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Nasr confirms new chassis for Russia

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Various handling issues through the opening three races have hamstrung Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, who’s yet to finish better than 14th this season.

He’ll come to Russia with a new chassis, confirming the switch during the FIA Press Conference on Thursday.

“I can confirm I get a new chassis here,” Nasr told reporters in Sochi. “Although F1 cars are made of many components and the chassis is just one part, I think it is a sensible step from the team that we are looking further to discover these handling problems and issues I am having in the car.

“Since we put the car on track in Australia we’ve been having this very strange behavior – let’s say it’s very unpredictable to drive the car.”

Nasr finished sixth in Russia last year in a race of high attrition, then was ninth at Circuit of The Americas later in October. He got caught up in a first turn collision with Lewis Hamilton last race at China.

Sauber has not scored as a team since Austin, with Marcus Ericsson also riding a 10-race scoreless drought since finishing ninth at the Italian Grand Prix.

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.