Bianchi hoping to bounce back in Hungary

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Jules Bianchi is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing weekend at the Nurburgring by finishing strongly at the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend.

The Marussia driver retired from the race in Germany due to a large engine fire before his stranded car rolled downhill back onto the track, requiring a safety car period to ensure a safe recovery of the MR-02. However, the Frenchman has higher hopes for the race at the Hungaroring.

“Spending Friday afternoon in the car at Silverstone highlighted how much I’ve missed the racing since Germany, so I’m looking forward to Hungary before we have the long summer break,” Bianchi said in a statement from Marussia. “The first part of the season has passed by so quickly and I think it is important that we have a stronger weekend in Budapest, so everyone stays focused on what we need to do during the second half.”

Despite the break being unpopular with fans, it does give teams a chance to recuperate and prepare for the second half of the season.

“Everyone deserves a good long rest as a reward for the all the hard work, but then we have to continue pushing hard to ensure we achieve our objectives for the season,” Bianchi said.

Marussia currently occupy 10th place in the constructors’ championship, just ahead of closest rivals Caterham.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.