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Boullier takes on bigger role in French GP organisation

He originally joined the organisation team last February with the title of strategic sports and operational advisor and ambassador. The news comes in tandem with an updated "mobility plan" intended to address access issues to the venue. "Since 2019 the French Grand Prix team has already benefited greatly from Eric Boullier's advice and expertise," said the event's president Christian Estrosi. "Eric had already participated in the working group for the
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Razgatloglu edges Redding in Portimao WSBK test

After the first two-day test of the year at Jerez, most of the 2020 WSBK grid descended on the Portugal WSBK round venue of Portimao for two further days of running on Sunday and Monday. WSBK rookie Scott Redding led Sunday’s times aboard his factory Ducati, after setting a 1m41.179s on a qualifying tyre run towards the end of the day – a feature of WSBK the reigning British Superbike
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Gaughan to end career with four-race schedule in 2020

2020 will be Brendan Gaughan's final season as a NASCAR Cup Series driver, returning for four races in the No. 62 Beard Motorsports Chevrolet. His 63rd career start will come in next month's Daytona 500 before returning for the spring and fall Talladega races, as well as the series' second visit to Daytona in August. The car will be backed by Oil Distributing/South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro. Additionally, Gaughan’s City
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Renault firms up role and start date for Fry

Fry will replace former chassis technical director Nick Chester, who announced his exit from the team after 19 years at the end of 2019. Fry has had spells at Benetton, Ferrari, Manor and McLaren, whom he rejoined as engineering director in 2018 in a temporary role while the team waited for James Key's arrival. He left McLaren during the 2019 season but remained under contract with the Woking-based team, and
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Solberg gets Skoda support for WRC3 campaign

The 18-year-old son of 2003 World Rally champion Petter will make his first appearance in a Skoda next month in Sweden, with details of his programme yet to be confirmed. He will also continue to drive his Volkswagen Polo on selected rallies, having done so in last weekend's Rally Monte Carlo - although he was not registered to score points. "It's a fantastic honour and a really huge honour for
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Breen replaces Loeb in Hyundai’s WRC line-up for Sweden

Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle, who accompanied him during his part-time schedule with Hyundai last year, will line up alongside the team's two full-time drivers, reigning champion Ott Tanak and Monte Carlo Rally winner Thierry Neuville. Though he'd showed solid speed in his two WRC outings with the Korean manufacturer in 2019, Breen was not named as part of Hyundai's plans for the 2020 season, though the possibility of a
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Petrucci reveals late-2019 crisis of confidence

Petrucci earned a place at the works Ducati squad alongside Andrea Dovizioso for 2019, and secured a contract renewal early on after a run of three podiums – including a maiden victory at Mugello – between the French and Catalan Grands Prix. However, his form dramatically tailed off in the second half of the year, and he didn’t score another top-five finish following a fourth at the Sachensring prior to
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Haas can avoid “big negative spiral” like Williams, McLaren

Though Magnussen's sole F1 podium so far came with McLaren in Australia in 2014, this owed much to engine supplier Mercedes' initial dominance in the hybrid era - and the Woking-based team would only return to the rostrum five years later, with the intervening seasons proving very tough. And while McLaren now seems on the way up, its fellow former top F1 outfit Williams has slumped to the very bottom
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Gasly felt he had to disprove ‘bullshit’ claims about driving

The Frenchman endured a difficult start to 2019 with Red Bull, when his struggle to get on the pace of teammate Max Verstappen prompted his bosses to swap him with Toro Rosso's Alex Albon. While some suggested that could be the end of Gasly's F1 career, he responded in brilliant fashion – and famously beat Lewis Hamilton to grab a podium finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Reflecting on how
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Busch enjoys Rolex 24 debut, but “too soon” to speak of return

Reigning NASCAR Cup champion Busch finished ninth in the GTD class in an AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3, but the team was never a factor in the battle at the front of the 18-car field. He completed four driving stints for more than six hours behind the wheel in total, but brake issues delayed the car he shared with Jack Hawksworth, Parker Chase and Michael de Quesada. “There