Mercedes expect to get back on terms with Red Bull

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Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff believes the team will fare better after moving on from the low-downforce tracks of Spa and Monza.

The team have lost ground in the championship since Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Ferrari overtook them in the constructors’ title race at Monza.

“This weekend’s race in Singapore begins a gruelling series of seven races in ten weekends for the team and we are all focused on regaining some of the momentum we lost at the past two races,” said Wolff.

“We expect the return to maximum downforce configuration to suit our car and we may see another shift in the competitive order between the teams.”

The Italian Grand Prix was the first race since Malaysia not to feature a Mercedes on the front row of the grid. The team have upgrades planned for this weekend as they seek to restore their advantage:

“We will bring new developments to the car once again for this race,” said Wolff, “we are all focused on maximizing the opportunities for both Lewis [Hamilton] and Nico [Rosberg], in order to re-establish ourselves in second position in the constructors’ standings.”

Mercedes are three points behind Ferrari and 107 behind Red Bull.

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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