Ferrari ‘Reasonably Optimistic’ About New F1 Car Design Deal

Ferrari boss Louis Camilleri said on Tuesday that he was “reasonably optimistic” about reaching an agreement on the new design for Formula One cars to replace the current models in 2021. “I’m reasonably optimistic about an agreement within an acceptable timeframe,” Camilleri said at Ferrari headquarters in Maranello. Ross Brawn, Formula One’s managing director of motorsports, last week unveiled plans for futuristic new cars to be used from the 2021 season to improve racing and be more attractive to fans.

The former Mercedes team principal said he had been working with teams and motorsport governing body FIA to develop new aerodynamics that would enable cars to follow each other at shorter distances without a loss of performance.

Brawn showed three different concept designs and said the 2021 cars would incorporate the best features from all of them. The unveiling came days after designs had been leaked on social media.

The three design concepts include simpler front and rear wings and a sweeping integrated halo cockpit protection system to improve aesthetics. 

“There’s a general consensus on the main objectives, but ideas on how to get there diverge greatly,” Camilleri said. 

“There’s been progress but we’re still far from an overall agreement that all participants can sign.”

Camilleri’s illustrious predecessor Sergio Marchionne, who died in July, was at the forefront of efforts to resist a bid by F1’s new owner, the United States’ Liberty Media, and the FIA, to make racing’s top sport more egalitarian.


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F1: Hamilton Beats Verstappen To Win Singapore GP; Vettel Finished Third

Lewis Hamilton took a flawless win in the 2018 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, as Sebastian Vettel finished third behind Max Verstappen despite a near chance at victory thanks to strategic blunder.

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Lewis Hamilton has extended his lead by 40 points Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton took a flawless win in the 2018 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, as Sebastian Vettel finished third despite a near chance at victory thanks to strategic blunder. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen finished second in an exhilarating ride. The Mercedes driver crossed the chequered flag with a lead of 8.961s over Verstappen, while Vettel finished third by a massive gap of 39.945s over the race leader. With yet another win under his belt, Hamilton extends his championship lead by 41 points over Vettel.


(Hamilton led the Singapore GP starting from the pole)

The opening lap saw Hamilton on pole and the Briton put this advantage to good use and held on to the lead right from the start with Verstappen following suit. However, an incredible start for Vettel ensured that the Red Bull driver could feel the heat in P2. Force India’s Esteban Ocon, who started ninth on the grid was out of contention after the third turn as teammate Sergio Perez nudged the driver on the Outside wall of Turn 2. The incident saw him out of the race bringing out the safety car, a reminder of the opening lap from last year’s race albeit far subtle.  

Meanwhile, Vettel passed Verstappen on the opening just before the safety car was called out. The safety car continued on the track until Lap 4 with Hamilton still in the lead. As the safety car made it back to the pits, the top order continued to remain the same with Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Perez and Romain Grosjean following the race leaders. Fernando Alonso, who started 11th on the grid gained two positions with the absence of Ocon and having overtaken Nico Hulkenberg.


(Esteban Ocon crashed on the opening lap after being nudged by teammate Sergio Perez)

At Lap 14, Vettel was the first one to pit in favour of ultrasoft tyres, a move that turned out to be disastrous for the German. The driver joined back behind Perez and stayed there for another two laps, as Hamilton extended his dominance at the front. Lewis and Max pitted on the successive laps to swap to soft tyres with a one stop strategy. Hamilton was back in the lead after the first set of pitstops with a lead of 3 seconds and extended the gap to nearly 9 seconds by the end of the race.

While the top three racers remained unchanged for most of the race, a battle for fourth was seen in the final stages between Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Bottas. With Bottas in fourth place and one second clear of the Ferrari and Red Bull, the drivers could do little to challenge the W09. Raikkonen finished the race fifth, while Ricciardo took sixth nearly a second later.


(Valtteri Bottas finished fourth, ahead of Raikkonen and Ricciardo)

Alonso climbed up to sixth at the end of the race after a long stint on ultrasofts and later moving to softs. Sainz finished eighth followed by Charles Leclerc in ninth place. Hulkenberg managed to take P10, after Perez was pushed down to P16 after trying to pass Sergey Sirotkin on Lap 33 and took a puncture to his left tyre and a drive through penalty as well.


Finishing 18th was Kevin Magnussen who surprisingly set the fastest lap in the race, showing that the race was very much about tyre management. Hamilton is has extended his lead by 10 points over Vettel in the championship and that is sure to concern the German, especially with only six races to go.

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F1: Hamilton Storms To Pole In Singapore GP Beating Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton stormed to the pole position 0.319s ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen as he took an “epic” lap in Q3.

