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2011 “lesson” shows I can’t rule out another F1 return

The 35-year-old grand prix winner made his full-time return to F1 this year as part of the struggling Williams outfit, and though he was shut out in qualifying by rookie squadmate George Russell, he scored the Grove-based team's sole point of the campaign. He announced he would be leaving the team towards the end of the season, and will be replaced by Formula 2 racer Nicholas Latifi. Sought out for
Auto/Moto Rally

Toyota hands Katsuta eight WRC starts for 2020

Single-seater convert Katsuta started two top-level events for Toyota this year in Germany and Spain, finishing 10th in the former, and also took a WRC2 victory in Chile at the wheel of a Tommi Makinen Racing-run Ford Fiesta R5. Next season, the 26-year-old will start all seven European rallies in addition to his home event, with the experienced Dan Barritt continuing as his co-driver. Toyota WRC boss Tommi Makinen said: “Takamoto
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Ferrari plans F1 engine design overhaul for 2020

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc won just three races between them in 2019 as Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes swept to another title double, Mercedes' sixth in a row. F1's four engine manufacturers have converged in the V6 turbo-hybrid era's fifth season but despite aerodynamic and engine regulations remaining stable for 2020, Ferrari has opted for an overhaul because it believes there is more potential to exploit. "We have changed, by
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Felix Sabates retiring after ‘tremendously rewarding’ career

Sabates, 74, announced Thursday that he will retire as part-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing in 2020. Sabates entered NASCAR competition in 1987 as owner of SABCO Racing and became part-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing in 2001. “I look back to the 1980s when I first started in this sport, and I can tell you that the landscape has really changed. It’s been challenging at times, and tremendously rewarding watching the
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What can Zarco gain from Avintia Ducati 2020 move?

Passed over for the works Honda seat vacated by the retired Jorge Lorenzo, Zarco became linked to the customer Ducati squad – though he initially rejected Avintia as "not a top team". However, Ducati eventually convinced Zarco he would have proper support from it at Avintia, and he duly signed directly with the manufacturer to ride a GP19 in Avintia colours next season. Zarco has set lofty ambitions for himself
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Ferrari “very flattered” by interest from Hamilton, others

During the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, it emerged Hamilton had met twice this year with Ferrari boss Elkann, triggering speculation the six-time title winner may leave Mercedes when his contract expires next year. Mercedes and Hamilton have both indicated strongly that extending their championship-dominating partnership is the most likely outcome, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said there was a "25%" chance his star drive could move to Ferrari. Speaking
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Skoda axes works WRC2 team after “losing great drivers”

This year, Rovanpera became the fourth different driver in as many years to win the title in a Skoda Fabia R5, taking honours in the newly split-off WRC2 Pro category with five wins. The 19-year-old Finn follows Esapekka Lappi, Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecky in becoming WRC2 champion, and has landed a factory Toyota seat for 2020. Skoda had already scaled back from five to two factory cars for Rovanpera
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Ferrari reveals “very early” 2020 F1 car launch date

The Italian team, which will continue with the same driver line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, is in the final design and homologation stage of its 2020 car. Team principal Mattia Binotto told select media, including, the car will be unveiled on February 11, eight days before testing begins. Ferrari launched its 2019 car on February 15, with Toro Rosso the first to launch on the 11th. “We