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    Lewis Hamilton wins 7th Formula One championship to equal Michael Schumacher’s record

    Saudi Arabia is set to become an F1 venue, perhaps as early as next year, with the controversial Kingdom reportedly forking out over $60 million for the privilege.

    According to a report from the Daily Mail, an interim event could be held in 2021 on the streets of Jeddah while a dedicated permanent track is built for 2022.

    Saudi Arabia's inaugural F1 race would take place in the early part of the season in order to avoid the country's scorching temperatures that prevail in the late spring and summer.

    Furthermore, the Daily Mail contends that F1 commercial rights owner Liberty Media has "struck a global sponsorship deal" with Saudi-based oil and natural gas giant Aramco which started trading as a public company in December.

    Sainz remains opposed to F1 calendar inflation

    Rumors of Saudi Arabia's candidacy for a spot on F1's calendar emerged last year, with reports suggesting the Kingdom was eager to host a Grand Prix as part of its Vision 2030 plan, a strategic social, economic and cultural program spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman which ambitions to diversify the oil-rich kingdom's revenue streams and promote international tourism.

    However, as enticing and lucrative as a deal with Saudi Arabia could be for Formula 1, it's likely to generate controversy among the public and the sport's fans given the conservative country's poor human rights record and the shortfalls of bin Salman's reforms.

    A race in Saudi Arabia would provide the region with a third event, with sport already enjoying a presence in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

    A spokesman for the Bahrain International Circuit welcomed the news of a potential race in the neighboring Kingdom.

    "Since our first race in 2004, our goal has been to grow the fanbase for motorsport in the region," he said.

    "We would, therefore, welcome initiatives which can support that growth and believe that a future race in Saudi Arabia would be complementary."

    Finally, the Daily Mail's report also states that Liberty Media is close to sealing a deal with Miami, with Liberty Media and the event's promoter now apparently confident of overcoming a barrage local opposition to a project centered around the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

    Like Saudi Arabia, a race in Florida's Magic City could also take place in 2021, potentially boosting the sport's calendar to a record 24 events!

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    Williams say they have set "very ambitious targets" for 2020 as the famous F1 team look to recover after the most disappointing season in their history - and are eager to show just how much progress they've made.

    The Grove outfit, with nine constructor championships and seven drivers', are one of the most successful F1 teams of all-time but have endured a desperate two-year slump, consecutively finishing bottom of the standings and scoring only one point in 2019, when they also suffered the embarrassment of missing the first two days of pre-season testing.

    Even more worrying for the team was just how far they drifted away from the pack, with George Russell and Robert Kubica regularly 1s-per-lap slower than their closest rivals. That showed how big a task Williams have on their hands to even get back into the midfield, let alone dream of higher.


    Can Williams really make such huge strides, so quickly?

    "We have been working so hard at Williams and I talk about it so often now, how much work has gone on behind the scenes for the past 14 months," Claire Williams, deputy team principal, told Sky Sports News at a Tel Aviv event announcing Roy Nissany as a new test driver.

    "It's just frustrating that everyone just sees a Williams at the back of the grid. That work has been done but it hasn't filtered through to the race track because that takes time.

    "We've set ourselves some very ambitious targets over the winter from a performance perspective to make sure Williams are in the midfield and fighting again. But while we know from the aero trackers where we are, we don't know compared to the competition and that's going to be the most important factor determining our fortunes for the season ahead.

    "It's not going to be until testing or maybe even the first races of the year where we truly understand where we are competitively. But the work has gone in, the work really has gone in over the winter. We've just got to work and pray now that the work is going to pay off and give us what I see as just rewards for our efforts."

    Despite being powered by a Mercedes engine which has regularly been one of the best on the grid since 2014, Williams' package last year meant making the most of that proved impossible.

    Williams added to the written media that their work has been around overhauling its structure and processes behind the scenes, as well as focusing on "aero, finding performance, and some mechanical issues."

    "It's still to me a point of frustration that we're not able to show everyone the transformation that's taken place at Williams," she said. "It's going to be a journey, we started it last year and I think we started seeing the grass shoots of that over the latter half of the year when we were closing the gap steadily.

    "We've got to make progress. I believe that we will, but to the level of which we can't define yet because we don't know what our competitors are doing."

    What a difference a year makes?
    Williams will be hoping for a jump in performance similar to which McLaren have enjoyed. The Woking team, another legendary British F1 outfit, finished ninth in 2017 but last year were up in fourth, securing a podium in the process.

    "They had an enormous leap," Williams admitted.

    Although that sort of progress is exactly why she isn't getting ahead of herself ahead of this year despite what she sees as major positives back in the factory.

    "They [rival F1 teams] could have all had an amazing winter and that takes them another 'x' tenths ahead," she added. Still, compared to last year Williams are looking in much better shape.

    "One of the first lines of success for us is that we've passed all our crash tests and most of which we did at the first attempt, whereas last year even at the sixth attempt we were failing them.

    "That [failing] obviously puts even more pressure into the system because then you're having to deal with a crash test rather than worrying about getting the car out."

    And getting the car out, on February 19 for the first day of testing in Barcelona, is now Williams' main priority after missing that day last year.

    "I have absolute confidence that will happen," Williams insisted.

    Optimism, belief, and why Williams 'can't get it wrong'
    Williams added that she was "an eternal optimist, a bit like Dad" - the legendary Frank Williams who founded the famous team over 40 years ago and has managed them ever since, even after a near-fatal crash in 1986 which rendered him tetraplegic.

    "He was always like 'it will be fine, whatever happens'," she explained.

    "We're ever resourceful at Williams, and I have confidence in the work we've done.

    "I think if we hadn't have gone to the levels that we went to to transform things last year, I'd be living in blind hope that the car is ready. But we have a much clearer overview of where we are.

    Williams' new test driver Roy Nissany speaks to Craig Slater in Tel Aviv about his role in the team, and his chances of race drive in F1
    "It's a much more comprehensive picture that we've got, and being much more honest where we are. I have much more confidence this year than I probably have done in the past."

    Sweeping rule changes for 2021 means many teams will be keeping an eye on their next car, and even prioritising that rather than the 2020 season when the cars will be continuations from last year's.

    But Williams was adamant: "This year has had to be a real priority. We can't get it wrong this year."

    Her honesty and belief is admirable, especially after the two years she's had. Now, it's almost showtime.

    "The waiting is really hard," she said. "We all want to come out and show that we've done a good job and for people to turn round and say, 'we got it wrong, Williams weren't on their way out and two years doesn't define them'."

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    Sports authorities in Shanghai have recommended the suspension of all sporting events in the city as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

    The move casts further doubt on the Chinese Grand Prix, scheduled to be held in Shanghai on 19 April.




    Its viability will be discussed by Formula 1 bosses on Wednesday.

    The Shanghai Sports General Association instructed sports bodies to suspend events until the threat from the virus is over.

    They were told to "formulate a plan for epidemic prevention to avoid internal infections" and to "implement a daily hygiene management system and strengthen health education to urge employees to protect themselves".

    F1 was not immediately available for comment but, within the sport, there is a growing belief that the Chinese Grand Prix will have to be at least postponed from its scheduled date.

    And with a record 22-race programme this season, finding a new date for it in an already crowded calendar would not be easy.

    At an F1 event on Tuesday evening, unveiling the second series of the sport's collaboration with Netflix, some senior team insiders were even questioning whether the inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix could be at risk.

    That race is scheduled to be held on 5 April in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, about 100 miles from the Chinese border.

    However, there have been only 10 cases of the virus in Vietnam - two fewer than Australia and Germany - so the risk appears remote for now.

    Chinese health authorities are stepping up efforts to control the spread of the virus, with approximately 18 million people in the east of the country now required to stay at home.

    In Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, 11 large public venues including sports arenas are being turned into makeshift hospitals to provide an additional 10,000 beds for the sick. Two new hospitals have been built there since the outbreak started.

    The World Health Organisation has declared a global health emergency over the outbreak but said it did not yet constitute a "pandemic", or the worldwide spread of a new disease.

    However, the number of cases in China jumped by nearly 4,000 on Tuesday to more than 24,300, with another 65 deaths bringing the total to 490.

    The virus outbreak has led to the cancellation of a number of sporting events in China, including the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, scheduled for 13-15 March, and a race of the all-electric Formula E series in Sanya the following weekend.

    Olympic organisers also say they are "seriously concerned" about the spread of the coronavirus and the impact it could have on the Tokyo Games in Japan this July and August.



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    Hopefully someone other than Lewis Hamilton will win the championship this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_KING View Post
    Hopefully someone other than Lewis Hamilton will win the championship this time.
    He's like the Virat Kohli of F1 But F1 always change rules etc so no guarantee he will win


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    Mercedes say they will resume contract talks with Lewis Hamilton once the 2020 F1 season starts - confidently calling it an "obvious pairing".




    Hamilton is now in the last year of his deal with the team he has won five of his six titles with, and has yet to make a decision on his future.

    At the end of 2019, rumours he could join Ferrari in 2021 ramped up as Hamilton plots the final years of his glittering career.

    But speaking at the launch of their new livery, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he believes Hamilton will stick around with the Silver Arrows.

    "I think it is the obvious pairing going forward," said Wolff. "We would like to have the fastest man in the car and I know that Lewis wants to have the fastest car.

    "There is a mutual outcome."

    Numerous reports regarding Hamilton emerged over the winter - some about his contract demands shot down by the six-time champion himself - and Wolff confirmed that team and driver had not spoken since Christmas.

    "We travel around the world almost 10 months of the year and get on each other's nerves every other weekend and what we do over the winter is leave each other in peace," he explained.

    "The last conversation I had with him was in the evening before the Christmas party, where we had a nice chat and said we would continue our discussion on his future once he is back from America and we start the season."

    The new season starts in Australia on March 15.

    Hamilton is aiming for Michael Schumacher's F1 records this season - he can break the German's win tally (91), while he can equal his amount of titles (7).

    "I have great belief in the team to attract the best drivers and at the moment Lewis has proven he is the best current driver with his six titles," Wolff added.

    "In the medium and long term we hope we can continue to provide technology to the best driver and attract them."

    Mercedes have already enjoyed unprecedented F1 success with their six consecutive clean sweeps of the sport's titles - but Wolff insisted the team would not be lacking motivation for the new season.

    "Every year we try to set the right objectives," said Wolff. "I think it's so important to wake up with a purpose.

    "I don't see a lack of motivation within the organisation. The pain of losing is so much more intense and lasts so much longer than the joy of winning. This is, in a way, what drives us strongly, and the sheer thought about losing makes you forget about all your previous achievements.

    "Last year's record doesn't buy us any credit for the 2020 championship, so all lap times, all points go to zero and we are yet again in front of another challenge.

    "In a way, there's a reason why six is a world record. Because it's very difficult! We want to push that needle further."

    Mercedes in F1 for 'long term'
    The one major change to the Mercedes livery is the addition of red, thanks to their new principal partners INEOS.

    Mercedes have partnered with INEOS - a chemicals group with a growing sporting portfolio - for five years, and the length of that deal is notable considering the Brackley-based team currently do not have an F1 contract for next season.

    Wolff said the partnership showed Mercedes are in the sport for the "long term", although he added they are yet to find a breakthrough in their negotiations with F1's owners Liberty Media.

    "We like the platform, but at the same time we are in negotiations with the rights holders and things need to be sorted out," Wolff added.

    "The partnership indicates our wish to continue our successful journey in Formula 1."

    Mercedes' parent company Daimler recently shot down reports that their support of the F1 project is wavering, while Wolff insisted they were "nonsense".




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    The Chinese Grand Prix is expected to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

    The race is scheduled to be held in Shanghai on 19 April and a decision is set to be made in the next few days.

    Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn has previously said it will look to reschedule the race if it cannot be held on its original date.

    The last time a race was postponed was 2011, when the Bahrain Grand Prix was affected by the Arab Spring uprisings.

    On Tuesday, the FIA said it was "closely monitoring the evolving situation".

    Formula 1 Group chief executive Chase Carey told Reuters: "We recognise that the postponement of the event is certainly a possibility and you could probably go even further and say a likelihood just given what seems to be transpiring."

    There have now been more than 40,000 cases of the new coronavirus worldwide, which has been declared a global health emergency.

    The death toll in China stands at 1,016.

    Earlier this month, sports authorities in Shanghai recommended the suspension of all sporting events in the city.

    The Shanghai Sports General Association instructed sports bodies to suspend events until the threat from the virus is over.

    They were told to "formulate a plan for epidemic prevention to avoid internal infections" and to "implement a daily hygiene management system and strengthen health education to urge employees to protect themselves".

    The virus outbreak has already led to the cancellation of a number of sporting events in China, including the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, scheduled for 13-15 March, and a race of the all-electric Formula E series in Sanya the following weekend.

    Olympic organisers also say they are "seriously concerned" about the spread of the coronavirus and the impact it could have on the Tokyo Games in Japan this July and August.

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    The Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.




    The FIA, Formula 1's governing body, has accepted a request from Chinese organisers to postpone the Shanghai race, due to take place on 19 April.

    In a statement, it added all parties would take the "appropriate amount of time" to discuss potential new dates.

    The decision has been made to "ensure the health and safety" of drivers, staff and fans.

    "The Chinese Grand Prix has long been an important part of the F1 calendar with many passionate fans," the statement continued.

    "The FIA F1 community looks forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wishes everyone in the country the best during this difficult time."

    China and the virus that threatens everything
    There have now been more than 40,000 cases of the new coronavirus strain worldwide, and it has been declared a global health emergency.

    The death toll in China stands at 1,016.

    Earlier this month, sports authorities in Shanghai recommended the suspension of all sporting events in the city.

    The Shanghai Sports General Association instructed sports bodies to suspend events until the threat from the virus was over.

    They were told to "formulate a plan for epidemic prevention to avoid internal infections" and to "implement a daily hygiene management system and strengthen health education to urge employees to protect themselves".

    The virus outbreak has already led to the cancellation of a number of sporting events in China, including the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, scheduled for 13-15 March, and a race of the all-electric Formula E series in Sanya the following weekend.

