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Formula 1 considers slowing cars to make the racing better

Ross Brawn says series owners also looking at DRS options Although no fan of the Drag Reduction System overtaking aid, F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn says DRS is staying in Formula 1 — for now.Recently, series owners Liberty Media bought defunct F1 team Manor’s last wind-tunnel model and began working on how overtaking chances can […]

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Daniel Ricciardo claims RB14 has shown ‘encouraging signs’

Daniel Ricciardo has claimed the RB14 has shown early promise despite a wet shakedown test at Silverstone. In sodden conditions at Silverstone Ricciardo drove the RB14 on track for the first time in 2018; despite the limited mileage on the day he feels boosted by the encouraging signs from the car, and felt no disruption in […]

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A blessing in disguise for Williams?

Last month, Sergey Sirotkin’s confirmed nomination as Williams’ second driver alongside Lance Stroll in 2018 was met quite predictably with a fair amount of jeering by Formula 1 fans. A wave of one-sided opinions hit the Grove-based outfit and buried the team and the 22-year-old Russian under a pile of ‘pay driver’ charges. Williams’ senior […]

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Drivers blast WEC for changing schedule to accommodate Fernando Alonso

What’s good for Fernando Alonso is not necessarily good for the rest of the field in the World Endurance Championship. Other drivers have lashed out at a schedule change that means Fernando Alonso can now race in the entire WEC schedule for 2018. Before the change of the WEC’s 6 Hours of Fuji from Oct. […]

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The power of a megastar

If there was ever any doubt about Fernando Alonso’s mega-star status in motorsport, they were put to rest last week, courtesy of the Fuji Speedway in Japan and the organisers of the World Endurance Championship. A glance at the Formula 1 and WEC calendars after the announcement of Alonso’s involvement with Toyota revealed one date […]

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Former Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore handed 18-month jail term

Former Benetton and Renault F1 team boss Flavio Briatore has been handed an 18-month jail term for tax evasion. The Italian, who faced a ban from Formula 1 following his involvement in the ‘Crashgate’ scandal in 2008 – which was later overturned – is accused of avoiding to pay tax on his superyacht, ‘Force Blue’, […]

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South Africa’s Kyalami circuit’s return to F1 hampered by current hosting costs

 The Kyalami circuit is unlikely to return to the Formula One calendar in the near future due to the high costs of hosting a modern-day grand prix.Kyalami hosted the South African Grand Prix over two spells, 1965-1985 and 1992-1993. The latter of those races was the last to take place on the African continent.   […]

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Daniel Ricciardo needs to focus on beating Max Verstappen – Mark Webber

Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber insists Daniel Ricciardo must focus his efforts on beating team-mate Max Verstappen this season, rather than looking for a drive elsewhere despite being out of contract at the end of the year. Although Verstappen has signed a multi-year deal to stay at Red Bull, Ricciardo has held off doing the same […]

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F1 drivers unite in Grand Prix Drivers’ Association

 The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) has hit full membership of the current grid as the F1 drivers unite to influence the future direction of the sport.GPDA chairman Alex Wurz confirmed the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen have officially joined the union, for what he believes could be the first time ever. Wurz […]

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2018 F1: Sirotkin hits out at ‘pay driver’ label

Sergey Sirotkin says he is ignoring those who call him a ‘pay driver’. Some, including sections of the media, say the Russian secured Williams’ second seat for 2018 thanks to the millions brought to the team by SMP Bank. “I do not pay attention to names like ‘pay driver’,” Sirotkin told Russian radio Sport FM. […]

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2018 F1: Ferrari-Liberty showdown ‘inevitable’

Zak Brown thinks the showdown between Ferrari and Liberty Media was “inevitable”.With Liberty reportedly proposing a fairer income distribution system among other things, Ferrari has threatened to quit F1. McLaren executive Brown told AS newspaper: “It was inevitable that there would be a confrontation between Ferrari and Liberty. “Ferrari wants to protect the money they […]

