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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’ […]

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F1 gossip: Alonso, Hamilton, Rosberg, Kubica, Sainz, Honda, Renault

Fernando Alonso returned to McLaren for the 2015 season McLaren-Honda’s racing director Eric Boullier has suggested that for Fernando Alonso to compete in F1 and World Endurance Championship in the same season would be a “huge distraction”. The Spaniard drove over 100 laps testing Toyota’s LMP1 car in Bahrain at the weekend. (The Checkered Flag) […]

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Red Bull try to diffuse Renault engine row

Renault’s F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul suggested Toro Rosso’s failures were down to the cars and not the Renault engines Red Bull have moved to defuse a toxic row between their junior team Toro Rosso and engine supplier Renault. Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko said: “There has never been any question we have not been […]

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Jolyon Palmer to leave Renault after Japanese Grand Prix

Jolyon Palmer’s F1 career began as reserve driver for the Lotus team in 2015 British driver Jolyon Palmer is to leave the Renault team after Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. Palmer, who has had a difficult season alongside Nico Hulkenberg, will be replaced by Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who has already been signed for 2018. Sainz’s place […]

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Marcin Budkowski: Ex-FIA technical chief joins Renault as director

Renault are seventh in this season’s Constructors’ Championship Renault have confirmed that their new executive director is former FIA technical chief Marcin Budkowski. The move, announced at the Japanese Grand Prix, is deeply controversial because Budkowski knows many of the secrets of the top teams. In his former role, the Frenchman was responsible for liaising […]

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Carlos Sainz to join Renault in 2018

Carlos Sainz’s father is a rally world champion Carlos Sainz is to join Renault in 2018, replacing Briton Jolyon Palmer alongside German Nico Hulkenberg. Renault said Sainz, 23, was on loan from Red Bull, for whom he has driven in the Toro Rosso team for three years. Renault Sport managing director Cyril Abiteboul said: “Carlos […]

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Red Bull to split with Renault at end of 2018 season

Red Bull and Renault won four consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ titles between 2010-13 Red Bull are set to split with engine partner Renault at the end of the 2018 Formula 1 season, multiple sources have told BBC Sport. Renault have told Red Bull they no longer want to supply them after next season and while […]

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F1 gossip: Verstappen, Renault, Williams, Massa, Sauber

Monday, 11 September Verstappen is sixth in the drivers’ standings this season Red Bull’s Max Verstappen still needs to prove himself as his only grand prix win so far came with a “lot of luck”, according to former F1 driver Jochen Mass. (Planet F1) Williams will put talks over their driver line-up for 2018 on […]