AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost says he never doubted Daniel Ricciardo’s ability to return to form after his dire two seasons at McLaren.

Ricciardo has returned to the team that effectively launched his Formula 1 career to rebuild his reputation, having lost his seat on the grid after being pummelled by Lando Norris over the last two campaigns.

The Australian spent the first six months of the season restoring his driving style in the Red Bull simulator before getting the nod to replace Nyck de Vries at Red Bull sister team AlphaTauri in late July.

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Yuki Tsunoda said news of Franz Tost’s intention to quit his team principal role at the end of the year surprised him despite long-running rumours of impending changes at AlphaTauri.

AlphaTauri announced this week that Tost would be stepping down at the end of the season and would be replaced by current Ferrari racing and sporting director Laurent Mekies, while ex-FIA secretary general Peter Bayer would take over as team CEO.

Rumours of changes to Red Bull-backed team have been rife since the death of company founder CEO Dietrich Mateschitz late last year, with some speculating the team could be moved to the UK to cut costs or be sold completely. Instead it appears Red Bull is satisfied to have restructured the team’s management for the medium term.

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Michael Andretti is having a terrible time attempting to break back into the world of Formula 1.

Andretti, the 1991 CART champion son of 1978 F1 world champion Mario, has been trying to prise his way into the sport for more than a year but has been perpetually rebuffed.

First his attempt to buy Sauber fell flat. Then the sport offered him a lukewarm response to a request to enter as a new constructor.

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Scuderia Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has confirmed he would be interested in his squad being acquired by Renault as the natural next step in its development.