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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.

Rahal closes in on Montoya with win

August 2nd, 2015

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Graham Rahal blasted the IndyCar title fight wide open with a hometown win at Mid-Ohio on Sunday. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver saw off a brief challenge from Andretti Autosport’s Justin Wilson on a restart with seven laps to go, and coasted away to secure the victory. He picked up an extra point on the final lap for most laps led, bringing him to within just nine points of Juan Pablo Montoya with two races remaining. “Honestly, for me, other than the Indy 500 this is the biggest race of the year,” Rahal said. “To get this victory at a time when we really needed it … man, I don’t know what to say. This means more than my first win. This is everything.” Wilson held on for second to [...]

Dennis resists Rosenqvist in race one

August 1st, 2015

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Prema Powerteam’s Jake Dennis beat team-mate Felix Rosenqvist to win the opening Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring. Dennis, starting second, passed poleman Rosenqvist on the run down to Turn 1 off the start to take an early lead. Rosenqvist shadowed Dennis throughout the race, but could not deter his team-mate, who went on to claim his fifth win of the campaign, 0.6 seconds clear of the Swede. Championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi jumped Lance Stroll off the start to claim the final podium spot in third for Carlin. Ferrari protege Stroll was forced to settle for fourth, ahead of George Russell and Charles Leclerc, who passed Signature racer Alexander Albon for sixth late on at Turn 3. Gustavo Menezes was seventh for Carlin, [...]

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 [...]

Newgarden claims first IndyCar pole

July 12th, 2015

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Josef Newgarden claimed the first pole position of his IndyCar career by topping a tricky qualifying session at Milwaukee. The CFH driver drew the 15th qualifying slot and reeled off a two-lap average of 170.223mph to move into first place, beating the provisional benchmark set just a moment earlier by Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan. With an average speed more than 0.5mph quicker than the Brazilian’s, Newgarden’s time was always going to offer a challenge to the drivers still yet to complete their runs, and indeed only Schmidt’s Ryan Briscoe managed to join him in averaging over 170mph. “It’s great,” said Newgarden, who also headed both of the weekend’s practice sessions. “We’ve never got a pole before so I’m just happy for the crew. “And it’s cool to do it on an [...]

Giovinazzi wins Zandvoort F3 opener

July 11th, 2015

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Antonio Giovinazzi held off Felix Rosenqvist in a tense chase throughout the first Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Zandvoort to take victory. Giovinazzi made a decent start from pole, and the Italian Jagonya Ayam protege moved his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen across to defend his line into the first corner from Rosenqvist. Rosenqvist rarely relented in his chase, the Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes frequently less than half a second behind Giovinazzi, but with around four laps to go the leader begin to pull away again, and by the end of the race he had eked out just over a second on the Swede, whose tyres were fading badly from his close pursuit. “When I saw I was P1 after the first corner I just managed the gap,” said Giovinazzi. [...]

Post-race press conference – Britain

July 5th, 2015

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 DRIVERS 1 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes) 2 – Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes) 3 – Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari) PODIUM INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Frankie Dettori) Well done, Lewis, what a race. How important is it to win in front of your home crowd? Lewis HAMILTON: Firstly, just thank you to everyone for coming out today and making my weekend. I was gunning the whole way and I really just wanted to do it for you guys… we did it. I’m so thankful for all the support. I couldn’t have done without you guys. Every lap I could see you out of the corner of my and I just felt you spurring me along, so thank you so much. I need to ask you: what happened at the start, a bit of a [...]

Hamilton takes hard-fought home win

July 5th, 2015

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Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the third time with a battling drive to victory in a rain-hit race Silverstone Formula 1 race initially led by Williams. Mercedes’ F1 champion recovered from a poor getaway, in which he dropped from pole position to third, and then drove confidently when rain fell in the second-half of the race before timing his switch to the intermediate tyre well. Nico Rosberg finished second, the German able to pass both Valtteri Bottas and then Felipe Massa, who struggled in the wet conditions after leading the first stint for Williams, to limit the loss to Hamilton in the championship, with the gap now 17 points. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel benefited from an early switch to the intermediates to leapfrog both Williams as the rain [...]

