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Aramco and the Aston Martin Formula One team have extended their partnership until 2029, leading to the team being renamed the Aston Martin Aramco Formula One Team from January 1, 2024. The collaboration emphasizes advancements in technology, with a focus on delivering advanced fuels and lubricants, especially with the new Honda Works power unit partnership starting in 2026. While not officially confirmed, the extension is speculated to be a five-year contract. Aramco's Executive Vice President expressed excitement about the exclusive title partnership, highlighting the significant progress and shared vision for advanced car performance. Lawrence Stroll, the team's Executive Chairman, emphasized the strategic importance of the partnership and Aramco's key role in the team's Formula One journey since 2022.
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Formula 1 is banking on Pirelli to elevate the racing experience within the existing regulations, with Mercedes' Toto Wolff emphasizing the crucial role of Pirelli's tire innovation for ground effect cars in the anticipated 2024 season. The decision to postpone the ban on tire-warming blankets aligns strategically with providing Pirelli the space to focus on creating tires better suited to current F1 demands. Acknowledging the unprecedented stress on tires, the FIA's Nikolas Tombazis expressed concern about a setback in overtaking, a sentiment echoed by Wolff, who desires more dynamic races akin to the Qatar Grand Prix. To address these challenges, Pirelli, tasked by the F1 Commission, aims to develop a more durable tire capable of enduring racing stresses and potentially unlocking more aggressive racing strategies to enhance the overall spectacle of Formula 1.
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Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso express admiration for F1 legend Michael Schumacher in a new documentary, "Being Michael Schumacher," set to release in Germany on December 14, nearly a decade after his skiing accident. Hamilton, who succeeded Schumacher at Mercedes in 2012, praises him as a "full-out great racer," highlighting his resilience after Ayrton Senna's death. Reflecting on their 2006 rivalry, Alonso acknowledges Schumacher's transformative impact on racing, crediting him with changing approaches to physical preparation, determination, and teamwork for the betterment of the sport.
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Lando Norris has won the prestigious Lorenzo Bandini Trophy for 2023, recognizing his outstanding Formula 1 season, where he secured sixth place in the Drivers' Championship with seven podiums. The trophy is awarded based on a driver's approach to racing and character, and Norris joins a distinguished list of previous winners, including Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, and Michael Schumacher.
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Lando Norris took a camcorder to the Miami Grand Prix and had some behind-the-scenes action. The spirited McLaren driver had a great time with his friends before heading to the paddock. Norris had the chance to meet Vin Diesel from the Fast & Furious series, and the two shared some laughs discussing F1 and a few other things before getting ready for the race.