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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)

(pictured) is the odds-on favorite to replace at next year. (Photo: Getty Images)

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

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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)

Photo Credit: Vladimir Rys/Getty Images

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.

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Jul 30

No Indian GP In 2014, Says Ecclestone

F1 Grand Prix Of India - Practice

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has confirmed that there will be no 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.

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Jul 30

2014 Arenacross Schedule Announced

Photo Credit: Kawasaki Racing

Photo Credit: Kawasaki Racing

Feld Motor Sports® announced the schedule for the 2014 Arenacross, featuring ’s Road to . The 2014 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 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.

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Jul 30

Red Bull Wants Best Driver Line Up, Says Horner

RedBull's team principal Christian Horner sits in the pits during the third practice session at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest on July 27, 2013 ahead of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.    AFP PHOTO / FERENC ISZA        (Photo credit should read FERENC ISZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo Credit: Ferenc Isza/Getty Images

Team boss says that has to put together the best possible package when it finally decides on a replacement for .

While he admires , Horner is clearly keen to have an established top name, while others in the camp are supportive of the Toro Rosso driver.

Horner says that the team is not under pressure to promote a Red Bull protégé, despite Toro Rosso’s obvious role as a training ground.

“I think Daniel considering the equipment at his disposal has done a very good job,” said Horner. “Which is why we were keen to have a look at him at Silverstone, and he acquitted himself very well there – he couldn’t have done any more to be honest.

“I think the situation that we’re in is that we want to run the strongest team. We’re a team that’s won the World Championship the last three years, and we want to make sure that we are in a position to compete and fight for the World Championship in future years.

“There has never been any pressure that we must take a junior driver. It’s a matter of fielding the best team at the end of the day. Of course the junior drivers are under consideration, but there’s not a prerequisite that it has to be a junior driver for next year.

“You always want to put the strongest drivers in the cars that you possibly can. Mark leaves some big shoes to be filled.”

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