Horner: Don’t expect Vettel to repeat Singapore pace

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Christian Horner may have called Sebastian Vettel’s dominance of the Singapore Grand Prix “one of his best” performances in Formula One, but the Red Bull team principal has said that he is not expecting a repeat of this form at the Korean Grand Prix next weekend.

The German driver won the race by over thirty seconds, lapping over two seconds per lap quicker than the rest of the field in places. However, speaking to Autosport, Horner said that he is not expecting a similar display.

“There were times last weekend when Sebastian was two seconds quicker than the rest of the field, but I think it was due to unique circumstances,” Horner said. “It was a circuit he was completely on top of and the setup of the car was working well. It was man and machine working at the top of their game.”

Despite boasting good records at both circuits, Horner believes that Vettel will be in for a stiffer challenge at the next two races in Korea and Japan.

“The next challenges we have in Korea and Japan are quite a bit different in characteristics. I’m hopeful that we can be strong at those venues, but we can’t take anything for granted as Mercedes have been strong at different points of the year and Alonso keeps turning up. He’s always there.”

Vettel has won the last two races in Korea and three of the last four Japanese Grands Prix, making him an early favorite to win both events. Having won the last three races in 2013, the German driver will be hoping to seal a fourth world championship as early as possible by winning the next two events.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 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.