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06/23/17
f1

Rumor - Williams key to McLaren-Honda split? (Update)
Massa to Claire Williams - what are you nuts?
Massa to Claire Williams - what are you nuts?

UPDATE  (GMM) Williams has categorically rejected reports it might become the new works Honda team for 2018.

It is believed McLaren will split with the struggling Japanese manufacturer after three hapless years, potentially leaving backmarker Sauber as the only Honda-powered team next season. 

Williams, however, has been linked with taking over the McLaren deal, but deputy chief Claire Williams said: "The rumors about talks with Honda are just wrong.

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06/22/17
f1

Verstappen should 'keep quiet' amid rumors
F1 is 99% car and with Red Bull Verstappen thinks he can't win
F1 is 99% car and with Red Bull Verstappen thinks he can't win
(GMM) A former F1 driver has urged Max Verstappen to "keep quiet" and "not worry", amid speculation he wants to move on from his current team Red Bull Racing.

Although Dr Helmut Marko insists he has the Dutchman firmly under contract, there are rumors Verstappen, 19, is eyeing a move to Ferrari for 2018.

The speculation has been fueled by increasingly frustrated comments from the Verstappen camp, suggesting not only that Red Bull's performance in 2017 is not good enough, but that there may be no light at the end of the tunnel next year.

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06/22/17
nasmon

Sources: Earnhardt Jr. In Talks With Fox, NBC About Joining Broadcast Teams
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not motor mouth like Darrell Waltrip
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not motor mouth like Darrell Waltrip

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is "in talks with Fox Sports and NBC Sports about joining one of their broadcast teams," the "clearest sign yet that Earnhardt is close to a move to the booth," according to sources cited by Adam Stern of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. 

Earnhardt "announced about two months ago that this would be his last year racing full time."

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06/21/17
f1

Kaltenborn sacked? (Update)
Monisha Kaltenborn
Monisha Kaltenborn sacked

UPDATE This rumor is now upgraded to 'fact' with this confirmation from Sauber:

"Longbow Finance SA regrets to announce that, by mutual consent and due to diverging views of the future of the company, Monisha Kaltenborn will leave her positions with the Sauber Group effective immediately. We thank her for many years of strong leadership, great passion for the Sauber F1 Team and wish her the very best for the future. Her successor will be announced shortly; in the meantime we wish the team the best of luck in Azerbaijan."

Pascal Picci
Chairman of the Board
Sauber Holding AG

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06/20/17
f1

Porsche eyeing F1 with McLaren
Would Porsche switch from LMP1 to F1?
Would Porsche switch from LMP1 to F1?
(GMM) Porsche could be contemplating a future move into formula one.

The Volkswagen-owned German sports car maker has just won its third overall victory at Le Mans on the trot -- and F1 could now be on the horizon.

That is the claim of Germany's Auto Bild, saying Porsche has accepted an invitation to attend the next meeting to discuss F1's post-2020 engine rules.

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06/19/17


New Chinese F1 team rumors gain speed
Horner says the new team are trying to steal some of his people
Horner says the new team are trying to steal some of his people
(GMM) Rumors about a potential eleventh team for 2018 are gaining momentum.

The rumors began to swirl recently in the Montreal paddock, including suggestions the new F1 team project was being backed by Chinese investors.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport now has more details, saying the team would be based in Oxfordshire.

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06/16/17
automotive

Takata plans to file for bankruptcy as early as next week
Takata Corp., the Japanese company facing billions in liabilities stemming from its defective airbag inflators, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as early as next week as it works toward a deal for financial backing from U.S. auto parts maker Key Safety Systems Inc., sources told Reuters on Thursday.

The plans were first reported by the Nikkei news service in Japan. Bloomberg also reported on the plans.

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06/15/17
f1

Force India team to change name
Vijay Mallya
Vijay Mallya
(GMM) Team co-owner and boss Vijay Mallya is considering changing Force India's name.

The former billionaire, who is currently locked in a high profile legal battle with Indian authorities, bought the Spyker team and renamed it Force India ahead of the 2008 season.

But La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Mallya called the Silverstone based team Force India "to attract (Indian) sponsors and perhaps even bring in (Indian) F1 drivers".