    Olympic organisers also say they are "seriously concerned" about the spread of coronavirus and the impact it could have on the Tokyo Games in Japan this July and August.




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    Australian GP organisers insist they are "all systems go" for the first race of the 2020 F1 season despite concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Chinese GP, scheduled for April, has already been postponed and a number of other sports events across the globe have recently been affected - including the MotoGP events in Qatar and Thailand - leading to fears about the opening F1 races at the start of the season.

    The Australian GP is due to kick-off the campaign on March 15, live on Sky Sports F1.

    But F1 chairman Chase Carey has already told Sky Sports that the sport is moving ahead with the calendar as planned, and Australian GP organisers have now issued a statement saying they are ready to host the season-opener.

    "We are all systems go and gearing up for the 25th Formula 1 race in Melbourne next week," said Australian GP CEO Andrew Westacott. "The finishing touches are being put on the circuit, Formula 1 freight and personnel are arriving in the coming days and we're looking forward to opening the gates to the public on Thursday 12 March."

    The spread of the virus in Italy has also added to fears about F1, given that Ferrari, AlphaTauri and tyre manufacturer Pirelli are based close to the worst-affected region of the country.

    Westacott added that they are "closely monitoring" the developing coronavirus situation but that they have had assurances from F1.

    "The health and safety of everyone at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 is paramount," he stated. "The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has robust health, safety and emergency management arrangements in place at each event and we are working collaboratively with health agencies and related government and emergency services organisations in addressing this matter.

    "We continue to closely monitor the situation in the lead-up to the Grand Prix and are taking guidance from subject matter experts, including Victorian and National Chief Health Officers and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. At this stage there is no indication of further travel bans, nor is there any indication that Formula 1 and the teams will not be arriving as usual.

    "Formula 1 has again confirmed overnight that the Australian Grand Prix is going ahead and we're looking forward to welcoming them and the teams to Melbourne."

    After Australia, the F1 season is due to continue with the Bahrain GP on March 22, before heading to Vietnam for its inaugural race on April 5.

    There is currently a gap in the calendar due to the postponement of China's Shanghai event, before the return of the Dutch GP at Zandvoort on May 3.

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    F1 Bahrain GP to be run behind closed doors due to coronavirus

    Bahrain has decided to run its Formula 1 grand prix behind closed doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Just days after the kingdom announced that it was halting ticket sales as it moved to evaluate its response to the situation, it has now announced that spectators will not be allowed at the 22 March event.

    In a statement issued on Sunday morning, Bahrain said that the second round of the championship would be a televised event only.

    "In consultation with our international partners and the Kingdom's national health Taskforce, Bahrain has made the decision to hold this year's Bahrain Grand Prix as a participants-only event," it said.

    "As an F1 host nation, balancing the welfare of supporters and race goers is a tremendous responsibility.

    "Given the continued spread of COVID-19 globally, convening a major sporting event, which is open to the public and allows thousands of international travellers and local fans to interact in close proximity would not be the right thing to do at the present time.

    "But to ensure that neither the sport, nor its global supporter base, is unduly impacted, the race weekend itself will still go ahead as a televised event."

    Bahrain said that the strict measures it had made to limit the spread of the virus over recent weeks would have been scuppered if thousands of fans had visited the race.

    It added: "Bahrain's own early actions to prevent, identify and isolate cases of individuals with COVID-19 has been extremely successful to date.

    "The approach has involved rapid, proactive measures, identifying those affected by the virus, of which the overwhelming majority of cases relate to those travelling into the country by air.

    "Aggressive social distancing measures have further increased the effectiveness of preventing the virus' spread, something that would clearly be near impossible to maintain were the race to have proceeded as originally planned.

    "We know how disappointed many will be by this news, especially for those planning to travel to the event, which has become a cornerstone event of the international F1 calendar, but safety has to remain our utmost priority."

    The move by Bahrain comes just hours after Italy announced that many of its regions were being put under quarantine - including Modena where Ferrari is based.

    Next weekend's season opening Australian Grand Prix is still due to take place though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_KING View Post
    Hopefully someone other than Lewis Hamilton will win the championship this time.
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    Australian Grand Prix: 'Fans will not be excluded because of coronavirus,' says race chief

    Formula 1's season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne will go ahead as planned next weekend with fans in attendance, race chief Andrew Westacott has said.

    There will be no crowds at the Bahrain Grand Prix on 20 March because of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Westacott, who cited the big crowd at the T20 World Cup final, said: "We've got to go around things sensibly.

    "We have to keep moving on through life while taking precautions."

    Many F1 teams are based in England, but Ferrari and Honda-powered Alpha Tauri are located in Italy where there has been a recent surge in coronavirus cases.

    "The interesting thing is the Italian freight," the Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief added.

    "The Alpha Tauri cars and the Ferrari cars are on their way from [the airport] as we speak, so it's really good. The key personnel are on their planes. We're expecting them in the next 12 to 24 hours."

    Italy has placed up to 16 million people under quarantine as it battles to contain the spread of the virus. Anyone living in Lombardy and 14 other central and northern provinces - including Modena, where Ferrari's Maranello headquarters is situated - will need special permission to travel.

    Professor Brendan Murphy, the chief medical officer for the Australian government, said that holding Sunday's race would not pose a risk to public health.

    "I'm not feeling at all concerned going to mass gatherings or walking down the streets in Victoria," he said.

    "So I don't think that there's a risk at the Grand Prix."

    'Safety has to remain our utmost priority'
    The Bahrain race takes place a week after the season opener, the country having implemented special measures to ensure the race is able to go ahead.

    Immigration and health authorities have requested the names and flight details of all F1 personnel who work for teams, administrators, broadcasters or media who have been to, or transited through, China (including Hong Kong), Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Egypt, Lebanon or Thailand in the 14 days before their arrival in Bahrain.

    They have also asked for the names and flight details of all passengers planning to arrive in Bahrain via the United Arab Emirates.

    These passengers are expected to be screened at Manama airport on arrival and, if they do not have coronavirus, will be allowed to enter the country.

    "We know how disappointed many will be by this news, especially for those planning to travel to the event, which has become a cornerstone event of the international F1 calendar, but safety has to remain our utmost priority," read a statement from the Bahrain International Circuit.

    "Bahrain's own early actions to prevent, identify and isolate cases of individuals with Covid-19 has been extremely successful to date.

    "Aggressive social distancing measures have further increased the effectiveness of preventing the virus' spread, something that would clearly be near impossible to maintain were the race to have proceeded as originally planned."

    The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, which was scheduled for 19 April, remains the only race to have been postponed.

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    Two members of the Haas Formula 1 team and one from McLaren are in self-isolation after being tested for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

    The personnel were tested in a medical centre at the Albert Park circuit after showing symptoms of the virus.

    They are staying in their hotel rooms as a precaution.

    "We expect to receive the results overnight. The team is operating as per our normal schedule," said McLaren.

    A Hass spokesperson said: "Two members of the team have been quarantined and remain in their hotel room. They displayed symptoms of a cold."

    The season-opening Australian Grand Prix weekend is scheduled to begin on Friday.

    How coronavirus has affected sporting events around the world
    The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) has been informed and is "monitoring the situation in conjunction with Formula 1 and the FIA".

    AGPC chief Andrew Westacott said on Monday that the event will go ahead as normal and fans will still be in attendance, though a number of measures are being put in place as a precaution.

    The format of news conferences and media interviews will be changed while fan meet and greets are to be replaced by driver appearances on stage.

    Scuderia Toro Rosso Naoki Yamamoto driver surrounded by journalists in a huddle
    The way drivers interact with the media and fans is to be altered as a precaution against coronavirus
    Professor Brendan Murphy, the chief medical officer for the Australian government, said that holding Sunday's race would not pose a risk to public health.

    The Bahrain Grand Prix on 20 March will take place without crowds because of the outbreak, while the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, which was scheduled for 19 April, is the only race to be postponed so far.

    F1 say it is "taking a scientific approach to the outbreak", adding that "the health and safety of fans, family and wider communities is always paramount".

    Governing body the FIA have set up a "crisis cell" that meets every two days to analyse the coronavirus situation.

    Meanwhile, the Jakarta Formula E race in Indonesia, scheduled for 6 June, has been postponed because of coronavirus. It is the third Formula E race to be cancelled this season after events in China and Italy.

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    Lewis Hamilton says it is "shocking" that Formula 1 has pressed ahead with this weekend's Australian Grand Prix amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

    "I am very, very surprised we are here," the world champion said in the official news conference on Thursday.

    "It's great we have races but it's shocking we are sitting in this room."

    Hamilton's comments came as five F1 team members were advised to go into isolation after developing symptoms that could be related to coronavirus.

    The Mercedes driver expressed concerns about the numbers of fans attending the season-opening event and F1's response to the crisis in the wake of other sporting events being called off and increasing travel restrictions around the globe.

    On Wednesday, the NBA basketball season was suspended after a player tested positive and President Donald Trump banned flights from 26 European countries to the United States.

    "[There are] so many fans there and it seems like the rest of the world is reacting - probably a little bit late," Hamilton said.

    "But we are seeing Trump shutting down the borders, the NBA has been suspended yet F1 continues to go on."

    It was said on Wednesday that results of the tests on the five team members - four from Haas and one from McLaren - would be announced within 24 to 72 hours.

    But Hamilton, asked whether the race should be called off if they were positive, expressed cynicism that it would be before race day on Sunday.

    "It is a major decision," he said, "but I heard the result is not going to come back for five days - coincidentally."

    And asked why F1 was continuing, Hamilton said: "Cash is king."

    He added: "I just urge everyone to be as careful as you can be - touching doors; I hope everyone has hand sanitiser.

    "I saw all the fans going on like it was a normal day, but I don't think it is. I really hope we go through the weekend and don't see any fatalities."

    Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel added: "It is very difficult having a fair judgement, but I do realise a lot of sporting competitions get cancelled and it is fair to ask the question why you are here.

    "We have have to trust [motorsport's governing body] FIA and for them to take all the precautions but the answer no one can give you is how much you can control what is going on."

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    Vettel added that it was a complex situation to which people were responding in different ways.

    "You try to control the situation for yourself as much as you can," he said. "Some are more relaxed about handshakes, some not. Some laugh it off.

    "I don't know how serious it is. You have to put yourself in other people's hands. We did in getting here. The flights weren't cancelled. But within that you are in your own bubble and you try to control it as much as you can. It is right to take care and take precautions - how much, there are a lot of questions that are very difficult to answer."

    Vettel is one of three directors of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, which takes a collective stance on key issues within F1.

    Asked if the drivers would refuse to race if there were a significant number of coronavirus cases among F1 personnel, or if someone died, Vettel said: "My stand would be hope it doesn't get that far. If it gets that far, you'd pull the handbrake."

    F1 and the FIA say they have been following the advice of local authorities as to whether events can go ahead.

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    This weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix has been postponed over coronavirus concerns, two senior F1 sources have told BBC Sport.

    There has been no official confirmation as yet from F1 or governing body the FIA but the news follows a McLaren team member testing positive for the virus.

    The coronavirus outbreak, now declared a pandemic, has led to widespread disruption of sporting fixtures.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/51849163


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    Got email from F1 that refunds are being initiated but big loss on flight and hotels. Will they compensate for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by globalcitizen View Post
    Got email from F1 that refunds are being initiated but big loss on flight and hotels. Will they compensate for this?
    Airlines have been nice lately - the only issue is when you use one of the discount sites which get you best fares - airlines wont deal with you direct and these sites call centers make you wait for hours

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    The Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic, as Formula 1 expect the season to begin in May.

    The Bahrain race was due to be held behind closed doors on 22 March, with the Vietnam Grand Prix on 5 April.

    The Australian and Chinese Grands Prix were already cancelled, with the Dutch Grand Prix scheduled for 3 May.

    Organisers will assess the "viability of potential alternative dates" later this year should the situation improve.

    "Formula 1, the FIA and the promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern," said a statement.

    It added: "As a result, Formula 1 and the FIA expect to begin the Championship in Europe at the end of May but given the sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in Europe in recent days, this will be regularly reviewed."

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/51871615


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Airlines have been nice lately - the only issue is when you use one of the discount sites which get you best fares - airlines wont deal with you direct and these sites call centers make you wait for hours

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    The Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic, as Formula 1 expect the season to begin in May.

    The Bahrain race was due to be held behind closed doors on 22 March, with the Vietnam Grand Prix on 5 April.

    The Australian and Chinese Grands Prix were already cancelled, with the Dutch Grand Prix scheduled for 3 May.

    Organisers will assess the "viability of potential alternative dates" later this year should the situation improve.

    "Formula 1, the FIA and the promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern," said a statement.

    It added: "As a result, Formula 1 and the FIA expect to begin the Championship in Europe at the end of May but given the sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in Europe in recent days, this will be regularly reviewed."

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/51871615
    Fortunately got half refund from airlines due to cancellation of our return flight.

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    The Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Formula 1 bosses have announced.

    The first four races in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam and China had already been called off due to the pandemic.

    The sport's governing body, the FIA, says it expects the 2020 season to begin "as soon as it is safe to do so after May".

    And it will look at "potential alternative dates later in the year".

    In a joint statement with F1 and the race promoters, it said decisions were taken "to ensure the health and safety of travelling staff, participants and fans".

    The decision comes at the end of a seismic week of developments in F1.

    The season-opening Australian Grand Prix last weekend had to be called off after a McLaren team member tested positive for coronavirus in Melbourne and a total of 16 members of that team had to go into quarantine.

    The decision to call off the following races in Bahrain and Vietnam followed within a few hours, while the Chinese Grand Prix had already been postponed in February following the virus outbreak in that country.

    Since then, the sport has shifted its "summer break" forward to March and April to free up time to fit as many races into this year as possible once the season can resume, and the teams, F1 and the FIA have agreed to delay the introduction of a major set of rule changes by a year until 2022 to keep costs down.

    A year has to have a minimum of eight grands prix to count as a World Championship.

    F1 has a working plan to try to start the season with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on 7 June, but this may not be possible given the rapidly escalating coronavirus problem around the world.

    Bosses are considering all possibilities - it is likely races will be run on a number of consecutive weekends, and be grouped together geographically as much as possible to facilitate that approach.

