Former Renault F1 engine man Taffin joins Oreca

Renault F1’s former chief engine architect Remi Taffin has joined French constructor Oreca as its technical director. Taffin was a long-standing member of Renault’s F1 effort, joining the manufacturer in 1999 and later leading its engine department in Viry-Châtillon where he remained until his departure in June earlier this year. But the 47-year-old engineer is now set to open a new chapter in his motorsport career by transferring his expertise to Oreca. Taffin will work out of the sportscar manufacturer’s Signes base at the Circuit Paul Ricard as well as…

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Ex-Renault engine chief Remi Taffin lands role with ORECA

Former Renault engine boss Remi Taffin has landed a new role in motor sport as the ORECA Group’s technical director. Taffin, a 20-year Renault stalwart, joined the French team back in 1999 and worked his way up the ranks. Helping power Fernando Alonso to the 2005 and 2006 Drivers’ titles, Taffin continued his rise before being promoted to engine technical director in 2016, handed overall responsibility for the power unit developed at the Viry-Châtillon site. Initially he remained with the company as the Formula 1 team transitioned into its new…

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Petronas reiterates commitment to Mercedes F1 amid Aramco rumors

Mercedes F1 partner Petronas says it will continue its collaboration with the German outfit based on its multi-year deal with the latter, dismissing rumors of an impending exit from F1. The Malaysian oil and gas company has partnered with the Mercedes works outfit since its return to F1 in 2010, a collaboration that has yielded tremendous success. However, Petronas’ departure from MotoGP that was announced last summer led to speculation that the company could also exit F1. Over the weekend, a story emerged claiming that Mercedes was set to drop…

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Kimi Raikkonen will not miss F1 adrenaline rush, has motorcross and kids

Kimi Raikkonen said he will not miss that rush of adrenaline from a Formula 1 car once he retires at the end of the 2021 season. The most experienced driver on the Formula 1 grid, Raikkonen is set to call time on his Formula 1 career once the current season concludes, meaning he has six races left to enjoy the thrill of driving a Formula 1 car. But once that is no longer in the 42-year-old’s life, he could be forgiven for feeling a need to get his fix from…

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Mercedes reportedly set to drop Petronas for Aramco deal

Mercedes is reportedly set to part ways with long-standing title sponsor Petronas, and make way for a new major partnership deal with Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco. If confirmed the news of Petronas’ exit from F1 – suggested by veteran F1 reporter Dieter Rencken on Twitter and to be taken with an obvious  grain of salt– would come in the wake of the Malaysian oil and gas company’s formal announcement in August of its withdrawal from MotoGP. Petronas entered the Formula 1 arena in 1995 with its sponsorship of the…

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Australia promoter confident GP won’t be cancelled again

Australian Grand Prix promoter Andrew Westacott has assured that the 2022 staging will not be cancelled like the past two. Since the pandemic took hold Formula 1 has not raced in Australia, traditionally the host of the opening round in a Formula 1 season. Formula 1 tried to get the 2020 Australian Grand Prix underway as planned, but were forced into a cancellation shortly prior to the race weekend commencing. Albert Park was then set to return to the calendar for 2021, initially pushed back from March to November, though…

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Palmer puts his money on Hamilton to snatch title

Max Verstappen reclaimed the lead in the championship in Turkey, but Jolyon Palmer is putting his money on Lewis Hamilton to win an eighth F1 world title. Verstappen’s runner-spot behind Turkish Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas allowed the Red Bull driver to overhaul Hamilton in the Drivers’ standings, albeit by just six points. With six rounds remaining, the battle between the Dutchman and his Mercedes rival looks set to go down to the wire. But Palmer feels that Bottas’ dominant win at Istanbul Park bodes well for Hamilton. “You know…

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‘Extraordinary result’ to get Imola back on full-time calendar

Organisers at Imola say the circuit’s permanent return to the F1 calendar until 2025 is an “extraordinary result”. The planned record 23-race calendar was announced on Friday for the 2022 season, and another edition of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will be held in place of the Chinese Grand Prix, which is off the schedule for a third consecutive season. Circuit officials had spoken previously about wanting to secure their place on the calendar on a full-time basis, having filled in in 2020 and 2021 in the pandemic-hit seasons –…

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Rossi outlines Alpine's 100-race path to the top of F1

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi says the French outfit is on a 100-race path to reach the summit of Formula 1 in 2024. On paper, Esteban Ocon’s shock triumph in the Hungarian Grand Prix last summer has already put Alpine well ahead of its expectations. But the impression is deceptive as the Enstone squad took advantage of favourable circumstances at the Hungaroring to seal its first win under its new Alpine identity, while remaining out of the top five in all of its other races. Rossi gladly took the remarkable win,…

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Significant circuit improvements being made in Qatar

The Losail International Circuit will have a complete safety makeover prior to the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix in November. Qatar will host a Formula 1 race for the first time in 2021 with the Losail International Circuit chosen to replace the cancelled Australian Grand Prix, nestling into the November 21 slot. The 8,000 capacity, 16-turn circuit requires some work though before Formula 1 arrives, and it is a huge job in a short timeframe with the pit area revamp being the largest project. New protections will be put in place…

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