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Hamilton pays tribute to passed Mercedes executive Hubbert

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Phillip van Osten 16/01/2021 at 08:0316/01/2021 at 07:50

Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to former Mercedes executive Juergen Hubbert who passed away earlier this week aged 81.
A long-standing employee of Daimler-Benz, Hubbert rose through the ranks to take the reins of Mercedes in 1987.
But his name became familiar with racing fans when he oversaw the German manufacturer’s return to Formula 1 as an engine supplier and partner to McLaren in the 1990s.

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Ricciardo not ruling out future Le Mans or Indy 500 bids

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Phillip van Osten 15/01/2021 at 17:1115/01/2021 at 15:49

Daniel Ricciardo says he could be tempted to take a shot at Le Mans and the Indy 500 in the future, although he admits feeling apprehensive about the latter.
As a past winner of the Monaco GP, one of three jewels in motorsport’s coveted Triple Crown, Ricciardo could gun for glory by adding Indy and Le Mans – the other two gems – to his impressive credentials.

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Magnussen ‘haunted’ by 2017 ‘suck my balls’ clash with Hulkenberg

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Phillip van Osten 15/01/2021 at 15:2015/01/2021 at 13:54

Kevin Magnussen says his infamous words to Nico Hulkenberg after the Hungarian GP in 2017 remain to this day a haunting stigma that has come to define his career in F1.
The memorable scene took place in the media pen at the Hungaroring immediately after a race in which Magnussen and Hulkenberg had spared for many laps.

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Bottas: No ‘benefit’ to playing mind games with Hamilton

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Phillip van Osten 15/01/2021 at 13:3415/01/2021 at 12:52

Valtteri Bottas says he’ll never resort to playing mind games with Lewis Hamilton, insisting that such a tactic against his Mercedes teammate would only result in a waste of energy.
Bottas has finished runner-up to Hamilton in world championship in the past two seasons, and while the Finn has regularly given his teammate a run for his money, he has never succeeded in sustainably gaining an edge.

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Sainz only has ‘positive things to say’ about Seidl

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Michael Delaney 15/01/2021 at 11:1715/01/2021 at 10:43

Carlos Sainz lavished praise on McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl, the Spaniard insisting he had learned a lot from the German during his two years with the Woking-based outfit.
Of all the management and structural changes that have taken place at McLaren over the past two years, Zak Brown’s hiring of Seidl can be seen in hindsight as a pivotal decision, with unquestionably positive effects.

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Verstappen ‘very laid back’ about catching COVID

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Michael Delaney 15/01/2021 at 09:2115/01/2021 at 09:20

Max Verstappen is taking the necessary precautions to protect himself against COVID-19, but the Dutchman insists he isn’t unduly worried about contracting the coronavirus.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc announced on Thursday that he was self-isolating at home after testing positive for COVID-19, the Monegasque becoming the fifth F1 driver to contract COVID-19 after Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll, Lewis Hamilton and more recently Lando Norris.

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Grosjean closing in on IndyCar deal with Dale Coyne Racing

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Michael Delaney 15/01/2021 at 08:1215/01/2021 at 08:20

Romain Grosjean is reportedly set to head west towards the promised land this year, the Frenchman closing in on a deal to race in the 2021 IndyCar series with Dale Coyne Racing.
Grosjean’s career in Formula 1 has reached a dead end following his departure from Haas at the end of last season, the 34-year-old unfortunately deprived of a swansong outing in the wake of his horrendous crash on the opening lap of the Sakhir GP.

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Alpine exploring Formula E entry in partnership with Lotus

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Michael Delaney 14/01/2021 at 17:2114/01/2021 at 17:02

Alpine is reportedly considering an involvement in Formula E in the future, an endeavour the French brand would undertake alongside its road-car partner Lotus Cars.
Alpine, Renault’s new revamped upper-end brand, and Lotus announced on Thursday the signing of a memorandum of understanding by which the two companies will “study a number of areas of cooperation”.
At the forefront of the two partners’ future collaboration will be the development of a next generation electric sports car.

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Leclerc self-isolating after positive COVID test

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Phillip van Osten 14/01/2021 at 15:3814/01/2021 at 15:43

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc announced on Instagram on Thursday that he is undergoing a period of self-isolation at home in Monaco after testing positive for COVID-19.
“Hello guys, I hope you are all staying safe. I want to let you know that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Leclerc told his fans.
“I am regularly checked according to my team’s protocols.

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Norris trades sim racing for family time during off season

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Phillip van Osten 14/01/2021 at 14:2214/01/2021 at 13:27

McLaren’s Lando Norris says he won’t be doing much sim racing during the winter, giving his priority instead to spending time with his family.
Norris – a distinguished member along with Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon and George Russell of F1’s ‘Twitch quartet’ which entertained fans last year with its online antics – is a strong devotee of the virtual world of racing, admitting his passion for the latter has also made him a better driver.

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