Ceccon beats Ocon to race two win

July 5th, 2015

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Arden driver Kevin Ceccon claimed his maiden victory in race two of the GP3 Series at Silverstone. The sometime GP2 driver made a lightning start from second on the grid to lead into the first corner, followed closely by ART Grand Prix driver Esteban Ocon. Ceccon was under some early pressure from European Formula 3 champion Ocon but was able to build a gap with a series of fastest laps to comfortably take victory by 1.5 seconds. Jenzer Motorsport driver Ralph Boschung, who started from pole on the reversed grid, crossed the line third to pick up his maiden GP3 podium. The Swiss driver lost out at the start to the fast-starting Ceccon and Ocon but was able to halt his slide down the order with a controlled drive throughout [...]

Kirchhofer takes race one win for ART

July 4th, 2015

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ART Grand Prix driver Marvin Kirchhofer edged out Arden’s Emil Bernsorff to take victory in race one of the GP3 Series at Silverstone. The German made a great start to lead into the first corner and in the opening laps Kirchhofer was able to fend off Bernstorff’s advances to set about building a gap out front. But later in the race, Bernstorff consistently set a series of fastest laps to bring the gap down to just 0.2 seconds on the penultimate lap. The pair briefly ran side by side down the Wellington straight, but Kirchhofer was able to hang on, despite a lack of grip, to take his second win of the season. Matt Parry drove a controlled race to take his maiden GP3 podium after the Koiranen GP driver [...]

Sirotkin secures first GP2 win

July 4th, 2015

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Sergey Sirotkin converted pole position into his maiden GP2 victory in the Silverstone feature race. The Russian lost the lead at the start when third-placed Richie Stanaway made a lighting getaway to dive between the pole man and second-place starter Stoffel Vandoorne off the line. The safety car was deployed moments later after Artem Markelov spun and was collected by Nathanael Berthon. At the restart, Stanaway either tried to back up the field too much or failed to realise that passing is allowed from the safety-car restart line rather than the start/finish line, with Sirotkin getting ahead through Club. This forced Stanway wide and also allowed Nobuharu Matsushita, who had passed ART Grand Prix team-mate Vandoorne on the run to the first corner after the Belgian lost momentum when he [...]

Tordoff dominates second Croft race

June 28th, 2015

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Sam Tordoff made it two wins from two British Touring Car Championship races at Croft for the WSR team with a dominant performance in the second encounter. The BMW man led from lights to flag and never looked under pressure as he eased to a 2.3-second winning margin over a pair of chasing Team BMR Volkswagen CCs. Jason Plato won that particular fight, having passed race-one winner Andy Priaulx at Tower on the third lap, a move that opened the door for Colin Turkington to take third in the second VW. Turkington resisted a mid-race attack from Priaulx before closing in on Plato in the latter stages, though a half-hearted look at the hairpin was the nearest he came to an overtake. Priaulx kept the BMR men honest en route [...]

Rahal wins controversial Fontana race

June 28th, 2015

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Graham Rahal ended a streak of 125 IndyCar races without a win in a frantic Fontana event that ended under a full course caution following a big incident. A red flag late on, caused by contact between Takuma Sato and Will Power, led to a three-lap sprint to the flag with a lead group encompassing Rahal, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Briscoe and Ryan Hunter-Reay. The battle lasted mere moments as Briscoe and Hunter-Reay made contact, launching the former into the air (pictured below) and spewing debris across the start/finish line. Both drivers were unhurt, as Sato and Power were in their crash, though Power was among those heavily critical of the pack-style racing seen throughout the 500-mile race. Rahal finished the final caution lap to win [...]

FE plans overnight Battersea track work

June 27th, 2015

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An attempt will be made to resurface a small section of the London ePrix circuit overnight to return it to its original configuration for the second Formula E race. The dip between two bumps on the exit of Turn 1 will be filled in with asphalt, which if successful would allow for the removal of the TECPRO barriers that have been placed at the left-hander to change the racing line. Battersea track layout altered after practice problems Formula E manager Frederic Espinos told AUTOSPORT: “We will try it and see if it works. “If it doesn’t, we will leave the extra barriers in place for tomorrow.” An arrangement of TECPRO barriers was placed in front of the troublesome section of track between first and second practice for Saturday’s opening race [...]

Rossi beats Marquez after late touch

June 27th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi defeated Marc Marquez in a final-lap thriller to win the Dutch TT at Assen and stretch his MotoGP championship lead. The duo were a class apart throughout an incredible grand prix, leaving the rest of the field – headed by Rossi’s Yamaha team-mate and title rival Jorge Lorenzo – behind. Rossi led the majority of the race but could never escape from Marquez’s Honda. Marquez calmly stalked his rival until slipping ahead into the first corner with seven laps to go. Although Marquez was using a harder tyre than the Italian, Rossi still had plenty of grip left for the final shootout and clung to Marquez’s tail even after being passed. He squeezed back into the lead with two laps left, and resisted Marquez’s immediate attempt to repass [...]

