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W Series hears its critics, but remains focused on opportunity

W Series has split opinion since its launch last year, but as the countdown to its opening race continues, the opportunities on offer remain its focus. When the new, all-female W Series was announced back in October, it immediately became one of the most divisive topics in motorsport discourse. The concept of a racing championship […]

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Finnish motorsport body begins study into F1 event feasibility

A study is under way in Finland to evaluate the feasibility of hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix in the country, ostensibly at future MotoGP circuit KymiRing.A press conference was held on Wednesday to outline that 80 per cent of KymiRing, located around 130km North East of the capital Helsinki, has now been built. The […]

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Lauda discharged from hospital

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has been discharged from hospital in Vienna following treatment for influenza. The Mercedes non-executive chairman underwent a lung transplant in August of last year and has been recuperating since, but was taken ill while on holiday in Ibiza earlier this month. Lauda was admitted to Vienna General Hospital […]

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Red Bull switch to Honda just what Newey needed

  Red Bull Racing’s switch to Honda power for 2019 has rekindled designer Adrian Newey’s motivation according to the energy drink’s motorsport boss Helmut Marko.Newey was the chief architect of the Milton Keynes-base team’s outstanding period of success between 2010 and 2013, when Red Bull won four consecutive team and driver titles. Thereafter, the design […]

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Gasly fires 2019 warning to Verstappen

Pierre Gasly says he has no intention of serving as Max Verstappen‘s number-two driver after swapping Toro Rosso for Red Bull in 2019. The Frenchman’s graduation comes as a result of Daniel Ricciardo‘s move to Renault, the Australian having reportedly grown concerned over Verstappen’s increased standing in the team. Gasly has been under the Red Bull umbrella since […]

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Familiar name, familiar team: Mick Schumacher to follow famous father to Ferrari

Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula One champion Michael, has reportedly linked up with the Ferrari driver academy.Schumacher, 19, will spend 2019 racing in Formula 2 – the final feeder category before F1 – with leading Italian team Prema. The BBC has reported sources close to Ferrari have confirmed the deal that will see Schumacher undertake two […]

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Kubica sure experience will help in Williams return

Robert Kubica believes the experience he will bring to Williams will have a major impact on its attempts to recover from 2018, on top of his driving performances.Williams finished bottom of the constructors’ championship last season with just seven points to its name, 26 adrift of Toro Rosso in ninth place. The team struggled with […]

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Red Bull Take a Massive Dig at Daniel Ricciardo

Max Verstappen’s progress has moved him clear of his ex-Formula 1 team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in both qualifying and race trim, according to Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko.Verstappen and Ricciardo were broadly equal in their time together at Red Bull from early 2016 to the end of last year, although Verstappen enjoyed a more impressive ’18 campaign overall. He matched Ricciardo, […]

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Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton’s dominance – the driver or the car?

Lewis Hamilton’s dominance in Formula 1 has long been debated. Does his dominance stem more from his car or more from his skills? Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s Lewis Hamilton won his fifth career Formula 1 championship in the 2018 season, propelling him into a second place tie on the all-time Formula 1 championships list with Juan Manuel Fangio, […]

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Why Mick Schumacher is happy to wait for F1 chance

Mick Schumacher is in no hurry to make it to Formula 1, according to family friend and long-time junior formula team owner Nicolas Todt, as the teenaged prodigy is determined to leave a lasting impression on the pinnacle of motorsport, rather than make a fleeting visit. Schumacher – son of F1 legend Michael – was […]

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New fears over Lauda condition

Niki Lauda is set to spend more time in hospital than previously expected after contracting pneumonia, according to reports in Austria. The three-time world champion returned to Vienna General Hospital recently after suffering with flu at his family home in Ibiza. Lauda was hospitalised for much of the second half of 2018 after falling ill […]

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MCLAREN’S ZAK BROWN STILL “VERY HAPPY WITH RENAULT”

McLaren F1 Team’s Zak Brown still believes the decision to move to Renault Sport power at the end of the 2017 season is the correct choice, despite the teams disappointing 2018 season.McLaren ended their three year engine partnership with Honda in 2017 as they aimed to move up the grid in 2018 by becoming Renault customers. The team improved to sixth […]

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Doctor says Michael Schumacher should have avoided skiiing after racing accidents

