In the round-up: Long Beach, which last hosted an F1 race in 1983 and has been a venue for IndyCar racing ever since, is investigating whether it should bring F1 back.
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Formula 1 or IndyCar? Long Beach Signs Race Study Contract (Gazettes)
"Less than two weeks after completion of the 43rd annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the City Council approved a contract for a consultant to study whether the city should keep IndyCar or move to Formula 1 racing for the Grand Prix."
Curt and Kevin discuss the impact of Alonso at Indy (1070 The Fan)
Brown says he didn't 'ask permission' of F1's new owners to allow Alonso to race at Indianapolis but says he 'knew they would see the positive elements of this for Formula One'. He added McLaren could undertake a full IndyCar programme in future and is eager to make the Indianpolis 500 a regular race for them.
IndyCar drivers welcome Alonso's Indianapolis bid (Reuters)
Helio Castroneves: "He’ll do well but I’m going to do everything I can to make him not do well."
Zak Brown on Alonso to Indy, McLaren to IndyCar, and More (The Marshall Pruett Podcast)
"We're obviously working very hard to make each race better but we're starting from such a deficit that this year will not be one of our better years no matter how much we improve from where we are today."
Norris also had Mercedes and Red Bull talks (Autosport)
"With Red Bull, it doesn't seem like the drivers have the most control over what goes on - Helmut Marko obviously plays a huge role in deciding who does what and where."
Tech analysis: McLaren's plan to increase rear downforce (Motorsport)
"It seems that McLaren is pursuing a way to extract more downforce from the rear wing by artificially increasing its aspect ratio, as airflow is introduced into the outer portion of the wing that would ordinarily be blocked by the endplate - thus changing the shape and vorticity of the wing tip vortices too."
Wolff compares Hamilton-Vettel rivalry, sportsmanship to Federer-Nadal (Crash)
"it is very sportsmanlike, like a Federer-Nadal situation. They don't want to be beaten by the other guy but somehow there is a respect for the other person."
Berger wants to see more F1 drivers diversifying (F1i)
"I'm sure Vettel would like to do DTM races if he could. Drivers today have much more spare time than we used to, as there is hardly any testing."
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On this day in F1
A serious crash in the Glover Trophy on this day 55 years ago brought an end to Stirling Moss’s competitive career. The non-championship race was won by Graham Hill in a BRM.