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06/13/17
f1

Vijay Mallya Could Fight Extradition On Political Grounds (Update)
Vijay Mallya - Are politics worse in India than the USA?
Vijay Mallya - Politics are worse in India than the USA

UPDATE Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya on Tuesday insisted he was innocent as he appeared at a court in London over an extradition request from India, where he is accused of fraud.

"I deny all allegations that have been made and I will continue to deny them," the flamboyant financier, who co-owns Formula One team Force India, said outside the court.

"I have not eluded any court. If it is my lawful duty to be here, I'm happy to be here," he added.

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06/12/17
nasmon
irl

Almirola to replace Busch
Kurt Busch retiring, or going IndyCar Racing?
Kurt Busch retiring, or going IndyCar Racing?
Another rumor coming out of Pocono was that Stewart Haas Racing will replace a retiring Kurt Busch with Aric Almirola for 2018.

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06/11/17
f1

F1 set to confirm 2029 Montreal contract (Update)
Montreal government paying $25M per year to support race
Montreal government paying $25M per year to support race

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. The Canadian Grand Prix will run at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve until at least '29, according to the CANADIAN PRESS.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and representatives of the federal and Quebec governments on Friday pledged C$98.2M ($73M) to a five-year extension of a contract with Formula 1 owner Liberty Media.
 
The current contract was to expire in '24. The federal government will put in C$36.2M ($26.9M), the province C$28M ($20.8M) and the city C$34M ($25.3M).

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06/11/17
f1

Audi to make F1 decision 'soon' (Update)
Stefano Domenicali in 2012 with Ferrari
Stefano Domenicali in 2012 with Ferrari
UPDATE
 (GMM) Audi is no longer ruling out a future in formula one.

In past years, the VW brand has given a clearer 'No' to speculation it might launch a foray.

But recently, Lamborghini chief Stefano Domenicali has been representing Volkswagen and Audi at F1 meetings about the post-2020 engine regulations.

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06/10/17
irl

IndyCar's tortoise to beat its hare
The Chevys may be slower but they don't blow up like the Hondas do
The Chevys may be slower but they don't blow up like the Hondas do
Speed for reliability. That was the trade off Honda made this offseason. Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti confirmed as much during his victory news conference at the Indianapolis 500 -- a triumph that testifies to Honda’s wise decision writes Jim Ayello of the Indy Star.

And let’s make that clear right now. Honda made the right call. Whatever it sacrificed in reliability or durability was absolutely worth the speed and power it’s gained this season -- engine failures be damned. Heading into this weekend’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600 -- a race that will see eight Hondas front the field -- its cars have championed five races, including the most important one on the calendar.

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06/10/17
f1

F1 heads for 'twin turbo' rules in 2021
Honda Twin Turbo IndyCar engine. IndyCar needs to add KERS to its next generation engine, hence IndyCar and F1 should come together with a standard engine formula
Honda V6 Twin Turbo IndyCar engine. IndyCar needs to add KERS to its next generation engine, hence IndyCar and F1 should come together with a standard engine formula
(GMM) F1 is heading for a V6 twin-turbo engine formula for 2021.

That is the news of Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, after car manufacturers were told to submit their proposals by the end of May.

The report said the general consensus is that after the expiry of the unpopular current 'power unit' rules, the manufacturers want the 1.6 liter V6 basis of the 2021 engines to stay.

But there will be two rather than one turbochargers, with the MGU-H dropped and replaced by KERS.

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06/10/17
f1

Sirotkin to replace Palmer?
Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin
(GMM) Sergey Sirotkin has refused to deny speculation he is being lined up to replace struggling Jolyon Palmer at Renault.

Amid rumors about Briton Palmer's immediate future, some have suggested Sergio Perez or Fernando Alonso are in the running to replace him in 2018.

And if Palmer is more immediately ousted, the team's Russian reserve driver Sirotkin would be the obvious choice.

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06/09/17
f1

McLaren and Honda to split in two races (3rd Update)
Brown eyeing Mercedes power
Brown eyeing Mercedes power

UPDATE (GMM) The deadlines are now coming thick and fast amid the deteriorating McLaren-Honda relationship.

Reports this week suggested McLaren executive Zak Brown has imposed a 90-day deadline for Honda to up its game, but Bild newspaper claims the real ultimatum is much sooner than that.

"Bild has learned that if the Japanese do not supply a competitive engine in the next few weeks, McLaren will not end the season with Honda.

