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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.

NHRA: New book a celebration of life, love and drag racing

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The overpowering smell from nitromethane that powers Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars in the National Hot Rod Association oftentimes brings fans to tears after getting a whiff of the stuff.

Now there’s a new inspirational book that will also bring tears to the eyes of die-hard drag racing fans.

Veteran crew chief Jim Oberhofer has released “Top Fuel For Life, Life Lessons From A Crew Chief,” a touching homage to both his late wife and persevering and overcoming adversity in the highly competitive world of NHRA drag racing.

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Oberhofer wears a number of hats as vice president of one of the sport’s most veteran and successful teams, Kalitta Motorsports, including serving as crew chief for Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta’s dragster.

Oberhofer relates a number of stories about overcoming adversity in the book, but none more touching than how he watched his beloved wife “Tammy O” lose a long and painful battle to stage 4 metastatic lung cancer.

While Oberhofer has spent his life using wrenches and tools working on 10,000-horsepower engines, his new book shows that he is also a very gifted writer.

Known in the sport as “Jim O,” Oberhofer describes the fight his wife went through in gritty and descriptive prose, but with a foundation built upon what the love of his life meant to him – and continues to mean to him more than two years since she passed away.

“When you take a long hard look at your life, I guarantee you that being a winner has little to do with crossing the finish line,” Oberhofer said. “After many mistakes and a whole lot of heartache, I learned that happiness comes from a deeper, simpler place. That’s the big win.”

“Top Fuel For Life” is available on Amazon for $19.95.

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Report: Ecclestone believes F1 could be sold by year’s end

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.

Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.

“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”

Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.

But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.

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