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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.

Buncombe bags Nissan Silverstone pole

May 24th, 2015

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Alex Buncombe claimed pole position for Nissan ahead of Sunday’s second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone. The Briton took the top spot in the final 15-minute qualifying session aboard his RJN-run Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 with a 2m00.829s, which put him almost exactly a tenth ahead of Norbert Siedler in the Rinaldi Ferrari 458 Italia. Buncombe, who shares the Pro Cup Nissan entry with Wolfgang Reip and Katsumasa Chiyo, said: “It was all a bit lastminute.com: I went out on Wolfie’s tyres from Q2 and the car didn’t seem to be there — there was a lot of oversteer. “With five minutes to go, I asked for new tyres and knew I had to do it in one lap, but the track was kind to me and [...]

Fresh guidelines for F1 engine tweaks

May 24th, 2015

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Formula 1′s engine manufacturers have been provided with fresh guidelines from the FIA with regard to improving the reliability of their systems, AUTOSPORT has learned. At present suppliers Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda are allowed to make changes to improve the power unit on the grounds of safety and cost, along with reliability, without the need to use the permitted tokens for upgrades. Now the FIA is demanding a clear explanation from all the teams as to why a change on reliability grounds would be required. The technical directive issued by the FIA, and seen by AUTOSPORT, reads: “All requests for changes to the homologated power unit for the purpose of improving reliability should be made to the FIA in writing with copies to the FIA F1 Engine distribution group. [...]

Di Grassi loses Berlin FE victory

May 23rd, 2015

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Lucas di Grassi has been stripped of his victory in the Formula E race at Berlin Tempelhof. The Brazilian’s Abt squad was deemed to have modified the front wing and front wheel faring of his car, meaning he has been excluded and victory award to Dragon Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio. The stewards found that changes had been made in three key areas relating to the internal reinforcement of the front-wheel fairings, the sealing of holes in the front wing and modifications made to the front flap and gurney. The changes were listed by the stewards as follows: 1) The front wheel fairing both left and right hand side have been modified with internal metal reinforcing rods. 2) Six of the eight holes in the front wing have been sealed. The remaining [...]

Drivers say Monaco tyres far too hard

May 23rd, 2015

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Pirelli’s Monaco Grand Prix compounds are too hard and the super-soft feels like a medium, according to several Formula 1 drivers. Throughout the weekend, drivers have complained about a lack of grip on both the softs and super-softs as they struggled to get heat into the rubber amid cool temperatures in Monte Carlo. “These tyres, they take quite a long time to bring in,” said polesitter Lewis Hamilton. “We had to push quite a lot to get the tyres to start working. “They are very hard considering they are the soft and super-soft. They are incredibly hard. “When we looked at wear life yesterday, there are a lot of laps you can do. “This afternoon, it was a bit cooler and I had to do a warm-up lap, after the [...]

Wolff: Three teams eye customer deals

May 23rd, 2015

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Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff claims to have been approached by three other current Formula 1 teams with regard to becoming a customer. The subject of customer car teams has been on the agenda since it dominated a Strategy Group meeting earlier this month, with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone insisting the plan could be pushed through. To date, Sauber, Lotus, and now Force India, have made clear they have no intention of taking on such a status, while Williams has also long said it would not go down that route. Williams is now regarded as a leading team, alongside Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull, with Toro Rosso naturally affiliated to the latter. That leaves just four teams, and two – Force India and Lotus – are already ‘customers’ in [...]

Williams problems Monaco specific

May 23rd, 2015

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The Williams Formula 1 team is “reasonably confident” its poor Monaco Grand Prix performance so far will not be repeated at other tracks this season. Valtteri Bottas was failed to make Q2 for the first time since last year’s British GP after finishing qualifying 16th fastest while team-mate Felipe Massa could only manage 14th. This year, Williams has excelled on tracks with long straights and high-speed corners – two aspects not applicable to Monte Carlo’s tight and twisty street circuit. “The situation for us is exaggerated from the point of view that you’ve got very low surface roughness here, no high-speed corners, no straights within which you could generate indentation when you’ve got a lot of load on the car,” said performance chief Rob Smedley. “So it’s a bit of [...]

Vanthoor’s Audi fastest in practice

May 23rd, 2015

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WRT Audi driver Laurens Vanthoor topped the times in free practice for Sunday’s Blancpain Endurance Series encounter at Silverstone. Vanthoor, who is bidding for a third victory on successive weekends with the WRT squad after his Brands Hatch Blancpain Sprint Series win and then his triumph in the Nurburbring 24 Hours, set a best time of 2m01.097s early in the second of the two practice sessions. That time aboard the Audi R8 LMS ultra he shares with Robin Frijns and Jean-Karl Vernay put him just under a tenth up on the 2m01.180s set by Franck Perera aboard the Pro-Am class TDS Racing BMW Z4 GT3. The top two were half a second ahead of third-placed Markus Winkelhock, who ended up on a 2m01.688s in the solo Phoenix Audi R8. Fourth [...]

