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F1 2019: Burning questions over Pierre Gasly-Alexander Albon bombshell that shocked F1

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Red Bull dropped a bombshell on Formula 1 just a week into the summer break, with Alexander Albon promoted to the senior team in the place of Pierre Gasly.

Everyone could see Gasly had struggled to adapt to the big move, but the team remained adamant they would stick with the Frenchman until the end of the season.

However, it took just eight days after the Hungarian Grand Prix before Gasly was demoted to Toro Rosso, with Albon — a driver with just 12 Grands Prix to his name — getting the call.

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Supercars Championship schedule, night race, Sydney Motorsport Park, Sydney SuperSprint

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Supercars will return to Sydney Motorsport Park on July 18-19 and this time the drivers will race in front of fans under lights following a coronavirus-forced shake-up to the schedule.

The fourth round of the Supercars Champions will be at Eastern Creek, with the Winton SuperSprint postponed due to COVID-19 travel protocols in Queensland restricting the return of teams from Victoria after competing in the southern state.

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This month’s Sydney SuperSprint will feature a night race
This month’s Sydney SuperSprint will feature a night raceSource: News Corp Australia

It will be the second consecutive round at the western Sydney circuit after last weekend’s successful return to racing. In a boon for the Championship, fans will be welcomed back for the round with limitations on each day’s attendance to be announced in the coming days.

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F1 2020, news, Austria Grand Prix: Formula One ultimate guide, Daniel Ricciardo, drivers, schedule, how to watch

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Formula One starts its season in Austria this week, nearly four months later than planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic and against a very different backdrop — even if Lewis Hamilton’s targets remain the same.

The six-times world champion can equal Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s record seven while his Mercedes team are bidding for an unprecedented seventh successive drivers’ and constructors’ title double.

Eight rounds, all in Europe and without spectators for the first time, feature on a provisional calendar but the sport still hopes to muster 15-18 races, even if that means several circuits hosting two each.

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F1 2020: Lewis Hamilton Mercedes contract demands stand between new deal

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Lewis Hamilton will reportedly demand almost AUD$1.4 million-a-week when he sits down at the negotiating table with Mercedes over the coming weeks.

The six-time world champion is expected to lay out demands for the improved terms with team boss Toto Wolff as his contract enters its final months, Sportsmail understands.

Hamilton held out on negotiations during the coronavirus shutdown but, with racing starting again this weekend, is ready to make his giant demands.

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