Lewis Hamilton enjoys ‘amazing’ meeting with Toto Wolff about Mercedes’ F1 2017 plans

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Lewis Hamilton is confident that Mercedes will have the strongest driver partnership in Formula 1 next year after an “amazing” meeting with team boss Toto Wolff on Sunday.

Hamilton missed out on a fourth F1 drivers’ championship in 2016 after falling five points short of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the final standings.

Rosberg announced five days after winning his maiden World Championship that he would be retiring from F1 with immediate effect, freeing up a seat at Mercedes for 2017.

Speculation has been rife about who will be Hamilton’s teammate for 2017, with Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Pascal Wehrlein among the drivers linked to the seat.

Mercedes began its search for Rosberg’s replacement on Monday, with team boss Toto Wolff saying that whoever was hired would be given equal rights to Hamilton for 2017.

Hamilton took to Instagram on Sunday night to address his fans, posting two short videos of him and Wolff to the ‘stories’ section of his account.

“Hi everyone, we’re in Toto’s kitchen. We just had an amazing meeting,” Hamilton said in the first video.

“I just wanted to send you all a message out, let you know that we’re going to be the strongest partnership next year, and we look forward to fighting for this championship again. Hope you’re all well.”

Wolff added in the second video: “Hi everybody. We spent a good couple of hours together, we had a really fantastic meeting.

“We’ll be coming back so strong in 2017.”

Other names linked with the Mercedes drive for 2017 include Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz Jr., with the team set to decide on Rosberg’s replacement before the end of the year.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,