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Nico Rosberg joins Robert Kubica’s management team

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2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has joined Robert Kubica’s management team in a bid to aid the Pole’s return to top-line racing in the near future.

Rosberg raced in F1 between 2006 and 2016, winning the world title last November in Abu Dhabi before announcing his shock retirement from racing just five days later.

Rosberg has since acted as a Mercedes ambassador, as well as spending time with his young family, exploring new interests in tech start-ups, and even considering a study course at Stanford University.

Since suffering severe injuries to his right arm that appeared to end his F1 career in 2011, Kubica has stepped up his comeback bid, leading to an appearance in a 2017-spec Renault at the collective test following the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Kubica was thought to be a candidate for a race seat at Renault in 2018, only for the team to retain some uncertainty over his fitness and readiness to return, eventually opting to sign Carlos Sainz Jr. on loan from Toro Rosso.

Kubica is reported to be exploring alternative options both inside and outside of F1, and now has Rosberg on his team to help define his future racing plans.

Following the emergence of reports about his involvement in the German press, Rosberg confirmed he was working with Kubica on Twitter, sharing a picture of them together alongside Lewis Hamilton from their time in karting.

Montreal Mayor cancels Formula E’s planned season four finale

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New Montreal Mayor ValĂ©rie Plante has cancelled the FIA Formula E Championship’s planned season four finale, which was set for two races on July 28 and 29, 2018, citing what was termed a “financial fiasco.”

Plante was elected to replace Denis Coderre in the role, and didn’t follow Coderre’s support of the event.

She announced the news today citing financial and logistical challenges she didn’t feel the city could overcome.

Via a report in the CBC, Plante’s administration estimated a potential cost of up to $35 million would needed to be paid by the city’s taxpayers for the event’s second running. Additionally, a nonprofit organization reportedly owes creditors some $9.5 million.

Plante revealed details today in a series of messages posted on Twitter, which you can see in order below.

A Formula E spokesperson supplied a statement of the surprise news to e-racing365.com:

Formula E’s fourth season underwent one calendar change with a return to Punta Del Este, Uruguay replacing a cancelled race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whether a replacement can be sourced for this race weekend will now remain to be seen.