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Formula 1 gossip: Alonso, Piquet, Rosberg, Hamilton, Sirotkin, Haas

Monday, 22 January Alonso won the world drivers’ title in 2005 and 2006 Fernando Alonso could have won more than his two world drivers’ titles but “there is always a mess wherever he is” as the McLaren racer “generates a lot of problems”, according to former champion Nelson Piquet. (theCheckeredFlag.co.uk via La Sexta) The retired Nico Rosberg says Lewis Hamilton “is a really good guy with some good values” and that “one day we can get back to getting on better” after the pair fell out during their final season…

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Formula 1’s greatest drivers: Sir Stirling Moss

Sir Stirling Moss is the ultimate proof that statistics count only for so much when assessing the worth of a grand prix driver. Once Juan Manuel Fangio had retired in mid-1958, there were no doubts in the minds of anyone in Formula 1 – including the other drivers – about who was the best. The balding, diminutive Englishman who walked on the balls of his feet like he owned the race tracks of the world effectively did. He was The Man – and everyone knew it. Moss towered over the…

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Sir Stirling Moss to retire from public life after illness

Moss never won a World Championship to reflect his talent behind the wheel Motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has decided to retire from public life following a long illness. A statement from his son said Moss had made the decision because of his “slow recovery” from health problems. The 88-year-old spent 134 days in hospital after suffering a chest infection while on holiday in Singapore in December 2016. Moss and his wife will now “spend more time with each other and the rest of the family”, said the statement….

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Martin Whitmarsh: Former McLaren team principal to return to F1 as consultant

Whitmarsh became CEO of McLaren in 2004 Former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh is returning to Formula 1 to help find ways to reduce costs. Governing body the FIA said Whitmarsh, 59, had been invited in as a temporary consultant to help define “regulations for fair and sustainable competition”. He has been out of the sport since being ousted from his role as McLaren team principal by former mentor Ron Dennis in 2014. Whitmarsh was a leading figure in the last attempt in F1 to control costs. That was as…

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Formula 1: Robert Kubica named Williams reserve driver to Sergey Sirotkin

Robert Kubica was injured in a rally crash in Italy in 2011 Robert Kubica has taken a significant step towards his ambition of making a return to Formula 1 with a role as reserve driver at Williams in 2018. The Pole, 33, has not raced in F1 since suffering life-changing injuries in a rally crash seven years ago. Williams have signed Sergey Sirotkin as a race driver to partner Canadian Lance Stroll after deciding the Russian out-performed Kubica in a test last autumn. But Kubica will work on development and…

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Dan Gurney: Pioneering F1 driver dies aged 86

Gurney, pictured driving the Brabham BT7 Climax during the 1964 British Grand Prix Dan Gurney, one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of the 1960s and a towering figure in motorsport, has died aged 86. The American was the first to spray champagne on the podium, and the first to wear a full-face helmet. He also took Porsche’s first F1 victory, and was one of the leading members of a golden generation of drivers in the 1960s, including Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart. Gurney was also the second driver to…

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Formula 1 gossip: FIA president Todt wants new rules on costs

Monday, 15 January FIA president Jean Todt wants stricter rules on budgets in Formula One FIA president Jean Todt says a budget cap alone will not solve the problem of rising costs in Formula One. (Motorsport) F1 bosses Liberty Media could face legal action from 3M, the makers of Scotch Tape and Post-it Notes, over the style of ‘F’ used in its new-look logo for the sport. (Telegraph) Indianapolis 500 winner and multiple Champ Car champion Gil de Ferran says the Haas team’s claims that there are no American drivers…

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Formula 1 boss keen on staging race in Danish capital Copenhagen by 2020

F1’s new chairman Chase Carey has stressed his intent to change the way F1 is run Formula 1 boss Chase Carey has backed plans for a new race in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Carey discussed the proposal, aimed at holding a race by 2020, with the city’s mayor and Denmark’s business minister on a visit to Copenhagen on Wednesday. “We’re excited about the opportunity to explore a potential race here,” Carey said, adding no decision had been made. “Copenhagen represents the type of location we think can really provide a…

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Daniil Kvyat: Red Bull reject joins Ferrari as development driver

Kvyat struggled to impress at Toro Rosso last season and was replaced by Pierre Gasly. He was previously dropped by sister team Red Bull in 2016 Red Bull reject Daniil Kvyat has been signed by Ferrari as their development driver. The 23-year-old Russian’s role will primarily involve work in the Italian team’s simulator. There are no plans for Kvyat to test the car on track. Kvyat, who was finally dropped by Red Bull in October after being demoted twice within 18 months, joins a large driver roster at Ferrari. The…

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