Report: Marussia looking to debut new car at Jerez

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With Max Chilton officially confirmed for another year at Marussia, last year’s 10th-place constructor is now focusing its attentions on getting its 2014 challenger ready to go for preseason testing.

Graeme Lowdon, the team’s sporting director, has told British F1 broadcaster Sky Sports that the team is on course to debut its new car for drivers Chilton and Jules Bianchi during the first preseason sessions later this month at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

“Every team is working towards [running in Jerez] – testing time in Formula 1 is incredibly limited, so if it is there and you can use it, you want to use it,” Lowdon told Sky’s William Esler.

“That said, there are a thousand tiny components that can stop you or slow you. But hopefully we will be there, that is what we are hoping for.”

Marussia’s driver continuity remains intact – in fact, it’s one of just two F1 squads so far that have retained a 2013 driver pairing for this season – but with revamped technical regulations and their own switch to Ferrari power, there’s still plenty of new things to work through for the Banbury squad.

However, Lowdon is optimistic that Marussia will push further ahead and that they’ll benefit especially from the Ferrari partnership – saying to Sky that while the new V-6 turbo power units are a “big challenge” to handle, the team is “relishing it as we are going in there with a very strong partner.”

Recapping the proper Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel rivalry (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).

However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.

However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.

Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.

 

Take a look behind the scenes of Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 qualifying runs (VIDEO)

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In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth. 

Simulator ride tells what Fernando Alonso can expect in Indianapolis 500 (VIDEO)

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On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).

Check out the above video.  

Legendary announcer Ken Squier gets you ready for Sunday’s big day of racing (VIDEO)

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Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.

Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).