Good morning! No, you’re not having Déjà vu, Max Verstappen did in fact win (again) and Palou is in fact in legal trouble (again) because he doesn’t wish to carry out his end of a contract. All this plus a legend retires, NASCAR’s MVP misses the playoffs and Perez opens up on what it’s like to be Red Bull’s second driver.
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Perez’s Growing Pains
Red Bull Racing’s Sergio Perez opened up about his adaptation journey to the revamped RB19. After starting 2023 on fire🔥 with two poles and two wins in five races, Perez admitted the RB19’s development sometimes “didn’t really suit me.”
He shared, “There are a lot of things that are so different. How you drive is completely different… You are able to do things that with a Force India you cannot do.” Adding that he often feels “a step or two behind.”
On pressure: “We started the year so high, so you’re thinking you are a championship contender, you’ve won two races. Then, all of a sudden, you feel like, ‘Ah, this weekend doesn’t feel like it did before’, so you’re losing confidence because you’re not fully confident with the car. In F1, if you’re not fully confident with a car at 250kph into a corner, then you are doubting a little bit more, and it’s what really happened in those moments.”
📈 Still, Perez is #2 in the championship after 13 races, with Verstappen leading by a wide margin. Red Bull 🚀 dominates the constructors’ list, way ahead of Mercedes.
🤕 Lawson set to fill in at Alpha Tauri until Ricciardo returns
🏁 Aston Martin reserve driver Felipe Drugovich will make his Formula 1 debut at the Italian Grand Prix.
🎨 Ferrari has revealed a special car livery for this weekend at Monza.
🆕 Charles Leclerc is excited to drive the brand new 2024 car that Ferrari has promised.
🚧 Zandvoort F1 pits will be extended by six garages for the 2024 season.
🛠️ Aston Martin’s latest F1 upgrade has forced a pit equipment change.
End of an Era
Kurt Busch, NASCAR legend with 776 Cup Series starts, is trading his racing gloves for the recliner. After a crash in 2022 sidelined him with a concussion, Busch never fully returned. 🚗💥 “Racing at NASCAR’s highest level requires every last bit of focus, heart, stamina and determination, and I know, right now, I can’t give what is required to compete at that level, week in and week out. So, I’m officially announcing my retirement from NASCAR Cup Series competition.” he reflected, and he’s bowing out to prioritize his health and new roles. His resume? Stellar. With 34 wins, 28 poles, and a big win at the Daytona 500 in 2017. 🏆
He’s not fading away, though. “I’ve appreciated the opportunity to remain actively involved with 23XI, Monster Energy, and the Toyota Racing family,” Busch noted. As he shifts gears, Busch’s legacy as one of NASCAR’s 75 Greatest Drivers remains intact. 🌟📜
🔀 Penske swaps crew chiefs for drivers Cindric and Burton
✍️ Carson Hocevar to compete in Darlington Cup race with LMC
🚫 Many Chicago residents say to pump the brakes on NASCAR
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🤕 Vandoorne replaces injured Muller in Peugeot’s Fuji WEC line-up: Stoffel Vandoorne will make his World Endurance Championship debut with Peugeot at Fuji next month, filling in for the injured Loic Duval.
🏁 Driving Force to organize winter GT race in Portimao: A new GT race will take place at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal this December, organized by the Driving Force Events company.
🎉 Ron Capps nabs emotional milestone victory at Brainerd: Ron Capps celebrated his 350th career start in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series with a win at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota.
🏥 De Silvestro undergoes emergency surgery: Simona de Silvestro, the only female driver in the Supercars Championship, had to undergo an emergency appendectomy on Sunday night after suffering from abdominal pain.
🔀 Extreme E to race in Sardinia again after Argentina plans fall through: Extreme E, the electric off-road racing series, has confirmed that it will return to Sardinia for its fifth and final round of the season, after its original plans to race in Argentina were cancelled.
🏆 Habul confirms three-peat attack for 2024 Bathurst 12 Hour: Habul, the owner and driver of SunEnergy1 Racing, announced that he will attempt to win his third consecutive Bathurst 12 Hour title in ‘24, with a Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo.
The Money Lap Podcast | Episode 18
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