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F1 2020, Mercedes: Reverse grid unlikely when season starts in Austria

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A proposal to introduce reverse-grid races when Formula 1 returns next month is unlikely to be accepted due to opposition from Mercedes – with Red Bull boss Christian Horner telling Sky Sports that Toto Wolff believes it “would interfere with Lewis Hamilton’s championship campaign”.

There has been a fresh push for an experimental sprint race – where the leader of the championship would start at the back – to replace qualifying and determine Sunday’s grid order at tracks which are due to host two races this year to create more unpredictability for the second event.

Austria and Silverstone are both set for back-to-back F1 weekends this summer, with Spielberg kicking off the campaign in early July.

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Smaller teams set for boost

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F1 2020, Styrian Grand Prix, Austria: Mercedes and Red Bull about to get serious, Toto Wolff, Christian Horner

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Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff insists the “gloves are off” this weekend when a duel for supremacy resumes with Red Bull, that was a thorn in the team’s side during te season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas gave Mercedes a pole-to-flag win at the Red Bull Ring last weekend as the 2020 championship finally roared into life.

However, teammate and world champion Lewis Hamilton was fourth after facing two protests from Red Bull on the eve of the race over his qualifying tactics.

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Alonso to return to Renault

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Formula 1 News 2020: Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, Ferrari, Carlos Sainz, Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc

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Mark Webber has weighed into Daniel Ricciardo’s well-publicised switch to McLaren, arguing he may have “dodged a bullet” by not joining Ferrari.

Instead, Carlos Sainz was their man in a move that shocked Webber given Ricciardo was the favourite to take up the vacant spot left by Sebastian Vettel in 2021.

“I was actually surprised,” he said to Channel 4.

Alonso signs for Renault

Alonso signs for Renault

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“Daniel was the obvious answer on all of our lips to go into that role in terms of his credibility, race wins and being out of contract.”

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F1 2020: Fernando Alonso signs for Renault, contract, Daniel Ricciardo replacement

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Fernando Alonso will return to Formula 1 in 2021 after Renault confirmed the two-time world champion as Daniel Ricciardo’s replacement.

After two seasons off the grid, the 38-year-old Alonso will rejoin Renault for a third stint at the Enstone team where he won his two titles in 2005-2006.

Alonso, one of the most successful, determined yet controversial stars of recent F1 history, will partner Esteban Ocon in 2021 with Ricciardo already signed by McLaren.

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