Ferrari’s miserable Malaysian Grand Prix weekend as Kimi Raikkonen failed to start the race after an issue emerged on his car en route to the grid, further denting its Formula 1 title hopes.
After seeing lead driver Sebastian Vettel fail to take part in qualifying after two engine issues on Saturday, Ferrari’s hopes of victory in Malaysia rested largely on Raikkonen, who was set to start second.
However, the Finn reported a loss of power on his way to the grid in the lead-up to lights out, saying the battery was “empty”.
Ferrari confirmed the issue and tried to resolve the problem on the grid before wheeling Raikkonen back to the pits, pushing to try and get it fixed in time for the start of the race.
Their efforts proved fruitless, with Raikkonen eventually being declared as the first retirement from the race, harming Ferrari’s hopes of stopping Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton extending their points lead.
The Malaysian Grand Prix is currently live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app.
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)