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19 race calendar confirmed for 2013

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Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, has today confirmed the final calendar for the 2013 season.

Questions still hung over a twentieth race joining the calendar, with the FIA detailing that there would be “another European round” on 21st July. Many expected this race to be held at Istanbul Park for the Turkish Grand Prix, and the Red Bull Ring in Austria was also rumored to be interested in hosting the race. However, a deal has not been reached, resulting in a nineteen race season.

A planned race in New Jersey was also initially on the calendar, but the organizers decided to focus on hosting the race in 2014.

The new calendar also confirms that the German Grand Prix will be held at the Nurburgring following lengthy contract negotiations. The historic circuit will continue to alternate with Hockenheim in hosting the race.

Due to the omission of the twentieth race, the calendar does feature a seven week spell between the German and Belgian Grands Prix which is filled by just one race. The summer break will therefore feel longer than ever in 2013.

2013 Formula One Calendar

17th March – Melbourne, Australia
24th March – Sepang, Malaysia
14th April – Shanghai, China
21st April – Sakhir, Bahrain
12th May – Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
26th May – Monaco
9th June – Montreal, Canada
30th June – Silverstone, Britain
7th July – Nurburgring, Germany
28th July – Hungaroring, Hungary
25th August – Spa Francorchamps, Belgium
8th September – Monza, Italy
22nd September – Marina Bay, Singapore
6th October – Yeongam, Korea
13th October – Suzuka, Japan
27th October – Buddh International Circuit, India
3rd November – Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
17th November – Austin, United States
24th November – Interlagos, Brazil

IndyCar 2015 Driver Review: Ryan Briscoe

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MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

  • 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
  • 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish

For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.

Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.

The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.

Race Recap: Hamilton closes on third title at Russia (VIDEO)

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Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.

View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.