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Delta Goodrem drafted in to launch Supercars season

Singer Delta Goodrem and stereotype-shattering driver Simona de Silvestro will spearhead a push to expand the appeal of Supercars.

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The Manor Formula One team has folded after going into administration and failing to find a buyer, leaving the sport with 10 teams two months before the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

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Bernie Ecclestone’s $8 billion legacy

“I was deposed today,” Bernie Ecclestone told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. “I am simply gone.”

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Bernie Ecclestone replaced as Formula One boss

Bernie Ecclestone’s 40-year reign as Formula One’s supremo has ended with the sport’s new owners Liberty Media replacing the 86-year-old Briton with American Chase Carey.

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Bottas jumps into the hottest seat in Formula 1

Valtteri Bottas has secured the most highly-sought after driver’s seat in Formula One as he heads into the 2017 season with Mercedes and a fired up Lewis Hamilton.

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Renault F1 team rocked as principal Vasseur abruptly leaves

A few weeks away from proudly unveiling their new car for the 2017 Formula One season, French manufacturer Renault now have to find a new team principal after the departure of Frederic Vasseur on Wednesday.

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Aussie defending champ Toby Price crashes out of Dakar

Reigning champion Toby Price is out of the Dakar Rally after suffering a broken leg in a motorcycle crash.

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Ricciardo won’t be switching to Mercedes to fill Rosberg’s shoes

Formula One ace Daniel Ricciardo has ruled out filling the “damn good” seat at Mercedes next season, saying he’s committed to Red Bull for the next two years.

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The condition of Michael Schumacher’s health will remain closely guarded among family and close associates, the former Formula One champion’s manager said on Saturday.

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Back to front: F1 season review — fight at the front

For the third year in succession, Formula One was dominated by behemoth Mercedes, which conquered all before it without giving rivals a chance.

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Formula One season in review Part 2: Three drivers who under-promised and over-delivered

To cleanse the palette after last week’s look at the underachievers from Formula One season 2016, it’s time to unveil the three drivers who left the greatest mark on the year.

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Back to front: The Formula One season review — midfield melee

Focusing on Formula One’s frontrunners means we tend to miss the often more interesting struggles in the midfield.

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Hamilton escapes punishment, Mercedes say their orders were wrong

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will escape unpunished for ignoring team orders in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which saw Nico Rosberg clinch the Formula One world title.

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Back to front: Formula One season review — the battle at the back

As the sun finally sets on Formula One’s longest ever season, the heat of battle begins to fade, allowing the sport to take stock on exactly what happened over the past nine months of racing.

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Formula One season in review Part 1: Three drivers who had a season to forget

With the season run and won, there’s little news remaining for us to sink our teeth into, apart from speculating about who will fill the seat vacated by Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

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Open season? Mercedes must poach for Rosberg’s replacement

It’s wonderfully ironic that Nico Rosberg’s championship victory has proved less exciting than his subsequent retirement.

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Shane Van Gisbergen wins the 2016 Tasmanian Super Sprint

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates with Nico Rosberg

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Otmar Szafnauer

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Lewis Hamilton

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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

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Nico Rosberg

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Nico Rosberg F1 Formula One Australian Grand Prix 2016

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The Roar of the crowd

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Formula One already being Liberated by the social beast

By Bayden Westerweller, 10 Mar 2017
Formula One already being Liberated by the social beast

Liberty Media has wasted little time stamping its imprimatur on Formula One, making an instant and welcome impression throughout pre-season testing.

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Has DJR Team Penske finally emerged?

By Jawad Yaqub, 10 Mar 2017
Has DJR Team Penske finally emerged?

2014 saw US motorsport giant Roger Penske announce that he’d venturing into the Australian touring car scene, with our own legendary equivalent in Dick Johnson.

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Is Jamie Whincup intimidated by Shane van Gisbergen?

With the dust settled on a thrilling Clipsal 500 to open the Supercars season, defending champion Shane van Gisbergen looks prepared to be as ruthless as ever in attempting to go back-to-back.

