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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.

Monaco GP post-race press conference

May 24th, 2015

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DRIVERS 1 – Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes) 2 – Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari) 3 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Martin Brundle) Nico, congratulations, the first time in your career you’ve won two races on the bounce but more importantly three consecutive races here in Monaco. The last man to do that was the great Ayrton Senna. That was quite a race. Nico ROSBERG: Yeah, for sure, very, very happy of course. But I know also that it was just a lot of luck today. Lewis drove brilliantly and he would have also deserved the win for sure. But that’s the way it is in racing and definitely I’m extremely happy and going to make the most of it. Yeah, you spent most of your time looking in your rear [...]

Abt blames repairs for exclusion

May 24th, 2015

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The Audi Sport Abt team has blamed repair work for the front-wing infringements that led to Lucas di Grassi being stripped of victory in Saturday’s Berlin Templhof Formula E race. The Brazilian dominated the race, but was excluded two hours after the finish for a series of irregularities related to the front wing, which included internal modifications. Team boss Hans-Jurgen Abt said the lack of time to effect precise repairs as being behind what were deemed by stewards to be illegal modifications to a spec part. “After making necessary repairs, some of the parts were no longer in their original form as specific by the regulations,” said Abt. “In Formula E, the cars and all spare parts are transported around the world in boxes. “The team doesn’t have the time [...]

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 [...]

Di Grassi leads Berlin FE practice

May 23rd, 2015

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Formula E championship leader Lucas di Grassi topped free practice for the German round of the series at Berlin Tempelhof. The Brazilian, driving for the Abt squad, lapped the airport circuit in a time of 1m22.032s to beat e.DAMS driver Nicolas Prost by 0.160 seconds in the quicker second free practice session. Di Grassi was only 11th in early-morning practice after suffering a brief spin, but did not use the full 200kW qualifying-specification power, so his pace in the second session makes him favourite to take his maiden Formula E pole position later on Saturday. It was a strong performance from di Grassi, who was also fastest in the first half of the second session, and was visibly hustling the car. Jerome d’Ambrosio was third fastest, setting a time just [...]

Vandoorne wins Monaco GP2 opener

May 22nd, 2015

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McLaren Formula 1 protege Stoffel Vandoorne claimed his third-straight GP2 feature race victory of the season at Monaco, after making a bold tyre strategy work. Vandoorne led home polesitter Alexander Rossi by a commanding 6.2 seconds, as the pair made super-soft tyres last for half of the 40-lap duration. From second on the grid, Raffaele Marciello started on the option tyre and moved into the lead around the outside of the first corner, but his time in the sun was fleeting. The Ferrari junior began to suffer degradation early and was caught by the soft-shod Rossi and Vandoorne, while Arthur Pic – who, like Marciello, started on the super-softs – soon joined them. Marciello pitted on lap nine, releasing Rossi and Vandoorne and the pair built an advantage at the [...]

Rossi beats Marciello to GP2 pole

May 21st, 2015

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Alexander Rossi claimed Monaco GP2 pole with a commanding performance in wet conditions. Ferrari Formula 1 protege Raffaele Marciello will join him on the front row, having outpaced championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne in the wetter Group A session to ensure an end to the Belgian’s run of GP2 poles. Vandoorne had topped every GP2 qualifying session since Spa last August, but he will line up fourth after ending the first session 0.767 seconds shy of Trident driver Marciello. Marciello caught some flamboyant slides as he took charge of the session, and looked assured of pole even before yellows came out in the final minutes due to Daniel de Jong nosing into the Mirabeau barriers and Zoel Amberg wiping his right rear wheel off on the exit of Tabac. With the [...]

Dixon lands pole for Indianapolis 500

May 17th, 2015

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Scott Dixon emerged from a tumultuous Indianapolis 500 qualifying process as the polesitter for next weekend’s IndyCar race. A combination of rain on Saturday and the introduction of late regulation changes on Sunday morning to address the rash of airborne accidents during practice left qualifying reduced to a single four-lap run for each driver. Dixon was fourth cab off the rank and reeled off a four-lap average of 226.760mph, and his speed proved to be enough to see off the threat presented by the Penskes and Ganassi team-mate Tony Kanaan. “It means a lot,” said the New Zealander. “With all of the preparation that goes into qualifying, I’m so proud of everybody who has worked to get the speed out of the car. “It was definitely a tough day. I’m [...]

