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Tim Goss, the FIA's single-seater technical director, has resigned, marking the third departure in a month alongside sporting director Steve Nielsen and Deborah Mayer. Goss, pivotal in the technical department, is anticipated to join a Formula 1 team, leaving the FIA without a replacement announcement. Tim Malyon has been appointed as Nielsen's successor. Despite expressing confidence in the organization's technical capabilities, Goss's departure, along with recent exits, raises concerns about the FIA's leadership under President Mohammed Ben Sulayem amidst controversies and strained relations with F1.
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Red Bull Racing is set to unveil its hypercar, RB17, later this year, with production starting in 2025. Priced at around $6.3 million, the two-seater track-only car, designed by aerodynamicist Adrian Newey, aims to provide an authentic F1 driving experience. Powered by a twin-turbo V-8 and a 150 hp mild-hybrid system, it targets a weight of 2,000 pounds and features advanced ground effects, including adjustable side skirts and an active suspension. Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the team's consulting division, is overseeing development and production at an estimated rate of 15 cars per year.
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Spanish rider Carles Falcon is in serious but stable condition after a Dakar Rally crash, where he initially had no pulse but was successfully resuscitated. Falcon, riding for TwinTrail Racing Team, crashed during the second stage and was airlifted to Al Duwadimi Hospital. The extent of his injuries is uncertain, but he is now in an induced coma with cerebral edema and a C2 fracture, requiring urgent surgery.
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McLaren's impressive recovery during the 2023 Formula 1 season, marked by two major upgrades that elevated the MCL60 to the second-quickest car in the field, instills optimism for the 2024 Championship. Despite starting at the back of the grid, new Technical Directors David Sanchez and Rob Marshall, recruited from Ferrari and Red Bull, respectively, are set to contribute to the current car's development while prioritizing the design of the 2026 car under new regulations. Further enhancing the team's expertise for Grand Prix weekends, McLaren strategically hired Antoine Okla, an experienced French engineer with a successful background in junior formulas. This move, attributed to Andrea Stella's leadership, underscores his talent for identifying key contributors across various aspects of motorsport.
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Former F1 driver Wilson Fittipaldi Jr. suffered a cardiac arrest during Christmas lunch after choking on food, leading to his hospitalization. His wife shared the distressing news on Instagram, providing details and expressing gratitude for the overwhelming support. The motorsport community has rallied around the Fittipaldi family, with fans offering prayers and well-wishes for Wilson's recovery.
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