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Conclusions from the first Formula One pre-season test

Formula One’s annual pre-season testing commenced last week, with the eagerly anticipated 2017 machines hitting the track for the first time in Barcelona.

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False dawn or has Ferrari learned its lesson?

By Bayden Westerweller, 8 Mar 2017
False dawn or has Ferrari learned its lesson?

It’d be naive to suggest that Ferrari has recovered from its inexplicable, though entirely quintessential, freefall in 2016 on the back of last week’s opening pre-season test, yet indications show a tangible package to fashion a concerted effort in the upcoming campaign.

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Why no one will beat Jamie Whincup in 2017

By Scott Pryde, 3 Mar 2017
Why no one will beat Jamie Whincup in 2017

Let’s not muck around here. Jamie Whincup is a champion – one of the best drivers to have ever pushed a pedal in anger throughout Supercars history and there will be no stopping him in 2017.

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Will 2017 see Walkinshaw’s renaissance?

By Jawad Yaqub, 3 Mar 2017
Will 2017 see Walkinshaw’s renaissance?

One of the most polarising pieces of news in the Supercars championship last year, was the announcement that GM would not be renewing its factory backing of the Walkinshaw empire’s Holden Racing Team.

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The saga of Garth Tander: What can we expect in 2017?

If there’s a man with a point to prove in the 2017 Supercars season, it’s Garth Tander.

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Realising Ross Brawn’s ‘non-championship’ vision

By Bayden Westerweller, 2 Mar 2017
Realising Ross Brawn’s ‘non-championship’ vision

Ross Brawn confesses that he’s a “poacher turned gamekeeper”, yet this won’t dilute the maestro’s vision for future innovation to the long-term betterment of Formula One.

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The importance (or lack thereof) of being number 1

The moniker of ‘number one’ in motorsport is of greater significance than much of the rest of world sport, with the athlete physically able to display the numeral on their machines, to the envy of their competition.

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Is Toro Rosso 2017’s dark horse?

By Bayden Westerweller, 28 Feb 2017
Is Toro Rosso 2017’s dark horse?

Entering their twelfth Formula One campaign, victory at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix courtesy of Sebastian Vettel remains Scuderia Toro Rosso’s finest hour.

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2017 is make or break for Valtteri Bottas

By Jem Ruggera, 26 Feb 2017
2017 is make or break for Valtteri Bottas

For Valtteri Bottas, 2017 could very well be the crux on which his entire career in Formula One hinges.

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Supercars wildcards the way forward for rising star drivers

Ahead of next week’s anticipated return of Australia’s premier touring car category, it was announced that the second-tier development category would be undergoing a major revamp in 2017.

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Will Nissan finally rise in 2017?

By Scott Pryde, 24 Feb 2017
Will Nissan finally rise in 2017?

To put it nicely, Nissan have not had a good time of it since they re-entered the V8 Supercars Championship in 2013, only recording three top-ten championship finishes out of 16 individual entries.

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Williams faces an anonymous campaign

By Bayden Westerweller, 24 Feb 2017
Williams faces an anonymous campaign

As appetising as the incentive must have been in return for Mercedes taking Valtteri Bottas off its books at the eleventh hour, Williams finds itself in a precarious situation, with its roster boasting a fleetingly retired driver and a teen whose presence is bankrolled at the hand of his father’s considerable wealth.

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The Albert Park Supercars round is just a big waste of time

The Formula One Grand Prix, staged at Albert Park in Melbourne each year, is one of the biggest Motorsport events in Australia and the Supercars have been a part of the weekend since 1985, when it was still held in Adelaide – but is it time for the relationship to come to an end?

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McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso

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Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of China

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Simona De Silvestro

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Marcos Ambrose in NASCAR

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V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000

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McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso

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Marcos Ambrose in NASCAR

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Marcos Ambrose in his comeback to V8s

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NASCAR car cutting a sick doey

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