Crash puts Gutierrez and Sutil out early in China

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Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil have both endured a disastrous Chinese Grand Prix, with a crash between the two drivers ending their races after just four laps.

Gutierrez had made a fantastic start from 17th on the grid, rising to P12 before the first round of stops. However, when trying to overtake Sutil into the hairpin at turn 14, Gutierrez made a mistake and ran into the back of the Force India.

The Mexican’s car came to a halt in the run off area, requiring waved yellow flags to recover, whilst Sutil managed to get back to the pits. However, his car was beyond repair, and a small fire on the car only added insult to injury for Force India.

Both drivers will be disappointed with the result. Sutil had shown good long-run pace in practice, but this has been wasted due to the incident, whilst Gutierrez could have scored his first points in F1 had he continued to rise through the field.

The FIA will be investigating the incident, and a penalty for the next race may be issued if either driver is found guilty of having caused an accident.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.