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Lewis Hamilton bags the pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix in his Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton tightened his grip on securing a fifth Formula One world title by coming from nowhere to claim a stunning pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix in his Mercedes on Saturday.

The Briton, 30 points clear of closest rival Sebastian Vettel with seven rounds remaining, lapped the Marina Bay Street Circuit in 1:36.015 to claim a record-extending 79th pole position, 0.319 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

The Ferrari pairing of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen had set the pace for most of the weekend but the German could manage only third place, more than half a second down, and will start alongside Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas.

“That lap felt like magic. I don’t really know where it came from,” Hamilton said in an interview.

“It was just perfectly to the limit. It felt like one of the best laps I can remember feeling,” the Briton added, describing the 23-turn floodlit circuit as “Monaco on steroids”.

Hamilton’s time was three-and-a-half seconds quicker than Vettel’s pole position a year ago and should he make a clean start on a circuit where he has won three times before, the Briton is highly likely to extend his championship lead.

Verstappen also sprang something of a surprise to finish just behind Hamilton, narrowly missing out on becoming the youngest ever pole-sitter in Formula One.

The 20-year-old was delighted. “Honestly, this feels like a victory. To be second is unbelievable,” Verstappen said. “We just have to make sure we have a clean start and then everything is possible.”


Vettel is also seeking a fifth world title and while he remains a huge threat in a very competitive car, the German was disappointed not to have been able to capitalise on the dominance Ferrari had over their rivals in practise.

“For us it was a bit of a messy qualifying,” he said. “We had two laps (in the final qualifying session) and they were both not good enough.”

Raikkonen ended in fifth place, almost eight tenths of a second behind Hamilton, the Finn lining up next to Daniel Ricciardo in the other Red Bull. Ricciardo was the only other driver to lap the 5.063 km track in lower than 1:37.000.

Force India’s Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon will start seventh and ninth respectively, while Romain Grosjean is eighth on the grid for Haas with Nico Hulkenberg rounding out the top 10 in his Renault.

Hamilton admitted that Mercedes had been too conservative in their tyre choices for the race and after sneaking through the first phase of qualifying on the slower ultrasoft tyres, the Briton was unstoppable with the high-grip hypersofts on his car.

“I didn’t have a wheelspin, I didn’t have a snap anywhere, the car was just underneath me and I managed to maximise every corner… and I do feel like I got absolutely everything possible on that lap,” Hamilton added.

Ferrari also gambled in the second phase of qualifying by using the more durable ultrasofts, which they would start on in Sunday’s race, but the team aborted the plan when it was fairly obvious they would not advance to Q3.


“The race is a different story and things will not be the same tomorrow but we are, for sure, not happy with how it went today,” a despondent Vettel said.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Xiaomi Poco F1 Seen to Pass Scratch Test, But Fail Pass Burn, Bend Tests

Xiaomi Poco F1 Seen to Pass Scratch Test, But Fail Pass Burn, Bend Tests

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The plastic build of the Xiaomi Poco F1 was failed to pass the bend test

Poco F1, the new smartphone from Xiaomi that already gained huge popularity in India, has now undergone some durability tests. These come in the form of scratch, burn, and bend tests to ultimately check how the new smartphone performs in terms of toughness. The latest development comes days after Xiaomi officially confirmed the splash resistance of the Poco F1. The Chinese company also highlighted that the smartphone has Quick Charge 4.0 support, though it was initially announced with Quick Charge 3.0.

None other than YouTuber JerryRigEverything has released a video showing the durability of the Poco F1. Once unboxed, the YouTuber begins the Poco F1 durability test by start scratching the display panel that comes with a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The display is found to withstand scratches of up to 6 on Mohs’ scale of hardness. However, some deeper grooves were found at a level of 7. “It’s covered in Gorilla Glass, and you won’t have to worry about keys or coins or razor blades scratching the large 6.2-inch display,” the narrator describes in the video.

After scratch testing the display panel, the YouTuber took the sides of the Poco F1 to check the paint job. The shiny paint wasn’t able to resist the attacks of the sharp razor.


The fingerprint sensor that sits at the back of the Poco F1 is found to be “invincible” that resists scratches even from a sharp blade. Similar is the case of the protector covering dual rear camera setup that helps bear scratches. However, the back panel of the smartphone is highly prone to scratches. The plastic back, nevertheless, doesn’t shatter in case of any sudden drops, unlike models such as OnePlus 6 that carry a glass back.

