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F1 2020, driver line-up, contracts: 2021 grid predicted, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel to Mercedes

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F1’s silly season started early this year with teams and drivers using the coronavirus lay-off to head to the negotiating table.

Bombshell decisions have come in thick and fast, starting with Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s decision to end their association at the end of 2020.

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Then the dominoes started to fall. Carlos Sainz Jnr took the spot at Ferrari, while the Spaniard’s vacant McLaren seat was snapped up by Renault wantaway, Daniel Ricciardo.

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Bubba Wallace noose: Bubba Rope for sale, Mike Fulp, NASCAR, Racism

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The owner of a North Carolina racetrack said he has faced death threats, lost employees and seen “all but two” of his sponsors evaporate amid the backlash over his social media post invoking the noose found in the garage stall of Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace.

Mike Fulp, who owns the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County, told the News & Record he knew his troubles from what he described as a joke were self-inflicted.

Fulp’s post advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale on Facebook Marketplace the day after an FBI investigation determined the noose found at the Talladega Superspeedway garage had been there since at least October and was a coincidence, not a hate crime.

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Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone takes second shot after being slammed by Lewis Hamilton ‘uneducated’

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Former Formula One CEO Bernie Eccleston has doubled down on ugly and unpopular comments from earlier this week where he said, “In lots of cases, black people are more racist than what white people are”.

The comments drew widespread condemnation from the F1 world, with the organisation and six-time champion Lewis Hamilton taking aim at the comments.

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The F1 were quick to hit back at Ecclestone’s comments, calling for unity to “tackle racism and inequality,” and that the organisation “completely disagree” with the comments.

Speaking with CNN Sport, the 89-year-old Ecclestone said he hadn’t noticed it over the years, and was “surprised” to hear Lewis Hamilton had been affected by racism in the sport.

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V8 Supercars, Sydney SuperSprint 2020: Scott McLaughlin sets Sydney Motorsport Park record, Eastern Creek

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Scott McLaughlin has added a 63th Supercars pole position to his growing collection of accomplishments after breaking his own qualifying record at Sydney’s Motorsport Park.

The Ford flyer will start the second of Sunday’s two 33-lap races from the front of the grid after smashing out the fastest lap at the western Sydney track.

His hot lap was better than the mark which he set at the venue in 2018.

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