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Formula One teams up with Lagardere in China push (Reuters)
"The sport's new owners, Liberty Media, see China, along with the United States, as ripe for expansion and there has been talk of adding a second grand prix in the country to the long-standing one in Shanghai."
Aston and Cosworth join F1 engine meeting (Autosport)
"There was a widespread acceptance that F1 should remain the pinnacle of motorsport and therefore engine technology could not go backwards."
Paul Ricard offers to host 2018 winter testing (F1i)
"As the teams will not know the new track, it could be tempting for them. The only question is whether we will share with another circuit."
Fernando Alonso rues years of frustration at McLaren but doesn't write them off (Sky)
"The lack of victories hurts the career, the motivation and happiness. That's been the biggest loss of the last couple of years."
McLaren zooms into junk bond market (FT - registration required)
"After the deal, Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat will own 62.55 per cent of the combined group’s shares. TAG, the Luxembourg investment group run by Mansour Ojjeh, will own 15.89 per cent while other minority shareholders will hold the remainder."
Webber calls for end to F1 grid penalties (Motorsport)
"There have been so many ridiculous penalties over the last five years that the driver has had nothing to do with, and it's had a big impact on how the weekend would have been in terms of entertainment."
Villeneuve continue de dire ce qu’il pense (Journal de Montreal - French)
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On this day in F1
- Juan Pablo Montoya took pole for the fourth race in a row today in 2002 at Silverstone