Rare is it the worlds of World Cup football and Formula One intersect, but we have that occasion this week as a result of the German Grand Prix’ organizers plans going to plan as much as the Brazilian football team’s did versus Germany on Tuesday.
The organizers planned an 11 euro discount for each goal the Germans scored against Brazil. Problem was, I doubt they realized that the Germans would come out absolutely on fire in their 7-1 whitewashing (more via ProSoccerTalk, here) of the host country.
So with that result in the books, ticket prices are discounted 77 euros over the next 48 hours. Per Autoweek, that means seats originally priced at e245 ($333.34) and e295 ($401.37) can now be purchased for e168 ($228.58) and e218 ($296.61), respectively. Fans win on that front.
There’s several drivers on the grid that can win too, if the Germans beat the Argentineans in Sunday’s World Cup Final (Argentina won 3-2 in 1986 versus Germany; lost 0-1 to Germany in 1990, via PST).
There’s four Germans on the grid that would have the chance to see their home country win their fourth overall World Cup, and second in all four drivers’ lifetimes.
Adrian Sutil (born 1983), Nico Rosberg (1985), Sebastian Vettel (1987) and Nico Hulkenberg (1987) were all seven years of age or less when Germany took its last World Cup triumph in 1990.
As this is an off weekend for F1, all will have the chance to see the match first-hand.
Argentina, meanwhile, has not been represented on an F1 grid since Gaston Mazzacane’s year-plus stint with Minardi and Prost in 2000 and 2001.
Coming off his best Supercross season to date, Enzo Lopes has re-signed with Muc-Off / ClubMX Yamaha and will race for the team in 2024. The deal is for Supercross only.
Lopes debuted in the Supercross series in 2019 on a Suzuki and scored his first top-10 finishes in his last two starts of that season. Showing consistent improvement, he earned six top-10s in eight Main events the following year and finished fifth in the 250 East standings. In 2022, he scored his first top-five at Daytona and finished in the top five in points again.
“I am happy to be returning to ClubMX for another season,” Lopes said in a press release. “It is like family to me there and that is very important. Although I had many options, staying where I am makes the most sense for many reasons. The bikes are great, the people are great, the tracks are amazing, and I am surrounded by people that care about me. We all want to win and together we will get there.”
While he improved his season-best performance by only one position this year, it was nevertheless a breakout season. Lopes barely missed the podium three times in 2023 with fourth-place finishes at San Diego, Seattle, and Denver.
His strong performance him rumored to be speaking with factory teams.
“We could see the growth from Enzo every time he gets on the bike,” said team owner Brandon Haas. “We all knew it was just a matter of time before he would be noticed by everyone, and we are proud of him on many levels. He had some heat race wins and qualified fastest at three events this season. It would be hard not to be noticed going that fast. He had a big decision to make and we are glad he chose to stay with us at ClubMX.”
Lopes had three podium finishes in heat races this year, including a win preceding his fourth-place finish in Denver.