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Sir Frank Williams in stable condition in hospital, says family

Motorsport.com - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 12:13
Williams, 78, founded his racing team in junior single-seater categories in 1966, and became an F1 constructor in the late 1970s – his team winning its first Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1979.
Under his patronage, Williams won seven drivers’ and nine constructors’ championship in a 50-year career.
A statement from Williams’s family said: “Sir Frank Williams has recently been ...Keep reading
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Sir Frank Williams in stable condition after being admitted to hospital

Autosport - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 12:07
Sir Frank Williams has been admitted to hospital, and is in a stable condition, the former Formula 1 team principal's family has confirmed
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Masi explains decision to delay Sainz investigation

Motorsport.com - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 11:25
McLaren driver Sainz was placed under investigation by the race stewards in the F1 season finale for a possible slow entry to the pit lane, holding up Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.
Despite an uneventful race and plenty of time to complete the investigation, the stewards confirmed they would only look at the matter after the race.
It meant McLaren had to wait for a decision before it could ...Keep reading
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Gallery: Formula 1's young driver test in Abu Dhabi

Motorsport.com - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 11:09
Fernando Alonso topped the times on what was his first outing in Renault's 2020 F1 car since a filming day at Barcelona earlier this year.
Alonso, who will return to F1 next year after a two-year hiatus, clocked the circuit in 1m36.33s, which was quicker than the laptimes both Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon managed during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday.
Nyck de Vries ...Keep reading
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Alonso: F1 Abu Dhabi young driver test ignited "competitive spirit"

Autosport - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 10:47
Fernando Alonso says his run in the Formula 1 young driver test in Abu Dhabi has ignited his "competitive spirit" ahead of his return with Alpine in 2021
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Alonso: First proper F1 test ignited “competitive spirit”

Motorsport.com - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 10:46
Alonso topped the times in what was his first proper outing in this year’s Renault R.S.20, following a brief 100km filming day run in Barcelona on demo tyres.
The two-time world champion has also been conducting a programme with a 2018 car, also on demo tyres, which included a session in Abu Dhabi a few weeks ago.
That run meant he was fully up to speed on the Yas Marina circuit from the ...Keep reading
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Masi explains decision to delay Sainz investigation in Abu Dhabi GP

Autosport - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 10:07
Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has explained the decision to delay the stewards' investigation into Carlos Sainz Jr's alleged slow pitlane entry in Abu Dhabi
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Alonso leads Mercedes duo in Abu Dhabi young drivers’ test | 2020 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 10:01
Fernando Alonso put in the fastest time at the post-season test, beating Mercedes' Formula One rookie Nyck De Vries by two tenths of a second.
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Alonso fastest in F1 Abu Dhabi young driver test for Renault

Autosport - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 09:28
Double world champion Fernando Alonso topped the times at Formula 1's young driver test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, as he completed a full day of running for Renault
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Alonso tops Abu Dhabi F1 test for Renault

Motorsport.com - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 09:24
The Spaniard, who is returning to F1 next season, had caused some controversy by being allowed to run at the test in spite of his vast experience.
Both he and Renault were eager to get the day's running under their belt though, as it was the only opportunity the double world champion had to run the 2020 car outside of a filming day he did at Barcelona earlier in the year.
During a qualifying ...Keep reading
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Ricciardo in Bathurst 1000 talks with new F1 boss Brown

Autosport - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 08:47
Daniel Ricciardo has dropped another hint about a possible Bathurst 1000 start, having spoken to McLaren Formula 1 boss Zak Brown about contesting the biggest event on the Supercars calendar
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Luca Di Montezemolo Not Ruling Out Return To ‘Weak’ Ferrari

Formula1news.co.uk - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 08:45

Last week, it was announced that Louis Camilleri had resigned from his position as Ferrari’s CEO for “personal reasons”, with John Elkann, chairman of the luxury Italian car-maker, taking over his duties on an interim basis.

