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ITV to step in as BBC backs out of Formula 1 (Broadcast Now)
"Like the BBC, ITV will broadcast a selection of races live, while others will be covered via highlights. Sky Sports’ coverage is unlikely to be impacted by the change."
Daniel Ricciardo wary of 'doing an Alonso' by leaving Red Bull (ESPN)
"In 2017 there are a lot of rule changes and the last thing I want to do is an Alonso, jumping ship and then the ship you've left is the one you want to be on."
Ferrari encouraged VW to join F1 (Autosport)
"That such a large company was not in F1 was always very strange to me. I also encouraged General Motors, I always try to encourage all of them to join."
Merry Christmas Monza - law change set to save the Italian Grand Prix (James Allen on F1)
"But a report in Gazzetta Dello Sport suggests that the Italian government has agreed to let the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) change a statute to use its finances to help fund the Italian race, as there had previously been a limitation on how it could use its resources."
Sainz expects rivals to progress in 2016 (Adam Cooper's F1 Blog)
"Also we noticed with Renault that we had the same power for the full season. Toro Rosso at the beginning of the season was up there, and then little by little we went backwards."
Romain Grosjean exclusive: From Lotus to Haas (F1i)
"If I never go to Ferrari probably in my life I will think ‘Holy cow, if we hadn’t had that KERS issue early in the season then things would have come my way much earlier and maybe I would have had the chance’"
Felix da Costa to keep Red Bull backing (Motorsport)
"Antonio Felix da Costa will continue to enjoy Red Bull's backing next season, despite no longer being part of the Austrian firm's Formula 1 team."
Claire Williams: from a £5k Renault 5 to a £20 million F1 car (The Telegraph)
"We know we can win races, and that’s one of our aims; we’ve come third for the last two years, which is a tremendous achievement given where Williams was just a few years ago."
Mika: Flat-out to the Finnish! (McLaren)
"Almost immediately (Bottas) was absolutely flat-out. At Turn One his car swooped from entry to apex to exit, from kerb to kerb to kerb, on a perfect line, its driver leaving no margin. He was totally on it: early on the gas, a little bit sideways, but always under control."