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Ford Motorsport boss: No Formula 1 until costs come down (Autocar)
"Hybrid power will be relevant for a long time for Ford. so I’d never say never to Formula 1, especially if it introduces budgets."
SMP Racing chief says never paid F1 Team Williams for taking Russia’s Sirotkin on board (TASS)
"Sirotkin ended up there (in Williams) not because of money, but due to his sports qualities. This is why I think Williams took him. We, on our part, prefer to invest into technologies."
Lowe: Drivers didn't always exploit car in 2017 (Racer)
"Some of (the missed results) is down to error here and there, operational issues, some of which was reliability which was not as good as we'd like. Some of it is the driver not being able to exploit the car that is available."
Renault was 'almost 10 years' behind rivals (Autosport)
"Renault began a recruitment drive during 2016 that took its F1 staff from an initial 400 to past the 500 mark, with its chassis technical director Nick Chester telling Autosport the tally would 'probably' reach 700 by the end of '18."
Renault looking to the future (Sky)
"That's the target of the academy, to be able to bring one of those guys into Formula 1 by 2020."
Mercedes defends staff contract strategy (Motorsport)
"In this case, it was an employee who has just signed a new contract and whom Renault would have liked to see."
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