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Aug 23

Symonds Focusing On Processes At Williams

 Pat Symonds, now with Williams. (Photo: Getty Images)

, now with . (Photo: Getty Images)

 New Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds enjoyed his first day of track action with his new employer at today, as he begins the process of trying to help the team get back on track.

He says his priority is to look at how the organization operates.

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Aug 23

What To Watch: Racing Television Schedule

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Saturday, August 24th

6:00p- Lucas Oil | Lake Elisnore National ()

 

Sunday, August 25th

7:00a- World Championship | ()

7:30a- | Belgium

11:00a- Lucas Oil Off Road Racing | Salt Lake City (FOX Sports 1)

12:00p- Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt | Wheatland (FOX Sports 1)

1:00p- NASCAR K&N Pro Series | Iowa (FOX Sports 1)

3:00p- Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge | Kansas (FOX Sports 1)

4:00p- | Sonoma

(All Times Eastern)

 

CLICK HERE for a full NASCAR television schedule.

CLICK HERE to find FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 on your television.

 

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Aug 23

Ducati Warning: No More Friendly Fire

ASSEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 29:   Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Marlboro Team leads Nicky Hayden of USA and Ducati Marlboro Team during the MotoGP race during the MotoGp Of Holland - Race at TT Circuit Assen on June 29, 2013 in Assen, Netherlands.

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management has moved quickly to diffuse tensions between factory riders and following their dramatic last corner collision in the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

In advance of this Sunday’s at Brno the Desmosedici teammates have been warned that Ducati does not want to see a repeat of the friendly fire.

The bump and grind on the final lap of last Sunday’s race at the Brickyard allowed Yamaha rider Bradley Smith to sneak through into eighth place, dropping Hayden to ninth and Dovizioso 10th.

A similar incident occurred in the Dutch TT at in June.

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Aug 23

Alonso Only Seventh But Still Optimistic

Fernando Alonso prepares to get on track in Belgium. (Photo: Getty Images)

prepares to get on track in Belgium. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso was in a positive mood after free practice in Friday, despite ending the day a modest seventh.

However, headline times don’t always tell the full story, and the Spaniard insisted that made progress.

“This was a good day, even if in the morning we, and in fact everyone, lost time because of the rain, and so in the afternoon we found ourselves facing double the workload,” he said. “Before drawing any conclusions, we need to wait for the analysis of the data acquired this afternoon from both cars. Felipe (Massa, teammate) and I tried different aero configurations, with more and less downforce, which will be the real key to this race, along with the weather.

“In terms of today’s times, we have got closer to the favorites, but I’m not sure which weather forecast I would prefer. It’s true that in the rain, the cards on the table can be shuffled up, but in the wet there are as many chances to benefit as there are to lose.”

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Aug 23

Pirelli Blames ‘External Forces’ For Punctures

Pirelli has come under fire this year. (Photo: Getty Images)

has come under fire this year. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pirelli is investigating the causes of right-rear punctures that afflicted Sebastian Vettel and in FP2, and also a series of cuts seen on other tires.

Pirelli’s believes that something on the track was the likely cause in most cases, while also suggesting that a piece of debris was responsible for the Vettel problem.

Inevitably, given the events of Silverstone and the high-speed nature of , teams and drivers are looking for some reassurances from Pirelli.

“It looks on the Red Bull as if something has been rubbing on the surface and then cut straight through the surface,” said Hembery. “And on the there are two quite clear holes through the top of the tread. We’ve got to go and look at the track later and see what’s been turns 13 and 15.

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