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Verstappen wins 70th Anniversary GP in Silverstone
Verstappen wins 70th Anniversary GP in Silverstone
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Red Bull's Max Verstappen won the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix to bring Mercedes' domination to an end. Verstappen's victory was founded on his car being nicer to its tyres than the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton finished second, Bottas third, and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc fourth on a one-stop strategy.

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Da Costa crowned Formula E Champion
Da Costa crowned Formula E Champion
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Antonio Felix da Costa claimed the FIA Formula E Drivers’ Championship and DS Techeetah the Teams’ title in the Berlin E-Prix Round 9, with the Portuguese driver following team-mate and race winner Jean-Eric Vergne home at Tempelhof.

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Formula E season finale in Berlin with 6 races in 9 days
Formula E season finale in Berlin with 6 races in 9 days
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The Formula E 19/20 season is about to restart in crunch mode in Berlin-Tempelhof. The former airport is set to host 6 races in 3 different formats from today to August 13th. The highly competitive sport returns with the #PositivelyCharged tagline highlighting its commitment to green technology, innovation and inclusivity.

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Lewis Hamilton wins the British Grand Prix after puncture during the last lap
Lewis Hamilton car, with a punctured tire
Lewis Hamilton car, with a punctured tire Credit: Twitter Reproduction

With drama on the last lap, Lewis Hamilton dominated the British Grand Prix and won at Silverstone, his third consecutive victory in the Formula One season. During the last lap, Hamilton's tire got a puncture, but the Mercedes' driver was able to control his car and complete the race.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished second, and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc third.

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F1 2020 season extended with 3 races at Nürburgring, Portimão and Imola
F1 2020 season extended with 3 races at Nürburgring, Portimão and Imola
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Formula One's preliminary schedule has been extended into October and November with the addition of 3 new rounds in Europe (Germany, Portugal and Italy). Those races replace the races in the Americas, now officially ruled out for 2020.

Reports in sports media suggest that the final calendar could see 15 to 18 races, with at least Bahrain and Abu Dhabi tracks expected to be added as season closers.

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Formula 1: US, Mexican & Brazilian races will not happen in 2020
Formula 1: US, Mexican & Brazilian races will not happen in 2020
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Formula 1 decided to remove the Brazilian, Mexican and US races from the 2020 calendar. The reasons for the decision were the tight schedule and, mainly, the Covid-19 outbreak.

The three countries currently have some of the worst infection rates in the world. The US Grand Prix, in Austin, Texas, would be held on October 23. A week later, Formula 1 would travel to Mexico City. The Brazilian race, in São Paulo, was initially scheduled for November 15.

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F1: Hamilton wins Hungarian GP for the eighth time
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton Credit: Formula One (Twitter Reproduction)

Lewis Hamilton confirmed his favouritism and won the Formula One Hungarian GP. Second place went to Red Bull's Max Verstappen, with Mercedes to Valtteri Bottas in third.

Hamilton started from pole position and was not threatened during the 70 laps of the race, winning for the eighth time in Hungaroring. The British took the top spot in the driver standings after Round 3.

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F1: Hamilton wins Styrian GP
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton Credit: Formula One (Twitter Reproduction)

Lewis Hamilton won the Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, followed by his teammate Valtteri Bottas and by Red Bull's Max Verstappen. With the win Sunday, Hamilton has now won at least one race in all of his 14 seasons in Formula One.

Charles Leclerc tweeted an apology to Sebastian Vettel and the Team Ferrari after a collision on the first lap retired both cars from the race: "I am disappointed in myself. I'm sorry but being sorry is not enough. Seb hasn't got any faults today. I've let the team down after them working a whole week to bring the updates early. Too eager to gain those places in the first lap. I will learn from it.".

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F1: Bottas wins Austrian GP plagued by technical failures
F1: Bottas wins Austrian GP plagued by technical failures
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Bottas, Leclerc and Norris took the podium this afternoon with outstanding performances. Several cars proved unreliable at the first race of the season, allowing Leclerc and Norris to climb up the ranks during the race. Lando Norris achieved the fastest lap at the very end of the race in a McLaren car to take the first podium of his career.

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Mercedes F1 team switches livery from silver to black in support of social struggles
Lewis Hamilston car for 2020 F1 Season
Lewis Hamilston car for 2020 F1 Season Credit: Mercedes AMG F1

As the first Formula 1 race of 2020 approaches this weekend, the Mercedes-AMG team have announced a new car livery.

The organisation commits to "fighting racism and discrimination in all its forms" as their ranks feature only 3% of people identified from minority groups and 12% women.

In a press release, the team stated: "the Black Lives Matter movement has shone a searching light on how much we need new measures and actions in the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination".

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Ferrari is exploring the possibility of competing on IndyCar
2019 Ferrari Formula One car, driven by Sebastian Vettel
2019 Ferrari Formula One car, driven by Sebastian Vettel Credit: Artes Max (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Ferrari Formula One team principal Mattia Binotto said on Thursday that the Scuderia is exploring the possibility of entering the IndyCar series.

Formula One’s new budget cap of $145 million for teams from 2021 would lead to staff being made redundant and the Italian carmaker was looking at options to ensure its employees retain their jobs.

"Ferrari feels a lot of social responsibility towards its employees and we want to be sure that for each of them there will be a workspace in the future," Binotto told Sky in Italy.