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Renault considers F1 'Art Car' idea (Motorsport)
"Frankly F1 cars are ugly. I am ashamed by what we are doing."
McLaren will surprise in 2016 - exclusive Q&A with Ron Dennis (F1)
"At some point during the season, we will begin to spring a few surprises. Clearly, Honda’s power unit was a significant contributor to our under-performance last season."
McLaren-Honda improved, but still off the pace: Jenson Button (The Age)
"It's going to be a big learning curve this weekend."
F1 engine manufacturers are stalling for time - Toro Rosso's Tost (Autosport)
"They play the time card, and the longer we discuss, the less solutions we will come up with."
Jolyon Palmer on being close to death (BBC)
"He lost a kidney, punctured a lung, suffered liver damage and lost a lot of blood."
Romain Grosjean on leaving Renault and joining Haas: 'I wanted to fly with my own wings' (ESPN)
"Nobody told me you should behave differently and I was shy, so everybody thought I was arrogant."
Verstappen starts 2017 contract negotiations (Crash)
"Asked whether contract negotiations had already started, he replied: 'We already have done. Of course, I have a contract with Red Bull and I am very happy where I am exactly.'"
Mercedes scolds Hamilton for irritating F1 team's sponsors (AP)
"I always have to send stroppy messages on race weekends telling Lewis to stop wearing his bright yellow Louis Vuitton trainers when he should be wearing his Puma trainers."
10 Things You Must Know Before Betting On The Australian Grand Prix (Unibet)
My first race weekend preview of 2016 for Unibet.
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