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07/16/20
f1

Vettel, eyes 'pink Mercedes' for 2021 (5th Update)
Sergio Perez to get the boot? Will he end up at the hapless Haas team?
Sergio Perez to get the boot? Will he end up at the hapless Haas team?

UPDATE (GMM) Sergio Perez's manager is reportedly looking around for an alternative seat for the Mexican driver.

The revelation, claimed by ESPN Mexico, follows reports that Ferrari refugee Sebastian Vettel is poised to race alongside Racing Point team owner Lawrence Stroll's son Lance at the new Aston Martin team in 2021.

The source adds that Vettel's contract could be announced at Silverstone on August 2.

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07/16/20
f1

Team owner Stroll could oust own son
Lawrence Stroll did not buy an F1 team to have his son sit on the bench
Lawrence Stroll did not buy an F1 team to have his son sit on the bench

(GMM) Ralf Schumacher is not so sure that Racing Point will oust Sergio Perez at the end of 2020.

It is strongly expected that Ferrari refugee Sebastian Vettel will sign up with the Lawrence Stroll-owned team - set to become Aston Martin - for 2021.

Most believe Mexican Perez will have to make way, thanks to a break clause in his contract that must be triggered before July 31 costing the team a seven-digit figure.

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07/15/20
f1

Ferrari to sack Binotto (2nd Update)
Mekies (L) and Binotto (R) will likely get the Ferrari axe at the end of 2020
Laurent Mekies (L) and Mattia Binotto (R) will likely get the Ferrari axe at the end of 2020

UPDATE (GMM) Mattia Binotto's successor as Ferrari team boss may already have been found.

Formula 1's media contingent agrees that the Maranello team is in deep crisis after just two races of the 2020 season.

"There was a long briefing in Maranello this week to find out what is being done with the car for Hungary," reported Corriere della Sera.

It is believed more new aerodynamic parts will be added to the car this weekend, but Binotto's bosses John Elkann and Louis Camilleri are reportedly prepared to take "drastic action" if Ferrari does not make quick progress.

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07/14/20
f1

Bottas, Hamilton set to sign new F1 deals
Mercedes set to re-sign both its drivers
Mercedes set to re-sign both its drivers
(GMM) Mercedes is reportedly well on the way to signing up its current drivers for 2021.

There had been speculation that Mercedes junior George Russell or even Sebastian Vettel were in the running for a seat with the German works team.

But Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius said in Austria: "We're staying with our two boys."

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07/13/20
f1

Mercedes and Bottas agree new deal for 2021 F1 season
Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas will remain at Mercedes in 2021, with a new deal having now been agreed in principle, sources have revealed to Motorsport.com.

While a final contract has yet to be signed off, both team and driver have agreed terms for their partnership to continue at least in to next year on the back of the Finn's strong start to the campaign.

The agreement, which has been put together in the last few days, came after Mercedes CEO Ola Kallenius gave his blessing, during a visit to the Austrian Grand Prix to an unchanged line-up for next season.

"We'll stay with our two boys," he told Sky Germany.



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07/13/20
f1

F1 may scrap next week's Hungarian GP (Update)
Budapest
Budapest

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Formula 1 is definitely moving on to Budapest this week.

In Austria at the weekend, rumors emerged that the sport may choose to stay at the Red Bull Ring for a third consecutive race.

That was because Hungarian authorities had warned that British drivers and team staff face huge fines and even jail if they breach coronavirus protocols.

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07/12/20
f1

Vettel to announce his retirement from F1?
In the rain Vettel outqualified his teammate Saturday
In the rain Vettel outqualified his teammate Saturday
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel has denied he is preparing to announce his retirement from Formula 1.

Highly respected British commentator Martin Brundle revealed on Saturday that the quadruple world champion has requested an interview ahead of next weekend's Hungarian GP.

It follows speculation Vettel might even quit Ferrari before the end of the 2020 season, but the German insists he is "not going to run away" from his commitment.

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07/11/20
f1

USGP 'in serious jeopardy'
2019 USGP action
2019 USGP action
(GMM) USGP official Bobby Epstein has admitted the Austin race is likely to be called off for 2020.

As F1 adds Russia and Mugello to its now 10-race 'corona calendar', other rounds at Hockenheim, Imola, Portimao, Hanoi, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi are tipped to soon follow.

But due to the ongoing pandemic, North and South American events in the US, Brazil and Mexico look unlikely.

