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

And former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has had his say on Hamilton's promotion of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

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  • 'UPGRADES ARE COMING'

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

    Cyril Abiteboul, Renault F1 team principal, said: “The upgrades are coming.”

    Before he added: “I want to downplay any expectations because we know that our car was really, really bad last year.

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

  • FLIPPIN' EC

    Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has had his say over Lewis Hamilton's support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and caused controversy in the process.

    While generally supportive of Hamilton attending the demonstration in Hyde Park last week, he then added that sometimes black people are more racist than white people.

    Ecclestone said: “This last campaign he's doing for Black people is wonderful. He's doing a great job and it's people like that — easily recognisable — that people listen to.

    But commenting on the world champ's Hamilton Commission, he 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 about White people.'

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

  • WILL I NEVER

    Williams have given fans a glimpse at their new livery ahead of the 2020 season opener.

  • GOING HAM

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

    He said: “We are preparing the best way we can for what is going to be the most difficult 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.”

  • GOOD MORNING FORMULA ONE FANS

    Daniel Ricciardo has backed Lewis Hamilton in the Brit’s bid to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The Australian said: “I’ve certainly learned a lot the last few weeks.

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

    “I’ve learnt that just because you might not consider yourself a racist or a person of conflict, that’s not enough.

    “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 new foundation aimed at financing apprenticeships for under-represented groups.

    F1 chief executive Chase Carey said: “We fully recognise that Formula 1 needs to be more inclusive and diverse.

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

    Meanwhile, Pierre Gasly claims AlphaTauri are now ready for the new season to kick off after the team completed a private test session on Wednesday.

    He said: “I was really happy to be back on track after such a long wait

    “I had really missed that feeling you get from driving so it was incredible to be back in the STR13 and the AT01. We had a really smooth day, doing some laps in both cars.

    “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.‬”

  • CHASE YOUR DREAMS

    Formula One chiefs have pledged to donate over £805,000 to a new foundation aimed at financing apprenticeships for under-represented groups.

    F1 chief executive Chase Carey said: “We fully recognise that Formula 1 needs to be more inclusive and diverse.

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

  • READY SET GO

    Pierre Gasly claims AlphaTauri are now ready for the new season to kick off after the team completed a private test session on Wednesday.

    He said: “I was really happy to be back on track after such a long wait

    “I had really missed that feeling you get from driving so it was incredible to be back in the STR13 and the AT01. We had a really smooth day, doing some laps in both cars.

    “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.‬”

  • RACE AS ONE

    Ricciardo also responded to Formula 1’s We Race As One initiative by sharing his hope that it was “a start” in the sport becoming “accountable”.

    He said: “Probably every aspect of everything we do in life, we can do better, we can be better.

    “But one thing is thinking about it, then it’s talking about it, then it’s acting on it, and I think now finally actions are being taken, and we have to hold 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.”

  • WORK TO BE DONE

    Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he felt naive following Lewis Hamilton's bid to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The Australian said: “I felt a bit… I don’t know if it’s guilty or just like, ‘How can I be so naïve to everything that’s been going on?’.

    “And it’s not only the last few weeks, but it’s been months, it’s been years. It is good that finally more of the world is getting exposed to it and people 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.”

  • BACK ON TRACK

    Red Bull are heading to Austria after private testing their new 2020 spec car at Silverstone.

    Mercedes and Ferrari have already been doing testing with drivers so that they can get used to the new vehicles.

  • BLACK LIVES MATTER

    Daniel Ricciardo backs Lewis Hamilton in the Brit’s bid to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The Australian said: “I’ve certainly learned a lot the last few weeks.

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

    “I’ve learnt that just because you might not consider yourself a racist or a person of conflict, that’s not enough.

    “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.”

  • GOOD MORNING FORMULA ONE FANS

    McLaren Group are looking to borrow more than £150million off the National Bank of Bahrain in order to seem them through the downturn.

    Sky News claim that McLaren wants to bolster its balance sheet by approaching the bank.

    McLaren have been forced to lay off more than 25 per cent of its employees.

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

    It was also revealed last week that the F1 team is exploring selling minority stakes in the team.

    And it has various assets to use as collateral, including cars driven by F1 legend Aryton Senna.

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

    He told Sky Sports: “I do think this year is going to be tougher.

    “Racing Point are clearly very quick with what appears to be last year's Mercedes, and one would think it would be quick because it won the championship last year! They're going to be very tough and I think they made the most off-season progress.

    “Renault were very quick, Alfa [Romeo] were quick, AlphaTauri put in a very quick time at the end of testing and Williams showed a lot more pace than they did last year.

    “So I do think this year is going to be tougher than last year and I could see us being fourth, and I could see us sliding to sixth because 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.”

  • FULLY VETTED

    Ferrari stars Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were back at Italian circuit Mugello for private testing yesterday.

    It was the first time Vettel has driven since announcing he will be leaving Ferrari at the end of the year and the first time he had driven on the Mugello track since 2012.

    And the German said: “I was glad to get back in the cockpit after a break that was even longer than the usual winter one. I was also very pleased to see all the guys from the team at last.

    “It was great to once again get those feelings from a car and to do so at such a spectacular track. I really think 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.”

  • NO MARGIN FOR ERROR

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

    He told Sky Sports: “I do think this year is going to be tougher.

    “Racing Point are clearly very quick with what appears to be last year's Mercedes, and one would think it would be quick because it won the championship last year! They're going to be very tough and I think they made the most off-season progress.

