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F1 news, Chinese Grand Prix 2019: Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, result, Cyril Abiteboul, video, Nico Hulkenberg, next race

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Daniel Ricciardo was showing “miserable pace” during the Chinese Grand Prix according to team principal Cyril Abiteboul, despite his ‘best of the rest’ performance which saw him claim his first finish – and first points – as a Renault driver.

The Australian went on a one-stop strategy for the second race in a row, despite it completely backfiring on him in Bahrain when he slipped to 10th before being forced to retire with just two laps remaining.

Ricciardo was obliged to start on the quick, softer tyre after using it in Q2, leading Renault to decide on a one-stop strategy once again – swapping his softs for hards – in order to protect him against other midfield teams who qualified further back and were therefore allowed to start on the more favourable medium tyre.

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Daniel Ricciardo rocked by $18m legal claim over F1 move to Renault

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Daniel Ricciardo has vowed to defend himself after the Aussie F1 star’s former advisor reportedly started legal action over what he alleges are unpaid earnings.

Per Motorsport.com and the BBC, Glenn Beavis has taken the matter to the United Kingdom High Court of Justice and is claiming he is owed nearly $AUD18 million because he has not received commissions relating to Ricciardo’s lucrative new contract with Renault, who the 30-year-old driver joined this year.

According to the reports, Beavis has lodged legal documents with the High Court, arguing he is owed approximately $18m for “various sums due in accordance with the commission agreed between the parties”.

Ricciardo left Red Bull at the end of 2018 and made the shock decision to join Renault on a two-year deal. Reports circulated in the British press earlier this year claiming Ricciardo’s salary was nudging $50 million but the West Australian rubbished those suggestions.

Ricciardo issued a statement to Motorsport.com about the $18 million bombshell in which he said: “There is no substance to Glenn Beavis’ claim.

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Mack Horton, Sun Yang protest: China media on 2019 FINA Swimming World Championships

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Mack Horton’s bitter rivalry with Sun Yang is set to intensify as Chinese media hit out at the Aussie for protesting at the World Championships.

It comes as former CEO of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) Richard Ings has elaborated on why he believes the swimming star was out of line to snub his nemesis.

Horton, who won the silver medal in the 400m freestyle, refused to stand on the podium alongside gold medallist Yang, and also refused to shake his Chinese rival’s hand.

The pair’s bad blood goes back to the 2016 Olympics, when Horton said he had “no time or respect for drug cheats” after Yang served a three-month doping ban in 2014.

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V8 Supercars 2019: Holden Commodore, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette, Gen2 Supercar

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It has been a big fortnight for Holden, with an announcement the eighth-generation C8 Corvette will be sold in Australia following news of the brand’s recommitment to Supercars.

Holden sprung a surprise during the Townsville weekend earlier this month when it confirmed it will stick around in 2020 and 2021, with the latter season slated for Supercars’ Next Gen evolution.

The ZB Commodore bodyshape and V8 engine will also be retained for the duration of the new deal, and while Holden’s announcement of the two-year recommitment was low-key, Holden marketing boss Kristian Aquilina suggested the relationship with factory team Triple Eight will be “celebrated” at a later date.

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