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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.

Rosberg takes blame for performance

April 18th, 2015

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Nico Rosberg said he was to blame for failing to qualify on the front row of the grid alongside Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The German finished 0.558s adrift of Hamilton, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel taking second, and admitted he got his strategy wrong regarding tyres. Rosberg took it easy on his lap in Q2, to save extra life in the set tyres that will be used to start the race, but he then struggled to find a rhythm in Q3. Qualifying report: Hamilton on pole from Vettel “Strategy wise I got it wrong,” admitted Rosberg. “I was thinking too much about the race and I under-estimated Sebastian’s speed. “I took it easy in Q2 to save the race tyres, so I lacked the [...]

Hamilton continues pole streak

April 18th, 2015

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Lewis Hamilton continued his dominance of Formula 1 qualifying in 2015 by securing pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix, but Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel denied Mercedes a front row lockout. Reigning world champion Hamilton was the only driver to lap below 1m33s in Q2 and found a tenth of a second on his only run in Q3 to secure pole by over four tenths of a second. Vettel was the only other driver to lap in sub 1m33s, his 1m32.982s lap good enough to relegate Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg to third. Rosberg, who qualified on pole for this race for the last two years, lost crucial time in the first sector and couldn’t recover, ending up 0.147s slower than Vettel, but just ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. [...]

New Manor not expected until August

April 17th, 2015

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Manor team principal John Booth says the team is aiming to have its 2015 Formula 1 car ready for the summer break in August. The team has been running a 2014-spec car, which has been modified to meet this year’s regulations, after it was successfully revived at the eleventh hour having gone into administration last season. Booth said once the first four flyaway grands prix are out of the way the team will work through a plan for the introduction of the 2015 car. “For the 2015 car, our aim has always been for the August break,” said Booth. “As with arriving in Australia, it is a very aggressive target and will take a lot of achieving. “But when we get back from these first four flyaway races we just [...]

Ferrari pace ‘dangerous’ – Mercedes

April 17th, 2015

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Mercedes believes Ferrari is going to be “dangerous” in the Bahrain Grand Prix, based on the Formula 1 free practice sessions on Friday. Nico Rosberg led Lewis Hamilton in a one-two in second practice for the world champion team, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen half a second back in third. But neither team had a particularly clear run on the soft tyre, and both Mercedes drivers said after the session that Ferrari will be a big threat this weekend. “In the evening we learned that we are very quick on one lap again and that Ferrari is very dangerous to us on a long run,” said Rosberg. “They have serious pace, it looks like they are a genuine threat.” Hamilton added: “They are going to be very close. “From what I [...]

Hamilton, Raikkonen called to stewards

April 17th, 2015

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Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen have been called to the Formula 1 stewards at the Bahrain Grand Prix over an incident in the pit exit. A statement from race control said the two drivers were under investigation for “failing to leave the pitlane correctly” as they rejoined following the late red flag caused when contact between Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari and Sergio Perez’s Force India left debris on the track. Raikkonen’s Ferrari went behind a Sauber that was exiting its garage and was followed by Hamilton’s Mercedes as they made their way down the pitlane. Hamilton said he did not think they had done anything to contravene the rules. “I don’t really know too much about it,” he said. “The rule is that you do your starts on the left and [...]

Raikkonen leads Ferrari practice 1-2

April 17th, 2015

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Ferrari Formula 1 team-mates Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel left it late before taking the top two positions in opening practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. With track temperatures well over 50 degrees early in the session, after using their first sets of mediums during the first 30 minutes, several teams opted to leave it very late before making their final runs. By that time, the track temperature had dropped to the mid-40s, with both Raikkonen and Vettel jumping from the lower reaches of the timing screens to the top in the final 10 minutes. First Vettel, who when he initially went out for his final run was told to ease off while a problem was solved, deposed Williams driver Valtteri Bottas from top spot, then Raikkonen outpaced him by [...]

Thursday press conference – Bahrain

April 16th, 2015

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DRIVERS – Sergio PEREZ (Force India), Max VERSTAPPEN (Toro Rosso), Will STEVENS (Manor), Pastor MALDONADO (Lotus), Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Daniel RICCIARDO (Red Bull Racing) PRESS CONFERENCE Lewis, you’re coming off the back of three straight poles to a circuit where you’ve never been in on pole position before in your career. How do you see this weekend and the battleground that is qualifying on Saturday? Lewis HAMILTON: The same as every race. Excited for it. The team have worked very hard to try to learn from the last race and improve. Naturally, for me, as you suggested, I’ve been on the front row but I’ve not been on pole here. So naturally that’s something I want to try to change. Now throughout Formula One history the psychological battle between title [...]

