FIA reveals regulations for 2026 Formula 1 season

The FIA has revealed Formula 1’s new regulations in 2026 will see a downsizing of the current cars in an attempt to produce closer racing. Redesigned power units will possess almost 300 per cent more battery power with an even split between internal combustion and electric power, while the cars will run on 100 per cent sustainable fuel. The new, smaller machinery follow a “nimble car” concept that will see weight reduced by 30 kilograms and the width of the vehicles reduced.

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Sergio Pérez signs new two year deal at Red Bull

Sergio Perez has signed a new two-year contract to stay at Red Bull in Formula 1 until the end of 2026. The world champions have decided to stick with the Mexican, who joined the team in 2021, rather than switch him for Carlos Sainz, who is available following Lewis Hamilton’s decision to move to Ferrari from 2025. The 34 year old’s position at the team was under scrutiny but Red Bull have opted for continuity after an unsettled start to the season off track.

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Esteban Ocon to leave Alpine at end of season

Esteban Ocon will leave Alpine at the end of the current Formula 1 season after he and the team agreed not to extend their agreement beyond the conclusion of his contract. The 27-year-old has raced for the Enstone-based team since the start of the 2020 season, under its previous identity as Renault, but a clear rift between the Frenchman and team management has become apparent this season culminating in an inexcusable incident with his teammate at the Monaco GP.

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Red Bull confirm departure of chief technical officer Adrian Newey

Red Bull have confirmed their design chief Adrian Newey will leave the team in early 2025. Newey, regarded as the greatest designer in the history of Formula 1, told Red Bull last week he wanted to leave in the wake of the controversy involving allegations about team principal Christian Horner. The 65-year-old’s next team has not been decided but Ferrari are hot favourites to sign him.

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Nico Hulkenberg to join Sauber from Haas in 2025

Nico Hulkenberg will join the Sauber team for the 2025 season before their transformation into the factory Audi team in 2026. The 36-year-old German is the first driver to sign for Audi as they build up to their debut season in Formula 1. Their other prime target is Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz who is yet to sign for the 2025 season after he lost his seat at Ferrari to Lewis Hamilton.

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