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Apr 18

Maldonado and Gutierrez disagree on severity of Bahrain penalty

Pastor Maldonado believes the new shape of the F1 nose is to blame for Gutierrez flipping. (Photo: Marwan Naamani/Getty Images)

(L) ran into the back of (R) while the former was leaving pit road in Bahrain. (Photo: Marwan Naamani/Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado has hit out at the new ‘penalty points’ system that could see him having to serve a race ban later in 2014.

After just the opening three grands prix of the season, the Venezuelan already has three ‘demerit points’ against his F1 super license.

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Apr 18

New LMP1s Debut in FIA WEC at Silverstone

FIA WEC Prologue at Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur, France, on March 28 2014. (Photo: FIA WEC)

Prologue at Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, Provence-Alpes-Cote-d’Azur, France, on March 28 2014. (Photo: )

A new era of sports car racing begins this weekend at Silverstone, as the ACO’s much-anticipated 2014 LMP1 regulations debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The game-changing set of technical rules sees the premier prototype class now not only measured by speed, but also efficiency, with each car limited to a specified fuel allocation. It marks as much as a 30 percent reduction in consumption from last year.

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Apr 18

Recap: Suzuki tests MotoGP bike in Austin

The Suzuki MotoGP team will join the series full-time in 2015. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

The team will join the series full-time in 2015. (Photo courtesy .com)

The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team spent its time at the Circuit of the Americas this week, with , Nobuatsu Aoki and 1993 World Champion Kevin Schwantz turning laps on the Austin circuit.

Suzuki will return to competing full-time in MotoGP in 2015.

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Apr 18

Ferrari finds some pace in China

Ferrari sits fifth in the constructors' standings entering the Chinese GP. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

sits fifth in the constructors’ standings entering the . (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

topped FP1 and was second to Lewis Hamilton in FP2 in China today as Ferrari showed a marked improvement in form.

While the car’s ultimate lap time may have been flattered by the team’s chosen fuel load, there were nevertheless genuine signs of an upturn.

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Apr 18

Maldonado crashes entering pit road

Pastor Maldonado climbs out of the cockpit after his accident Friday morning. (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

climbs out of the cockpit after his accident Friday morning. (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado’s accident-prone season continued in China today when the driver crashed in the pit entry road.

Maldonado repeated a mistake seen in the past when he ran wide at the tight left-hander and understeered off the road into the tire wall. Earlier he had an off-track moment when he appeared to be distracted while making an adjustment on the steering wheel.

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