F1 is no longer racing, fumes Mateschitz

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Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz reiterated his unhappiness with the current generation of tires after the Spanish Grand Prix.

Following the race, which saw most driver make four pit stops and a total of 77 take place, Mateschitz told Autosport: “Everyone knows what happens here. This has nothing to do with racing anymore. This is a competition in tire management.

“There is no more real qualifying and fighting for the pole, as everyone is just saving tires for the race,” he added.

“If we would make the best of our car we would have to stop eight or ten times during a race, depending on the track.”

Red Bull have been the most vocal critics of the current tire compounds. Mateschitz has complained about them before and team principal Christian Horner said after the race that four pit stops was too many.

“We’re not going the pace of the car, we’re going the pace of the tires,” said Sebastian Vettel after finishing fourth in yesterday’s race.

Following Red Bull’s earlier criticisms Pirelli revised the hard tire compound for yesterday race, bringing a more durable version closer to the kind used last year.

Formula One’s official tire supplier has already said it does not wish to see four pit stops per race and will revise its tires in time for the British Grand Prix.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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