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Talks are currently on going over a possible Danish Grand Prix from 2020. The proposed track, designed by Helmut Tilke along with Jan Magnussen, would see the drivers head through the capital of Copenhagen in a ‘Baku-like’ track that would cross two major bridges and pass landmarks like  the Parliament building. The project has received the support of Danish Government, Copenhagen city Government and the Danish Royal Family but private funding is being sourced. The stumbling block could be the environmental and also the logistical side of closing off a large capital city for the event.

Fernando Alonso has said he left a fist sized hold in his dressing room wall in Singapore after he was taken out in the first corner crash. The Spaniard admitted that anger got the better of him as he felt Singapore was the best chance of points for the team this season.

Felipe Massa believes that Williams are split over whether to keep him or replace him for 2018. The Brazilian returned from retirement after Valterri Bottas moved to Mercedes following Nico Rosberg’s retirement. Sources state that current reserve driver Paul Di Resta and former Renault driver Robert Kubica are the front runners to replace Massa should the team decide to relieve him of services.

Sticking with Williams the team has taken delivery of the latest spec Mercedes engine for the rest of the season. The Grove based side will now have parity in regards to engine power with the works side as well fellow customers Force India. Mercedes introduced the upgraded engine at the Belgium GP but due to the back to back set up with Italy there had not been enough time getting them to the customer teams. Both decided against running the units in Singapore due to the lower speed but will look to advantage from the new power plant in Sepang.

Haas have announced they will bring upgraded brake disc’s to this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. The American team struggled many times last year with brake issues including at the Sepang track. Especially with Romain Grosjean the team have been switching between Brembo and Carbone Industrie brakes with the Frenchman happier with the CI brakes on feel but unable to run them due to cooling problems. The team has revised its own brake cooling ducts and hope this will provide the cooling solution.

Lewis Hamilton is hoping that team orders won’t be required to help him win the championship this year. The three time champion hopes to find ‘perfection’ in the run in to Abu Dhabi as he looks to maintain his 27 point lead over Sebastian Vettel

Andrew Campbell

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