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Verstappen 'close' to Mercedes deal as Ferrari provide Sainz update - RacingNews365 Review

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Johnny Herbert has claimed that Max Verstappen is "getting quite close" to signing a deal with Mercedes.

Verstappen's future at Red Bull has been called into question in recent weeks after giving his full support to Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko after reports emerged in Saudi Arabia that he would be suspended by the team.

READ MORE: 'Verstappen 'close' to signing for Mercedes after Red Bull saga' - Herbert

Ferrari reveal Sainz F1 decision for Australian GP

Carlos Sainz is set to make his return to the cockpit at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix after missing the previous round in Saudi Arabia.

The Spaniard was behind the wheel in Jeddah during the first two practice sessions despite feeling unwell.

READ MORE: Ferrari reveal Sainz F1 decision for Australian GP

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FIA president investigation verdict delivered

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been cleared after an independent investigation found “no evidence of interference” in two separate incidents last year.

Recent allegations claimed that Ben Sulayem had attempted to interfere with the results of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix last year to reverse a penalty issued to Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso.

READ MORE: FIA president investigation verdict delivered

Mercedes swoops to sign leading Ferrari technical figures

Mercedes has signed two key technical personnel from Ferrari, including former Chief Designer Simone Resta, RacingNews365 can confirm.

Resta - who was placed on secondment to Haas as Technical Director before leaving in January 2024 - will join the Brackley-based squad as strategic development director, and will work closely with James Allison, who returned to lead the technical department in 2023.

READ MORE: Mercedes swoops to sign leading Ferrari technical figures

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Mazepin overturns EU sanctions after Russian invasion

Nikita Mazepin has successfully overturned European Union sanctions levied against him after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

After Vladimir Putin launched the invasion in February 2022, Mazepin and his father Dmitry were hit with sanctions and a travel ban after being adjudged to be close contacts of Putin.

READ MORE: Mazepin overturns EU sanctions after Russian invasion

Former Mercedes driver picks Hamilton replacement for Wolff

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has been urged to go for youth and select Kimi Antonelli as a replacement for Ferrari-bound Lewis Hamilton for next season.

At the start of February, Hamilton's decision to activate an escape clause in his Mercedes contract and jump to long-time F1 rival Ferrari sent shockwaves through the sport.

READ MORE: Former Mercedes driver picks Hamilton replacement for Wolff

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