Keselowski, Biffle back on track after early wreck (VIDEO)

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Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle have both returned to the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway after being caught in a multi-car incident that brought out the red flag at Lap 49.

Keselowski was running tenth at that point when Kurt Busch moved from the apron to the banked tri-oval, sliding into Keselowski and spinning him out. The No. 2 Penske Racing Ford skidded along before sliding up the track in Turn 1, where it was hit from behind by Greg Biffle in the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.

Keselowski and Biffle were running 36th and 38th respectively at Lap 200 of today’s race, each of them more than 100 laps down. On Lap 182, Keselowski was hit with a speeding penalty on pit road, adding to his trying day at a track where he won one year ago.

Before returning to action, Keselowski said he was trying to be “patient” leading up to the wreck with Biffle.

“We were trying to get patient, because it looked like we will get the whole race in before rain and there is no reason to drive like an animal,” he said. “Apparently, I am the only one that got that memo. It is one of those deals.”

Kurt Busch apologized for triggering the incident, but while Keselowski felt there was no malice on the Furniture Row Racing driver’s part, he believed there was no reason for him to be on the apron in the first place.

“I am still wrecked, so I don’t know,” Keselowski responded when asked about whether or not the apology affected his view on the matter. “He is smarter than that. He knows better than that.”

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi ‘the last race with good-looking cars’ in F1

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Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.

Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.

Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.

“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.

“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.

“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.

“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”