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There’s just over a month to go until the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals start and five players have now secured their spots in the eight-man event.

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Novak Djokovic was the latest to qualify after winning the Astana Open, which guarantees he will finish in the top 20 in the standings. That’s enough to make the finals as he is a Grand Slam winner this year at Wimbledon.

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It is the 15th time that Djokovic has qualified for the ATP Finals, behind only Roger Federer (18), Rafael Nadal (17) and Jimmy Connors (16).
Carlos Alcaraz, Nadal, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas have also qualified. However, it is not known if Nadal will play as his only time on court since losing in the fourth round of the US Open in early September was in Federer’s farewell doubles at the Laver Cup. It has also been reported that his wife Mary Perello gave birth to their first child over the weekend.
So either three or four spots are still up for grabs in Turin.
There are still plenty of points available this season.
There are now two weeks of ATP 250 events before ATP 500 tournaments in Basel and Vienna, followed by the last ATP 1000 of the year in Paris, then the ATP Finals, which start on November 13.
The ATP 250 tournaments don’t carry much weight in terms of points – 250 to the winner, 150 to the runner-up and 90 to the semi-finalists – but there are more available in Basel, Vienna and Paris.

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  • Points on offer in Vienna and Basel: 180 for semi-finals, 300 for runner-up, 500 for winner
  • Points on offer in Paris: 360 for semi-finals, 600 for runner-up, 1000 for winner
With the top four in the standings having qualified and Djokovic also heading to Turin, Daniil Medvedev currently occupies the sixth qualifying spot, although he could be an injury doubt after retiring from his Astana Open semi-final against Djokovic.
If Medvedev does play over the next month then he looks almost certain to qualify – he currently has a 320-point lead over Andrey Rublev, who is immediately behind him in the standings and also looks positioned as he is 450 points ahead of Taylor Fritz, who gave his hopes by a big lift by winning the Japan Open.
Race to Turin standings – week starting October 10
  • 1. Carlos Alcaraz (qualified) – 6,460 points
  • 2. Rafael Nadal (qualified) – 5,810 points
  • 3. Casper Ruud (qualified) – 4,930 points
  • 4. Stefanos Tsitsipas (qualified) – 4,885 points
  • 5. Daniil Medvedev – 3,555 points
  • 6. Andrey Rublev – 3,235 points
  • 7. Taylor Fritz – 2,885 points
  • 8. Felix Auger-Aliassime – 2,860 points
  • 9. Hubert Hurkacz – 2,725 points
  • 10. Novak Djokovic (qualified) – 2,720 points
  • 11. Alexander Zverev – 2,700 points
  • 12. Cameron Norrie – 2,365 points
  • 13. Jannik Sinner – 2,310 points
  • 14. Pablo Carreno Busta – 2,270 points
  • 15. Matteo Berrettini – 2,225 points

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Right now, if Nadal plays, then Fritz occupies the final qualifying spot in the standings, but his place is far from secure. Felix Auger-Aliassime is just 25 points behind Fritz and Hubert Hurkacz is not much further back. Even Cameron Norrie and Jannik Sinner are not out of contention with around 500 points to make up over the next few weeks.
Norrie said at the Laver Cup that he was planning to go full-steam ahead to make the ATP Finals, only to pull out of the Korea Open and then miss the Japan Open following a positive Covid-19 test. He plans to play Stockholm next week, then Vienna and Paris

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Mick Schumacher made his first appearance in a McLaren Formula 1 car as he conducted development work for Pirelli at Silverstone today

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Mick Schumacher made his first appearance in a McLaren Formula 1 car as he conducted development work for Pirelli at Silverstone today

The former Haas driver, now the reserve for McLaren’s engine supplier Mercedes, sampled the MCL38 two days after the British Grand Prix. As wet conditions persisted throughout the day he completed 53 laps and set a best time of 1’37.428.

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McLaren was one of three teams running at the track. Alexander Albon logged the most laps, covering 86 in his Williams and setting a best time of 1’41.116. Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi lapped in 1’42.124 and did 62 laps.

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Pirelli intended to use the test to finalise the construction of its 2025 tyres, the last which will be produced to the current widths. F1’s official tyre supplier is producing slightly softer versions of its hardest compounds for next year.

However the weather conditions meant slick tyre developments was impossible. They took the opportunity to assess new intermediate tyre constructions and look into how well they ran when used without heating blankets.

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The test is Pirelli’s sixth this season. It will continue tomorrow when Lando Norris will replace Schumacher in the McLaren, Albon will hand the Williams over to his team mate Logan Sargeant and Oliver Bearman will drive for Haas.

Pirelli’s testing schedule will continue at Monza where it plans to evaluate the new C6 tyre compound it will introduce next year which is designed to better suit street circuits.