Monaco traffic ‘worst it has been’

May 23rd, 2015

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Jenson Button has slated the traffic during Formula 1 sessions throughout this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix as “the worst it has ever been”. Button and fellow McLaren driver Fernando Alonso are to take their complaints to FIA race director Charlie Whiting at the next drivers’ briefing ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix. Both men believe the stewards should have clamped down on what they feel to be blatant acts of blocking. Assessing the events in practice and in qualifying, Button said: “It feels the worst it has been. “But then we’re going to do it unless there is a penalty, and that’s the problem. “I’m sure at the next race [at the drivers' briefing] it won’t only be us that complain about it. “It has been very bad, and some [...]

Ogier closes on Latvala in Portugal

May 23rd, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala will begin the Rally of Portugal’s deciding morning under heavy pressure from Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier after a string of stage wins for the World Rally champion. Ogier was fastest on all three of Saturday afternoon’s stages, thriving as the worst of the loose gravel that had hampered him in the morning had been cleared during the first pass. He went into Saturday only sixth, 25.9s off Latvala, and couldn’t close that gap much in the morning. But his afternoon charge brought Ogier firmly into contention, as he demoted Kris Meeke and Andreas Mikkelsen to third and fourth. Latvala rued his tyre management on the long final stage in particular, where he initially looked set to inch slightly further away from Ogier before ending up 5s down on [...]

Solberg on top after Lydden day one

May 23rd, 2015

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Reigning World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg dominated the opening day of the Motorsport News World RX of Great Britain at Lydden Hill. The Norwegian was fastest in both of the first two heats, but was made to work for his heat two race victory by Johan Kristoffersson. The Swede beat Solberg away from the startline in the final race of heat two and led until he took his joker on the fourth lap, when Solberg seized the lead to claim his second win of the day. “It’s really good to be leading,” said Solberg. “I didn’t make a very good start in the second race and I wasn’t able to go at the speed I wanted because I was behind. “I didn’t think I was going to win but I [...]

Stanaway takes first win for Status

May 23rd, 2015

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Richie Stanaway scored a lights-to-flag victory in the GP2 sprint race at Monaco, giving the Status team its first win in the Formula 1 support category. From the outside of the front row, Kiwi Stanaway powered a past bogged down polesitter Raffaele Marciello away from the lights. Sergey Sirotkin slotted in ahead of third-qualifier Julian Leal into Sainte Devote, and the top-three would remain static until the chequered flag. As in the Monaco feature race on Friday, Sergio Canamasas was in feisty and inspired form, making a bold pass on Leal into Sainte Devote on lap seven. Canamasas just made the corner, and once past he pulled eight seconds clear to back up his feature race podium with another strong points haul. A congested first lap conspired to produce multiple [...]

Qualifying press conference – Monaco

May 23rd, 2015

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DRIVERS 1 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes) 2 – Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes) 3 – Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari) TV UNILATERAL Lewis, it’s seems to strange that it’s your first pole at Monaco, what does it mean to you? Lewis HAMILTON: It does, it’s been a long, long time. I can’t express to you just how happy I am. It wasn’t the easiest session. I had a lot of things that kind of [would easily] throw you off your rhythm. Which it did. I didn’t have the rhythm until the last two laps. So I was really, really happy with it and coming across the line just hoping for once that you’ve got it. This is incredibly special for me and for my guys who have worked so hard this weekend, so I’m [...]

Di Grassi dominates Berlin FE race

May 23rd, 2015

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Lucas di Grassi dominated the German round of the Formula E Championship at Berlin Tempelhof to extend his points lead. The Brazilian, driving for the Abt team, started second on the grid behind Jarno Trulli and had to slot into second place through the first corner. But Trulli made a mistake at the second corner, losing the rear under braking and being spat wide – allowing di Grassi to take the lead while the polesitter scrabbled to hang onto second. Thereafter, the Brazilian was never seriously threatened, pulling out a lead of over 10 seconds in the opening eight laps and preserving that during the pitstops for car changes. Di Grassi re-emerged with an advantage of 11 seconds and controlled the gap to the finish to take the chequered flag [...]

