James Hinchcliffe says he’s good with Ryan Hunter-Reay after Long Beach crash

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It sounds like Andretti Autosport teammates James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay are fine and good with each other after a multi-car incident that involved the pair during last Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The Lap 54 incident started with Ryan Hunter-Reay going for the lead against Josef Newgarden in Turn 4, and ended with not only both of them in the wall, but also Hinchcliffe and several other drivers collected in the aftermath.

Hunter-Reay’s gamble didn’t sit too well with Hinchcliffe, who was clearly frustrated afterwards. The Canadian dubbed Hunter-Reay’s attempt to pass Newgarden a “rookie move” and also said that “patience is a virtue and someone wasn’t very virtuous today.”

But according to Curt Cavin of The Indianapolis Star, Hinchcliffe said that he and Hunter-Reay were “already joking about” the Long Beach incident and that Hunter-Reay didn’t seem to take his criticism personally.

“He ruined my race; I could have said a lot worse,” he told Cavin this afternoon.

Hunter-Reay later tweeted Sunday night that he would take the blame for the crash, which he called a “split second decision that backfired.”

The crash also left Hinchcliffe with an apparently injured wrist. When he was interviewed post-crash, he said nothing was broken and he’s now told Cavin that he has no trouble with it.

Hunter-Reay and Hinchcliffe will both look for better days next weekend at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park (Sun., Apr. 27, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra). Hunter-Reay is the defending champion of the race.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”