Hulkenberg: No hard feelings over Ferrari deal

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Nico Hulkenberg has said that there are no hard feelings between him and Ferrari despite missing out on the seat at the team for the second year in a row.

The German driver was closely linked with Felipe Massa’s seat in 2012, but Ferrari opted to retain the Brazilian driver for the current season. However, the decision to drop Massa for 2014 appears to have been taken around the time of the British Grand Prix, with Hulkenberg having a Ferrari contract on the table only for the team to sign Kimi Raikkonen once the Finn’s talks with Red Bull had broken down. Despite the situation, Hulkenberg does not feel bitter.

“I think the relationship [with Ferrari] is as good and as positive as before,” he explained in Thursday’s press conference ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. “I think there has maybe been some misunderstanding and that story has been blown up by the media. I read that too but no, I don’t feel that.”

Hulkenberg was also quick to deny reports that he had been informed of Ferrari’s decision by text message, and he is refusing to dwell on the entire matter.

“There’s no point now to think about that too much,” he said. “That’s history now. I have to look forward and move on.”

Following Raikkonen’s move to Ferrari, Hulkenberg is now being linked with the Finn’s vacant seat at Lotus.

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.