"In two more races, McLaren and Honda could divorce," it added.

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06/05/17
racing news

McLaren to split with GT manufacturing partner
Motorsport.com rumors that McLaren is set to terminate its contract with CRS to develop and build its GT3 and GT4 racing machinery.

The move has yet to be officially announced, but Motorsport.com rumors that McLaren Automotive began proceedings to bring the relationship with its GT racing partner of the past seven years to an end last month.

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06/05/17
irl

Detroit GP loses over $1M every year, does it have a future after 2018? (Update)
UPDATE 
Roger Penske has so much money that losing over $1M per year on th Detroit races is a drop in the bucket to him.
Roger Penske has so much money that losing over $1M per year on the Detroit races is a drop in the bucket to him.

As he announced an estimated weekend attendance of 100,000 for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, Bud Denker was emphatic that the Verizon IndyCar Series event will continue to be a staple on the schedule.

“We plan to have it here for many, many years to come,” Denker said Sunday evening after the second series race of the weekend concluded on the temporary street course at Belle Isle Park.

Denker is chairman of the grand prix and point man for the event promoted and operated by Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Roger Penske’s organization. The Penske group returned Indy car racing to the island in the Detroit River in 2007 following a six-year absence and it has settled into its slot the week following the Indianapolis 500 since 2012.

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06/04/17
irl

Video: Esteban Gutierrez to make a home in IndyCar (2nd Update)
UPDATE This rumor is updated to 'fact' as Dale Coyne plans to run Gutierrez until he Sebastien Bourdais returns. On our Hotnews page you can read about the Mexican’s withdrawal from racing for Techeetah’s Formula E team so there is now nothing preventing him from becoming Bourdais’ full-time stand-in. The only fly in the ointment is the next race - Texas - a high-speed oval. If IndyCar is unable to fit in a test day at Texas Motor Speedway to provide Gutierrez his first oval test, Oriol Servia may get the nod from Coyne for that one race.

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06/03/17
irl

Dixon could miss the Detroit GP races
UPDATE 
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon

UPDATE -- 

AR1 spoke with Scott Dixon, who has been walking gingerly on his right foot since his crash in the Indy 500, after qualifying sixth for race one this morning. Dixon commented, "We are struggling on the reds and we have way too much bottoming. Hard to get the time out of the car. I like the one shot qualifying session better because we don't waste so many tires. During the race, it depends how the race plays out, whether it is fuel or not. That will make the difference for me."

- Lucille Dust reporting from Detroit.

Scott Dixon has cast doubt over his fitness to race in this weekend’s IndyCar double-header in Detroit after a horrifying crash during the Indianapolis 500. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner was quickly cleared to drive by IndyCar Medical staff but later returned to the Infield Care Center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to be fitted for a walking boot after injuring his left ankle.

During the Victory Celebration Dixon revealed in his speech that caravan retailer Camping World is expected to sponsor his #9 entry for the rest of the season.

However, in doing so he also hinted that the ankle injury he sustained in the shunt is worse than originally thought and may cause him to miss the double-points round in Detroit.

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06/02/17
fe

Nissan to replace Renault in Formula E
Formula E's leading manufacturer, Renault, "could have its entry taken over by Nissan," according to Rencken & Mitchell of MOTORSPORT.

The Renault-Nissan alliance, "one of the world's biggest automotive partnerships," has been discussing "how to best operate" works motorsport programs for the French and Japanese makes. In addition to joining Formula E for the '15-16 season, Renault "returned to Formula 1 with a works team last year after reclaiming the Enstone-based Lotus entry."

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06/01/17
irl

Gutierrez to sub for Bourdais in Detroit? (2nd Update)
UPDATE 
Esteban Gutierrez
Esteban Gutierrez

This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. "We’re going to miss having Sebastien in the No.18 car, but we’re very happy with our choice of a replacement for him this weekend,” team owner Dale Coyne said. "Esteban [Gutierrez] has a great open-wheel racing background, especially with his time in Formula One and the GP2 Series. I think he’ll do well in an Indy car despite the learning curve and we all look forward to seeing what he’ll do this weekend in Detroit.”

"I’m very grateful to join Dale Coyne Racing, a highly competitive team,” Gutierrez said. “When Dale Coyne called me, I had no doubt that this would be a great opportunity for me to get experience in the Verizon IndyCar Series. My target is to learn as quickly as possible. IndyCar is a very challenging series for drivers, but I feel ready to take this chance.