“This year is very busy because we have to develop the 2025 tyres but also to start the 2026 development,” Pirelli motorsport director Mario Isola told media including RaceFans at Silverstone.

“I believe that we have a good product now that is very close to the targets that Formula 1 defined for us. That was thanks to the test days that, after some years, we have been able to get. This is telling you how important it is to test.”

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Max Verstappen spotted in class act with Lewis Hamilton’s father

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Max Verstappen spotted in class act with Lewis Hamilton’s father

Max Verstappen was spotted engaging in a handshake with Anthony Hamilton after the British Grand Prix on Sunday after his son, Lewis Hamilton, beat the Dutchman to the top step of the podium in front of a sold-out home crowd.

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Hamilton and Verstappen have enjoyed their fair share of battles over the years and clashed multiple times on track during their legendary 2021 title fight. However, despite this, there has always been an underlying respect between the pair, and this has been epitomised by the behaviour of the seven-time world champion’s father.

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After his son found himself on the wrong end of a controversial end to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, both Hamiltons conducted themselves impeccably. Anthony was pictured shaking hands with Verstappen, and his father Jos, expressing his respect and congratulating the Dutchman on his first Drivers’ Championship crown.

Nearly three years later, Hamilton Snr shared another handshake with the Dutchman, who is now a three-time world champion en route to his fourth. The 26-year-old hunted his rival down relentlessly during the final stint but could not bridge the gap to the Mercedes driver, who duly ended his winless streak.

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Hamilton’s victory at Silverstone was a monumental one on many levels. By taking the chequered flag first, the 39-year-old became the first-ever driver to win nine times at a single event, and the first to pass 300 Grand Prix starts and stand on the top step of the podium afterwards.

It also ended a 945-day wait for a victory. Hamilton’s previous trip to the top step of the rostrum came at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix with Mercedes’ miserable 2022 and 2023 campaigns making it nearly impossible for the seven-time world champion to fight at the head of the field.

Verstappen appreciated the significance of this result for his former title rival. The Dutchman was first on the scene to congratulate Hamilton after the chequered flag, pulling up alongside the Mercedes driver and expressing his respect, before Lando Norris followed suit.

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Fans Has Been Filling Petition to Demand Brutal Punishment for Chase Elliott

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Fans Has Been Filling Petition to Demand Brutal Punishment for Chase Elliott

Safe to say, many fans were angry with Chase Elliott’s shenanigans. Some even called for a drastic measure against the driver, writing, “Obviously they need to suspend Chase Elliott for this.” Another social media user was baffled that two instances of the same offence is garnering different reactions, and commented, “Wait, did Chase do the same thing as Bubba with no one saying a word about it?”

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Notably, NBC might have something to do with the different levels of criticism that the two drivers are facing. As per Heavy.com, since Alex Bowman was the race winner and the incident happened during his victory lap, the cameras were focused on him (as expected to be), putting Wallace’s actions in clear view. Hence, Elliott’s actions went largely unnoticed initially, with Daniel Hemric dashcam turning out to be one of the few video evidences!

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One critic took the harsher route and demanded strict action against the driver, saying, “Chase Elliott is a th*g and should be parked for the rest of the season.” Another NASCAR fan also jeered at the HMS driver for being able to dish out punishment and not take it, “LOL. Don’t give it if you can’t take it right back Chase. This is a nothing burger.”

In a post-race interview, Daniel Suarez did share that Elliott was the one who instigated the on-track altercation. “We got together right there in the last couple of corners. He pushed me a little bit, and then I pushed him with all my intention, and I ended up hitting him pretty good on the very last corner. My bad on that,” the #99 driver revealed.

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Finally, someone noted that, “Chase got what he deserved.” There weren’t too many willing to lend a sympathetic ear, with another user writing, “So you’re telling me chase started some cr*p, got dumped for it, and wants us to feel bad for him? What a pity party.”

In another similar occurrence, the 28-year-old was suspended for one race last year after he intentionally wrecked Denny Hamlin during the Coca-Cola 600. In 2022, Bubba Wallace also faced a one race suspension for intentionally wrecking Kyle Larson in a “dangerous act” of retaliation. But this time, though, it seems both #23 and #9 might be let off the hook by NASCAR, since both were post-race incidents. If we are to look at history, Martin Truex Jr serves as the biggest example for his actions at Richmond in April this year. After a dominant MTJ lost to Denny Hamlin, he vented his frustration by slamming Kyle Larson’s door, and bumping the #11’s rear three times. However, the driver escaped penalty!

Looking at this, do you think either Bubba Wallace or Chase Elliott will face the same fate? Let us know what you think!

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