Williams disappointed to leave Hungary without points

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Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa made no secret of their frustration after finishing outside of the points in an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Both drivers started the race inside the top ten, and although the tight and twisting nature of the Hungaroring did not play to the strengths of the FW37 car, the team still looked set to score some points in the race.

Massa’s day got off to a bad start when he lined up short of his grid slot for the beginning of the race, forcing the officials to call another formation lap.

The Brazilian was handed a five second stop go penalty for his misdemeanor, and struggled on the medium tire before finishing the race in 12th place.

“That was a really challenging day for us,” Massa said. “I got a penalty early on and then the medium tire in traffic didn’t work well for me at all, it was uphill from there on.

“As a team we walked away with no points, which is a blow for the championship, but something we now have to make up for.”

Bottas has been poised to finish in the points, but suffered a puncture after being hit by Max Verstappen following the safety car restart on lap 49. The Finn dropped through the order and was unable to recover, finishing 13th.

“It was a disappointing day to score no points,” Bottas said. “At the start of the race we were running in line with the pace of the car. There were plenty of opportunities to score well, but I suffered a puncture at the wrong time and from then on it was a struggle.

“It is important we move forward from this, have a good rest and arrive fresh and ready for Spa.”

In spite of its non-score, Williams remains third in the constructors’ championship, but did lose a further 25 points on Ferrari in second following Sebastian Vettel’s victory.

Ryan Norman returns to Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport in 2019

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Ryan Norman will return to Andretti Autosport for their third season together in 2019 after scoring his first win and first pole with that organization in 2018.

I’m really excited to finally make it official that I’ll be returning to Andretti Autosport for my third season competing in Indy Lights,” said Norman in a press release. “We’ve built a solid foundation over the past two years and I’m ready to fight for wins, podiums and ultimately the championship, with such a great group of people who have become like a family to me.”

Norman finished 2018 fourth in the championship, earning his first career win in race 15 of the 17-race schedule at Gateway Motorsports Park in August.

Norman’s first pole came in the finale at Portland International Raceway in September, but he crashed on the first lap and finished last (8th).

“We’re very happy that Ryan is rejoining us for his third season of Indy Lights,” said Andretti Autosport President, JF Thormann. “We were pleased with his performance this past season, and his potential as a driver began to really shine after his win at Gateway. He’s right on track with his progression plan put together by his engineering team, and we feel strongly that he has what it takes to be a contender for the 2019 championship.”

Norman will essentially replace teammates Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta, who will race for Rookie of the Year honors in IndyCar next season.  O’Ward finished first in the Indy Lights standings last year; Herta finished second.

Norman’s 2019 campaign will begin on the streets of St. Petersburgh, Florida March 9, 2019. That will be the first of a double-header with Race 2 running the following day.