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LEWIS HAMILTON is able to defend his F1 world championship as a truncated season begins in Austria subsequent weekend after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

And the world champ has blasted former proprietor Bernie Ecclestone after controversial feedback on the Black Lives Matter marketing campaign.

Get all the most recent F1 news and updates right here…

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    RACE AHEAD

    McLaren CEO Zak Brown has admitted that it could be troublesome for Formula 1 to hit its goal of 15-18 race in 2020.

    He instructed the F1 Nation Podcast: “I feel the warning is we’re going racing, however I don’t suppose there’s a assure that we’re going to get in as many races as we hope.

    “I feel we are going to, however I don’t suppose that simply because we’re going to race one which life’s again to regular, so I feel we now have to be very cautious, very diligent, comply with the foundations, be very conservative.

    “Obviously we’re all excited to go back racing. I think sport is a great healer around the world, and TV ratings and the following will be very strong – you can only watch so many replays of sport!”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    UNITED AS ONE

    Formula 1 has issued a press release following former CEO Bernie Ecclestone’s controversial feedback on racism and equality.

    It learn: “At a time when unity is required to sort out racism and inequality, we utterly disagree with Bernie Ecclestone’s feedback that don’t have any 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.”

  • Jake Lambourne 's avatarJake Lambourne

    NO MARGIN FOR ERROR

    McLaren boss Zak Brown has admitted that Formula 1’s ever-competitive midfield will probably be “tighter than ever” in 2020.

    He instructed Sky Sports activities: “I do suppose this yr goes to be harder.

    “Racing Level are clearly very fast with what seems to be final yr’s Mercedes, and one would suppose it might be fast as a result of it received the championship final yr! They will be very robust and I feel they made probably the most low season progress.

    “Renault had been very fast, Alfa [Romeo] had been fast, AlphaTauri put in a really fast time on the finish of testing and Williams confirmed much more tempo than they did final yr.

    “So I do suppose this yr goes to be harder than final yr and I might see us being fourth, and I might see us sliding to sixth as a result of others have challenged.

    “I think it’s going to come down to reliability, drivers continuing to do a good job, team executing, because I think there’s not much pace difference between the cars.”

  • Jake Lambourne 's avatarJake Lambourne

  • Jake Lambourne 's avatarJake Lambourne

    BIRTHDAY BOY

  • Jake Lambourne 's avatarJake Lambourne

    CHASE YOUR DREAMS

    Formula One chiefs have pledged to donate over £805,000 to a brand new basis aimed toward financing apprenticeships for under-represented teams.

    F1 chief govt Chase Carey mentioned: “We absolutely recognise that Formula 1 must be extra inclusive and numerous.

    “While we set out our strategy last year to improve the position of our sport, we need, and want, to do more.”

  • Jake Lambourne 's avatarJake Lambourne

    HAMILTON SPEAKS OUT

    Lewis Hamilton has had his say on Bernie Ecclestone’s controversial views on the Black Lives Matter motion.

    He mentioned: “Bernie is out of the game and a special era however that is precisely what’s incorrect – ignorant and uneducated feedback which present us how far we as a society must go earlier than actual equality can occur.

    “It makes full sense to me now that nothing was mentioned or achieved to make our sport extra numerous or to deal with the racial abuse I acquired all through my profession.

    “If somebody who has run the game for many years has such a lack of knowledge of the deep routed points we as black folks cope with day by day, how can we anticipate all of the individuals who work beneath him to grasp. It begins on the high.

    “Now the time has come for change. I cannot cease pushing to create an inclusive future for our sport with equal alternative for all.

    “To create a world that provides equal opportunity for minorities. I will continue to use my voice to represent those who don’t have one, and to speak for those who are underrepresented to provide an opportunity to have a chance in our sport.”

  • Alan Scott 's avatarAlan Scott

    GOOD MORNING FORMULA ONE FANS,

    Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has had his say over Lewis Hamilton’s assist of the Black Lives Matter motion, and triggered controversy within the course of.

    Whereas usually supportive of Hamilton attending the demonstration in Hyde Park final week, he then added that generally black individuals are extra racist than white folks.

