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Cost cap talks dominate F1 bosses and teams debate

Team principals joined FIA president Jean Todt, and F1's CEO Chase Carey and managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn for a telephone conference which lasted all afternoon. Sources say it was a positive and productive session, but few firm decisions were taken – although Todt insisted that the new technical regulations, already postponed from 2021 to 2022, will not be deferred for a further year. The cost cap occupied much
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Williams furloughs staff, management and drivers take pay cuts

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact F1, teams are anticipating financial difficulties onset by a lack of revenue due to the cancelled races. McLaren was the first to officially announce last week it would be taking advantage of a government scheme that allows companies to furlough staff, paying 80% of wages up to £2,500 per month. In a statement issued by Williams on Monday, the British team announced
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Wolff rules out formal role or ‘strategic’ Aston investment

The Mercedes motorsport boss's future has been the subject of intense speculation for months, with his current contract running out at the end of 2020. Last year he emerged as a candidate to potentially replace Chase Carey as the boss of F1, while more recently he has been linked with opportunities at Aston Martin. While it is understood a personal financial investment in Aston Martin could be on the cards,
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Brown warns four F1 teams could disappear amid crisis

With no races currently taking place, all teams are facing a financial squeeze. They still have significant overheads such as salaries, while facing the prospect a future loss of income from both the F1 prize fund and their own sponsors. Brown believes that the sport should take steps such as further lowering the budget cap that comes into force in 2021. He also warned that if teams do hit trouble,
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How Formula 1 reacted to fuel trickery

The FIA was pushed for numerous clarifications and Ferrari had to vigorously defend its position, as fellow competitors questioned the legality of its power unit throughout the season. The situation is still not over as rival teams remaining unhappy about a secret agreement reached between Ferrari and the FIA over what it is up to. With rivals unable to understand how Ferrari was able to achieve this boost, numerous theories
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Dennis donates £1 million to feed UK health workers

Dennis, who was at the helm of McLaren from 1981 until 2017, is spearheading the new initiative called SalutetheNHS.org that will provide high-quality meals to NHS workers for the next three months. The meals will be made available free of charge to ICU teams, anaesthetic teams and A&E staff during their shifts when they are currently unable to leave their clinical areas under current protocol to combat COVID-19. The Dennis family has
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Legendary race broadcaster Varsha struck by coronavirus

Varsha, 68, has worked for ESPN, CBS, ABC, FOXSports and the now defunct SPEED Channel, specializing in coverage of Formula 1 and Indy car racing since 1986, while also being lynchpin of the U.S. feeds for Le Mans 24 Hours and Formula E. However, since January of this year, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he has been undergoing chemotherapy, which tends to wreck an individual’s immune system. Naturally,
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The day Senna enraged an unknowing Schumacher

The 1992 season was a Williams walkover, and Brazil would play host to the third 1-2 thus far for the Renault-powered team. Nigel Mansell overcame a fast-starting Riccardo Patrese for victory, so the real race was for third, which Senna was determined to take… Riccardo Patrese, Williams FW14B Renault leads at the start Photo by: Sutton Images His new McLaren-Honda was over 2s off the Williams pair when healthy in
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Massa on his big F1 break with Ferrari

Massa’s F1 career was highlighted by 11 grand prix victories, 41 podium finishes, 16 pole positions and 15 fastest laps. He came within one point of the 2008 world championship, only being denied by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the last race at Interlagos. In this clip from the movie, Massa reveals how his connection with Ferrari began, and how he had to keep it a secret
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The day Button won while standing still

A storm of monsoon proportions caused the race to be suspended, and while the weather eventually cleared, the impending gloom made it impossible to run the remaining laps. In Australia the previous weekend Button had taken the chequered flag with the field lined up under caution behind him. At Sepang he didn't even manage that, learning that he'd won while sitting in his car on the grid, waiting for a