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Further, the YouTuber took a burn test under which the screen of the Poco F1 wasn’t able to withstand an open flame even for few seconds. The phone also failed to pass the bend test. But notably, the body requires a huge force to change its shape.


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F1: Formula 1 2021 Concept Car Image Leaked

The image was leaked at a presentation given by Formula 1 Managing Director Ross Brawn and gives a first look at the 2021 F1 car concept.

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Ross Brawn, F1 Managing Director of Motorsports, speaking at the Tech Seminar in Singapore

While its a known fact that the Formula 1 cars will be witnessing a major overhaul in 2021 with the new regulations stepping in, we have little idea as to what the cars will look like, until now. A concept vision image of the 2021 Formula 1 car has been leaked across social media giving us a glimpse of what to expect with the new generation offering. The image was leaked ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, when F1 Managing Director Ross Brawn was showing it a ‘Tech Talk’ seminar that had been initiated by race organisers in Singapore on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

With the seminar being held behind close doors, there are little details as to what was discussed in regard to the 2021 F1 concept. Nevertheless, the sport’s promoters Liberty Media have time and again said that the new car will help make the sport more exciting and attractive as it aims to appeal to a younger fan base.

The concept image with the Ferrari livery boasts of several design differences over the current F1 car. The front wings gets a simpler design with the endplates sculpted more aggressively and sit much higher. The bodywork around the sidepods is also simpler on the concept, while the engine cover and the rear wing appear as one unit, or the latter is likely to mount around the engine cover. The 18-inch wheels that will be a part of the future F1 tyre contract are visible too.

The rear endplates are also appear to be integrated into the rear wheel, which will act as a safety measure, should a car get launched on top of each other in the event of a collision. You do see a more seamlessly integrated halo device in the design of the F1 car.


Like we said, there’s little information about the concept or technical specifications. F1 promoters are working with teams to finalise the car for 2021. Liberty Media has time and again said that they want the cars to be “more raceable to increase overtaking opportunities,” with the driver’s skill still be a dominant factor in the car’s performance.

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Poco F1 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage Variant to Go on Open Sale From Midnight Tonight

Poco F1 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage Variant to Go on Open Sale From Midnight Tonight

Poco F1 open sale will be conducted on as well as on Flipkart

Poco F1 is currently one of the most talked about smartphones in the Indian market thanks to its high-end, flagship-grade specifications at a competitive price point starting at just Rs. 20,999. Having held three successful flash sales since the phone’s launch, Xiaomi sub-brand Poco has now announced that the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant of the Poco F1 will be available as part of an open sale starting 12am IST on September 14. The open sale will be conducted on as well as on Flipkart, where the variant will be widely available in all three Rosso Red, Steel Blue, and Graphite Black colour options.

In a short video posted to Poco India’s official Twitter account Thursday, Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain and Poco India General Manager C Manmohan announced the latest development. The two added that apart from the 6GB/ 128GB storage variant, the other two – 4GB/ 64GB and 8GB/ 256GB – will be made available in an open sale “maybe sometime soon.” Let’s get into the details.

Poco F1 price in India, availability

The 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model, which is supposed to be made available in India via open sale starting Midnight, September 14, and is priced at Rs. 23,999. The phone is also sold in three other variants – the base 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 20,999, the 8GB RAM/ 256GB inbuilt storage variant at Rs. 28,999, and a special Armoured Edition (8GB RAM/ 256GB storage) one at Rs. 29,999. These three variants will still be sold via weekly flash sales held simultaneously on and Flipkart.

Poco F1 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Poco F1 runs MIUI on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, and sports a 6.18-inch full-HD+ display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, paired with 6GB/ 8GB of LPDD4X RAM and 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB of onboard storage.

In the camera department, the Poco F1 bears a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor, with f/1.9 aperture, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.0 aperture. On the front, the handset bears a 20-megapixel front camera sensor with AI face recognition and AI portrait mode. There is a 4,000mAh battery under the hood, with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 – a development that was recently announced by the brand.

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F1: Raikkonen To Exit Ferrari At The End Of 2018; Leclerc Confirmed As Replacement

Kimi Raikkonen will be moving to Sauber F1 from his current role at Ferrari, with Charles Leclerc moving to the Italian team as one of its youngest drivers in history.

Kimi Raikkonen will step down from his current role’ with Scuderia Ferrari at the end of 2018, the team has confirmed in a statement. The legendary F1 racer will be heading to Sauber in what is a two-year deal. Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc, who was in the lead to be selected as the replacement to Raikkonen has been confirmed to join Ferrari in 2019. Leclerc wll be switching from Sauber and will become one of the youngest drivers in the Scuderia’s history.

