In the round-up: Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll rubbished an unsubstantiated rumour published elsewhere which claimed he was considering selling the team.
What they say
Stroll purchased the luxury car manufacturer last year and has rebranded his Formula 1 team, previously known as Racing Point, as Aston Martin this year.
He described a rumour claiming he might sell it to a Chinese consortium as “absolute bullshit and totally untrue”, according to an Aston Martin spokesperson, who added he “couldn’t be more excited about, and sincerely believes in, the team’s long-term future success.”
"The team, which will run under the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR banner, will field the number 51 car (previously the number 19 and number 55 cars) as a full-season entry alongside its sister number 18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan entry driven by Ed Jones. The team further plans to run the number 52 car at the Indianapolis 500 as a third entry under the DCR stable. The number 52 car also is set to do a selection of other races to be determined."
"The Italian press has reported that Flavio Briatore’s Force Blue, the 63.22-metre explorer yacht built by Royal Denship in 2002, has been acquired in auction by former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone for €7,490,000."
Emanuele Pirro: "I was in Melbourne, for the Australian Grand Prix which had been cancelled the night just before first practice and it was a surreal situation. However, Formula 1 managed to run a complete season crowning Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes Word Champions in a spectacular way. What a remarkable achievement to run 17 races in such a situation! It has been possible thanks to the massive effort of the many people (not so many after all) of F1 and FIA, who worked day and night, developed new strategies, took risks, and managed to bring a great season home. Well done to them, on behalf of all the members!"
"Tyre management is definitely critical at this level,” he continued. “I think I improved in that area last year, I learned about the warm-up procedure and how to maintain the tyres so that they last longer in races."
"I was expecting F3 to be sort of a two-year pathway I guess, and it’s ended up being just one. So I would say probably two years in F2, but if F2 does go as well as F3 and I manage to pull off a similar feat, then obviously that would put me in pretty good stead for 2022."
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