Ex-F1 driver Timo Glock trolls Brazilian rival with #17 DTM car

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Earlier this week, we reported how German F1 fans were making the most of a €77 price cut in tickets for next weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim after the race organizers offered a €11 discount for every goal that the team scored.

Germany’s 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup came as a shock to the footballing world, but a number of German drivers are also making the most of the success to tease their Brazilian rivals.

Former F1 driver Timo Glock is now racing in the German DTM series with car #17, so why not make the most of the 7-1 win by placing a Brazilian and German flag on either side?

Fellow BMW racer Augusto Farfus was the target of his mockery, but he was a good sport and even donned a pair of German sunglasses for this picture.

Sebastian Vettel also spoke about the victory at Silverstone, saying: “Obviously very proud of how they played and of the result. Obviously it was more dominant than everyone was expected, but for the final, whoever we meet, it will be tight so as a fan I’m cheering and rooting for Germany!”.

Let’s just hope for Glock’s sake that Neuer and co. can find a way past Argentina on Sunday night…

Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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