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F1: Max Verstappen wins action-packed German Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim Sunday afternoon in a wild race that saw many exciting and unpredictable storylines.

No Formula One fan would have likely predicted that Sunday’s Grand Prix would see Sebastian Vettel finish second after starting last, Daniil Kvyat giving Toro Rosso their second only podium in F1 competition and both Mercedes cars finishing outside of the points, yet all three happened, making for an unpredictable race that fans will remember for years to come.

“It was amazing to win in the end,” Verstappen said following his victory. “It was really tricky to make the right calls. To come out on top it was all about not making mistakes. It’s amazing to win here.”

Vettel, who spent the race slowly moving his way through the field to his second-place finish after starting from the 20th position, gave his fellow countrymen in attendance plenty to cheer for.

“I’m just happy,” Vettel said. “I think before the last safety car I realized I was quite a bit faster, and I had some good moves on the back straight. It was about getting the next car, and the next car, and the next car”

Daniil Kvyat finished the race in the third position, giving Toro Rosso their first podium since Sebastian Vettel gave the team their lone victory in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.

Lance Stroll finished fourth, while Carlos Sainz and Alexander Albon finished fifth and sixth, respectfully.

Kimi Räikkönen, Antonio Giovinazzi, Romain Grosjean, and Kevin Magnussen initially finished seventh through tenth.

However, race officials would later penalize Räikkönen and Giovinazzi for clutch infringements at the start of the race, and dropped their finishing positions down to 12th and 13th.

Thus, Lewis Hamilton’s finishing position was bumped up to ninth, and Robert Kubicia’s to tenth, which gave Williams their first points of the season.

The race was a disappointing one for Hamilton, who spun off course twice during the 64-lap event, which was shortened from 67 laps due to rain.

Hamilton would first come off-course in Turn 17, forcing him to make a lengthy pit stop for repairs. Having already gone past the pit entry bollard before making a decision to pit, race officials issued him a five-second penalty, further hampering the World Championship points leader’s day.

Mercedes teammate Valterri Botttas, as well as Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg suffered crashes that ended their races. All in all, six drivers would retire from the race.

Full race results are below. The next race of the 2019 Formula One World Championship is the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 4.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.