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Keeping ‘sparring partner’ Allison at Mercedes is key – Wolff

By Chris Medland | April 9, 2021 8:05 AM

James Allison will be an important “sparring partner” for Toto Wolff in his new role as Mercedes chief technical officer, the team principal admits.
Mercedes announced on Friday that Allison will be leaving his role as technical director to take on a new position within the team, overseeing wider aspects as CTO from July 1 onwards. Mike Elliott will replace him as technical director, but Wolff (pictured at right, above, with Allison) says finding a new position that could retain Allison’s expertise was of significant importance to him.

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Allison becomes Mercedes CTO, replaced as TD by Elliott

By Chris Medland | April 9, 2021 7:53 AM

James Allison will become the new Mercedes chief technical officer, being replaced in his role as technical director by Mike Elliott.
Mercedes has evolved a number of its senior management positions in recent years in an attempt to strengthen the team for the future, and has created the new role of CTO for Allison (pictured above) who will oversee operations at both Brackley and Brixworth, where Mercedes High Performance Powertrains are produced.

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Hulkenberg signs for Aston Martin as reserve and development driver

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By Chris Medland | April 8, 2021 9:26 AM

Nico Hulkenberg has joined Aston Martin Racing’s F1 team as its reserve and development driver, securing a return to the team he raced for twice in 2020.
The 33-year-old has started 179 grands prix, of which 81 have come for Aston Martin under its previous guises of Force India and Racing Point. Last year’s appearances were as a last-minute call-up for Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll respectively after both tested positive for COVID-19, and Aston has now moved to secure Hulkenberg in an official capacity this season.

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‘Crazy’ I’ve not had a TD at Williams until now – Russell

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By Chris Medland | April 8, 2021 8:21 AM

George Russell says it is “crazy” that he has never worked with a technical director throughout his time at Williams so far, following the arrival of Francois-Xavier Demaison.
Demaison was announced as Williams technical director at the end of last month, as one of the first major appointments being made by new Williams CEO Jost Capito.

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OPINION: Did Honda miscalculate its F1 exit?

By Chris Medland | April 7, 2021 11:54 AM

If you’ve just read the title, I could easily have added “again”, because Honda’s got history when it comes to leaving Formula 1.
Back in 2008, at the height of the global financial crisis, the Japanese manufacturer made the shock decision to leave the sport following the end of the season. The announcement came in early December, and there wasn’t much time to find a buyer.

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Mercedes claims Wolff dig at Brown was a misquote

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By Chris Medland | April 7, 2021 9:44 AM

Mercedes says Toto Wolff was misquoted after he appeared to accuse McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown of “spreading s***”.
Ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, Brown stated his belief that Mercedes would have a driver line-up of Max Verstappen and George Russell in 2022, in part due to the clauses in Verstappen’s contract with Red Bull.

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Wolff reveals he threatened Hamilton and Rosberg with race bans

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By Chris Medland | April 7, 2021 5:26 AM

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has revealed that he threatened his warring drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg with race bans during the early part of their rivalry.
Hamilton and Rosberg were paired at Mercedes in 2013, and became the two leading drivers on the grid 2014 as the Silver Arrows dominated under new regulations.

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Alonso’s comeback derailed by sandwich wrap

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By Chris Medland | March 29, 2021 9:42 AM

Fernando Alonso’s return to Formula 1 at Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix was ended prematurely by a sandwich wrap.
Alpine told Alonso that he had lost the rear brakes and would need to retire for safety reasons in the second half of the race, after what had been an encouraging opening stint. After analyzing the car once it was back in the garage, Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski said an unfortunate piece of debris was to blame.

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Alonso’s comeback derailed by sandwich wrap

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By Chris Medland | March 29, 2021 9:42 AM

Fernando Alonso’s return to Formula 1 at Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix was ended prematurely by a sandwich wrap.
Alpine told Alonso that he had lost the rear brakes and would need to retire for safety reasons in the second half of the race, after what had been an encouraging opening stint. After analyzing the car once it was back in the garage, Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski said an unfortunate piece of debris was to blame.

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Mazepin rues early exit in Bahrain

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By Chris Medland | March 29, 2021 9:33 AM

Nikita Mazepin said he deserves the blame after crashing at just the third corner on his Formula 1 debut in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Haas has changed its driver line-up this year and will not be developing its 2021 car during the season so that it can focus on the new technical regulations, and has tasked its two rookies it has signed tasked with gaining experience. Mazepin failed to do that on his first start, however, losing control at the back of the field just three corners into the race and crashing into the outside barrier.

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