UPDATE: Ferrari fined €15,000 for Alonso’s misuse of DRS


Ferrari have been fined €15,000 after Fernando Alonso appeared to use DRS despite being more than one second behind the car ahead on more than one occasion.

DRS (Drag Reduction System) works by a slot in the rear wing popping open when the driver is less than one second behind the car ahead in an attempt to invoke more overtaking into the sport. However, it appears that Alonso may have somehow used the system despite being outside of this window.

A statement from the FIA technical delegate reads:

“After the race DRS activation data from car number 03 [Alonso] were analysed. It was found that the driver has activated the adjustable bodywork in three occasions when he was more than one second behind another car.

“As this is not in conformity with article 27.5 b) of the 2013 Formula One Sporting Regulations I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”

Eventually, the stewards opted not to penalize Alonso himself and handed Ferrari a €15,000 fine.

This follows the stewards’ decision to penalize Romain Grosjean for exceeding track limits when overtaking Felipe Massa during the race today.

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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