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It has been a dramatic couple of days for F1 ahead of the first race back after the summer break.

The Belgian Grand Prix starts tomorrow which is the first race back after the summer break. Although there have not been any races to be keeping us going, there has still been a lot going on in the F1 world. 

Here is a round up of the biggest stories from the last couple of days in case you missed them.

Daniel Ricciardo To Leave McLaren At The End Of This Season

Daniel Ricciardo made the announcement on his Instagram yesterday that he and the McLaren team have come to a mutual agreement for this to be his last season with the team, despite the original contract coming to a close at the end of the 2023 season.

Ricciardo's spot on the team has been questioned throughout this season as he has not been able to perform as well as either party had hoped. 


Charles Leclerc May Face An Engine Penalty At This Weekends Belgian Grand Prix

It is expected that Ferrari will be making some changes to Leclerc's power unit which will see him starting from the back of the grid at the Belgian Grand Prix. 

Leclerc has had a few set backs so far this season, so it's not the best start to the second leg of the year. 

Leclerc's teammate, Carlos Sainz, took an engine penalty at the French Grand Prix, so hopefully he will be safe for this weekend!

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Lewis Hamilton Gifts Ukrainian Refugee With Care Package

Lewis Hamilton helped out an eight-year-old fan, Roman, who is a Ukrainian refugee who has sadly had to escape to Poland leaving his father behind.

Hamilton travelled to Poland to see Roman and also to take a care package included a signed cap, F1 monopoly, a model of his helmet as well as a written note.


Rumours Of Big Upgrades To The Mercedes Cars

Columbian racing driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, has said that he has heard of rumours that Mercedes have game changing upgrades ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix. 

The team have had a less than ideal start to the year, however, things started to look more consistent over the least few races and they even got a couple of double-podium finishes.


F1 Have Removed The French GP From The Calendar

Stefan Domenicali, F1 boss, has confirmed that they have made the decision to remove the French GP from the calendar. The contract has come to an end and will not be renewed.

There are hopes that F1 will return to France at some point, however, it is very unlikely to be at the Paul Ricard circuit.