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Apr 18

No current plans for more Honda-powered F1 cars

Honda has announced that the McLaren F1 team, seen testing here at Bahrain, will be the only F1 team in 2015 with Honda-power. (Photos: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

The McLaren F1 team, seen testing here at Bahrain, will be the only F1 team in 2015 with Honda-power. (Photos: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Honda F1 boss Yasuhisa Arai was non-committal today when asked about plans to extend F1 engine supply beyond McLaren.

McLaren will initially have exclusive use of the new power unit when the Japanese manufacturer returns to the sport next season.

Apr 18

Friday practice results: Hamilton fast but frustrated in China

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice on Friday at Shanghai International Circuit in his Mercedes W05. (Photo: Andy Hone/LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice on Friday at Shanghai International Circuit in his Mercedes W05. (Photo: Andy Hone/LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton may have been fastest on Friday in China, but the Briton was clearly far from satisfied with the setup of his Mercedes.

At one point he told the team “there’s something wrong with this car.” He’d already had suspension issues in the morning session, which saw him run only nine laps.

Apr 18

Surprise phone call gave Mattiacci Ferrari F1 job

Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiacci in the pit box in Shanghai. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Ferrari’s new team principal Marco Mattiacci in the garage in Shanghai. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Marco Mattiacci says the opportunity to take over as head of the Ferrari F1 team came out of the blue in a phone call from Luca di Montezemolo last week, some 72 hours before the news of his appointment and the departure of Stefano Domenicali was officially confirmed.

The erstwhile CEO of Ferrari North America, who met the F1 media for the first time in China today, was in New York when his boss rang.

Apr 17

Vettel showcases new Infiniti Q50 in celebrity race

Sebastian Vettel racing the Q50 in downtown Shanghai. (Photo courtesy Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd.)

Sebastian Vettel racing the Q50 in downtown Shanghai. (Photo courtesy Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd.)

Sebastian Vettel returned to victory lane this week, behind the wheel of the new Infiniti Q50 in a celebrity race in downtown Shanghai.

Chinese movie star Jimmy Lin, snooker player Pan Xiaoting and renowned businessman Yao Jinbo were amongst the names racing Vettel, who emerged victorious in all but one of the five races.

Apr 17

IMSA: Muscle Milk Pickett Racing leaves TUDOR Championship

Muslce Milk Pickett Racing become the third team to pull out of TUDOR during the 2014 season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Muslce Milk Pickett Racing become the third team to pull out of TUDOR during the 2014 season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing has pulled the plug on its TUDOR United SportsCar Championship program, with immediate effect.

The two-time ALMS P1 champions previously announced that it would skip the Long Beach and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca rounds in order to focus on further development of its Oreca 03 Nissan package. However, a team representative confirmed to Sportscar365 on Thursday that they will not take part in any further races this year. No reason for the withdrawal has been given.