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Charles Leclerc: Ferrari Formula 1 driver tests positive for Covid-19

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has announced he has tested positive for Covid-19.

In a statement on Twitter, the 23-year-old from Monaco said: “I am feeling OK and have mild symptoms.

“I will remain in isolation in my home in Monaco in compliance with the regulations set by the local health authorities.”
Earlier this month, McLaren driver Lando Norris, 21, tested positive for Covid-19 while on holiday in Dubai.

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F1: Australian & Chinese Grands Prix postponed because of coronavirus restrictions

This year’s Formula 1 season will have a delayed start after the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix were postponed because of Covid-19 restrictions.

The races were first and third on the 2021 calendar and the season is now scheduled to begin with the second race, in Bahrain, on 26-28 March.

Australia and China have strict rules on international arrivals.
The Australian Grand Prix, originally scheduled for 19-21 March, will now take place between 19-21 November.
A race at Imola in Italy has been added from 16-18 April and becomes the second race of the season.

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Cyril Abiteboul leaves role as Renault F1 team boss

Cyril Abiteboul has left his role as team principal of Renault Formula 1.

The Frenchman, 43, will leave before the team rebrands as Alpine for the 2021 season.

The new season is due to start in March with two-time world champion Fernando Alonso joining the outfit to replace Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo.
Abiteboul thanked the team for trusting him “for many years, particularly with the relaunch and reconstruction of the team since 2016”.

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Aston Martin F1: Owner Lawrence Stroll aiming for world titles with renamed team

Owner Lawrence Stroll has set his Aston Martin Formula 1 team the target of becoming world champions.

Canadian billionaire Stroll has renamed his Racing Point outfit after the historic British car brand.

The team have also signed four-time champion Sebastian Vettel for 2021.
“My aim with this, like the other businesses I’ve owned, is to win,” Stroll told BBC Sport in an interview to mark the official launch of Aston Martin F1.
Stroll added that it was also his ambition for his son Lance, who drives for the team, to become world champion.

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Australian Grand Prix: F1 season-opener under discussion because of Covid-19 restrictions

The season-opening Australian Grand Prix could be postponed because of Covid-19 restrictions in Australia.

It is due to take place in Melbourne from 19-21 March.

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the Australian government and Formula 1 bosses are in talks over the Albert Park race.
“The government will continue to prioritise public health considerations while protecting our major events calendar,” a Victoria spokesman said.
“Discussions between the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the government and F1 management about the F1 calendar for 2021 are ongoing.

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New Year Honours: Lewis Hamilton knighted as Rob Burrow becomes MBE

Last updated on 30 December 202030 December 2020.From the section Sport

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

The Briton, 35, sealed a seventh drivers’ title at the Turkish Grand Prix in November – equalling Michael Schumacher’s championships record.

Rugby league legend Rob Burrow is made an MBE for services to rugby and his awareness campaign since being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
British Billie Jean King Cup captain Anne Keothavong also becomes an MBE.

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Lewis Hamilton says Black Lives Matter gave him ‘extra drive’ in 2020

Last updated on 1 hour ago1 hour ago.From the section Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton says the Black Lives Matter movement helped drive him on to his seventh Formula 1 world title.

Hamilton, 35, took a knee on the grid and wore anti-racism slogans in support of the cause during the season.

The Briton’s Mercedes team also adopted a black livery for the 2020 campaign in a stand against discrimination.
Hamilton, who guest edited BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Saturday, said: “I had this extra drive in me to get to the end of those races.

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Sir Frank Williams discharged from hospital

Sir Frank Williams has been discharged from hospital and is “on the mend at home”, the Williams F1 team says.
During his time with Williams, the team won nine constructors’ championships and seven drivers’ titles, and dominated much of the 1980s and 1990s.
He and daughter Claire stepped down in September after selling Williams.
“We’re delighted to say that Sir Frank has been discharged from hospital and is now on the mend at home,” the Williams F1 team said.

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Nikita Mazepin: Haas reaffirm commitment to Russian after investigation

Formula 1 team Haas say Nikita Mazepin will drive for the team in 2021 after concluding their investigation into the Russian’s conduct in a video recently posted online.

In the clip, Mazepin appeared to inappropriately touch a woman in a car.

The 21-year-old deleted the video from his Instagram account and apologised for his “inappropriate behaviour”.
Haas later described the video as abhorrent but on Wednesday said the matter has been dealt with internally.

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