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Former Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne passes away aged 66

Former Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has died aged 66, it has been announced. Credit: PA

Former Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has died aged 66, it has been announced.

Marchionne was stood down from his role only on Saturday following complications from shoulder surgery.

John Elkann, who was confirmed as Marchionne's replacement, said in a statement issued on Wednesday: "Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone."

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Vettel raises bar in Barcelona F1 pre-season testing

The four-time champion is vying to return to the pinnacle of the sport this season. Credit: PA

Sebastian Vettel raised the bar on the penultimate morning of Formula One's pre-season testing by setting an unofficial track record at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

The four-time champion smashed Daniel Ricciardo's lap time from Wednesday by nearly a whole second as Ferrari showed their impressive hand with just one full day of practice remaining.

Vettel, 30, became the first driver over the two weeks of testing to dip beneath the one minute 18 mark with an effort of 1:17.182. The German also recorded 84 laps, with Valtteri Bottas the only driver to have managed more miles.

Kvyat joins Ferrari for 2018 campaign

Ferrari have named Daniil Kvyat as the team's development driver. Credit: PA

Ferrari have named Daniil Kvyat as the team's development driver for the 2018 season.

The announcement comes three months after the Russian was dropped by Toro Rosso following the 2017 United States Grand Prix.

Kvyat, who has two podium finishes in his 72 career starts, had been linked with a move to Williams this year.

The 23-year-old joined the Red Bull junior programme in 2010 and made his F1 debut with Toro Rosso four years later.

Kvyat finished second at the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix before claiming another podium with a third-placed finish in China the following year.

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Vettel staying with Ferrari after signing three-year deal

Sebastian Vettel is staying with Ferrari. Credit: PA

Sebastian Vettel will remain at Ferrari after it was announced he has agreed a new three-year contract.

Championship leader Vettel, who heads Lewis Hamilton by 14 points in the title race ahead of tomorrow's Belgian Grand Prix, will now be committed to the Italian team until the end of the 2020 season.

The length of Vettel's contract ends speculation he could join forces with Mercedes, and the likelihood of Hamilton moving in the opposite direction when his deal expires next year.

Vettel wins hectic Singapore GP

Sebastian Vettel on the track in Singapore. Credit: PA

Sebastian Vettel had to contend with a crazed track invader and two safety cars before claiming his third victory of the season at an incident-packed Singapore Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver slashed the gap to Lewis Hamilton in the championship after the Briton suffered his first retirement of the year.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished second with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen completing the podium places. Nico Rosberg, Hamilton's closest rival in his quest for back-to-back titles, crossed the line in fourth.

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