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F1: Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly fast with new teams

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Day 2

Charles Leclerc’s tenure with Ferrari got off to a good start in Day 2 of a Pirelli tire test in Abu Dhabi.  Pierre Gasly was second fastest with his new Red Bull team.

Leclerc’s time of 1.36:450 was the fastest of the two days and notably quicker than Gasly’s 1.37:916. Both times were recorded with next year’s hypersoft tires.

Lance Stroll, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top five.

Testing instead of Daniel Ricciardo, Artem Markelov (1.38:590) landed sixth on the chart but not before spinning in the morning.

Testing for Toro Rosso, Daniil Kyvat recorded the most laps at 155.

From Formula1.com

Day 1

Day 1 of testing featured Sebastian Vettel (1.36:812) at the top of the charts over Bottas (1.37:231).

Third-best Stroll joined Bottas as the only two drivers to post top-five times in both sessions.

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez rounded out the top five.

Before posting his fast time, Vettel spun off course at Turn 1 around the three hour mark. He contacted the wall, but was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

Pietro Fittipaldi caused another stoppage during the morning when his car Haas F1 stalled on track with an oil leak.

George Russell (1.39:512) turned 42 laps in his new Williams ride and finished 10th on the chart.

From Formula1.com

 

IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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