesa became Racing Point's title sponsor as part of a "multi-year" arrangement ahead of the 2019 season, but one year later the betting brand is no longer listed as one of the team's partners. Read Also: Racing Point debuts 2020 livery, names BWT as title sponsor The company has recently ended other sports branding deals – including a shirt sponsorship agreement with Premier League football team Everton – and Szafnauer stated that "SportPesa had some difficulties in their home market", which led to the Racing Point title agreement ending. "They still want to be involved but maybe at a different level – not as title [sponsor]," Szafnauer continued to Motorsport.com. "So we're still talking to them and they're friends of the team and ..

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Episode review: Netflix F1 doc retains focus on casual fans

Episode review: Netflix F1 doc retains focus on casual fansAhead of the premiere of the Formula 1: Drive to Survive documentary's second season later this month, our F1 writer Luke Smith recounts his impressions from a sneak preview of two of the season's episodes. One of the starkest differences in Formula 1 pre- and post-Liberty Media’s takeover in 2017 has been its approach to digital media - and there is no greater beacon of that than the Netflix Drive to Survive series. The unprecedented level of behind-the-scenes access to the F1 world made the first season a huge success. It opened the world of grand prix racing up to a wide, youthful audience, converting curious observers into a new fans. And for those already following F1, it shone a light on some of the human storylines away from the track. Drive to Survive returns for a second season on February 28 with another 10 episodes, two of which were previewed by Motorsport.com and other select media at an event in London..

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New Williams has “no fundamental concept changes”

New Williams has "no fundamental concept changes"Williams has decided against any "fundamental concept changes" with its new FW43 Formula 1 car, despite the difficulties it faced last season. The Grove-based outfit is hopeful that its new 2020 car, which was revealed on Monday morning, will help it bounce back from a difficult 2019 campaign where it finished last in the constructors’ championship. But although the FW42 picked up just a single point across 21 races, the outfit says that it has decided not to create a completely different car this season so that it can instead focus more on the areas of the car where there are big performance steps to be found. Doug McKiernan, Williams’ design director, said: “We have paid significant attention to understanding the problem areas of the FW42 and we have carefully chosen parts of the car to develop, those that would give us the most performance for the resources we have. “The main concept behind the FW43 is that it is a continuous devel..

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