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Ricciardo tops F1 overtaking charts

Daniel Ricciardo has secured the record for most overtakes during the 2017 Formula 1 season with 43 in total including 13 during the British Grand Prix, the most overtakes by one driver at a single race.

F1 tyre supplier Pirelli has complied its 2017 statistics on tyre usage, lap records and overtakes to confirm the Red Bull driver gained the most positions through overtakes in 2017 with 43 in total over the 20-race season – almost double the number of total passes produced by team-mate Max Verstappen (22).

Ricciardo’s stat may have been aided by the number of grid penalties he was hit by during the latter part of the 2017 campaign, therefore having more cars to pass with a lower relative pace, but the Australian’s brave pass on Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen during the Italian Grand Prix stood out as a favourite for both Ricciardo and team boss Christian Horner.

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Haas seeks for ‘ground rules’ from Liberty for new F1 era

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner wants to see Formula 1 owners Liberty Media lay out its core rules for the future of the sport around a potential team cost cap and prize money distribution ahead of the new era in the sport.

After assessing Liberty’s maiden year in charge of the sport, Steiner has been encouraged by the initial steps made throughout 2017 regarding fan engagement and social media but wants a switch of focus to the ‘bigger picture’.

Steiner and a number of F1 team bosses are set for a presentation from Liberty on his future vision for the sport and the Haas chief is eager to understand the finer details of a potential cost cap for teams and how the prize money could become restructured.

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Formula 1 Gossip: Could Lauda leave F1?

Former Formula 1 World Champion and Mercedes team chairman, Niki Lauda, is the latest to reveal leaving the sport is a possibility. Last month Ferrari and Mercedes both hinted at possible exits and when asked if he could could imagine quitting, Lauda said: “Yes, logically. My Mercedes contract runs until 2020, which I will fulfil. Then I’ll have a look." - F1 Fansite

Jenson Button has stated that his “love for racing is back” after a year away. It was recently revealed that the Button would be involved in Japan’s Super GT next year and the 2009 World Champion said: “This year off from Formula 1 has been the best thing I possibly could have done. F1, my time was done there, but for racing itself my love is well and truly back. I’m very excited." - Planet F1

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Gianluca Petecof joins Ferrari Driver Academy

Ferrari has announced the latest edition to its Driver Academy with 15-year-old Gianluca Petecof joining its ranks.

The Brazilian driver partners fellow countryman Enzo Fittipaldi, grandson of F1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, in the young driver development programme run by the Italian manufacturer to see the country’s two leading lights in the Ferrari fold.

Brazil is eager to uncover its next Formula 1 driver after Felipe Massa’s retirement which sees no Brazilian driver on the F1 grid for the first time since 1969.

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The Sao Paulo-born driver contested his second season in the CIK-FIA European Championship in 2017 ending the year sixth in the final out of 34 drivers. The 15-year-old has recently tested an Italian Formula 4 car thanks to an invite from Ferrari as he aims to graduate into single-seater racing in 2018.

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F1: Daniel Ricciardo on contract considerations, competitive car the clear No.1 priority - Fox Sports

DANIEL Ricciardo has opened up on the contract dilemmas ahead of the “most important” decision of his career, admitting “there’s a lot at stake” as he ponders his Red Bull future.

The Australian only has a year remaining on his current deal with the team who have supported his entire Formula 1 journey, and is set to enter 2018 as one of the quickest and most sought-after ‘free agents’ on the grid.

After tying down Max Verstappen to a new three-year contract, Red Bull insisted they wanted Ricciardo to make a similar commitment - but the five-time race winner has detailed how he is no rush just yet.

“Next year is a big one for me,” Ricciardo wrote in his Red Bull blog. “They’re all big, but there’s a bit going on other than just the driving.

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DANIEL Ricciardo has opened up on the contract dilemmas ahead of the “most important” decision of his career, admitting “there’s a lot at stake” as he ponders his Red Bull future.

The Australian only has a year remaining on his current deal with the team who have supported his entire Formula 1 journey, and is set to enter 2018 as one of the quickest and most sought-after ‘free agents’ on the grid.

After tying down Max Verstappen to a new three-year contract, Red Bull insisted they wanted Ricciardo to make a similar commitment - but the five-time race winner has detailed how he is no rush just yet.

“Next year is a big one for me,” Ricciardo wrote in his Red Bull blog. “They’re all big, but there’s a bit going on other than just the driving.

“I’m not just going to settle on something because I want it to be off my mind, because there’s a lot at stake. It’s a big decision for me, so if I...


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Robert Kubica: I'm capable of F1 comeback - BBC Sport

Kubica has belief in a full-time F1 return

Robert Kubica believes he is capable of a full-time comeback to Formula 1 with Williams next year.

The Pole has not raced in F1 for seven years after suffering life-changing injuries in a rally accident in 2011.

The 32-year-old tested for Williams in Abu Dhabi last week and is driving in the team's simulator this week before a final decision is made.

"The most important thing is the confidence is there and the belief I can do it is there," he told BBC Sport.