In a statement Ferrari said, “During these years, Kimi’s contribution to the team, both as a driver and on account of his human qualities, has been fundamental. He played a decisive role in the team’s growth and was, at the same time, always a great team player. As a World Champion for Scuderia Ferrari, he will always be part of the Team’s history and family. We thank Kimi for all of this and wish him and his family a prosperous future.”

Sauber F1 Team Principal, Fred Vasseur said, “Signing Kimi Raikkonen as our driver represents an important pillar of our project, and brings us closer to our target of making significant progress as a team in the near future. Kimi’s undoubted talent and immense experience in Formula 1 will not only contribute to the development of our car, but will also accelerate the growth and development of our team as a whole. Together, we will start the 2019 season with a strong foundation, driven by the determination to fight for results that count.”


Raikkonen made his debut in F1 with Sauber in 2001 and joined Ferrari from McLaren in 2007, securing the only drivers’ title of his career that year. After a lacklustre 2009 season in which he finished sixth in the drivers’ standings, Raikkonen moved away from both Ferrari and Formula 1. He returned with Lotus in 2012, sensationally winning two races for the underfunded outfit, and moved back to Ferrari in 2014.

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Poco F1 Third Flash Sale at 12pm Today on, Flipkart

Poco F1 third flash sale will be held in India at 12pm on September 12. Interested buyers will be able to snag a Poco F1 configuration of their choice via and Flipkart at the assigned time today. Considering there is a lot of demand for the Xiaomi-branded smartphone, we recommend users log on to their preferred e-commerce portal a few minutes before the sale. Apart from the three regular variants, the Poco F1 Armoured Edition will also be part of the sale on both portals. That said, let’s get into the Poco F1 pricing, availability, and specifications. The phone was launched late last month.

Poco F1 price in India, availability

Poco F1 price in India starts at Rs. 20,999 for the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage. Apart from that, the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model has been priced at Rs. 23,999, while the 8GB RAM/ 256GB onboard storage variant comes with a price tag of Rs. 28,999. The variants are available in Graphite Black, Rosso Red, and Steel Blue colour options. There is a special Poco F1 Armoured Edition also up for grabs, with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, priced at Rs. 29,999. The Armoured Edition comes with a ‘real Kevlar’ back panel.

While the Poco F1 claims to offer value for money with flagship-grade specifications at a competitive price tag, there have been a couple instances of poor quality control including the lack of Widevine L1 licence that means no HD streaming on services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and user reports around display bleeding on their retail units. The second sale was held on September 5 in India.

Poco F1 specifications

The dual-SIM Poco F1 runs MIUI on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, and sports a 6.18-inch full-HD+ (1080×2246 pixels) panel with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 6GB/ 8GB of RAM and 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB of internal storage.

In the camera department, the Poco F1 bears a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. On the front, the smartphone sports a 20-megapixel selfie camera sensor with HDR and AI Beautify features. There is a 4,000mAh battery under the hood, with support for 18W charging via Quick Charge 3.0.

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Xiaomi Poco F1 Armoured Edition to Go on Sale for First Time in India Tomorrow, via Flipkart and

Xiaomi launched the Poco F1 in India in varied RAM/ inbuilt storage options, and sale for all the variants has already been conducted once on Flipkart and, except for the Armoured Edition with a ‘real Kevlar’ back. However, the most premium variant of the Poco F1 (Review) is now going on sale for the first time tomorrow on both the sites. The Armoured Edition comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB inbuilt storage, and is priced at Rs. 29,999 in India. Other key highlights of the handset include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with LiquidCool Technology, a 6.18-inch display, 12-megapixel rear camera, and more.

Xiaomi’s sub-brand Poco has announced on Twitter that the Poco F1 Armoured Edition will go on sale for the first time on Flipkart and The sale will begin at 12noon on both the sites, and we recommend that you register beforehand, and fill in your payments and address details in advance for faster checkout. The Poco F1 Armoured Edition, as mentioned, is priced at Rs. 29,999. All the other variants are also going on sale alongside the Armoured Edition, at 12 noon on Flipkart and In its first sale, Xiaomi announced that over one lakh Poco F1 units were sold within five minutes. It said that more than 300 Poco F1 units were bought every second during the sale before it went out of stock.

In the sale tomorrow, the Poco F1 will be available in 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant (priced at Rs. 20,999), 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage model (priced at Rs. 23,999), the 8GB RAM/ 256GB inbuilt storage model (priced at Rs. 28,999), and the Armoured Edition model with ‘real Kevlar’ priced at Rs. 29,999.

