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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, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • 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 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

    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 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

    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 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

    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 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.

Giovinazzi and Rosenqvist split poles

July 31st, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist and Antonio Giovinazzi will share the front row for the second and third races of the Formula 3 European Championship’s Red Bull Ring round. The pair both claimed a pole and a second from Friday afternoon’s 20-minute session to set the grid for the races two and three, after Rosenqvist led an all-Prema Powerteam top three in qualifying for the opener. Rosenqvist and Giovinazzi contested the fastest outright time, with the Swede eventually taking top spot and pole for race two with a time of 1m24.359s. Championship leader Giovinazzi had to settle for second, 0.234 seconds behind, but he could take solace from the fact his next-best lap, 1m24.766s, was 0.041s better than Rosenqvist’s. It secured pole for Sunday’s final race, his third of the campaign following a [...]

Prema top three in first qualifying

July 31st, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist will start the weekend’s opening Formula 3 European Championship race at the Red Bull Ring on pole position, after leading a Prema Powerteam sweep of the top three. The practice pacesetter was never far from the top of the times during the 20-minute session, and sat second to team-mate Jake Dennis entering the closing minutes. Dennis, already up by 0.037 seconds, then improved further to 1m24.517s, only for Rosenqvist to log a 1m24.510s with just over one minute remaining. On the next lap, Dennis went faster again through the first sector but he couldn’t maintain the pace over the remainder of the lap, and Rosenqvist claimed his 18th F3 pole by 0.007s. The Swede won all three races at the circuit in 2013. Ferrari junior Lance Stroll was [...]

Rosenqvist fastest at Red Bull Ring

July 31st, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist led the way in practice for the Formula 3 European Championship’s Red Bull Ring round, shading rookie Charles Leclerc. Rosenqvist topped both sessions, leading a Prema Powerteam top three in the opening 40 minutes of running with a time of 1m25.326s. That effort, set in the final minute, put the Swede just 0.084 seconds ahead of team-mate Jake Dennis, with Lance Stroll a further two tenths behind. Rosenqvist found the best part of one second in the following session as times tumbled, with his 1m24.541s good enough for top spot. It put him 0.079s ahead of Leclerc, while Dennis was third in both the session and the combined times. Having taken his first F3 victory at Zandvoort earlier this month, Markus Pommer was fourth, ahead of the best [...]

Renault in FR3.5 handover talks

July 31st, 2015

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Renault has announced that plans for a handover of the promotion of Formula Renault 3.5 in 2016 to current joint-organiser RPM are ongoing. Last week the French manufacturer informed teams it would end its eleven-year support of the category at the conclusion of this season. Representatives from FR3.5 teams, RPM and Renault Sport met at RPM’s Barcelona offices on Thursday to discuss developments. “[A] meeting took place in Barcelona together with all the Formula Renault 3.5 series teams representatives, RPM and Renault Sport in order to study the conditions and the feasibility of the handover of the series to RPM from 2016,” a Renault statement said. “Practical propositions were provided and will need to be investigated before a decision can be made. “All the parties have the same intention to [...]

Double R promotes MSA Formula racer

July 30th, 2015

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Double R Racing will promote its MSA Formula driver Matheus Leist to the Formula 3 European Championship at the Red Bull Ring this weekend to replace the injured Nicolas Pohler. German driver Pohler sustained a broken arm in a cycling accident following the last European F3 round at Zandvoort, Team boss Anthony Hieatt acknowledged that jumping straight into F3 was a big step for 17-year-old Brazilian Leist, who is currently third in the MSA Formula standings. “Matheus isn’t expecting much from the Red Bull Ring, he knows it’s going to be a huge learning curve and a major challenge against some very quick and experienced drivers,” said Hieatt. “Racing in FIA F3 can’t be underestimated, it’s one of the hardest and most competitive categories in the world at any level [...]

GP2 and GP3 join Bahrain WEC event

July 30th, 2015

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The GP2 and GP3 championships will stage an extra round in 2015 in support of the World Endurance Championship event in Bahrain. Both the GP2 and GP3 season lost a round to the cancellation of Formula 1′s German Grand Prix, but organisers had always intended to replace this event. After talks with a number of potential venues, including Qatar’s Losail track, a deal has been struck with Bahrain and the WEC to stage the round on November 19-21. “I am pleased to confirm that we have added Sakhir to our 2015 GP2 calendar in November,” said GP2 CEO Bruno Michel. “Ever since the announcement of the cancellation of the German event, we have been working hard to try and add a round for our series. “It was important that we [...]

Stroll excluded after appeal hearing

July 29th, 2015

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Lance Stroll has been excluded from the result of the third Formula 3 European Championship race at Monza following an appeal hearing. Prema Powerteam driver Stroll was involved in a spectacular crash in race two at the Italian venue, rolling his car after making contact with Antonio Giovinazzi entering the Curva Grande (pictured below). Stewards ordered Stroll to start the weekend’s final race from the pitlane as a penalty, but he was able to take up his grid position of 11th after the decision was appealed and he finished the race in ninth. After the event, Prema served notice of its intent to withdraw the appeal. The International Court of Appeal ruled that Stroll should be excluded from the results, which only equates to the loss of one point since [...]

