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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Ghiotto grabs GP3 pole by a second

September 5th, 2015

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GP3 championship leader Luca Ghiotto stormed to pole position in damp conditions at his home race at Monza, beating title rival Esteban Ocon by a second. Mercedes junior Ocon traded fastest times with Trident’s Ghiotto in the latter stages of the session on the drying track, but fell way short of the mark. Ghiotto, who crossed the line ahead of Ocon’s ART car, saved his best time for his final lap with a 1m50.007s, to eclipse his nearest championship challenger by a staggering margin. The Italian was the only driver on track to make it into the 1m50s. Matt Parry mastered the conditions to climb up the order to third on his final run, a GP3 career best grid slot for the 2013 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC award winner. Parry’s late [...]

Albon stripped of Algarve F3 pole

September 4th, 2015

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Signature driver and Lotus F1 junior Alexander Albon has been excluded from the Formula 3 European Championship’s second qualifying at the Algarve circuit. Albon, who had taken pole for race two, will now start at the back of the grid in both the second and third events due to being unable to provide the mandatory 1kg of sample fuel following the session. His second best time had secured him 12th on the grid for the finale before the stewards’ decision. Albon was the only driver able to resist Prema Powerteam in qualifying, securing his pole ahead of a Prema quartet. Felix Rosenqvist was at the front of the queue behind Albon and therefore now has a double pole having already been starting first for race three. Jake Dennis had secured [...]

Evans loses front row grid slot

September 4th, 2015

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Russian Time driver Mitch Evans has been excluded from GP2 qualifying at Monza after his car failed to meet the minimum requirement for tyre pressures. New Zealander Evans had qualified in second behind Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly, who picked up his maiden pole position. Scrutineers however, found the tyre pressures on his Russian Time entry were below the minimum requirement and he was excluded from the session, but is permitted to start from the back of the grid. The penalty promotes championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne to the front row, and Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn to third. Sergio Canamasas, who had qualified ninth, was also excluded for the same reason, and will be permitted to start from the back like Evans. Status Grand Prix driver Marlon Stockinger – [...]

Pla returns to Krohn for Ricard ELMS

September 4th, 2015

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Nissan factory driver Oliver Pla will replace Oswaldo Negri Jr in the Krohn Racing line-up for this weekend’s Paul Ricard round of the European Le Mans Series. Pla, who raced for the team in the opening rounds of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship at Daytona and Sebring, will share the squad’s Ligier-Judd/BMW JSP2 together with team owner Tracy Krohn and his long-time co-driver Nic Jonsson. The Frenchman, who led development of the Ligier coupe last year in his role as a works driver with the OAK Racing squad, was originally listed on the entry for Ricard in place of Jonsson. Silver-rated Negri also missed the previous round of the ELMS at the Red Bull Ring in July courtesy of a clash with the USC and was replaced by G-Drive/OAK regular [...]

Friday press conference – Italy

September 4th, 2015

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 TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Robert FERNLEY (Force India), Matthew CARTER (Lotus), Paul HEMBERY (Pirelli), Christian HORNER (Red Bull Racing), Maurizio ARRIVABENE (Ferrari), Eric BOULLIER (McLaren) PRESS CONFERENCE Maurizio, if we could start with you. Obviously you’ve been here many times before as a partner of Ferrari. You’ve lived the moments of victory in front of the tifosi with Schumacher, Barrichello, Alonso etc. Tell me about the sense of responsibility you feel today as the boss of the Ferrari Formula One team at the Italian Grand Prix ? Maurizio ARRIVABENE: You’re right, it’s a big story, because you feel Monza, Milan, all the region here on your shoulder. Yesterday, we were out of the track to meet the tifosi and you know looking at the enthusiasm of them, looking at the [...]

Albon and Rosenqvist take poles

September 4th, 2015

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Lotus F1 junior Alexander Albon secured pole for the second Algarve European Formula 3 Championship race, while race three will feature Felix Rosenqvist starting at the front. Signature racer Albon took his third pole of the season after battling with the dominant quartet from Prema Powerteam, beating Rosenqvist by just 0.027 seconds. Though beaten to the outright fastest time, Rosenqvist arguably had the better session as he followed up his race-two second place with pole for the finale, thanks to a string of consistent laps, while Albon could only 12th for race three. Rosenqvist also outpaced the rest of the Prema line-up, starting race two ahead of team-mates Nick Cassidy and Lance Stroll, with race one polesitter Jake Dennis rounding off the top five on the grid. Prema fills first [...]

