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Formula 1 gossip column: Ricciardo ready to lead Red Bull

19 December 14 10:36
Bernie Ecclestone 2014 Christmas Card

Sunday, 21 December

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is being sued for £277m by a German bank over the sale of the sport's rights in 2006. (Gulf Today)

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo says he is ready to lead the Red Bull Formula 1 team next year following Sebastian Vettel's departure to Ferrari. (

Ron Dennis wants his McLaren-Honda team to dominate F1, just like it did in 1988. (

McLaren, meanwhile, say they are confident they understand the problems with their new Honda engine which hampered its first public outing after implementing an emergency "recovery plan". (Sky Sports)

Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne has joined Ferrari as a test driver, while Pedro de la Rosa is leaving the team after two years as development driver. (Planet F1)

Jenson Button says it will "mean a lot" to him to have Fernando Alonso as his team-mate at McLaren next season. (

Friday, 19 December

Red Bull director Christian Horner says his team must make strides over the winter if they are to take on Mercedes in 2015. (

Meanwhile, Horner says Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey will still attend some races in 2015 despite reports the 55-year-old would take a step back from the sport. (Sky

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has called on the sport to look after its small teams, but has warned against making "knee-jerk" changes to the regulations to do so. (ESPN)

New McLaren driver Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari has what it takes to turn things around next year and return to winning ways. (

Force India technical director Andrew Green reckons his team should be able to fight with Williams in 2015, thanks to planned improvements to its engine and aerodynamic testing. (

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has poked fun at his German bribery trial with a mischievous Christmas card depicting himself as handing over $100m to a masked highwayman pointing a pistol at him. (Daily Telegraph)

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