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Apr 18

Surprise phone call gave Mattiacci Ferrari F1 job

Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiacci in the pit box in Shanghai. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Ferrari’s new team principal Marco Mattiacci in the garage in Shanghai. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Marco Mattiacci says the opportunity to take over as head of the Ferrari F1 team came out of the blue in a phone call from Luca di Montezemolo last week, some 72 hours before the news of his appointment and the departure of Stefano Domenicali was officially confirmed.

The erstwhile CEO of Ferrari North America, who met the F1 media for the first time in China today, was in New York when his boss rang.

Apr 17

Vettel showcases new Infiniti Q50 in celebrity race

Sebastian Vettel racing the Q50 in downtown Shanghai. (Photo courtesy Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd.)

Sebastian Vettel racing the Q50 in downtown Shanghai. (Photo courtesy Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd.)

Sebastian Vettel returned to victory lane this week, behind the wheel of the new Infiniti Q50 in a celebrity race in downtown Shanghai.

Chinese movie star Jimmy Lin, snooker player Pan Xiaoting and renowned businessman Yao Jinbo were amongst the names racing Vettel, who emerged victorious in all but one of the five races.

Apr 17

IMSA: Muscle Milk Pickett Racing leaves TUDOR Championship

Muslce Milk Pickett Racing become the third team to pull out of TUDOR during the 2014 season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Muslce Milk Pickett Racing become the third team to pull out of TUDOR during the 2014 season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing has pulled the plug on its TUDOR United SportsCar Championship program, with immediate effect.

The two-time ALMS P1 champions previously announced that it would skip the Long Beach and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca rounds in order to focus on further development of its Oreca 03 Nissan package. However, a team representative confirmed to Sportscar365 on Thursday that they will not take part in any further races this year. No reason for the withdrawal has been given.

Apr 17

Sutil waiting for upturn at Sauber

Adrian Sutil has failed to score a single point this season. (Photo: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic)

Adrian Sutil has failed to score a single point this season. (Photo: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic)

Adrian Sutil continues to be frustrated by Sauber’s form, but the German believes there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and that the Swiss car will improve.

Sutil has been suffering relative to his team mate because his extra bodyweight pushes the car/driver combination substantially over the limit.

Apr 17

Formula E: Track layout revealed for Putrajaya ePrix

Putrajaya will serve as host of round 2 of the inaugural Formula E series. (Photo courtesy fiaformulae.com)

Putrajaya will serve as host of round 2 of the inaugural Formula E series. (Photo courtesy fiaformulae.com)

The circuit details of rounds one and two of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship have now been revealed, with the Putrajaya ePrix layout being publicized Thursday morning.

While the opening round of the season at Beijing features a layout consisting primarily of chicanes, the Putrajaya circuit seems to showcase a greater variety of challenges.