Verstappen impressive once again in second F1 run-out

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Max Verstappen has put in yet another impressive display during his second Formula 1 practice run-out ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin.

The 17-year-old is set to make his F1 debut in Australia next March, and will smash the record for being the youngest ever driver by almost two years.

Although his inexperience and age has been hotly debated by those within the F1 paddock over the past few months, Verstappen has been strengthening his case with a number of impressive displays during practice for Toro Rosso in place of Jean-Eric Vergne.

At the Circuit of The Americas today in Austin, Verstappen finished FP1 in tenth position ahead of some big names such as Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, who could not match the Dutchman for pace.

Verstappen could not match the lap set by the other Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat, who finished in fourth place. The Russian was the only driver to complete more laps than Verstappen during the session.

Ever since he broke onto the scene with an impressive performance in the Florida Winter Series and the FIA F3 European Championship, Verstappen has been something of a revelation in motor racing. Although his age has been a cause for concern, he is quickly proving that it is indeed just a number, and that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

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Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified

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FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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