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Latifi set for Renault F1 practice run-out later in the year

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Renault Sport racing director Frederic Vasseur has confirmed that Nicholas Latifi will be with the team for next weekend’s Formula 1 race in Canada ahead of a practice run-out later in the season.

Latifi, 20, joined Renault at the beginning of the season in a development role that would run alongside his commitments in GP2 with DAMS.

The Canadian racer had been tipped to take part in practice in Montreal next Friday, but will instead use the weekend to get used to working with the team ahead of his first F1 practice session later in the year.

“We will have our test driver Nicholas Latifi joining the team to get an insight into how an F1 team works over the course of a race weekend,” Vasseur said.

“Nicholas had a strong start to his GP2 Series season with his Barcelona podium even if his weekend in Monaco was more challenging.

“He will drive in FP1 later in the year so his weekend in Canada is vital preparation.”

Latifi finished second in the first GP2 race of the season last month in Barcelona, but retired from both legs of the Monaco weekend last time out.

When he eventually makes his practice bow, Latifi will become the first Canadian to take part in an F1 weekend session since Robert Wickens enjoyed a one-off appearance with Marussia in FP1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2011.

Alex Marquez wins first MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race

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Alex Marquez of Spain won the inaugural MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race as the world’s premier bike racing series followed other motorsports into online racing.

The #StayAtHomeGP, which was streamed Sunday on several platforms including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel, featured a field of 10 riders competing on their console gaming systems at home.

Francesco Bagnaia was the runner-up, and Maverick Vinales rounded out the podium.

INDYCAR iRACING: Sage Karam wins Watkins Glen opener

Defending MotoGP premier series champion Marc Marquez, the older brother of the rookie race winner and his teammate at Repsol Honda Team, finished fifth.

Here’s a recap of the race from the MotoGP site.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of SebringNASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.