    Ecclestone mentioned: “This final marketing campaign he is doing for Black folks is fantastic. He is doing an amazing job and it is folks like that — simply recognisable — that folks hearken to.

    However commenting on the world champ’s Hamilton Fee, he mentioned: “I do not suppose it is going to do something dangerous or good for Formula One.

    “It’s going to simply make folks suppose which is extra necessary. I feel that is the identical for everyone.

    “Individuals should suppose just a little bit and suppose: ‘Effectively, what the hell. Anyone’s not the identical as White folks and Black folks ought to suppose the identical about White folks.’

    “In lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what White people are.”

    In the meantime, Lewis Hamilton reckons this would be the “most difficult” Formula 1 season he has ever confronted.

    He mentioned: “We’re making ready one of the simplest ways we will for what’s going to be probably the most troublesome season.

    “I think, that Formula 1 and all us have experienced with the difficult times we are facing, and the changes that we have to make in order to operate.”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    DAN THE MAN

    Daniel Ricciardo says he had embraced the ‘new regular’.

    He instructed reporters in a Renault F1 video name on Friday: “Im a hugger. I like hugging folks. So thats going to alter.

    “I’ve got to keep my distance. Were going to find some new ways to embrace each other, especially after a good result. But obviously were going to do what we can to keep this thing away and keep it out of the paddock. So no hugging. No hugging for now.”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    LEW BEAUTY

    Lewis Hamilton has despatched a message to F1 followers around the globe as he gears over for his most troublesome season up to now.

    He mentioned: “We’re making ready one of the simplest ways we will for what’s going to be probably the most troublesome season, I feel, that Formula 1 and all us have skilled with the troublesome occasions that had been dealing with, and the adjustments that we now have to make with a purpose to function.

    “I needed to say an enormous, large thanks to all of you for all of the optimistic messages, it’s actually, actually helped over the previous couple of months for the staff and I.

    “And we’re going to overlook you on the races, I’m going to overlook seeing you guys on the races.

    “Driving past empty stands is going to be not too inspiring, it’s going to be quite lonely, but we’ll know that you guys are still there with us in spirit, so please keep your fingers crossed for us. Stay positive.”

  • Joe Miles 's avatarJoe Miles

    ‘UPGRADES ARE COMING’

    Renault will introduce three units of upgrades to its automotive for the 2020 Formula 1 season-opening Grand Prix.

    Cyril Abiteboul, Renault F1 staff principal, mentioned: “The upgrades are coming.”

    Earlier than he added: “I wish to downplay any expectations as a result of we all know that our automotive was actually, actually dangerous final yr.

    “So we just hope that we will be slightly better.”

  • sstreet 's avatarsstreet

    FLIPPIN’ EC

    Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has had his say over Lewis Hamilton’s assist of the Black Lives Matter motion, and triggered controversy within the course of.

    Whereas usually supportive of Hamilton attending the demonstration in Hyde Park final week, he then added that generally black individuals are extra racist than white folks.

    Ecclestone mentioned: “This final marketing campaign he is doing for Black folks is fantastic. He is doing an amazing job and it is folks like that — simply recognisable — that folks hearken to.

    However commenting on the world champ’s Hamilton Fee, he mentioned: “I do not suppose it is going to do something dangerous or good for Formula One.

    “It’s going to simply make folks suppose which is extra necessary. I feel that is the identical for everyone.

    “Individuals should suppose just a little bit and suppose: ‘Effectively, what the hell. Anyone’s not the identical as White folks and Black folks ought to suppose the identical about White folks.’

    “In lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what White people are.”

  • Joe Miles 's avatarJoe Miles

    WILL I NEVER

    Williams have given followers a glimpse at their new livery forward of the 2020 season opener.

  • Joe Miles 's avatarJoe Miles

    GOING HAM

    Lewis Hamilton reckons this would be the “most difficult” Formula 1 season he has ever confronted.

    He mentioned: “We’re making ready one of the simplest ways we will for what’s going to be probably the most troublesome season.

    “I think, that Formula 1 and all us have experienced with the difficult times we are facing, and the changes that we have to make in order to operate.”

