Latest Formula 1 News: Nelson Piquet banned from F1 paddock after racial abuse of Lewis Hamilton

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LATEST: Nelson Piquet barred from F1 paddock

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Wednesday, June 29th

Former F1 world champion Nelson Piquet has been banned from the F1 paddock following the emergence of an interview in which he racially abused Lewis Hamilton.

The F1 community immediately acted to condemn the words of Piquet with most teams on the grid having made statements in support of the seven-time world champion.

Piquet will now be barred from entering the F1 paddock on race weekends and has been shunned from the sport's community

Audi set to partner with Sauber for 2026 F1 entry

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Wednesday, June 22nd

According to reports from the Swiss outlet Blick, Audi are pushing to partner with Sauber to secure their entry for the 2026 Formula 1 season.

Andretti, Porsche and Audi have all been linked with Formula 1 entries in the past year and the latter have been making moves to secure their involvement in the sport.

Audi attempted to take over the McLaren Formula 1 team last season and have now set their sights on the Alfa Romeo Sauber team for their 2026 entry.

Alfa Romeo came close to selling their share of the Sauber team last season amid serious interest from Andretti, who already compete in IndyCar among other series, and it looks like their involvement in F1 will end in 2026 with serious talks ongoing between Audi and Sauber.

Red Bull suspend junior driver Jüri Vips

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Wednesday, June 22nd

Red Bull Racing has suspended Estonian driver Jüri Vips with immediate effect following an incident in which the young driver used a racial slur while streaming online.

Vips had taken part in a Formula 1 Free Practice session for Red Bull earlier this season but has now seen his prospects of an F1 career go up in smoke.

A full investigation into the incident will be taking place to determine the severity of the incident.

Spa-Francorchamps could be off the calendar in 2023

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Tuesday, June 21st

Reports are surfacing that the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit could run its final F1 race this season with the Belgian Grand Prix set to be axed for the 2023 calendar.

New races in Qatar and Las Vegas, as well as the rumoured return of South Africa's Kyalami Circuit have put pressure on Spa's place on the calendar with Belgium and France both in danger of losing their Grand Prix.

Spa-Francorchamps has long been one of F1's most beloved circuits with the Eau Rouge/Radillon chicane being arguably the most iconic corner in Formula 1.

Jehan Daruvala to drive for McLaren at Silverstone

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Monday, June 20th

Red Bull junior driver Jehan Daruvala will get his first taste of a Formula 1 car in two weeks' time as he drives in FP1 for McLaren.

Formula 1 introduced new regulations compelling all ten teams to give a minimum of two Free Practice sessions to young drivers this season, but the move to give Daruvala an FP1 was expected to come from AlphaTauri, not McLaren.

Many expected the Woking-based team to hand their FP1 outings to IndyCar stars Pato O'Ward and Colton Herta, both of whom have been linked to Daniel Ricciardo's seat at the team.

Daruvala becomes the second Red Bull junior driver to experience a Free Practice outing this season after Jüri Vips tested for Red Bull in Spain.