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Ricciardo replaced in Japan as Wolff absence revealed - RacingNews365 Review

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Daniel Ricciardo will miss the first practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix, Helmut Marko has confirmed.

RB will instead field an all-Japanese line-up with Ayumu Iwasa taking over his seat for the session, partnering compatriot Yuki Tsunoda.

READ MORE: Ricciardo replaced for FP1 session in Japan

Key Mercedes figure to sit out Japanese GP

Mercedes Formula 1 Team Principal Toto Wolff is set to miss the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix.

PA reports that the Austrian boss will skip the round - however, it is not believed to be linked to the recent difficult weekend Mercedes endured in Australia.

READ MORE: Key Mercedes figure to sit out Japanese GP

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Horner confirms 'unemployed' Sainz as potential Verstappen team-mate

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has refused to rule out signing Carlos Sainz as team-mate for Max Verstappen for 2025.

The Spaniard, who is on the market for next season after being replaced by current Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, boosted his stock with victory in the Australian Grand Prix, despite dealing with the effects of an appendectomy two weeks ago.

READ MORE: Horner confirms 'unemployed' Sainz as potential Verstappen team-mate

Was this the cause of Verstappen's dramatic retirement?

The big question after the Australian Grand Prix within Red Bull was how the brake on the right rear of Max Verstappen's RB20 fail so spectacularly.

Team Principal Christian Horner already explained that from the start of the race, the calliper gripped onto the brake disc, but why? What was the cause? Could it have been an assembly error perhaps?

READ MORE: Was this the cause of Verstappen's dramatic retirement?

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Russell's frantic radio call a distressing warning for the FIA

Footage made available to social media from George Russell's onboard during his penultimate lap crash at the Australian Grand Prix revealed a harrowing team radio call.

The panic in his voice as he called for a red flag whilst he was stranded, car on its side in the middle of the racing line was enough to drive home the perils of motorsport - danger is always present.

READ MORE: Russell's frantic radio call a distressing warning for the FIA

Fans deliver Alonso penalty verdict

RacingNews365 readers believe Fernando Alonso's penalty at the Australian Grand Prix was incorrect.

The Aston Martin driver finished sixth on the road at Albert Park following a cunning strategy where he started on hard tyres before utilizing the virtual safety car - deployed when Lewis Hamilton ground to a halt - to make a cheap pit stop.

READ MORE: Fans deliver Alonso penalty verdict

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