    And some races are more likely than others to fall by the wayside as the calendar shifts.

    The most vulnerable are the Monaco, Spanish, Brazilian, Chinese and Australian Grands Prix.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/51964883


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    Lewis Hamilton: Formula 1 world champion allays coronavirus concerns

    Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says he has undergone a period of isolation after recently being pictured with actor Idris Elba, who has tested positive for coronavirus.

    Hamilton, 35, was at an event in London earlier this month with Elba.

    Sophie Grégoire Trudeau - wife of the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - was also in attendance and has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

    "I want to let you know that I am doing well," Hamilton said in a statement.

    The Mercedes driver added: "There has been speculation about my health, after I was at an event where two people later tested positive for coronavirus.

    "I have zero symptoms and it has now been 17 days since I saw Sophie and Idris. I have been in touch with Idris and happy to hear he is OK.

    "I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but the truth is, there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do, especially when I wasn't showing any symptoms at all."

    Hamilton said that he had been in isolation since last Friday - shortly before last weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix was cancelled because of the pandemic.

    The Formula 1 season has been delayed until at least the start of June, with several races either postponed or cancelled.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/51987464


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    The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is the latest Formula 1 race to be postponed. The street race in Azerbaijan's capital Baku was set to take place on 7 June.

    It is the eighth race to be called off at the start of the 2020 World Championship season. The Canadian Grand Prix, on 14 June, is the first race on the schedule that has not been postponed.


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    The world championship could extend into January next year as Formula 1 seeks to salvage the 2020 season, says Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.

    The first eight races have been called off and the British Grand Prix in July is one of the next events under threat.

    Binotto said teams are in "constant dialogue" with F1 on how to proceed.

    "We're assessing various ideas - races closer together, maybe doing two or three races in January, cancelling (Friday) practice," he said.

    The final race of this season is scheduled to be the Abu Dhabi GP on 29 November.

    Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Binotto said: "I have felt, along with the other team principals, that these are decisive moments.

    "We've decided to give complete freedom to (Formula 1 chairman Chase) Carey and the FIA to put together as soon as possible a timetable for us to get racing again, we are willing on our side."

    Carey said in a statement last week that he "fully expected the season to start at some point this summer, with a revised calendar of between 15-18 races".

    But, as the coronavirus crisis escalates around the world and countries battle to get the disease under control, that view appears optimistic, and some senior team figures are beginning to doubt whether the 2020 world championship will happen at all.

    F1 has already taken a series of measures to prepare for a revamped season whenever that becomes possible and to help teams facing a drop in income as a result of the reduced number of races.

    To cut costs, it has delayed until 2022 the introduction of a massive rules revamp set to be introduced next year.

    Teams will not only race with the same technical regulations next year as this, but they will carry over their chassis into 2021.

    The chassis - or survival cell - is the fundamental structure of the car in which the driver sits, and requires months to design and build.

    Discussions over what other areas of design will remain free and what will be frozen are ongoing.

    F1 has also moved forward its traditional three-week summer break to March and April, and this could even be extended if factories are forced to shut as a result of national lockdowns.

    Teams have waived their usual consultation rights over the schedule to make it easier for Carey and race organisers to plan a new schedule.

    Carey has emphasised that the original calendar may have to be ripped up completely as he seeks to fit in as many races as possible once restrictions on global travel are lifted.

    "If this allows us to guarantee a more complete 2020 world championship, with the following season not starting until March, there is great availability for that," said Binotto.

    F1 rules dictate that a minimum of eight races have to be held for a valid world championship.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/52078793


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    Silverstone says it has until the end of April to decide whether or not the British Grand Prix can go ahead in July.

    The first eight races on the calendar have already been called off, leaving Canada as the next scheduled event on 12-14 June.

    Silverstone and Formula 1 say they "remain in close dialogue regarding the ongoing situation" and are assessing the feasibility of holding the event, scheduled for 17–19 July.

    In a joint statement, they added: “We fully appreciate that other UK sporting events in July have taken decisions regarding their events, but it is important to highlight that their logistics and sporting arrangements differ from Silverstone’s."

    Only Monaco has actually been cancelled, with the other races hoping to be given new dates in a revamped schedule later in the year.


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    The Canadian Grand Prix has become the latest Formula 1 race to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

    The Montreal event is the ninth race to be affected so far this season.

    It was due to be held on 14 June, but organisers had to make a decision now because of the length of time required to set up the track.

    Attempts will be made to find a slot for the popular race on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve at the earliest opportunity in the summer.

    Canadian Grand Prix president Francois Dumontier said: "I am proud to see how such wonderful initiatives and technical advancements stemming from Formula 1 are being applied in a time of crisis.

    "At the moment it is crucial that all of our energies be put together to overcome Covid-19. We will welcome you with open arms at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as soon as it is safe to do so."

    F1 is beholden to the climatological conditions in race locations as it seeks to reconstitute a calendar that contains at least the eight events required for the season to be classified as a World Championship.

    The summers are warm in Montreal, but the Quebec city has bitterly cold and long winters.

    The Canadian Grand Prix was held in early October when Montreal first held the race in 1978, and then on the last weekend in September in the subsequent three years, but the weather was often cold and by 1982 it was moved to its now-traditional June date.

    The postponement means the first scheduled race not to be either postponed or cancelled is the French Grand Prix on 26 June, but the social distancing policies in place around much of the world make it uncertain when the season can finally get under way.

    The next scheduled race after that is the Austrian Grand Prix on 5 July. Austria appears to be on course to be the first European country to gradually ease lockdown restrictions, although public events remain suspended until the end of June.

    The British Grand Prix is next on the calendar on 19 July, and Silverstone has said it has until the end of April before it has to make a decision whether to postpone that date.

    Silverstone has been in talks with F1 and is being considered as a likely starting point for the season in July or August, not least because seven of the 10 teams are based nearby in the south-east of England.

    There have also been discussions about running two grands prix at Silverstone, the official British Grand Prix and a second event with a different title.

    F1 is considering all options as it seeks to kick off the season, including holding races behind closed doors.

    The sport has been taking major steps as it seeks to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis, which significantly threatens F1's three main income streams - race-hosting fees, broadcast rights and sponsorship.

    A substantial regulation change planned for 2021 has been postponed by a year, teams will have to use their 2020 cars again in 2021 and there are ongoing talks about lowering the new budget cap, which is set to be introduced at $175m (£142m) in 2021.

    The McLaren, Williams and Racing Point teams have put a significant proportion of staff on furlough and their drivers have taken pay cuts, and F1 has done the same, with senior executives taking a salary drop of at least 20%.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/52191975


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    The organisers of the French Grand Prix have confirmed the event will not go ahead in 2020, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The race was due to take place at Circuit Paul Ricard at the end of June, but officials announced on Monday morning that the decision of the French government to ban all major events until at least the middle of July, coupled with the travel restrictions in place to help contain the spread of coronavirus, meant it will be impossible for the Grand Prix to go ahead as planned.

    It becomes the 10th race of the 2020 season to have been cancelled or postponed in light of the current health crisis.

    Eric Boullier, Managing Director of the GIP Grand Prix de France - Le Castellet said: "Given the evolution of the situation linked to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the French Grand Prix takes note of the decisions announced by the French State making it impossible to maintain our event.

    “The eyes of the GIP Grand Prix de France - Le Castellet are already turning towards the summer of 2021 in order to offer our spectators an even more unprecedented event at the heart of the Région Sud.”

    Chase Carey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Formula 1 added: " We have been in close contact with the French promoter during this evolving situation and while it is disappointing for our fans and the F1 community that the French Grand Prix will not take place we fully support the decision taken by the French authorities in France and look forward to being back at Paul Ricard soon.”

    https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...lxgsgm4nQ.html
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    F1 is ramping up plans for a July season start, after the French Grand Prix was called off and Silverstone confirmed no fans will be allowed if the British Grand Prix takes place.


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    LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) - This year’s British Grand Prix “is not a given” even without spectators and the decision depends on others, Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle said on Saturday.

    Formula One plans to start the season, put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic, with two races behind closed doors in Austria in early July before potentially two more at Silverstone.

    Any races will need government approval, with countries in various stages of lockdown with restrictions on movement and mass events.

    Silverstone is keen to help the sport back on track but announced this week any race could only go ahead without spectators.

    “The end of April (decision deadline) for us was if we had to start putting up temporary infrastructure for hospitality and dealing with the public and stuff,” Pringle told Reuters.

    “We are only working on fixed infrastructure (now) so it’s an awful lot less.

    “I’m confident we could operate well within F1’s decision-making cycle,” he said of any new deadline. “I think they are the ones who have got to make the decision.”

    Formula One’s managing director Ross Brawn said the sport wanted to create a “kind of biosphere” at circuits.

    That would involve getting everyone who entered the circuit tested and cleared for the coronavirus and then keeping them in a controlled environment.

    “Austria fits that bill very well. It’s got a local airport right next to the circuit, where people can charter planes into. It’s not too close to a metropolis, it has a great infrastructure around it,” Brawn told an F1 podcast.

    “There will be no motorhomes, but there will be a full catering facility laid on that the circuit has.”

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    Formula One insiders have spoken of teams staying at secure hotels with no interaction with local residents and no media access.

    Pringle said Silverstone, a home race for seven of the 10 teams, could offer security.

    “In the discussions within sport, about restarting in the UK, there’s been talk about the need for sites to be a bit like an island. To be controlled. We can achieve that,” he said.

    “We have all the facilities we need inside the circuit with the exception of a complete hotel. We have a half-built hotel, if that helps anyone.

    Silverstone, a former World War Two airfield in central England, has a 222 hectare site with a nearly 8km perimeter fence.

    The Wing building is some 400m long and can deliver 4,500 sit down lunches simultaneously with its own kitchens and five separate halls.

    “We’d comfortably cater for everybody associated with putting it on,” said Pringle. “We could separate people and shifts... we’re ideally placed.”

    Silverstone is already used to teams using the circuit for private testing, away from prying eyes.

    Pringle also made clear that everything had to be done so as not to put stress on policing or divert medical resources away from the fight against the coronavirus.

    “I’m very clear we cannot be any sort of burden or the slightest impact on that. And if we are this isn’t going to happen,” he said. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris)

    https://www.reuters.com/article/heal...-idUSL4N2CK042


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    Formula 1: Tracks not on original calendar could host 2020 races


    Formula 1 have revealed that racing circuits which were not on their original 2020 calendar could host Grands Prix this season.

    The campaign is being rescheduled after the opening 10 races were called off due to coronavirus, with the latest plans to hold a 15 to 18-race championship, starting in Austria in early July before moving to Silverstone.

    But in a conference call discussing F1's first-quarter earnings, the sport's chairman Chase Carey revealed that negotiations aren't just taking place with circuits on the initial calendar.

    "We have been working tirelessly since Australia and we're actively engaged with our promoters in putting together a potential 2020 race calendar," Carey said.

    "We have two primary challenges: identifying locations where we can hold the race, and determining how we transport all necessary parties and their equipment to that location for a race.

    "We're in discussions with all of our promoters as well some tracks that are not currently on our 2020 calendar to make sure that we explore all options."

    A return to Germany - which has just given the green light to a Bundesliga return - has been mooted as an option, as well as possible races in Imola, Portugal and Malaysia.

    Carey also confirmed that F1's plan is to race over consecutive weekends to start the season, adding: "Our goal is to launch the season on the weekend of July 4th and 5th in Austria.

    "It is likely that we race the weekend of July 11th and 12th in Austria as well."

    Sky Sports F1 understands a similar arrangement is being worked on for Silverstone over the next two weekends.

    "We are in the advanced stages of putting together a schedule of additional European races through early September, including races during the traditional August break," said Carey.

    "We expect the early part of the calendar to be races without fans but we hope to be able to allow fans to attend in the latter part of the year," he added.

    "We are working with the FIA, local authorities and other experts to identify the steps and procedures necessary to safely transport everyone to each race location and to enable those individuals to operate and be housed in a safe and secure manner.

    "We feel increasingly positive about the number of locations that will be able, and want, to hold races this year."

    https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12...ost-2020-races

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    Formula 1 bosses in talks with UK government over quarantine measures


    Formula 1 bosses are in talks with the UK government as to whether new measures to control coronavirus affect plans to re-start the season.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that air travellers into the UK would soon be forced to self-isolate for a 14-day period after arrival.

    On paper, that could scupper F1's plans to hold two races in Austria and two at Silverstone on consecutive weekends.

    But F1 has detailed plans to ensure its activities will be coronavirus-safe.

    It is to set up a rigorous testing procedure for all staff attending races, including Covid-19 tests before travel and further tests for everyone every two days.

    And a series of isolation measures will be imposed on travelling staff, including keeping teams separate from one another at the track, at hotels and travel in between.

    Ten grands prix have so far been postponed or cancelled this year as the coronavirus outbreak has played havoc with the season.

    Johnson has not yet revealed the full detail of the government's plans with regard to quarantining international arrivals, including when they will be imposed and for how long they are expected to last.

    BBC Sport understands F1 bosses have been involved in detailed discussion with the government at all levels regarding the testing and isolation plans it will have in place. Those talks will continue this week as more detail emerges.

    F1 boss Chase Carey said last week that he was "increasingly confident" the season would be able to get off the ground at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on the weekend of 3-5 July.

    F1 is planning a second race at the same track on 12 July, before two races in the UK on 19 and 26 July, although plans for the Austrian events are much further advanced than those at Silverstone, with which financial details are yet to be agreed.

    F1 then plans to move on to a further four races in Europe, at a yet-to-be confirmed selection of the tracks in Spain, Hungary, France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. There is also a possibility of a race in Germany at the Hockenheim track, even though that was not on the original 2020 schedule.

    All these events would be held behind closed doors, with no spectators and likely no media either.

    F1 hopes to confirm the European portion of the calendar in the next two to three weeks.

    After that, F1 hopes to head off around the world to Eurasia, Asia, the Americas and end the season in the Middle East in December.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/52608727

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    Formula 1 bosses are in talks with the government seeking an exemption for staff from the new requirement for international travellers to self-isolate on arrival into the country.

