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F1 2019, news: Daniel Ricciardo on Red Bull and Baku crash, Max Verstappen, Renault

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Daniel Ricciardo shocked the F1 world when he announced he was departing Red Bull at the end of the 2018 season and switching to Renault.

The move caught many by surprise as it was a step down for the man who had competed near the front of the grid over the previous five seasons.

But Ricciardo saw his switch as one looking to the future with Renault’s potential to compete for championships ahead of where Red Bull was going.

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Speculation rose around why Ricciardo had departed the more powerful Red Bull with talks of a rift between Ricciardo and Max Verstappen and suggestions he was worried about being pushed down to the number two driver in the garage.

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Supercars 2020: Supercars aero, Supercars VCAT test

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Supercars technical staff are in a race against time to deliver the results and suggested aerodynamic changes following a second Vehicle Control Aerodynamic Testing [VCAT] process carried out this week.

The VCAT process was carried out with homologation teams Triple Eight and DJR Team Penske from Monday to Wednesday at Oakey Army Aviation Centre.

The same venue hosted an initial five-day VCAT process in December before further analysis prompted Supercars to call for a second test.

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F1: V6 hybrid engines, F1 2020 news, F1 engine regulations

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Formula One lost the “initiative” on technology when the sport switched to V6 hybrid engines in 2014, says Motorsport UK chairman David Richards.

In 2014, the 2.4-litre V8 engine – used between 2006 and 2013 – was replaced with a new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine with in-built energy recovery systems.

Despite the sport making strides with an eye towards sustainability, the change to the V6 hybrid proved an unpopular move for many – not the least then F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

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Supercars 2020: Walkinshaw Andretti United sponsor, Mobil 1, Supercars news

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Walkinshaw Andretti United has confirmed long-time backer Mobil 1 will continue its co-naming rights deal with the Holden squad.

The 2020 season looms as defining one for WAU, with the team acquiring the services of Tickford star and former Bathurst winner Chaz Mostert on a multi-year deal.

Although yet unofficial, it’s expected the team will fill its second seat with Super 2 champion Bryce Fullwood.

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