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Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne postponed until November due to coronavirus pandemic

The season-opening Australian Grand Prix has been postponed and is now scheduled for 21 November, officials announced on Tuesday.
The Melbourne race was set to open the Formula One season on 21 March but was postponed because of uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine restrictions.
The new season is now scheduled to get underway in Bahrain on 28 March.
The Victorian major events minister, Martin Pakula, said on Tuesday the postponement was a sensible decision.

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F1: Australian GP faces postponement amid growing coronavirus concerns

The 2021 Australian Grand Prix is facing postponement amid growing concerns over coronavirus. with the race under threat due to strict travel restrictions.
This year’s season-opening race, pencilled in for 21 March, looks unlikely to go ahead due to a new series of restrictions put in place by the Australian government. All members of F1’s travelling circus would be required to spend 14 days in quarantine upon their arrival in the country.
Last year, the race at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit was dramatically cancelled after a British mechanic from McLaren tested positive for coronavirus.

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21 for 2021: the unmissable sporting events over the next 12 months

Six Nations, 6 February – 20 March
Given the 2020 Six Nations concluded on 31 October it is going to feel somewhat bewildering for players, staff and spectators alike when the tournament gets going again a mere 14 weeks later. England are the champions and face Scotland at Twickenham first up, with Ireland’s trip to Cardiff the standout contest of the opening weekend. Ireland host England on the final weekend in what could well be a championship decider.

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Lewis Hamilton says racism fight was ‘extra drive’ fuelling F1 success

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton guest edits BBC’s Today programme on Boxing Day
‘There is no way that I could stay silent,’ he says

Lewis Hamilton takes a knee and brings attention to the killing of Breonna Taylor at September’s Tuscan GP.
Photograph: Dan Istitene/Formula 1/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton has brought his hugely successful year to a close by reflecting on the emotions that drove him to take such a committed stand against racism.

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How Lewis Hamilton became one of the UK’s top sports stars and activists

Writers Michael Eboda and Oliver Owen look at how a 12-year-old go karting champion went on to become Formula One’s most successful driver. This year, more than ever, Hamilton has also been leading the fight against racism

How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know

This year, the driver Lewis Hamilton equalled a record seven Formula One world championships when he won the Turkish grand prix in November. Many believe Hamilton is the greatest Formula One driver of all time.

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Lewis Hamilton did something far greater than win awards and races in 2020 | Giles Richards

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton did something far greater than win awards and races in 2020

Giles Richards

A seventh world title and numerous F1 records were fine achievements, but Hamilton’s drive for racial equality in his sport and across the globe are what really made him stand out

Lewis Hamilton wears a T-shirt at the Tuscan Grand Prix calling for action over the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 – live!

Live updates from the ceremony from 8pm GMT
Lewis Hamilton favourite as BBC aims to hit right note
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Gabby Logan, Alex Scott, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding will present tonight’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Photograph: Paul Cooper/BBC

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Lewis Hamilton favourite as BBC aims to hit right tone with musical Spoty | Paul MacInnes

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Sports Personality of the Year awards will be a socially distant affair but Rick Astley and Celeste will aim to raise spirits

Rick Astley is one of the acts the BBC hopes will lift a socially distant Sports Personality of the Year.
Photograph: Andrew Whitton/ITV/Shutterstock

Sadly for the residents of Salford, there will be no opportunity to watch the nation’s finest athletes totter in heels and tails through the windswept foyer of an out-of-town conference venue.

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Mercedes hail Lewis Hamilton as ‘one of greatest F1 drivers of all time’

Lewis Hamilton has been described as one of the greatest drivers of all time by Mercedes, who consider him essential to their future as they revealed an ownership restructuring.
Hamilton has yet to renew his contract with Mercedes but Toto Wolff, who is to extend his role as the principal and chief executive for at least a further three years, is confident a a deal will be agreed even if it takes until pre-season testing.
The chemical company Ineos has bought a one-third share in Mercedes.

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