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In the round-up: Mercedes have indicated they will confirm their driver line-up for the 2021 F1 season before they launch their new car in one month’s time.

Mercedes to confirm driver line-up before launch

With the first day of testing for the new season 37 days away, and Mercedes due to launch their new car in exactly one month’s time, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton is yet to confirm whether he will drive for Mercedes again this year. He is widely expected to agree a new contract to drive alongside Valtteri Bottas in what would be his ninth year with the team, for which he has already won six of his seven world championships.

Mercedes’ online launch event on March 3rd is due to feature the teams’ drivers. They also indicated in social media posts the identities of their 2021 drivers will be known by the time the W12 appears.

The saga over whether Formula 1’s most famous driver will agree terms to keep racing in the sport therefore looks like it has at most one month left to run.

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Ferrari in Art - The Sporting Legacy
Ferrari in Art – The Sporting Legacy

Former Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has purchased “Ferrari in Art – The Sporting Legacy”, a collection of 25 unique artworks celebrating the sport’s most famous competitor.

The works, created by artist Mark Dickens and F1 photographer Keith Sutton, were displayed at the Royal Autmobile Club in London in 2019. They feature written contributions from a wide array of Formula 1’s most famous figures including world champions Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari luminaries Piero Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, Stefano Domenicali, plus Toto Wolff, Lawrence Stroll and even Ecclestone himself.

“There has never been a collaboration like this before and I could not resist the opportunity to acquire it for my private collection,” said Ecclestone, who stepped down in charge of F1 four years ago when Liberty Media completed their takeover of the sport.





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