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F1 Fast Five: FIA eases tension over 2026 regulations, Ricciardo hits back at Villeneuve over criticism, and other big updates

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FIA eases tension over 2026 regulations, Ricciardo hits back at Villeneuve over criticism, and other big updates from around the world of Formula 1.

FIA eases tension over 2026 regulations, Ricciardo hits back at Villeneuve over criticism, and other big updates
  • FIA eases tension over 2026 regulations
  • Ricciardo hits back at Villeneuve over criticism
  • Why RB extended Tsunoda's contract
  • Fastest driver in a soapbox
  • Sainz in talks with Williams

FIA eases tension over 2026 regulations

The FIA admits the worries about the 2026 F1 rules, noting they're just on paper for now. Despite concerns from teams and drivers about potential speed problems, FIA's Tombazis expects improvements. He promises to work with teams to refine the rules before final approval, as they aim to improve car performance. The FIA plans to present the rules to the World Motor Sport Council soon, with more adjustments expected later.

Click here to read the full article by Ian Parkes (racingnews365.com)

Ricciardo hits back at Villeneuve over criticism

Daniel Ricciardo hit back at Jacques Villeneuve's criticism following his P5 qualifying position in the Canadian Grand Prix. Ricciardo, who was unimpressed by Villeneuve's past comments, labeled them as mere chatter from someone who may have taken too many knocks, refusing to entertain further discussion. Villeneuve had previously questioned Ricciardo's place in F1, suggesting it was maintained more by public relations than performance.

Click here to read the full article by Abhinav Singh (wionews.com)

Why RB extended Tsunoda's contract

Red Bull Racing has decided to keep Yuki Tsunoda for the 2025 season, extending his contract for a fifth year. Team boss Laurent Mekies attributes this decision to Tsunoda's remarkable improvement in performance, labeling his progress as "simply phenomenal." Despite interest from other teams, Tsunoda will stay with Red Bull's Faenza team, with RB CEO Peter Bayer expressing satisfaction with his progress and popularity among fans.

Click here to read the full article by Jake Nichol (racingnews365.com)

Fastest driver in a soapbox

In a fun warm-up event before the Canadian Grand Prix, Formula One drivers Max Verstappen and Checo Perez took on the VisaCashappRB duo of Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo in a Soapbox kart race. Who will master the challenge of not touching the brakes and be crowned the soapbox champion of Canada? 

Sainz in talks with Williams

After it was confirmed that Carlos Sainz was leaving Ferrari, speculation began about which team he would join in 2025. Some said Audi, others said Williams, and there were even rumors about Red Bull. But if rumors are to be believed, Carlos Sainz is in talks with Williams F1 for the 2025 season. Click here to watch the video.

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