Kevin Magnussen and McLaren were fastest on the second day in Bahrain today as the teams gradually began to pick up the pace.
However, they are still far from the sort of lap times they are likely to achieve in full qualifying form come April.
Renault has finally officially confirmed that it has concluded a deal with Lotus for “2014 and beyond.”
Although the two parties have prepared for this season as normal the contract was not signed until commercial arrangements were completed. The delay is a clear indication of the difficult financial situation at the team.
World Champion Marc Marquez will be unable to ride at next week’s second 2014 MotoGP test session at Sepang, having broken his right fibula during a dirt track training session in Spain on Wednesday afternoon.
The accident occurred in Lleida, west of Barcelona and close to Marquez’s home town of Cervera. The rookie premier class title winner of 2013, who on Monday had celebrated his 21st birthday, was immediately taken to the Quiron Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona where he was treated by Dr. Xavier Mir for a spiral fracture of the distal third of his right fibula (bone between knee and ankle).
Bernie Ecclestone has won the latest of his legal battles related to the Gribkowsky Affair – in this instance a damages suit brought against him in the High Court in London by the German media company Constantin Medien, a former owner of the F1 Group.
Constantin claimed to have lost out over the sale of F1 to CVC in 2006, and was suing for $140m.
An official announcement has been made stating that Dean Wilson, a winner this season in the 250SX Class West Region, will race in the premier 450SX Class for Chad Reed’s Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports team in select East Region rounds during his midseason break from competition. Reed suffered three broken bones in a last-lap crash in San Diego on February 8 and after attempting to give it a go last weekend in Dallas, was forced to sit out at least for the remainder of the Monster Energy Supercross season.