Confusion cost Ricciardo shot at P3

May 23rd, 2015

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Daniel Ricciardo believes third on the Formula 1 grid for the Monaco Grand Prix was there for the taking but for a miscommunication on his final qualifying lap. Ricciardo still matched his best grid slot of the year with fourth, one place ahead of Red Bull team-mate Daniil Kvyat. The Australian, however, was left to rue a late call with regard to some switch changes going into his final run that cost him power, and ultimately a shot at third, finishing 0.192s behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. “People thought I was in a different engine mode, which I wasn’t, so when they told me to make the standard change it’s put us out of the correct one,” said Ricciardo. “Starting the lap I could feel the power was down, so I [...]

Sainz forced to start from pitlane

May 23rd, 2015

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Carlos Sainz Jr will start the Monaco Grand Prix from the pitlane after failing to stop at the weighbridge during Formula 1 qualifying. Sainz qualified eighth in his Toro Rosso, but he now faces an arduous race from the back after being penalised by the FIA stewards for his indiscretion. A statement read: “The driver failed to stop for weighing during Q1 when signalled to do so by the red traffic light. “The car was not returned to the FIA garage and work was undertaken. “In accordance with article 26.1 (iv) of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations the driver is required to start from the pit lane.” Sainz, speaking ahead of being called to the stewards along with a team representative, said: “The red light on the entry to [...]

Raikkonen: Qualifying was a disaster

May 23rd, 2015

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Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen said his Monaco Grand Prix qualifying was a “disaster” as his disappointing form over one lap this season continued. The Finn has struggled to put together a tidy lap in qualifying this year and he is the only driver in 2015 to have not out-qualified his team-mate at least once. Raikkonen will start Sunday’s race from sixth, having finished 1.3s off pole and six tenths adrift of team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who starts third. “It was a bad result in the end as it’s difficult to overtake here,” said Raikkonen. “It’s not a very happy day. “It’s going to be a long race if I’m stuck behind some cars, but I’ll try to get the maximum out of it. “We had no grip on the [...]

McLaren could’ve ‘easily’ made Q3

May 23rd, 2015

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McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso believe the team should have easily got both cars comfortably into the top 10 for Formula 1′s Monaco Grand Prix. Button narrowly missed out on making Q3 due to a yellow flag at Sainte Devote on his final Q2 lap, while Alonso’s car stopped early in the second qualifying segment with a suspected electrical problem. Alonso believes that McLaren could have had a car as high as sixth on the grid if everything had gone to plan, while Button is certain that he would have made it into the top 10 without the disruption caused by the yellow flags. “I lost a lot of time lifting for the yellow flag and I gained most of it back,” said Button. “I was only a [...]

Hamilton making up for missed chances

May 23rd, 2015

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Lewis Hamilton is determined to make up for Monaco Grands Prix that have got away in the past after finally clinching his first Formula 1 pole position at the famed street track. At the ninth time of asking in his F1 career, Hamilton will start from top spot on the grid in Monte Carlo after ending Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg’s bid for a hat-trick of consecutive poles at the Principality. A mistake from Rosberg on his second run in Q3, combined with a sublime lap from reigning champion Hamilton ensured the Briton finished four tenths of a second clear of the German. Hamilton said: “It ‘s been a long time. It was 2006 in GP2 the last time I was on pole here. Report: Hamilton takes first Monaco GP pole [...]

Hamilton takes his first Monaco pole

May 23rd, 2015

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Lewis Hamilton comfortably claimed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, as his Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg’s qualifying challenge went awry. The two Mercedes drivers were once again well clear of the rest of the field on pure pace and thus engaged in an exclusive battle for the top spot. Hamilton trailed Rosberg by nearly four tenths of a second after Q2, but reversed the positions by just over a tenth of a second after their first runs in the top-10 shootout. Hamilton found even more time on his final run in Q3, while Rosberg abandoned his after locking up heavily at Sainte Devote. That left Hamilton 0.342 seconds clear in claiming his first pole position in Monte Carlo. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was the only other driver to [...]

Pirelli sets conditions for new F1 deal

May 23rd, 2015

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Pirelli is willing to continue as Formula 1′s tyre supplier, but only if certain conditions are met. The FIA has opened the tyre tender process for 2017-19, and Pirelli chairman and chief executive Marco Tronchetti Provera said his firm would be happy to continue either as sole supplier, or if the sport opts to reintroduce competition “We intend to stay if the regulations are the ones we agree upon, if the costs are affordable, and the guarantee we want to have in the contracts is accepted,” he said in Monaco. “We want tests that will be done properly in order to have the best product available, and then we are ready to help create more emotions, but only with the highest level of safety. “More testing would be better for [...]