From Formula1blog When news broke a few weeks ago about Audi hiring former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, you could sense the speculation about what his role might be. Could it be a role at Ducati in Moto GP or possibly in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Le Mans? What would the role be for Stefano? The immediate thoughts were that perhaps Dr. Wolfgang Ulrich might be ready to step aside but that seemed odd, as Domenicali hasn’t had a lot of WEC sports car experience. Assuming…

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From GrandPrix 274 Las Vegas could return to the grand prix calendar and become another Formula 1 destination, according to Bernie Ecclestone. “Vegas say they are ready to go and it would be on The Strip for sure,” the Formula 1 chief executive told business journalist Christian Sylt, in the Independent. Perhaps the world’s most famous resort city renowned for gambling and nightlife, Las Vegas hosted two unpopular Formula 1 races in 1981 and 1982, in the car park of the Caesars Palace hotel. Sylt quoted a source as…

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Rather, is it the track or is it not the track? That is the question, and this question always seems to come up when there is a new iteration by the German track designer Hermann Tilke. I am not an expert in track design, but I just don’t know if we should be laying blame (lots of that going around these days in F1) squarely at Tilke’s design studio’s doorstep wherever that might be. I will say this though, despite the drivers generally liking the circuit, and not…

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From JAonF1 Jenson Button is in talks with Porsche to follow Mark Webber to the sportscar team next season, if the door closes at McLaren for the 2009 world champion with the arrival of Fernando Alonso. The problem is one of timing. McLaren is working on getting the signature of Alonso on a contract, although sources in Japan suggest that around the time of the recent Japanese Grand Prix, the Spaniard is believed to have met and agreed in principle with senior Honda management to compete next season….

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From ESPN F1 Sergio Marchionne, the man who has replaced Luca di Montezemolo as Ferrari chairman, says the F1 team must embrace risk and “kick some ass” to regain a dominant place in the sport again. Marchionne – who is also the head of Fiat- officially started his new role on Monday, following Di Montezemolo’s decision to step down in September. Ferrari is currently going through a frustrating campaign and is on course for its first winless season since 1993. New team principal Marco Mattiacci has been tasked with taking the team…

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From GrandPrix 247 Sebastian Vettel is already being marginalised by the team he led to eight world titles and will be released by Red Bull five days after the final race of the season, which means he will not be able to make his test debut for Ferrari in the days immediately after next month’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale. Omnicorse reports that, even though the Maranello team is yet to officially confirm that the German will be wearing red in 2015, it wanted Vettel to drive the Ferrari F14T at the post-Abu Dhabi test….

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From GrandPrix 247 Fernando Alonso dropped a big hint about his future immediately after the Russian Grand Prix, also indicating that a decision on his future is imminent. Wild reports in the past few days suggested the Spaniard was working on a sensational deal to join dominant Mercedes next year, in Lewis Hamilton’s place. “This is all bullshit,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff told German television Sky at Sochi. “We have a driver lineup for next year [Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg].” “We just don’t want to go into contract negotiations [with Hamilton…

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From GrandPrix 247 Nico Rosberg admitted he needs to win the final three races of the season if he is to beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the Formula One world title. On the day when Hamilton triumphed at the Russian Grand Prix with consummate ease for his 31st career win, Rosberg conceded he locked up during a rush of blood on the opening lap when he misjudged his effort to pass the Englishman at Turn Two in Sunday’s race. “I was in a battle with Lewis and I messed up,” he…

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Fastest in the final free practice at Russia’s first ever F1 Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was the same when time expired at the end of the final qualifying session. Hot lap after hot lap, Hamilton was un-stoppable today. The only other drivers to get close were of course his teammate Nico Rosberg, who will line up second, and Valtteri Bottas, who on his last timed lap had a chance to knock Hamilton off provisional pole, but an error in the last sector put an end to that. Here are my thoughts on the…

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In the shadow of the Jules Bianchi tragedy, the first ever Russian Formula 1 practice took place in Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. On a track where the teams have zero data, the smart money was on Mercedes to be on top at the end of Friday and that is exactly how it ended. Lewis Hamilton was just behind Nico Rosberg in FP1, he had the first sector hooked up in the morning session right from the get-go but lost time in the second and…

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