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Formula 1 gossip: Gasly, Mercedes, Stroll, Newey, Ferrari, Toro Rosso

Newey has been a respected figure in the sport for many years Monday, 8 January Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly says his Formula 1 breakthrough should encourage young drivers by showing it is not “all about money”. (Autosport) Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey has detailed how Ferrari tried to hire him on three separate occasions. (Sky Sports) Mercedes had to do more analysis than ever before to understand their “diva” 2017 F1 car, and chief designer John Owen admits they were confused after early season defeats by Ferrari. (Autosport)…

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Formula 1: Williams finalising Sergey Sirotkin 2018 drive

Sirotkin would be the third Russian to compete in F1 Williams are close to signing Sergey Sirotkin as the final piece of the 2018 grid falls into place. The team are finalising a contract with the 22-year-old, who established his credentials in a test in Abu Dhabi after the end of last season. The Russian, who has a reported budget of €15m (£13.3m), was faster than rival Robert Kubica after the team had fully analysed all the data from the test. Sirotkin and Lance Stroll would be the least experienced…

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Jordan King: British Formula Two driver joins 2018 IndyCar Series

Jordan King drove for the Manor F1 team in two practice sessions in 2016 British Formula Two driver Jordan King has joined the Ed Carpenter Racing team for the 2018 IndyCar Series. The 23-year-old will make his debut at the Grand Prix of St Petersburg in Florida on 11 March and will compete in the 11 road and street-course races. King spent two years as a development driver for the Manor F1 team, driving in practice sessions at the 2016 United States and Abu Dhabi grands prix. “It’s taken a…

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Formula 1 gossip: Massa, Button, Renault, Haas

Monday, 1 January Felipe Massa said finishing seventh in his final home Grand Prix in Brazil was ‘like a victory’ Williams performance chief Rob Smedley says Felipe Massa chose to leave F1 at the best possible time, and finished his career on a high. (Autosport) Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul admits the team ‘played with fire’ by pushing their engine for better performance during the 2017 season, at the expense of reliability. (Motorsport) Haas boss Guenther Steiner wants to see more consistency from the team in 2018, in what will be…

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Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1 champion: Breaking records & veganism

‘Vettel was like Tyson biting Holyfield’s ear’ Lewis Hamilton carved a special place in Formula 1 history this season with his fourth world title and a new all-time record for pole positions. In what was arguably the best season he has driven in his 11 years in F1, Hamilton won nine races in his Mercedes, set 11 poles and clinched the title with two races still to go. Hamilton also changed his lifestyle to pursue a vegan diet and became more outspoken on global issues. It was a historic season…

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Formula 1 gossip: Ricciardo, Verstappen, Marko, Hamilton, Bottas, Massa, Stroll

Wednesday, 27 December Ricciardo finished 32 points in front of Verstappen last season Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko says he did not “favour” Max Verstappen over Daniel Ricciardo in 2017, adding: “We don’t have a number one – both drivers are equally treated and it is up to them to define the pecking order.” (Formula1.com) World champion Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas is “going to be stronger next year, so I’m going to make sure I’m on my toes”. (Planet F1) Former Ferrari and Williams driver Felipe…

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Lewis Hamilton apologises for ‘boys don’t wear dresses’ remark

Image copyright PA Lewis Hamilton has apologised for making “inappropriate” comments in a video in which he appeared to mock his nephew’s princess dress. In an Instagram video, which has since been deleted, the Formula 1 driver says “boys don’t wear princess dresses”. He was criticised on social media for the clip, which was apparently filmed on Christmas Day. The 32-year-old tweeted his “deepest apologies”, saying he loved that his nephew “feels free to express himself”. The video, posted on his Instagram story, shows Hamilton speaking to the camera before…

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Lewis Hamilton keeping his options open – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton is keeping “his options open” but he hopes that the four-time world champion will stay with the team for the foreseeable future. WATCH MORE: How to beat Hamilton to the title – by the only man who has Listen to a review of the 2017 Formula 1 season, Sunday 24 December, 11:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live. Source link

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