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Esteban Ocon has explained he was never "scared" of Jos and Max Verstappen during their early rivalry but conceded the Red Bull driver's promotion to F1 left him "pissed off"

The Frenchman has a long-standing rivalry with the Dutchman, who has gone on to become a three-time F1 champion with Red Bull and looks well set for a fourth after the opening two races of the new season.

READ MORE: Ocon 'p****d off' by Verstappen F1 decision

Stake F1 to change name for Australian Grand Prix

Stake F1 will change its entry name to Kick Sauber for the Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

The Hinwil-based outfit has introduced a bold new identity for the new campaign as it bridges the gap between the former Alfa Romeo sponsorship and it becoming the Audi works team from 2026.

READ MORE: Stake F1 to change name for Australian Grand Prix

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Shock name thrown into Hamilton replacement mix

A shock name has been thrown into the mix as a potential replacement at Mercedes for Ferrari-bound Lewis Hamilton.

The seven-time F1 champion stunned the sport at the start of February when it was announced he would be leaving Mercedes at the end of this season to join the Scuderia, activating an escape clause in his contract.

READ MORE: Shock name thrown into Hamilton replacement mix

Ferrari set for big upgrades over coming races to aid Red Bull pursuit

After the opening two grands prix in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, all the teams have started - but only a few have completed - the process of understanding their cars.

Ferrari has emerged as second-fastest behind Red Bull, with a deficit of about four-tenths of a second per lap as Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz's cars are the only ones to have shown a progressive improvement from the 2023 machinery, with the obvious exception of Red Bull.

READ MORE: Ferrari set for big upgrades over coming races to aid Red Bull pursuit

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Wolff lays out simple instruction for Mercedes in Australia

Toto Wolff wants Mercedes to use learnings from the Australian Grand Prix to spearhead its development targets for the rest of the season, as he highlighted its biggest weakness.

Mercedes could only finish sixth and ninth in the Saudi Arabian GP last time out, having struggled through the high-speed Sector 1, with Lewis Hamilton bemoaning a lack of rear stability throughout the weekend.

READ MORE: Wolff lays out simple instruction for Mercedes in Australia

The 'big worry' facing Mercedes after disappointing start to new F1 season

Mercedes' failure to hit the ground running in Formula 1 this season is likely to be "a big worry".

That is the verdict of former F1 driver Johnny Herbert who has been surprised by the team's underwhelming start to the new campaign which has seen it score just 26 points from the opening two grands prix in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to leave it lying fourth in the constructors' standings.

READ MORE: The 'big worry' facing Mercedes after disappointing start to new F1 season

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