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Fast Five: Ricciardo replaces de Vries, McLaren's game-changing upgrades, and other big updates

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Ricciardo replaces de Vries, McLaren's game-changing upgrades, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

  • Ricciardo replaces de Vries
  • McLaren's game-changing upgrades
  • Red Bull eying Lando Norris
  • Alpine appoints Famin, restructures management
  • Demystifying the ‘Brundle clause’

Ricciardo replaces de Vries

Daniel Ricciardo is back. The Australian driver left the grid after the 2022 season only to sign with Red Bull as a reserve driver. Ricciardo was quick to return to his old form and was praised by the team for his hard work and dedication in simulations and at other commitments. Rookie Nyck de Vries, on the other hand, struggled in his debt with AlphaTauri and was unable to turn things around through the British GP. He has been removed from the team effective immediately.

Click here to read the full article by Chris Medland (RACER.com)

McLaren's game-changing upgrades

McLaren's recent upgrades to its Formula 1 car, the MCL-60, have significantly improved its performance in high-speed corners, making it one of the top cars in those areas. Lewis Hamilton even described it as a "rocketship" after being unable to challenge its pace. The updates included changes to the floor fences, sidepod design, aerodynamic fairing, cooling gill panel, engine cover, and rear wing configuration. Lando Norris benefited from these upgrades, securing a front-row grid slot and finishing second in the race. Overall, McLaren's efforts have resulted in substantial improvements to their car's performance.

Click here to read the full article by Matt Somerfield (motorsport.com)

Red Bull eying Lando Norris

Speculation has arisen that Red Bull is interested in hiring McLaren driver Lando Norris, as Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko was seen talking to Norris' manager before the British Grand Prix. Norris impressed at Silverstone, finishing second behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen and earning the Driver of the Day award. Red Bull's second driver, Sergio Perez, has struggled to match Verstappen's pace, leading to public criticism from Marko. Marko praised Norris's talent and highlighted his good relationship with Verstappen, indicating that talks have taken place between the teams regarding Norris's potential move to Red Bull.

Click here to read the full article by Michael Butterworth (racingnews365.com)

Alpine appoints Famin, restructures management

Bruno Famin has been appointed VP of Alpine Motorsports, where he will oversee Alpine's involvement in various motorsport disciplines, including Formula 1, Endurance operations, Customer Racing, and Dacia's Dakar operation. Famin will also be responsible for the Alpine Academy. He brings extensive experience in motorsport, having previously worked with Peugeot and served as the Director of Operations for the FIA. Famin will continue to serve as the Managing Director of Alpine's Racing factory in Viry-Châtillon. The Alpine Formula 1 team, which Famin will now oversee, will compete in the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix.

Click here to read the full article by Dan Lawrence (motorsportweek.com)

Demystifying the ‘Brundle clause’

Social media erupted in anger and support after the apparent snub of Martin Brundle at the British Grand Prix by model Cara Delevingne. While everyone had an opinion on the matter, few knew of the ‘Brundle clause’ detailing rules and etiquette on the grid, aptly named after the interviewer at the center of it all.

Click here to read the full article by Crash.net.

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