Horner: Don’t expect Vettel to repeat Singapore pace

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Christian Horner may have called Sebastian Vettel’s dominance of the Singapore Grand Prix “one of his best” performances in Formula One, but the Red Bull team principal has said that he is not expecting a repeat of this form at the Korean Grand Prix next weekend.

The German driver won the race by over thirty seconds, lapping over two seconds per lap quicker than the rest of the field in places. However, speaking to Autosport, Horner said that he is not expecting a similar display.

“There were times last weekend when Sebastian was two seconds quicker than the rest of the field, but I think it was due to unique circumstances,” Horner said. “It was a circuit he was completely on top of and the setup of the car was working well. It was man and machine working at the top of their game.”

Despite boasting good records at both circuits, Horner believes that Vettel will be in for a stiffer challenge at the next two races in Korea and Japan.

“The next challenges we have in Korea and Japan are quite a bit different in characteristics. I’m hopeful that we can be strong at those venues, but we can’t take anything for granted as Mercedes have been strong at different points of the year and Alonso keeps turning up. He’s always there.”

Vettel has won the last two races in Korea and three of the last four Japanese Grands Prix, making him an early favorite to win both events. Having won the last three races in 2013, the German driver will be hoping to seal a fourth world championship as early as possible by winning the next two events.

Penske, DXC Technology continue on Pagenaud’s IndyCar

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Team Penske and DXC Technology will renew their partnership for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. DXC joined Penske in 2017, serving as a primary sponsor for six races on Simon Pagenaud’s No. 1 Team Penske Chevrolet.

In re-upping with Penske, DXC will again adorn Pagenaud’s entry – switching back to the No. 22 in 2018, with teammate Josef Newgarden carrying the champion’s No. 1 – for six races, the first being the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April.

“Team Penske is excited to grow the partnership with DXC Technology for 2018,” said team owner Roger Penske via a release. “This is a technology-dependent sport and we were able to integrate DXC into our INDYCAR program this season and we will be ready to take our performance, and hopefully our results, to the next level with them in 2018.”

Pagenaud echoed Penske’s sentiments, adding that team and sponsor share a common philosophy that drives them forward. ““I enjoyed working with DXC Technology and representing their brand this past season. DXC Technology shares a similar philosophy with us at Team Penske, which is to strive for excellence. We are very proud to work together relentlessly toward further limits in our respective industries. We were excited to get a win with them in Sonoma and everyone at Team Penske wants to build on that as we welcome them back for 2018.”

DXC president, chairman, and CEO Mike Lawrie also highlighted Penske’s reputation as a point of interest to continue their partnership.

“Our partnership with Team Penske provides a great opportunity for DXC Technology,” said Lawrie. “Performance and reputation make Team Penske the type of organization with which we want to align. Like us, they strive for excellence in everything they do and work diligently to provide value for both sides of the relationship.”

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The DXC partnership extension is one of several Team Penske has announced in recent weeks, which are as follows on the IndyCar program:

  • REV Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands serving the commercial, fire and emergency and recreational markets, will continue as a full-season associate sponsor on the No. 1 of Josef Newgarden and the No. 3 of Helio Castroneves during the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 during the month of May.
  • Fitzgerald Glider Kits, North America’s leading truck glider kit assembler, will also continue as an associate sponsor with a presence on Newgarden’s No. 1 Chevrolet throughout next season.
  • Miller Lite, Discount Tire, Alliance Truck Parts, Wurth Group and Auto Club of Southern California and AAA have extended with Team Penske’s NASCAR programs.

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