The Sauber-operated Stake F1 Team, formerly Alfa Romeo, is facing scrutiny from Swiss authorities due to its sponsorship deal with the crypto casino operator Stake, as gambling advertising restrictions in certain countries, including Switzerland, could pose legal challenges for the team's rebranding. While Sauber aims to navigate these restrictions by adopting the name "Kick F1 Team" in situations where gambling advertising is prohibited, the close association between Stake and Sauber has raised concerns about unauthorized advertising, prompting the Swiss Federal Gaming Board to investigate. Despite reports of potential fines, the team asserts its commitment to compliance with applicable laws and has taken measures to ensure adherence to regulations.
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Key FIA legal executives, Pierre Ketterer and Edward Floydd, who played significant roles in Formula 1 and Concorde Agreement negotiations, are leaving the organization amidst a broader staff exodus. Ketterer, known for his pivotal legal contributions and involvement in governance matters, is transitioning to a role at the International Olympic Committee, while Floydd, a key legal adviser, departs as well. Their departures coincide with other notable exits, including former F1 directors Steve Nielsen and Tim Goss, but the FIA is undergoing restructuring efforts under President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, including the appointment of a new chief legal officer and other key personnel to adapt to future challenges.
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Williams team boss James Vowles explicitly confirms that Alex Albon is under contract until the end of 2025, signaling a tense battle to retain their star driver despite a positive current relationship. Albon's aspirations for podiums and wins indicate a potential discord with Williams' current performance level, coupled with hints of interest from other teams. While Albon's contract status gives Williams leverage, it doesn't guarantee his retention, prompting speculation about the team's trajectory and Albon's long-term plans. Vowles emphasizes the need for Williams to prove itself deserving of Albon's talent, suggesting a delicate balancing act in retaining him.
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How does Lewis Hamilton's switch from Mercedes to Ferrari stack up against other surprising moves? Formula 1 takes a look at notable transfers from this century, starting with Alonso's move from Renault to McLaren, where he won his only two world championships, and then Jenson Button's move from Brawn to McLaren in 2010. Click here to watch the video.
The recent days in Formula One have been quite eventful, and the idea of Hamilton joining Ferrari is still surprising. This speculation has been around for the past five years, popping up whenever Hamilton's contract is up for renewal or has just a year left. But now, it's finally happening, and the announcement itself has ignited a frenzy of reactions and conversations on social media like never before.