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Jorge Lorenzo: F1 and MotoGP can learn from each other

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Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo believes that the premier class of motorcycle racing is currently the “greatest show in motorsport”, but can still learn plenty from Formula 1.

Lorenzo has raced in MotoGP since 2008, claiming titles in 2010, 2012 and 2015 with Yamaha, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of his generation.

The Spaniard got the chance to test an F1 car with Mercedes earlier this year, completing running with the 2014 W05 Hybrid at Silverstone.

Speaking to crash.net, Lorenzo expressed his belief that MotoGP and F1 can learn from each other to become better series.

“F1 can learn from MotoGP on the track and MotoGP can learn from F1 off the track. That’s the simple way to define it,” Lorenzo said.

“I think MotoGP is the greatest show in motorsport at this moment. It is much more spectacular and much more fun than Formula 1.

“But the F1 paddock is very smart, and there are not so many people and this is much better for the drivers. They can walk freely in the paddock.

“I cannot go like before in the [MotoGP] paddock because there are so many people. I have to jump from my pit box to the motorhome.

“I cannot spend any minutes in the paddock because it is impossible. You cannot make one metre without taking a picture with a fan.

“The F1 teams are also more professional with the sponsors. The sponsors are also different, they are a higher profile than MotoGP.

“So as I said, in my opinion, Formula 1 has to learn from MotoGP on the track, and MotoGP from F1 off the track.”

Lorenzo will enter 2017 chasing a fourth MotoGP title with new team Ducati, having announced his move away from Yamaha mid-way through last season.

The Spaniard’s place with the Japanese manufacturer will be taken by Maverick Vinales, who teams up with nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi for 2017.

The new MotoGP season is due to begin in Qatar on March 26.

Hamilton, Red Bull teammates both go to NASA before USGP

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One of the more intriguing United States Grand Prix adventures occurred on Wednesday, as both Lewis Hamilton and the pair of Red Bull Racing teammates, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, all went to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston – in separate sessions – before heading onto Austin.

Hamilton posted on his Instagram story on Wednesday that he’d “quit his day job in a second” to work at NASA and become an astronaut, and the unbridled enthusiasm spoke to the three-time Formula 1 World Champion’s love of different life aspects entirely outside of racing.

“(I) had an incredible day yesterday, having a bit of a comedown today,” Hamilton said today at the FIA Press Conference. “I was just buzzed all day yesterday because it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do. It’s always something I’ve been fascinated about, space and space travel particularly.

“So to actually go there… and I had a million questions. I’m sure the guy got fed up with me. I asked a lot of questions and I got to see a lot of great things, some of the new technology they are working on and yeah, I want to go back.”

The Mercedes AMG Petronas team posted a gallery of Hamilton’s adventure on its website, linked here, and a few samples are below.

As for the Red Bull pair, the young duo of Ricciardo and Verstappen were equally awestruck by the experience.

“There really are a lot of similarities between this and F1, just the technology alone,” Ricciardo said. “I had a guest come to a race last year, when they got into the garage they were like: ‘this is like a space station’. We went to mission control here and it’s really like what we have in the Ops Room in Milton Keynes. Even the safety technology is similar. The astronauts go through the same measurements, a similar kind of HANS device etc. It’s really cool.”

Verstappen added, “There are quite a lot of comparisons, if you really want to talk about it we could go on for an hour! The control center looks pretty similar to ours. We share a lot of the same technology. It was really interesting for us to see that and I bet it would be the same if they could see ours.”

Here’s a link to Red Bull’s gallery and some teaser shots below.