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Max Verstappen sorry for Australia radio outburst

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Max Verstappen has apologized to Toro Rosso for his outburst over the radio during the Australian Grand Prix when he called for teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. to let him pass.

Verstappen finished fifth in qualifying to secure the best Formula 1 starting position of his career in Australia, only to fall back in the race due to a strategy error.

Verstappen found himself stuck behind Sainz in the closing stages of the race, growing increasingly frustrated when the Spaniard refused to move aside.

Sainz eventually finished ninth, leading Verstappen home in P10, but the Dutch youngster’s colorful language over his team radio proved to be the biggest talking point.

“It’s always easy to judge outside, but for me at that moment, at the end I want to win,” Verstappen told NBCSN ahead of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

“Of course that’s not possible at the moment, but I still want the best for everyone in the team, including myself.

“It was not maybe the best way to say that on the radio so I apologize for that to the team, but I’m also an emotional person. I just want the best.”

Verstappen benefitted from the new elimination qualifying format in Australia, and believes that the much-criticized system works well for Q1 and Q2.

“I had a good qualifying so then it’s always good!” Verstappen joked.

“In general, yeah Q1 and Q2 for the driver is very exciting because you have basically one lap to put it.

“For us, and for me in general, it was just very exciting except Q3 of course.

“Maybe we need to tweak that a bit. But Q1 and Q2 for me was quite good.”

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.