    The government's document says there will be "a short list of exemptions" to this rule, "which will be kept under regular review" but it does not specify what they are.

    F1 needs its staff to be exempt if its plans to start the season in Austria at the beginning of July are to be workable.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that air travellers into the UK would soon be forced to self-isolate for a 14-day period after arrival.

    Seven of the 10 teams have bases in the UK and F1 hopes to race at Silverstone on 19 and 26 July, although it has yet to reach a financial agreement with Silverstone.

    F1 is working on plans to be coronavirus-safe by testing all staff before travel, then every two days while they are out of the country and keeping teams apart from each other at events.

    And a series of isolation measures will be imposed on travelling staff, including keeping teams separate from one another at the track, at hotels and travel in between.

    F1 said they were in "ongoing but constructive conversations with the government".

    Ten grands prix have so far been postponed or cancelled this year as the coronavirus outbreak has played havoc with the season.

    Johnson has not yet revealed the full detail of the government's plans with regard to quarantining international arrivals, including when they will be imposed and for how long they are expected to last.

    BBC Sport understands F1 bosses have been involved in detailed discussion with the government at all levels regarding the testing and isolation plans it will have in place. Those talks will continue this week as more detail emerges.

    F1 boss Chase Carey said last week that he was "increasingly confident" the season would be able to get off the ground at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on the weekend of 3-5 July.

    F1 plans to move on to a further four races in Europe following those at Silverstone at a yet-to-be confirmed selection of the tracks in Spain, Hungary, France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. There is also a possibility of a race in Germany at the Hockenheim track, even though that was not on the original 2020 schedule.

    All these events would be held behind closed doors, with no spectators and likely no media either.

    F1 hopes to confirm the European portion of the calendar in the next two to three weeks.

    After that, F1 hopes to head off around the world to Eurasia, Asia, the Americas and end the season in the Middle East in December.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/52608727


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    Sebastian Vettel is to leave Ferrari at the end of the year after contract talks between the two broke down with no agreement.

    The move, which is expected to be officially announced imminently, throws the future of the 32-year-old four-time world champion into doubt.

    Spaniard Carlos Sainz, currently a McLaren driver, is among those who have been linked to Vettel's seat.

    If Sainz leaves McLaren, one option for the team is Renault's Daniel Ricciardo.

    The Australian had serious talks with McLaren in 2018 when he was weighing up whether to leave Red Bull, before finally deciding to move to Renault.

    Ricciardo is known to be unsettled at the French team and has talked about moving on.

    Vettel could also be an option for McLaren, if he felt he was prepared to move to a team that was going through a restructuring process.

    If not, the options for the 32-year-old to continue in F1 are bleak.

    Lewis Hamilton, who is also out of contract at the end of the season, has repeatedly signalled his intention to stay at Mercedes, who are not believed to be considering a move for Vettel.

    And Red Bull, where Vettel won his four world titles, have said that they would not partner their star driver Max Verstappen with another top-line driver - nor is Vettel likely to be interested in partnering the Dutchman.

    Ferrari's other options are Ricciardo or Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, who races for the affiliated Alfa Romeo team.

    Hamilton is not considered to be a serious possibility.

    Vettel's departure from Ferrari signals an ignominious end to his career at the Italian team, who he joined in 2015 with the aim of following in the footsteps of his childhood hero Michael Schumacher by winning the title with them

    Vettel said as recently as last month that his intention was to stay with Ferrari beyond the end of his contract this season.

    But talks have broken down after Vettel felt unable to accept the offer Ferrari made to him to stay alongside Charles Leclerc, who last winter signed until the end of 2024.

    The exact nature of the disagreement that led to the failure of the talks is not clear, but Ferrari are reported to have offered Vettel a vastly reduced salary and a shorter contract than he desired.

    Vettel had been Ferrari's number one driver since 2015, when he replaced Fernando Alonso after the Spaniard negotiated an exit from the team at the end of 2014 having lost faith they could ever provide the circumstances in which he would win the world title.

    Vettel came closest to winning the championship with the team in 2017 and 2018, when Ferrari had a faster car than Mercedes for much of both seasons but their challenge faltered after a series of mistakes from driver and team.

    That led to the beginning of a loss of faith between the two parties and he lost his position in the team for good with the arrival of Charles Leclerc last season.

    The Monegasque was immediately a threat to Vettel, who started 2019 as the designated number one, and Leclerc ended the season having out-scored his senior team-mate on every metric - wins, poles, points and average qualifying pace.

    The tension between the two also led to a series of flash points culminating in a crash at the penultimate race of the season in Brazil.

    Vettel now heads into his final season with the team - assuming the 2020 championship is able to start amid the coronavirus crisis - knowing he has lost his status and facing an uncomfortable season in a team whose focus will inevitably be on their rising young star.

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    Carlos Sainz is poised to replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari with Daniel Ricciardo set to take the Spaniard's seat at McLaren.

    Talks to seal the two moves are ongoing and no final agreements have been reached, but they are expected to be concluded and announced this week.

    McLaren have been chasing Ricciardo for some time and his signing is a coup.

    But they must release Sainz from his contractual obligations before signing the Australian.

    Sainz had been in negotiations to stay with McLaren beyond 2020 but the appeal of joining a top team has convinced him to move.

    The teams and drivers have been in negotiations for some time and talks are understood to be in their final stages.

    The domino effect in the driver market was triggered when negotiations over a new contract between Ferrari and Vettel failed.

    Ferrari announced on Tuesday that the German four-time world champion would be leaving the team at the end of the season, which is currently on ice as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

    Ferrari have identified Sainz as the ideal support driver for Charles Leclerc, whose starring performances in his first season with the team last year undermined Vettel's status and precipitated his departure when he was not prepared to accept diminished contractual terms.

    Ferrari will envisage Sainz in the type of back-up role Valtteri Bottas plays to Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes - quick enough to be close to him and engage in battle with other front-runners but not the team leader.

    Sainz, who previously drove for Toro Rosso and Renault before moving to McLaren last year, is likely to view the move as an opportunity to prove himself as a top-line driver.

    He excelled in his first season with McLaren last year and his strong race performances have earned him the call-up from Ferrari.

    Signing Ricciardo is a major boost for McLaren, who last year made impressive progress back to fourth in the championship after a dismal few years falling down the grid.

    The Australian came close to joining them in 2019 when he left Red Bull, but in the end chose Renault because they were more competitive at the time.

    But the two teams' fortunes diverged last year, with McLaren jumping up the grid and Renault's progress back towards the top stalling; in fact they fell behind McLaren to finish fifth in the championship.

    Ricciardo has now decided that McLaren are a better bet for the future - a decision partly influenced by their switch to Mercedes engines for the 2021 season.

    That is one of a number of significant decisions made by their new team principal Andreas Seidl, who has impressed with his no-nonsense approach since joining the team in May last year.

    Ricciardo's departure leaves a space at Renault alongside Frenchman Esteban Ocon, assuming the car manufacturer stays in F1 next year.

    Renault are said to be keen to promote one of their young drivers to the role but Vettel and double world champion Fernando Alonso have been mentioned as possible contenders.

    Alonso said at the end of last year that he would consider a comeback to F1 after two years out, but he will have to weigh up whether he believes Renault will give him the competitive car he says he wants.

    But he has fond memories of the team, having won both his world titles with them in 2005-6. He also returned there for a two-year period in 2008-9 after his move to McLaren turned sour in a tumultuous year alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2007 and before moving to Ferrari.

    He has said he views the new regulations being planned for F1 as a chance for the field to be more competitive.

    But these have now been delayed a year until 2022 as part of a package of changes to cut costs because of falling revenues from the truncated 2020 season.

    That means Alonso - who turns 39 this July - would have to be prepared for a 2021 season likely in the upper midfield and it remains to be seen if he wants to go through that again after his five years in an uncompetitive McLaren from 2015-18.

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    Carlos Sainz will join Ferrari for the 2021 F1 season to replace Sebastian Vettel after signing a two-year deal with the sport's most famous team.

    On a huge day in F1's transfer market, Daniel Ricciardo was earlier confirmed as the driver who will in turn replace Sainz at a Mercedes-powered McLaren team from next year.

    Sainz, the 25-year-old Spaniard, will join Charles Leclerc in a rare youthful Ferrari line-up after what will be two years at McLaren and an impressive 2019 campaign, when the team's fortunes improved and his stock rocketed.

    It also finally puts to bed long-running speculation that Lewis Hamilton could join Ferrari.

    The six-time world champion is expected to sign a new contract at Mercedes after consistently stressing his loyalty to the world champions.

    "I am very happy that I will be driving for Scuderia Ferrari in 2021 and I'm excited about my future with the team," said Sainz, who finished an impressive sixth in last year's championship.

    Who's now signed where for F1 2021?

    Lewis Hamilton TBC
    Valtteri Bottas TBC
    Sebastian Vettel TBC
    Charles Leclerc Ferrari (until 2024)
    Max Verstappen Red Bull (until 2023)
    Alex Albon TBC
    Carlos Sainz Ferrari (until 2022)
    Lando Norris McLaren
    Daniel Ricciardo McLaren (multi-year)
    Esteban Ocon Renault (until 2021)

    Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto said: "We've embarked on a new cycle with the aim of getting back to the top in Formula 1. It will be a long journey, not without its difficulties, especially given the current financial and regulatory situation, which is undergoing a sudden change and will require this challenge to be tackled in a different way to the recent past.

    "We believe that a driver pairing with the talent and personality of Charles and Carlos, the youngest in the past 50 years of the Scuderia, will be the best possible combination to help us reach the goals we have set ourselves."

    Speaking on the Sky F1 Vodcast about a move he predicted earlier this week, Martin Brundle said: "[Sainz] will not be a pushover for Leclerc and nor would Ferrari want him to be.

    "I just think that sounds like a better combo into the future than trying to pair up Hamilton and Leclerc. I see Sainz as a good fit there for the medium term."

    David Croft said: "He's a very mature, very accomplished, very proficient driver. If you want to go for someone who is going to be there to win races if Leclerc has a bad day, then Sainz is that man. He will win multiple races because he is talented enough to do so."

    On the back of a hugely-impressive first season at Ferrari when he finished ahead of Vettel in the standings and won two races, Leclerc signed a new long-term deal to 2024 over the winter.

    Vettel and Ferrari announced on Tuesday that they had decided not to agree a new deal for next year after six years together. The four-time champion's F1 future beyond 2020 is now hugely uncertain, with Renault seemingly his best possibility if he wants to stay on the grid.

    Not turning 26 until September, Sainz is already a member of F1's 100 race club and was gearing up for his sixth season on the grid before the coronavirus crisis struck.

    His switch from Renault to McLaren for 2019 was followed by the best season of his career so far when he finished sixth in the Drivers' Championship - the best placing by a driver not driving for Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull.

    The affable Spaniard, son of rallying legend Carlos Sainz Snr, claimed his maiden podium in the penultimate race of last season in Brazil, although famously had to stage a mock ceremony with McLaren after the race as his third place was not confirmed until a time penalty for Lewis Hamilton.

    "With five seasons already behind him, Carlos has proved to be very talented and has shown that he has the technical ability and the right attributes to make him an ideal fit with our family," said Binotto, his new team boss.

    Having already run Max Verstappen close in their respective debut years at Toro Rosso in 2015, but ultimately been overlooked for a promotion to Red Bull and instead spent 18 months at Renault, Sainz's move to McLaren was seen as something of a gamble with the former champions in transition and a Renault engine customer.

    But the Woking team enjoyed their best season in years, with Sainz a fulcrum of their on-track efforts and striking up a friendly partnership with Lando Norris.

    That partnership will continue for the remainder of this year when the 2020 campaign does begin.

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    Big moves have been made.

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    LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One and Silverstone have agreed terms for two races without spectators at the circuit this season, subject to government approval, the track’s managing director Stuart Pringle said on Friday.

    The British Grand Prix, a home race for Mercedes’ six times world champion Lewis Hamilton as well as seven of the 10 teams, is scheduled for July 19 but that could change as the sport redraws a calendar ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Formula One is seeking to make up the numbers after three races, including this month’s traditional Monaco showcase, were cancelled and seven others postponed.

    More are also looking unlikely to happen due to travel restrictions and measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

    “We’re not talking dates because F1 are still trying to knit their calendar together and there seems to be a certain amount of flexibility,” Pringle told Reuters.

    He said both parties were happy with the agreement, without giving details.

    Media reports earlier in the week had suggested the sides were arguing over money, with the hosting fee waived but Silverstone unable to sell tickets and still seeking a payment to cover costs.

    The British Grand Prix was the best attended race on the calendar last year, with 351,000 people over the three days and 141,000 on race Sunday.

    The races would be back-to-back at the circuit that is celebrating the 70th anniversary of hosting the first Formula One world championship race.

    Pringle said there was still no presumption that any race would happen, however.

    The British government has said it plans to introduce a quarantine period for most people arriving from abroad, which could make Formula One’s plans for Silverstone almost impossible unless an exemption is granted to teams.

    The sport is planning to start the season with two races in Austria in early July, also behind closed doors and in carefully controlled medical conditions with teams flying in on charter flights and remaining isolated.

    “It is very much subject to government approval. If the government aren’t happy, it won’t happen,” said Pringle of the Silverstone races.


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    Fernando Alonso is "ready" to return to Formula 1 in 2021, according to his main adviser, Flavio Briatore.

    BBC Sport understands Spain's two-time world champion, 38, has had talks with Renault about a possible comeback, but the team has not made a final decision.

    Briatore said: "Fernando is motivated. A year out of Formula 1 has done him good. He has detoxed himself and I see him more serene and ready to return."

    Alonso left F1 at the end of 2018 and plans to race at the Indianapolis 500.

    Renault is the only realistic chance of even a relatively competitive seat if he chooses to come back to F1.

    Last week, it was announced that Germany's Sebastian Vettel was leaving Ferrari at the end of this season, to be replaced by Alonso's compatriot Carlos Sainz.

    McLaren have signed Australian Daniel Ricciardo to partner Briton Lando Norris as a replacement for Sainz, leaving a vacancy at Renault alongside Esteban Ocon of France in 2021.

