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Ferrari takes extra F1 power unit elements for Vettel in Malaysia

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Ferrari has opted to make the most of Sebastian Vettel’s failure to feature in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday by taking fresh power unit elements for its Formula 1 title contender to use.

An issue in final practice at Sepang forced Ferrari to fit its fourth and final engine of the year to Vettel’s car ahead of qualifying, only for a problem with the turbocharger to sideline him once again.

Already resigned to starting last in Malaysia, Ferrari took the opportunity to claim three new power unit elements for Vettel, with the usual 20-place grid penalty having no effect on his starting position.

Ferrari’s move was confirmed by the FIA ahead of the race after a request was filed with the stewards on Saturday night to take a new internal combustion engine, turbocharger and MGU-H.

The decision means Vettel has these additional power unit elements to use between now and the end of the season, easing concerns about a possible grid penalty during the height of his title fight with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

The damage may already have been done, though. With Hamilton starting on pole in Malaysia, Vettel is facing the prospect of the 28-point deficit growing significantly on Sunday.

The Malaysian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 2am on Sunday.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)