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Magnussen to race with spare chassis in Canada after FP3 crash

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Kevin Magnussen will start the Canadian Grand Prix using a spare chassis after damaging his Renault R.S.16 car in a crash in practice on Saturday.

Magnussen damaged the front-left and left sidepod of his Renault R.S.16 car after losing control under acceleration at the exit of Turn 7 and hitting the wall.

The Dane was unable to take part in qualifying as a result of the damage, leaving him at the back of the grid.

Renault confirmed that Magnussen will have to race with a spare chassis after the shunt, meaning that he may now start from the pit lane.

“What can you say? Obviously I wanted to be driving rather than watching qualifying,” Magnussen said.

“The damp conditions caught me out in the morning and the walls are pretty unforgiving as we saw. I feel for my crew as they have a lot of work to do.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to make amends in the race tomorrow.”

Renault trackside operations director Alan Permane confirmed the chassis switch on Saturday after qualifying.

“It was a pretty significant side impact which took out the wings, suspension and floor as well as damaging the gearbox and chassis,” Permane said.

“It was the damage to the chassis which meant we couldn’t qualify and Kevin will race with the spare tomorrow.

“There’s a lot of work to be done on his side of the garage between now and then.”

A fan shot taken during the recovery of Magnussen’s car in FP3 showed the extent of the damage to the left-hand side of his car.

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.