    At Mercedes, both Britain's Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas of Finland are out of contract at the end of this season. However, six-time world champion Hamilton is expected to sign a new deal and insiders say the team would not partner him with Alonso or Vettel.

    Red Bull have Max Verstappen as their number one until 2023 and are not looking for a driver of Alonso's stature as the Dutchman's team-mate.

    Briatore, who was talking in an interview with Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport, said Ferrari's decision to dispense with Vettel was understandable in the context of his being beaten by new team-mate Charles Leclerc last season.

    BBC Sport has learned Vettel was never offered a new contract after discussing the team's future plans with team boss Mattia Binotto.

    "In F1 it has always been about having the winning recipe," said Briatore, a former boss of the Renault and Benetton teams. "You must have one driver who is focused on the World Championship and the other who collects big points, snatching them from rivals.

    "Vettel paid for the fact that a very fast boy arrived at the team. It surprised him and the team, as happened at McLaren with Hamilton [in 2007]. Two drivers at the same level in a team eventually risk taking points off each other.

    "[Sainz] is a good driver, and he had a good championship in 2019 if we consider the car he had available.

    "The situation seems clear to me: Ferrari is betting everything on Leclerc and it is good because, as I had the opportunity to say last year, he is a future star."

    He added: "You can see the good drivers right away. I remember well the numbers that Michael [Schumacher] did, even if he was still very young, with Benetton.

    "There were also the calls from [former team boss] Giancarlo Minardi to tell me about the young Alonso.

    "You understand immediately if one is special, and Charles is."

    However, Briatore did say that he was "a little surprised at the timing Ferrari's decision - there is still 2020 to race and here we are already talking about 2021".

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    Hockenheim ready to step in if Silverstone fails

    LONDON (Reuters) - Hockenheim is ready to step in if British quarantine restrictions prevent Silverstone from hosting a Formula One race during the COVID-19 pandemic, the German circuit’s boss said on Wednesday.

    Jorn Teske told Reuters that a decision needed to be made soon, however.

    “We are talking with F1, that’s correct. We have spoken about the idea of having a race without spectators here at the circuit,” he said.

    “We already checked if this could be possible, from dates as well as the legal general point of view. For us, it is an option.”


    Formula One has said a planned 14-day quarantine for most people entering Britain would rule out a British Grand Prix unless the sport, whose season has yet to start, was granted an exemption.

    Silverstone, which this year marks the 70th anniversary of hosting the first world championship race, has been earmarked for two closed-door races following two in Austria in July.

    Hockenheim, which hosted the German Grand Prix last year but could not agree a new deal on acceptable terms, is an obvious alternative.

    Teske said Hockenheim was keen to help but needed to make money and did not want to turn away business while waiting for a possibility.

    “What is really crucial for us is not to be pending now for months. We have to get our circuit booked and there is a high demand on track days... but Formula One is aware and understands our situation,” he said.

    REFERENCE POINT
    The circuit would need several weeks to organise track marshals, security and emergency services, Teske said, but could move fast on the technical side.

    The return of Bundesliga soccer behind closed doors last weekend had also provided a reference point while the lack of an existing contract meant Hockenheim had a ‘blank sheet’.

    “Others have a contract in place which might be a bit more complicated in regards to costs they had already and other costs coming up because of preparations which were initiated already,” said Teske.

    “We can just say OK, if we find a time slot then we have these costs. And then we come together or not. This might be a little advantage in our talks.

    “But we will see what happens. I think the most decisive (thing) is the current situation with quarantine in the UK.”

    The chances of Hockenheim returning to the F1 calendar next year remained remote, said Teske.

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    Sebastian Vettel's F1 future: Will he still be on the 2021 grid?

    Any Formula 1 team would be "very lucky" to have Sebastian Vettel in their line-up for 2021, according to FIA president Jean Todt.

    Four-time champion Vettel's Ferrari career will end at the end of this year after they decided to part ways after six seasons of mixed fortunes.

    Should he want to stay in F1, then the 32-year-old's options of a front-running drive already appear very limited - but Todt, Ferrari's most successful team boss of all time, believes the German should not be written off.

    "Sebastian Vettel is one of the greatest talents in motorsport," said Todt in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.

    "An announcement has been made that he will not drive for the team beyond 2020.

    "There are a lot of other opportunities. We can only wish him the best and I mean that. Whoever will take him will be very lucky."


    So where could Vettel go?

    Initial links to McLaren were quickly quashed when the Woking team signed Daniel Ricciardo to replace the Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz.

    Red Bull, Vettel's former outfit, have said it is "enormously unlikely" they will pair the German with Max Verstappen, while any prospect of Mercedes teaming Lewis Hamilton up with Vettel also appears remote.

    Renault will need to replace Ricciardo, but Fernando Alonso and others are in the frame there too.

    Although only in his early-mid 30s, Vettel could also conceivably walk away from the sport for either a break - or for good.

    Speaking on the Sky F1 Vodcast, Romain Grosjean echoed the comments of Jenson Button by admitting he found it a "big surprise" Vettel was leaving Maranello.

    "I was surprised by some of the decisions, in some ways," said the Haas driver of last week's inter-linked driver moves.

    "I probably wouldn't have done the same. One of the big surprises is Sebastian because I was quite convinced he would carry on with Ferrari.

    "Things unfold in an interesting way."

    https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12...-the-2021-grid


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    The British Grand Prix faces a race against time to resolve the problem created by the government’s imposition of quarantine on all entry into the UK. The chances of the race at Silverstone being held look increasingly slim but Formula One is understood to be remaining in a dialogue with the government in an attempt to find a solution.

    F1 has yet to comment and is studying the full quarantine document before entering further talks with the government. As things stand, with F1 denied any exemption from the quarantine procedures, not only is the British GP under threat but the sport faces an increasingly complex challenge as it attempts to create and implement a new calendar for the 2020 season.

    The home secretary, Priti Patel, confirmed the quarantine restrictions on Friday, which will begin on 8 June. The measures will be reviewed every three weeks but with F1 intent on starting the season in early July, any review would likely be too late for the British GP to maintain its current slot.

    The F1 season is due to get underway with two races in Austria, the first on 5 July. Silverstone was scheduled to host two races, one of which would have been the British Grand Prix, on 26 July and 5 August. However, with the 14-day quarantine imposed neither race at Silverstone can be held. They are expected to be replaced by meetings at Hockenheim in Germany or potentially in Budapest.

    Alongside the Italian GP, the British Grand Prix is the only meeting to have been held every year since the F1 world championship began 70 years ago, at Silverstone in 1950. There remains a chance the race could be scheduled for later in the year if the quarantine restrictions are relaxed but with F1 attempting to finalise the European-leg of the season, their focus will be on confirming any meetings that can definitely go ahead.

    The current quarantine rules also present further complications for F1 as it attempts to build a new calendar. Seven of the 10 F1 teams are based in the UK. On their return to the UK, a 14-day quarantine would mean a three-week gap before the next race could take place. During that period none of the team members that have travelled would be able to work at their respective factories.

    F1 could have to construct a calendar working on the basis that the quarantine restriction may remain in place for the rest of the year depending on the outcome of its conversations with government. Triple-header and even quadruple-header meetings are being considered, to maximise the teams’ use of time before each enforced break. The teams are understood to be willing to adapt to meet these demands in order to begin racing again.

    After the opening four races and the first quarantine period, the expectation is of a further four. They are likely to be held without teams returning to the UK and consisting of one of Hockenheim or Budapest, then Spain, Spa and Monza. When the sport begins the flyaway part of the season, these races would also have to be held in tranches, with three-week gaps between each. Currently under consideration are Azerbaijan, Russia, China and Japan as one block, then the US, Mexico and Brazil, followed by Vietnam, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi to conclude the season.

    This would present teams with long periods on the road. The only time the sport has held a triple-header – France, Austria and Great Britain in 2018 – it was not viewed favourably by personnel and the intention was that it would not be repeated.

    F1 had been hoping the sport may have been given an exemption by the government. It has stated its intent to make each meeting a closed biosphere testing all personnel before they left the UK and every three days while away at meetings held behind closed doors. They would receive a certificate stating they did not have the virus before re-entering the UK.

    The UK secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, Oliver Dowden, had backed F1’s case for exemption and it is understood the sport had appealed directly to Boris Johnson but the government did not want its quarantine programme to be seen to be favouring sport over other businesses and industries.

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    Formula 1 teams have agreed to a package of cost-cutting changes to help the sport ride out the coronavirus pandemic, BBC Sport can reveal.

    Teams voted to accept a plan to lower the budget cap to be introduced next year by $30m to $145m (£118.6m).

    This will be reduced again to $140m in 2022 and $135m for the period 2023-25.

    This is one of a series of measures aimed at reducing costs and levelling the field, including a research-and-development handicap system.

    The package still needs to be officially approved by F1's legislative body, the world motorsport council of governing body the FIA. Its vote will take place next week and is expected to be a formality.

    F1 had already agreed last October to introduce a budget cap of $175m in 2021, but the potential for loss of income caused by the coronavirus led to calls to lower that figure.

    A split emerged between the big three teams and the rest as Ferrari and Red Bull, particularly, opposed lowering the cap below $150m, while McLaren were among those pushing for a figure as low as $100m.

    But teams have finally agreed on a compromise which all can accept, according to a number of senior figures who wished to remain anonymous.

    Ferrari had argued that any figure below $150m would force them to cut hundreds of jobs, but they are understood to feel they have made a series of significant sacrifices for the good of the sport.

    Among these are their acquiescence to a major reduction in aerodynamic development in the 2020 and 2021 seasons, and a delay in the introduction of new rules in 2022.

    Ferrari accept that their 2020 car is not as competitive as they would have liked, so having to race it for two years with minimal development possibilities could delay their chances of contending effectively for the world championship until 2022.

    One of the most radical aspects of the rules package is the plan to limit aerodynamic development for the most successful teams.

    There will be a defined benchmark amount of permitted wind-tunnel time and computing data, and a sliding scale of allowance of that R&D depending on a team's finishing position in the previous championship.

    In 2021, to allow for the fact that teams have to develop cars to the new rules in 2022, the team who finishes first this year will be allowed 90% of that quota, with a sliding scale at 2.5% increments so the team that finished last gets 112.5%.

    From 2022 onwards, the world champions will be permitted 70% of the total allowance, with 5% increments until the team that finishes last is allowed 115%.

    Any new teams would be given the same allowance as the team that finishes last.

    The manufacturer teams have negotiated a quid pro quo on a topic known as the "notional value" of customer parts.

    This rule defines a valuation for parts typically bought by smaller teams from manufacturers, such as gearboxes and suspension.

    Once a team has bought those parts, their defined value is taken off that team's total budget-cap figure.

    Talks dragged on as a result of the complexity of these ideas and the need to define all potential details within them.

    Is there anything else?
    The vote also marked the formal acceptance of a number of other rules that have been widely discussed in public and agreed already.

    These include:

    The delay in the introduction until 2022 of the wide-ranging new technical regulations that had been planned for 2021 and which are aimed at making the field more competitive and enabling cars to race more effectively
    The requirement for teams to race their 2020 cars in 2021 as well.
    The possibility that the format of some race weekends will change to facilitate cramming in as many races as possible once the championship gets under way this season - for example by compressing the on-track action into two days.
    The budget cap will reduce or increase by $1m for each race that is removed or added to the calendar. So next year, for example, it will be $145m if there are 21 races, but $144m if there are 20 and $146m if there are 22.
    Restrictions on engine development in 2020 and 2021, including limiting hours on a dynamometer test bed and the number of upgrades permitted per season, as a first step towards reducing engine costs for F1's road-car manufacturers.

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    Daniel Abt guilty of using a ringer to drive for him in Formula E esport race

    The Audi Formula E driver Daniel Abt has been found guilty of using a ringer to drive for him in the Formula E esport championship. Abt has been disqualified from the race, fined €10,000 and as stripped of all his points after it was discovered he used a professional esport racer to compete in his place.


    The race took place on Saturday as part of the Formula E Race at Home Challenge Series, a virtual championship taking place while real racing is on hold because of coronavirus. Abt had qualified in second place at the virtual Flughafen Tempelhof circuit in Berlin and finished in third behind Oliver Rowland and the former F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne.

    Abt had yet to score a point in the first four rounds of the series and immediately afterwards Vandoorne raised his suspicions. “Really not happy here because that was not Daniel driving the car himself, and he messed up everything. That was ridiculous,” he said. “I’m questioning if it was really Daniel in the car.”

    Vandoorne was supported by the two-time FE champion Jean-Eric Vergne. “Please ask Daniel Abt to put his Zoom next time he’s driving, because like Stoffel said I’m pretty sure he wasn’t in,” he said.

    Formula E investigated and announced on Sunday that Abt had been “disqualified from the race for sporting misconduct”. It is understood it checked IP addresses and discovered that Abt could not have been behind the wheel. The pro gamer Lorenz Hoerzing was identified as the driver who had sat in for Abt. Hoerzing is an 18-year-old who competes in the FE Challenge series, a parallel championship for esport drivers.

    Abt admitted both guilt and contrition in a statement. “I would like to apologise to Formula E, all of the fans, my team and my fellow drivers for having called in outside help during the race on Saturday,” he said. “I did not take it as seriously as I should have. I am aware that my offence has a bitter aftertaste, but it was never meant with any bad intention.”

    The 27-year-old German has been racing since 2008 and competing in Formula E since 2014. Abt’s webcam had been on during the race, which was shown live, but the face of the driver was obscured by equipment and neither he nor Hoerzing took part in post-race interviews. Hoerzing has been banned from the Race at Home series.

    This is not the first controversy in esport racing. The Nascar driver Kyle Larson was sacked by Chip Ganassi racing and suspended indefinitely from the series after using a racial slur in a virtual race in April. And this month, last year’s Indy 500 winer Simon Pagenaud attracted a storm of real-life protest after he cynically took out McLaren’s Lando Norris during a virtual Indy 500.

    Esport racing is making a play to be taken seriously but Norris has acknowledged incidents such as these are not doing it any favours. “I know it’s virtual and people class it as a game, but it’s become quite a bit more than that over the last few weeks,” he said. “You still expect people to act professionally.”

