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Ross Brawn: ‘We want innovation in F1 without becoming gimmicky’

Formula One’s sporting director talks about his unquenchable love for the sport and the daunting tasks ahead of himRoss Brawn has spent a remarkable career in Formula One relentlessly looking forward. In a febrile paddock all that mattered was the next…

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Christian Horner: Liberty Media underestimated what it took on in F1

• Red Bull principal questions American owners’ approach• ‘They probably thought there was some very low-hanging fruit’Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, believes Formula One’s owner, Liberty Media, has seriously underestimated the challenge …

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F1 promoters association expecting more cooperation from Liberty Media

• Fopa optimistic after meeting with the sport’s owners• Concerns remain over future of British Grand PrixThe race promoters in Formula One believe their criticism of the sport’s owner, Liberty Media, has proved to be worthwhile but expect the company …

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Liberty Media’s Ellie Norman: ‘We want to show F1’s raw emotion’

F1’s new owners brought in a former racer with a rebellious streak to spearhead ways of bringing fans closer to the sport, and interviews with drivers fresh from the cockpit is one approach These are challenging times for Formula One. The sport is in t…

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Losing F1 ‘a huge mistake’ says man behind French Grand Prix’s revival | Giles Richards

France is ‘back in the family’ after a 10-year hiatus, and the race at Circuit Paul Ricard heralds a wider wind of change slowly blowing through Formula OneNamed in honour of the fearsome wind that blows from southern France into the Mediterranean, the…

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F1 rules give Daniel Ricciardo no chance in Canada despite Monaco victory

Sport made to look stupid as Australian with two victories this season may be demoted to the back of the grid in MontrealThe unadulterated delight Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo displayed after winning in Monaco was entirely understandable. After finally …

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Ferrari had pace all weekend in Bahrain and trusted star driver | Giles Richards

It was a fine race for Sebastian Vettel and his team, but Lewis Hamilton and Pierre Gasly also made their markThe Scuderia might have been fortunate to win in Melbourne but victory in Bahrain was anything but a fluke. The team had the pace all weekend …

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Lewis Hamilton delays decision on F1 future until Liberty reveals plans

• World champion stalls on contract until hearing owner’s blueprint• ‘The cool thing is they’re looking into making it more of a spectacle’Lewis Hamilton says he is waiting for Formula One’s owner to reveal its plans before making any decision on conti…

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Formula One’s owner Liberty makes a good start but still has much to prove | Giles Richards

The switch from the Bernie Ecclestone era has been refreshing in many ways but the first season under new ownership has left many questions unansweredWhen the Formula One season opened this year in Australia there was a genuine sense that it was a new …

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Valtteri Bottas opens up F1 title race but start in Austria raises questions

The Finn ensures a three-way battle is on; more frustration as drivers suffer because of technical failures and Sebastian Vettel is on a final warning

Valtteri Bottas’s second win, achieved just like his first, pressured to the end by Sebastian Vettel was another fine drive. Lewis Hamilton acknowledged it as such and that his Mercedes team-mate was categorically a challenger for the world championship. He is 15 points behind Hamilton, who in turn is 20 behind Vettel. Bottas has been viewed as an outlier at best for the title until this win and while he may yet to be able to match either of his rivals for pace, that alone may not decide the championship. Hamilton pointed out on Sunday that Bottas has already suffered one DNF this season – perhaps then he has taken his hit early, something Hamilton and Vettel have still to come. “You go on to the next race and something bad happens or you have a DNF, which is inevitable for many of us,” Hamilton warned. “I’m sure Sebastian will have something. I’m sure Kimi will eventually. Something may happen on my side also as I have not had it yet. Generally you get one a year.” Bottas was third in Barcelona when he suffered a turbo failure on his Mercedes, an unusual event in itself, which he might consider very much counts as his allocation of bad luck for the season well and truly used up. A 25-point swing in his favour could make that 35-point spread diminish in no short order.

