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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.

Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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