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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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F1 2020: Daniel Ricciardo’s tattoo bet with Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul, shooey podium plan revealed

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Daniel Ricciardo plans to leave his mark on Renault — literally — before departing at season’s end to join McLaren.

Details of a bet between the Australian and Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul have emerged, with Riciardo confirming the terms on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The deal is if Ricciardo can achieve the team’s first podium finish since they returned as a constructor in 2016, Abiteboul must get a tattoo of Ricciardo’s choosing — although the Frenchman gets to decide the size and location.

“This has really broken out now,” said Ricciardo, who almost decided the bet when he finished fourth at the British Grand Prix.

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F1 2020: Lewis Hamilton accuses officials of trying to ‘slow down’ Mercedes

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Mercedes’ dominance is behind the FIA’s mooted plans to limit teams to a single engine mode across a Grand Prix weekend, championship leader Lewis Hamilton says.

Currently teams are able to run their power units in different settings each day — which is particularly important in the latter stages of qualifying where Mercedes has been able to ramp up its performance to a level its rivals can’t compete with.

Hamilton’s team have dominated qualifying in the hybrid engine era — claiming 99 of 126 pole positions since 2014 — and he believes the expected technical directive is being done with one thing in mind.

“It’s not a surprise, they’re always trying to slow us down,” Hamilton said. “But it doesn’t really change a huge amount for us, so it’s not a problem.

“At the end of the day the guys at our team have done such a great job with the engine. As I told you, it’s obviously to slow us down but I don’t think it’s going to get the result they want. But that’s totally fine if they do.”

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F1 2020, Spanish Grand Prix, Racing Point: Mercedes could be guilty in brake duct case, Red Bull boss says

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has suggested Mercedes could be a guilty party in the ‘copycat’ scandal engulfing Formula One.

Mercedes customer team, Racing Point, was last week fined €400,000 (A$658,250) and stripped of 15 world championship points after FIA stewards deemed it had illegally copied the team’s brake ducts.

Renault and Ferrari will appeal the leniency of the punishment, while Racing Point intends to take the case to the International Court of Appeals to have its name cleared.

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Racing Point, was last week fined €400,000 (A$658,250) and stripped of 15 world championship points.
Racing Point, was last week fined €400,000 (A$658,250) and stripped of 15 world championship points.Source: Getty Images

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