Vettel renews contract with Red Bull through 2015

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Sebastian Vettel’s assault on the Formula One record books with Red Bull Racing will continue through at least 2015, the team announced Tuesday.

Vettel, who has three wins in the opening seven rounds of the 2013 season as he seeks his fourth consecutive World Championship, has signed a two-year extension to remain at the Milton Keynes-based squad. Contract details were not disclosed.

All bar one of his victories have come with Red Bull since he was promoted to the team from Scuderia Toro Rosso ahead of the 2009 season. He was second in that year’s World Championship to Jenson Button and has maintained the No. 1 position since.

Thus far, he has won 29 Grands Prix with 51 podiums and 39 pole positions. Fernando Alonso leads all active drivers with 32 wins, good for fourth all-time. It is not inconceivable that Vettel could pass that number later this year to move behind just Michael Schumacher (91), Alain Prost (51) and Ayrton Senna (41) in the all-time wins category.

Surely, he seems primed to it with Red Bull, where he could climb as high as second behind Schumacher. The question now for 2014 is who his teammate will be, with Mark Webber more than likely out the door at year’s end.

Recapping the proper Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel rivalry (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).

However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.

However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.

Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.

 

Take a look behind the scenes of Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 qualifying runs (VIDEO)

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In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth. 

Simulator ride tells what Fernando Alonso can expect in Indianapolis 500 (VIDEO)

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On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).

Check out the above video.  

Legendary announcer Ken Squier gets you ready for Sunday’s big day of racing (VIDEO)

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Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.

Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).