Auto/Moto Formula 1

Honda facing “very complicated” Red Bull penalty call

Honda has already brought two engine upgrades during the 2019 season, which its aggressive development programme presenting the opportunity to introduce a third update the next time it gives Red Bull and Toro Rosso fresh engines. The Japanese manufacturer’s Spec 3 engine made its debut in the French Grand Prix and has completed five races. With power-sensitive races coming up at the Belgian and Italian GPs, followed by one of
Auto/Moto Nascar

‘Amazing’ pit call helps Suarez move into playoff contention

Some smart stage racing strategy and a gritty eighth-place finish in Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway has put Suarez into position to claim one of the 16 berths in the Cup Series playoffs. With two races remaining before the 16-driver field is set, Suarez now owns the last spot, holding a two-point advantage over Clint Bowyer.  Races at Darlington, S.C., and Indianapolis Motor
Auto/Moto Nascar

Emotional DiBenedetto “wanted to win so bad” at Bristol

The Leavine Family Racing driver found out earlier this week that he will be out of a ride at season's end.  After leading final practice and qualifying seventh on the grid, DiBenedetto appeared motivated entering the Bristol Night race. Well he showed just how driven he was during Saturday night's 500-lapper.  He was able to snatch the lead away from Erik Jones on Lap 396 and began to build up
Auto/Moto Nascar

Denny Hamlin runs down Matt DiBenedetto for Bristol win

Hamlin, who started on the pole, got into second with 45 of 500 laps remaining then patiently ran down DiBenedetto, finally passing him with 11 laps to go. DiBenedetto remained close but could not get another chance to pass Hamlin back before the finish. The win is Hamlin’s fourth of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season and second in the last four races. It’s also the 35th victory of his
Auto/Moto Nascar

Pit strategy gives Kurt Busch Stage 2 win over Suarez

A late caution in the 125-lap stage, brought several lead-lap cars down pit road but Kurt Busch remained on the track and held off a fast-approaching Suarez to the claim the stage win. Ryan Newman finished third, Kyle Busch was fourth and William Byron completed the top-five. Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, all of the lead-lap cars elected to pit with Chase Elliott the first off pit
Auto/Moto Formula 1

Kvyat podium a “reward” for Toro Rosso helping Honda

Toro Rosso adopted Honda engines last year after the Japanese company split with McLaren, as Red Bull used its junior team to evaluate a potential Honda partnership for itself.  Honda’s progress with Toro Rosso convinced Red Bull to strike a deal for 2019, and after that was done Toro Rosso was willing to take the hit of more grid drops to encourage Honda to push on with development. Red Bull
Auto/Moto Moto GP

MotoE of interest if we can do it “properly”

The new series got underway at the German Grand Prix in July having been delayed from its original Jerez slot due to a devastating fire wiping out the paddock during a test. Currently, all satellite MotoGP teams and a handful of Moto2 and Moto3 outfits field riders in the series aboard spec Energica Ego machinery, and there are no plans in the near future to open up the series to other
Auto/Moto Formula 1

F1 risked abandoning “every principle of racing” in Austria

Verstappen’s Red Bull team boss Horner believes the 21-year-old’s robust pass on Charles Leclerc for victory at the Red Bull Ring has proven to be a key decision by the FIA stewards.  A lengthy post-race investigation ended with no further action and has been followed up an attitude from officials that Horner believes will encourage harder racing – something F1 personnel and fans have called for to combat too many
Auto/Moto Nascar

Reddick starts last and a lap down, but wins Bristol Xfinity race

Reddick, who was forced to start from the rear of the field and had to serve a pass-through penalty down pit road because his No. 2 Chevrolet failed pre-qualifying inspection four times, had been running down then-leader Justin Allgaier but got an unexpected gift. With nine of 300 laps remaining, Allgaier had a tire go down and had to pull off the track, which allowed Reddick to inherit the lead.