How serious is Ferrari’s driver fallout?

After the chaos of the Brazilian Grand Prix, we sat down ESPN’s F1 writers — Kate Walker, Maurice Hamilton, Nate Saunders and Laurence Edmondson — to discuss the main talking points from the Interlagos weekend… How can Ferrari diffuse the fallout from the latest Leclerc/Vettel clash? Sebastian Vettel collided with Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc in Brazil. Mark Thompson/Getty Images KW: With difficulty! Luckily there’s only one more race to worry about, with the winter as a cooling off period, but Binotto is going to have to find a way to smooth…

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Ocon to test for Renault in Abu Dhabi

Esteban Ocon will officially join the Renault F1 team on December 2 so that he can take part in the team’s post-season test in Abu Dhabi. The former Force India driver was forced to spend the 2019 season on the sidelines after he was left without a seat on the grid over the winter. He remained contracted to Mercedes as a reserve and development driver, completing support work in the team’s simulator at Brackley, but earlier this year signed a deal to cut his ties with the world champions and…

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Supercars safety debate heats up

Supercars have defended the safety of their events as Newcastle residents call for their round to be axed in the wake of a horror crash at the Sandown 500. John Iafolla was lucky to walk away when his car flipped multiple times and landed on a ute and resulted in the Toyota 86 race at Sandown 10 days ago being abandoned. The 2019 Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin wrote off his Ford Mustang in a wild crash at the Gold Coast 600 last month which saw a shock absorber fly onto…

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Ferrari’s Brazilian GP capitulation was a long time coming

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Since Mattia Binotto took the top job at Ferrari at the start of the season, he and his two drivers have made a point of facing the written media together after every race. The PR message was simple: whatever happens on track, we leave each round of the championship united as a team. Compared to the fractured — and sometimes completely absent — messaging of Binotto’s predecessor, Maurizio Arrivabene, the approach has been a breath of fresh air. Ferrari has used the Sunday session as an…

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Why Carlos Sainz wasn’t stripped of his maiden F1 podium in Brazil

They say good things come to those who wait — McLaren’s Carlos Sainz found that out at the Brazilian Grand Prix, as he celebrated his maiden Formula One podium several hours after the actual ceremony had taken place. Sainz’s spot on the post-race podium was taken by reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, who had finished in third position, albeit while knowing he had to visit the stewards to explain his late collision with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon. Even in the post-race press conference, Hamilton admitted he anticipated a penalty and…

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Supercars undercard gets $400K scholarship

Supercars has announced the winner of its feeder championship in 2020 will receive a $400,000 scholarship. The Super2 Series is the breeding ground of up-and-coming drivers, with two-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin among those to graduate from the series to the top level. Supercars chief operating officer Shane Howard said the new prize would be used exclusively to assist the winning driver to secure a top-tier drive in 2021. “The new financial incentives will provide considerable benefits for drivers looking to build on their success in DS2 to graduate to…

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Steve Torrence tops qualifying at NHRA season finale

POMONA, Calif. — Points leader Steve Torrence jumped to the No. 1 spot in the final Top Fuel qualifying session Saturday at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway. The defending season champion Torrence powered to a 3.686-second run at 329.99 mph. “It’s a little bit disturbing how relaxed I’ve been coming into this weekend,” Torrence said. “I’ve been in this situation before and come here with the lead, and it didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to. We came here last year and were…

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Matt Hagan tops Funny Car qualifying at NHRA Finals

POMONA, Calif. — Funny Car championship contender Matt Hagan topped qualifying Friday at the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals. Coming off consecutive event victories to get into the title chase, Hagan had a 3.872-second run at 333.58 mph in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. He has won two season championships. “That run felt really good and obviously our car is running strong,” Hagan said. “We’ve had a great race car the last couple races and we’ve been able to capitalize on it. We were able to capitalize on it again…

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Jenson Button won the 2009 world championship

11:10 AM ET Maurice Hamilton Close • Veteran F1 journalist, covering the sport since 1977• Motor racing correspondent for the Observer for 20 years• Has written several books and covered F1 for BBC Radio 5 Live When the championship contender is starting from 14th on the grid and he hasn’t won a race in five months, you can’t assume anything. But with Jenson Button being as British as they come and we were covering the race for BBC Radio 5 Live, every option had to be covered in our pre-race strategy meeting –…

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Hamilton preparing for ‘friendly yet intense’ Mercedes contract talks

SAO PAULO — Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is already focusing his mind on extending his contract with Mercedes beyond the end of 2020. 1 Related Hamilton wrapped up his sixth world title two weeks ago at the U.S. Grand Prix and is now one championship away from equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven. He has made clear that he intends to stay at Mercedes, which has delivered five of his six titles so far, but is still preparing for a tough negotiating period with team boss Toto Wolff.…

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