Provisional grid for the German Grand Prix

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Following an intense qualifying session at the Nurburgring yesterday, a period of relative clam came over the paddock on Saturday evening with just one change being made to the grid this morning.

Both Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg failed to set a time in Q3, allowing them a free choice of tire for the race later today. The top eight will start on the tire that they qualified on, with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa opting for the prime (medium) tire. Otherwise, the frontrunners will all start on options.

The cars knocked out in Q1 and Q2 also get a free choice of starting tire.

Changes made to grid from qualifying

  • Charles Pic has received a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Provisional grid for the German Grand Prix

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
3 Mark Webber Red Bull
4 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus
6 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
9 Jenson Button McLaren
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
12 Paul di Resta Force India
13 Sergio Perez McLaren
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
15 Adrian Sutil Force India
16 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham
21 Max Chilton Marussia
22 Charles Pic Caterham

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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