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    Silverstone chief Stuart Pringle believes Formula 1 will need to know soon whether the sport will be able to operate outside the UK travel quarantine, even if the British GP is moved to August.

    Talks are ongoing between the sport and government, with it understood that potential solutions for elite sports continue to be explored.

    Pringle believes there is "clear desire at a national level to see sport return" and says he is "encouraged" that there has been progress for the resumption of sport in general in recent days, after the government detailed plans for how elite sportsmen and women can make a phased return to close-contact and competitive training.

    "All of these things are relevant for Formula 1 because we have to start going through some degree of change that we need to work towards what a solution for Formula 1 will look like," said Pringle, Silverstone's managing director, on The F1 Show.

    "I'm encouraged there's progress in the right direction."

    Silverstone has agreed terms with F1 to stage two races, with the dates initially pencilled in for July 26 and August 2. But Pringle believes finding a date for the events if required would not be the issue if F1 do not receive the green light from government in time.

    "I've got flexibility in the calendar and of course we've got our original dates we've been holding and talking around in mid-late July. But we've got a degree of flexibility through August as well," he said.

    "So I don't think that finding a date for Formula 1 is going to be a problem, or indeed two dates. What we need is the green light from government and that will take time."

    Stating that F1 is an "awful lot more than a 90-minute race", with more than 40,000 jobs linked to the UK motorsport industry, Pringle said: "Formula 1, as a championship, needs that exemption and needs to understand where it is, because they've got to plan.

    "It's a huge logistical operation. They've got to knit together a series of dates and get a freight plan that works and know that the impact on the personnel is. That requires some clarity.

    So what is the home of a Formula 1 driver like? McLaren's Lando Norris kicks off a new Sky F1 feature during lockdown as he tours his pad and garden!

    "There is cause for optimism that if we were to go further to the right in the calendar then it might make things easier, but they need to know sooner or later that seven tenths of the teams can come back and forth to their base between races or a couple of races.

    "For Silverstone, if we move into August that might give a little more certainty but, actually, I think it's probably essential that there's clarity on the quarantine situation in advance of that."

    Pringle added that he believed F1 team's effort to help produce ventilator parts to aid the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic has been "logged and is recognised" by government.

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    McLaren to cut 1,200 jobs across business

    The McLaren Group has announced plans to make around 1,200 redundancies from its business, which includes the Formula 1 team.

    Citing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the impending arrival of the new F1 budget cap from 2021, McLaren has commenced a proposed restructure, subject to employee consultation, across its three divisions - Racing, Automotive and Applied - as well as support and back office functions.

    Paul Walsh, the McLaren Group's executive chairman, said: "We deeply regret the impact that this restructure will have on all our people, but especially those whose jobs may be affected.

    "It is a course of action we have worked hard to avoid, having already undertaken dramatic cost-saving measures across all areas of the business. But we now have no other choice but to reduce the size of our workforce.

    "This is undoubtedly a challenging time for our company, and particularly our people, but we plan to emerge as an efficient, sustainable business with a clear course for returning to growth."

    With the coronavirus crisis accelerating the need for Formula 1 to cut costs across the board, the sport's stakeholders have agreed a reduction in next season's budget cap to $145m in addition to other cost-saving measures.

    The revised rules for 2021 are expected to be ratified this week.

    Walsh added: "McLaren Racing has been a proponent of the introduction in 2021 of the new Formula 1 budget cap which will create a sustainable financial basis for the teams and lead to a more competitive sport

    "While this will have a significant impact on the shape and size of our F1 team, we will now begin to take the necessary measures to be ready to run at the cap from 2021 onwards, in order to challenge again for race wins and championships in the future."

    McLaren made big strides back up the grid in F1 last year after a restructure of its team under chief executive Zak Brown, finishing fourth - their best season since 2012.

    https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12...cross-business


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    The Williams Formula 1 team and wider company group are up for sale after posting a £13m loss last year.

    The momentous decision marks a major change in direction for a company whose founder Sir Frank Williams had previously always insisted on retaining control.

    Deputy team principal Claire Williams said: "Frank has always ensured he puts the team, business and our people first, and that's what we're doing now."

    She said the aim was to secure the team's future through internal investment.

    Sir Frank, 78, is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the team.

    Claire Williams said: "Frank is always aware of and up to speed with every decision the board takes and is supportive.

    "He wants to ensure the future success of his team and understands and agrees this is the right time to seek inward investment to achieve that."

    The company said in a statement that they were considering "various strategic options… including but not limited to raising new capital for the business, a divestment of a minority stake in Williams Grand Prix Holdings, or a divestment of a majority stake in WGPH including a potential sale of the whole company".

    It said the company was "not in receipt of any approaches at the time of this announcement" but said it was "in preliminary discussions with a small number of parties regarding a potential investment".

    Claire Williams said in a conference call that the aim was to complete the process "within the next three to four months, but we are fully funded throughout the remainder of this year".

    Asked if the company was at risk if the team could not be sold, Claire Williams said: "I have every confidence we will find the investment we need."

    Managing director Mike O'Driscoll said there were "no prescribed outcomes" and that a "whole sale is just one option".

    The move comes in the wake of Williams finishing last in the constructors' championship for the second year in succession in 2019, leading to a significant drop in income.

    She said she believed the introduction of a budget cap from 2021 and new regulations aimed at levelling the field from 2022 made the team an attractive opportunity.

    She said she was "very confident about this team's future and our ability to succeed in our sport again because the environment in which we can compete is changing".

    She said there was "no one key factor" in the decision to put the company up for sale but the coronavirus crisis was a contributor.

    F1 is facing a significant loss of income as a result of the lack of racing this year, with all major revenue streams under threat.

    The sport is aiming to start a curtailed season in Austria at the beginning of July.

    Williams also announced that they had "served notice to terminate its relationship with its title partner Rokit".

    Williams is one of the most successful teams in F1 history, and dominated large swathes of the 1980s and 1990s, winning multiple championships with the likes of Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Damon Hill.

    But its competitiveness has declined this century. Williams went through a brief renaissance from 2014-17, when it finished third twice and then fifth twice, but has fallen to the back in the last two years.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/52847040
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    Renault to stay in Formula 1 despite job losses

    Renault's interim chief executive, Clotilde Delbos, has said that the French car company will stay in Formula 1 beyond the end of this season.

    The announcement comes as Renault cut 15,000 jobs as part of a cost-saving plan because of plunging sales caused by the pandemic.

    Delbos said the introduction of a cap on teams' budgets from 2021 had been an important part of their decision.

    Renault has a smaller operation than top teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull and sees the cap as an opportunity to return to competitiveness.


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    Wow...hope the name stays, will be a huge disappointment otherwise.

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    Austria given go-ahead for Formula 1 season opener

    The 2020 Formula 1 season is set to get under way with races in Austria on 5 and 12 July.

    According to Austrian public broadcaster ORF, the health ministry gave the go-ahead on Saturday, and the races at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will take place without spectators.

    Organisers have presented "a comprehensive, professional security concept to prevent infections," said the ministry. The races are legal as there's no audience, says Health Minister Rudolf Anschober, so "the teams are allowed to enter the premises to practise their profession".

    The Dutch Grand Prix was the latest race to be cancelled on Thursday, although the season is set to continue with two races in the UK after the Austrian double-header.


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    The 2020 Formula 1 season is poised to start on July 5 with the Austrian GP the first of eight behind-closed-door European races in 10 weeks


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    The 2020 Formula 1 season is poised to start on July 5 with the Austrian GP the first of eight behind-closed-door European races in 10 weeks
    Formula 1 season to start with eight races in Europe

    The 2020 Formula 1 season will start in Austria on 5 July, the first of a run of eight races in Europe.


    An F1 statement said the championship would begin across three consecutive weekends - two in Austria on 5 and 12 July and a third in Hungary.

    There will then be a two-week break before two consecutive races in Britain and events in Spain, Belgium and Italy.

    All will be run behind closed doors with participants following guidelines to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

    The British Grands Prix at Silverstone will be held 2 and 9 August, followed immediately by the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona on 16 August.

    The Belgian and Italian Grands Prix will complete the European part of the season on their original dates of 30 August and 6 September.

    Plans for the remainder of the season were not announced, because of the uncertainty of the coronavirus situation in the various countries that would have made up the original schedule.

    However, F1 said it had "an expectation of having a total of 15-18 races before we complete our season in December".

    It is understood that F1 is highly confident of finishing the championship with races in Bahrain on 6 December and Abu Dhabi on 13 December.

    Before that, the low incidence of coronavirus in China, Vietnam and Japan makes races in those countries a strong probability in October.

    The Russian Grand Prix, which is pencilled in for after the European events along with the race in Azerbaijan, and those in the US, Mexico and Brazil are more uncertain because of the high rates of infection in those countries.

    F1 2020 opening calendar

    3-5 July - Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring)

    10-12 July - Steiermark Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring)

    17-19 July - Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring)

    31 July-2 August - British Grand Prix (Silverstone)

    7-9 August - 70th Anniversary Grand Prix (Silverstone)

    14-16 August - Spanish Grand Prix

    28-30 August - Belgian Grand Prix

    4-6 September - Italian Grand Prix

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/52883244


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    Finally, and only 3 races cancelled. Impressive.

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    A race would not be cancelled in the re-started season if a driver or team member tested positive for coronavirus, says Formula 1 boss Chase Carey.

    The F1 chairman and chief executive was speaking after F1 announced the first eight races of a rescheduled 2020 season starting in Austria on 5 July.

    "We will have a procedure in place that finding an infection will not lead to a cancellation," said Carey.

    "If a driver has an infection, [teams have] reserve drivers available."

    The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was called off in March after a McLaren team member tested positive.

    But Carey told the F1 website: "The array of 'what ifs' are too wide to play out every one of them, but a team not being able to race wouldn't cancel the race."


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    The Japanese, Singapore and Azerbaijan Grand Prix races have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Formula 1 tried to find a way to hold the events in 2020 but has now announced it is not possible in the uncertain global situation.

    The race at Suzuka is off as a result of Japan's ban on many international travellers. The Grand Prix cannot be held in Singapore or Baku because the street circuits cannot be built in the current climate.

    The cancellations mean F1 has lost a further three key Grands Prix to the Covid-19 crisis, which has already claimed the season-opening race in Australia and the blue-riband Monaco event.


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    Bernie Ecclestone has claimed black people are “more racist” than white people and said Formula One has been “too busy” to deal with racism in an astonishing television interview.

    The former chief executive of Formula One and a name synonymous with the sport said in an exchange with CNN that racism “makes me so upset”. He also said he did not think Lewis Hamilton’s experiences of racism had affected the driver. Hamilton, the six-times world champion, recently said he had felt the “stigma of racism” throughout his F1 career.

    Asked by the interviewer Amanda Davies whether Formula One should have done more to tackle racism, the 89-year-old said: “I don’t think anyone bothered about it before. They’re too busy trying to win races or find sponsors or something. Really other things that are of little if any interest.”

    While he praised Hamilton for his role campaigning for Black Lives Matters, on the subject of the Hamilton Commission, a body set up by the world champion to help increase diversity in motor sport and overcome the “institutional barriers” the driver said he experienced in F1, Ecclestone said: “I don’t think it’s going to do anything bad or good for Formula One.

    It’ll just make people think which is more important. I think that’s the same for everybody.

    “People ought to think a little bit and think: ‘Well, what the hell. Somebody’s not the same as white people and black people should think the same thing about white people.’ In lots of cases, black people are more racist than what white people are [sic].”

    Asked about criticism over whether the sport took Hamilton’s complaints seriously enough, Ecclestone said: “I’m really unhappy if he took it seriously. I never thought he did. I didn’t think it affected him.”

    Later in the interview Ecclestone went on to suggest it is not even the responsibility of F1 to tackle racist behaviour. “I suppose the people that need to do that are the viewers. For the number of people that are directly involved in sport such a small number of people can do very little,” he said.

    “I’m surprised if anyone in Formula One, certainly the teams and the people like the promoters, have any concern about this. It’s not a good excuse not to be concerned but everybody’s too busy doing things that they have to do day to day to think about something that doesn’t directly affect them.”

    Hamilton hit back at Ecclestone’s comments, saying: “So sad and disappointing to read these comments. Bernie is out of the sport and a different generation but this is exactly what is wrong – ignorant and uneducated comments which show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.

    “It makes complete sense to me now that nothing was said or done to make our sport more diverse or to address the racial abuse I received throughout my career. If someone who has run the sport for decades has such a lack of understanding of the deep-rooted issues we as black people deal with every day, how can we expect all the people who work under him to understand. It starts at the top.

    “Now the time has come for change. I will not stop pushing to create an inclusive future for our sport with equal opportunity for all. To create a world that provides equal opportunity for minorities. I will continue to use my voice to represent those that don’t have one, and to speak for those who are under-represented to provide an opportunity to have a chance in our sport.”

    Formula One released a statement which read: “At a time when unity is needed to tackle racism and inequality, we completely disagree with Bernie Ecclestone’s comments that have no place in Formula One or society.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...n-white-people
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    Formula 1 have said they "completely disagree" with comments made by the sport's former chief executive Bernie Ecclestone about racism.

    Distancing the sport from remarks the 89-year-old Ecclestone made in an interview with CNN, Formula 1 said in a statement: "At a time when unity is needed to tackle racism and inequality, we completely disagree with Bernie Ecclestone's comments that have no place in Formula 1 or society.

    "Mr Ecclestone has played no role in Formula 1 since he left our organisation in 2017, his title Chairman Emeritus, being honorific expired, in January 2020."

    On Thursday, F1 launched a foundation and Task Force to improve equality and inclusion in motorsport as part of its new We Race As One initiative.

    Daniel Ricciardo speaks to Sky Sports F1 about F1's new diversity initiative, Lewis Hamilton, feeling "naive" about racism and why he now believes "change is really happening".

    Lewis Hamilton, F1's six-time world champion, has also announced he is setting up The Hamilton Commission aimed at improving diversity in the motorsport industry.