The former BMW Sauber and Renault driver is one of several contenders for the final available seat on the grid, partnering Canadian Lance Stroll.

Other drivers in the frame include Renault reserve Sergey Sirotkin, ex-Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein, former Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat and Williams reserve Paul di Resta.

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Ferrari says Formula 1 quit threat still serious despite Alfa deal - autosport.com

Why Yamaha had its worst season in a decade Yamaha dominated 2017 MotoGP pre-season testing and the opening rounds with Maverick Vinales. Then it all fell apart. Trying to figure out why would tangle the team in knots it's yet to fully unravel 1512345600 MotoGP

Revealed: Formula 1's fastest failure Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel might feel aggrieved at not taking their 2017 Formula 1 title challenge all the way, but they are nothing compared to the fastest failures in grand prix racing's history 1512086400 F1

How a supporting act exposed F1's biggest flaw An Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lacking in action led Lewis Hamilton to suggest the circuit was not suited to Formula 1 cars. But the symptoms of a boring race have been visible elsewhere in 2017, and stem from a fundamental fault in the philosophy of the rules 1512086400 F1

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Proud of Renault's progress - Nico Hulkenberg Q&A - Formula 1

Q: Nico, you knew 2017 would not be easy, but there were times when ‘disappointment’ was written all over your face. Is that now a thing of the past after the happy ending in Abu Dhabi?

Nico Hulkenberg: Yes, I said it many times before: 2017 was a build-up year – and shining would be a rather rare situation. So it was really great to wrap up the season with a result that made us all go home with our heads held high.

In that respect Abu Dhabi was a very welcome final curtain on 2017, as it showed that we are definitely moving in the right direction – even though I don’t have any illusions that the success we are looking for will come overnight.

In reality I would give it another 12 to 18 months. The aim is to fight at the top. That has not changed.

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Daniel Ricciardo: Lots at stake in Red Bull Formula 1 future talks - autosport.com

Why Yamaha had its worst season in a decade Yamaha dominated 2017 MotoGP pre-season testing and the opening rounds with Maverick Vinales. Then it all fell apart. Trying to figure out why would tangle the team in knots it's yet to fully unravel 1512345600 MotoGP

Revealed: Formula 1's fastest failure Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel might feel aggrieved at not taking their 2017 Formula 1 title challenge all the way, but they are nothing compared to the fastest failures in grand prix racing's history 1512086400 F1

How a supporting act exposed F1's biggest flaw An Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lacking in action led Lewis Hamilton to suggest the circuit was not suited to Formula 1 cars. But the symptoms of a boring race have been visible elsewhere in 2017, and stem from a fundamental fault in the philosophy of the rules 1512086400 F1

How Ferrari almost died before it really started In the first...


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Jenson Button: My love for racing is back after year out of F1 - autosport.com

Why Yamaha had its worst season in a decade Yamaha dominated 2017 MotoGP pre-season testing and the opening rounds with Maverick Vinales. Then it all fell apart. Trying to figure out why would tangle the team in knots it's yet to fully unravel 1512345600 MotoGP

Revealed: Formula 1's fastest failure Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel might feel aggrieved at not taking their 2017 Formula 1 title challenge all the way, but they are nothing compared to the fastest failures in grand prix racing's history 1512086400 F1

How a supporting act exposed F1's biggest flaw An Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lacking in action led Lewis Hamilton to suggest the circuit was not suited to Formula 1 cars. But the symptoms of a boring race have been visible elsewhere in 2017, and stem from a fundamental fault in the philosophy of the rules 1512086400 F1

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What is it like to work in Formula 1? - Eurosport.com

It may look out of reach for the vast majority, but with hard work, passion and a slice of luck anybody can achieve the ultimate goal of a Formula 1 job.

But what is it actually like to work in F1? We spoke to an aerodynamicist about life away from the race track.

How did you get into Formula 1?

During my PhD, I contacted a friend of mine who was working for a team back then, asking whether they did any kind of internships for students. She asked for my CV and she forwarded it to the head of aerodynamics.

Then I had an interview with him and a few months later I started my non-paid summer internship in the aero department. Entering F1 is the most difficult step. After that things can get a bit easier especially if you know the right people.

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Debate of the Day: Rating Liberty’s first year in charge of F1

As the saying goes 12 months is a long time in sport and Liberty Media is set to celebrate a year on from taking over from Bernie Ecclestone’s reign in Formula 1, how would you assess their progress?

F1 team bosses are preparing for meetings with Liberty who will present their future vision for the sport in December with topics expected to range from financial restructuring to sporting rule tweaks.

Liberty’s maiden year in charge has been highlighted by a wider freedom across its social media channels, a new logo and the F1 Live event in London’s Trafalgar Square as build-up to the British Grand Prix with 19 of the 20 drivers driving on the city streets.

