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Hamilton won’t be Ferrari ‘number one’

Guenther Steiner, Drive to Survive season six

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton’s move to Ferrari will be unlike Michael Schumacher’s successful spell at the team in one crucial respect, says Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

In brief

Leclerc “won’t accept domestic duties” when Hamilton arrives

Domenicali, who worked at Ferrari while Schumacher won five world championships with the team in the early noughties, praised Hamilton’s decision to join the team next year but pointed out he won’t have the same supremacy within the team his predecessor enjoyed.

“Schumi had absolute dominance,” Domenicali told Quotidiano. “Irvine was clearly a number two.

“Lewis will have to compete with someone like Leclerc, who will never accept domestic duties.”

The F1 CEO declined to comment on the ongoing controversy surrounding Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. “It’s a topic I’m completely unfamiliar with,” he said. “I don’t make comments.

“I simply hope that the image of Formula 1 is respected by everyone in our world.”

Aston Martin bringing upgrade for Suzuka

Aston Martin deputy technical director Eric Blandin says the team will introduce aerodynamic upgrades at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

“We are introducing an update at Suzuka as part of our continuous development, including changes to the floor, some bodywork and a new beam wing,” he said.

However Blandin suspects their gains may be cancelled out by those of their rivals. “Other teams will bring upgrades,” he said. “We’re in a competitive development race, but hopefully our upgrades will be a step forward and help us to close the gap to the front.”

Changes coming for Drive to Survive season seven

Changes are coming for season seven of Drive to Survive

Drive to Survive producer James Gay-Rees says they are “looking at evolving it this year” for its seventh season. “We brought in some new, senior executives who’ve never worked on it before to just breathe new life into it,” he told The Fast and the Curious.

“It’s not there’s anything wrong with the show, but it’s healthy on any of these shows to think of what can we do differently? You rarely throw the baby out with the bathwater.

“You might make some relatively subtle adjustments to it. We’re trying to tell the stories in a slightly different way this year, which will be dependent on maybe deeper access in certain situations.”

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