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Force India and Sauber drop complaint vs. F1 for anti-competitive practices

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SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Force India and Sauber have dropped their complaint to the European Commission over anti-competitive practices in Formula One.

Both F1 teams lodged a complaint with the EU in September 2015 amid concerns about revenue distribution and rule-making when F1 was run by commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone. That was prior to the takeover by current owner Liberty Media, which has involved the smaller teams more in discussions.

Both teams announced their decision to drop the complaint “with immediate effect” in a press release Thursday, citing renewed faith in how F1 is governed under new CEO Chase Carey.

The teams say they are “greatly encouraged by the dialogue that has been introduced” concerning key “issues such as the distribution of the prize fund (money), cost control and engine regulations.”

IndyCar will eliminate double points from the 2020 season finale

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Though the NTT IndyCar Series hasn’t confirmed the date of its 2020 season finale, it has determined that double points won’t be in play.

An IndyCar official confirmed Monday to NBCSports.com that whether the season ends at Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, or on the streets of St. Petersburg, neither race will feature double points. Team owners were informed of the change during a conference call last week.

The news was first reported by RACER.com.

With the original 17-race schedule having been shortened by the cancellation of at least three races (Circuit of The Americas, Barber Motorsports Park, the Long Beach Grand Prix), using double points in the finale would have carried even greater weight (and perhaps more so if more races are unable to be run because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

IndyCar has been using double points at select races since the 2015 season. The 104th Indianapolis 500 will remain a double-points event.

In rescheduling the Indy 500 to Aug. 23 last week, IndyCar unveiled a revised schedule that listed Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg as TBD for its season finale. The race originally had been scheduled to open the season before being called off because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

IndyCar CEO Mark Miles told reporters last week that St. Pete probably would be slotted into the first two weeks October after the Sept. 20 race at Laguna Seca that had been slated to be the season finale for the second consecutive year.