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McLaren has initiated legal action against Alex Palou due to a dispute over his IndyCar contract for 2024. Palou was set to join McLaren after signing a one-year extension with Ganassi for 2023, but Ganassi contested this move, accusing McLaren of victimization. The contract with Ganassi included a clause preventing Palou from signing any new contracts before September 1st. McLaren's CEO, Zak Brown, emphasized their substantial investment in Palou, offering test sessions and an F1 run, but stated they wouldn't retain him in IndyCar as he reportedly extended with Ganassi. Legal action by McLaren concerns payments for Palou's 2024 deal, with CEO Zak Brown expressing confidence in the legal system's resolution.
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According to sources in the paddock, Nyck De Vries is reportedly being considered as a reserve driver for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri during the F1 Mexico City Grand Prix. De Vries lost his AlphaTauri race seat after a poor start to the season and was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo, who moved from Red Bull. As a result, Red Bull junior Liam Lawson is likely to become the reserve driver, but due to scheduling conflicts with the Super Formula championship, he might not be available for the Mexico Grand Prix. This could open the door for De Vries to step in as a test driver, but his involvement depends on him not signing with another team, as he is still under contract with Red Bull for 2023 despite being demoted.
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Pirelli, the exclusive tire supplier for Formula One, has revealed the tire compounds for the final two European races of the 2023 season. The available compounds include C0 (hardest) to C5 (softest), with C1 being a new, softer version introduced this year. Zandvoort's Dutch Grand Prix will use C1, C2, and C3 compounds due to its challenging track featuring banked corners. The Italian Grand Prix at Monza will feature the softest compounds, C3, C4, and C5, and will also see a reduced tire allocation, with drivers receiving 11 sets instead of 13 and specific compound usage rules during qualifying.
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Felipe Massa has taken legal steps against the FIA and Formula 1 regarding the 2008 F1 world championship outcome and the influence of the Singapore Grand Prix on his close loss to Lewis Hamilton. But what is Massa hoping to achieve? Is he the rightful winner of the title?
Renowned Minecraft YouTuber switches to race craft as she takes on Oscar Piastri in the F1 game.