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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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Ricciardo to test Earnhardt’s 1984 Chevy at USGP

Daniel Ricciardo will test Dale Earnhardt’s 1984 Wrangler Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Cup Series car at next weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown promised Ricciardo a test in the No. 3 Chevy when he scored his first podium for the team, as Earnhardt was the Australian’s idol growing up. The deal was struck at the start of this season and Ricciardo duly delivered in style in Monza, winning the Italian Grand Prix as McLaren secured a one-two finish.

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Ferrari enjoying early payoff for 2022 PU gamble

Ferrari took risks by introducing an updated power unit during this season to learn more about it for 2022, and team principal Mattia Binotto believes they are already paying off.
Charles Leclerc received the Ferrari upgrade at the Russian Grand Prix and was followed by Carlos Sainz at the last race in Turkey. Leclerc duly qualified fourth in Istanbul while Sainz carved his way through the field from the back of the grid to eighth, and Binotto says that although the main goal was not an immediate gain in performance, that it is an added bonus.

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2022 F1 draft calendar approved with Imola in, China out

Formula 1’s 2022 draft calendar has been approved by the FIA after a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on Friday, starting in Bahrain and featuring Imola instead of China.
The record 23-event season kicks off with a back-to-back races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia before a planned return to Melbourne for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. After Australia, Imola is set to replace China, with the race in Shanghai not on next year’s calendar but F1 saying it will return “as soon as conditions allow.

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Alpine frustrated by small reward from strong race in Turkey

Alpine was left frustrated by the return of a single point from the Turkish Grand Prix after the car showed so much potential, admits executive director Marcin Budkowski.
Fernando Alonso qualified sixth and started a season-best fifth in Istanbul, but was tapped into a spin by Pierre Gasly at Turn 1 and then hit Mick Schumacher when trying to recover, limiting him to a race outside of the points.

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Mercedes gains a pleasant surprise for Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes hasn’t updated its car and is unsure where a recent step forward in performance has come from, but that it bodes well for his title hopes.
Mercedes was comfortably beaten in Zandvoort after Max Verstappen was also credited with victory in Belgium after qualifying on pole position for the rain-hit event. The two title rivals collided in Monza but Mercedes had the upper hand in Russia before Valtteri Bottas dominated the Turkish Grand Prix weekend, with Hamilton qualifying on pole and recovering from 11th to fifth after a grid penalty.

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F1 Commission agrees to revisit race rules after Spa debacle

The F1 Commission has discussed potential rule changes as a result of the Belgian Grand Prix being classified as a race worth half points this year.
Heavy rain throughout race day led to August’s grand prix at Spa-Francorchamps having its original start aborted and the event red-flagged after a number of formation laps. The FIA tried to find a break in the weather to start racing but after leaving the pit lane and completing two laps behind the safety car, the race was called off.

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PRUETT: An open letter to Colton Herta

Colton, I get it. Formula 1 has been your dream for almost as long as you’ve been alive, and if everything I’m reading is true, you might be trading IndyCar for F1 with Andretti Autosport. So hear me out, because if you haven’t made a final decision, all I can say is this: Please don’t do it.
You’re on the cusp of something incredible in IndyCar.

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Mercedes PU performance step ‘surprising’ – Horner

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner says the straight-line speed performance of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes power unit was “surprising” at the Turkish Grand Prix.
Hamilton took a new internal combustion engine (ICE) in Istanbul as Mercedes was worried about the reliability of its power unit heading into the final part of the season, and started from 11th on the grid.

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INSIGHT: F1’s contenders are weighing the risks of playing safe

Do. Not. Lose.
It sounds so obvious, doesn’t it? Not losing is a good thing. But in Formula 1, losing is a strange concept. You can do everything perfectly, but if you’re Haas this season, that probably results in P19 and P20.
But the message to both Mercedes and Red Bull as we enter the closing stages of the year has clearly become ‘do not lose’, rather than ‘go and win’.

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