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Nov 21

F1: Maldonado’s future plans still up in the air

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 17: Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Williams attends the drivers parade before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 17, 2013 in Austin, United States.

Pastor Maldonado won’t say which team he’ll be with next year. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado continues to send out mixed messages about his future plans, indicating that he is close to a deal, while at the same time insisting that he has a chance at Lotus, Sauber and Force India.

While the Venezuelan has been linked to Lotus for months, he recently became a serious contender for a Sauber seat, as well.

Nov 21

F1: Departing Webber says Brazil just a normal race

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 14: Mark Webber of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing talks to the media during previews to the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 14, 2013 in Austin, United States.

Mark Webber’s tenure with Red Bull concludes in Brazil. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mark Webber says that for the moment the Brazilian GP is just a normal weekend – although he concedes that will change as his final start approaches.

“I think on Sunday it will be a little bit different,” Webber said Thursday. “But it still feels like a normal race at the moment, so looking forward to Sunday in many ways, in terms of obviously pushing for a good result, but also I’m ready to stop and looking forward to the extended winter that I’ll have, and the new challenges around the corner. Getting out of the car Sunday, there will be a few things that will be for the last obviously in terms of Formula One, but I’m pretty relaxed at the moment and looking forward to the race.”

Webber admits that he’ll miss driving in F1 at the most historic circuits.

Nov 21

F1: Maldonado now says Williams car sabotage claims ‘wrong’

Pastor Maldonado has retracted earlier statements he made about Williams. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado has retracted earlier statements he made about Williams. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado has admitted it was “wrong” to publicly accuse Williams of sabotage.

After a poor qualifying in Austin — the first race since the Venezuelan’s decision to leave the Grove based team was announced — Maldonado said he suspected mechanics had tampered with his tire pressures and temperatures.

Nov 21

SportsCars: Prototype Teams Left With Questions After Airborne Accidents

The final day of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship testing at Daytona ended with the DeltaWing atop the overall time sheets, as the rest of the Prototype and Prototype Challenge cars were sent packing. (Photo: Darren Pierson/DPerceptions)

The final day of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship testing at Daytona ended early. (Photo: Darren Pierson/DPerceptions)

The second and final day of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship testing at Daytona International Speedway ended with the DeltaWing atop the overall time sheets, as the rest of Prototype and Prototype Challenge cars were sent packing after IMSA and Continental Tire’s joint decision to suspend prototype testing on the grounds of safety.

As reported at SportsCar365.com

A number of tire-related incidents on Tuesday, including accidents for both Richard Westbrook and Joao Barbosa that resulted in their Corvette DPs becoming airborne, has prompted teams to question what can and will be done to rectify the issues, with only 67 days until the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.