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Esteban Ocon joins Sahara Force India for 2017 and beyond

Sahara Force India is pleased to confirm Esteban Ocon as a race driver for 2017 and beyond following the signing of a multi-year contract. The 20-year-old Frenchman will race alongside Sergio Perez to form one of the most exciting line-ups on the grid with a blend of youth and experience.

Esteban Ocon said, “I’m very excited to join Sahara Force India. I know the team quite well already because I was a test driver last year and I’m really looking forward to working with everybody at Silverstone once again. I’m still relatively new to Formula One, but spending half a season at Manor Racing has given me some valuable experience and I feel ready for this new opportunity with Sahara Force India. The next few months will be very busy as I do all I can to prepare for the challenge ahead of me.

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Nico Rosberg: "My focus is on winning the next race"

Nico Rosberg said he is not thinking about hypotheticals ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday as he seeks his first Formula One drivers' championship. The 31-year-old German currently leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by 19 points with two races remaining in the season, reports Xinhua.

"Despite not winning the last two races, I feel like I'm performing well," Rosberg told reporters here on Wednesday. "I'm not thinking too much about the mathematics because that will get me nowhere. I prefer to concentrate on what is happening now and my focus is on winning the next race."

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Alexander Rossi to compete at Race Of Champions Miami

Alexander Rossi will make his Race Of Champions debut on American soil inside Miami's new baseball stadium, Marlins Park on January 21-22, 2017.

Alexander will join a star-studded ROC Miami field that features many of the greatest stars in world motor sport. Confirmed racers include four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, fellow F1 star Felipe Massa, ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, Alexander's fellow Indianapolis 500 winners Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan, action sports legend Travis Pastrana, NASCAR champion Kurt Busch and double FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg.

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Toyotas finish 2nd and 3rd in 6 Hours of Shanghai

Toyota Gazoo Racing returned to the podium with second and third place finishes in the 6 Hours of Shanghai, the penultimate race of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season.

The #6 TS050 HYBRID of Stéphane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi recovered from the misfortune of two tyre punctures to earn second place and their fifth consecutive podium finish. That result keeps them in the fight for the drivers’ World Championship, having closed the gap on Porsche #2 to 17 points with 26 still to fight for in the final race, in Bahrain on 19 November.

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Toyota on the front row in Shanghai

Toyota Gazoo Racing earned a front-row starting position for the 6 Hours of Shanghai after an incredibly close qualifying session for the penultimate round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season.

The #5 TS050 HYBRID of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima qualified second, just 0.060secs behind the pole position-winning Porsche #1 in a session which saw the top six separated by only 0.589secs.

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Lance Stroll to race alongside Bottas at Williams next season

Williams Martini Racing announced today that Valtteri Bottas will race with the team for a fifth consecutive season, with Lance Stroll making his Formula One debut alongside him for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Valtteri has proved a great talent with four years’ Formula One racing experience under his belt and nine podiums to his name since the start of 2013. Valtteri remains a valuable asset to the team and will help lead the team through the big regulations changes that will be introduced in 2017. 

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Hamilton cuts Rosberg lead down to 19 with win in Mexico, Ricciardo claims thrilling third

Lewis HamiltonMercedes picked up their 17th win of the season as Lewis Hamilton drove a lonely race at the front in Mexico City, recovering from going off the track after locking up in the very first corner of the Grand Prix to coast away into the distance and reduce the gap between himself and title rival Nico Rosberg to 19 points heading into the penultimate race of the season in Brazil.

Rosberg in contrast had an all action start, rubbing wheels with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, but recovering quickly enough to ensure his trip on the grass was shorter than Hamilton's and he too rejoined without losing a place. The German and Verstappen battle it out for the better part of 60 laps before the latter's attempt to overtake Rosberg saw him go off the track once more and damage the underside of his car, throwing him into the clutches of Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari behind.

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