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Marko: F1 moving in ‘right direction’ with 2021 engine plans

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Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko is pleased by the proposed direction for the new Formula 1 engine rules, saying they need to be simple enough for fans to understand and appreciate.

F1 officials confirmed plans for its future engine rules, set to come into force for 2021, at the end of October, with a reduction in cost and greater simplicity being two key areas of focus.

Red Bull has long been opposed to the existing V6 turbo hybrid power units, introduced to F1 in 2014, while the rival Mercedes team has already expressed its uncertainty about the future plans.

However, Marko is confident that the direction F1 is heading in with its 2021 proposals is the correct one, giving fans an easier understanding of the engines and technology.

“It is going in the right direction. Clearly it could not go on like it was,” Marko told the official F1 website.

“The rules are too complicated. The fan should be king. He should easily understand what is going on – and that is not possible with the current engine rules.

“Of course I also see Toto’s [Wolff, Mercedes F1 chief] viewpoint: if he loses his engine he loses most of his advantage, so he is fighting against it.

“How will it end? I think we will get technically simpler engines, less expensive but more noisy.

“We are moving there.”

Will Power nips Jack Harvey at finish to pace Road America practice

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Will Power led the only IndyCar Road America practice of the weekend Saturday, shooting to the top of the chart on his 22nd and final lap of the session at 1 minute, 46.0021 seconds in his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet.

Dixon knocked Jack Harvey’s No. 60 Dallara-Honda from the top spot (which would have marked the first time that a Meyer-Shank Racing car led practice).

Josef Newgarden, Power’s Team Penske teammate, was third, followed by Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay (who went off course late in the session but sustained no damage).

Alex Palou, Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Pato O’Ward rounded out the top 10 in the practice that preceded a Saturday-Sunday race weekend doubleheader for IndyCar at Road America.

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IndyCar tested some new cooling devices with cars from Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Several drivers have said the cockpit heat caused by the new aeroscreen was stifling during last week’s GMR Grand Prix, and IndyCar repositioned drink bottles this weekend to keep liquids cool. The pieces tried by IndyCar during the Road America practice won’t be available during the races Saturday and Sunday at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course.

Scott Dixon, who is seeking to open the season with his third consecutive IndyCar victory, was 15th fastest in the 75-minute session. Other notables in Road America practice: Marco Andretti (12th), Simon Pagenaud (19th).

Power is aiming for his second consecutive pole position after qualifying first last week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Qualifying for the REV Group Grand Prix Race #1 will take place at 2:15 p.m. ET (NBCSNNBC Sports Gold).

The broadcast of the IndyCar race at Road America will begin at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.