© Getty Images

Ricciardo, Verstappen buoyed by double Red Bull podium at Hockenheim

Leave a comment

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were buoyed by a double-podium finish for Red Bull Racing in Sunday’s German Grand Prix as the team moved up to second in the constructors’ championship.

Red Bull arrived in Germany trailing Ferrari by just one point in the standings before locking out the second row of the grid on Sunday.

A good start saw Verstappen and Ricciardo pass pole-sitter Nico Rosberg into the first corner, settling down into second and third behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Although Rosberg was able to pass both Red Bull drivers in the pit stops, a five-second time penalty meant he dropped back before the final stint, leaving Ricciardo and Verstappen to clinch a double-podium finish.

“This is two weekends in a row now with a podium and one of the most refreshing things is seeing so many fans back in Germany,” Ricciardo said after the race.

“It’s obviously great to have the race back here after a year off. Thanks for all the support.

“Thanks to Red Bull Racing, I think it’s the first double podium for us in over a year, so it’s awesome to close out the first part of the season [like that].”

Ricciardo enjoyed a tight battle with Verstappen early on, losing out at Turn 1 before getting back ahead with fresher tires midway through the race.

“It was really close in the first corner with myself and Max. He had a good run on the outside,” Ricciardo said.

“On the super-soft I was much more comfortable and we had good pace for the second half of the race.

“We really capitalized on a good day. We had a good car.

“Obviously we couldn’t win but second and third isn’t too bad, so thanks again.”

Verstappen was delighted to pick up his fourth podium finish in five races, but felt the team result was more important.

“We had good start, from there on I think the pace was pretty good. I was enjoying it,” Verstappen said.

“We chose to do two different strategies on the cars, so I let Daniel by and from there I think we played really well as a team to get a double podium.

“That was the main target, to score more points than Ferrari, and that’s what we definitely did today.”

Red Bull enters the summer break 14 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship, and will be aiming to build on that advantage when the F1 paddock reconvenes in Belgium at the end of August.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Leave a comment

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.