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Bernie Ecclestone criticises Formula 1’s ‘prudish’ grid girl ban

Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has hit out at the sport’s decision to drop grid girls, describing the move as “prudish”.Late last year Liberty Media, which acquired the sport in early 2017, ousting Ecclestone in the process, said the matter would be reviewed, and this week it made a final decision to drop grid girls […]

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Sir Stirling Moss retires from public appearances aged 88

Sir Stirling Moss has retired from public engagements at the age of 88 after recovering from a recent health scare.Sir Stirling Moss has retired from public engagements at the age of 88 after recovering from a recent health scare, as confirmed by his son Elliot Moss. The former Formula 1 race winner was struck down with a serious […]

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The problem isn’t Sirotkin

It was a relief last week to see Williams finally confirm what everyone already knew, that Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin will be partnering Lance Stroll at the Grove-based outfit in 2018.While the predictable decision has finally put to rest the exhaustive discussions over Robert Kubica’s fairytale comeback efforts, it has now fueled a lively debate […]

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Valentino Rossi ‘stunned’ Michael Schumacher during first Ferrari F1 test

Ex-Ferrari engineer Luigi Mazzola remembers how MotoGP star Valentino Rossi “stunned” Michael Schumacher during his first Formula 1 test in 2004.MotoGP icon Valentino Rossi left Michel Schumacher “stunned” by his lap times during his first Formula 1 test for Ferrari in 2004, according to a former engineer who worked with both drivers that day. Nine-time world […]

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Williams confirms Sirotkin alongside Stroll for 2018

 Wlliams has confirmed Sergey Sirotkin will partner Lance Stroll in 2018, ending Robert Kubica’s hopes of a race seat next season.Kubica, who carried out a number of tests for both Renault and Williams last year, has been handed the reserve and development driver seat, marking his first full-time role in F1 some seven years after his […]

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Martin Whitmarsh to take up F1 advisory role with FIA

-McLaren F1 chief Whitmarsh to help the FIA on setting financial regulations for the series in the future.Former McLaren Formula 1 team chief Martin Whitmarsh is set to take up an advisory role with the FIA to help define the series’ future financial regulations. Whitmarsh worked at McLaren between 1989 and 2014, operating as team […]

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Guenther Steiner has a point

It is somewhat ironic that Guenther Steiner’s comments over the weekend about the US currently lacking a driver capable of racing in F1 were followed by the passing of the great Dan Gurney on Sunday, a man who was among a very small circle of only five American Grand Prix winners. Gurney’s outstanding career, conducted […]

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2018 F1: Sauber to become Alfa Romeo works team

Sauber could eventually become a full works Alfa Romeo team. That is the vision of the Swiss team’s boss Frederic Vasseur, when asked by France’s Auto Hebdo about the new Alfa title sponsorship brokered by Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne. “The company’s executives want to see a fully fledged Alfa Romeo team,” Sauber team principal Vasseur […]

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Kubica ‘to be signed up as Williams reserve driver’

 Reports in French media on Friday say that Robert Kubica will be Williams F1’s reserve driver for 2018. Kubica had previously been in the running for a full-time race seat with the team. He carried out a number of tests last year to see if his fitness was up to the demands of Grand Prix […]

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McLaren pumped up and ‘eager to get to Australia’

McLaren, the second most successful team on the F1 grid, is already raring to go and hopeful of putting itself back where it belongs: near the front of the grid.McLaren boss Zak Brown recently said the team’s desire to win was off the charts, thanks mainly to its new partnership with engine supplier Renault, a […]

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Formula One: Expect Valtteri Bottas to explode in 2018

Much of the offseason talk surrounding Valtteri Bottas has been negative. Expect him to prove everyone wrong in the 2018 Formula One season. So far this offseason, there has been a lot of talk surrounding 28-year-old Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Valtteri Bottas, who is coming off of a career-best Formula One season in 2017 during […]

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Formula One: Williams finalizing 2018 deal for Sergey Sirotkin

