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Hamilton, Rosberg haven’t discussed new Mercedes F1 car much

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Lewis Hamilton says that he has not spoken much with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg about the new W07 Formula 1 car, but is comfortable with their working relationship ahead of the 2016 season.

Mercedes’ unveiled its new challenger on Monday before spending four days testing in Barcelona, racking up almost 2,000 miles in an ominous display.

Hamilton and Rosberg split running on Wednesday and Thursday, but the Briton said that they had not discussed the new car very much.

“We’ve not really spoken. We generally see each other at the debrief – he’s sitting there and I’m sitting here. We don’t really discuss it,” Hamilton told reporters.

“I was in the garage this morning watching him. I just stood and listened to some of the comments he was making to the engineer.

“There’s nothing really to talk about. When we make our comments about it, we can say whether we agree or disagree, and a lot of the time when we’re doing that debrief, I’ll feel the same thing as Nico’s feeling, or he’ll feel exactly the same thing.

“So we’re talking about the same issue and we kind of cement so the guys can focus on it. I think we have a generally really good working relationship in that sense.”

In a separate interview with the F1 website, Hamilton said that he felt the rivalry between himself and Rosberg was overplayed in public, but that there was friction between them.

“It is there, but it is a small fire that everybody pours a lot of gasoline on to make it bigger,” Hamilton said.

“And then, of course, also me and Nico, we unintentionally pour more gasoline on to the fire depending on who is winning a race.

“So it is real – a real competition.”

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.