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07/10/20
f1

China, Canada unlikely to host races in 2020
Canada very much in doubt for 2020
Canada very much in doubt for 2020
(GMM) China's hopes of returning to the 2020 calendar are fading.

The Shanghai race was among the very first casualties of the pandemic that started in China, but it had been rumored that one or even two events might be rescheduled there this year.

However, the Chinese government has now announced that no international sports events will in fact happen for the rest of the year.

The only exceptions relate to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics "and other important events", according to the Chinese General Administration of Sport.

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07/08/20
automotive

Tesla reportedly updates software for future 205-kWh max battery size
The Tesla Cybertruck and Roadster will need the larger battery pack
The Tesla Cybertruck and Roadster will need the larger battery pack
According to a recent report in Vehicle Suggest, which is based on information from a video produced by Tesla owner, fan, and YouTube influencer Bjørn NylandTesla has increased its maximum battery pack size to a whopping 205 kWh in software.

Following a recent software update (2020.20.12), Nyland went through the software information table. Based on the numbers, he discovered that Tesla may have updated its cars' maximum battery size to 205 kWh.

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07/08/20
f1

Alonso to Renault for 2021 (6th Update)
The Asturian Bull
Alonso back to F1 with Renault

UPDATE As our sources stated yesterday, today Renault made it official with Alonso per this announcement. This rumor is now officially 'fact.'

07/07/20 According to AutoRacing1.com sources, Fernando Alonso will be confirmed by the Renault F1 team for the 2021 season on Wednesday. 

The rumors gained new momentum last week, when Spanish radio Cadena SER said the two-time world champion could even return to Formula 1 this season to replace McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo.

Team boss Cyril Abiteboul denied that, insisting that Australian Ricciardo "has a contract that he will fulfil".

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07/06/20
f1

McLaren looks to sell 20%-30% of F1 team (Update)
McLaren desperate to raise cash
McLaren desperate to raise cash

UPDATE The cash flow issue the McLaren F1 team was facing was eased last week when McLaren secured a loan from the National Bank of Bahrain for $200 million at favorable interest rates (see related story), but its shareholders are now reported to have given the go-ahead to investigate other ways of raising funds to secure the firm’s medium-term future on a stable footing for the next five years.

While plans are reported by Autocar sources to potentially include selling part or all of Automotive and Applied Technologies, a McLaren insider insisted that the only advanced discussions were focused on selling a minority stake in the Racing division, as well as denying any conversations in regards to a sale of Automotive. Racing encompasses the McLaren Formula 1 team, which hit the headlines at the weekend when Briton Lando Norris scored his first podium finish in the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

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07/06/20
f1

Vettel to race alongside Hamilton in 2021 (9th Update)
Toto Wolff and Mercedes will determine weather Vettel remains in F1 or not
In the end, Toto Wolff and Mercedes have decided Vettel will be put out to pasture after 2020. He's done.

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today after the Mercedes CEO said they will keep their current drivers in 2021 - see related story.

07/03/20 Vettel's hopes of signing with Mercedes for 2021 look slim to none.

Asked at the Red Bull Ring what the hold up had been in signing new contracts for both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, Toto Wolff implied that the pair’s re-signing was simply a matter of formality.

“It's based on the fact that we haven't seen each other a lot,” said Wolff, when asked why there had been no contract announcements for either driver. “We have been keeping the discussion up. We are in a position of trust with both of the drivers, and you could say in Formula 1 it doesn't mean a lot, but it does in our team.

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07/05/20
irl

Ferrari eyes IndyCar starting in 2022 (5th Update)
Roger Penske
Roger Penske had better play his hand with Ferrari soon

UPDATE With rumors now stirring that Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto may get the sack because of Ferrari's poor performance in F1, if Roger Penske can't seal a Ferrari deal for IndyCar soon, the opportunity may evaporate under new leadership.

Of course Penske probably has Ferrari connections further up the management ladder should Binotto get the boot.

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07/05/20
f1

Five F1 drivers refusing to kneel
The drivers who took a knee and those that did not
The drivers who took a knee and those that did not
(GMM) There are rumors of growing tension among Formula 1 drivers over Lewis Hamilton's recent political activism.

Having pushed hard over his support for the Black Lives Matter movement recently, the six-time world champion admitted he told his rivals at a meeting in Austria that "silence" on the issue of racism "is generally complicit".

The drivers have all agreed to wear 'End Racism" t-shirts on the grid on Sunday, but sources suggest at least five are refusing to vow to kneel in support of Black Lives Matter.

