F1 title rivals Hamilton and Verstappen clashed while battling for position during Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, resulting in Verstappen’s Red Bull car flying over the top of Hamilton’s Mercedes. One of Verstappen’s wheels made light contact with Hamilton’s helmet, but the majority of the impact was buffeted by the halo cockpit protection device. Mercedes F1
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The governing body established an Investigatory Tribunal immediately after this year’s event, with an experienced panel including Garry Connelly, Matt Selley and Neal Bates looking in to the tragic deaths. Shane Navin, Leigh Mundy and Dennis Neagle were killed in two separate incidents at this year’s running of the long-standing tarmac event in Australia’s south.
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Morbidelli has been long-expected to join the factory Yamaha squad next season following Maverick Vinales’ decision to quit the team a year earlier than planned back in June. However, Vinales’ suspension following the Styrian Grand Prix and subsequent ousting mid-season by Yamaha has forced the Japanese manufacturer to promote Morbidelli from Petronas SRT early to
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Reigning DTM Trophy Champion Tim Heinemann was successfully able to control the 1200bhp DTM Electric car from AVL Racing’s simulator in Graz, more than 80km east of the Formula 1 venue.  For this purpose, the championship equipped the under-development car with Schaeffler’s drive-by-wire system, which eliminated the need for a physical connection between the steering
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The 65-year-old Austrian will be replaced as vice-president of Porsche Motorsport by Thomas Laudenbach, who is returning to the marque after eight years with Audi Sport. Laudenbach, 53, was head of racing powertrains at Porsche in 2005-2013, in which time he led development of the 3.4-litre normally-aspirated V8 that powered the all-conquering RS Spyder LMP2
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