Rosberg says he ‘would do it again’

April 16th, 2015

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Nico Rosberg says he would speak out again after a Formula 1 race like he did at the Chinese Grand Prix if he felt there was an issue that needed to be discussed. The Mercedes driver caused a stir following Sunday’s race at the Shanghai circuit when he called team-mate Lewis Hamilton’s race tactics into question, which led to a meeting with team management that evening to clear the air between the drivers. How should Mercedes handle Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg? Rosberg backed Hamilton’s claim that the matter has been resolved, but he told the media on Thursday that he feels he was right to bring it up in the first place. “I felt the need to state the facts because there was the need to discuss things, definitely, [...]

Massa: ‘As good as 2008′ claims accurate

April 16th, 2015

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Felipe Massa has backed his former Ferrari engineer Rob Smedley’s claim that the Brazilian is driving as well in Formula 1 this year as he did in 2008. Smedley, who like Massa moved to Williams for the 2014 season, recently said that Massa’s driving is “definitely as good as 2008″, and Massa believes that the only difference between now and then is the quality of his machinery. When asked in Bahrain on Thursday if he feels the same way about his driving as Smedley does, Massa said: “Yes I do. “The only thing you can say [is different] is we are not fighting for the championship like we were in 2008. “We had maybe the top car in 2008, and now we are the third team. “But I feel really [...]

Lotus believes it has fourth-fastest car

April 15th, 2015

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Lotus now has the fourth-fastest car on the Formula 1 grid after a strong showing in the Chinese Grand Prix, according to engineering chief Alan Permane. The Enstone-based team suffered a disappointing season in 2014, scoring points just three times, but its 2015 car showed potential during pre-season testing. Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado qualified in the top 10 in Australia but failed to score points, and again failed to realise the car’s potential next time out in Malaysia. But, in a result the French driver called a ‘breakthrough’, Grosjean finished seventh behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams in China to give the team its first points of the new campaign. “It looks like in the race, we are the fourth quickest car,” Permane told AUTOSPORT. “I think we were in [...]

Palmer open to racing alongside F1 role

April 15th, 2015

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Reigning GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer says he would consider racing in another series this season alongside his Formula 1 duties with Lotus. The Briton, who is Lotus’ reserve driver, made his F1 free practice debut in China and will be in the car for the first session again in Bahrain on Friday. Palmer’s current deal with Lotus will see him taking part in “a significant number” of free practice sessions throughout the season. However, he admits having the chance to race elsewhere in between his F1 commitments would only prove to be beneficial. “If I get a good offer to do something that would be a good career move for me then I’d like to race,” he told AUTOSPORT. “It’s about keeping sharp. It’s the one thing I’m missing this [...]

China points a ‘breakthrough’ – Grosjean

April 14th, 2015

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Romain Grosjean said the Chinese Grand Prix was a “breakthrough” for Lotus after he scored the Formula 1 team’s first points of the 2015 campaign, and his first in 11 months. The Frenchman had said he wished he could “delete” 2014 from his racing career, having scored points just twice – in Spain and Monaco in May – but was buoyed by the potential of the Lotus E23. Lotus showed promise in pre-season testing, but while it appeared to be in the top five fastest cars on the grid, points eluded the team in the opening two races. However in China, Grosjean qualified an impressive eighth and went on to finish seventh while team-mate Pastor Maldonado ran strongly inside the top 10 before a trio of incidents ruined his race. [...]

Smedley hails ‘best Massa we have seen’

April 14th, 2015

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Felipe Massa is currently driving better than at any other point in his Formula 1 career and is still improving, according to Williams performance chief Rob Smedley. The Brazilian, who made his F1 debut in 2002 with Sauber, finished fifth in the Chinese Grand Prix, one place ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas. After challenging for the title in 2008, ultimately finishing runner-up to Lewis Hamilton, Massa struggled to repeat that form during the next five years with Ferrari, where he worked with Smedley. But since joining Williams last season, the Brazilian has appeared rejuvenated and his consistency this season sees him sit fourth in the drivers’ championship. Massa described the weekend in China as “fantastic”, including a “perfect lap” in qualifying, and Smedley agreed: “I think that he had a [...]

