Hill: Hamilton could be impossible to beat

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1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill believes that Lewis Hamilton might already be on track to win his second championship after making a scintillating start to the 2014 season.

Hamilton took the lead of the drivers’ championship following last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, where he claimed his fourth straight win. The Briton appears to be in a good place both on and off track, and Hill believes that he might already be unbeatable.

“Up until this season, it always looked like Lewis’s focus could go at any time,” he told journalists at Silverstone yesterday. “He now seems to have the demeanour of someone who is totally content.

“He is so focused on the job, I think he will be almost impossible to beat.”

Hill was at Silverstone yesterday at the first in a series of events celebrating the 50th British Grand Prix to be held at the circuit in Northamptonshire, where was reunited with his title-winning Williams FW18 car. He went on to speak about the history and heritage of the race, which has been held every year since the beginning of the world championship in 1950.

“It’s great to be back here and reunited with the car that I won the World Championship in in 1996,” Hill said. “I’d like to think that winning the British Grand Prix is great for any driver, but particularly if you’re a British driver, there’s nothing like it.

“It is one of the biggest events of all the grands prix we go to. There’s such a massive crowd, and to get all that satisfaction and give people satisfaction with a victory at your home grand prix, you just can’t beat it.”

When Hamilton won the world championship in 2008, he became the first British driver since Hill to do so. Now, if Hill’s judgement that he is unbeatable turns out to be true, the Mercedes driver could be set to join the likes of Fernando Alonso, Jim Clark and Graham Hill – Damon’s father – on two world titles.

This year also marks 50 years since the first British Grand Prix was held at Brands Hatch. The Kent circuit shared the hosting rights with Silverstone between 1964 and 1986, but has not hosted a grand prix since.

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.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

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.