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Oct 11

F1: Stewards Hit Williams Team With Massive Fine

Pastor Maldonado drives during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado drives during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams has been fined €60,000 (approximately $81,300) by the FIA Stewards for failing to properly secure the left rear wheel that became detached from Pastor Maldonado’s car during first practice in Japan.

The stewards noted that “this is regarded as a serious safety issue” and have paid extra attention to the securing of wheels since Mark Webber’s incident in Germany.

The wheel fell off at Turn 13 on the Venezuelan’s third consecutive fast lap, and bounced harmlessly into a gravel trap as the car spun around.

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Oct 11

MotoGP: Injured Crutchlow Overcomes Pain To Start Strong

Cal Crutchlow of Great Britain and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rounds the bend during the MotoGP Of Malaysia - Free Practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cal Crutchlow of Great Britain and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rounds the bend during the MotoGP Of Malaysia – Free Practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow made a good start to the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Friday, setting the third fastest time on the opening day of practice.

Sixth fastest in typically hot and humid conditions in Friday morning’s opening 45-minute session, Crutchlow was almost a second faster in FP2 to surge up the rankings into the top three behind Spanish duo Dani Pedrosa and World Championship leader Marc Marquez.

Oct 11

MotoGP: Hayden In Shock Over Aprilia Turmoil

Nicky Hayden's MotoGP future may be in doubt after a shakeup at Aprilia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden’s MotoGP future may be in doubt after a shakeup at Aprilia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Shocked American rider Nicky Hayden has had his plans to race an Aprilia in next year’s MotoGP world championship turned upside down and he may now make a surprise switch to Honda.

The uncertainty has been created by the sudden defection of acclaimed Aprilia race boss Gigi Dall’Igna to Ducati who are desperate to arrest their sad decline.

Ducati only announced the poaching of Dall’Igna yesterday.

Hayden was close to inking his Aprilia deal following a visit to their factory last month and a positive meeting with Dall’Igna.

Oct 11

F1: Raikkonen Upbeat On Suzuka Prospects

Kimi Raikkonen chats with media members. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen chats with media members. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen had an encouraging Friday in Suzuka – despite ending Free Practice Two beached in a gravel trap after a high-speed spin at the Dunlop Curve.

Raikkonen, who crashed on Friday in Korea, had already set the time that secured him fourth place in the session, some 0.350s off pacesetter Sebastian Vettel.

“It’s been better, or more my liking here, at least today, than it’s been the last few races,” he said. “Especially in one lap, so that’s a good thing. Obviously, tomorrow is a new day and it might be a completely different story. But not too bad.”

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