Pagenaud beats Castroneves to pole

June 27th, 2015

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Simon Pagenaud will lead an all-Penske front row for Saturday’s IndyCar race at Fontana after beating Helio Castroneves to pole position on Friday afternoon. The Frenchman was the third driver to take his turn at a qualifying run and rounded the Californian two-mile superspeedway with a two-lap average of 218.952mph. “The car feels great. It has felt good all day; we’ve been running well in traffic,” said Pagenaud. “We didn’t really have a chance to try a qualifying run [during practice] but I’m glad it all paid off. “Starting up front is important, especially if you want to keep out of trouble with traffic, and it helps you to really understand your car so you can set it up for the end. But it’s going to be a long race [...]

Dixon heads second Fontana session

June 26th, 2015

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Scott Dixon took Ganassi to the top of the timesheets in the second practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar round at Fontana. The New Zealander (pictured above with Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan) laid down his 217.629mph benchmark relatively early – it was just his third flying lap – but it proved to be enough to keep him on top at the end. Simon Pagenaud came closest to matching him; the Penske driver finishing up with a fastest lap of 216.861mph, with Ed Carpenter just a hair behind him to complete a Chevrolet 1-2-3. Takuma Sato made a late jump to end the session as the fastest Honda driver and fourth-fastest overall, leaving championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya to round out the top five. As was the case earlier in [...]

Rossi takes first MotoGP pole of 2015

June 26th, 2015

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Valentino Rossi claimed his first MotoGP pole of 2015 ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Marc Marquez at Assen, while his Yamaha team-mate and title rival Jorge Lorenzo was only eighth. Although Rossi topped two of the practice sessions in the build-up to qualifying, he has struggled for single-lap pace in recent years and had not started on the front row all season prior to the Dutch TT. He languished towards the foot of the top 10 early in Q2, then produced a 1m32.627s lap to surge to the front. Rossi’s Assen pole is only the third he has taken this decade, and his first since the 2014 season finale at Valencia. Lorenzo, winner of the last four races, was on the provisional front row at first but did not improve [...]

Jeanney dominates RX for Peugeot

June 21st, 2015

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Frenchman Davy Jeanney won the German round of World Rallycross Championship at the Estering for the factory-backed Peugeot-Hansen team. He topped the intermediate classification and won the first semi-final to start the final from pole position. Jeanney made the best start and led from the beginning to the end, outpacing his rivals throughout. “It’s incredible,” said Jeanney. “This weekend has been incredible apart from one mistake in the fourth heat. “This is my first win in five years, it’s very special.” Also starting from the front row in the final, championship leader Petter Solberg was second after Turn 1 ahead of Volkswagen Sweden team-mates Johan Kristoffersson and Tord Linnerud. While Kristoffersson would wait until the final opportunity to take his joker lap, Solberg did so on lap two and then [...]

Haryanto denies Vandoorne double win

June 21st, 2015

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Rio Haryanto denied Stoffel Vandoorne a double GP2 victory at the Red Bull Ring by holding off the McLaren junior to win the sprint race. Haryanto took the lead at the start after pole-position starter Nick Yelloly bogged down off the line. The Campos Racing driver had the inside line into the first corner, with Yelloly sandwiched between him and the fast-starting Alexander Rossi. Yelloly and Rossi made contact in the Turn 1-squeeze, with the American sliding onto the asphalt runoff and Yelloly retiring to the pits at the end of the lap. That left Haryanto up front ahead of the Russian Time machine driven by Artem Markelov. Markelov pressured Haryanto until halfway through the race, when he made a late dive into the Turn 3 right-hander. But it was [...]

Pigot wins race two, Piquet hit again

June 14th, 2015

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Spencer Pigot completed a clean sweep of the Indy Lights double-header in Toronto with victory in a chaotic race on Sunday. Pigot finished just over three seconds ahead of Jack Harvey as the pair were the only drivers in the field to emerge unscathed from a race marred by wet conditions and over-exuberant driving. Ed Jones spun from second place down to last on the warm-up lap and he later tangled with Juan Piedrahita, but was still able to cross the line in third – albeit more than a minute down on the two front runners. None of the other cars still running at the end finished within two laps of the leaders; a legacy of time wasted in the pits undergoing repairs following contact with the wall or a [...]