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Kevin Magnussen replaces Pastor Maldonado in Renault F1 team

GUYANCOURT, France (AP) Former McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen is Renault's new driver this year in the French carmaker's return to Formula One as a racing team.

Magnussen, who replaced Pastor Maldonado, will partner Britain's Jolyon Palmer. Also on Wednesday, GP3 champion Esteban Ocon was named as test and reserve driver. Read More...

Maldonado says he won't drive in F1 this season

PARIS (AP) Pastor Maldonado announced that he won't be driving in the Formula One world championships this season.

The Venezuelan driver started his career in F1 five years ago with Williams, winning the Spanish Grand Prix in 2012. In 2014 he moved to Lotus, which was acquired by Renault last year. Read More...

Williams feels like 'little girl' in F1, wants to be braver

LONDON (AP) Claire Williams still feels like a "little girl" during talks with the male-dominated titans of Formula One and she has set herself a mission for the new season: Be braver and fight more for her team.

The 39-year-old Williams is preparing for her fourth season as deputy team principal of Williams, in day-to-day control under her father Frank. Read More...

Maria De Filippis, 1st woman to race in F1, dies at 89

ROME (AP) Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first woman to race in Formula One, has died at the age of 89.

Formula One made the announcement on its website Saturday without providing a cause of death. Read More...

Renault seals controlling stake in Lotus ahead of F1 return

PARIS (AP) Renault has bought a controlling stake in Lotus as the French carmaker prepares to launch its own Formula One team in 2016.

Renault, which has just been an engine supplier in recent seasons, said earlier this month it would finalize the Lotus acquisition as soon as possible. Read More...

Fiat Chrysler chief wants to bring Alfa Romeo back to F1

MARANELLO, Italy (AP) Fiat Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne says the company would like to bring Alfa Romeo back to Formula One.

Giuseppe Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio won the first two Formula One titles while driving for Alfa Romeo but the company has been out of the sport since the 1980s. Read More...

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