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Kubica: I’ve proven I’m ready

Kubica: I’ve proven I’m ready
Ericsson: Wehrlein became perfect benchmark

Ericsson: Wehrlein became perfect benchmark

Ericsson: Wehrlein became perfect benchmark
Massa defers Formula E switch until next season

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Perez: No podiums takes gloss off 2017 F1 success

Sergio Perez says it hasn’t been his best season in Formula 1 despite bagging back-to-back fourth places in the World Constructors’ championship for Force India and consecutive seventh places in the drivers’ standings due to the lack of silverware in 2017.

The Mexican driver scored just one point less this year compared to his 2016 haul, with one more race on last season’s calendar, but ended the campaign without a podium finish – his first F1 season without a top three result since his ill-fated switch to McLaren in 2013.

Consequently, Perez feels 2017 wasn’t as successful compared to last season and pinned the blame on Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon for denying him his ‘closest’ shot of a podium when the pair clashed at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – the Mexican driver’s only race retirement of the season.

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Formula 1 Gossip: Lewis Hamilton could quit "at any time"

Former Formula 1 driver Marc Surer has claimed that Lewis Hamilton could quit the sport "at any time". The Swiss 66-year-old said: “sometimes that he’s so distracted by his private life. One day he could say ‘Oh man, do I have to go and race again?’ I think that could happen to him any time.” - F1 Fansite

Hamilton has reportedly ruled out being paired with a teammate similar to Fernando Alonso. The Briton started his F1 career with the then reigning World Champion Alonso and has said: “Toto Wolff understand how the dynamics of a team works and compares it to a magnet. When two north poles meet, they repel one another, so you need a south pole.” - Sportsmole

Marcus Ericsson believes that Alfa Romeo can make a “big step” in 2018. The Swedish driver was last week confirmed by Sauber and said: “This winter is going to be very busy, and it will be important to push the development of the...


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Ericsson: Wehrlein became perfect benchmark

Marcus Ericsson says despite his frustrating results for Sauber he feels demonstrating his pace against Mercedes-backed Pascal Wehrlein paid off in 2017.

The Swedish driver has retained his race seat at the Swiss squad after its new technical and title sponsorship deal with Alfa Romeo was confirmed last week, with Ericsson being joined by Charles Leclerc for his rookie Formula 1 campaign in 2018.

Ericsson, who was under threat from Antonio Gionvinazzi for his race seat at the new-look Alfa Romeo Sauber squad, accepts it was a tough season running with year-old Ferrari engines which denied the team a chance to be competitive – consequently finishing last in the F1 World Constructors’ championship for the first time in the team’s history.

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Kubica: I’ve proven I’m ready

Robert Kubica feels he’s proven he’s capable of a Formula 1 comeback in 2018 as he awaits a decision from Williams.

The Polish driver completed 128 laps in total for Williams during the two-day Abu Dhabi tyre test last week in the team’s FW40 while setting the fastest outright lap by the team with a 1m 39.85s – quicker than Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin.

While Williams remained tight-lipped on reaction to Kubica’s performance in the post-season test sources close to the team confirmed signs are positive while also being impressed by Sirotkin.

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Kubica says he’s awaiting a decision from Williams but is confident he did enough to prove to Williams he’s ready for a full-time F1 return after a severed right forearm suffered in a rallying crash forced him away from the sport in early 2011.

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Ricciardo: Performance more important than money on next F1 deal

Daniel Ricciardo has underlined his desire to find a Formula 1 world title-contending car as part of his next contract in the sport as he assesses his options after 2018 when his current deal with Red Bull ends.

The Australian driver has remained tightly inside the Red Bull fold since graduating to Formula 1 in 2011 but with his current deal expiring at the end of next season he has the option to leave the team, with potential suitors Mercedes and Ferrari linked as options for the 28-year-old.

Ricciardo accepts his next F1 deal will be key to his career as he moves from his junior years to potentially his prime and is eager to find a team which can give him the tools to fight for the world title.

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Lewis Hamilton: F1 champion SLAMS Formula E driver in deleted Instagram post - Express.co.uk

Hamilton took to the social media site in the early hours of Sunday morning to share a clip of Nicolas Prost shunting Nick Heidfeld during a Formula E race.

And he revealed just how furious Prost’s manoeuvre had made him by calling for the Frenchman, son of F1 great Alain, to be banned by the FIA.

"So I’m trying to keep an eye on other Formulas and see clips of Formula E and this one I had to post," he wrote.

Lewis Hamilton CRASHES out in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix

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F1 Managing Director of Motorsports Ross Brawn sets out his vision ... - NEWS.com.au

That’s the vision of Formula 1’s future set out by Liberty Media’s managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn in a must-watch feature on the sport’s evolution to be broadcast during Sky F1’s race build-up show for the Abu Dhabi GP.

F1’s future is currently the hot topic of debate in the paddock after the post-2020 engine plans outlined last month by Liberty, F1’s new owners, met with fierce resistance and a threat to quit from Ferrari.

But despite acknowledging the strength of the “the pushback” from some of the teams, most notably superpowers Mercedes and Ferrari, Brawn has defended the proposals and placed them within a framework designed to make F1 louder, more exciting and fan-friendly.

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