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Stroll seeking buyer for historic Mont-Tremblant circuit

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Phillip van Osten 11/04/2021 at 10:2911/04/2021 at 12:35

Aston Martin executive chairman and team owner Lawrence Stroll has put his Mont-Tremblant circuit in Canada on the market.
The 4.26km scenic track which was inaugurated in 1964 is located in the province of Quebec. It twice hosted the Canadian Grand Prix, with McLaren’s Denny Hulme winning the event in 1968 and Ferrari’s Jacky Ickx triumphing in 1970.
The complex was acquired by Stroll in 2000 and redesigned by track architect Alan Wilson who modernized the venue and brought its safety features up to FIA standards.

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Red Bull: Talk of ‘mysterious’ suspension on RB16B is ‘nonsense’

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Michael Delaney 11/04/2021 at 09:5111/04/2021 at 09:55

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko says rumors that Red Bull will be heading to Imola next week with a “mysterious” rear suspension mounted on its RB16B car are “total nonsense”.
Earlier this week, a news report in Italy suggested that Red Bull was looking to integrate a device into its rear suspension system capable of simulating a form of rear-wheel steering, with the concept set to be trialed at Imola.

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Albon: DTM drive about ‘keeping fit’, not a path back to F1

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Michael Delaney 11/04/2021 at 08:3411/04/2021 at 09:09

Alex Albon says his reserve and simulator duties with Red Bull will play a “bigger role” in eventually getting him back on the grid in F1 as racing in the DTM is first and foremost about keeping him “racing fit”.
Albon lost his seat alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull at the end of last season after failing to perform consistently on a par with the Dutchman in 2020.

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Marko reckons Perez is ‘just as fast’ as Verstappen

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Andrew Lewin 10/04/2021 at 17:3410/04/2021 at 16:35

Red Bull motorsports consultant Dr Helmut Marko believes that Sergio Perez proved himself every bit as quick as his team mate Max Verstappen in Bahrain, despite a problematic first outing for the Mexican with the squad.
Perez missed the cut at the end of the second round of qualifying for the season opener and was set to line up in a disappointing 11th place on the grid.
However a mysterious engine cut-out resulting from “a small electrical fault” on the formation lap forced him to start from pit lane instead.

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Leclerc: New aero rules make 2021 cars ‘more difficult’

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Andrew Lewin 10/04/2021 at 16:0410/04/2021 at 12:24

Charles Leclerc has been describing the differences in this year’s Formula 1 cars in comparison with last season as a result of the introduction of new aerodynamic rules and regulations cutting downforce by an estimated ten per cent.
The Monegasque said the changes mean that the latest Ferrari was notably harder to manage on corner entry, despite a successful first outing for the SF21 in Bahrain.

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Alfa Romeo decision to switch to 2022 ‘already made’

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Andrew Lewin 10/04/2021 at 15:0110/04/2021 at 11:53

Alfa Romeo’s technical director Jan Monchaux has revealed that the decision has already made to fully turn the team’s development focus to 2022 and there would be few upgrades on show for the rest of the this year.
Asked by German’s Auto Motor Und Sport publication when the moment would come to completely switch the team’s efforts to next season, Monchaux replied: “It already fell.”
“There will be an upgrade for the C41 in Imola. Much more will not come.

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Shovlin recalls Brawn GP’s fairytale start to 2009

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Andrew Lewin 10/04/2021 at 13:5110/04/2021 at 15:22

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin has been recalling the events of the 2009 season when he was Jenson Button’s race engineer at Brawn GP.
The team had nearly collapsed over the previous winter after Honda had abruptly pulled the plug on its Formula 1 involvement, resulting in 300 redundancies at the works squad.
Team boss Ross Brawn together with Nick Fry stepped in to keep the team running on a shoestring budget while seeking a longer term solution.

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‘McLaren closer to Mercedes and Red Bull’ – Norris

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Andrew Lewin 10/04/2021 at 11:3910/04/2021 at 10:55

Lando Norris believes that McLaren is catching the top two teams on the grid, but he is also keenly aware that the teams further back are themselves closing the gap.
“We’re close,” Norris told Motorsport.com when asked if he felt that McLaren was still ‘best of the rest’ in 2021.

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Ricciardo: ‘It’s now easier for Max and me to be friends’

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Phillip van Osten 10/04/2021 at 10:3210/04/2021 at 10:54

Daniel Ricciardo has a big dose of respect for Max Verstappen, but the McLaren driver believes the feeling is mutual and has perhaps even grown given the struggles of those who succeeded the Aussie at Red Bull.
Verstappen and Ricciardo delivered nine wins to the Milton Keynes-based during their time together from 2016 to the end of 2018, and the partnership proved as successful as it was combative, with a few flashpoints for good measure, like in Baku in 2018.

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Russell ‘stronger than ever’ with psychological support

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Andrew Lewin 10/04/2021 at 09:3110/04/2021 at 09:44

Williams driver George Russell has credited the professional support of a psychologist for helping get him over his disappointment at losing out in last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix while sitting in for Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.
Russell was narrowly pipped to pole by Valtteri Bottas, and then missed out on a seemingly certain win on the race after a rare pit stop blunder by the team followed by a late puncture cost him the lead.

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