    In an Instagram Story post on Friday night, Hamilton said that it was "so sad and disappointing" to read Ecclestone's remarks.

    "Bernie is out of the sport and a different generation but this is exactly what is wrong - ignorant and uneducated comments which show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen," wrote Hamilton.

    "It makes complete sense to me now that nothing was said or done to make our sport more diverse or to address the racial abuse I received throughout my career. If someone who has run the sport for decades has such a lack of understanding of the deep routed issues we as black people deal with every day, how can we expect all the people who work under him to understand. It starts at the top."

    Hamilton has been a powerful voice in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and promised that "I will not stop pushing to create an inclusive future for our sport with equal opportunity for all. To create a world that provides equal opportunity for minorities."

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    Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will race black-liveried Mercedes cars in the 2020 season as F1's world champions make a powerful and visual stand against racism and for diversity.


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    Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will race black-liveried Mercedes cars in the 2020 season as F1's world champions make a powerful and visual stand against racism and for diversity.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will race black-liveried Mercedes cars in the 2020 season as F1's world champions make a powerful and visual stand against racism and for diversity.

    Absolutely stunning. Renault were already going with a black livery, not sure about Haas. We might have 3 similar looking cars now though.

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    McLaren's Lando Norris says Formula 1 drivers have discussed 'taking a knee' at the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.

    The gesture is a symbol of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the struggle for racial equality.

    Britain's Norris, 20, said: "If we are going to do it, we should all do it as a grid.

    "We will do whatever we can to show we care and respect everyone. We will do what is right when the time comes."

    World champion Lewis Hamilton has increased his interventions on the subject of racial equality since the issue was brought to the fore by global protests following the death of African American George Floyd in May, after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

    Hamilton, F1's first black driver, has started his own commission to promote minority involvement in motorsport, and the sport's owners have launched their own diversity and quality drive.

    Hamilton's Mercedes team have changed the colour scheme of their cars from silver to black for this season as a symbol of their support for diversity and opposition to racism.

    Norris fellow Briton George Russell, who drives for Williams, said: "Lewis has been very strong in his thoughts and words and he is absolutely right to do so.

    "It has opened a lot of our eyes up to a greater issue in the world and if it's something that doesn't affect you personally, you don't necessarily know some of the issues. So it is something we have to support.

    "F1 needs to be more diverse. It is a very white-dominated sport.

    "Lewis has created a lot of awareness which is great and we will be standing there not only supporting him but also supporting the Black Lives Matter movement."

    Like Hamilton, Norris will carry the message 'End Racism' on his car this season, and he has recently encouraged followers on social media to sign petitions.

    Norris said: "I want to do better than any other driver, but everyone should be given the same opportunity and treated the same.

    "It is not fair that people get treated differently because of their race.

    "This sport reaches millions of people and the more we can do as drivers, teams and as a community in Formula 1, the bigger impact we can have."

    The season, which has been on ice since the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled in March as a result of the coronavirus crisis, starts with three races on consecutive weekends, two at Austria's Red Bull Ring on 3-5 and 10-12 July, followed by the Hungaroring on 17-19 July.

    All will be held behind closed doors and with a series of protocols in place to minimise the risks involving Covid-19.

    Norris said: "I will be in a bubble, speaking to and interacting with as few people as I need to. I have pretty much spent the last three months on my own so I am used to it.

    "We will have people on standby and people on back-up to jump into different roles if people fall ill.

    "But we all want to be here until the final race in December so we will take the precautions to make sure we can continue doing our job."

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    Lewis Hamilton made a powerful statement of intent as the Formula 1 season finally got under way at the Austrian Grand Prix.

    The world champion was fastest in both practice sessions at the Red Bull Ring, leading team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

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    Mercedes have repainted their cars black, a new livery reflecting support for anti-racism and diversity.

    The season is starting four months late after coronavirus laid waste original plans and forced a complete re-think.

    Beyond eight races in Europe scheduled over the next 10 weekends, the shape of the rest of the season remains in flux, as a result of the differing impact of coronavirus around the world.

    The secret aerodynamicist: What is key to F1 success in 2020?US & Brazil races unlikely to happen - WolffAustrian Grand Prix coverage on the BBC

    To restart the championship, F1 has taken a series of measures to minimise the risks with coronavirus, with social-distancing protocols and a testing programme.

    And the sport is making efforts to promote diversity as a result of the increased profile of the fight against racism following the global protests that were precipitated by the death of African-American man George Floyd in police custody in May.

    F1 Breakdown: Jack Nicholls previews new Formula 1 seasonFull practice resultsWho's looking strongest?

    The drivers are expected to make a public statement of their support for the anti-racism and diversity cause before the start of the race on Sunday.

    On track, the colour scheme of the Mercedes might have changed from the silver that was first introduced in the 1930s but their domination of the sport looks set to continue.

    They travelled to Austria for the first of two races on the compact but challenging track in the Styrian mountains as favourites, but the extent of their advantage on this first day of competitive action will be an unwelcome surprise to the rest of the field.

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen was the third fastest car in the first session, 0.602secs off Hamilton, and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was fourth in the second session, 0.657secs off the Briton.

    Mercedes appeared to be a good half-second clear of any other car on the evidence of the day.

    "It was great to be back," said Hamilton. "It's been a long time coming. It felt great to feel the new car.

    "It's definitely looking good but you can never take too much from practice. The other teams may be down or up on power mode or fuel or whatever it may be. So we will take it with a punch of salt and try and see if we can improve the car tonight."

    Third in the second session was Racing Point's Sergio Perez, in a car that has been dubbed the 'Pink Mercedes' or 'Tracing Point' because of its likeness to the 2019 title-winning car, which Racing Point admit they have copied.

    Other teams have said they may protest the Racing Point on these grounds but Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul said on Friday that his "priority" was to focus on the racing this weekend.

    Mercedes are also facing a legality question over their car after Red Bull asked for a clarification on their controversial dual-axis steering system (DAS). This changes the 'toe' angle of the front wheels for tyre wear and aerodynamic benefit.

    Typically the front wheels on an F1 car are mounted at an outward-facing angle to help with cornering (yellow dotted line) - this system adjusts them to be more centred (red line) travelling down the straights when the driver pulls back the steering wheel

    Mercedes' traditional rivals struggled on this first day back on track.

    Red Bull appeared to be suffering from a lack of rear stability, with both drivers complaining of oversteer.

    Verstappen had two spins while team-mate Alexander Albon had one, providing an echo of pre-season testing, when they denied the car had an aerodynamic problem despite a number of spins for both drivers.

    Verstappen could manage only ninth fastest in the second session, with Renault's Daniel Ricciardo fifth, ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris, and the second Racing Point of Lance Stroll. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was only 10th.

    Ferrari's predictions that they would be off the pace were accurate. They discovered an aerodynamic flaw with their car design after pre-season testing and are working on developments to fix the problem

    Team boss Mattia Binotto said on Friday: "We pushed a lot on our project on trying to seek a lot of downforce but what we developed was too fragile in terms of aero robustness on track. We are trying to take a step back and redevelop."

    He said they hoped the first step in the right direction would come at the Hungarian Grand Prix in two weeks' time.

    On the race-simulation runs at the end of second practice, Mercedes' advantage looked as big as ever, Hamilton and Bottas a comfortable half-second plus clear of Red Bull and Ferrari, with the Racing Points looking as if they could challenge for podium positions, and McLaren and Renault also in the mix.


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    Red Bull's appeal has been rejected. Hope they have their version of DAS as has been rumoured otherwise the season will be all about who finishes 2nd amongst RB, Racing Point and Mclaren.

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    Formula 1 officials have rejected a protest by Red Bull against a controversial steering system on Mercedes' 2020 car.

    Red Bull alleged that the so-called dual-axis steering system (DAS) broke the rules on two counts.

    They said that was because it was an aerodynamic and suspension-related device.

    But stewards at the season-opening race decided that it was legal because it constituted a steering device alone.

    They said it was "not conventional" but did not contravene the rules on steering.

    Red Bull argued that the DAS was a moveable aerodynamic device and that it was an adjustment to the suspension while the car was in motion.

    The system alters the 'toe' of the front wheels by moving the steering wheel.

    The 'toe' is the angle of the front wheels in relation to the longitudinal axis of the car.

    F1 cars operate with a degree of 'toe-out' - which effectively means that the front part of the tyres are turned outwards by a few millimetres.

    This is beneficial when the driver turns in to the corner as it gives them more grip and stability but causes a degree of 'scrub' on the straights, where the tyre is dragged across the track at an angle, which causes its temperature to rise.

    In the Mercedes system, the driver can pull on the steering wheel to straighten the front wheels as he comes on to a straight and then push back on it to revert to the 'toe-out' position as he enters a corner.

    The potential advantage is two-fold: it changes the amount of tyre 'scrub' on the straights and so improves tyre usage; and it reduces drag to increase straight-line speed.

    Typically the front wheels on an F1 car are mounted at an outward-facing angle to help with cornering (yellow dotted line) - this system adjusts them to be more centred (red line) travelling down the straights when the driver pulls back the steering wheel

    Rivals believe its primary aim is to keep the front tyres warm while drivers keep the rears cool as they prepare for a flying lap.

    The system has been banned by a change of rules for 2021, but governing body the FIA had already said it considers DAS to be legal under the current rules.

    Following Red Bull's protest, stewards at the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix declared that the system "would be illegal if it was not part of the steering system".

    But it was a steering device because it "realigns the two front wheels via the same central mechanism that conventional steering does" and it "remains under the full control of the driver".

    The ruling means Mercedes, who were first and second fastest in both of Friday's practice sessions at the Red Bull Ring, are able to continue using the system this weekend.

    Red Bull have a right to appeal.

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    Lewis Hamilton says some drivers' reluctance to take a knee before the Austrian Grand Prix is down to a lack of understanding of racism.

    F1 drivers will take a collective stance against racism before Sunday's season-opening race, but some are not comfortable with the kneeling gesture.

    Hamilton said he had made his point to the drivers at a meeting on Friday.

    "I described the scenario that silence is really generally complicit. There is some silence in some cases," he said.

    World champion Hamilton added: "But I think it is part of a dialogue of people trying to understand, because there are still some people who don't fully understand what is happening and what is the reason for these protests and I continue to try to be that guide and try to influence as many people as I can with it."

    BBC Sport reported earlier on Saturday that while the drivers were united in their opposition to racism, a minority had misgivings about taking a knee before the race.

    This is partly because of the political connotations of the gesture in some countries, and partly because some did not appreciate what they saw as Hamilton's accusatory tone in his social media messages asking other senior figures in the sport to issue anti-racist statements following the death in police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in the US on 25 May.

    Briton Hamilton, 35, said this week he was not accusing the drivers specifically, but rather the industry at large.

    After qualifying second to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday, he said: "In the meeting I acknowledged to a lot of drivers that there was an interpretation of a message I posted asking for people to speak out and their silence, and just saying thank you to who said something on their social media platforms because they have a great voice and platform and encouraging the others to say something."

    All the drivers are expected to wear T-shirts bearing the message "end racism" before the race, and Hamilton added that he had not personally decided what other gestures to make.

    "I don't have any plans at the moment," he said. "I have not thought that far forward, but I am sure over the evening we will.

    "We spoke a bit in the drivers' briefing. Interesting. But it was good that we are all at least in discussion. I don't know what we will see - potentially people paying their respects in their own ways."

    Asked whether he believed it constituted an issue if some drivers did not go down on one knee before the race, he replied: "We know there's an issue. We don't need an experience like tomorrow to prove there is an issue."

    Red Bull driver Alexander Albon, a British-born Thai and F1's only other non-white driver, said: Of course I stand by diversity; every driver does.

    "We are all going to take a minute to express a [desire for a] change in diversity. I don't know what we can say or not. I am going to leave it there. It is still in the works. You will see tomorrow. We are all against racism. We are going to take it individually."

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    Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position as Mercedes dominated qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix, while Ferrari had a shocking day.

    Mercedes seemed unbeatable as the season re-started after a four-month delay as a result of the coronavirus.

    The cars, painted black this year to reflect Mercedes' support for anti-racism, were half a second clear.

    The fastest Ferrari of Charles Leclerc was in seventh as the sheer scale of their lack of performance became clear.

    Team-mate Sebastian Vettel did not even make it into the final part of qualifying and the four-time world champion will start 11th.

    It was a toss-up as to which was the biggest shock - the size of Mercedes' advantage over everyone else, or how badly wrong Ferrari have got it with this year's car.

    As attention turns to the race on Sunday, there will be a question as to whether anyone can challenge Mercedes, and also a focus on F1's stance against racism, in the wake of the focus on the issue created by protests around the world.

    The drivers are to make a collective statement before the race by wearing "end racism" T-shirts, although there remains a question as to whether all of them will take a knee.

    Mercedes have dominated the weekend, the cars quickest by a significant margin in every single session.

    The Finn was quicker than Hamilton on the first runs by 0.122 seconds and then, running ahead of the Briton, went off at Turn Five on his final run.

    Hamilton was ahead of Bottas on split times at that point. The world champion improved his time over the rest of the lap but lost out on pole position by 0.012secs.

    Bottas said: "It feels really good. I have missed this feeling after qualifying, the shakes. It is something special when you push the car to the limit. It feels so good. Our team, amazing job - we seem to be in our own league."

    Hamilton said that the incident with Bottas "didn't really affect the lap", adding: "Great job by Valtteri. This is a great job by the team and I am happy to be here."

    Verstappen in third was 0.538secs off pole. The Dutchman will start the race on a different tyre than Mercedes, having chosen to run the medium in second qualifying, while Mercedes were on the soft, but on the face of it the world champions look to be unbeatable.

    Verstappen said: "It is going to be quite a bit warmer tomorrow and that could play to our advantage, Mercedes were on a different level today but let's see what we can do tomorrow.

    "I suspect we are a little bit better off in the race. We have nothing to lose so I will try to make it as difficult as possible for them."

    As attention turns to the race on Sunday, there will be a question as to whether anyone can challenge Mercedes, and also a focus on F1's stance against racism, in the wake of the focus on the issue created by protests around the world.