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05/31/17
nasmon

Watkins Glen to announce new sponsor for Cup race
Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen president Michael Printup says that his organization is close to making a major announcement of a new race entitlement sponsor for this August's NASCAR Cup Series race.

Up until last year race was named the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen but following last year's event, Kellogg's Corporation, the makers of the Cheez-It product, decided not to return. The search for a replacement sponsor has been ongoing ever since.

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05/29/17
f1
irl

FIA to try and avoid Monaco and Indy 500 date conflict
Will Jean Todt also try and avoid an F1 and Indy 500 date conflict after all the attention Alonso got when by racing in the Indy 500?
Will Jean Todt also try and avoid an F1 and Indy 500 date conflict?
Leading figures from the major motorsport championships have vowed to work collaboratively in order to avoid date conflicts of major races in the future.

FIA President Jean Todt met with figures including F1 Motorsports Director Ross Brawn, World Endurance Championship CEO Gerard Neveu and Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag in Monaco.

"Following discussions of the current calendars the group agreed to work towards a better alignment of all motorsport championship schedules in the coming seasons," read an FIA statement.

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05/27/17
f1

McLaren to ax Vandoorne?
Stoffel Vandoorne too slow or his check isn't big enough?
Stoffel Vandoorne too slow or his check isn't big enough?

(GMM) With a single comment, Jenson Button has fired speculation of a full-time return to F1, and cast doubt on the future of Stoffel Vandoorne.

The 'retired' 2009 world champion is back on the grid at Monaco this weekend, filling in for the Indy 500-racing Fernando Alonso.

Alonso's contract runs out at the end of the year, but it was believed Belgian rookie Vandoorne had a long-term agreement with McLaren-Honda.

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05/24/17
irl

Chevy has potent engine upgrade for Indy 500
Has Chevy been sandbagging all month at Indy? We believe so.

When we spoke to Roger Penske on the grid at Barber (below) and we discussed Honda's apparent Indy 500 advantage and his rely was, "it really depends on what motor you have for the race."

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05/23/17
automotive

Petrol cars will vanish in eight years says US report (Update)
Superior in every way, except 1 today - recharge times for batteries
Superior in every way, except 1 today - recharge times for batteries
UPDATE
 Tony Seba says private car ownership will be dead by 2030. Experts say more like 2050 or 2060, but change is coming

By Markham Hislop, americanenergynews

Suddenly, Tony Seba is the talk of the town. The Stanford lecturer released a study in early May predicting a new electric vehicles (EVs) business model – Transportation as a Service (TaaS) – would transform global auto manufacturing and destroy Big Oil in just 13 years. In this interview, the second part of three, Seba explains some of the technical changes that led to his bold predictions.

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05/23/17
fe

London Unlikely To Return To Formula E Calendar In '17-18
Kiss London goodbye. Most Formula E races go beyyup. Fans won't buy tickets to watch silent race cars
Kiss London goodbye. Most Formula E races go bellyup. Fans won't buy tickets to watch silent race cars

Formula E "will not return to London next season as hoped," but the championship is set to race in Santiago, Chile, according to Sam Smith of AUTOSPORT. 

 
While the electric single-seater series is "poised to add races" in Brazil, Chile and Italy next season, a round in London is "unlikely to materialize."
 
Formula E's intention was to "take the short-term hit" of losing London for '16-17 with a view to it returning as a proper city-street venue in '17-18. It is understood this is "now unlikely," although the series is "seriously pursuing" an '18-19 race.

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05/23/17
motogp

VW to sell motorbike brand Ducati (Update)
MotoGP Ducati
MotoGP Ducati

UPDATE Audi could be one step closer to selling off Ducati as Bloomberg is reporting the automaker has received interest from several different companies and investment firms.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the publication says CVC Capital Partners and Permira are both considering bids as is Hero MotoCorp. Royal Enfield's parent company, Eicher Motors, is also rumored to be considering an offer.

Sources suggest Audi could move towards formalizing the selling process in the next few weeks but the automaker hasn't decided whether or not to let Ducati go. If the company decides to sell, the Italian motorcycle brand is expected to be valued at more than $1 billion (€892 million).

