Max Verstappen completes first proper F1 test

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Max Verstappen, the 16-year-old Red Bull prodigy and 2015 Toro Rosso driver, got his first proper Formula One test in the books on Wednesday.

He banked nearly 150 laps at the Adria circuit, outside Toro Rosso’s Faenza, Italy headquarters. With those laps in the team’s 2012 SRT7, and completing a mix of runs (low fuel, full fuel, varying downforce), he also exceeded the 300 km limit for his FIA Superlicense.

“I was looking forward to my first drive in a Formula 1 car on a proper race track and I really enjoyed it,” he said in a release. “It was a good opportunity to work with Xevi (Pujolar), who will be my race engineer next year, as well as having a chance to get used to all the buttons on the steering wheel. I think it went well and I can’t wait to get back into a Formula 1 car as soon as possible.”

Fortunately this outing went smoother than a demonstration run in Rotterdam at the end of August.

He is scheduled to make free practice one appearances later this season.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.