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How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

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With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Albert Park, March 2017. Max Verstappen climbs into Shane van Gisbergen’s Holden Commodore Supercar and starts prodding buttons and pushing pedals. It’s just a Red Bull photo shoot, but the layout of the cockpit piques Verstappen’s interest. He asks van Gisbergen if he left foot brakes. The Kiwi explains that with these cars you not only need to brake with your right foot, but you also need to heel-and-toe on the downshifts.

Verstappen, at that point already a third-year Formula 1 driver, shoots a puzzled look back at van Gisbergen.

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