    “Renault were very quick, Alfa [Romeo] were quick, AlphaTauri put in a very quick time at the end of testing and Williams showed a lot more pace than they did last year.

    “So I do think this year is going to be tougher than last year and I could see us being fourth, and I could see us sliding to sixth because 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.”

  • FALSE START

    Williams is said to be 'shocked' that Mercedes is trying to bring RoKit in as a sponsor.

    The British team already lost Unilever to McLaren in 2019.

    And despite reports that Williams gave up RoKit, they are said to be annoyed that their former title sponsor will be seen on the Mercedes car from the Austrian Grand Prix onwards.

    Sources inside Williams told Racefans.net: ''We are absolutely shocked that a team with whom we have worked so well for a long time, would make an agreement with a sponsor who knows what happened''.

  • LOAN TO BUY

    Formula One team-owner McLaren Group is reportedly in talks to secure a loan from a major Gulf-based bank to boost to its coronavirus-hit finances.

    Sky News claim the British supercar-maker is in detailed negotiations to borrow more than £150m from the National Bank of Bahrain (NBB).

  • McLOAN

    McLaren Group are looking to borrow more than £150million off the National Bank of Bahrain in order to seem them through the downturn.

    Sky News claim that McLaren wants to bolster its balance sheet by approaching the bank.

    McLaren have been forced to lay off more than 25 per cent of its employees.

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

    It was also revealed last week that the F1 team is exploring selling minority stakes in the team.

    And it has various assets to use as collateral, including cars driven by F1 legend Aryton Senna.

  • OFF TRACK

    The F1 2020 game will feature the Dutch and Vietnamese tracks, but not any that have been added to the amended calendar.

    Codemasters revealed that one track takes about a year’s development time to build.

    But fans will be able to speed around Hanoi Circuit and Circuit Zandvoort.

    Game director Lee Mather told GP Blog: “Circuits are the most time-intense element of the development, with each circuit taking the time equivalent of 1 year of development to create”

  • ZANARDI UPDATE

    The family of the former F1 driver have issued a statement updating everyone on his condition.

  • GOOD MORNING FORMULA ONE FANS

    Ferrari stars Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were back at Italian circuit Mugello for private testing yesterday.

    They both drove a 2018 Ferrari SF71H at the famous track.

    It was the first time Vettel has driven since announcing he will be leaving Ferrari at the end of the year.

    But Leclerc was back in saddle just last week as he cruised around the team’s Maranello HQ in an SF1000.

    Meanwhile, F1 fans will be able to BUY squares on the chequered flag shown at the end of each race.

    As part of the ‘We Race as One’ initiative, supporters can purchase their very own bit of history to raise money for charity.

    It’s reckoned £11,000 can be raised at each race, with 56 out of 80 squares up for grabs and the rest given to the race promoter.

    Costing £199.99 each, fans can already start getting their hands on the Austrian Grand Prix flag.

    In further news, McLaren have reportedly begun legal proceedings to secure refinancing.

    The BBC claims court documents say McLaren are experiencing “severe and unexpected financial difficulty” due to coronavirus.

    They need funds by July 17 to secure their long-term future.

    It’s reckoned around 1,200 employees are set to be made redundant too.

    Finally, Formula One is set to introduce a new graphic for TV viewers when racing returns this summer.

    A metric called Ultimate Driver Speed Comparison is set to be introduced for viewers from the second race at Silverstone in August.

    According to Autosport.com the data will help compare to drivers from as far back as 1983.

    Chiefs are hoping to display three different graphics: a first for driver skill rating, a second for car/team development/overall season performance and a third for qualifying and race pace prediction.

  • FER-WOW-WEE

    Ferrari stars Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were back at Italian circuit Mugello for private testing today.

    They both drove a 2018 Ferrari SF71H at the famous track.

    It was the first time Vettel has driven since announcing he will be leaving Ferrari at the end of the year.

    But Leclerc was back in saddle just last week as he cruised around the team’s Maranello HQ in an SF1000.

  • CASH WOE

    McLaren have reportedly begun legal proceedings to secure refinancing.

    The BBC claims court documents say McLaren are experiencing “severe and unexpected financial difficulty” due to coronavirus.

    They need funds by July 17 to secure their long-term future.

    It’s reckoned around 1,200 employees are set to be made redundant too.

  • FACT CHEQUER

    F1 fans will be able to BUY squares on the chequered flag shown at the end of each race.

    As part of the ‘We Race as One’ initiative, supporters can purchase their very own bit of history to raise money for charity.

    It’s reckoned £11,000 can be raised at each race, with 56 out of 80 squares up for grabs and the rest given to the race promoter.

    Costing £199.99 each, fans can already start getting their hands on the Austrian Grand Prix flag.

  • TOP OF THE CHARTS

    Formula One is set to introduce a new graphic for TV viewers when racing returns this summer.

    A metric called Ultimate Driver Speed Comparison is set to be introduced for viewers from the second race at Silverstone in August.

    According to Autosport.com the data will help compare to drivers from as far back as 1983.

    Chiefs are hoping to display three different graphics: a first for driver skill rating, a second for car/team development/overall season performance and a third for qualifying and race pace prediction.

    F1 chief engineer Rob Smedley said: “The F1 Insights we're delivering together are bringing fans closer to the track than ever before, and unlocking previously untold stories and insights from behind the pit wall.”

  • CALENDAR

    Here is the updated F1 schedule, just 10 days from having cars back on the track again.

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