A doctor has said he believes Michael Schumacher was at a higher risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury when he injured himself skiing.The former Formula 1 champion has not been seen in public since he suffered a severe head injury while skiing at the Meribel resort in the French Alps on December 29, 2013. […]

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Motor racing: Binotto to replace Arrivabene as Ferrari F1 boss – report

Alan Baldwin Reuters LONDON (Reuters) – Ferrari are set to replace Formula One team boss Maurizio Arrivabene with technical head Mattia Binotto after failing to win any titles last year, Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Monday.The sports daily, in a front-page story, said a formal announcement could come by the end of the day. […]

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Lauda hospitalized with flu

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda is back in hospital in his native Austria, suffering complications from flu. Austria’s Oesterreich news site reports that the 69-year-old Lauda — who underwent a lung transplant last August — was flown to a hospital in Vienna from the Spanish island of Ibiza. Although Oesterreich cites sources as saying that Lauda is […]

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ROBERT KUBICA SAYS STAYING IN F1 WILL BE TOUGHER THAN HIS COMEBACK

For Robert Kubica, returning to Formula 1 after nearly a decade’s absence was the easy part. Staying there beyond 2019 will be a tougher challenge.”Returning to Formula 1 will not be easy,” the 34-year-old told Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska. “One of the biggest and most difficult challenges in my career is in front of me. […]

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Hamilton tributes Schumacher on 50th birthday

Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to Michael Schumacher on his 50th birthday, saying the seven-time Formula 1 world champion’s legacy “will last forever”. Only Schumacher stands above Hamilton in terms of drivers’ titles and grand prix victories as the Briton embarks on a run of success emulating Schumacher’s early 2000s run with Ferrari. Mercedes have matched Ferrari’s […]

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The Story Behind the Most Iconic Helmet in Motorsports History

Fueled by his desire to stand out from the crowd of plain white helmets, Ayrton Senna experimented with a number of helmet designs before settling on the bright yellow one with the green and blue tripes that became his signature. The winning combination came from Sid Mosca, founder of Sid Special Paint, in 1979. He had entered the […]

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The Last F1 Car to Carry an American to Victory

The perfect Formula 1 car met the perfect driver in 1978. We’ve celebrated their union, one that produced a world championship for Mario Andretti and the pioneering Lotus 79 chassis, with immense pride ever since. The man who delivered that title for America both loves and laments that fact. Arguably the greatest driver of all […]

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Sainz reveals rallying made him a “more complete driver”

Carlos Sainz Jr. has admitted his previous experience in rally-car driving has made him a “more complete driver”, allowing him to shine in Formula One.Sainz was rewarded with a seat at McLaren in 2019, after impressing last season at Renault. His father, Carlos Sainz Snr. is a two-time World Rally champion, and Sainz Jr. has filmed numerous rally-driving with […]

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BRAWN UNDERSTANDS WALL OF SECRECY ROUND STRICKEN SCHUMACHER

The seven-time world champion will turn 50 on Thursday but his millions of fans are none the wiser as to what the German superstar’s state of health is.LONDON – The radio silence surrounding the status of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is totally understandable, his mentor at Benetton and Ferrari Ross Brawn told Press Association Sport on Wednesday. The […]

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Hamilton used end of 2018 to try and improve start of new season

Experience has taught Lewis Hamilton to finish the 2018 season as strongly as possible in order to try and carry momentum into the next year. Hamilton’s fifth drivers’ world championship was wrapped up at the Mexican Grand Prix, and on the previous two occasions he’d secured the title early he had failed to win another […]

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Hamilton “changed the reference” like Senna or Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton reached a “surreal level” in 2018 that was similar to how Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna changed the “reference” for Formula 1 drivers, says Ross Brawn.Hamilton wrapped up a fifth world title this year with a season that featured a joint-personal best tally of 11 wins from 21 races, despite increased opposition from […]

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Formula 1: Will the reign of Mercedes finally end in 2019?

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport have been nothing short of dominant during the V6 turbo hybrid era of Formula 1. Will their dominance finally end in the 2019 season? Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport are set to enter the 2019 Formula 1season as five-time reigning constructor champions, as they have won the construction championship in each of the five seasons […]

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Ricciardo stopped caring about Verstappen battle in 2018

Daniel Ricciardo admits he reached a point where he “didn’t care” about his statistical deficit to Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen in the 2018 Formula 1 campaign. Ricciardo finished two places and 79 points worse off than the Dutchman this year after a somewhat bizarre campaign. Ricciardo took victories in two of the first six races of 2018 […]

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Red Bull could scrap F1 and head to Le Mans in 2021!

