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F1 2019, news: Ferrari shake up, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, bush driving, race calendar

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Ferrari have replaced Maurizio Arrivabene with Mattia Binotto as their team principal.

The major move just days into the New Year has been taken little over a month before pre-season testing begins and comes in the wake of the team’s title defeats to Mercedes last year.

A Ferrari statement read: “The decision was taken together with the company’s top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long-term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.

“Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team’s increasing competitiveness over the past few years, and wish him the best for his future endeavours. With immediate effect, Mattia Binotto will take over as Scuderia Ferrari’s team principal. All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia.”

Binotto has served as Ferrari’s technical director since 2016 but rumours of tension between himself and Arrivabene were rife last year as the team’s title challenge faded for the second consecutive season.

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V8 Supercars news 2019: Erebus motorsport, Penrite Racing, RECs, Dave Reynolds, owner, Betty Klimenko, Loud Pedal podcast, listen

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Erebus Motorsport will divide their Racing Entitlement Contracts, with CEO Barry Ryan taking control of one while team owner Betty Klimenko retaining the other.

Klimenko has owned both RECs at Erebus since they became a two-car team back in 2013 but has taken a step back from the running of the team recently as Ryan continues to have a more hands-on approach.

Ryan has spent three years at the helm of the Melbourne-based team and played a big role in their 2017 Bathurst 1000 win, although his role is not expected to change at all as a result of the news.

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F1 news, Austrian Grand Prix 2019: Martin Brundle, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull, French GP, latest news

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Having done my best to deliver some words and explanations in commentary for the French Grand Prix I missed the best part whilst walking into the pits to ready myself to interview the top three drivers.

Or more commonly known as the two Mercedes drivers and the other bloke. Thankfully they were to a large extent much happier than when I had the job in Canada two weeks before.

The action I missed was the great four-way scrap between Lando Norris impressively surviving car issues, with Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg pursuing him like the wounded animal he was with ailing hydraulics, and all the ramifications of that in today’s F1 cars. Throttle, gearshift, power steering, differential, and drag-reduction rear wing, for example.

Ricciardo without doubt did run all four wheels off the track whilst going around the outside of Norris, and was also rather rude, without even a thought for ‘mirror signal manoeuvre’ whilst rejoining the particular piece of tarmac defined as the racetrack among the many other zones.

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F1 news, Austrian Grand Prix 2019: Renault, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, French GP, latest standings, results

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Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has stoked the flames with rivals McLaren by claiming Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg were just as fast as them during the French Grand Prix, despite both drivers losing out to their counterparts.

McLaren surprised everyone with their speed at Paul Ricard in practice – Ricciardo even jokingly suggested they had “secret upgrades” – before qualifying fifth and sixth for the race, compared to Renault’s eighth and 13th.

In the race, Carlos Sainz ran off alone to secure P6 while Lando Norris was plagued by a series of problems in the closing laps which saw both Hulkenberg and Ricciardo overtake him – although the latter was penalised for his moves to drop him to P11.

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