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Williams Racing has announced young karting star Oleksandr Bondarev as the latest member of its Driver Academy. Bondarev was notably crowned the 2023 CIK-FIA Karting European Champion, becoming the first Ukrainian driver in the history of karting to win the championship. As part of the Williams Racing Driver Academy, Oleksandr will have the team's full support and guidance in nurturing his talent and developing his skills throughout his progression in the junior motorsport categories. At just 14 years old, he already has several impressive achievements to his name, including the 2023 FIA-CIK European OKJ Championship.
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Haas plans to unveil a 'B' car at the United States Grand Prix, inspired by Red Bull's RB19, following criticism from drivers Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg about the VF-23's race performance and tire degradation issues. The new car will incorporate elements from Red Bull, aiming to improve tire management. Haas hopes these upgrades will help them compete with Williams for seventh place in the Constructors' Championship, with further changes in transmission and chassis alignment with Red Bull's philosophy expected for 2024. McLaren also found success after adopting Red Bull's concept earlier in the season.
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In the last 14 Formula 1 seasons, Mercedes and Red Bull have dominated, creating a rivalry that has turned increasingly bitter in recent years. Incidents in the 2021 season and recent comments from Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff have strained relations further. This tension arises from jealousy, frustration, and hurt feelings, exacerbated by incidents on and off the track in 2021. Mercedes' struggles to compete with Red Bull since 2021 have added to their frustration, leading to a more contentious relationship between the teams.
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Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz was a guest on a podcast where he discussed various aspects of Formula 1. He began by talking about how his hair remains in good shape even when he wears a helmet. He also mentioned that all drivers see funny memes about themselves on social media.
Jarno, Marcel, Dani, and Jake got to visit the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team garage. During their visit, they saw Toto's desk, Niki Lauda's cap, the Mercedes W14, its front wing, and other upgrades. They also saw Russell's number one mechanic and a host of Mercedes team members.