Audi takes Nurburgring 24H victory

May 17th, 2015

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Audi’s R8 LMS won on its 24-hour race debut as Christopher Mies, Edward Sandstrom, Laurens Vanthoor and Nico Muller took victory by 40.729s after an incident-packed Nurburgring 24 Hours. BMWs entered by Marc VDS and Team Schubert dominated qualifying and set the early pace but fell victim to accidents both on track and in the pits. Martin Tomczyk went from the second row to lead the opening stint in his Team Schubert Z4, but that car was an early casualty when Claudia Hurtgen crashed it during the first of many showers of rain. Dirk Werner hit the barriers in the sister car shortly before midnight. With the polesitting #26 Farfus/Muller/Adorf/Catsburg Marc VDS BMW delayed by a pit fire and the #2 Christodoulou/Buurman/Simonsen/Schneider Black Falcon Mercedes marooned on track with a [...]

Lorenzo leads Rossi for Yamaha 1-2

May 17th, 2015

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Jorge Lorenzo made it back-to-back MotoGP wins with a commanding ride to victory, leading Valentino Rossi home in a Yamaha one-two at Le Mans. The Spaniard did not put a wheel wrong during the French Grand Prix and kept team-mate Rossi at arm’s length in the final half of the race to earn a second win of the season. Lorenzo made a solid start from third on the grid to follow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso past poleman Marc Marquez, and moved to the front when Marquez ran too deep into the Dunlop chicane. The Honda rider briefly retook the lead but dropped to fourth as he regained control of his bike, delaying Dovizioso in the process and handing Lorenzo the initiative. Lorenzo needed no second invitation and immediately edged clear of [...]

BMW leads three-way Nurburgring fight

May 17th, 2015

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With a quarter of the race to go, the 2015 Nurburgring 24 Hours has evolved into a tightly contested battle between Audi, BMW and Porsche. Just one new Audi R8 remains in the hunt for overall victory, since one car has been working its way back from 61st place after a crash in the second hour and two others – including one driven by the 2014 winners – were eliminated in separate incidents during the night. By first light the WRT-entered #28 Mies/Sandstrom/Muller/Vanthoor R8 LMS, the #25 Martin/Luhr/Westbrook/Palttala Marc VDS BMW Z4 and the #44 Dumbreck/Henzler/Ragginger/Imperatori Falken Porsche 911 were taking turns in the lead as each headed for the pits. Running in the clear, the BMW leads by just over two minutes from the Audi, with the Porsche 37 [...]

Dennis wins again in Pau race two

May 16th, 2015

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Jake Dennis continued his superb weekend in Pau by taking his second win of the day in the Formula 3 European Championship. Dennis led all the way in a chaotic race that first went three times under the safety car, and was even red-flagged before an eight-minute resumption to the finish, which began under the inevitable safety car, making its fourth appearance of the race. The Racing Steps-backed 2012 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner said it was much easier this time, and that was principally because another bad start from front-row partner Charles Leclerc allowed Maximilian Gunther into second place. After an early safety car, caused by Matt Solomon hitting the wall at Pont Oscar, German rookie Gunther kept at bay a train comprising Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi and Arjun Maini [...]

Muller wins tight Nordschleife finale

May 16th, 2015

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Yvan Muller scraped to victory from Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez by 0.173s in a tense second WTCC encounter on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Lopez had spent much of the race bottled up in the lower half of the top 10 until being released when Ma Qing Hua spun on the final lap. He then powered past the works Hondas of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro on the back straight to arrive in his team-mate’s mirrors as the chequered flag flew. Monteiro led most of the first lap from reverse-grid pole, and he survived an early challenge from Muller before succumbing at the end of the lap. Fellow front-row starter Tom Coronel’s ROAL Chevrolet was shuffled down the pack as Muller and Tarquini came through, soon to be followed by the [...]

Lopez triumphs in Nordschleife opener

May 16th, 2015

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World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez converted pole position to victory for Citroen at the first Nurburgring Nordschleife race as chaos erupted behind him at the start. Lopez’s team-mate Sebastien Loeb made a clean getaway to run to an untroubled second place at the finish, 4.930 seconds down on Lopez. Chevrolet privateer Hugo Valente was slow away from the front row and swerved right to block Norbert Michelisz, who exploded forwards from fourth on the grid in the Zengo Honda. Valente collected Michelisz but failed to arrest his progress, instead dropping to the lower reaches of the top 10 as the field threaded through the first corner. Lopez led from Loeb and Yvan Muller, with Michelisz heading the chase, closely attended by Gabriele Tarquini in the fastest of [...]

Morgan takes commanding victory

May 10th, 2015

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Adam Morgan commanded the British Touring Car Championship’s reverse-grid race at Thruxton from start to finish to earn his second win in the series. The Ciceley Racing driver won at the Brands Hatch finale last season but only after a post-race penalty for Jason Plato, and if that was a fortunate maiden triumph there was no doubting the Mercedes driver fully deserved this success. From pole position Morgan opened up an early lead over MG’s Andrew Jordan, holding a two-second advantage after just four laps. He extended that by a further second as Jordan held WSR’s Sam Tordoff at bay, but a safety car caused by Warren Scott crashing his Team BMR Volkswagen CC eradicated the gap. When the safety car returned to the pits with seven laps to go, [...]

