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Nov 18, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Formula One driver Mark Webber (2) is introduced before the start of the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Lap: Racing News Links

Welcome to another edition of the Morning Lap, a daily feature here at Beyond the Flag. Along with The Hub we want to bring you not only our original content but a collection of all the best racing news.

Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber has decided to call time on his F1 career and will quit at the end of the 2013 F1 season, it has been claimed.

According to reports by British tabloid newspaper, The Daily Star, he has ‘confided in close friends’ about his intentions and he is ‘already making plans to leave Britain… to return home to Australia’.

NASCAR will likely review comments made by Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman following a Lap 183 crash in Sunday’s rain-marred Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Any potential fine that could come from the comments likely would be made on Tuesday or Wednesday, per NASCAR’s history.

Earlier, it was reported that NASCAR would definitely review his comments, but a spokesperson clarified that there are a variety of things that will be reviewed over the course of a race weekend.

It happens every season, where a driver or drivers who were expected to do well coming out of the gate from the season-opening Daytona 500, simply fall or worst, flop miserably.

The 2013 Sprint Cup season is no different, although the cast of characters may be. Drivers you thought for sure would have likely been in the top 10—if not the top 5—by now are struggling miserably just to get into the top 20.

Tags: Formula One Mark Webber NASCAR

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