Mercedes finance chief joins F1 board

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Bodo Uebber has joined Formula One’s management board, bringing to an end the dispute between Daimler and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Uebber is the finance chief at Daimler, the company which owns Mercedes. As reported by the Daily Telegraph, this move sees the German marque gain a good deal of control within Formula One. Ecclestone himself is a member for the board, as is Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, and this has given the Italian team a great deal of influence on the sport in recent years. However, Mercedes may now also enjoy a similar sort of control over the future of Formula One thanks to this move.

The dispute between Ecclestone and Daimler spurned out of a bribery allegation made back in 2012. However, the Telegraph reports that Niki Lauda’s role at Mercedes has played a big role in ending the dispute and securing Uebber a place on Formula One’s board.

Mercedes is chasing its first win of the season at today’s Spanish Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg starting from pole position and Lewis Hamilton starting P2. The team has surpassed its own expectations so far in 2013, but a win is crucial if they are to affirm themselves as championship contenders.

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.