Bottas hopes Mercedes can recover time after “not ideal” start

Bottas was handed the first run-out in Mercedes’ new W12 car on Friday morning, but was limited to just six laps through the early session after a gearshift issue forced the team into a gearbox change.
Teammate Lewis Hamilton took over in the car for the afternoon, but managed just 42 laps as he struggled in low-grip conditions following a sandstorm, going off-track a number of times.
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Husband and wife to compete in Truck race at Bristol Dirt Track

Friesen, 37, is in his fifth season running fulltime in the Truck Series with his Halmar Friesen Racing and for the organization’s first time, it will field a second Truck entry for the March 27 Pinty’s Truck Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, which has transformed its concrete surface to dirt.
HFR announced this week that joining Friesen in the race will be his wife, Jessica, who has …Keep reading

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“Very happy” Verstappen downplays Red Bull’s pace

Verstappen closed out the first of three days of pre-season testing with both the quickest time and the most laps completed, racking up more than two race distances in the RB16B.
The session marked the first extensive run-out for the RB16B, as well as its first public sighting after Red Bull kept it hidden following a filming day at Silverstone earlier this month.
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Vettel: More to come after “tricky” first F1 test day

Vettel made his official Aston Martin debut on Friday morning in the Mercedes-powered AMR21, setting 51 laps at the Bahrain International Circuit before handing over the car to team-mate Lance Stroll after lunch time.
Vettel’s fastest lap of 1m33.742s was three seconds slower than Max Verstappen’s leading time in the Red Bull, but the German says the windy and dusty conditions in Bahrain made …Keep reading

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Qatar MotoGP test: Petrucci tops final day ruined by high winds

High winds around the Losail International Circuit had blown a lot of sand from the surrounding Qatar desert onto the track, with no one bothering to post a lap time in the opening hour of running.
Petrucci ventured out in the second hour on his KTM, but only did two laps, the fastest of which – a 2m01.308s – around eight seconds off the outright test best set by Ducati’s Jack Miller on …Keep reading

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