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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 Bill Auberlen joins NASCAR America to discuss this weekend’s race at Lime Rock

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Turner Motorsport GTD driver Bill Auberlen joined NBC Sports’ Marty Snyder on NASCAR America Presents the Motorsports Hour Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Lime Rock Park.

Auberlen, alongside co-driver Robby Foley, enters Lime Rock with a great amount of momentum after finishing on the GTD podium at Watkins Glen and taking the GTD class honors in the most recent IMSA race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

There’s also an extra incentive for the duo to win this weekend as well, as Auberlen is one win away from tying Scott Pruett for the most IMSA victories all-time.

Both drivers will have to be on their A-game this weekend, however, as Auberlen stated that Lime Rock is one of the tougher circuits on the IMSA calendar and compared the 1.5-mile Connecticut road course to a short track.

“It’s what we call the bullring of our season,” Auberlen said. “It is a 54-second lap and we’re going to go around it a million times before the end of the day. It’s going to be a hot one, and I think whoever survives this is going to be on the podium.”

Luckily for the GTD and GTLM teams, with no Protoype and LMP2 entries competing at Lime Rock this weekend, the worry of having to yield to entries from the faster classes is gone.

“These Protoypes are so fast now, that interacting with them, you can’t imagine,” Auberlen said. “We have radars in our car that can alert us when they are coming.

“They get on you so fast that if you’re not always looking or something is not telling you they’re coming, you could have a problem and catch into them. That’s gone. Now it’s going to be focus-forward. You’re going to be focused on everything ahead of you. You got GLTM in there at the same time, but they’re virtually the same speed as us – just a little bit faster.

“It’s going to be nice. When you stand on that podium you might be able to go for an overall victory.”

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