Red Bull takes comfort from Ferrari

April 13th, 2015

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Ferrari’s transformation back into a race-winning Formula 1 team is proof his team can turn its fortunes around too. Horner’s team – which won all the drivers’ and constructors’ title from 2010-13 and was the only team to beat Mercedes to grand prix victories in ’14 – has yet to finish higher than sixth in the opening three races of this year. In contrast, Ferrari ended a 30-race victory drought in Malaysia last month and has displaced Red Bull and Williams as Mercedes’ closest challenger on outright pace. Horner said Red Bull was taking comfort from what Ferrari had achieved. “As Ferrari has demonstrated, things can be turned around pretty quickly when you’ve got a clear direction and a clear focus,” he said. The [...]

Wolff: Hamilton wasn’t underhand

April 12th, 2015

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Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff insists Lewis Hamilton did nothing wrong in his Chinese Grand Prix battle with Nico Rosberg and says the tensions have now cooled. Rosberg was furious after the race as he accused Hamilton of deliberately trying to back him up into Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari during the middle stint. But following talks about the matter in the Sunday night post-race briefing, Wolff says the situation has been sorted and that Hamilton’s actions were not underhand. “It was a good debrief because it was a positive debrief,” said Wolff. “There wasn’t any animosity. “There was much more positivity today with not doing any mistake in the race and I know what you want to hear, but generally everybody was in good spirits.” Rosberg accuses Hamilton of [...]

Ferrari expected China defeat

April 12th, 2015

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The Ferrari Formula 1 team says being defeated by Mercedes at the Chinese Grand Prix came as no surprise. Although Malaysian GP winner Sebastian Vettel had appeared capable of threatening Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at times at Shanghai, in the end he was unable to do any better than third. But despite the event not being good for Ferrari as Malaysia, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said that his outfit had gone into the race fully expecting Mercedes to dominate. “After Malaysia was a big, big happiness for all of us, and here we were expecting exactly what’s happened,” he explained. “Here, for us, it was not new news that Mercedes was very strong. “Our strategy was to be near them as much as possible, to take advantages of any [...]

Wolff: Split strategies to be considered

April 11th, 2015

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team must be prepared to be flexible with strategy calls in the future, in the wake of its defeat to Ferrari in Malaysia. Mercedes chose to pit both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg when the safety car was deployed at Sepang, rather than splitting strategies, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel stayed out in clear air. That forced Mercedes into a three-stop strategy for both its drivers and saw them lose time cutting back through the field, while Vettel’s two-stop plan enabled the German to clinch victory. Wolff said the increased pressure from rivals, in this case Ferrari, means Mercedes could split strategies between its drivers in future. “Probably we need to reflect the increased competition with our strategy calls,” said Wolff. “You don’t want to [...]

Rosberg wary of Ferrari tyre advantage

April 11th, 2015

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Nico Rosberg says the Pirelli Formula 1 tyres will be “on the edge” in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, which could allow Ferrari to threaten Mercedes’ chances of victory again. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, winner in Malaysia, was Mercedes’ closest challenger in qualifying, but the four-time world champion was nine tenths off Lewis Hamilton and Rosberg’s pace in third. Chinese Grand Prix qualifying report However, despite the sizeable gap between the two teams, Rosberg is not discounting a threat from the Scuderia, which again appears to be kinder on its tyres compared to Mercedes. “It’s going to be a very challenging race because we have the option [soft] tyre to start off with and that’s going to fall apart at some point quite dramatically,” said Rosberg. “There is going to be a [...]

Sparks caused Williams cockpit smoke

April 11th, 2015

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The titanium plate added to Formula 1 cars to create more sparks this season caused the in-cockpit smoke that troubled Williams driver Felipe Massa in Chinese Grand Prix practice. Massa complained of smoke in the car during practice on both Friday and Saturday at Shanghai, responding with “I’m never happy with smoke in the cockpit!” when the team radioed him suggesting he continue anyway during a practice three run. The Brazilian explained that a low ride-height was causing excessive bottoming and the effect of the titanium led to the smoke. “They changed the floor, they put titanium on for the show, to have some sparks and here is the longest straight we have in the season,” said Massa. “The car was too low and touching [the track] too much. “That [...]

Ricciardo: Brakes now consistent

April 11th, 2015

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Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull’s move back to its 2014 brake specification for the Chinese Grand Prix has cured the consistency issues that plagued its Formula 1 season to date. While Renault’s F1 power unit provided the team’s biggest headache in Australia, Daniil Kvyat and Ricciardo could only manage ninth and 10th in Malaysia a fortnight ago as they struggled with overheating front brakes. Red Bull elected to revert from Hitco to the Brembo brake materials it used in 2014 for this weekend’s race, and the Australian said the pedal consistency they sought had returned. “In feeling and performance, it’s pretty similar,” he said of the switch. “Consistency is what we were after. I think we’ve got that back now. “We tried a few different materials for the first few [...]