In today’s world, it’s tougher than ever to keep up with the rolling 24-7 news cycle – so we’ve decided to grab the best F1 articles from around the web and present them in a single weekly story, enabling you to be in the loop with one click. Here’s the latest for Thursday June 22, 2017.
Sauber rocked the sport overnight with news that its Group CEO Monisha Kaltenborn had left her positions with immediate effect. The team was acquired by Swiss firm Longbow Finance last year, a move designed to not only secured its financial future, but ensure stability at the constructor currently celebrating 25 years in the sport.But a difference in opinion between Kaltenborn, and new chairman Pascal Picci, allegedly on its technical direction - led to Kaltenborn’s departure by mutual consent after more than 17 years at the squad. Her replacement is yet to be decided.
Source: Fox Sports
Could Lewis Hamilton retire at the end of 2017? The Inside Line predicted the 3-time World Champion could retire soon, if not after signing a final extension with the Silver Arrows for 2019 and beyond. But an interview from the FIA’s Auto magazine has revealed Hamilton is considering his legacy in the sport, and whether he needs to up wins and championships to be considered a great. "My destiny is in my own hands. I can decide to stop at the end of this year," he said. "Does that mean my legacy is less great than it would be if I stop in five years' time? Who's to say?”
Source: Sky Sports F1
There could be an 11th team in F1 as soon as 2019, with the potential new outfit from China. An update of Britain's Companies House register has seen a business run by French lawyer Michael Orts, who has competed in sports car racing in Europe and America, renamed ‘China F1 Racing Team Limited’ - and the FIA has been approached about a slot on the grid. "There are always rumours, but we have had some interest from some teams," said FIA president Jean Todt. "At the moment we have ten teams and the idea is to have up to 12 teams. So we have an opportunity, if we have one or two strong newcomers it could be possible."
This week we got our first taste of the 2018 calendar, which features 21-rounds and F1’s first-ever Triple Header - with the French, Austrian and British Grands Prix all held in successive weeks. Germany and France return, the historic venues Hockenheim and Paul Ricard respectively. The Le Mans 24 Hour race remains on its own on June 16-17 at the behest of F1’s governing body, the FIA. China and Singapore, though, remain provisional with both yet to sign contract extensions.
Source: NBC F1