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Ricciardo won't play supporting role at Red Bull - Horner

Teammate Max Verstappen has already extended his stay at Red Bull until 2020, leading some observers to conclude that retaining the Dutchman was the team's priority and that he is the main hope for the longer term.Ricciardo himself admitted that he was

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Prost had "no problem" releasing Buemi for Toro Rosso one-off

However, Prost confirmed that he would not have let Buemi out of his Formula E contract to race full-time for Toro Rosso in 2018, and that may have scuppered the Swiss driver’s chances of running in Austin.Ultimately, Red Bull preferred to take Bre

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Red Bull: Early Verstappen deal was "to get rid of distractions"

The Milton Keynes-based team caused a surprise on Friday when it announced that Verstappen had been locked down until the end of 2020.Red Bull boss Christian Horner said that the decision to do the deal – even though Verstappen was already committe

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Sainz surprised to be on the pace so quickly

Sainz continued to impress on his Renault F1 debut by taking eighth place in FP3 in Austin, a result which would have translated to sixth on the grid as two drivers ahead have penalties.On Friday, the Spaniard outpaced teammate Nico Hulkenberg in both ses

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United States GP: Hamilton completes practice sweep

The Mercedes driver clocked a 1m34.478s, which is a new track record, to beat Vettel by just 0.092 seconds, with Valtteri Bottas two tenths off the pace in third.Hamilton set the early pace, clocking a 1m35.125s on his second lap on the ultrasoft tyres, w

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Kvyat believes future with Red Bull still possible

After two races on the sidelines, Kvyat has returned to action at the United States Grand Prix because Pierre Gasly was supposed to be racing in the Super Formula finale in Japan.But with growing indications that Toro Rosso will choose Gasly and Brendon H

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F1 plans online streaming service for 2018 season

With F1’s new owners Liberty Media having spent the last 12 months analysing the sport, bold plans are being put in place that will change the way fans can watch grand prix racing.With a big effort being made to expand its digital presence, a live

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Analysis: What Verstappen's new Red Bull contract really means

Although comments from Red Bull team boss Christian Horner recently hinted at a long-term plan for Verstappen, the announcement on Friday in Austin nevertheless came as something of a surprise.There are several major questions that it raises, for Verstapp

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McLaren could switch to 'Papaya' livery in 2018

The Woking-based team switched to a bright orange scheme this year, but there has been a push from fans for it to run the ‘Papaya’ version that Fernando Alonso used for his assault on the Indianapolis 500 (pictured above).While a final call o

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The fight to defeat an F1 driver's greatest enemy

For a long time, fire was a Formula 1 driver's greatest enemy. One of the most persistent arguments against introducing seatbelts was the view that it was better to be thrown out of the cockpit in an impact than to be trapped within a flaming car.Tireless

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Lewis Hamilton talks Donald Trump and NFL players kneeling as Formula One star decides it’s time to get political

LEWIS HAMILTON extends his hand and gives me a vice-like handshake, at the same time a grin flashes across his face exposing his shiny white teeth. He is still buzzing from driving one of the Mars rovers at NASA’s HQ in Houston the previous day. He

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Ricciardo: Verstappen's early Red Bull extension a "surprise"

Verstappen has endured a mixed campaign with Red Bull this year, and the rumour mill had linked him with a possible move away from the Austrian outfit.However, it was announced on Friday at the United States Grand Prix that the Dutchman had extended his d

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Vettel laments "messy" second practice

Just 20 minutes into the session, the rear of the Ferrari snapped away from Vettel on turn-in to the penultimate corner at Austin.Vettel was able to recover to the pits, but lost that set of tyres and while he managed one performance run, he lost more tim

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United States GP: Hamilton outpaces Verstappen in FP2

The Mercedes driver, who also topped the morning session, outpaced Red Bull driver Max Verstappen by 0.397s to secure top spot with a lap of 1m34.668s.Hamilton was only third fastest after the first runs in the session. During that phase, Daniel Ricciardo

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A decade after Indy joy Lewis Hamilton is looking for another US win

The suggestion of joining NFL’s kneeling protests at the Grand Prix in Austin is of little interest to the title-chasing Mercedes driverLewis Hamilton may have the numerical advantage heading into this weekend’s US Grand Prix but one thing i

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Red Bull star Max Verstappen signs new deal in bitter blow to Mercedes ahead of the US Grand Prix

RED BULL have fended off interest from Mercedes to sign up Max Verstappen to a new contract. The highly-rated Dutchman was being lined up by Merc bosses to partner Lewis Hamilton when the 20-year-old’s contract expired at the end of 2018. However,

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Williams penalised for another breach of tyre rules

F1 teams are supposed to hand back one set of tyres from their allocation after the first 40 minutes of opening practice.But at Austin on Friday, Williams was three seconds late in giving back a set from Felipe Massa’s car – which was enough

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United States GP: Hamilton leads Vettel in wet-dry FP1

The Mercedes driver clocked a 1m36.335s on the supersoft Pirelli compound tyres, 0.593 seconds clear of Ferrari's Vettel, with Valtteri Bottas half a tenth further back in third.Early morning rain subsided before the start of the session, but the majority

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Verstappen extends Red Bull deal to 2020

The Dutchman's current deal was to expire at the end of 2019, so the announcement means he has extended his contract by just one year."Red Bull has always shown their faith and belief in me with actions; inviting me in to the young driver programme as a 1

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Bottas insists he can still be a match for Hamilton

Although Bottas had a strong first half of the campaign, winning races in Russia and Austria, he has struggled since the summer break as Hamilton has extended his points advantage.Bottas now lies 72 points behind Hamilton with four races to go, meaning th

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Red Bull can win US GP on merit, says Ricciardo

The team has been on strong form in recent races, with Max Verstappen winning in Malaysia and then chasing Lewis Hamilton home in Suzuka.Ricciardo says that the higher possibility of overtaking in Austin could enable Red Bull to make up for losing out in

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What would a Porsche F1 car look like?

Lutz Meschke, deputy chairman of Porsche's executive board and member of the board for finances and IT, confirmed its interest at last month’s Italian Grand Prix, giving hope that one of the automotive world’s most famous manufacturers might

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