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Managing director Andy Cowell leaving Mercedes F1 team in July

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BRIXWORTH, England — The Mercedes Formula One team said managing director Andy Cowell will be replaced by Hywel Thomas next month.

Cowell oversaw the development of the turbo hybrid engine that helped Mercedes win a record six straight drivers’ and constructors’ championships since 2014.

Mercedes said in a statement Monday that Cowell informed the team in January that he wanted to leave. He since has been working with head of motorsport Toto Wolff on a new management structure.

Thomas will be responsible for developing the F1 engine with Cowell offering support in a consultancy role until early next year.

Wolff praised Cowell’s contribution in helping Mercedes match and then surpass Red Bull as F1’s most dominant team, after Red Bull won four straight driver-constructor doubles from 2010-13.

“He has made an outstanding contribution to our motorsport legacy and I have valued and enjoyed our working relationship since 2013,” Wolff said. “I am particularly pleased that we have been able to work together to create a new leadership structure, by building on the strength in depth of the team.”

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.