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05/22/17
f1

Liberty to reveal F1 budget cap plan
New F1 brass looking to cut costs
New F1 brass looking to cut costs
(GMM) The idea of team budget caps in formula one is not dead yet.

With the arrival of Liberty Media, ideas about how to improve the competitiveness of the field are running thick and fast.

One idea is a Nascar-like system, where at a certain point of the season, cars and engines must be presented to the competition so that technical secrets are revealed.

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05/22/17
f1

F1 to consider extending DRS zones
(GMM) The potential extension of DRS overtaking zones this year will be decided on a circuit by circuit basis.

That is the claim of Auto Motor und Sport, even though the extension of the zone in Barcelona proved a success.

After Russia, where the only overtaking move was a Sauber team order, the drivers pushed the FIA to have the Barcelona DRS zone extended by 100 meters.

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05/21/17
irl

Who will replace Bourdais in the #18 Dale Coyne car? (Update)
James Davison in for Bourdais
James Davison in for Bourdais
UPDATE
 Multiple outlets are reporting that James Davison will replace the injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda for next weekend's 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. The 30-year-old Australian is a veteran of two Indianapolis 500 starts scoring a best finish of 16th in 2014 driving for KV Racing Technology. Davison also has a previous relationship with Dale Coyne Racing having run the Mid-Ohio and Sonoma rounds in 2013 in addition to the 2015 Indy 500. 

Bourdais suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip in a vicious qualifying crash yesterday. Davison reportedly will not qualify the No. 18 car today, and we expect him to turn his first laps in Friday's final Carb Day practice session. Should he not make a qualifying run today, Davison will start the race last. 

AR1 Staff Report 

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05/18/17
f1

Mercedes put its car on a 5kg diet
Did the Mercedes go on a diet?
Did the Mercedes go on a diet?
(GMM) Toto Wolff has denied that Mercedes slashed 5 kilos of weight from its 2017 car ahead of the recent Spanish grand prix.

Before Barcelona, team figures including Niki Lauda admitted that excessive car weight was one of the areas Mercedes was working on to fight with Ferrari this year.

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05/18/17
f1

F1 could help Honda end crisis - report (2nd Update) UPDATE (GMM) Two F1 teams have admitted their opposition amid rumors Mercedes is preparing to help Honda finally get up to speed in formula one.

The rumor has been taking shape in recent weeks, and in Barcelona it emerged that the Austrian company Avl might also get involved to help Honda finally end its reliability and performance crisis.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff, however, is not confirming the rumblings.

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05/16/17
f1

Bugatti doing F1 study
One of the best looking F1 concepts there is!  Another concept car with a canopy. Check it out.

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05/15/17
automotive

Electric Car Battery With 300 Mile Range, 5 Minute Charging Time
As we have told you for a long time, ultracapacitors (StoreDot calls it a Flash Battery) are coming, whether they are made of Graphene or other materials
People who build conventional cars think their business model is safe because who would drive an electric car that takes an hour or more to recharge when you could drive a car with an internal combustion engine and never spend more than five minutes filling the tank? Range anxiety is seen by many as the number one reason people don’t want to buy an electric car, but it really is about convenience.

Those who advocate for hydrogen fuel cell powered cars use the same argument -- it only takes 10 minutes of so to refuel with hydrogen. What sort of idiot would waste an hour or more charging a battery when filling a hydrogen storage tank takes so little time?

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05/14/17
f1

Vettel to Mercedes in 2018 (12th Update)
Wolff and Lauda not admitting to the rumor Vettel will drive for Mercedes in 2018
Wolff and Lauda not admitting to the rumor Vettel will drive for Mercedes in 2018
UPDATE
 (GMM) Niki Lauda has slammed speculation Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel could switch to Mercedes for 2018.

However, one Italian journalist says it was Lauda himself who recently confided to friends that Mercedes has inked a 'pre-agreement' with the German.

"If I was at Mercedes and I could have the best German driver, I would take him," former F1 driver Marc Surer told the German broadcaster Sky.

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05/12/17
F1

Liberty signs Ferrari spokesman (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today.  A former Ferrari spokesman has confirmed his return to formula one.

Earlier, we reported that Luca Colajanni, a prominent member of the famous Italian team in the Todt-Schumacher era, had been signed up to lead Liberty Media's F1 communications team.

Colajanni confirmed that his four-year F1 absence is now ending.

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