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Bernie Ecclestone moving to Switzerland after F1 exit

Formula One’s former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone is moving further away from the sport he ruled for decades by relocating to Switzerland.   The Briton, who will be 87 this month, was ousted in January after U.S.-based Liberty Media took control and gave him an undefined role as emeritus chairman. “It’s something I had agreed […]

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Ferrari Engineers Recruited as Aston Martin Continue F1 Evaluation

  Aston Martin Racing continues to evaluate a possible move into Formula 1 in the future, with the outfit bringing in some engineers with experience in the highest level of single seater motorsport.   The Aston Martin name will be a part of the championship from 2018 as title sponsor for Red Bull Racing, but […]

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Romain Grosjean: Stress testing a Formula One star’s brain

If you want to get ahead on the Formula One grid it turns out you need to be a cognitive “super performer.”Making split decisions at high speed again and again, F1 drivers’ brains are working overtime to deal with the extreme demands of one of the world’s most pressurized sports, according to performance scientist James […]

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De Villota family resolves accident dispute with Manor

The family of Maria de Villota has reached an agreement with the public liability insurers of the defunct Manor F1 team over a 2012 accident which left her blinded in one eye. De Villota had been a test and development driver for the backmarker team, then called Marussia. She was conducting straight-line tests at Duxford […]

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Fernando Alonso and IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona — it could happen

McLaren F1 may let Fernando Alonso race in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. It is believed the British team and the Spanish driver are discussing the fine print of their F1 contract for 2018, and Alonso’s schedule may include more than just Formula 1. Alonso skipped Monaco to contest the Indy 500 this year, […]

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Sebastian Vettel has no plans to retire, leave Ferrari anytime soon

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says he is not thinking about his retirement from F1 and has no plans on pulling a Nico Rosberg act and walking away from the sport at the end of the season. At the end of last year, Rosberg suddenly quit his Mercedes contract after he achieved his dream of winning the […]

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‘Old guy’ Lewis Hamilton shows age no barrier to beat Max Verstappen

Mercedes and Red Bull drivers joke about each other’s age after Suzuka battle; Red Bull reiterate determination to retain Ricciardo and Verstappen.Lewis Hamilton said he was determined not to be beaten by youth as he fought off 20-year-old Max Verstappen for victory in the Japanese GP. The Red Bull youngster, who only turned 20 at […]

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Hamilton wins Japanese GP as Vettel forced to retire

Lewis Hamilton edged closer to a fourth Formula One world championship title as he kept Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at bay to take a third career Japanese Grand Prix win. It was a disastrous day for Sebastian Vettel, however, as a spark plug problem forced Hamilton’s only real title contender to retire from the race […]

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F1: Hamilton dominates Japanese GP qualifying for first Suzuka pole

Lewis Hamilton surged to pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix with a dominant display in Saturday’s Formula 1 qualifying session, setting a new track record en route to his first Suzuka pole position. Hamilton arrived in Japan having taken pole at all 19 of the other circuits on the current F1 calendar, and completed […]

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Renault defends Marcin Budkowski approach as rival teams express concern

Renault has moved to defend its approach for Marcin Budkowski amid complaints from rival teams that it would be unfair for the former F1 technical department head to join an F1 team just three months after leaving his position at the governing body. Budkowski handed in his resignation to the FIA last month and has therefore been […]

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Max Verstappen linked to huge offers from Ferrari, Mercedes

IT’S no secret star Max Verstappen is a wanted man, but now there is a money value next to his name that will terrify Red Bull. Daniel Ricciardo’s teammate remains contracted with Red Bull until the end of the 2019 Formula 1 season, but a report in the United Kingdom claims Ferrari and Mercedes are […]

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Williams plans a Kubica/di Resta showdown!

Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta are set to test a 2014 Williams this month to help the team determine who could race alongside Lance Stroll in 2018, according to Motorsport Magazine‘s Mark Hughes. Williams planned on giving Kubica a run at Suzuka during one of Stroll’s private test, but the young Canadian’s father, Lawrence […]

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Hamilton just can’t take it to the Max

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in the Formula One world championship with a second-place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix but his Mercedes team now head to Japan with more questions than answers. Image: Batchelor Images Having professed surprise at putting his car on pole position, Hamilton could not live with the race pace of […]

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Verstappen claims supreme Malaysian Grand Prix win

Max Verstappen put his tumultuous season to one side taking a dominant victory in the final Grand Prix in Malaysia, as Red Bull Racing took their second successive win at the Sepang International Circuit. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver and championship leader Lewis Hamilton extended his advantage to 34 points, taking second place ahead […]

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Michael Schumacher Monaco Grand Prix-winning Ferrari F2001 to be auctioned by Sotheby’s, New York

One of the most historically significant Formula 1 Ferraris will be presented by Sotheby’s at their Contemporary Fine Art auction in New York on November 16. Chassis F2001 #211, which contested the 2001 Formula 1 world championship, is the car in which seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher won the last of his five Monaco victories […]

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Ferrari on top in second practice, Mercedes struggle, and drain cover takes out Grosjean

Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel topped the times in the second practice session of the weekend ahead of the final ever Malaysian Grand Prix; six tenths of a second clear of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, as Ferrari came back with a vengeance in Sepang.   The German set a time of 1:31.261 to take the top spot […]

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Report: F1 ‘Halo’ device could cost teams nearly $30,000

 Formula 1 teams have shown surprise over the high cost of the controversial Halo safety devices mandated for 2018.Although unpopular among many drivers, fans and insiders, the partial cockpit cover must be fitted to every car next year. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that, at present, three external companies have applied to the FIA […]

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1930s SA GRAND PRIX COMEBACK

South Africa will come alive to the sights and sounds of a grid full of 1930s Grand Prix cars racing for the first time in nearly 80 years in November 2018, when the South African Historic Grand Prix Festival celebrates the iconic racers that originally participated in the South African Grands Prix in the 1930s. […]

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Lewis Hamilton Needs DNFs, Formula One Needs New Blood

 Lewis Hamilton is second on the all-time race win listNo surprise the Mercedes engine out-powered Ferrari in Spa or Monza but Lewis Hamilton winning in Singapore where Vettel scored no points was something totally unexpected.  With a 28 point advantage over his rival surely one if not two DNF’s are now needed for Hamilton to […]

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Hamilton not looking to match Schumacher’s seven F1 titles

Despite beating Michael Schumacher’s pole position record at Monza, Lewis Hamilton is not fanatical about hunting down his tally of seven world drivers’ titles.   Lewis Hamilton says he has no desire to chase Michael Schumacher‘s record of seven Formula 1 drivers’ championship, preferring to focus on adding to his current tally of three at […]

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Red Bull to be renamed as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing from 2018 F1 season

Red Bull have confirmed that they will be rebranded from 2018 as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in the latest step that could see the manufacturer entering the sport as an independent engine supplier.   The four-time constructor world champions announced on Monday that a new title and innovation partnership has been agreed between the […]

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Kubica unsure about possibility of Formula 1 return

Robert Kubica has expressed his doubts about a return to Formula 1, after speculation about a drive with Williams for 2018 and beyond becoming a distinct possibility. Kubica, who drove for BMW and Renault in 76 races between 2006 and 2010, saw his career and life come under severe threat due to a colossal rallying […]

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Volkswagen Says Formula One Is ‘On a Dangerous Path’

The mighty auto group explains why it chose Formula E instead.While Formula One owner Liberty Media fights a battle to cut down costs in the sport, others are pressuring them to speed up the process. Teams like Force India and Toro Rosso have made their point clear that something needs to be done in order […]

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Formula 1 Turning to Microphones to Make Engines Louder

Officials say it would also help make TV viewing more a ‘visceral’ experience.This year has been a building year for Formula 1, and so far, it’s worked. More fans are tuning in than in years previous, and a heated competition for the Drivers’ Title is enough to come back for every race. Now, officials are […]

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Report: Michael Schumacher could be on the move

