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Mar 5

F1: Concerned Red Bull Asks Toro Rosso Team For Help

German driver Sebastian Vettel (R), of Infiniti Red Bull Racing team, and mechanics push his car after a breakdown on March 1, 2014 during a four-day pre-season Formula One testing in Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

German driver Sebastian Vettel (R), of Infiniti Red Bull Racing team, and mechanics push his car after a breakdown on March 1, 2014 during a four-day pre-season Formula One testing in Bahrain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Red Bull’s early-season technical crisis is plumbing new depths, with news the reigning world champions are calling upon junior team Toro Rosso for help.

Italy’s authoritative Autosprint reports that Red Bull has asked the Faenza based sister team for assistance on the all-new ‘brake by wire’ technology, which is tied in with the highly-sophisticated ‘ERS’ systems.

Mar 4

F1: Alonso Believes Massa Will Be A ‘Strong Rival’ In 2014

Brazilian Felipe Massa, of Williams F1 team, drives his car on March 1, 2014 during a four-day pre-season Formula One testing at Bahrain's Sakhir circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Brazilian Felipe Massa, of Williams F1 team, drives his car on March 1, 2014 during a four-day pre-season Formula One testing at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso has tipped his departed Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa to be a “strong rival” in 2014.

After eight years in red, Brazilian Massa’s move to the once-great British team Williams was seen as a clearly backwards step for the 11-time grand prix winner.

Mar 4

MotoGP: Rossi Pleased With Bridgestone Tires During Testing

Valentino Rossi of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island - Day Two. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island – Day Two. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi is confident that Bridgestone should now be in a decision to choose a Phillip Island-specific tire for this year’s race, even though one day of tire-based testing still remains at Phillip Island this week.

On Tuesday, the second of three days of this week’s test, Rossi focused more on comparing various tires of rubber en route to fourth position on the timesheet.

Mar 4

MotoGP: Lorenzo Stays On Top As Australian Test Continues

Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Yamaha Factory Racing starts from box with the new aerodynamic nose on the bike during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island - Day Two. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Yamaha Factory Racing starts from box with the new aerodynamic nose on the bike during the MotoGP Tests in Phillip Island – Day Two. (Photo: Getty Images)

Two-time premier class World Champion Jorge Lorenzo reduced the leading lap time as the Phillip Island tire test continued on Tuesday. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider headed Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, while Tito Rabat set a blistering place in Moto2.

This week’s three-day test follows the Australian Grand Prix of 2013, at which both Bridgestone and Dunlop were caught out by the greater average speeds on the new Phillip Island track surface and for this reason are conducting the test to avoid a repeat of such tIre issues later this season.