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Why Daniel Ricciardo rejected Tom Brady

Brady, the legendary NFL quarterback who guided the Pats to six Super Bowl victories across nearly 20 years before defecting and joining Tampa Bay last year, took part in a publicity event with Ricciardo in Monaco in 2018 but the Aussie F1 star wasn’t going to be won over so easily.Watch Live NFL every Monday, Tuesday and Friday with ESPN on Kayo. 6 live games every week + every game of the Post-Season. New to Kayo? Start Your Free Trial >The West Australian is an American football fan but instead of the Patriots, Ricciardo supports the Buffalo Bills, who hail from upstate New York.

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F1 sees “enthusiasm from young generation” for sprint qualifying format | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Formula 1 claims its new sprint qualifying format is particularly popular with younger viewers.

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“Enthusiasm” from young viewers for sprint events – Domenicali
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali is determined to press ahead with the sport’s controversial new sprint qualifying format, but admits changes are needed.
The series has run the new format twice this year and will hold a further round at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix next month. However plans to expand its use next year are already at an advanced stage.

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Domenicali teases ‘good news’ for F1 and cryptic message

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Phillip van Osten 18/10/2021 at 20:2718/10/2021 at 21:47

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali delivered not one but two cryptic messages on Monday regarding the future of Grand Prix racing, hinting that “good news” is on its way.
The Italian first penned a ‘State of the Nation’ piece that was published on F1’s official website in which he offered a review of the sport’s current state as well as some general comments on the draft calendar that was released last week and F1’s prospects for 2022.

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O’Ward “going to become obsessed” with F1 test debut after McLaren simulator run | 2021 F1 season

Daniel Ricciardo isn’t the only McLaren driver who will be reaping the reward of a bet victory in the near future.
While the Italian Grand Prix winner is getting the chance to drive his hero Dale Earnhardt’s NASCAR at Circuit of the Americas this weekend, another member of the McLaren family is getting an even bigger opportunity.
Pato O’Ward delivered the first victory for the McLaren SP IndyCar team in Texas earlier this year. The 22-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico took the championship fight down to the final round, where Ganassi rival Alex Palou prevailed.

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O’Ward: ‘I’d be lying’ to deny interest in future F1 move

O’Ward will take part in the post-season F1 test at the Yas Marina Circuit in December after winning a bet with McLaren chief Zak Brown by scoring his first IndyCar victory in Texas earlier this year.
To prepare for his F1 test, O’Ward visited McLaren’s UK base in Woking last week, completing three days in the simulator and undergoing a seat fit in the MCL35M car.
While his focus remains on IndyCar for the short-term, O’Ward conceded that a possible future F1 switch was on his radar should the opportunity arise.

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Mercedes can’t solve 2021 engine problems: ‘Doesn’t make sense anymore’

According to Auto Motor und Sport the title fight between Red Bull Racing and Mercedes AMG F1 is still wide open. Red Bull is struggling with the car, Mercedes is suffering from reliability issues with the engine. According to Toto Wolff it’s too late to do anything about it.
Unsolvable problems for Mercedes
The problems for Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have not been solved and team boss Wolff does not rule out the possibility that a lot of swaps will have to be made in the final quarter of this F1 season. It is no longer profitable to fix the reliability problems.

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Super licence points prevent young American driver moving to F1

With the possible takeover of Sauber by Michael Andretti the name of an American driver has entered the rumor mill. Colton Herta drives for Andretti in the IndyCar and would be a possible candidate to drive for Andretti’s Formula 1 team if the takeover goes through.
Sauber taken over by Andretti
Michael Andretti, former Formula 1 driver and son of Formula 1 World Champion Mario Andretti, would be in talks with Sauber – competing this season as Alfa Romeo – to take over the team.

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‘Netflix gave the outline for F1 in America, Herta needs to bring in F1’

Former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick says it’s high time for an American driver in F1. Netflix already made the sport more popular in the United States. She tipped Colton Herta to make it a success.
Netflix very important for F1
Liberty Media has been working to increase the audience in America since they bought the sport. Starting in 2022, a second race will be held in the United States. In conversation with Motorsport.com Patrick notes that the Netflix series Drive to Survive helped a lot to make the sport better known.

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US GP now a ‘second home race’ for Williams

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Phillip van Osten 18/10/2021 at 18:1718/10/2021 at 18:13

Williams Racing says the US Grand Prix is now a “second home race” for the team given its ownership by American private investment firm Dorilton Capital.
Williams was acquired by Dorilton during the summer of 2020 but hasn’t had the opportunity to race in the US since the onslaught of global pandemic earlier that year.

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Ferrari energized by ‘clear target’ of beating McLaren to P3

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Michael Delaney 18/10/2021 at 17:0918/10/2021 at 16:53

Mattia Binotto says Ferrari has set itself the clear objective of beating McLaren to P3 in the Constructors’ championship this season, a target that is spurring on the Scuderia.
The Scuderia outscored its top midfield rival in Turkey last time out, but McLaren retains a 7.5-point lead in the standings ahead of this week’s US Grand Prix.
However, the fight is tense between the two teams for the final spot on the podium, thanks in large part to Ferrari upswing in performance this season.

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Patrick to join Sky F1 coverage for United States GP

Danica Patrick will join the Sky Sports broadcast team for next weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
The former IndyCar and NASCAR driver — the most successful female driver in American open-wheel history — retired from competition in 2018 but has worked on NBC’s coverage of the Indy 500, among other events, and will be a pundit at her first F1 race in Austin. Patrick will be part of the Sky Sports coverage that is broadcast by ESPN in the U.S.

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Danica Patrick: US needs American F1 driver, wants Herta on grid

Patrick, who is joining Sky Sports F1’s coverage of this weekend’s US Grand Prix at Austin, says the sport has grown a lot of the past few years thanks to the success of Netflix’s Drive to Survive series.
“I definitely think that the Netflix series Drive to Survive has been a big deal,” Patrick told Motorsport.TV.
“I’ve had so many people over the years come to me and say: ‘Hey, have you seen that? Did you see that? Wow, I’m super interested in Formula 1 now.

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