Lance Stroll excited to learn from ‘team player’ Massa at Williams F1

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Formula 1 rookie Lance Stroll is excited about racing alongside Felipe Massa at Williams in 2017, believing that he can learn a lot from the Brazilian.

Stroll, 18, will make his F1 debut in Australia after winning the FIA European Formula 3 title in 2016, and was due to partner Valtteri Bottas at Williams through the upcoming season.

However, Bottas was subject to an approach from Mercedes after world champion Nico Rosberg confirmed his shock retirement in December, prompting Williams to turn to Massa, who had already announced his own decision to quit.

Massa was lured back to ensure that Williams has an experienced driver to lead its charge through 2017 and help nurture Stroll, who is confident of a good partnership with Massa.

“I am really am looking forward to Felipe to being a mentor to me,” Stroll said.

“Of course we’re competitors and we want to beat each other, but at the same time I think he has a lot of respect as a driver.

“We all know that he’s very well respected throughout the paddock and he’s a nice guy, and he’s a team player. That’s really all you ask for being in a team.

“You want someone who’s a team player that will help the team go forward and not kind of create a problem on both sides of the garage.”

F1 has been fraught with teammate rivalries over the years, with the ongoing tensions between Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes being the most notable in recent times.

Stroll is confident that both sides of the garage will remain happy at Williams in 2017, and that he and Massa can bring out the best in one another.

“I think it’s really important to have two drivers who want to push the team in the right direction rather than fighting,” Stroll said.

“It’s good to have that competitiveness in the team and that urge to want to beat the driver next to you, but at the same time I think we’re gonna respect each other.

“We’re gonna want the best for the team. We’re gonna help the team in the best way possible.”

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