Luca di Montezemolo, who served as Ferrari’s president and chairman until September 2014, has not ruled out a return to the firm as he believes he can fix the Scuderia’s problems.

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“Is it possible for me to return to Ferrari? The question should not be asked to me. No one has asked me anything,” di Montezemolo said in a recent interview with Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI).

“I think I know what the problems are and I can fix them, I know what needs to be tackled over time. But I see with great regret a weak Ferrari, out of the top positions, and that makes me worried because it’s a very difficult time for the team.”

He admitted that present-day Ferrari is a very different corporation to what it was back when he was at the helm:

“This is a very different Ferrari from mine. It pays great attention to the stock market, it has increased the production of the cars, but for the first time it has a leadership that does not know Formula 1.

“After Camilleri’s resignation, I hope they choose the new CEO well because there is a team to strengthen.”

Di Montezemolo went on to say that he believes Stefano Domenicali, who will replace Chase Carey as the CEO of Formula One next year, would have been the ideal replacement for Camilleri.

“I’m sorry to say, but there would have been a perfect person to lead Ferrari: I’m talking about Stefano Domenicali, who I am sure he will do very well in the new role.

“If they would like to hear any suggestions, I would be happy to share them. I love Ferrari very much.

“These are very difficult moments not only for the lack of victories and I want to avoid creating further elements of controversy,” he added.

“I try to be constructive but I’m worried because Ferrari never led a lap in the whole [2020] World Championship.

“There are problems that come from afar and create questions about the future. These are two-fold. First of all, a horizontal organisation that does not hold up in Formula 1.

“It is typical of those who lack experience and knowledge and perhaps not even the humility to see how the best teams are organised or how Ferrari itself was organised.

“Secondly, to win you need to have some element in the team that makes a difference and brings new skills.

“I had a very strong team because I’ve always tried to choose experienced people,” the Italian concluded.

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Brawn: F1 translator triggered "worst COVID cluster" in paddock

Autosport - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 08:36
Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn has revealed a translator triggered the most significant COVID-19 outbreak that the series had to deal with this year
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Team mate battles 2020: The final score – Gasly vs Kvyat | 2020 F1 season review

F1Fanatic - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 08:03
While Pierre Gasly scored a shock win, Daniil Kvyat's gradual improvement over the course of 2020 may not be enough to keep Yuki Tsunoda from taking his seat.
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2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Star Performers | 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 07:35
Max Verstappen and Lando Norris were RaceFans' Star Performers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Here's why.
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F1 translator caused biggest COVID-19 outbreak fear

Motorsport.com - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 07:20
Although Brawn didn't specify the event, it's understood that the "worst cluster" occurred at the Russian GP at Sochi in September.
The F1 organisation and the FIA introduced strict protocols for the start of the season in Austria, including a regime that saw extensive COVID-19 testing on race weekends that involved both the travelling regulars and local officials and staff at the ...Keep reading
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2021 F1 entry fees revealed as teams costs are cut

Autosport - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 07:16
Formula 1's reduced 2020 calendar means some teams will pay a smaller entry fee for next season, with world champions Mercedes seeing its bill cut by more than $1 million
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Key figure in Renault's F1 revival Stoll to step down in December

Autosport - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 07:06
Renault Sport Racing president Jerome Stoll, a key player in the marque's resurgence in Formula 1 over the past five years, is to step down from his role at the end of December
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Renault F1 president Stoll to step down after 2020

Motorsport.com - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 06:45
The 66-year-old Stoll joined Groupe Renault in 1980, and served in various executive positions across the company as he worked his way up the ranks.
He became involved in Renault Sport as the main link between the race team in Enstone and the engine division in Viry and the parent company.
Stoll was originally supposed to quit the role as Renault Sport president at the end of 2018. However ...Keep reading
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Stoll to step down after “very intense” five years as president of Renault Sport | 2020 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 06:19
Renault Sport Racing president Jerome Stoll will step down at the end of the month following a "very intense" five years in charge.
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