Honda’s Matsushita leads ART one-two

July 26th, 2015

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Honda protege Nobuharu Matsushita stormed to his maiden GP2 victory from pole position ahead of ART Grand Prix team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne at the Hungaroring. Matsushita got a perfect start, leaving the rest of the field behind by Turn 1. McLaren junior and championship leader Vandoorne had an equally impressive getaway from fourth on the grid to take second. The two ART drivers disappeared up the road in the early stages and it looked like it was going to be a two horse race before Rapax driver Sergey Sirotkin, who started sixth, put Vandoorne under pressure. He couldn’t find a way past though, despite numerous attempts at Turn 1 with DRS, and had to settle for third, taking his second podium finish of the weekend. Matsuhita enjoyed a comfortable race out [...]

Lynn wins feature race in DAMS 1-2

July 25th, 2015

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Williams Formula 1 development driver Alex Lynn pulled off a superb first GP2 feature race victory and helped secure a DAMS one-two with Pierre Gasly at the Hungaroring. Lynn got a great start from pole and was almost a second clear of the field when they reached Turn 2. Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne, who also started on the front row, had an awful start, bogging down on the grid and falling down to fifth. Lynn set about building a gap to his team-mate but was stopped in his tracks by the safety car, which was caused by Sergio Canamass ending up in the barrier following contact with Nicholas Latifi. On the restart Lynn was able to gradually increase the gap to Gasly and looked to have the race under control. [...]

Renault to withdraw backing of FR3.5

July 24th, 2015

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Renault Sport has informed Formula Renault 3.5 teams that its eleven-year backing of the category will cease at the end of this season. AUTOSPORT understands a revamped series is set to continue next year, and a meeting on its future will be held in Spain between the teams, Renault Sport and joint promoter RPM next Thursday. Although several key decisions have yet to be taken, RPM boss Jaime Alguersuari Sr is favourite to retake the reins of the championship. Alguersuari headed the organisation of the Open Fortuna by Nissan and World Series by Nissan championships between 1998 and 2004, before the category merged with the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup. Renault’s decision to discontinue is thought to stem from the arrival of the new FIA-backed Formula 2 series and marketing and [...]

Lynn pips Vandoorne for first GP2 pole

July 24th, 2015

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Williams Formula 1 development driver Alex Lynn claimed his maiden GP2 pole position at the Hungaroring by edging out McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne. DAMS driver Lynn was down in eighth before he set the pace on his second set of soft tyres. With a clear track, the Brit set a time of 1m28.022s to go just 0.019 seconds clear of Vandoorne, who topped the timesheets in the early stages. ART Grand Prix’s Vandoorne tried his best to improve but struggled to find any clear track as the majority of the field jostled for position on their final runs, meaning the Belgian had to settle for second. Like Lynn, Campos Racing driver Arthur Pic made use of a clear track to pip Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello to third, with Pierre Gasly [...]

Vandoorne on top in GP2 practice

July 24th, 2015

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McLaren Formula 1 protege Stoffel Vandoorne led GP2 free practice at the Hungaroring for ART Grand Prix, almost half a second clear of Rio Haryanto. Vandoorne set a time of 1m28.969s early in the 45-minute session and never looked like being beaten. The Belgian, who like several others ran with a tribute to Jules Bianchi, was the only driver to get under 1m29s. The rest of the field were significantly closer together with less than a second separating the top 10. Haryanto was Vandoorne’s closest challenger, finishing 0.415s off the pace ahead of William Formula 1 development driver Alex Lynn. Arthur Pic climbed the order halfway through the session to finish fourth, edging out Lynn’s DAMS team-mate Pierre Gasly, who briefly set the pace early on, in fifth. Ferrari protege [...]

Latifi to race for MP in Hungary

July 22nd, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 driver Nicholas Latifi will return to GP2 this weekend at the Hungaroring with MP Motorsport. The Canadian made his debut in the series at Abu Dhabi last year with Hilmer Motorsport and currently sits 11th in the FR3.5 standings. Latifi will line up alongside Daniel De Jong, in the car raced by Oliver Rowland at Silverstone, and the team says he will contest additional, “selected” races during the second half of the season. “I’m really excited to be joining MP Motorsport,” the 20-year-old said. “I have never worked with the team before but I look forward to developing a good relationship with everyone. “I have driven a GP2 car previously, and raced in Hungary earlier this year [in FR3.5], which will definitely help me getting up to [...]

