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BREAKING: Silverstone triggers British GP release clause

Silverstone to trigger release clause

The owners of Silverstone, The British Racing Drivers’ Club, has formally triggered the break clause in its contract with Formula 1, now owned and managed by Liberty Media.

This means that unless a new contractual arrangement can be reached with Liberty, 2019 will be the last year that the British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone - the only viable venue for a British GP.

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New formula one car revealed - and its pink!

The new Force India VJM10 Credit: Force India

Motor racing and the Silverstone based Force India formula one team have revealed they'll be racing a pink car this season.

The VJM10 will race in pink, magenta and silver to mark the beginning of a long-term relationship with the Austrian-based water brand BWT.

The new colours will make their debut at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The partnership represents BWT’s first involvement in Formula One.

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Mercedes hope new Silver Arrow hits the mark

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas unveil the new Silver Arrow Credit: PA Images

The Formula One World Champions Mercedes unveiled their new car ahead of their latest assault on the championship.

The Brackley-based team's launch took place at Silverstone where both Lewis Hamilton and new team mate Valtteri Bottas got to give it a spin.

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Allison to become new Mercedes Technical Director

James Allison is joining Mercedes. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire-based Formula One team Mercedes has appointed James Allison as its new Technical Director.

The 48-year-old was part of title-winning teams Ferrari and Renault in the past, and will start work on March 1.

Allison will help fill the void left by Paddy Lowe who was placed on gardening leave in January ahead of a proposed move to Williams.

I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport.

It's a massive privilege to be given the trust of a position in a team that has done so spectacularly well in the past three seasons. I am really looking forward to playing my part in helping Mercedes go from strength to strength in the coming years.

– James Allison, Mercedes Technical Director
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Mercedes considering Alonso as Rosberg replacement

Mercedes are considering Fernando Alonso as a replacement for retiring world champion Nico Rosberg.

Alonso could replace Rosberg following the champion's retirement. Credit: PA

But two-time championship winner Alonso is about to enter the final year of his three-year deal with McLaren, meaning Mercedes may have to look elsewhere.

"You have to consider Fernando," Mercedes boss Toto Wolff told Sky Sports' F1 Special: Nico The Brave show.

"He is a driver I respect a lot. He combines talent, speed and experience. It's all there.

"But he is in a contract with McLaren-Honda at the moment and we just need to weigh all the other options up."

Mercedes face a race against time to bring in a new driver alongside Lewis Hamilton, with pre-season testing due to begin in February.

Rosberg made his surprise announcement last week, just five days after sealing the drivers' championship.

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New F1 world champion Rosberg announces retirement

Rosberg has retired from Formula One. Credit: PA

New Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has sensationally quit the sport with immediate effect.

The German driver, who races for Brackley-based Mercedes, has decided to call time on his career after achieving his dream of winning the world championship on Sunday.

Many people had been looking forward to seeing Rosberg renew his rivalry with Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton next season, but that now won't be the case.

Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion.

Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target.And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right.

My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.

– Nico Rosberg

New world champion Rosberg celebrates title in style

Nico Rosberg (centre) celebrates last night. Credit: Nico Rosberg/Twitter

It appears new Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg celebrated his title as you expect - by partying long into the night.

The German tweeted a picture of the lively post-season bash last night in which he quite understandably looked a little worse for wear!

Rosberg beat his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the championship, despite Hamilton winning the final race in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Hamilton secures pole for world championship decider

Lewis Hamilton will start on pole. Credit: PA

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's all-important Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on pole after a dominant display in qualifying.

The 31-year-old finished more than three tenths of a second ahead of his Mercedes teammate Rosberg who will join Hamilton on the front row.

Milton-Keynes Red Bull complete the top three, with Daniel Ricciardo lining up in third.

Despite Hamilton's performance, Rosberg remains the big favourite to win the world championship title tomorrow.

If the German finishes third or above he will be crowned champion, regardless of what Hamilton does.

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