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Richie Stanaway set for Super Formula test

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GP2 and FIA World Endurance Championship driver Richie Stanaway will test a Super Formula car at Suzuka next week with Theodore Racing.

Stanaway stepped up to GP2 along with Status Grand Prix in 2015 after the team took over Caterham Racing’s entry.

The New Zealander has claimed two race wins in his debut season, while also claiming a victory in the GTE Pro class of the FIA WEC with Aston Martin Racing.

However, Stanaway may be set to make the move over to Japan after Theodore Racing announced on Friday that he will be testing a Super Formula car.

“I’m really pleased to be invited to the Super Formula test to represent Teddy Yip and Theodore Racing,” Stanaway said.

“In terms of speed it will be a pretty phenomenal car to drive and Suzuka is probably the best place to handle a high downforce car. With the Honda involvement it’s also a great opportunity to show what I can do.

“With very few opportunities available for drivers like me wanting to move to F1 at the moment Super Formula can be a good place get noticed, especially with the manufacturers involved.

“The car is probably quicker than the last couple of rows of the F1 grid and should be pretty impressive to drive.”

Stanaway is not the only GP2 driver looking at the move over to Japan, with McLaren youngster and series champion Stoffel Vandoorne also poised to test at Suzuka.

F1: Lewis Hamilton roars back from starting 14th to win German GP, regain points lead

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Heading into Sunday’s German Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton wasn’t given much of a chance after qualifying so poorly (14th) one day earlier.

But in one of the most significant rallies of the 2018 Formula One season, Hamilton roared back to not only win at Hockenheim, but also regain the lead in the F1 drivers championship standings at the halfway point of the season.

Ditto for Mercedes in the Constructors Championship.

“It was so tough out there,” Hamilton told Sky Sports/ESPN. “Conditions were perfect for business time. When it rained, I knew I’d have a good position, but you never know what’s going to happen behind the safety car.”

Despite rainy conditions for part of the race, not to mention wet overall conditions that caused a number of drivers to spin, Hamilton won the 66th race of his F1 career (44th with Mercedes AMG Petronas) in a time of 1:32.29.845 and took home 25 points for his fourth win of 2018.

It’s the furthest back a driver has come from back in the pack to win since Fernando Alonso started 15th and won the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008.

The win comes just a couple days after Hamilton re-signed with Mercedes AMG through the 2020 season, leading him to pay an immediate return on investment, so to speak.

“It’s obviously very, very difficult (to win) from that position and highly unlikely, but you’ve always got to believe,” Hamilton said. “I said a long, long prayer before the race started.

“When we did the parade lap, I could see how much support we had and I just wanted to stay collected and stay calm. The team did such a great job today, the car was fantastic, I’m so grateful.

“I would never have thought you could do something like that today, but I kept pushing and kept believing and it happened, so I really manifested my dreams today. Thanks to God.”

It was also the 125th F1 podium finish of Hamilton’s career.

To make the win even sweeter, Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, finished second, the first time in German GP history that homeland team Mercedes has finished 1-2.

It’s Bottas’ fifth podium of the season, all being runner-up finishes.

Kimi Raikkonen finished third, 6.5 seconds behind Hamilton, followed my Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg. For Raikkonen, it was his 28th podium since his last win.

Sixth through 10th were Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Marcus Ericsson and Brendon Hartley.

Kevin Magnussen finished 11th, followed by Carlos Sainz, Stoffel Vandoorne, Pierre Gasly, Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso was the last running car, finishing 16th.

Failing to finish (17th through 20th) were Lance Stroll, pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (who made a mistake and crashed), Sergey Sirotkin and Daniel Ricciardo.

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