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Ferrari president backs Binotto, expects titles by 2026

Ferrari president backs Binotto, expects titles by 2026

FERRARI is making too many mistakes but have 'great faith' in team boss Mattia Binotto and will be Formula One champions again by 2026, company president John Elkann said. The sport's oldest and most successful team, the only one present since the championship started in 1950, has not won a title since 2008. They made a strong start this season, with Charles Leclerc winning two of the first three races, but have since suffered a string of strategic errors, driver mistakes and mechanical failures. Leclerc is second but 109 points behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen with seven races remaining. Teammate…
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Team by team analysis of the Dutch Grand Prix

Team by team analysis of the Dutch Grand Prix

Team by team analysis of Sunday's Dutch Formula One Grand Prix at Zandvoort, round 15 of the 22-race season (listed in championship order): RED BULL (Max Verstappen 1, Sergio Perez 5) Verstappen won his home race from pole position for the second year in a row and with the fastest lap. It was the champion's 10th win of the season, equalling last year's haul with seven races to go, and fourth in a row. He now has a career 30 wins. Verstappen started on the soft tyre, switching to medium before reverting to softs when he pitted from the lead…
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Alonso apologises to ‘legend’ Hamilton after Spa spat

Alonso apologises to ‘legend’ Hamilton after Spa spat

FERNANDO Alonso apologised for calling Lewis Hamilton an idiot after they collided at last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix and said his heat-of-the-moment comments were blown out of proportion. The double world champion had also said on team radio, in a broadside heard by a global television audience, that the Mercedes driver only knew how to start and drive in the first place. Hamilton, a seven times world champion, is Formula One's most successful driver of all time with 103 wins -- some of his more spectacular ones coming after he fought back through the field. Talking to reporters ahead of…
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Verstappen speeding towards title with Belgian win

Verstappen speeding towards title with Belgian win

ABHISHEK TAKLE Red Bull's Max Verstappen took another giant stride towards a second successive Formula One title with a dominant win from 14th on the grid in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix. The Dutch driver, who was quickest in qualifying but dropped down the grid due to engine and gearbox-related penalties, delivered a masterclass as he beat Mexican teammate Sergio Perez by 17.8 seconds and set the fastest lap. Ferrari's Carlos Sainz finished a distant third after starting from pole position. "The car was really on rails," said Verstappen, who swept into the lead on the 12th of 44 laps and…
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Audi to enter Formula One from 2026

Audi to enter Formula One from 2026

ABHISHEK TAKLE AUDI will enter Formula One from 2026 with one of the sport's existing teams and using a new power unit to be built in Germany, it announced. The Volkswagen-owned premium brand said it would reveal by the end of the year which team it would be partnering in what will be the start of a new and more sustainable era for the sport. The marque has been in talks with the Swiss-based Sauber Group, whose team competes under the Alfa Romeo name, according to reports by Reuters and other media. Aston Martin and Williams, who both use Mercedes…
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Piastri’s future has echoes from Formula One’s past

Piastri’s future has echoes from Formula One’s past

ALAN BALDWIN OSCAR Piastri's shock rejection of Alpine's offer of a 2023 seat carries an echo of past Formula One bombshells, although none involving someone quite so young and inexperienced as the Australian. Comparisons have been made to Benetton swooping on a young Michael Schumacher after one race with Jordan in 1991, or Jenson Button's 2004 contract mess when he tried to leave BAR for Williams. It remains to be seen whether it is the result of cold calculation or confusion, or something altogether more intriguing. Piastri, the 21-year-old Alpine reserve who last year won the Formula Two title at…
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Split with Ricciardo is sad day for McLaren, says Brown

Split with Ricciardo is sad day for McLaren, says Brown

ALAN BALDWIN THE decision to split with Daniel Ricciardo at the end of the Formula One season is a sad day for McLaren but the partnership was just not working, team chief executive Zak Brown said on Wednesday. The smiling Australian is one of Formula One's fan favourites and his arrival last year at McLaren, the former home of greats like Ayrton Senna and Lewis Hamilton, had promised much. Brown said the eight-time grand Prix winner, who led a one-two finish at Monza in Italy last season, had brought a lot of energy to the team and his positive outlook…
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Russell can turn pole into win in Hungary, says Mercedes boss

Russell can turn pole into win in Hungary, says Mercedes boss

George Russell can turn his first Formula One pole position into a first career victory in Hungary, according to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. The 24-year-old Briton pulled out a stunning final flying lap in Saturday's qualifying at the Hungaroring to surprise Ferrari favourites Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc to take the top slot. Red Bull's world championship leader Max Verstappen will line up 10th. "I think if we can maintain the position at the start, and be first coming out of the first lap and drive a solid race and have some good stops, why not? We can win…
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Powell ends Chadwick’s winning streak in W Series

Powell ends Chadwick’s winning streak in W Series

BRITAIN'S Alice Powell ended compatriot Jamie Chadwick's seven-race winning streak in the all-female W Series with victory in Hungary. Double champion Chadwick, who had won every race this season as well as the last two of 2021, finished as runner-up after starting fifth on the grid in the Formula One support race. Dutch driver Beitske Visser was third. Powell had started on pole position and finished 0.608 seconds clear after coming under late pressure following a safety car period but holding steady. "Kind of roles reversed from this time last year," said Chadwick, who won at the Hungaroring ahead of…
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Vettel’s departure throws another seat into the F1 ring

Vettel’s departure throws another seat into the F1 ring

SEBASTIAN Vettel's retirement announcement sent Formula One's 'Who goes where?' guessing game into overdrive at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with a fistful of names tipped as a possible replacement at Aston Martin. The four times world champion leaves a team near the bottom of the standings but with big ambitions and Canadian billionaire owner, Lawrence Stroll determined to turn them into title contenders. Stroll's son Lance is one of the drivers and anyone joining the Mercedes-powered team will have to fit into a special dynamic. "The discussion is immediately, 'Who is going to take Seb's place at Aston Martin next?'…
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