  • Jake Lambourne 's avatarJake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING FORMULA ONE FANS

    Daniel Ricciardo has backed Lewis Hamilton within the Brit’s bid to lift consciousness of the Black Lives Matter motion.

    The Australian mentioned: “I’ve actually discovered so much the previous few weeks.

    “I’ve been studying, I’ve been watching and it’s opened my eyes.

    “I’ve learnt that simply since you won’t think about your self a racist or an individual of battle, that’s not sufficient.

    “You have to speak up, you have to educate yourself and others around you because what I understood is, being silent is part of the problem.”

    Elsewhere, Formula One chiefs have pledged to donate over £805,000 to a brand new basis aimed toward financing apprenticeships for under-represented teams.

    F1 chief govt Chase Carey mentioned: “We absolutely recognise that Formula 1 must be extra inclusive and numerous.

    “While we set out our strategy last year to improve the position of our sport, we need, and want, to do more.”

    In the meantime, Pierre Gasly claims AlphaTauri at the moment are prepared for the brand new season to kick off after the staff accomplished a personal take a look at session on Wednesday.

    He mentioned: “I used to be actually joyful to be again on observe after such a protracted wait

    “I had actually missed that feeling you get from driving so it was unimaginable to be again within the STR13 and the AT01. We had a very clean day, doing a little laps in each vehicles.

    “I woke up this morning feeling excited and happy and I will fall asleep tonight in the same mood. It was also special to drive a Formula 1 car at Imola, which is one of my favourite tracks. I think we are now ready for Austria.‬”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    READY SET GO

    Pierre Gasly claims AlphaTauri at the moment are prepared for the brand new season to kick off after the staff accomplished a personal take a look at session on Wednesday.

    He mentioned: “I used to be actually joyful to be again on observe after such a protracted wait

    “I had actually missed that feeling you get from driving so it was unimaginable to be again within the STR13 and the AT01. We had a very clean day, doing a little laps in each vehicles.

    “I woke up this morning feeling excited and happy and I will fall asleep tonight in the same mood. It was also special to drive a Formula 1 car at Imola, which is one of my favourite tracks. I think we are now ready for Austria.‬”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    RACE AS ONE

    Ricciardo additionally responded to Formula 1’s We Race As One initiative by sharing his hope that it was “a start” within the sport turning into “accountable”.

    He mentioned: “In all probability each facet of every thing we do in life, we will do higher, we might be higher.

    “However one factor is considering it, then it’s speaking about it, then it’s performing on it, and I feel now lastly actions are being taken, and we now have to carry ourselves accountable.

    “It’s not just a phase, it’s not something that we do for a week and then forget about and say, ‘We’ve done our post on social media and we don’t have to worry about it anymore’… For real change to happen, it needs to continue. So I’m glad that we’re doing what we can now. It’s a start.”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    WORK TO BE DONE

    Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he felt naive following Lewis Hamilton’s bid to lift consciousness of the Black Lives Matter motion.

    The Australian mentioned: “I felt a bit… I don’t know if it’s responsible or similar to, ‘How can I be so naïve to everything that’s been occurring?’.

    “And it’s not solely the previous few weeks, but it surely’s been months, it’s been years. It’s good that lastly extra of the world is getting uncovered to it and individuals are behind it.

    “Also, understanding that it’s okay to speak up, you’re not going to be judged, you’re not going to be criticised, and I think because of the volume of everyone getting involved, and all races getting involved, that’s been really powerful.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a> 's avatar<a href=’http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport’ rel=’exterior nofollow ugc’ class=’url’>Alex Terrell</a>

    BACK ON TRACK

    Purple Bull are heading to Austria after personal testing their new 2020 spec automotive at Silverstone.

    Mercedes and Ferrari have already been doing testing with drivers in order that they will get used to the brand new autos.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a> 's avatar<a href=’http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport’ rel=’exterior nofollow ugc’ class=’url’>Alex Terrell</a>

    BLACK LIVES MATTER

    Daniel Ricciardo backs Lewis Hamilton within the Brit’s bid to lift consciousness of the Black Lives Matter motion.

    The Australian mentioned: “I’ve actually discovered so much the previous few weeks.

    “I’ve been studying, I’ve been watching and it’s opened my eyes.