Plato defeats Collard for 90th victory

May 10th, 2015

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Jason Plato resisted race-long pressure from Rob Collard to notch his 90th victory in the British Touring Car Championship in the second race at Thruxton. Collard got his rear-wheel drive WSR BMR ahead of Plato’s BMW Volkswagen at the start, as behind a slow getaway from Adam Morgan allowed Gordon Shedden and Andy Priaulx to attack. The three ran side-by-side through Allard and Shedden, on the outside in his Honda Civic Type-R, got very close to Priaulx’s WSR BMW, which touched Morgan’s Mercedes. As Shedden took second, Priaulx did a full 360-degree spin and Morgan slithered across the grass on the right-hand side, with Josh Cook and Jeff Smith exiting the track stage-left in avoidance. Priaulx recovered with only a handful of positions lost until Warren Scott hit him at [...]

Penalty costs Stuvik GP3 debut point

May 10th, 2015

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Status Grand Prix driver Sandy Stuvik has lost his point for 10th place in Saturday’s GP3 season-opener at Barcelona after a penalty for overtaking under the safety car. The Thai was found guilty of overtaking Jenzer Motorsport’s Pal Varhaug after the safety car was deployed mid-race. Stuvik went on to finish 10th, but a 10-second time penalty relegates him to 18th. This means that Alfonso Celis Jr claims the final point after being promoted to 10th place. The driver who was found guilty of causing that safety car by colliding with Ralph Boschung – Status Grand Prix driver Seb Morris – has been given a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s sprint race. Stewards found that he missed his braking point and hit Boschung, putting both out of the race. There [...]

Bushell sidelined with leg injuries

May 9th, 2015

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Mike Bushell will miss the British Touring Car Championship’s trio of races at Thruxton on Sunday after suffering a severe leg injury in a qualifying crash with Simon Belcher. The AmD rookie was exiting the pitlane in the early stages of Saturday’s session when he collided with Belcher’s Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis, which was exiting Allard on a flying lap. Both cars sustained significant damage after a heavy hit into the tyre-protected Armco barrier. Belcher was unhurt but Bushell was taken to hospital in Southampton with what was initially suspected to be a broken femur. Further examination revealed that he had avoided broken bones but sustained severe ligament damage. Speedworks Motorsport boss Christian Dick, whose team helps run Belcher’s Handy car, said the Avensis suffered “a lot of damage” and [...]

Smith takes first BTCC pole position

May 9th, 2015

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Aron Smith earned his first pole position in the British Touring Car Championship after emerging from a frantic qualifying session on top at Thruxton. The Team BMR Volkswagen CC driver beat the Hondas of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal by less than a tenth after a breathless seven-minute shootout for pole. An off for Hunter Abbott at Goodwood brought out the red flag with less than a third of the session remaining, at which time Neal was on course for a first series pole since mid-2012 on a 1m16.969s. But when the session resumed, the order changed multiple times at the top. First, Dave Newsham leapt to second with an identical time to Neal, but he lost that for exceeding track limits and plummeted to 16th. Adam Morgan then went [...]

Buemi claims Monaco Formula E win

May 9th, 2015

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Sebastien Buemi became Formula E’s first repeat winner with victory in the Monaco ePrix, ending a run of six different winners from the first six races. The World Endurance champion, whose previous win with e.dams had come in Punta del Este in Uruguay last December, also becomes the first driver to convert an FE pole position into a win. The start of the race was marred by two crashes on lap one. Jean-Eric Vergne hit the rear of Andretti Autosport team-mate Scott Speed approaching the first corner, and in the concertina Jaime Alguersuari, who started 17th after a grid penalty, sustained enough suspension damage to retire on the spot. One corner later Daniel Abt went wide and hit the wall on the exit of Sainte Devote. Bruno Senna was left [...]

Manor season starts ‘properly’ in Spain

May 4th, 2015

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Manor boss John Booth believes his Formula 1 team will only start showing some of its full potential from this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. After a fraught winter trying to resurrect the Marussia outfit, Booth’s squad has been focused on pure survival for the past few months. But having got both cars to the finish in China and Bahrain and then had proper time back at base in the UK, Manor chiefs hope things will now step up as F1 returns to Europe. “The first two months of the year and six weeks leading up to Melbourne, nothing else came on the radar apart from getting onto the grid,” said Booth. “The team were all working hard back at the factory and there was no room for anything else. “Once [...]