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07/04/20
f1

Hamilton wants $50m a year for new contract (Update)
Black lives really matters to Lewis Hamilton - as such, he must send all his salary to Africa to help all the black people who live like this. C'mon Lewis, show us 'Black Lives' really matter to you.
All the black people in Africa who live like this. Maybe Hamilton will agree to drive for free and send all his salary to Africa to help these poor people. 

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Hamilton responded to these salary demand rumors on Saturday morning ahead of final practice for the 2020 season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

“So the media keep writing about (my) contract and me making demands but I haven’t even spoken to Toto about it yet,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.

“No demands, the conversations hasn’t even begun. 

"So please stop making shit up.”

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07/03/20
f1

Ferrari did not renew Vettel because of salary
Ferrari was able to hire Sainz Jr. for 1/10th Vettel's salary
Ferrari was able to hire Sainz Jr. for 1/10th Vettel's salary

According to AutoRacing1.com sources, Sebastian Vettel refused to take a pay cut for the 2020 season that Ferrari asked him to take because of their loss of revenue in car sales and F1's reduced schedule.

Vettel is paid over $30 million per year (some say it could be as high as $40 million) and while Charles Leclerc agreed to a pay cut, Vettel did not.

So word is that Ferrari management made the decision to not renew Vettel after this season and hire Carlos Sainz Jr. for a rumored $3 million per year, plus bonuses. A big saving for Ferrari vs. keeping Vettel.

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07/03/20
f1

Haas F1 future uncertain (10th Update)
Is Gene Haas tired of throwing money down the F1 rat hole?
Gene Haas not pulling plug until he can unload his financial albatross

UPDATE (GMM) Haas needs to up its game or team owner Gene Haas will pull out of Formula 1.

That is the word from the small American team's Danish race driver, Kevin Magnussen.

It follows hot on the heels of team boss Gunther Steiner announcing that, to cut costs amid the corona crisis, the new 2020 car will not be developed for now.

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07/02/20
f1
irl

F1 to move to Rio, Sao Paulo says no (12th Update)
New Rio circuit. Rio de Janeiro played IndyCar like a fiddle to get F1 to come instead
New Rio circuit could still have active land mines

UPDATE (GMM) Organizers in Rio de Janeiro are still pushing to have the Brazilian GP relocated from its current venue in Sao Paulo.

According to O Estado de S.Paulo, JR Pereira - the boss of a consortium (Rio Motorsports) that won a bid to build a Formula 1 circuit in Rio - met with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday.

The report, which was later confirmed by the president's office, said an update about negotiations to secure a F1 race deal for 2021 and beyond was on the agenda.

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07/01/20
f1

McLaren and McLaren F1 sues creditors as bankruptcy looms (4th Update)
Andreas Seidl
Andreas Seidl
UPDATE
 (GMM) Team boss Andreas Seidl has denied that McLaren could have collapsed financially in 2020.

Recent London High Court documents showed that the Woking based team required a huge cash injection to avoid insolvency within the month of July.

This week, it emerged that a $185 million loan has been secured from the National Bank of Bahrain, which is partly owned by McLaren's Bahraini shareholders.

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06/30/20
f1

F1 drivers may take a knee in Austria
Lando Norris. A better cause for all the F1 drivers would be to sell their yachts, their jets, their Monaco homes, and give up their millions in salary and send it all to Africa where the black people need it most.
Lando Norris. A better cause for all the F1 drivers would be to sell their yachts, their jets, their Monaco homes, and give up their millions in salary and send it all to Africa where the black people need it most. Taking a knee does not cost them a dime. Show us you really mean it!
Lando Norris says F1's drivers will discuss taking a knee as a collective show of solidarity against racism ahead of Sunday's season-opening Austrian GP.

Sky Sports reports that they hear drivers will have the opportunity to take a knee in front of their own cars around the time of the Austrian national anthem, which is 15 minutes before the start of the race.

F1 as a sport is taking a stand in the fight against discrimination and for more diversity, and launched a new initiative called We Race As One last week.

In an interview with PA Media, McLaren driver Norris said: "Some of the drivers have already been speaking [about taking a knee]. If we are going to do it, we should all do it.

"It will be discussed following the drivers' briefing with the Grand Prix Drivers' Association on Friday. We will do whatever we can to show that we care and respect everyone. We will do what is right when the time comes."

All 20 Premier League clubs have taken a knee at the kick-off of matches since England's top flight resumed a fortnight ago, in support of Black Lives Matter.

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