Pastor Maldonado has played down talk of a rift between himself and Williams — and he insists that he will still be in F1 next year.
Doubts have been cast over the future of PDVSA-backed drivers after some problems in Venezuela.
Toyota has claimed its first FIA World Endurance Championship victory of the season, albeit under extreme circumstances, following a rain-shortened Six Hours of Fuji.
The No. 7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid of Kaz Nakajima, Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre were declared winners Sunday in Japan, as the race was cut short after only 16 completed laps, all under the safety car, due to torrential rains and low visibility.
Jorge Lorenzo strengthened his defense of the MotoGP title by winning the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday when championship leader Marc Marquez was dramatically disqualified for delaying a compulsory pit stop.
Yamaha’s Lorenzo, starting from pole, won a race shortened to 19 laps by 6.9 seconds from Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and veteran Valentino Rossi.
Marquez, 20, bidding to become the youngest ever Moto GP champion, was disqualified five laps from the finish after staying on the track one lap longer than allowed before taking a pit stop. He took no points from the race, allowing Lorenzo to close his lead in the championship standings to 18 points with two rounds remaining.
When Muscle Milk Pickett Racing hit trouble, it was clear sailing for Rebellion Racing, which scored back-to-back Petit Le Mans victories and took top overall honors in the final American Le Mans Series race.
The day also belonged to Level 5 Motorsports and owner/driver Scott Tucker, who claimed his fourth drivers’ championship with a win in the P2 class.
BAR1 Motorsports earned top honors in Prototype Challenge, but it was PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ Mike Guasch that took the drivers’ title by a single point, while CORE autosport locked up its third consecutive teams’ title.