If Formula 1’s future regulations aren’t in phase with Red Bull’s expectations, the company could leave Grand Prix racing and support an Aston Martin Valkyrie-based effort at Le Mans. Red Bull Racing will enjoy the works support of Honda for the next two seasons, with its future beyond 2020 dependent on the partnership’s results, but […]

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Schumacher a ‘founding father’ of Mercedes, Hamilton success

Michael Schumacher has been hailed as one of the “founding fathers” of Formula 1’s modern-day dominators Mercedes by team principal Toto Wolff. The seven-time world champion returned to F1 in 2010 with the newly formed Silver Arrows squad, before departing in 2012 to make way for Lewis Hamilton. Schumacher failed to add to his record 91 […]

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Lauda reveals amazing gesture made by Vettel during recovery

Niki Lauda has revealed how touched he was to receive a handwritten letter from Sebastian Vettelwishing him well as he recovered from a lung transplant. Lauda returned home this week after months of rehabilitation in Vienna General Hospital and a specialist clinic. Lauda was taken ill while on holiday in Spain and doctors estimated he had […]

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Kubica hits back at Vettel

Robert Kubica has responded to claims from Sebastian Vettel that he had “mixed feelings” about the Pole’s return to Formula 1 in 2019. The Ferrari driver had pointed out that Kubica’s comeback at the age of 34 could block opportunities for younger drivers trying to make it to F1. Esteban Ocon and Sergey Sirotkin were those to lose out on […]

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Horner: Verstappen, Ricciardo Red Bull’s strongest F1 driver pairing

Christian Horner believes Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen have formed Red Bull’s strongest-ever driver pairing in F1.Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes the pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen has been the best driver line-up his team has ever had in Formula 1. Ricciardo and Verstappen became teammates at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, when the Dutchman was fast-tracked into […]

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Alonso role won’t undermine McLaren race drivers – Brown

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown is confident any role for Fernando Alonso in next year’s Formula 1 project will not undermine Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. Alonso is committed to another attempt at the Indianapolis 500 alongside the Rolex 24 and the remaining rounds of the World Endurance Championship in 2019. Although the Spaniard remains […]

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F1 news: McLaren do not regret $100m decision to replace Honda with Renault

McLaren do not regret their “expensive” $100m split from Honda, insists the team’s chairman, despite it not improving their form in 2018. After three years of struggles with the Japanese manufacturer, McLaren decided to break their contract as their slump showed no signs of slowing and switching to become a Renault customer for 2018. In […]

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Lewis Hamilton angers his hometown with ‘slum’ jibe

Lewis Hamilton has upset his hometown of Stevenage in England by referring to it as the “slums.” The five-time Formula 1 world champion made the comments while on stage at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, where he finished second behind Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas. The 33-year-old driver was describing the […]

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Ferrari to launch special exhibition at Maranello headquarters to celebrate Michael Schumacher’s 50th birthday

Exhibition will be held by Ferrari at their Maranello headquarters from January 3  The display will open to coincide with Michael Schumacher’s 50th birthday   It is set to feature photographs and mementos of his time at Ferrari  Schumacher remains hidden from the public following a skiing accident in 2013  Ferrari will celebrate Michael Schumacher’s 50th […]

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F1: SEBASTIAN VETTEL MISSES HIS MENTOR MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

Sebastian Vettel has not visited his former mentor and friend Michael Schumacher since the F1 legend’s skiing fall and brain injuries in 2013.He said he misses the sort of advice his German countryman gave him while at Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel is the second-most successful Ferrari F1 driver of all time behind Schumacher.PHOTO BY MOTORSPORT IMAGES-LAT “Michael spent many years at […]

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Mexico refutes GP bribery claim

A Mexican government official has moved to refute comments attributed to her that claimed the Mexican Grand Prix returned due to bribes and corruption.Ana Gabriela Guevara, the newly appointed head of Mexico’s National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports (CONADE), was quoted by France’s AutoHebdo as saying there are more important things in Mexico than […]