F1 STAR Michael Schumacher could be flown to the US for state-of-the-art medical treatment, according to Swedish news reports.The sporting legend suffered a horrific brain injury in a ski accident in December 2013, from which he is yet to recover, The Sun reports. Now the 48-year-old might be flown from his home in Switzerland to […]

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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel needs Lady Luck to smile on him if he is to deny Lewis Hamilton the F1 title

You did not have to be a body language expert to know Sebastian Vettel realised he had messed up big time in Singapore.The sheepish manner in which he approached and then spoke to reporters in the media pen after his spectacular first lap exit from Sunday’s race was telling. “That’s how this business is, and […]

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McLaren Racing and Renault Sport Racing confirm partnership

  Renault Sport Racing and McLaren Racing have announced that they have agreed an engine supply partnership for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons. The deal will see Renault Sport Racing supply McLaren with Formula 1 power units, while also establishing a close working relationship with McLaren’s engineers and technicians. Despite a combined Formula 1 […]

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Lewis Hamilton expects wide-open Formula 1 race at Singapore

Lewis Hamilton enters the Singapore Grand Prix as the Formula 1 championship leader but is wary about the threat from both Ferrari and Red Bull on the Marina Bay streets.Hamilton was dominant in Italy, running his Mercedes with the engine turned down for the majority of the race while still maintaining a comfortable gap to […]

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Rosberg takes on Kubica management role

Reigning Formula 1 Nico Rosberg has joined Robert Kubica’s management team to help progress Kubica’s return to racing in Formula 1 in 2018, Autosport has learned.Kubica’s F1 career stalled after he suffered life threatening injuries in a rally crash in 2011, but he has been pushing to return to the grand prix grid next season […]

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Valtteri Bottas to stay with Mercedes in 2018

Valtteri Bottas has been handed a contract extension at Mercedes which will keep him with the German manufacturer in 2018.Bottas was the replacement for Nico Rosberg at the start of the season following the world champion’s shock retirement from the sport at the end of 2016. The Finnish driver has enjoyed a successful debut year […]

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Schumacher’s former manager says latest news “isn’t good”

Michael Schumacher’s former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo has said the “news isn’t good” about the health of the stricken Formula One champion.  It is more than two years since Schumacher, the seven-time champion, sustained horrific brain injuries in a freak accident while skiing in the French Alps.             Michael Schumacher […]

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MORE TEAMS INTERESTED IN KUBICA, NOT JUST RENAULT – KUBICA’S MANAGER

With news that Carlos Sainz Jr. has signed for the Renault Sport F1 Team for 2018, it seems a return to the team for Robert Kubica is now off the cards. Kubica’s manager is keen to point out however, that other teams, not just Renault, are interested in signing the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner. […]

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MERCEDES’ TOTO WOLFF: “SINGAPORE IS A CIRCUIT WE HAVE FOUND DIFFICULT TO MASTER“

Although the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team currently lead the constructors standings by a fairly comfortable sixty-two points, having enjoyed victories at the last two rounds of the season, Team Principal Toto Wolff is wary that the Singapore Grand Prix has never really been a strong venue for the German squad.“This is a circuit […]

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Report Carlos Sainz signs with Renault McLaren to acquire Renault engines

Carlos Sainz Jr. has signed a deal to join Renault as Toro Rosso prepares to part ways with Renault in favor of using Honda power in Formula 1 for 2018. Reports surfaced over the weekend that Renault will announce Sainz as the replacement driver for the struggling Jolyon Palmer for 2018 at this weekend’s Singapore Grand […]

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Kubica lurking in the background at Williams?

As Robert Kubica’s hopes of racing for Renault next season appear to fade, could the Pole be in contention for a seat at Williams? Complicated discussions centered around a potential  engine supplier swap between McLaren-Honda  and Toro Rosso-Renault  could see Carlos Sainz being traded away to the French manufacturer and paired with Nico Hulkenberg next season. […]

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No worthy bids from new teams to enter F1 – Todt

FIA President Jean Todt says the governing body has not received a single bid from prospective F1 teams worthy of consideration. Todt revealed that while several groups expressed interest in entering the sport, potential offers were not taken seriously by the FIA, which therefore did not feel compelled to open a tender process for an eleventh […]