RPM to take over FR3.5 from Renault

September 4th, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 joint organiser RPM has announced it will take full control of the championship’s promotion from Renault Sport Technologies for a three-year period starting in 2016. The Spanish company will take charge of FR3.5′s intellectual property as well as “the management, promotion and the organisation of the category”, following Renault’s decision to end its involvement. RPM boss Jamie Alguersuari Sr announced the developments to teams in a meeting at Silverstone on Friday evening. An FR3.5 calendar for 2016 is set to be revealed over the weekend. “The decision of Renault Sport Technologies to stop acting as organiser of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series has been one of the biggest challenges in the history of my company,” said Alguersuari in a statement. “I respect the decision of Renault, and [...]

Tactical engine changes for Toro Rosso

September 4th, 2015

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Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr will take grid penalties for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix because their Toro Rosso Formula 1 team will make tactical engine changes on both cars. Verstappen will take a seventh power unit of the season which will result in a 10-place grid penalty while Sainz has a 20-place drop because the change will be his second of the weekend. It follows sister team Red Bull’s decision to do a double engine change on both Daniel Ricciardo’s and Daniil Kvyat’s cars this weekend. Meanwhile, McLaren-Honda followed up its double change in Spa with a single change at Monza. Verstappen said his change was tactical, as Renault’s lack of power will be amplified at Monza, but he said the timing was not as well planned as it [...]

Lotus has budget to complete season

September 4th, 2015

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Lotus CEO Matthew Carter has confirmed the team has a budget in place to see out the remainder of the Formula 1 season. The future of the F1 team is currently up in the air as it is struggling financially, with discussions ongoing with Renault about a possible takeover. Questions recently arose as to whether Lotus would be in a position to take part in this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix after its trucks were impounded following the race in Belgium due to a dispute with former reserve Charles Pic. Although the team was late in setting up at Monza, they were back on track for Friday practice, and will be for the remainder of the weekend. Asked whether the team would be at the next race in Singapore, though, Carter [...]

Ocon beats Ghiotto in GP3 practice

September 4th, 2015

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Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon set the pace in GP3 practice at Monza, edging out title rival Luca Ghiotto at his home event. ART Grand Prix driver Ocon stole top spot away from Ghiotto in the closing moments of the session with a time of 1m38.213s, just 0.053s ahead of the Italian. Championship leader Ghiotto led much of the session but couldn’t respond to Ocon’s late charge. Early pacesetter Emil Bernstorff was third despite going straight on at Turn 1 and clipping the marker boards. 2013 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC award winner Matt Parry left it late to climb the order and take fourth, edging out Carlin’s Mitch Gilbert in the process. Ocon’s ART team-mate Marvin Kirchhofer traded fastest times with several others early on but failed to improve and could only [...]

Drivers ordered to stop slating Pirelli

September 4th, 2015

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Formula 1 drivers have been asked to stop criticising Pirelli in public in a meeting with the tyre firm and Bernie Ecclestone at the Italian Grand Prix. The talks followed severe criticism of Pirelli by Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg following their Belgian GP tyre blowouts. Pirelli met with Vettel between Spa and Monza, leaving the Ferrari driver appreciative of the Italian company’s efforts. That was followed by a meeting with a larger group of drivers and team bosses on Friday in which topics included the need for more testing freedom and an agreement to voice criticism in private. “It was to find a way, if we’re to stay in Formula 1, to have a much better working relationship and collaboration with all the parties in the sport,” said Pirelli [...]

Monza part of F1′s core – Ferrari

September 4th, 2015

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Formula 1 would lose part of its “core” by dropping Monza, says Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene, but he ruled out the Scuderia trying to help save the Italian Grand Prix. Monza authorities and F1 commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone have reached an impasse on negotiations for a new deal for the Italian GP, which has been a staple of the world championship calendar since its inaugural season in 1950. The race has been held at Monza every year bar a one-off relocation to Imola in 1980, but Ecclestone is doubtful it will earn a new contract beyond 2016. Arrivabene said F1 had the opportunity to make a statement about its values by finding a way to secure Monza’s future. “I’ve said many, many times that there is a core of Formula [...]

Ricciardo resigned to Sauber battle

September 4th, 2015

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Daniel Ricciardo is resigned to Red Bull fighting Sauber during Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, based on the team’s grid penalties and Renault’s Formula 1 power deficiency. Ricciardo and team-mate Daniil Kvyat will start at the back of the field at Monza, owing to double engine changes aimed at ensuring they do not have to make any more in Singapore in a fortnight. The Australian was 13th in second practice, having lost track time with a hydraulic issue, and seventh in the morning, on a Friday focused on race performance. However, Ricciardo is still expecting a tough Sunday afternoon, given how much time the Renault power unit is losing on the straights. When asked who he expected to be challenging in the race, Ricciardo said: “I think if we can battle [...]

