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26 NOVEMBER 2015

Hamilton title unofficial until engine check?

Lewis Hamilton's third world championship remains provisional for now, the German publication Auto Motor und Sport claimed on Thursday.

Ecclestone upbeat over Monza F1 future

Bernie Ecclestone is now sounding more confident about the future of the historic Italian grand prix.

Late Lotus gets to work in Abu Dhabi

Lotus' equipment has arrived at the Yas Marina circuit ahead of the 2015 season finale.

F1 decline in Germany strange says Rosberg

Nico Rosberg admits the decline of interest in Germany is "strange".

Hamilton would behave differently at McLaren says Dennis

Ron Dennis has admitted to "mixed emotions" as he observes the post-McLaren version of Lewis Hamilton.

No signs of life from Lotus in Abu Dhabi

While some predict Lotus will put its future on track this weekend, there is little sign of life from the Enstone team in the Abu Dhabi paddock.

25 NOVEMBER 2015

Parallel engine would have destroyed F1 says Lauda

F1 legend Niki Lauda played a key role as a compromise was reached between the engine manufacturers and the governing FIA.

F1 rejects client engine proposal

The F1 Commission on Tuesday rejected plans for a low-cost 'client engine' in 2017.

Mallya hints retirement could be looming

Vijay Mallya has hinted that retirement could be just around the corner.

Bottas wants to win clash of the Finns

The 'clash of the Finns' could be back on this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Ferrari defends re-signing Raikkonen

Maurizio Arrivabene has defended Ferrari's decision to keep Kimi Raikkonen on board for 2016.

Verstappen tipped for two FIA awards

Meteoric F1 rookie Max Verstappen has been nominated for the FIA's personality of the year award.

24 NOVEMBER 2015

F1 carmakers will not be blackmailed

The battle over the future of formula one will move to Paris on Tuesday.

F3 team denies signing Adrian Newey

A Formula 3 outfit has rejected reports that Adrian Newey, perhaps the most famous designer in F1 history, has signed up for 2016.

Mercedes still favourites for 2016

Flavio Briatore is not sure that Mercedes can be beaten even in 2016.

Nasr says Ericsson should have beaten him in 2015

Felipe Nasr is sure he has put Sauber teammate Marcus Ericsson firmly in the shade this season.

Webber puts F1 in the past with world title

Mark Webber put his F1 career firmly in the past at the weekend by winning his first world championship.

New gov't boosts Argentina's F1 hopes

The chances Argentina might return to the F1 calendar got a significant boost this week.

Maldonado defends all or nothing approach

Pastor Maldonado has defended his reputation as the 'crash king' of formula one.

23 NOVEMBER 2015

Gascoyne linked with F1 return for Renault

Mike Gascoyne has been linked with a return to formula one with Renault.

Bidders emerge as parallel engine plan causes stir

Up and down pitlane, and inside and outside of formula one, the sport's plans for parallel engine rules in 2017 continue to make a stir.

Raikkonen keeps cool over Ferrari's 2016 hopes

Kimi Raikkonen is refusing to get carried away with predictions about Ferrari's hopes of beating Mercedes in 2016.

Verstappen happy with father and friend in tow

Max Verstappen's ever-present father Jos is going nowhere, as the 18-year-old rookie nears the end of his meteoric first season in formula one.

Hakkinen slams crash-prone Maldonado

Mika Hakkinen has hit out at Pastor Maldonado, as the Venezuelan continues to divide opinion in the F1 paddock.

Verstappen comparison not fair in 2015 says Sainz

Carlos Sainz thinks he will look more impressive alongside teammate sensation Max Verstappen next year.

Rules will stop quick Honda comeback says Ramirez

The current rules will prevent Honda from quickly closing the big gap to its engine rivals in F1.

Ocon wants to represent France in F1 soon

Esteban Ocon is hoping he will help to keep France prominent in formula one "very soon".

Hamilton doesn't have to win after 2015 title says Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen suspects Lewis Hamilton might not be firing on every cylinder in the odd tail-end races of 2015.

Difficult to be missing Schumacher says Vettel

Sebastian Vettel dedicated his victory in the Race of Champions event at London's Olympic Stadium at the weekend to Michael Schumacher.

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Straight Talk - What are the risks of playing hardball?

By Luis Vasconcelos

It's on! The FIA has decided to challenge the four manufacturers currently involved in Formula One after they declined to bring down the price demanded for their Power Units. Without any consultation with the Formula One Strategic Group, any vote on the Formula One Commission, or submitting a proposal to the World Council for Motor Sports, the FIA has invited independent manufacturers to declare their interest in being the sole suppliers of alternative engines to the Formula One teams from 2017 to 2019.

Straight Talk - What a great Mexican Fiesta!

By Luis Vasconcelos

How refreshing was the Mexican Grand Prix. As most people left Austin hoping for at least a bit of dry weather in Mexico, the general mood in the paddock was not great - but a few days later the mood in the paddock had changed - and for the better!

Straight Talk - Learning from Sochi and Austin

By Luis Vasconcelos

What a cracking race we had last Sunday in Austin! Yes, the final result was a very common victory for Lewis Hamilton, but until positions stabilised with around ten laps to go, we had a lot of overtaking among the front runners, and some seriously breathtaking wheel-to-wheel racing.

Straight Talk - The Master is back!

By Luis Vasconcelos

A couple of weeks away from turning 85, Bernie Ecclestone showed up in Sochi with renewed energy, proving, yet again, he can play in many different boards at the same time without ever losing focus of what he wants to achieve in each one of them.

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