Young go-kart racer shows what true racing and determination is all about

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The Internet is like coming to a strange five-way intersection that you’ve never seen before. No matter which way you decide to go, you’re bound to find something new and different.

So as we were looking for something else, we stumbled upon this video of 7-year-old go-kart racer Ryan Rifredi in a race from December at the Blue Max Kart Club in Davis, Calif., and it really struck a chord with us.

This is a real day brightener sure to put a smile on the face of even the most cynical race fan.

This is also what true, unadulterated racing is all about. No worrying about sponsors or looking good on TV, young Ryan shows he has the spirit and heart of a future NASCAR or IndyCar driver.

Shortly after spinning out and then catching up to his rival, Rifredi gets off the pace, prompting him to scream in frustration, “Oooh, I want him dead (around :54).”

But after he recovers, the even more determined Rifredi goes into a chant of sorts, saying “I’ve got him, I’ve got him” that practically wills himself forward.

Sure enough, Rifredi finally catches and passes his opponent, and motors on to the checkered flag.

We’d love to hear somebody like Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick or maybe even Tony Stewart take a page from Ryan and start chanting as they try to overtake a rival heading into the final lap of a race, “I’ve got him, I’ve got him” — and then, like Ryan, indeed getting past their rival. That would be great to hear over the team radio, don’t you think?

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Mercedes power: Hamilton, Bottas fastest during 1st French GP practice

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LE CASTELLET, France (AP) — Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas posted the top two times during the opening practice for Formula One’s French Grand Prix on Friday.

Defending champion Hamilton clocked the best lap time at 0.140 seconds faster than Bottas.

Red Bulls’ Daniel Ricciardo had the third best effort, followed by Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel leads Hamilton by one point atop the standings after seven of 21 races.

The session had one red flag near the end when Marcus Ericsson spun out of control and slammed into the barrier on Turn 11. The right rear of his Sauber burst into flame before the Swede got out. Sauber said he was unharmed.

Hamilton also had a scare when forced to swerve off course to avoid ramming a slow-going Stoffel Vandoorne and slalomed around two rows of bollards before returning to the flow. Hamilton said on his team radio the McLaren driver was going “dangerously slow” when he came upon him.

Later, Hamilton complained his Mercedes was having trouble turning. After coming back out, the four-time world champion quickly went to the top of the timesheet.

This was the first chance drivers had to run on the 5.8-kilometer (3.6-mile) Paul Ricard Circuit, as F1 makes its return to France for the first time in a decade.

The track resting in wooded hills just inland from the Cote d’Azur was basked in the Mediterranean sun and subject to moments of gusting winds.

Raikkonen, Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso), Esteban Ocon (Force India) and Vandoorne all spun their cars onto the blue-striped run-off areas at Turn Six because of a tricky tailwind but managed to stop before hitting the barrier.

Charles Leclerc (Sauber) twice spun to a brief stop, while Max Verstappen drove wide on consecutive corners and had a near-miss with Sergio Perez of Force India.

Vettel took the lead in the standings two weeks ago in Montreal where he won the Canadian GP after starting from pole position. That victory erased a 14-point lead held by Hamilton after he could manage only a fifth-place finish.

There will be two more practices on Friday and on Saturday before qualifying for Sunday’s race.

The last time a F1 race was held here at Le Castellet was in 1990 when Alain Prost won for Ferrari.