In the round-up: McLaren would’ve been race-winners in 2016 had they been using the best engine, according to Eric Boullier.
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McLaren 'would have won' with best engine (Autosport)
"If we had the best engine this year, we would have won races. We know, the GPS traces (of corner speeds) tell us."
Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull a better place to be than Mercedes in 2017 (ESPN)
"We know that with the extra downforce we are going to need even more power than we had this year, but we have got a pretty aggressive approach. I think we've got to go for that and try to maximise it."
Claims F1 cost cap can't be enforced are 'nonsense' - Tost (Motorsport)
"If somebody shouldn't want to present their expenditures, it could be pretty easy: then the FIA could charge this team twice the average price of the part in question."
Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA)
"The Ferrari Driver Academy has signed up the New Zealander Marcus Armstrong, born on 29th July 2000, coming from Tony Kart, and Brazil’s Enzo Fittipaldi, born on 18th July 2001, after an evaluation test held at the Fiorano Circuit back in November."
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On this day in F1
December 24th: Seventies F1 racer Howden Ganley is 75 today.
December 25th: Giancarlo Baghetti, the only F1 driver to win the first F1 race he started (aside from the inaugural round of the world championship), was born on this day in 1934.
December 26th: On this day 55 years ago Jim Clark won the non-championship South African Grand Prix on the East London circuit.