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Feb 19

F1: Hulkenberg Quickest In Bahrain As Red Bull Continues To Struggle

Nico Hulkenberg for the Force India team during Day 1 Bahrain testing. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Nico Hulkenberg for the Force India team during Day 1 Bahrain testing.
(Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

After a break of 18 days, the end of the opening test in Jerez action resumed again in Bahrain today.

The twin four-day sessions at Sakhir represent the last chance for the teams to prepare for the Australian GP.

Feb 19

F1: Williams To Reveal Martini Livery In Bahrain

Artistic rendering of potential Martini Racing paint scheme for Williams F1 team. (Photo: Courtesy of www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/)

Artistic rendering of potential Martini Racing paint scheme for Williams F1 team.
(Photo: Courtesy of www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/)

Earlier, with the iconic Italian drinks brand set to return to formula one in 2014, it was believed the once-great British team would only officially unveil its new title sponsor and much-anticipated Martini livery ahead of the season opener in Australia.

But, actually, Williams – having tested its new Mercedes-powered FW36 in all-blue colors so far – said only that it would launch its race livery in time “for” Australia, not necessarily “in” Australia.

Feb 19

F1: FIA Confirms Rule Changes To Pre-Race Team Operations

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing prepares to drive. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing prepares to drive. (Photo: Getty Images)

The FIA has now formally ratified a rule change that will allow teams to play six curfew jokers rather than only two.

Although the change was tabled some time ago it has only just been added to the latest version of the Sporting Regulations. It will be in place only for this season, and acknowledges that teams face extra challenges in the first year of the new rules.

Feb 18

IndyCar: Juan Pablo Montoya Is Excited For Start Of IndyCar 2014 Season

Juan Pablo Montoya prepares for the 2014 IndyCar season. (Photo: LAT Photographic) LAT Photo USA

Juan Pablo Montoya prepares for the 2014 IndyCar season. (Photo: LAT Photographic)
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Juan Pablo Montoya’s attitude hasn’t changed since he left NASCAR for IndyCar three months ago – he’s just a whole lot happier.

No, he doesn’t yet have the hang of Indy cars, but he knows that will come. And Montoya isn’t concerned with what the pundits think of his performance – as long as he satisfies himself.

Feb 18

MotoGP: Tito Rabat Is Quickest On Day 1 In Jerez Moto2 Test

Esteve 'Tito' Rabat of Marc VDS Racing Team during Jerez testing. (Photo: MotoGP)

Esteve ‘Tito’ Rabat of Marc VDS Racing Team during Jerez testing. (Photo: MotoGP)

Marc VDS Racing’s Team’s Tito Rabat was fastest as Moto2 testing resumed on Tuesday in Jerez. The Spaniard was joined inside the top three by Interwetten Paddock Moto2’s Tom Luthi and his own team-mate Mika Kallio.

There were almost eight hours of track action on Tuesday as the intermediate and lightweight classes shared the circuit for their testing duties. However, there was a distinct lack of action in the morning follow heavy rain overnight.