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Jul 31

Wolff Impressed By Hamilton’s Performance

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Mercedes motor sport chief Toto Wolff says that Lewis Hamilton’s winning drive in Hungary was ‘mind blowing’ – an opinion reflecting how the team was as surprised as anyone else that the Brit was able to score such an impressive victory on a day when tire problems had been anticipated.

“It was a fantastic drive,” Wolff told SPEED.com. “The team worked so hard from Friday onwards on the long runs, setting the car up for the long runs, and anticipating the heat. I guess this all came together.

“Lewis’ drive was for me mind blowing – down the inside, round the outside of people. Obviously, we were also lucky with the strategy when Jenson (Button) slipped in front of Vettel. But you have to take these days. A brilliant drive, a great car, brilliant work from the team, and this is the result.”

Wolff conceded that, like Hamilton himself, he had been pessimistic about prospects for the race.

Jul 31

Ricciardo Confirms Wide Hips For 2014 Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo (pictured) is the odds-on favorite to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull next year. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo (pictured) is the odds-on favorite to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull next year. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo has confirmed reports he would be a tight squeeze at the wheel of Red Bull’s 2014 Formula One car.

The Australian, the hot favorite to replace his countryman Mark Webber at the World Champion team, hit a snag this week when he had a seat-fitting in the cockpit of the 2014-spec RB10.

Jul 30

Wing Damage Spoiled My Race, Says Massa

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 28:  Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari drives during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at Hungaroring on July 28, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary.  (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)

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Felipe Massa endured a difficult afternoon in Hungary after damaging his front wing on Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes on the first lap.

The Brazilian eventually finished eighth, and was clearly very frustrated by his afternoon.

“It was a difficult race for us, and for me especially,” said Massa. “I lost a part of my front wing in the first lap, and I’m sure that was a big problem for my car. I lost the balance, more understeer, more oversteer, using the tires a bit more than I was supposed to because of that. I’m sure that was a big problem for me.

Jul 30

No Indian GP In 2014, Says Ecclestone

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Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that there will be no Indian GP in 2014, but he says that the race will return the following season.

Ecclestone wants to move the race to earlier in the season – in effect freeing up a slot for the Russian GP – but has agreed with promoter Jaypee that it would make no sense to have two races in six months.

Jul 30

2014 Arenacross Schedule Announced

Photo Credit: Kawasaki Racing

Photo Credit: Kawasaki Racing

Feld Motor Sports® announced the schedule for the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross. The 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross season kicks off on Friday, January 3, with two nights of racing from Worcester, Mass., and the DCU Center. From there, the championship travels throughout the country, across 11 additional states before crowning a 2014 champion. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, August 9. Cross Club® Members, Inside Dirt Subscribers and past AMSOIL Arenacross ticket purchasers will be able to capitalize on an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets starting Tuesday, July 30. For more information and to become a Cross Club member for free, visit http://www.arenacross.com/CrossClub/.

The 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross season is highlighted by visits to every time zone in the U.S., from the shores of Massachusetts to the golden state of California. In addition to familiar stops like Baltimore and Tulsa, Okla., the championship will also make its first visits to cities like Nampa, Idaho, and Hidalgo, Texas, as well as some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations like Reno, Nev., Albuquerque, N.M., and Salt Lake City.