Ellinas sets Silverstone Friday pace

September 4th, 2015

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Strakka Racing’s Tio Ellinas recovered from a fuel pump problem in the opening session to lead the Formula Renault 3.5 practice day at Silverstone. The Cypriot set a quickest lap of 1m41.494s three minutes before the chequered flag in practice two, edging out DAMS’ Red Bull junior Dean Stoneman by 0.158 seconds. Ellinas’ difficulties in first practice, when his car ground to a halt at The Loop, led to the morning session being red-flagged for the second time. “It’s good to be back in a car after the championship’s long [two-month] summer break,” said Ellinas, who is striving for his maiden FR3.5 win. “It has been a bit tough and intense for my family recently as my grandfather has just died, so I hope I can achieve a good result [...]

McLaren ‘intends’ to keep Button

September 4th, 2015

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The McLaren Formula 1 team “intends” to keep Jenson Button alongside Fernando Alonso for 2016, but it also wants to help Stoffel Vandoorne and Kevin Magnussen find race seats. McLaren holds an option on Button next season, but it also has dominant GP2 leader Vandoorne and its 2014 grand prix racer Magnussen on its books still. Alonso currently has a multi-year deal, and McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said at Monza on Friday that McLaren’s plan was to retain Button rather than promoting one of its proteges in his place. “As far as we are concerned, McLaren have only two cars, only two race seats and we have two world champions and we do intend to keep them so far,” he said. But he believes McLaren will make effort to [...]

Maiden GP2 pole for Red Bull’s Gasly

September 4th, 2015

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Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly continued on from his strong free practice form to take his maiden pole position for Saturday’s GP2 feature race at Monza. Gasly left it late in the session to deny Mitch Evans what would have been his first pole of the season by 0.152 seconds, with a time of 1m31.272s. Russian Time driver Evans led the way early despite going off at Turn 1 and della Roggia a number of times but couldn’t improve late. McLaren’s championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne ran consistently near the top but finished the session 0.206s off Gasly’s pole time, and lines up third. Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn secured fourth ahead of Rapax’s Sergey Sirotkin and Campos Racing’s Rio Haryanto. Arthur Pic, Richie Stanaway, Sergio Canamasas and Alexander Rossi [...]

Hamilton edges Rosberg in Monza FP2

September 4th, 2015

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Lewis Hamilton again held the edge over Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg as their team remained dominant in second Italian Grand Prix practice at Monza. Although the gap from the fastest Mercedes time to best-of-the-rest Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari in third came down from the morning’s 1.5-second gulf to a less daunting seven tenths, the champion team and its newly upgraded engine remained a class apart. Hamilton was three tenths of a second faster than Rosberg by the time they had finished their opening runs on medium tyres. It looked like the German might upstage his title rival on softs as he set a quicker pace through the lap’s first two sectors when they changed emphasis in the middle of the session. But Rosberg lost time on the run through [...]

Sainz to receive engine grid penalty

September 4th, 2015

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Carlos Sainz Jr will incur a 10-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix after his Toro Rosso Formula 1 team fitted his fifth Renault engine. The Spaniard suffered an electrical fault on the formation lap at the last race in Belgium and though he pitted and rejoined, he retired the car 11 laps from the end. Following investigations at the factory, Toro Rosso and Renault have decided to fit a new internal combustion engine (ICE) to Sainz’s car. It compounds a difficult start to the Monza weekend for Sainz, who missed an hour of running in first practice after spinning at the Parabolica. The Spaniard has suffered mechanical problems in the last four races which has seen him fail to reach the chequered flag, a run he calls [...]

Dennis leads Prema top three sweep

September 4th, 2015

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Jake Dennis edged out Nick Cassidy and Lance Stroll for a dominant Prema Powerteam 1-2-3 in European Formula 3 Championship qualifying at the Algarve round. Dennis, who topped the second practice session, set his best lap of 1m42.217s in the final five minutes to knock Stroll from a shortlived spell at the top of the timesheets. His advantage at that point was a mere 0.111 seconds, but Cassidy’s flying lap in the final minute – which displaced Stroll from second – missed out on the race one pole by an even tighter 0.061s. Cassidy had spent all but the final few minutes of the session languishing near the bottom of the order, before his late surge. His performance typified the qualifying session, with a clutch of four cars alone on [...]

Red Bull plans double engine change

September 4th, 2015

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Red Bull plans to perform a double engine change on both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat’s Formula 1 cars ahead of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. Team principal Christian Horner had already confirmed a move to a sixth internal combustion engine (ICE) for both drivers, which would mean a 10-place grid penalty for both. However, it has since emerged that Ricciardo will drop a further 15 places after fitting his fifth turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-K. Meanwhile, Kvyat will drop an extra five places for taking a fifth turbocharger. It is now Red Bull’s intention to fit a seventh ICE to both cars after second practice at Monza, as Renault has enough power units to fulfil the request. The move will increase its pool of power units that will be free from [...]