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Jan 6

F1: New Lotus Not Ready For First 2014 Test In Jerez

Romain Grosjean of France and Lotus drives during practice for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 22, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Romain Grosjean of France and Lotus drives during practice for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 22, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lotus is the first team to confirm that it is skipping the Jerez test at the end of this month, and the Enstone outfit will instead debut its 2014 car at the second test in Bahrain.

In effect teams a choice between missing the test and opting for extra R&D time, or attending it and spending the interval before Bahrain reacting to what was learned.

Jan 6

F1: Schumacher Remains Stable But Critical — Update

Fans gather in front of the main entrance of Grenoble University Hospital Centre where former German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher is being treated. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fans gather in front of the main entrance of Grenoble University Hospital Centre where former German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher is being treated. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Grenoble hospital issued a statement today confirming that Michael Schumacher remains in a stable but critical condition, and underlined that there will be no more information for the time being.

The statement read: “The clinical state of Michael Schumacher is considered as stable and is constantly monitored by the medical treatments that are administered to him. However the medical team responsible underlines that they will not stop to consider Michael’s condition as critical.

Jan 6

F1: Former Engine Supplier Brian Hart Dies At Age 77

F1: Former Engine Supplier Brian Hart Dies At Age 77

Hart Engine Designer Brian Hart at the 1996 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo: Getty Images/Pascal Rondeau /Allsport)

A brilliant engineer who worked miracles with limited funding, he was also a great character who was never afraid to speak his mind.

Trained as an aeronautical engineer, Hart was a successful driver in Formula Junior, F3 and latter in F2, where he was a regular for many years. He won at Enna in 1964, and finished 9th in the first European Championship in 1967 and 12th in 1968. He scored a famous non-championship win at Hockenheim in 1969.

Jan 5

SportsCars: Westbrook, Corvettes Lead Way At Roar Before Rolex 24

Richard Westbrook was the quickest on Sunday in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona entry. (Photo: John Dagys)

Richard Westbrook was the quickest on Sunday in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona entry. (Photo: John Dagys)

With the Ford-powered teams packing up early, Corvette DPs led the way in the third and final day of testing at the Roar Before the Rolex 24.

A 1:39.748 lap time by the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona entry of Richard Westbrook was the quickest on Sunday but it was Christian Fittipaldi’s 1:38.630 lap in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP, set in Friday’s opening session, that stood as the best of the weekend.

Jan 5

Dakar Rally: Sousa, Barreda Bort Lead After First Stage

Carlos Sousa of Portugal leads after Stage 1 of the 2014 Dakar Rally. (Photo: Dakar)

Carlos Sousa leads after Stage 1 of the 2014 Dakar Rally. (Photo: Dakar)

Carlos Sousa of Portugal and Joan Barreda Bort of Spain led the Dakar Rally after Sunday’s first stage in Argentina.

Sousa topped the car division, 11 seconds ahead of Orlando Terranova of Argentina and 47 in front of Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar. Two of the pre-race favorites were just behind — Carlos Sainz of Spain was in fifth place and 11-time champion Stephane Peterhansel of France was sixth.