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Jul 23

F1 Preview: Hamilton Enters Hungarian GP As The Favorite

Lewis Hamilton has four wins in seven starts at the Hungaroring. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton has four wins in seven starts at the Hungaroring. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to win his third straight Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday and fifth overall as he chases Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the championship lead in the last race before the summer break.

Mercedes has won nine of the season’s first 10 races and Rosberg leads the drivers’ standings with 190 points, 14 more than Hamilton. Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull is third with 106 points.

If previous results are anything to go by, Rosberg would not seem to have much of a chance to hold off Hamilton. Rosberg’s last three placings at the winding, slow Hungaroring circuit have been going from bad to worse — ninth, 10th and 19th. Hamilton, meanwhile, won in 2012 and 2013 and was fourth in 2011. He also took the top spot on the podium in Hungary in 2007 and 2009.

Jul 23

De Puniet On Suzuki’s MotoGP Progress And The Challenge Of Suzuka

Randy de Puniet has yet to reveal his plans for the 2015 season. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Randy de Puniet has yet to reveal his plans for the 2015 season. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Ahead of his Suzuka 8 Hours participation and following several months of important MotoGP tests with Suzuki, motogp.com caught up with Frenchman Randy de Puniet.

Suzuki has tested this year at several Grand Prix venues. What is next in terms of the testing schedule?

“We took part in winter tests in Sepang. In Austin and Argentina, unfortunately I couldn’t ride, but I did in Philip Island and also in Barcelona. The schedule is different in July, I am preparing for the Suzuka 8 Hours at the end of the month. My MotoGP program will start again in September, which leaves an important break.

Jul 22

F1: Alonso praises Ricciardo’s driving after duel in Hockenheim

Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB10 Renault, leads Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F14T. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _79P1712

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB10 Renault, fights with Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F14T, during the 2014 German GP. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Fernando Alonso has hailed the “amazing” job being done this year by Daniel Ricciardo.

At Silverstone, Spaniard Alonso’s wheel-to-wheel duel with world champion Sebastian Vettel was littered with radio complaints about one another’s driving.

But after Hockenheim, where the Ferrari driver had a similarly thrilling battle with Vettel’s new teammate Ricciardo, Alonso had nothing but praise for the Australian.

Jul 22

Report: Aprilia to return to MotoGP for 2015 season with Bautista

Spanish 250 cc-rider Alvaro Bautista rides past during a free practice session in Assen on June 25, 2009.  The practice was held two days ahead of the Dutch TT Grand Prix.   AFP PHOTO/ANP/ VINCENT JANNINK - Netherlands out - Belgium out (Photo credit should read VINCENT JANNINK/AFP/Getty Images)

Alvaro Bautista competes on his Aprilia during a free practice session in the 250 cc class on June 25, 2009 in Assen. (Photo: Vincent Jannink/AFP/Getty Images)

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Aprilia are planning to participate in MotoGP next year, as opposed to a previously proposed 2016 arrival date.

With significant technical changes in the premier class coming into effect as of 2016, Marca report that Aprilia want to accelerate their MotoGP project in an attempt to be competitive as soon as possible.

Jul 22

F1: Hamilton to undergo physiotherapy following 30G qualifying crash

Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Saturday 19 July 2014. A Marshal attends to Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, after his crash during Q1. World Copyright: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _X0W5935

A Marshal attends to Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid, after his crash during Q1 for the 2014 German GP. (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton is planning a week of physiotherapy following his drive through the field after a hefty qualifying crash at Hockenheim.

Even before the race, the Mercedes driver reportedly had acupuncture, to help with the pain of the 30G smash into the barriers caused by brake failure.