Xiaomi Poco F1 specifications
The Xiaomi Poco F1 is a dual-SIM smartphone that runs MIUI 9.6 out-of-the-box based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The Poco F1 uses MIUI for Poco, a customised version of MIUI that is said to be optimised for speed. The Poco launcher is said to appear closer to stock Android’s UI and it also includes features like third-party app icon support. It is equipped with a 6.18-inch display alongside 2.D curved Gorilla Glass 3 glass protection, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that comes with LiquidCool Technology. As mentioned, the smartphone comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants and bears a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 primary sensor with 1.4-micron pixel, dual-pixel autofocus, and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor from Samsung. At the front, there is a 20-megapixel selfie camera that comes with HDR and AI Beautify features, with an IR light that powers the Face Unlock feature.

The Poco F1 comes with 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB inbuilt storage options, all of which are expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) in a hybrid SIM slot configuration. Connectivity options in the smartphone include 4G+, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack. It includes sensors such as an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The handset packs a 4,000mAh battery with 18W charging support and Quick Charge 3.

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F1: Lando Norris Confirmed To Replace Stoffel Vandoorne At McLaren Next Season

Formula 2 front-runner Lando Norris will be making his F1 next season with McLaren stepping in for the departing Stoffel Vandoorne.

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Lando Norris will race alongside Carlos Sainz who steps in the Fernando Alonso in 2019

Lando Norris has been announced as the new driver at McLaren for the 2019 Formula One season. The Formula 2 front-runner will be replacing Stoffel Vandoorne, who announced his departure from the team at the end of this season. Norris was one of the four shortlisted drivers for the seat after it became increasingly clear that Vandoorne will not continue with McLaren owing to poor performance. Lando will be joining the newly recruited Carlos Sainz in the McLaren garage in 2019, with the latter stepping in for Fernando Alonso, who announced his retirement from Formula 1 by the end of this season.

Norris was given the opportunity to run on a Grand Prix weekend for the first time when he drove in FP1 at Spa and Monza. His performance impressed the Woking-based outfit, which earned him the seat at McLaren. The 18-year-old British racing driver has been a part of the McLaren young driver programme since 2017 and has won a number of junior categories, as well as last year’s European F3 title. Norris is currently in contention for the F2 battling against Mercedes junior driver George Russell.

Speaking about driving for McLaren in F1, Lando Norris said, “To be announced as a race driver for McLaren is a dream come true. Although I’ve been part of the team for a while now, this is a special moment, one I could only hope would become reality. I’d like to thank the whole team for this amazing opportunity and for believing in me. I’m also extremely grateful for the commitment McLaren has already shown in my development, allowing me to build my experience in a Formula 1 car in both testing and on Fridays during the past two race weekends.”

McLaren Racing CEO, Zak Brown said, “We believe Lando is an exciting talent, full of potential, who we’ve very deliberately kept within the McLaren fold for exactly that reason. Lando is an integral part of our plan for rebuilding our Formula 1 operation for the future, and he has already developed a strong relationship with the team. In Lando and Carlos we have an impressive duo who, despite their relative youth, hold valuable experience in Formula 1 and with McLaren, and represent the next generation of McLaren drivers to lead the team forward. While our short-term focus is fixed on securing the best possible result for the remainder of the 2018 season, we’re also massively motivated by the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Speaking about his exit from McLaren, Stoffel Vandoorne said, “I’m very grateful to McLaren for investing their faith in me over the past five years. I joined McLaren as a young driver and have since seen my career progress within the team from Test and Development Driver to Reserve Driver and then to full-time race driver. While we haven’t achieved the success we’d all hoped for, I’ve really enjoyed the past two seasons racing for McLaren and I have a great relationship with everyone in the team. My time at McLaren has been a great chapter in my career and I’m thankful for the opportunity the team, Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa and Mansour Ojjeh have given me to gain valuable Formula 1 experience and develop as a driver. I intend to give it my all for the remaining seven races of this season, and will announce my plans for next season in due course.”


It’s not clear where Vandoorne is headed in 2019 and it will be interesting to see the driver get picked up by any of the other teams including Sauber or Williams. Having spent five years with McLaren, the Belgian started out as a part of the team’s young driver programme in 2013, and was their test driver in 2014. He was later promoted to reserve in 2016 and went on to score a point when filling in for Alonso. With Jenson Button’s retirement at the end of 2016, Vandoorne was given the seat at McLaren in 2017. However, the 26-year-old hasn’t been able to score points this season and has struggled to get comfortable with the car. He currently sits 16th in the drivers’ standings, 36 points and five places behind Alonso.

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