Motorsports Monday: Hamilton Takes Somber Win In Japan

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Formula One – Japanese Grand Prix: Mercedes notched another 1-2 finish this season as Lewis Hamilton finished ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg at the famed Suzuka track, but very few people are talking about the race itself after a tragic ending.

With darkness falling and rain pouring onto the track on Lap 44, 25-year old Marussia driver Jules Bianchi lost control of his car and slid off the track. Two laps earlier, Adrian Sutil had spun off in the same place and a tow truck worked to remove his car just as Bianchi left the track. Bianchi slammed into the tow truck at extremely high speed and was immediately rushed to the hospital. One day later, he remains in intensive care in serious condition. more

Motorsports Monday: Hamilton Regains Points Lead In Singapore

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Formula One – Grand Prix of Singapore: This past F1 season has looked more like a battle within Mercedes than a battle throughout the field, and the race under the lights in Singapore did little to change that.

Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole and teammate Nico Rosberg qualified second, but it would prove a moot point. Rosberg had issues with the electronics in his steering wheel, which of course controls the entire car, and after starting from pit lane and struggling through the first portion of the race, Mercedes called him in for good. That left the track wide open for Hamilton, and he is nothing if not opportunistic. more

Motorsports Monday: Electric Formula E Debut in Beijing

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Formula E Beijing ePrix: The inaugural race for the Formula E was held on the streets of Beijing, China, and the series lept out of the gates in an action-packed day of racing. Nicolas Prost (son of Formula One driver Alain Prost) started on pole, and was looking for the win, but it was not to be.

As if written by a Hollywood producer, Prost lost the lead of the race on the last lap, at the last corner. Nick Heidfeld was chasing Prost and made a daring move at the braking zone to the last corner, but a block by Prost caused a collision, effectively ending both of their races. Prost’s suspension would force him straight into the runoff area, while Heidfeld’s car was sent rolling spectacularly through the air, unharmed by the impact. Prost’s questionable move earned him a 10 place grid penalty for the next race. more

Motorsports Monday: Hamilton Triumphant at Monza

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Formula One – Italian Grand Prix: The European leg of the 2014 F1 season has drawn to a close, after Lewis Hamilton captured a victory he desperately needed to stay in the championship hunt with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. A poor start saw Hamilton drop from pole position to fourth place on the first lap, while Rosberg sped away. But Hamilton is likely the best driver, pound for pound, in Formula One right now. The deficit didn’t last for long.

He sliced around Felipe Massa of Williams with a beautiful outside move through the Turn 2 chicane, made up another position in the pits and then steadily gained on his teammate. Trailing by just 0.7 seconds as they headed toward Turn 1, Hamilton pressed Rosberg into a costly mistake and seized the opportunity to regain the lead. He would not lose it, and went on to take the win that draws him within 22 points of his teammate with six races remaining. more

Motorsports Roundup: Will Power Makes Good On IndyCar Title Dreams
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IndyCar – MAVTV 500: On this Labor Day holiday, it’s hard to imagine someone who’s had to fight and scratch and claw for what he wanted professionally more than Will Power over the past few years.

After several close calls and heartbreaking collapses, the Aussie finally pulled through, finishing in ninth place in Fontana to stay 62 points ahead of Helio Castroneves and win the first IndyCar series championship of his career. Click through for the highlights. more

Motorsports Monday: Ricciardo Stays Hot With Wild Win At Spa
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Formula One – Grand Prix of Belgium: Spa never disappoints, and the famed circuit did not let us down this weekend. Things began with a frantic dash off the line as both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton charged out in front of pole-sitter Nico Rosberg for the lead into Eau Rouge, and came to a dramatic head when Rosberg, having passed Vettel for second, made contact with his own teammate Hamilton.

That clipped Rosberg’s wing, and it punctured Hamilton’s tire and pushed him way back into the field so far that he was never able to make it back into points contention. What’s more, Hamilton revealed – and Mercedes has confirmed – that what looked like a normal racing incident was actually made on purpose by Rosberg. Tensions are rising in the garage, and meanwhile, Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo is staging a revolution. more

Motorsports Monday: Dixon Wins Mid-Ohio Again, Plus DTM, WRC and More
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IndyCar – Mid-Ohio Honda 200: Where you start doesn't always reflect where you’ll finish, as Scott Dixon can attest after this weekend. The Indy icon moved into a tie for sixth in all-time wins, with Al Unser Jr. himself, after starting in last place and charging all the way up front to win from 22nd.

Dixon made smart strategy calls and got a lot of help from caution periods, taking over the lead on Lap 68 and never looking back. A crash on the very first turn knocked out Tony Kanaan, and then leader Ryan Hunter-Reay lost steam and spun out to leave the door open for Dixon. His Honda crossed the finish line first for the fifth time at Mid-Ohio, and then immediately ran out of gas. Basically, the perfect race. more

Motorsports Monday: Hunter-Reay Breaks Slump, DTM Thrills In Russia
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IndyCar – Iowa Corn Indy 300: Slump? What slump? Ryan Hunter-Reay broke his streak of bad luck since winning the Indy 500 in May, and used brilliant strategy to steal a win in Iowa over the weekend. The win also catapults him back into the championship conversation, with a firm hold on third place and plenty of racing left to do.

