Vettel unconcerned about Ferrari engine reliability in China

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Sebastian Vettel has no concerns about the reliability of Ferrari’s power unit heading into this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix in spite of the failures suffered in Australia and Bahrain.

Vettel failed to start in Bahrain two weeks ago after his engine failed on the formation lap, while teammate Kimi Raikkonen was sidelined in Australia by a similar issue.

Vettel has moved on to his second internal combustion engine of the season for this weekend’s race in China, and has no concerns about the problems repeating themselves.

“It was a little part that caused the problem and turned into the biggest possible consequence,” Vettel said of his Bahrain issue.

“That was a shame. Obviously we have a new engine for this weekend and as I just said I don’t expect that issue to come up again.

“It’s a bit annoying that an engine went bust, but if you learn from that and can make sure that it will not happen again then you can live with it.”

Vettel is nevertheless happy with the Ferrari SF16-H car for the season ahead, believing it to be more workable than his 2015 runner.

“The performance is not yet where we want it to be, so you could say that there are some negatives, but there is nothing that shakes me or makes me nervous for the next couple of races, or the entire season,” Vettel said.

“This team is very strong and I know that we can improve a lot. The potential is there. Now let’s bring all the ingredients together – hopefully sooner rather than later.

“I know that there is a lot coming. This year’s car allows us to play much more than last year’s car.”

Vettel finished second in practice on Friday behind Raikkonen, and is pleased with how the SF16-H car is shaping up heading into the rest of the weekend.

“Friday is not so important in terms of position but in terms of feeling. We had a decent day and the feeling with the car was ok, but we can still improve, especially the balance,” Vettel said.

“Tonight we’ll have a lot of work to do, in order to get on top of everything. For sure to go for pole is always our goal, but it’s only Friday so I would’t stress too much.

“This track is quite brutal on tires, I was sliding a lot and there was a lot of degradation. I looked at Kimi’s data and saw where he was faster.

“This afternoon we had different programmes and this is useful to make a comparison because we can learn from each other.”

The Chinese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30am ET on Sunday.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change