VIDEO: Pit mistake nearly costs Red Bull victory

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An uncharacteristically slow pit stop from Red Bull very nearly put paid to the team’s hopes of securing a one-two finish to round out the season as well as threatening Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of securing a record-equalling ninth consecutive victory.

After a run-in between Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, Red Bull expected the safety car to be deployed and opted to pit both of its drivers on lap 47 of the race. However, when Vettel arrived in the pits, his tires had not yet been brought out, meaning that he had to wait for a few more seconds than normal in order for his team to get them out and put them on the car.

With Webber in second place, he also lost time whilst queuing behind Vettel in the pits whilst Fernando Alonso made big gains to find himself on Webber’s tail in the battle for second place.

However, both Vettel and Webber managed to pull away and secure Red Bull one final one-two finish to round off the season, giving Vettel his ninth straight win and Webber a podium finish in his final grand prix.

Formula One names Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO

Stefano Domenicali named F1 CEO
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Former Ferarri chief Stefano Domenicali was named the new president and CEO of F1, replacing Chase Carey in January 2021, Liberty Media announced Friday.

Domenicali, 55, will join Formula One from Lamborghini, where he had been CEO and president.

He worked on Ferrari’s F1 team for nearly 20 years, becoming the team principal in 2008. He left in 2014 and worked at Audi before joining Lamborghini.

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“I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said in a release. “I was born in Imola and live in Monza.  I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.

“The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.”

Carey, who had led F1 since Liberty’s Formula One Group took control of the organization in 2017, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

“Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.  His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Said Carey: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years. I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term.”