From ESPN F1 Christian Horner has ended speculation his job as Red Bull team principal is under threat by confirming he has signed a contract extension.  With Red Bull still struggling and owner Dietrich Mateschitz once again threatening to pull the team out of F1, there were rumours Horner’s role at the team was at risk. As team principal Horner has been instrumental in turning Red Bull from a midfield outfit to a team which won four drivers’ and constructors’ championships in a row. Speaking at the Goodwood…

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From ESPN F1 Nico Rosberg says his Austrian Grand Prix victory was one of the easiest of his career and proof he’s making progress with his race craft, an area he feels cost him the 2014 championship. Rosberg’s major weakness in last year’s title fight with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was his slower race pace. He took 11 pole positions but just five victories, failing to successfully pass his team-mate on track all year – something he did off the line in Austria. World champion Hamilton claimed three…

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From ESPN F1 Fernando Alonso will start the Austrian Grand Prix from the back of the grid and face an in-race penalty after an engine change earned him a 20-place grid demotion. Alonso spoke of the possibility of engine penalties on Thursday and on Friday McLaren confirmed it had moved onto the Spaniard’s fifth internal combustion engine (ICE), turbocharger and MGU-H. The first fifth component used means a 10-place penalty, before a five-place penalty for any additional fifth element subsequently used. McLaren also changed Alonso’s MGU-K, but as…

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From GrandPrix 247 Team boss Toto Wolff continues to insists Mercedes must not feel comfortable heading into the Austrian Grand Prix. Seven races into the 2015 season, the German squad has won all but one grand prix, including the easy one-two in Canada where despite an engine upgrade Ferrari did not close the gap to the reigning world champions. So heading into Austria, where the Red Bull Ring is another ‘power circuit’, one might be forgiven for thinking Mercedes has everything until control. “But in reality,” boss Toto…

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From ESPN F1 Sebastian Vettel thinks it was wrong to expect one engine upgrade would lead to Ferrari wiping out Mercedes’ advantage, but he insists progress is being made at Maranello. Ferrari spent three engine upgrade tokens in the build up to Canada but was unable to come close to matching Mercedes in the race. Team boss Maurizio Arrivabene insisted circumstances in Montreal – such as the problematic Saturday which saw Vettel start 18th – masked the positive engine gains made by Ferrari. Asked if he could have challenged Mercedes outright…

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It is with great pleasure that I put hands to keys today. Porsche, one of the most beloved racing organizations throughout history, has claimed, just as the title suggests, it’s seventeenth overall victory in only its second try since re-entering what I consider to be the greatest single motorsports event ever, and yes I am including the Indianapolis 500 in that statement. Sorry, all my American brethren. I grew up in a Porsche, well quite a few of them actually. My dad being a big fan there were several, a 1976…

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From Autosport Niki Lauda has dismissed suggestions Mercedes is damaging Formula 1 with its current domination. After securing another front-row lock-out of the grid for the Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg duly followed up with their 15th one-two as team-mates in an uneventful race. Mercedes non-executive chairman and three times F1 champion Lauda brushed aside criticism of the potential harm being done to F1. “I’m not in charge of the politics,” said Lauda. “Together with Toto [Wolff] I can only run the team in the best…

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From Autosport The prospect of a return of refueling in Formula 1 from 2017 has received a positive response from drivers across the grid. Refueling was banned after the 2009 season with the high cost of transporting the equipment around the world cited as one of the reasons for its removal. However, it was one of a number of measures – including faster, noisier cars – agreed by the Strategy Group in its push to improve the overall show. Here’s what the drivers had to say on the subject…

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This post has been in the cards for a long time. Let’s see, exactly when did it become clear that McLaren and Fernando Alonso were getting (re)married? With the official announcement in January of this year? Or did we know by December of last year? Or was it as far back as October/November when anybody with a brain that was following the sport could see that McLaren was his destination? Whenever it was, I have been biding my time, waiting patiently, keeping my you-know-what closed, shut, zipped. I…

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From GrandPrix 247 According to some, Toro Rosso rookie Carlos Sainz has been the revelation of the 2015 Formula 1 season thus far and a big plus is that he has stepped out of the shadow of Max Verstappen’s hype. The build-up to the Spaniard’s debut season in Formula 1 was totally overshadowed by Verstappen, who at 17 is the youngest driver in F1 history and already compared by some to the great Ayrton Senna. But Sainz, the ‘other’ Toro Rosso driver with a famous father, has actually scored more…

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