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Macau debut for Jehan Daruvala at F3 World Cup

Jehan Daruvala of the Sahara Force India Academy, completed his maiden F3 season with numerous positives to take home. The Indian teenager ticked all the important boxes with a race victory, pole position, in addition to 6th in the overall championship, plus 2nd in the rookie standings. All these feats are the first by an Indian, in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The Indian Racing sensation will now make his Macau debut this weekend at the FIA F3 World Cup.

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship is considered the toughest stepping stone to Formula 1 currently. The races were extremely close with most racers having more than a year’s experience under their belts. The immensely close competition throughout the series often saw multiple drivers within tenths of a second. The Formula 3 route has been used effectively, by the likes numerous F1 greats including current & four time F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton besides Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and many more.

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Vettel picks up consolation win at Brazilian Grand Prix

Ferrari has taken another win, its fifth of 2017, after what was an exciting Brazilian Grand Prix, perfectly managed by the drivers and the team. It was held in hot conditions, with air temperature at 30 degrees, while the track almost hit 60, so it was vital to look after the car components and especially the tyres. Getting both drivers to the podium clearly shows that Ferrari never gives up.

Seb’s lightning start was the key to victory, as he took the lead going into Turn 1. Kimi held third, but immediately there was chaos further back with several incidents. The Safety Car came out and the drivers had to come through pit lane so that the track surface, which had already hit a very high 54 degrees, could be cleaned of debris. Five laps went by before the race was on again, with the lead positions unchanged. DRS could now be used, but Seb had a lead of over a second. The heat meant that everyone was managing their pace so as not to overheat the tyres, while waiting for the pit stop window.

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Shanghai Pole for Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota Gazoo Racing took pole position for the 6 Hours of Shanghai in qualifying for the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in China today.

The #7 TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López had been fastest in all three practice sessions and kept up the pace in qualifying, earning their fourth pole of the season by 0.440secs.

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Felipe Massa to leave Williams Martini Racing

Williams confirms that Felipe Massa will leave the team at the end of the 2017 Formula One season.

Felipe made his debut with Williams in 2014. During the last four years, he has helped the team secure third place in the Constructors’ Championship in 2014 and 2015, and fifth place in 2016.  After initially indicating he would retire at the end of last year, he returned at Williams’ request for the 2017 season, and the team currently stands fifth in the Constructors’ Championship. 

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Max Verstappen commits to Red Bull Racing till 2020

Red Bull Racing announced today that Max Verstappen, who enjoyed a dream debut with the team in 2016, winning his first grand prix and re-writing Formula One’s record books, has agreed an extended contract which will see him continue to race for The Bulls for a further three years.

The 20-year-old, who lit up the sport on becoming Formula One’s youngest ever grand prix winner at the Spanish Grand Prix last year, has extended his commitment to Red Bull Racing through the 2020 season. 

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Toyota Gazoo Racing claim 1-2 in 6 Hours of Fuji

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing earned a one-two finish at its home race following an eventful and rain-affected 6 Hours of Fuji, the seventh round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima won their third race of the season in the #8 TS050 HYBRID, TOYOTA’s fifth victory in six events at Fuji Speedway.

Today’s win with the 1,000hp TS050 HYBRID comes at a special time in the history of hybrid technology; it is the 20th anniversary weekend of the launch of the Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car. 

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Aaroh Ravindra extends National Karting Championship Lead

Rayo Racing’s Aaroh Ravindra extended his championship lead by a mere 1 point at the end of Round 4 of the Meco FMSCI National Rotax Karting Championship. The Mumbai lad kept a cool head and finished both the pre – finals and finals in 2nd position.

Earlier in the weekend, it was Bangalore racer Nirmal Umashankar from M Sport Racing who bagged pole position with a time of 54.864 ahead of Manav Sharma of BPC Racing. Aaroh could only manage third. 

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