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F1 bosses propose new security measures for Brazilian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton called on F1 “to do more” following the attack on the Mercedes team in Brazil in November Formula 1 bosses have proposed new security measures following a series of dangerous incidents at this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix. The most serious case came when Mercedes personnel were robbed at gunpoint on a road leaving the Interlagos track in Sao Paulo. Governing body the FIA has “strongly urged” the implementation of a new security system for next year’s race. It involves an independent security expert and better police communication. The…

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Robert Kubica: I’m capable of F1 comeback

Kubica has belief in a full-time F1 return Robert Kubica believes he is capable of a full-time comeback to Formula 1 with Williams next year. The Pole has not raced in F1 for seven years after suffering life-changing injuries in a rally accident in 2011. The 32-year-old tested for Williams in Abu Dhabi last week and is driving in the team’s simulator this week before a final decision is made. “The most important thing is the confidence is there and the belief I can do it is there,” he told…

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Sauber: F2 champion Charles Leclerc to drive alongside Marcus Ericsson

Charles Leclerc (right) and Marcus Ericsson at the official launch of the Alfa Romeo and Sauber partnership Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc will drive for the Alfa Romeo-backed Sauber team next season alongside Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson. Ericsson retains his seat despite failing to score a point in 2017. The promotion of 20-year-old Ferrari protege Leclerc, who is from Monaco, leaves German driver Pascal Wehrlein without a seat, with Williams the only remaining team with a vacancy. Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi is the back-up driver. Source link

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Robert Kubica sets fastest pace in Williams test in Abu Dhabi

Kubica tested with Renault in August as he seeks a way back into Formula 1 Robert Kubica set the fastest time by a Williams driver at this week’s Abu Dhabi test, as the team try to establish whether to sign him for 2018. Kubica is aiming to return to Formula 1 seven years after suffering life-changing injuries in a rally accident. The 32-year-old Pole set a best time 0.5 seconds quicker than Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin, who is also being assessed by Williams. Kubica was 0.1secs faster than race…

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Formula 1: Alfa Romeo returning to sport with Sauber partnership

Sergio Marchionne heads both Alfa Romeo’s parent companies, Fiat and Ferrari The Alfa Romeo brand is returning to Formula 1 for the first time since 1985 after agreeing a new partnership with the Swiss-based Sauber team. The move strengthens the links between Sauber and Ferrari, which is a sister brand of Fiat-owned Alfa Romeo. Fiat and Ferrari share the same boss in Sergio Marchionne, who described the arrangement as “a multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement”. Sauber are expected to run Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc next season. The other car…

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Robert Kubica ‘confident and comfortable’ after Williams test

Robert Kubica is favourite to replace Felipe Massa at Williams next season Robert Kubica said he felt “confident and comfortable” in his first test in Williams’ 2017 car as the team decides whether to sign him for next year. The Pole, 32, is aiming to return after a seven-year absence following a horrific rally crash that left him with only partial movement in his right arm. He set the ninth fastest time of the day in a Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi featuring all the F1 teams. “I have…

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Formula 1: British supercar firm Aston Martin will “probably” enter sport in 2021

Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer (left) with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner – the two have been working together to influence engine rule changes Aston Martin says it will “probably” enter Formula 1 in 2021 as an engine supplier if the rules are changed in a way that makes it affordable. F1 bosses have proposed new engine rules to reduce cost and complexity and attract new entrants, but existing manufacturers have objected. Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer said: “It moves from probably I wouldn’t propose it to the…

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Formula 1 gossip: Vettel, Hamilton, Force India, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo Raikkonen

Monday, 27 November Sebastian Vettel finished the season 46 points behind champion Lewis Hamilton Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton was the “better man” this season but hopes the Italian team will “come back stronger” next year. (Planet F1) Force India technical director Andy Green says rules that allowed Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg to get a five-second penalty rather than giving back his position after cutting a chicane to pass Sergio Perez at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are “completely flawed”. (ESPN) Hulkenberg’s tactic was also called a…

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Formula 1 World Championship 2017: Pre-season predictions revealed

BBC Sport readers overwhelming predicted Lewis Hamilton would be the best driver in 2017. Prior to the start of the season we asked you to predict which three drivers would be up there battling for the title and 72% of you backed the Briton to come out on top. Anticipating Sebastian Vettel would be Hamilton’s main rival in qualifying and on race day, 15% of users of BBC Sport’s selector thought the German could win his fifth world championship. And a Kimi Raikkonen renaissance was anticipated by a sizeable number…

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