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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Toro Rosso is looking to rebrand its Renault power unit for the upcoming 2017 Formula 1 season. The Italian-based squad is moving from Ferrari as its main supplier to the French manufacturer next season in an effort to be as similar to its senior team – Red Bull Racing, whom reached an agreement with Renault for 2016 to re-badge the power units under the TAG Heuer name. Franz Tost, team principal for Toro Rosso, recently told Gazzetto dello Sport that his team aims to follow theRead More
By Adam Tate, Associate Editor Reports are starting to emerge that Valtteri Bottas is Mercedes main target as a replacement for recently retired world champion Nico Rosberg. In any other year this would be a slam dunk move, as Mercedes boss Toto Wolff manages Bottas and would gladly give a large discount to Williams on their Mercedes engines for the next season. Wolff has already made an offer as such, roughly $10 million off for Williams engine package for 2017, but Williams has said no. They did so because this isRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The FIA have unveiled their provisional list of entries for the 2017 Formula 1 season, with four seats currently vacant. Despite several entries being set several weeks ago, the recent retirement of World Champion Nico Rosberg has Mercedes scrambling to fill the seat, while both seats at Manor remain empty along with one at Sauber. Although Toro Rosso will move away from Ferrari power next season, it isn’t known yet which label they  will give the Renault powerunits – likely copying that of its senior team,Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko slammed rumors suggesting Daniil Kvyat will be replace by GP2 driver Pierre Gasly at the Singapore Grand Prix. Kvyat has endured a rough season that has seen him demoted from the senior Red Bull Racing team to Toro Rosso back in May, in favor of Max Verstappen. Having struggled for the majority of races since, speculation began that his days in Formula 1 are coming to a close, with Gasly favored as the replacement. “It’s absolute rubbish,” Marko said. “Kvyat willRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Pierre Gasly will run in both days of the post-British Grand Prix test next week for Red Bull Racing. The Frenchman is one of the drivers on the shortlist for a Toro Rosso seat at 2017, if the team elects to move away from Daniil Kvyat. Carlos Sainz has already been confirmed to return to the Franz Tost-led squad for next year. Gasly currently sits eighth in the GP2 Series standings with PREMA Racing and had a chance to test for Toro Rosso at Barcelona earlierRead More
Max Verstappen sent the first shot into the Austrian mountains. Something was amiss with the alterations to the curbing at the Red Bull Ring. During the first day of practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, Verstappen ran over the newly configured curbs and spun twice.  He ran off in Turn 8, breaking his front wing endplate. He met the curbs again in Turn 5 causing a suspension failure on the RB12. The 18-year-old Red Bull Racing driver was critical of the new curbing which was redone during the recent repaveRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Daniil Kvyat became the first retirement of the European Grand Prix, exiting on lap 8 with suspension issues. The Russian enjoyed a solid Saturday, qualifying seventh and looking like a strong contender for solid points, but Kvyat’s quest came to a halt as he encountered a second retirement in the last three races. “There was an issue with the suspension, so we had to retire the car very early on in the race,” Kvyat said. “Unfortunately, we need to investigate what happened and try to understandRead More
Lewis Hamilton took his fifth career Canadian Grand Prix win to close the gap to championship-leading Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to just nine points as the German finished fifth. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel managed to take the lead at the start but could not make a two-stop strategy work and he finished second ahead of a hard-charging Valtteri Bottas who scored Williams’ first podium finish of the season. Hamilton began the race from pole position but when the lights went out he bogged down slightly, as did fellow front-row starter Rosberg,Read More
By Adam Tate, Associate Editor Renault announced this weekend that they are set to continue supplying power units for Red Bull Racing through 2018 and return to supplying them for Toro Rosso starting next year. It completes an extraordinary turn around in the once fraught relationship between Red Bull and the French car manufacturer. Red Bull’s top brass bit the hand that fed them four world championships like petulant children when Renault’s power units failed to initially live up to the high standard set by Mercedes. A major caveat for RedRead More
Max Verstappen became Formula One’s youngest ever race winner with victory in an enthralling Spanish Grand Prix that saw Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collide at the start. Making his debut for Red Bull Racing, Verstappen took the lead midway through the race and remained icy cool in the closing stage as he came under intense pressure from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. He crossed the line just 0.6s ahead of the Finn to win aged just 18 years and 227 days, breaking Sebastian Vettel’s seven-year-old record, set when theRead More