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Magnussen downbeat after poor qualifying display

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McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen has made no secret of his annoyance after qualifying down in 15th place for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix.

The Danish driver, who is currently taking part in his debut season in Formula 1, made a great start to the year in Australia by finishing second. However, since then, he has scored just two points, having struggled for pace in Malaysia and retired from the Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks ago.

If he had any hopes of scoring some more points in China this weekend, they have been dealt a huge blow after he failed to get to grips with the wet conditions on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m pretty disappointed to have qualified 15th,” Magnussen said. “It’s not great.

“I don’t really know what happened, we had issues with overall grip. I’m not sure if it was the tires not being in the correct working temperature range.”

Despite this result, Magnussen is confident that the position is not representative of both his and McLaren’s potential, and he believes that with some work the team can understand what caused such a poor performance.

“We’ll go back and look at things,” he said. “I believe we’re better than 15th, so we clearly didn’t get everything right today. Still, we’re not fast enough and we need to find more speed.

“The team is doing a good job of improving things, but it just takes time. These things aren’t fixed overnight, but I have faith in the team.

“We’ll get there. We’ll see what we can do in the race tomorrow.”

Jenson Button also endured a difficult Saturday in Shanghai, qualifying down in 12th position. McLaren will be hoping that – with a slice of luck and perhaps some dry running – a good haul of points is still possible tomorrow.

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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