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11:59 AM ET Renault Technical director Nick Chester is departing the Formula One team after a difficult season in charge, the team announced on Friday. Chester was also placed on “garden leave”, a move designed to stop top staff with intimate knowledge of the organisation being immediately employed by a rival team. 1 Related Renault
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8:49 AM ET Italian gamer David Tonizza won the esports F1 Pro Series for Ferrari on Wednesday, ensuring at least one championship trophy for the Italian team after another season of disappointment on the real racetrack. Formula One’s oldest, most successful and glamorous team have not won a drivers’ title since Finnish ‘Iceman’ Kimi Raikkonen
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That was the assessment Mattia Binotto, Ferrari’s team principal, when asked where his team’s 2019 season had gone wrong after the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It was a year that started with the promise of Maranello’s first title in over decade but ended 43 seconds behind the winning Mercedes over a 55-lap race. Along
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3:33 PM ET Ed Jackson Ex-Brad Jones Racing driver Tim Slade has been announced as Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin’s co-driver for next year’s endurance events. Slade will replace Frenchman Alex Premat as McLaughlin’s partner for the 2020 endurance events, just weeks after his four-year stint with BJR came to an end following the Newcastle 500.
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5:07 AM ET Former champions McLaren left the Abu Dhabi Formula One finale celebrating their best championship finish since their time as grand prix winners, but team boss Zak Brown is not expecting any miracles to speed up their climb back into the sport’s elite. The Woking-based outfit ended the season fourth in the overall
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5:19 AM ET Laurence Edmonson ABU DHABI — Sebastian Vettel has admitted his season was not up to the standard he or Ferrari expected in 2019. Vettel left preseason testing as one of the favourites for the title, but finished the year fifth in the standings behind teammate Charles Leclerc, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and
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12:13 PM ET Fernando Alonso says he would be open to a return to Formula One in 2021 if the right opportunity presented itself. Alonso left F1 at the end of 2018 after four frustrating years at McLaren without a victory or podium appearance. The Spaniard, who won his F1 world titles in 2005 and
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12:19 PM ET ABU DHABI — Ferrari has dropped the first hint that it could make a move to sign Lewis Hamilton in 2021 after team principal Mattia Binotto admitted the world champion’s contract situation “can make us only happy”. Whether the comment was made to unsettle rival team Mercedes, which currently has Hamilton under
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3:00 AM ET ABU DHABI — Williams has confirmed Canadian Formula 2 driver Nicholas Latifi will replace Robert Kubica at its team next year. Latifi, who is currently a Williams reserve driver, has been the prime candidate for the role ever since Kubica announced he would not be continuing in 2020 earlier this year. The
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