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Jul 19

F1: Rosberg On Pole For Home Race As Hamilton Crashes Out

Nico Rosberg captured his fifth pole of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg captured his fifth pole of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the German Grand Prix as Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed out in Saturday’s qualifying session and will start 15th on the grid.

Rosberg completed the fastest lap on the Hockenheimring in 1 minute, 16.540 seconds in the third part of the session for what was also the weekend’s fastest time.

“Home race, to be on pole is fantastic,” the German said. “Of course I would have preferred it was an open fight with Lewis. I was a little less happy as a result (of Hamilton’s crash) because Lewis didn’t have a shot at it in the end but all in all, yeah, a fantastic day up to now.”

Jul 18

F1: Raikkonen Outpaces Ferrari Teammate On Friday At German GP

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest on Friday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest on Friday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari made a solid start to the German GP weekend as Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest in second practice, while teammate Fernando Alonso was ninth.

Like the other teams Ferrari had to adjust to running without its FRIC system.

“Unfortunately in the morning, because of a technical problem, I had to come back to the garage and was unable to do an additional run on the soft tires,” said Raikkonen. ”But thanks to a great job from the team, I managed to quickly get back out on track.

Jul 18

IndyCar Preview: Title Contenders Head To Toronto For Final Doubleheader

Helio Castroneves (3) holds the championship lead heading into Toronto. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Helio Castroneves (3) holds the championship lead heading into Toronto. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

As the Verizon IndyCar Series roars into Canada for the final doubleheader of the season – the Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O. – Helio Castroneves enters Saturday’s 85-lap, 149.74-mile contest with a nine-point lead over teammate Will Power. Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won last week at Iowa, is just 32 points behind.

There are 100 points available in the two combined races this weekend so the IndyCar points race can undergo another dramatic transformation on the slick and tight street course that invites contact like a hockey game.

Jul 18

Test Drive: 2015 Chrysler 200 Raises The Bar With All-New Midsize Sedan

The Chrysler 200S is the sport version of the all-new midsize sedan. (Photo: Chrysler)

The Chrysler 200S is the sport version of the all-new midsize sedan. (Photo: Chrysler)

The 2011 Super Bowl commercial that introduced the new Chrysler 200 was remarkable, with exquisitely photographed scenes of Detroit and rap superstar Eminem boasting, “This is the Motor City and this is what we do.”

But the Chrysler 200 turned to be a lot less than remarkable, basically a warmed-over Sebring that was far behind the curve in the high-stakes midsize-car segment, which made the meaningful ad about Chrysler’s rebirth seem like so much hype.

This time, they got it right. The completely redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 is everything that the previous model was supposed to be, and it finally gives the renamed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles something to compete with the Camrys, Accords and Fusions of the world.

Jul 18

F1: Renault Making Progress On 2015 Engine Package, Says Abiteboul

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul (left) and Remi Taffin, Head of Track Operations at Renault (right), walk in the paddock ahead of the British Grand Prix. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul (left) and Remi Taffin, Head of Track Operations at Renault (right), walk in the paddock ahead of the British Grand Prix. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

New Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says that the French company is well advanced with the 2015 version of its power unit, which like those of the other manufacturers has had to be developed in line with the FIA’s homologation rules.

“The engine world is not exactly the same as the chassis world,” he said on Friday. “In the sense that with the homologation you are not free to develop the engine, and therefore what we can do this year is fairly limited. What we need to focus on right now is to get reliability sorted out, because clearly what we are delivering on track is not acceptable for some of our customers. We need to fix that, clearly; this is for this season and see what can be done from a performance perspective.

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