Hamilton Charges to Japanese GP Victory
The Mercedes F1 team left its Singapore GP troubles behind with a dominating 1-2 finish at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday. The win by Lewis Hamilton does not come without its share of controversy, as the defending F1 champion overtook teammate Nico Rosberg on the second turn off the start, on a track where overtaking is notoriously difficult, to take the checkered flag. Rosberg lost two spots on the manoeuvre but later fought back to overtake Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and take second spot on the podium. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen took fourth.
Renault All In On Lotus Purchase
Renault announced that it has signed a letter of intent for the purchase of a controlling interest in the Lotus Formula One team, this after weeks of speculation that a deal was in the works. This is the first step in a process that should see the French manufacturer take over the team in time for the 2016 F1 season. It is expected that the deal will be finalized within the next two weeks.
Harvick Runs on Empty, Kenseth Takes New Hampshire
Sunday’s Sylvania 300 NASCAR race saw defending series champion Kevin Harvick run out of fuel three laps from the finish, thus handing victory to Matt Kenseth. Harvick led for 216 laps of the race, only to see his fuel tank run dry frustratingly close to the finish line. The break gave Kenseth the win and an automatic spot in the Contender Round of the Sprint Cup year-end Chase.
Veteran Stewart to Retire After 2016
An anonymous source has divulged that three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart will be retiring from NASCAR racing following the 2016 season. The 44-year-old Stewart-Haas team driver currently sits 25th in the points standings for 2015, and has not qualified for the Chase for the past three seasons. Stewart won Cup championships in 2002, 2005 and 2011 as well as an IndyCar title in 1997.