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The FIA has dismissed speculation about the imminent relocation of the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix to Madrid, revealing that crucial steps for the project's initiation have not yet begun. Despite recent reports indicating advanced talks and leaked details of a proposed 5km parkland circuit around the IFEMA convention center, the FIA emphasized that key elements required for approval have not been addressed. Carmelo Sanz de Barros, the FIA President of the Senate and head of the Spanish Automobile Federation clarified that the Spanish Federation has not received the project for analysis, and no corresponding submissions have been made to the FIA. While expressing a willingness to evaluate the plans, de Barros expressed concerns about potential political maneuvers and stressed the need for adherence to proper processes before the race can be considered for inclusion in the calendar.
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Having successfully masqueraded as an F1 team through a strategic partnership with Sauber, Alfa Romeo will exit the grid in 2024 as Audi takes over Sauber. The deal, initiated in 2018, allowed Alfa Romeo to portray itself as an F1 team for a reported €20 million annually, gaining team identity and technical support. Despite exploring options with Haas, Alfa Romeo opted out, considering alternatives outside F1 to maintain a motorsport presence. While the unique entry raised eyebrows, it highlights challenges for F1, detracting from genuine works projects and compromising team identity. Despite potential benefits, Alfa Romeo chose to exit, missing an opportunity to truly commit to F1.
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Lewis Hamilton's third-place trophy, awarded at the FIA end-of-season prize-giving gala in Baku, went missing, prompting speculation on social media. A fan claimed on Twitter that Hamilton had gifted him the trophy, posting photos online. However, Mercedes clarified that Hamilton intentionally left the trophy with FIA officials for it to be sent to the team, refuting claims of a gift. The fan, Nihad Nesirli, later explained on social media that Hamilton had misunderstood him as an FIA official, leading to the trophy being in his possession. The current location of the trophy remains unknown.
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Aston Martin F1 has received approval for a new research and development facility near the Silverstone Race Circuit in Northamptonshire. The 32.3-acre site, located west of the circuit, includes an existing building and a proposed 59,000 sq ft bespoke facility for R&D workshops and testing. The development, backed by a £200m investment from owners, aims to consolidate operations, enhance efficiency, and contribute to the local and national economy, according to a statement filed with the West Northamptonshire Council. The council's south planning committee reviewed and approved the plans, citing the project's positive impact on business, jobs, and the motorsport cluster at Silverstone Circuit.
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Mercedes has added a new talent to their driver lineup. This 17-year-old Italian is being compared to Lando Norris, dubbed the next Max Verstappen, and even seen as a potential replacement for Lewis Hamilton. He is jumping past Formula 3 straight into Formula 2 with Prema Racing, who have recently guided Charles Leclerc and Oscar Piastri into F2. So, who is this guy? Does he have what it takes to make it into F1?