Ricciardo frustrated after engine change in practice

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Daniel Ricciardo’s home grand prix weekend got off to a difficult start on Friday when Red Bull was forced to change the engine on his car after just one practice session in Australia.

Teams have been allocated four power units for the season in 2015, but Ricciardo has been forced to make an early change due to a problem with the internal combustion engine (ICE) on his car.

The Australian does not believe that this will affect his seasonal quota, but was still disappointed to lose the entire second practice session on Friday because of the problem.

“In FP1 it took us a while to get going and we didn’t get out straightaway,” Ricciardo explained. “A problem with the ICE meant we couldn’t run in FP2, but it’s a problem that we can fix for tomorrow.

“There’s a lot of time to do what we need, so there’s no concerns – it wasn’t worth rushing it to get five laps this afternoon. We don’t believe it will affect one of the four engines, so it’s not a massive shot in the foot.”

Throughout the off-season, Ricciardo could hardly contain his excitement to get back racing after an impressive display in 2014, and made no secret of his frustration on Friday in Melbourne.

“The whole week’s been a bit of a tease,” Ricciardo said. “We’ve talked about racing a lot and haven’t done much of it. I’m more and more anxious to drive, so I’ve got ants in my pants.”

Ricciardo has been joined at Red Bull in 2015 by Daniil Kvyat, who acts as Sebastian Vettel’s replacement. The Russian had a far less problematic day than Ricciardo, completing 45 laps in total.

“Everything went quite well and according to plan today,” Kvyat said. “Everything felt good. We will do what we can tonight to prepare for tomorrow. It’s too early to see where we are compared to the others as yet, but we’ll see where we can improve overnight. Tomorrow we will know more.”

You can watch qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix live on NBCSN from 2a ET on Saturday.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change