Hunter-Reay started P13 in the wacky race, which included several incidents and the first red flag delay for rain since 2011. When they restarted, it appeared that Tony Kanaan had the day’s best car and he built a commanding lead as the night wore on. That was all before the yellow, though. more

Motorsports Monday: Montoya Wins Pocono As IndyCar Shakes Up
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IndyCar – Pocono 500: Double points and the second leg of the Triple Crown brought special prestige to Pocono Raceway this weekend, with control of the IndyCar championship standings hanging in the balance. Drivers responded in kind, with balls-to-the-wall style that paid off for some and may have cost others dearly.

Those that may have regrets today include heavyweights like Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power and Tony Kanaan. After his Indy 500 win, Hunter-Reay had a shot at the Triple Crown if he could manage wins at Pocono and Fontana in a few months. But his hard pushing caused the car to bottom out and break the front suspension. Hunter-Reay came back out to finish 19 laps back in 18th place, but it earned him 24 crucial points that keeps him in fifth place overall. Others were less lucky. more

Motorsports Monday: Audi Outlasts Toyota and Porsche At Le Mans
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World Endurance Championship - 24 Hours of Le Mans: The race that everyone had been waiting for did not disappoint. Fourteen years since Audi began their dominance in the event, three years since Toyota entered the fray and two years since Porsche announced this would be the year they threw their hat in the ring, Le Mans threw them all in a big pot and cooked up a classic.

But while all of those flavors sizzled and cooked in the gumbo, two of the most exciting ones eventually faded away. Porsche and Toyota both had troubles they couldn't overcome, and the indomitable force of Audi again became the main ingredient. The German factory team scored their 13 th overall Le Mans victory, moving to within three of the record (16) set by Porsche. more

Porsche and Audi Look To Add To Their Le Mans Legends
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With all the talk of Audi dominance and the long-awaited return of Porsche at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, the final qualifying session saw the two winningest marques in race history on the outside looking in. It was, actually, Toyota that nabbed the top spot with a dominating lap of 3:21.789 on Friday.

Porsche managed a 3:22.146 to take second, but neither they nor Audi look as quick around La Sarthe as the team they’ll be following to the start line on Saturday morning. Of course, Le Mans is about a whole lot more than flat-out speed. In fact, both Porsche and Audi remain in prime position to contend for victory. Here’s why. more

Motorsports Monday: Ricciardo Claims Maiden Win In Canada
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Formula One – Canadian Grand Prix: The dominance of Mercedes was on full display yet again in Canada on Sunday, until it wasn't. Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg suffered engine trouble that knocked out the former and slowed the latter, as Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Infiniti pounced on the opportunity and took the checkered flag at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Hamilton and Rosberg led the race with a clear 1-2 advantage over the rest of the field, before Hamilton lost braking power due to an apparent issue with the energy recovery system. He lost several places and cut one corner after another, and Rosberg soon slowed with the exact same issue but managed to stay out. It allowed Ricciardo to blast past him on the back straight, however, and his teammate Sebastian Vettel finished third to complete easily the best finish for Red Bull this season. more

Motorsports Monday: Madness In Indianapolis As Hunter-Reay Wins
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 IndyCar – 98th Indianapolis 500: It seems almost unbelievable that five hundred miles of racing could end with two cars finishing just inches apart for the win, and yet that’s exactly what happened on Sunday in one of the most thrilling Indy 500 races to ever hit the IMS oval. In the end, Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay barely held off Team Penske ace Helio Castroneves by 0.0600 seconds to become the first American driver to win the race since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006.

Hunter-Reay and Castroneves traded the lead back and forth several times over the final seven laps, drafting off one another and sling-shotting past until the other found space to make their move. Finally, on lap 197 of 200, Hunter-Reay edged closer to Castroneves and dove to the inside of Turn 3 to grab the lead. Castroneves grabbed it back with a move to the outside of Turn 1 as 198 began, but as they came around to the front stretch again, Hunter-Reay made a run on the outside and headed into the final lap with a lead that Castroneves was not able to snatch. Marco Andretti finished in third, while last year’s runner-up Carlos Munoz took fourth and 2000 winner Juan Pablo Montoya slotted fifth. more

Pop The Hood: Formula E Electric Racecar
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This may be the weekend that races in Monaco and Indianapolis dominate global motorsports, but Formula E has sure taken some of their thunder around these parts. Yesterday, we attended a press conference announcing a 2015 Formula E race to take place in Long Beach.

In honor of the announcement, let’s take a closer look at the silent speed-monsters that will be racing all over the world when the inaugural season kicks off in China this September. It will be a spec series, though Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has stated he wants manufacturers to eventually produce their own unique powertrains. For now, they’re all the same, so let’s see what makes the Formula E car special. more