Gelael adds GP2 programme

July 17th, 2015

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Sean Gelael will add a GP2 programme with Carlin to his Formula Renault 3.5 campaign for the rest of the 2015 season. The Indonesian driver takes the Carlin GP2 seat left vacant by Marco Sorenson’s departure. Johnny Cecotto Jr had filled in for Silverstone, with Gelael’s deal beginning from the next race at the Hungaroring. “The opportunity came up at Carlin and it was a good fit,” said Gelael. “I just want to try and learn as much as possible and it will be good to get experience of the Pirelli tyres. “I’m not quite sure what I’m doing yet next year so using this as a building year. “To be able to do these GP2 races with Carlin, who we have great chemistry with and a great history with, [...]

Masters of F3 set for resurgence

July 17th, 2015

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The Masters of F3 race at Zandvoort looks set to recover for its September running – the 25th time the event has been held – after a poor year in 2014. A straw poll by AUTOSPORT of Formula 3 European Championship teams, which raced at the Dutch circuit last weekend, indicates a likely entry in the low to mid-twenties. Last year the race suffered because of a European round the following weekend at Moscow Raceway – with insufficient time to truck the cars from the Netherlands to Russia, the Masters was run for older-spec cars from the German and British championships. Only 11 cars turned up, and the race was won by guesting European championship star Max Verstappen in a German F3 Dallara-Volkswagen run by Motopark. This year the race [...]

Masters F3 debut for Japanese engine

July 14th, 2015

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A new Japanese Formula 3 engine is to make its race debut in the Masters of F3 at Zandvoort in September. The ThreeBond powerplant, which has been built by the firm’s long-time associate Tomei, was homologated by the FIA for F3 use last week. The ThreeBond-backed T-Sport team, which used the company’s Tomei-built Nissan engine in F3 in 2012 and ’13, will run the car. T-Sport will add the machine as a second entry alongside its regular car powered by a Neil Brown Engineering unit, which is driven by Julio Moreno. The Brackley-based squad tested an early version of the ThreeBond engine at Silverstone last December, and is confident that the new product can be competitive. Technical director Alan ‘Skelly’ Woodhead said: “Everything that I’ve seen – the figures and [...]

Pommer used Verstappen’s ‘tricks’

July 13th, 2015

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Markus Pommer says he made use of data from Max Verstappen’s Masters of F3 victory of 2014 for his maiden win in the Formula 3 European Championship at Zandvoort. Pommer qualified his Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen on the front row for the first time in European F3, and was never headed after getting the jump on poleman Antonio Giovinazzi at the start. Motopark won at the Dutch track last year on a one-off outing with Verstappen, who had his first F3 test with the team at Valencia in December 2013. Even though Verstappen was using an older-spec German F3 car for his Masters win, Pommer said: “I saw the data from Max, and maybe it helped a bit. I saw some tricks!” The 24-year-old German, who has aspirations to move into LMP2, [...]

Vaxiviere takes FR3.5 race two victory

July 12th, 2015

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Lotus Formula 1 junior Matthieu Vaxiviere recorded a long-anticipated third win of the season in the second Formula Renault 3.5 race at the Red Bull Ring. The French racer made up for the disappointment of a tough opener on Sunday morning, in which he dropped a position and sustained minor damage in contact, to recoup a handful of points over title rival and race one victor Oliver Rowland. Poleman Vaxiviere and Fortec charge Rowland spent a large portion of the opening lap running wheel to wheel in a thrilling battle, but the Limoges ace skilfully defended his position and subsequently opened out a four second margin of victory. “I am happy to the win, but looking at the whole of the day I am not so happy as we struggled [...]

Merhi: FR3.5 exclusion ‘excessive’

July 12th, 2015

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Manor Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi has labelled his exclusion from both Red Bull Ring Formula Renault 3.5 races as “excessive”. The Pons racer slowed his car suddenly after the chequered flag at the end of race one and was then rear-ended at speed by Arden driver Nicholas Latifi, fortunately without serious injury to either driver. The Spaniard was judged by race officials to have made a dangerous amanoeuvre, breaching Article 3a, Chapter Four, Appendix L of the International Sporting Code. In a statement, Merhi said he felt the punishment – which prevents him from taking up a front-row starting position for race two – was harsh. “First of all I want to say I am glad that Latifi is well, that’s all-important after what happened,” he is quoted as [...]

Merhi excluded over huge FR3.5 crash

July 12th, 2015

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Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi has been excluded from both Red Bull Ring Formula Renault 3.5 races for triggering a huge crash in race one. Pons Racing’s Spaniard was involved in a frightening accident shortly after taking the chequered flag on Sunday morning, when his slowing car was rear-ended at high speed by Arden racer Nicholas Latifi. Both cars sustained heavy damage in the violent impact. The decision by race officials means that Merhi will be unable to take up his front row starting position for race two, which is scheduled to take place at 6.20pm local time. Pons team manager Emilio de Villota Jr told AUTOSPORT: “I don’t think it is really my place to comment on the stewards’ decision. “It is up to the driver or his management [...]