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Valtteri Bottas (right) was announced as Lewis Hamilton’s new Mercedes team-mate on Monday

Tuesday, 17 January

New Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas says his mind is firmly set on winning the World Championship. (F1 today)

Bottas’ move to Mercedes leaves an “emotional hole” at Williams, according to deputy team principal Claire Williams. (Autosport)

Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz claims Nico Rosberg’s retirement encouraged Mercedes to initiate discussions with Red Bull over the availability of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. (Speedweek, via F1i.com)

The FIA simulated Fernando Alonso’s crash at the Australian Grand Prix, but with the Halo cockpit device attached to his McLaren, as part of a research project. (Planet F1)

Monday, 16 January

McLaren will be revealing their 2017 car on Friday, 24 February – the same day as Ferrari. (Daily Mail)

Nico Rosberg’s retirement will hurt Mercedes for years, says former F1 driver Martin Brundle, who is now a pundit. (Daily Express)

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg says he never considered putting his name forward to fill the Mercedes seat vacated by Rosberg. (ESPN)

McLaren executive director Zak Brown says the team will continue using ‘MP4’ as part of their Formula 1 car name, despite the departure of chairman Ron Dennis. (NBC)

Every F1 circuit will be upgraded to accommodate this year’s faster cars. (Fox Sports)

Renault will introduce a second-generation energy recovery system in light of the new regulations. (F1 Today)

Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve believes modern F1 drivers lack respect for their rivals. (Eurosport)

Lewis Hamilton has returned to London after his travels. (Instagram)

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