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Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda renew contracts with Mercedes till 2020

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport announced today that Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda have signed new contracts which will keep them with the World Champion team until the end of 2020. This date aligns with the expiration of the current Commercial Agreement with Formula One Management.

Niki Lauda began working with Mercedes in late 2012. Since 2013, he has held the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the board of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd and holds a 10% stake in the Team.

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Williams retain Paul di Resta as Reserve Driver for 2017

Williams announced today that Paul Di Resta will remain as its official Reserve Driver for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship season.

Paul made his Formula One debut in 2009 as a test driver with the Force India Formula One Team, after winning the European Formula 3 Championship in 2006. Paul went on to secure the DTM title in 2010 before making his Formula One debut in 2011 with Force India where he spent three seasons with the team, scoring a total of 121 points.

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James Allison to join Mercedes as Technical Director

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport announced today that James Allison will join the team from 1 March 2017. James is a highly distinguished Formula 1 engineer who has won world championships with both Ferrari and Renault, in addition to holding senior leadership roles in both teams. He will join Mercedes in the newly created role of Technical Director and will lead the Technical organisation.

James Allison will report directly to Toto Wolff, who will have overall responsibility for running the team.

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Formula One Boss Bernie Ecclestone: "I was deposed today. I am simply gone"

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he was removed as Chief Executive Officer of the Formula 1 Group by US-based Liberty Media, which consolidated its takeover of the motor sport.

The 86-year-old Briton shared the news with German magazine Auto Motor und Sport on Monday.

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Felipe Massa comes out of retirement to re-join Williams

Williams Martini Racing announced today that veteran driver Felipe Massa has agreed to re-join Williams on a one-year deal, coming out of retirement to replace Valtteri Bottas who the team has released to join Mercedes for the 2017 season.

Felipe will race for a fourth consecutive season with Williams, alongside Lance Stroll who will make his Formula One debut in the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.

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Valtteri Bottas joins Mercedes from Williams

It's been 45 days since Nico Rosberg dropped the bombshell of his immediate retirement from Formula One. And it left the team with a conundrum: how to best fill the vacant seat alongside three-time champion Lewis Hamilton in order to defend the Constructors' Championship?

Following six weeks of detailed evaluation, deliberation and negotiation, the answer can now be confirmed officially: we signed Valtteri Bottas this morning. The 27-year-old native of Nastola, Finland has completed four seasons in Formula One with Williams, making 77 starts and scoring 9 career podiums so far. 

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Paddy Lowe to leave Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Following three and a half very successful years, Paddy Lowe will be leaving Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. He has now begun a period of gardening leave.

In the short term, our stable technical organisation will continue to operate under the proven and established leadership of our senior directors Aldo Costa (Engineering Director), Mark Ellis (Performance Director), Rob Thomas (Chief Operating Officer) and Geoff Willis (Technology Director).

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