Albon sticking at Williams on multi-year deal
Alex Albon has signed a multi-year contract with Williams Racing, the team announced on Wednesday.
McLaren has informed Daniel Ricciardo that the team intends to replace him next season, according to ESPN. Citing a source close to the Australian driver, ESPN reports Ricciardo was informed the team plans to promote Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri into his seat.
The Denver Broncos announced the addition of Formula One star Lewis Hamilton to its new ownership group on Tuesday. The sale of the team from the estate of Pat Bowlen to the Walton-Penner group, led by Walmart heir Rob Walton, for $4.65 billion closed in June.
Charles Leclerc used help from Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. to beat Formula One leader Max Verstappen and take pole position for the French Grand Prix on Saturday. Sainz had nothing at stake since he was starting from the back of the grid after multiple engine-part changes, so Ferrari used him to give Leclerc a tow on his two runs in Q3.
Both Mercedes cars crashed at the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday in a dramatic ending to a qualifying session that set the field for Saturday’s sprint. Formula One leader Max Verstappen narrowly won the pole for the sprint race ahead of both Ferraris.
Carlos Sainz Jr. won his his first career Formula One race on Sunday with a victory at the British Grand Prix — the most dramatic race so far this season. It began with a frightening first-lap crash and ended with intense wheel-to-wheel battles for the podium positions.
Lewis Hamilton said Thursday that Formula One should ignore “old voices” and reject racism as it focus on becoming more inclusive. Hamilton, the seven-time F1 champion and only Black driver, was reacting to comments made last year by three-time champion Nelson Piquet referring to Hamilton by a racial term. The word in question was brought to attention this week.