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Friday's Formula 1 news roundup

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest Formula 1 news on Friday, November 27.

Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest news regarding Formula 1 on Friday, November 27.

Friday morning's Formula 1 news roundup


Abiteboul not responding to messages - Alonso

Cyril Abiteboul pictured on May 23, 2019© Reuters

Fernando Alonso has joked that 2021 team boss Cyril Abiteboul is already "getting tired" of him.

Indeed, contrary to his reputation for being difficult to work with, 39-year-old Alonso has appeared intensely focused and motivated on his preparations to race for Alpine next year.

"Half an hour ago I sent him (Renault boss Abiteboul) three messages. I know he has read them, but he still hasn't answered," he revealed to France's Auto Hebdo.

"I'm sure he's starting to get tired of me."

The Spaniard said he is used to the fact that observers always seem "very surprised" to hear that he is highly motivated within a team, rather than notoriously difficult and demanding.

"It seems like people are very surprised every time they hear this about me, but I've always been like that," said the two-time champion, who has been on F1 sabbatical for the past two seasons.


New deadline for Red Bull's 2022 Honda plan

Red Bull's Helmut Marko pictured in July 2020© Reuters

Dr Helmut Marko has set a new deadline as Red Bull makes its engine plans for 2022.

The team, and sister outfit Alpha Tauri, are losing works Honda backing after next season - but Marko is working on a plan to take over the Japanese marque's 2021 engine IP and operations.

For that to happen, Red Bull is pushing for engine development to be frozen at the start of 2022 - but so far Ferrari and Renault are not agreeing.

Recently, top Austrian official Marko said Red Bull needs to know its 2022 plans by the end of November, and after Istanbul he flew to Japan for talks.

Now, he has told Osterreich: "A decision has not been made yet - but at the beginning of December we will know which direction we are going."

Marko insists that the Honda plan still relies on the FIA freezing the engines for 2022.

"If we continue to work with Honda, it would only work if the engines are frozen after 2021. That would mean we only have a servicing job to do."



More news from Formula 1:

Lewis Hamilton calls for more action on human rights from Formula One
The seven-time world champion said ahead of this weekend's race in Bahrain: "We have taken a step in that direction but we can always do more." Read more.

Sainz eyes test in 2018-spec Ferrari
Carlos Sainz is already thinking about his forthcoming preparations to switch to Ferrari over the winter. Read more.

Haas to announce Schumacher deal 'soon'
Haas will announce its new drivers for 2021 "soon", according to team boss Gunther Steiner. Read more.

On This Day - Nico Rosberg crowned Formula 1 world champion
The German emulated his father Keke, the 1982 world champion. Read more.

New job and fatherhood for Magnussen in 2021
Kevin Magnussen looks set to begin his post-Formula 1 life by becoming a father. Read more.

Spa GP records smaller loss amid pandemic
The corona crisis actually helped Spa-Francorchamps to minimise its losses in 2020. Read more.

Hamilton will eventually sign contract - Wolff
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton has "assured" him that he will eventually sign a new contract. Read more.

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