    “I’ve learnt that simply since you won’t think about your self a racist or an individual of battle, that’s not sufficient.

    “You have to speak up, you have to educate yourself and others around you because what I understood is, being silent is part of the problem.”

  • John Hutchinson 's avatarJohn Hutchinson

    GOOD MORNING FORMULA ONE FANS

    McLaren Group want to borrow greater than £150million off the Nationwide Financial institution of Bahrain with a purpose to appear them by means of the downturn.

    Sky News declare that McLaren needs to bolster its stability sheet by approaching the financial institution.

    McLaren have been pressured to put off greater than 25 per cent of its workers.

    NBB is part-owned by Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund.

    It was additionally revealed final week that the F1 staff is exploring promoting minority stakes within the staff.

    And it has numerous property to make use of as collateral, together with vehicles pushed by F1 legend Aryton Senna.

    Whereas McLaren boss Zak Brown has admitted that Formula 1’s ever-competitive midfield will probably be “tighter than ever” in 2020.

    He instructed Sky Sports activities: “I do suppose this yr goes to be harder.

    “Racing Level are clearly very fast with what seems to be final yr’s Mercedes, and one would suppose it might be fast as a result of it received the championship final yr! They will be very robust and I feel they made probably the most low season progress.

    “Renault had been very fast, Alfa [Romeo] had been fast, AlphaTauri put in a really fast time on the finish of testing and Williams confirmed much more tempo than they did final yr.

    “So I do suppose this yr goes to be harder than final yr and I might see us being fourth, and I might see us sliding to sixth as a result of others have challenged.

    “I think it’s going to come down to reliability, drivers continuing to do a good job, team executing, because I think there’s not much pace difference between the cars.”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    FULLY VETTED

    Ferrari stars Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc had been again at Italian circuit Mugello for personal testing yesterday.

    It was the primary time Vettel has pushed since asserting he will probably be leaving Ferrari on the finish of the yr and the primary time he had pushed on the Mugello observe since 2012.

    And the German mentioned: “I used to be glad to get again within the cockpit after a break that was even longer than the same old winter one. I used to be additionally more than happy to see all the fellows from the staff finally.

    “It was nice to as soon as once more get these emotions from a automotive and to take action at such a spectacular observe. I actually suppose Mugello deserves to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

    “I hadn’t driven it for eight years, so it took a few laps for me to get used to the track and then I really enjoyed myself.”

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    FALSE START

    Williams is alleged to be ‘shocked’ that Mercedes is making an attempt to deliver RoKit in as a sponsor.

    The British staff already misplaced Unilever to McLaren in 2019.

    And regardless of reviews that Williams gave up RoKit, they’re mentioned to be aggravated that their former title sponsor will probably be seen on the Mercedes automotive from the Austrian Grand Prix onwards.

    Sources inside Williams instructed Racefans.web: ”We’re completely shocked {that a} staff with whom we now have labored so properly for a very long time, would make an settlement with a sponsor who is aware of what occurred”.

  • Joe Brophy 's avatarJoe Brophy

    LOAN TO BUY

    Formula One team-owner McLaren Group is reportedly in talks to safe a mortgage from a serious Gulf-based financial institution to spice up to its coronavirus-hit funds.

    Sky News declare the British supercar-maker is in detailed negotiations to borrow greater than £150m from the Nationwide Financial institution of Bahrain (NBB).

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a> 's avatar<a href=’http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport’ rel=’exterior nofollow ugc’ class=’url’>Alex Terrell</a>

    McLOAN

    McLaren Group want to borrow greater than £150million off the Nationwide Financial institution of Bahrain with a purpose to appear them by means of the downturn.

    Sky News declare that McLaren needs to bolster its stability sheet by approaching the financial institution.

    McLaren have been pressured to put off greater than 25 per cent of its workers.

    NBB is part-owned by Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund.

    It was additionally revealed final week that the F1 staff is exploring promoting minority stakes within the staff.

    And it has numerous property to make use of as collateral, together with vehicles pushed by F1 legend Aryton Senna.

LEWIS HAMILTON is able to defend his F1 world championship as a truncated season begins in Austria subsequent weekend after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

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