Weekly Motorsport News


  • Vettel’s title hopes take a downfall following the Japanese Grand Prix

Having qualified on the front row with title contender Lewis Hamilton, the German was expected to excel in the race, but panic spread as Ferrari were forced to check a problem pertaining to the spark plug. In spite of that, Vettel started and ran second, but it was evident that his car was not functioning properly. Max Verstappen didn’t waste any time in capitalising on Vettel’s vulnerabilities. Shortly, Vettel lost places at the start of lap 2 as a safety car period was called, allowing Esteban Ocon, Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas to go ahead. Later at the end of lap four, the German was asked to enter the pits to retire the car as the safety car was called in. The spark plug failure may have cost Vettel a massive blow to his title hopes. Hamilton’s victory meant a 34 point gap between him and Vettel with four races remaining. It surely has gone downhill for Vettel since the crash at the Singapore Grand Prix.


  • Charlotte infield care centre ends Kyle Busch’s winning streak

Coming into the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch registered two consecutive victories, but it was a different scenario on Sunday. Busch went on to hit the wall three times, and the impact in the 135th Lap of 337 put him behind two laps due to the damage caused. With only 50 laps remaining, Busch conveyed his team via radio that he would need medical assistance as soon as the race ends. His car’s crush panels were severely damaged raising the temperature in his Toyota. Busch managed to complete the race, ending up at the 29th place. Luckily for Busch, his poor finish still managed to keep him 12 points above the cutoff and sixth in the series standings.


  • Early contract extension unlikely for Valentino Rossi

A similar number of MotoGP riders, Valentino Rossi’s contract too expires at the end of the next season. And understandably until that happens, this news is likely to be of concern for the initial part of 2018. On the beginning of the 2016 season, Rossi signed his current deal which saw Ducati sign Jorge Lorenzo along with a number of other moves taking place. But when Yamaha team boss Lin Jarvis was asked regarding Rossi’s contract extension, he confirmed it is not going to happen sooner. He confirmed that it might happen around Mugello time. It still remains uncertain if Rossi is planning to carry on racing after his contract expires but if he does we might see him wanting to continue in the same way.

 
 

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