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Motorsports at a glance: What's happening this weekend

Red Bull technicians work on Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel's car at the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, May 8, 2014. The Formula One race will be held on Sunday.

Luca Bruno/AP Photo

Motor racing-Red Bull give Vettel new chassis for Spain

Sebastian Vettel will have a new Red Bull chassis for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix in a switch that could give the quadruple Formula One champion a boost even if the team said it was unrelated to his lack of form so far this season.

Chief designer Rob Marshall told the Red Bull website on Wednesday that the change, replacing the central tub that the driver sits in, had been scheduled at the start of the season. (Reuters)

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(June 29, 2013 file photo) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, left, celebrates after winning the pole position. His teammate Nico Rosberg, right, of Germany finished second following the qualifying session at the Silverstone circuit, England. Mercedes' rivals hope a busy three weeks of tinkering on their slower cars and the move to European tracks will be enough to at least threaten Lewis Hamilton's and Nico Rosberg's stranglehold on Formula One. AP Photo Lefteris Pitarakis AP Photo  

Hamilton ready to make his move on Rosberg

Formula One's European season kicks off in Spain this weekend with Lewis Hamilton on a roll and ready to wrest the championship lead from Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton has never won a grand prix in Spain but, after racking up three successive victories for the first time, the 2008 world champion can break new boundaries at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday.

"I'm in a good place right now and I'm hoping that this will be the year," said the Briton, who is four points behind Rosberg despite winning three races to the German's one. (Reuters)

Charlotte Motor Speedway celebrates 20th anniversary of Jeff Gordon's Coca-Cola 600 victory

It's been 20 years since Jeff Gordon's first career Cup victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the prestigious Coca-Cola 600. He was struggling to contain his emotions long before he took the checkered flag, and by the time the 22-year-old got to Victory Lane, he was weeping.

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"I tried to hold it back as much as I could because I wanted to stay focused and didn't want to make any mistakes," Gordon recalled as the speedway celebrated the anniversary at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "It did start to take over and that chill in my spine was definitely there with taking the white flag. I got to Victory Lane, and it all just kind of erupted." (Jenna Fryer/Associated Press)

Russian rookie clears first hurdle in testing for Indianapolis 500

Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin was the fastest of the five rookies on the track Monday at Indianapolis.

The Moscow native had a fast lap of 219.170 mph (352.72 km/h) and was one of three rookies to complete the rookie orientation program. Jack Hawksworth and Carlos Huertas also passed. Jacques Villeneuve, the 1995 Indy winner, and former Cup champion Kurt Busch completed their rookie tests last week.

The race is scheduled for May 25. (Associated Press)

Formula One: World championship standings

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Standings going into the Spanish Grand Prix, which takes place Sunday, May 11

Position

Drivers

Nationality

Team

Points

1

Nico Rosberg

German

Mercedes

79

2

Lewis Hamilton

British

Mercedes

75

3

Fernando Alonso

Spanish

Ferrari

41

4

Nico Hulkenberg

German

Force India-Mercedes

36

5

Sebastian Vettel

German

Red Bull Racing-Renault

33

6

Daniel Ricciardo

Australian

Red Bull Racing-Renault

24

7

Valtteri Bottas

Finnish

Williams-Mercedes

24

8

Jenson Button

British

McLaren-Mercedes

23

9

Kevin Magnussen

Danish

McLaren-Mercedes

20

10

Sergio Perez

Mexican

Force India-Mercedes

18

11

Felipe Massa

Brazilian

Williams-Mercedes

12

12

Kimi Raikkonen

Finnish

Ferrari

11

13

Jean-Eric Vergne

French

STR-Renault

4

14

Daniil Kvyat

Russian

STR-Renault

4

Source: FormulaOne.com

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