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Hulkenberg: “Sutil era is ending, my era begins”

Nico Hulkenberg is set to take over an unenviable record in formula one. In Singapore, the German is set to beat countryman Adrian Sutil's mantle as the driver with the most grand prix starts - 128 - without a single podium.

"I have waited a long time and worked really hard to have this record," the Renault driver joked to German media when asked about it. "The Sutil era is ending and the Hulkenberg era begins," Hulkenberg laughed. (GMM)

Frank Williams ‘can no longer travel’ to F1 races

Sir Frank Williams is doing well, according to the F1 team founder's daughter Claire. Today, Claire is the deputy boss of the famous British team, with her famous 75-year-old no longer able to travel due to his tetraplegia.

Indeed, Sir Frank recently underwent a long hospitalisation for illness, but according to Claire is now "fine". "He is obsessed with motor sport," Claire Williams told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. "His whole life always was and still is formula one. It is a pity he can no longer travel, but he still loves it as much as he did on the first day," she added.

However, there will be no representatives of the Williams family at the races for the rest of the season, as 41-year-old Claire is about to give birth to a baby boy. "When I see how my family has changed, I miss that my parents are no longer here (at the F1 circuits)," she said. "I grew up here and remember that Mum and Dad were always here, and now they're not anymore. It's just me."

Meanwhile, Claire said the Williams team is determined to recover from a disappointing 2018 season. "For us the season has been disappointing and really frustrating," she said. "Obviously there are teams that have done a much better job than we did in developing their cars. Even in the last one or two years F1 has changed so much," Williams explained.

"Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull with all their money, without cost controls, without new engine regulations, without new manufacturers -- there are just so many forces that are against us. But I will never let go of my dream of Williams winning again," she insisted. "Because the moment you let that flame go out, just grab your things and go home. And I'm not here for that." (GMM)

Ecclestone: “McLaren won’t be any happier with Renault”

Former F1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, has predicted that McLaren's imminent switch to Renault engines will not make them any happier than they were with Honda. Honda have failed to power McLaren to anywhere near the success that the team wanted, with the best result they have achieved in two and a half years three paltry fifth places in what has been the teams longest stretch without a podium.

Palmer found out about lost Renault seat through online article

Jolyon Palmer has revealed that he found out about his Renault sacking after he saw an article online. On Friday, Renault announced that it had signed Carlos Sainz for the 2018 season, with the Spaniard in to partner Nico Hulkenberg.

Verstappen tops FP3 to keep Red Bull on top

Max Verstappen has ended practice from Singapore top of the timesheets, with a lap time of 1:42.829. The Dutchman continued to show the strong pace of the Red Bull, who dominated running on Friday around the Marina Bay Circuit.

Vandoorne receives 35 place grid penalty for home GP

Stoffel Vandoorne will get to experience his first ever home Grand Prix this weekend as Formula 1 travels to Spa-Francorchamps, home of the Belgian Grand Prix. However, before the weekend has begun, the 2015 GP2 champion has been hit with a penalty that amounts to a drop of 35 places.

Fastest laps from the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes took away the glory from Belgium as the three-time world champion took pole position and victory at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit. However, it was the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel who set the fastest time during the race, laying down a new track record. Below, you can see the fastest laps from all the drivers.

Missing ‘crucial’ Halo details make F1 teams nervous

F1 teams are reportedly concerned about the introduction of 'Halo' for 2018. While the mandatory fitting of the cockpit protection system for next year was announced in July, it is believed teams are still waiting on crucial detail about how Halo must be integrated into the chassis. And other missing detail relates to crash testing, with Halo to be among the strongest parts of the entire car.

The missing details mean that, at a crucial stage of development of the 2018 cars, the teams are nervous. "We have to get the Halo on the car for next year and that's a big challenge," Renault technical director Nick Chester said this week. "That will be a big deal as it changes the chassis construction." However, while president Jean Todt said he is open to considering different solutions in the future, the FIA is determined to press ahead with Halo for 2018.

"It was quite a late decision compared to the project but because of the safety it's important everybody tries to work very hard on it," said Ferrari technical boss Mattia Binotto. "The implications are from the chassis structure point of view," he added. "So we need to make sure that we are fitting the Halo well on the chassis and the chassis resists the loads that are required by the regulations. Also from an aero point of view it will certainly affect the back of the car and that has to be taken into account when designing the new car," said Binotto. (GMM)

Video: Verstappen on the influence of his father

It is no big secret that Jos Verstappen has been training his son Max for Formula 1 from a very young age. Instead of idolising the Senna's and Schumacher's, Max focused on his father and below, you can see the influence he has had on his career to date.

Alonso rues missed podium finish after Turn 1 incident

Fernando Alonso feels that he was robbed of a podium finish at the Singapore Grand Prix after getting taken out at the first corner. Alonso was an innocent victim in a collision between Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen, rocketing through the air after being collected.