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Mar 1

MotoGP: Hayden, Aoyama Sign Off From Scorching Sepang

Nicky Hayden of the Drive M7 Aspar team tests in Sepang. (Photo: MotoGP)

Nicky Hayden of the Drive M7 Aspar team tests in Sepang. (Photo: MotoGP)

Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama posted their best times of the second Sepang test on final day of the Malaysian visit.

The DRIVE M7 Aspar teammates both picked up their pace on the final day, the Japanese rider clocking his best time of the entire six days in February at Sepang (2:02.070), although the American was unable to match his fastest effort from the first visit, when the conditions were more favorable.

Mar 1

F1: Jenson Button Upbeat Despite Gearbox Problems

Jenson Button pilots the McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Jenson Button pilots the McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Despite a rare reliability glitch with the new McLaren, Jenson Button was encouraged by the form of the car in Bahrain on Friday.

McLaren has been near the top of the mileage charts all winter, but on Friday, Button ran only 49 laps after the car required some gearbox work.

Mar 1

F1: Petrov Moves To DTM With Mercedes

Former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov will race in the DTM for Mercedes. (Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes)

Former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov will race in the DTM for Mercedes. (Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes)

The Mercedes team has confirmed Vitaly Petrov will race in the DTM for the 2014 season.

Petrov last raced in F1 with Caterham in 2012, but has been unable to find a way back in. He did promotional driving for Mercedes in Moscow last year, and had his first test in Portimao last month.

Feb 28

IndyCar: Panther Racing Sues Series, Rahal Over Sponsorship

National Guard sponsored Panther Racing in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

National Guard sponsored Panther Racing in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Panther Racing has sued Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, IndyCar and others, saying it lost a $17.2 million sponsorship with the Army National Guard because of bid-rigging and other improprieties.

The lawsuit filed Feb. 19 in Marion County Court in Indianapolis follows a ruling earlier this year by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO denied Panther’s appeal of moving the Army National Guard sponsorship to Graham Rahal’s car for the upcoming IndyCar season.

Feb 28

F1: FIA Delays Decision On Haas Formula 1 Entry Bid

The FIA has yet to announce which team will join the F1 grid. (Photo: LAT Photograpic)

The FIA has yet to announce which team will join the F1 grid. (Photo: LAT Photograpic)

The FIA has delayed its decision on a future Formula 1 team entry, which was due to be made today.

The FIA first announced a “call for expression of interest” on Dec. 12, and noted that a decision would be made on Feb. 28.

Gene Haas is in competition with a Romanian project, and the governing body has written to the candidates apparently not given a reason for the delay, or an alternative deadline. However it’s worth speculating that Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone might have different ideas about which team should get the nod.