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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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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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