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Valtteri Bottas opens up F1 title race but start in Austria raises questions

The Finn ensures a three-way battle is on; more frustration as drivers suffer because of technical failures and Sebastian Vettel is on a final warning

Valtteri Bottas’s second win, achieved just like his first, pressured to the end by Sebastian Vettel was another fine drive. Lewis Hamilton acknowledged it as such and that his Mercedes team-mate was categorically a challenger for the world championship. He is 15 points behind Hamilton, who in turn is 20 behind Vettel. Bottas has been viewed as an outlier at best for the title until this win and while he may yet to be able to match either of his rivals for pace, that alone may not decide the championship. Hamilton pointed out on Sunday that Bottas has already suffered one DNF this season – perhaps then he has taken his hit early, something Hamilton and Vettel have still to come. “You go on to the next race and something bad happens or you have a DNF, which is inevitable for many of us,” Hamilton warned. “I’m sure Sebastian will have something. I’m sure Kimi will eventually. Something may happen on my side also as I have not had it yet. Generally you get one a year.” Bottas was third in Barcelona when he suffered a turbo failure on his Mercedes, an unusual event in itself, which he might consider very much counts as his allocation of bad luck for the season well and truly used up. A 25-point swing in his favour could make that 35-point spread diminish in no short order.

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Formula One Group puts the boot into its predecessor, Bernie Ecclestone

• F1 chief executive Chase Carey cites ‘short-term, deal of the day focus’
• Key people will all be in place by August, says Carey

Chase Carey, the chief executive of the Formula One Group, the new owner of the sport, has explicitly criticised the previous administration of Formula One, managed by Bernie Ecclestone on behalf of CVC Capital.

Carey was speaking at the FIA sport conference being held this week in Geneva and made it clear his organisation was addressing the shortcomings it had inherited.

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Sebastian Vettel issues statement of intent with Canadian GP recovery | Giles Richards

German’s high-risk style yields benefits; Force India have bout of indecision; Fernando Alonso engine failure brings McLaren divorce from Honda closer

That Sebastian Vettel does not want to lose points to Lewis Hamilton is a given, what was impressive at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was just how committed he is to the task. Damage to the front wing on lap one was a major setback, coming back to finish fourth was a huge recovery and the manner he achieved it was a statement of intent. Having chased down and overtaken his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and while still looking for a podium place, passing the two Force Indias of Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon was paramount. Ocon was first and Vettel’s lunge down the inside of turn one, on the dirty line, was a breathtaking piece of bravado. He was losing downforce in the slipstream and was sliding – a risky manoeuvre but he made it stick and then scythed past Pérez on the final chicane. As damage limitation goes it was a masterclass. But what really stood out was his determination not to play the percentages. He knows he is in a nip and tuck fight with Hamilton for the championship and there was a chance a move could end his race but he went for it anyway. “Full risk, full on,” he said. “I wanted to get past, full stop.” Which is as good an attitude as can be hoped for from a title contender.

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Nico Rosberg praises F1 cars as monstrous but looks can be deceiving

New season’s cars not as easy to drive as they look, the verdict is still out on the shark fins while Christian Horner says move to social media is instant success

Consensus was reached by drivers regarding what a physical challenge handling the new cars represents. The word “beast” was bandied about with abandon by several and to their credit they were using it positively and revelling in the task of having to properly manhandle their drives around the Circuit de Catalunya.

Mechanical grip was up, as was downforce, as had been the plan for the new regulations, and the resultant grip saw cornering speeds and g-force increases that are a new experience for almost all of the current crop of drivers. It also allowed braking later into corners and to get back on the gas sooner on exit, again opportunities there are few drivers would not take with alacrity and they did.

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Nico Rosberg praises F1 cars as monstrous but looks can be deceiving

New season’s cars not as easy to drive as they look, the verdict is still out on the shark fins while Christian Horner says move to social media is instant success

Consensus was reached by drivers regarding what a physical challenge handling the new cars represents. The word “beast” was bandied about with abandon by several and to their credit they were using it positively and revelling in the task of having to properly manhandle their drives around the Circuit de Catalunya.