Williams Martini Racing are reportedly finalizing a deal to sign 22-year-old Sergey Sirotkin for the 2018 Formula One season. The final piece of the 2018 Formula One driver lineup puzzle may be ready to click into place. Williams Martini Racing are reportedly working on finalizing a deal to sign Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin for the […]

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Alonso has strong first impressions of Daytona

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso made his first visit to Daytona during the Roar Before the 24 and shared the experience of lapping the high banks in his United Autosports LMP2 car, along with other insights, with the IMSA media corps after the opening practice session. “I did unfortunately only a short time […]

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Will Kimi Raikkonen become F1’s new social media king?

There may not have been much in the way of major breaking Formula 1 news over the Christmas holiday period, yet in the world of social media, two of the sport’s biggest stars have been making waves. Lewis Hamilton sparked controversy on Boxing Day when he uploaded a video to Instagram telling his young nephew […]

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Plans for women’s motor racing series in 2019, winner promised F1 test drive

Plans have been drawn up to stage an historic women-only motor racing championship which could be launched in 2019.In a proposal circulated earlier this year, the potentially groundbreaking series intends to see women drivers compete at six races – five of which will be staged in Europe and the other in America – with the […]

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2018 F1: Briatore ‘very sorry’ Kubica comeback failed

Flavio Briatore says it’s a shame Robert Kubica will not make a sensational return to formula one in 2018.A source close to Kubica, the former BMW and Renault driver who almost lost his arm in a 2011 rally crash, admits the Pole’s comeback bid is now “game over”. Other sources claim Williams has definitely signed […]

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German brain doctor says there’s still hope F1 legend Michael Schumacher will recover from his injuries

FANS of F1 legend Michael Schumacher should not “give up hope” as he continues his recovery after a horrific skiing accident, claims a medical expert. The German motor-racing icon, who turned 49 yesterday, was placed in a medically-induced coma after suffering major brain trauma following his crash in December 2013, The Sun reports. Since then […]

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‘Several’ F1 Teams Are Chasing Aston Martin Engine Supplies

With Aston Martin’s Ferrari-, McLaren- and Porsche-baiting supercar primed for an early 2020s release, the firm is weighing up partnership deals from several F1 teams.Aston Martin could end up supplying more than a couple of independent Formula 1 teams, according to reports. Motorsport.com reports that several independent F1 teams have been in contact with Aston […]

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He’ll be back…

The internet erupted last week when Lewis Hamilton exceeded social media’s track limits by publicly berating his toddler nephew on Snapchat for parading around in a princess dress on Christmas. In the short video, Hamilton raised his voice – albeit tongue-and cheek – and bawled out the five-year-old for his non-standard accoutrement choice. Unfortunately, in […]

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Mercedes open to idea of F1 B-Team

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has been impressed by Ferrari’s “very visionary” link-up with Sauber and is considering implementing something similar for the world champions. Ferrari’s partnership with Sauber for 2018 will see the team officially badged as ‘Alfa-Romeo [part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group] Sauber’. The deal also saw Ferrari juniors Charles Leclerc and […]

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel all set to chase fifth title

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will chase their fifth title each when they line up for the Australian season-opener on March 25.The Briton’s fourth title and the first under the new U.S.-based owners Liberty Media, has set the scene for an engaging battle in 2018. This is the first time two four-time world champions will […]

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Formula One: Lewis Hamilton may have baited the media and succeeded

Fomula One driver Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to controversy. Did he know exactly what he was doing when he posted a video of his nephew? Lewis Hamilton, who sits third on the all-time Formula One titles list with four championships and second on the all-time Formula One wins list with 62 victories, recently came […]

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Formula One: The outrage over Lewis Hamilton’s video is a scam

There has been outrage over a recent video posted by Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. But that outrage is a money-hunting scam. Four-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted a video on Instagram that sparked a worldwide outrage, mostly over Twitter, simply because he was joking around with his four-year-old nephew Kaiden and stated that […]