    The drivers are to make a collective statement before the race by wearing "end racism" t-shirts, although there remains a question as to whether all of them will take a knee.

    Even before arriving in Austria, Ferrari were downplaying expectations, saying that they had had to redesign their car after discovering problems following pre-season testing and that the first parts of that change would not appear until the Hungarian Grand Prix in two weeks' time.

    But few expected them to be as far off the pace as they were.

    Both drivers were in danger of being knocked out at the end of second qualifying but Leclerc managed to scrape through in 10th place.

    Even he seemed surprised to be so slow.

    "Are we safe?" the 22-year-old asked his engineer at the end of the second session.

    "Yes," he was told. "You are P10."

    "That's crazy," Leclerc replied.

    In the end, Leclerc managed to make it into seventh on the grid by pulling out all the stops in the final session but the inquiry will be long and questing.

    Rival teams pointed out that whereas at last year's Austrian Grand Prix there were five cars with Ferrari engines in the top 10, while this year only one made it through - and that all those teams had lost more than 0.5secs a lap in performance compared to 2019.

    There was a controversial settlement between governing body the FIA and Ferrari over the winter, with the FIA saying that they had doubts about the legality of the Ferrari engine in 2019 but could not prove them.

    Rivals were angered that the details of the settlement were kept confidential.

    The Racing Point - or 'Pink Mercedes' as it has become known for its likeness to last year's Silver Arrow - had looked best of the rest behind Mercedes and Red Bull on Friday but McLaren pipped them thanks to a stellar performance from Lando Norris.

    The Briton qualified a brilliant fourth, less than 0.2secs behind Verstappen and ahead of the second Red Bull of Alex Albon.

    Albon set the same time as Racing Point's Sergio Perez, but as the Anglo-Thai set it first, he will start ahead of the Mexican.

    Behind Leclerc, the second McLaren of Carlos Sainz was eighth, ahead of Perez's team-mate Lance Stroll and the lead Renault of Daniel Ricciardo.

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    Lewis Hamilton's second place on the Austrian GP grid could be under threat with the six-time world champion under investigation after qualifying.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Lewis Hamilton's second place on the Austrian GP grid could be under threat with the six-time world champion under investigation after qualifying.
    He has been cleared.
    Sad really that the next best is about half a second slower on lap of around a minute. This season is already about the midfield and the contest there is going to be real fun. Also Russell just about missing out on Q2 makes me believe that with some luck he can score some points this year for the Williams. The guy is the next big thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldWarHorse View Post
    He has been cleared.
    Sad really that the next best is about half a second slower on lap of around a minute. This season is already about the midfield and the contest there is going to be real fun. Also Russell just about missing out on Q2 makes me believe that with some luck he can score some points this year for the Williams. The guy is the next big thing.
    Thanks for the update - will add some more info on this.


    An FIA investigation last night said Hamilton, who was behind his team-mate on the track, had received conflicting messages on the marker boards so no penalty was warranted. But, as mentioned, Red Bull have now requested a review.

    This is what the stewards said in their ruling: "The driver mentioned that he passed a green light panel in turn 5.

    "The video footage confirmed that there have been yellow flags and green light panels at the same time and therefore conflicting signals were shown to the driver. Taking this into account, the Stewards decide to take no further action."

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    F1 to show support in fight against racism

    Formula 1 has been showing its support in the fight against racism at the season’s opening race, with ‘End Racism’ messaging prominent around the Red Bull Ring and drivers and teams carrying messages of solidarity.

    One question over the last couple of days has been whether F1’s drivers will follow the lead of other sports people, including Premier League players, and take a collective knee on the grid in support of Black Lives Matter.

    They will have the opportunity to take the knee on the grid before the national anthem but a couple of leading names have explained ahead of the race why they will not be making this specific gesture.

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    Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Red Bull's Max Verstappen say they will not take the knee before the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

    But both have emphasised their support for the fight against racism.

    They are the first two drivers to state their position on a topic that has caused controversy among the F1 drivers.

    Leclerc said his decision was based on the fact that taking the knee "could be seen as controversial in some countries".

    He added: "I believe what matters are facts and behaviours in our daily life rather than formal gestures.

    "I will not take the knee but this does not mean at all that I am less committed than others in the fight against racism."

    Verstappen said: "I am very committed to equality and the fight against racism. But I believe everyone has the right to express themself at a time and in a way that suits them.

    "I will not take the knee today but respect and support the personal choices every driver makes."

    The drivers issued a collective statement through the Grand Prix Drivers' Association on Saturday saying they "stand united with their teams against racism and prejudice, at the same time embracing the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion and supporting F1's commitment to these.

    "Together the drivers will all show their public support for this cause on Sunday ahead of the race, recognising and respecting that each individual has the freedom to show their support for ending racism in their own way and will be free to choose how to do this."

    Drivers' reluctance to take a knee shows 'lack of understanding' - Hamilton
    F1 drivers to wear 'end racism' T-shirts before Austrian Grand Prix
    But some are uncomfortable with taking the knee, a gesture that originated in the NFL in the US to call attention to issues surrounding racial equality and police brutality, because of the political connotations the gesture carries in some countries.

    World champion Lewis Hamilton said on Saturday that the reluctance was due to a lack of understanding of the issue of racism.

    The Mercedes driver said he had made his point to the drivers at a meeting on Friday.

    "I just described the scenario that silence is really generally complicit. There is some silence in some cases," said Hamilton, F1's only black driver.

    "But I think it is part of a dialogue of people trying to understand because there are still some people who don't fully understand what is happening and what is the reason for these protests and I continue to try to be that guider and try to influence as many people as I can with it."

    All the drivers are expected to wear T-shirts bearing the message 'end racism' before the race, and Hamilton has not yet said what other gestures he will make.

    Renault's Daniel Ricciardo, who along with Leclerc was one of the drivers to speak out against racism on social media last month, said: "I've certainly been supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement. I've read a lot and tried to learn more about it. It's something which has certainly caught my interest and something I 100% want to support.

    "The chat with the drivers was essentially this: all of us are 100% on board with supporting it and ending racism. None of us are 'anti' this. So we all support that.

    "I think there was just a little bit of perhaps difficulty with some drivers and their nationality and what perhaps something like taking a knee would represent.

    "Obviously the reasons why we will do it is purely to support Black Lives Matter; it's nothing political or anything else. But there is a little bit of a fine line, I think, with some drivers and their nationalities and how it's perceived.

    "But we heard all of them, we heard everyone's opinion, and we're not going to try to do anything against or put anyone in jeopardy. We've all understood that we'll do what we feel comfortable with.

    "No-one's going to be judged or criticised if they don't stand there in a certain way or take a knee. But I think the intention is for us to support it and we'll probably show that as a unit. And then if a few of us choose to do something extra, then that'll be the case."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Thanks for the update - will add some more info on this.


    An FIA investigation last night said Hamilton, who was behind his team-mate on the track, had received conflicting messages on the marker boards so no penalty was warranted. But, as mentioned, Red Bull have now requested a review.

    This is what the stewards said in their ruling: "The driver mentioned that he passed a green light panel in turn 5.

    "The video footage confirmed that there have been yellow flags and green light panels at the same time and therefore conflicting signals were shown to the driver. Taking this into account, the Stewards decide to take no further action."

    Strangely he has been penalised..starts 5th. unlucky Hamilton

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    Strangely he has been penalised..starts 5th. unlucky Hamilton
    Silly.

    Race started now



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    Austrian Grand Prix: 14 drivers take a knee before season opener

    Fourteen drivers took a knee before the Formula 1 season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

    Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Red Bull's Max Verstappen said they would not before the race, but both emphasised their support for the fight against racism.

    Antonio Giovinazzi, Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz and Kimi Raikkonen were the other drivers to remain standing.

    Lewis Hamilton wore a T-shirt with the words 'Black Lives Matter'.

    All other drivers wore similar black T-shirts that displayed the words 'End Racism'. Many team staff and personnel also took a knee.

    "End racism. One cause. One commitment," Formula 1 said.

    "As individuals, we choose our own way to support the cause. As a group of drivers and a wider F1 family, we are united in its goal."

    Leclerc and Verstappen were the first two drivers to state their position on a topic that has caused controversy among the F1 drivers.

    Leclerc said his decision was based on the fact that taking the knee "could be seen as controversial in some countries", but did not elaborate on that point.

    He added: "I believe what matters are facts and behaviours in our daily life rather than formal gestures.

    "I will not take the knee but this does not mean at all that I am less committed than others in the fight against racism."

    Verstappen said: "I am very committed to equality and the fight against racism. But I believe everyone has the right to express themselves at a time and in a way that suits them.

    "I will not take the knee today but respect and support the personal choices every driver makes."

    The drivers issued a collective statement through the Grand Prix Drivers' Association on Saturday saying they "stand united with their teams against racism and prejudice, at the same time embracing the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion and supporting F1's commitment to these.

    "Together the drivers will all show their public support for this cause on Sunday ahead of the race, recognising and respecting that each individual has the freedom to show their support for ending racism in their own way and will be free to choose how to do this."

    But some are uncomfortable with taking the knee, a gesture that originated in the NFL in the US to call attention to issues surrounding racial equality and police brutality.

    Hamilton said on Saturday that the reluctance was due to a lack of understanding of the issue of racism.

    The Mercedes driver said he had made his point to the drivers at a meeting on Friday.

    "I just described the scenario that silence is really generally complicit. There is some silence in some cases," said Hamilton, F1's only black driver.

    "But I think it is part of a dialogue of people trying to understand because there are still some people who don't fully understand what is happening and what is the reason for these protests and I continue to try to be that guider and try to influence as many people as I can with it."

    Renault's Daniel Ricciardo, who along with LeClerc was one of the drivers to speak out against racism on social media last month, said: "I've certainly been supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement. I've read a lot and tried to learn more about it. It's something which has certainly caught my interest and something I 100% want to support.

    "The chat with the drivers was essentially this: all of us are 100% on board with supporting it and ending racism. None of us are 'anti' this. So we all support that.

    "I think there was just a little bit of perhaps difficulty with some drivers and their nationality and what perhaps something like taking a knee would represent.

    "Obviously the reasons why we will do it is purely to support Black Lives Matter; it's nothing political or anything else. But there is a little bit of a fine line, I think, with some drivers and their nationalities and how it's perceived."

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    What an insane race with just 11 finishers, Latifi just outside the points.. unbelievable....Charles finishes 2nd after all the issues with the Ferrari but the story is Norris getting onto podium with that lap at the end.
    Hard luck to Albon and Russell, would have been first podium for the former maybe even a win.

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    BREAKING: Bottas wins the Austrian Grand Prix

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    Almost half of the grid didn't even finish, crazy.


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    Superb laps from Hamilton...a second quicker than the next guy in wet conditions.
    Great session for Ocon,Gasly and Russell as well. The amount of skill and talent on display is incredible.

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    Starting grid for the Styrian GP.
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    Hope safety cars make it as exciting as the first one

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    Lewis Hamilton takes dominant Styrian GP win after both Ferraris retire after colliding on the first lap.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/53382391


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    The final standings from the Styrian Grand Prix:

    1 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes
    2 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes +13.719 1
    3 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing +33.698 2
    4 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing +44.400 1
    5 Lando NORRIS McLaren +61.470 1
    6 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point +62.387 1
    7 Lance STROLL Racing Point +62.453 1
    8 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault +62.591 1
    9 Carlos SAINZ McLaren1L 2
    10 Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri1L 1
    11 Kimi RAIKKONEN Alfa Romeo Racing1L 1
    12 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team1L 1
    13 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team1L 1
    14 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing1L 1
    15 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri1L 2
    16 George RUSSELL Williams2L 1
    17 Nicholas LATIFI Williams2L 1
    18 Esteban OCON Renault DNF 1
    19 Charles LECLERC Ferrari DNF 2
    20 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari DNF 1


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    Lando Norris is the next British F1 superstar, ready to take over the baton when Lewis retires. What a screamer of an end to the race to follow up on the podium last weekend. Absolutely battering his experienced teammate in Sainz.

    Anyways its all about the battle of the midfield this year. Renault, Racing Point, Mclaren are all similar paced. Will be fun to follow along this through the end.

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    Lewis Hamilton has applauded his Mercedes team for joining him in taking the knee ahead of the weekend's Formula One race, but he said other teams - including Ferrari - must do more to combat racism.

    The 35-year-old reflected on a "beautiful" moment before his Styrian Grand Prix victory in Austria when Mercedes joined him in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    He told Sky Sports F1: "It's not something I asked for them to do, but it's a beautiful thing. It doesn't take a lot to do something like that, and it's not changing the world, but perhaps shifting perceptions and shifting ideals. We'll just keep going."

    After a dominant win in Sunday's race, Hamilton performed the black power salute twice - on top of his Mercedes and also on the podium.

    With all drivers wearing anti-racism T-shirts for the second consecutive race, Hamilton took a knee at the front of the grid alongside 11 other drivers before the race.

    Four drivers stood, while four were not present, in pre-race scenes that sparked fresh debate about whether the gathering marked a sufficiently united show of solidarity.

    Hamilton suggested that others teams, including Ferrari, must do more in the fight for equality.

    "Formula One has come forward and said they are supporting ending racism, and it is amazing to see Mercedes are also doing that, but no other team has done a single thing," said Hamilton.

    "Red Bull mechanics have taken a knee, but if you look at Ferrari they have thousands of people working for them, but I have heard no word of Ferrari saying that they hold themselves accountable, and what they are going to do in the future.

    "We have to continue to push for equality and raise awareness. For me personally, it is going to be a lifelong thing.

    "We spoke about taking a knee in the drivers' briefing and what we intended to do. Some were asking how long we have to continue to do this. Some felt like doing it once last week was enough.

    "I just had to encourage them and say that racism is going to be around for longer than our time here. People of colour who are subjected to racism don't have time to take a moment to protest once and then for that to be it."

    The six-time champion dominated from pole to move to within six points of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the championship.

    He said he was "over the moon" with his performance, adding: "This feels like a long time coming since my last win at the final race of last year.

    "We know there's a long way to go and it's a challenge for everyone, but this performance is a step forward, for sure," he said.

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