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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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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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Former Renault F1 engine man Taffin joins Oreca

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Phillip van Osten 18/10/2021 at 15:39

Renault F1’s former chief engine architect Remi Taffin has joined French constructor Oreca as its technical director.
Taffin was a long-standing member of Renault’s F1 effort, joining the manufacturer in 1999 and later leading its engine department in Viry-Châtillon where he remained until his departure in June earlier this year.
But the 47-year-old engineer is now set to open a new chapter in his motorsport career by transferring his expertise to Oreca.

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Norris: Not always a bad thing to be ‘a negative guy’

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Phillip van Osten 18/10/2021 at 14:2318/10/2021 at 14:16

Lando Norris acknowledges that he is naturally “a negative guy”, but the McLaren driver says his tendency to self-deprecate isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Norris’ third season in Formula 1 has seen the 21-year-old’s stock continue to trend higher, supported by his strong level of performance, reliability and consistency.
In Russia, the McLaren charger and poleman was three laps away from snatching his maiden Grand Prix win when the elements thwarted his remarkable efforts.

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Petronas reiterates commitment to Mercedes F1 amid Aramco rumors

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Michael Delaney 18/10/2021 at 12:1118/10/2021 at 12:19

Mercedes F1 partner Petronas says it will continue its collaboration with the German outfit based on its multi-year deal with the latter, dismissing rumors of an impending exit from F1.
The Malaysian oil and gas company has partnered with the Mercedes works outfit since its return to F1 in 2010, a collaboration that has yielded tremendous success.
However, Petronas’ departure from MotoGP that was announced last summer led to speculation that the company could also exit F1.

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Wolff: Adding more sprint races commercially ‘logic’ for F1

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says adding more sprint races to F1’s calendar in 2022 would follow a commercial “logic” for the sport.
Formula 1 will undertake at the end of the season a comprehensive assessment of the impact of the sprint race format that was introduced this season.
Two sprint qualifying trials have already taken place at Silverstone and Monza while a third will unfold next month in Brazil.
So far, initial feedback from race promoters and fans has been positive, according to F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali.

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Australian GP facing ‘make or break’ with F1 in 2022

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Michael Delaney 18/10/2021 at 09:2118/10/2021 at 09:36

Australian Grand Prix boss Andrew Westacott says the future of the country’s F1 event will likely depend on next year’s race taking place as scheduled after two successive cancellations.
F1 is expected to return to Melbourne in April 2022, with the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria earmarked to host the third round of next year’s F1 World Championship.

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McLaren not focused on moving O’Ward to Formula 1

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Michael Delaney 18/10/2021 at 08:0618/10/2021 at 08:44

McLaren will take stock of Patricio O’Ward’s upcoming F1 test in Abu Dhabi, but the papaya squad says its priority is to see the Mexican continue to perform in IndyCar in the coming years.
O’Ward was promised an F1 test outing by McLaren boss Zak Brown if he won an IndyCar round this year, a challenge duly fulfilled by the 22-year-old at the Texas Motor Speedway back in May.

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Verstappen winning title would be ‘feel good story’ for F1

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Michael Delaney 17/10/2021 at 17:2717/10/2021 at 17:47

Daniel Ricciardo says Max Verstappen’s coronation this season would put a “fresh face” at the top of F1’s pyramid and produce a “feel good story” for the sport.
Ricciardo’s former Red Bull team reclaimed the lead in the title fight last weekend in Turkey where Verstappen finished second behind winner Valtteri Bottas while fellow championship contender Lewis Hamilton clocked in P5.

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