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Nasr pins anti-Palmer tweet on ‘unauthorized’ access to account

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Recent Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr has apologized after a tweet to Renault about driver Jolyon Palmer was sent from his Twitter account, alleging it was done by someone with unauthorized access.

Nasr and Palmer enjoyed a bitter rivalry in GP2 in 2014 when they battled for the title, with Palmer eventually claiming the crown.

Nasr moved up to F1 in 2015 with Sauber, while Palmer followed suit one year later, joining Renault.

Nasr lost his seat at the end of last season to Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein, and is yet to appear in any other series.

Palmer has endured a point-less start to the 2017 season with Renault, finishing Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix in 13th place.

On Monday, a tweet was sent from Nasr’s account to Renault, saying the team should fire Palmer in favor  of the Brazilian.

The tweet was quickly deleted, with Nasr tweeting a few hours later that his account had been hacked.

Lesson of this story? Be careful who had access to your account. Well, that or make sure you pick the right account to tweet out from on TweetDeck…

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.