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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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Fernando Alonso joins Renault F1 Team next season
Fernando Alonso driving a Renault at the USA Grand Prix in 2006
Fernando Alonso driving a Renault at the USA Grand Prix in 2006 Credit: Ryosuke Yagi (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Double world champion Fernando Alonso will return to Formula 1 next year with Renault, after two seasons out of the sport. Renault is the team Alonso won his titles with, in 2005 and 2006.

Earlier Wednesday, the team tweeted a message from Alonso: "Renault is my family, my fondest memories in Formula One with my two World Championship titles, but I'm now looking ahead. It's a great source of pride and with an immense emotion I’m returning to the team [...]".

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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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F1 drivers divided over support for Black Lives Matter movement as some drivers kneel and some do not
F1 drivers divided over support for Black Lives Matter movement as some drivers kneel and some do not
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Before the Formula One season-opening race in Austria, multiple drivers took a knee in support of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police brutality.

While all drivers wore shirts stating "Black Lives Matter" or "End Racism", six drivers did not kneel and kept standing. During a virtual meeting, the drivers previously couldn't agree on a unanimous conclusion regarding taking the knee, making it an individual decision.

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Alex Zanardi, former F1 driver and Paralympian, in medically induced coma after crashing handbike into a truck
Alex Zanardi in the 2011 edition of NYC Marathon
Alex Zanardi in the 2011 edition of NYC Marathon Credit: Brunhild Media (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Alex Zanardi is in a medically induced coma and remained in serious condition a day after crashing his handbike into a truck during a handbike relay in his native Italy. Zanardi, a former Formula 1 driver and Paralympic gold medalist, was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Siena, where he is on a ventilator in intensive care after a three-hour surgery.

Zanardi had both legs amputated after crashing in a CART Series accident in Germany, in 2001 and has since become a four-time Paralympic hand-cycling gold medallist.

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F1 seat dance heats up with Sainz moving to Ferrari and Ricciardo to McLaren in 2021

Following the announcement of 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel leaving Ferrari by the end of the 2020 season, the Ferrari and McLaren Formula 1 teams have now announced hiring Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo for their 2021 vacant seats. The Renault F1 team is now looking for a replacement for Ricciardo at the end of the current season, with the return of Nico Hulkenberg rumoured to be a possibility.

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Vettel to leave Ferrari at the end of the season

In a joint declaration, the Ferrari F1 team and 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel have announced that this year is to be Vettel's last with Ferrari: "The team and I have realised that there is no longer a common desire to stay together beyond the end of this season."

The decision is effectively the first move in a chair dance that will determine team driver pairings for 2021, as many driver contracts are set to end in 2020.