Gastaldi expects German GP to return in 2016


Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has expressed his dismay following the scrapping of the 2015 German Grand Prix, but feels confident that the race will return next season.

Due to financial issues being faced by both Hockenheim and the Nurburgring, neither circuit was able to host the race in July, leading to its cancellation on Friday by the FIA.

Gastaldi feels disappointed that there will be no F1 event in Germany for the first time since 1960, but believes that the teams will still be kept busy with a 19-race schedule in 2015.

“It’s not looking promising for this year, but I’m sure we’ll be back in 2016,” Gastaldi said. “It’s of course a shame for everyone, especially all the German fans who wanted to come see Formula 1, but these things happen sometimes in the commercial world.

“For the team we know we have 19 races. 20 races makes for a long season so we still have a pretty full season even if one race is dropped.”

Lotus endured a tough start to the season in Australia last weekend after both Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean retired from the race on the first lap.

Nevertheless, Gastaldi remains confident that his team can fight back at next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix and score its first points of the season.

“Points – that’s what we’re here for,” he said. “We want to see progress from the start we made at Albert Park and it would be fantastic to have both cars greet the checkered flag with a good clutch of points stashed away.

“Of course, this is what every team is trying to do, but we’re battling hard at Enstone to make this happen.”

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.

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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.