Mechanical grip was up, as was downforce, as had been the plan for the new regulations, and the resultant grip saw cornering speeds and g-force increases that are a new experience for almost all of the current crop of drivers. It also allowed braking later into corners and to get back on the gas sooner on exit, again opportunities there are few drivers would not take with alacrity and they did.

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Formula One pulled a fast one on the US taxman – and it’s all perfectly legal

Liberty Media, the new owner of motor racing’s premier series, has set up a tax-efficient structure that takes profits by way of the Cayman Islands and Delaware

When Liberty Media finalized the takeover of Formula One auto racing’s parent company Delta Topco last week, it should have been music to the ears of America’s taxman.

F1 is the world’s most popular motor sport, famous for the high-speed races it holds at glitzy locations from Malaysia to Monaco. Close to half a billion people watched the last season. And under its shiny hood beats a powerful business engine.

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Excitement to evaporate in Abu Dhabi after rainy São Paolo spectacular | Richard Williams

Interlagos provided an overdue reminder of how F1 used to be but the chances of a repeat in Abu Dhabi for the grand prix season’s finale are slim at best

As they peered anxiously through the spray and narrowly avoided rivals bouncing off the barriers at 170mph, the current crop of Formula One drivers proved their worth in São Paulo last Sunday. Heavy rain turned the Brazilian Grand Prix into a proper race, full of the kind of excitement and unpredictability that have been virtually banished from modern Formula One.

If only F1 were like that all the time. Or even half the time. Instead the circus pitches up in Abu Dhabi next week with the world drivers’ championship still in the balance but very little prospect of the sort of spectacle we saw in the penultimate round of a largely uneventful series.

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Ross Brawn: if we don’t make F1 exciting, we haven’t got much of a sport

The former team principal, responsible in his day for 20 F1 world titles, is working with Liberty Media and would be receptive to an approach offering a full-time role to help revitalise the sport which has made up a big part of his life

“The process of improving Formula One tends to be done on a crisis-by-crisis basis – rather than as a continuous plan,” Ross Brawn says as he considers the possibility of returning to the struggling sport he loves. Brawn played an integral role in winning 20 world championships – including 10 constructors’ titles for Williams, Benetton, Ferrari and Brawn GP, and a matching number of drivers’ championships during a 40-year career.

“That success has been because of a methodical approach which asks: ‘Where do we want to be next year – and in three years?’” the former team principal explains. “I identify the objectives and put together the teams to achieve those aims. For me, Formula One has never had that vision. It’s never done the analysis to understand what spectators want. A complex series of demands are made on the sport but the enthusiast is at the core. If we don’t make it exciting, and we don’t have the fans tuning in or going to the races, we haven’t got much of a sport. But there is no strategy to develop Formula One.”

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F1 Singapore Grand Prix: five things we learned from Marina Bay

The momentum has changed in Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s race for the drivers’ title, Ferrari and Vettel get lucky, while safety is again a problem that needs sorting after Sunday’s near-miss on the track

Despite having seen his early-season championship lead of 43 points turned to a 19-point deficit before Spa, then two points after Monza and now an eight-point lead again with his third win on the trot, Nico Rosberg remains absolutely steadfast in his refusal to be drawn into considering whether the title finally has his name on it this year. His weekend, bar biffing the barriers after locking up on ageing tyres in first practice, could not have gone better, his 200th grand prix yielding a first win in Singapore but more importantly a real blow to Lewis Hamilton, who could not match him in qualifying or the race.

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New F1 owner looks to replace Bernie Ecclestone in push for young fans

• Chief executive could be approaching end of an era after Liberty takeover
• Fomula E founder Alejandro Agag is a contender for the role

Formula One is understood to have begun the process of finding a successor to Bernie Ecclestone after Liberty Media’s purchase of the sport last week.

The new owner has stressed its intent to change the way F1 is run and has already appointed Chase Carey, a former executive vice-president of 21st Century Fox, as chairman of the Formula One Group. Ecclestone has said the company wants him to stay on as chief executive for a further three years but it is believed to be unlikely he will see out that period of time. The CEO and founder of Formula E, Alejandro Agag, is among the leading contenders to replace him.

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