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Hamilton: No need for talks with Rosberg over Austin clash


Newly-crowned Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has dismissed the need for talks with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after their clash in last Sunday’s United States Grand Prix.

Hamilton made an aggressive pass on Rosberg at the start of the race in Austin, forcing the German wide at the first corner to seize the lead.

Rosberg dropped down to fourth, but managed to fight his way back to the front of the field before squandering his advantage over Hamilton with eight laps to go, allowing the Briton to win his third F1 title.

Rosberg made no secret of his annoyance after the race and said that he felt Hamilton’s pass was too aggressive, with further tensions arising when the two threw a podium cap at each other in the cool-down room before the podium.

The incidents prompted Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff to suggest talks be held between the drivers with the team, but when asked it ahead of this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix, Hamilton said that he did not see the need and that he would not be making any special effort to help Rosberg’s bid to finish the year as vice-champion.

“We haven’t spoken, not that I think we really need to,” Hamilton said. “The team has not asked me to support him in that role as I’m here to win the race.

“The team has won the constructors’ championship so I think from here on there’s not really a huge benefit for the team for me to start helping. We’ll see what Toto wants me to do.”

Hamilton suggested that Wolff is keen to speak with Rosberg so he can see where the German’s mindset currently is and help him end his barren run of form.

“The reason for me is just that I’m very easy going and so I never really have any problems,” Hamilton said when asked about the lack of need for talks.

“I think Toto feels that he needs to perhaps sit with Nico to see where his head’s at. Obviously we don’t want any tension in the team. Generally we do often come together and just keep it transparent.

“I don’t really have anything to say about it but of course I’m sure we will sit down and see what Nico’s feeling and whatever emotions he has and try and dilute them and then move on.

“In terms of the cap thing, I don’t know, it’s pretty funny so I don’t really have much else to say about it.”

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.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

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.