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F1 2020: Mercedes explain decision to block reverse grid plan, season dates, races, events

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Mercedes blocked a proposal to have reverse-grid qualifying races in Formula One because they felt it was a gimmick that could affect the championship outcome, team boss Toto Wolff said on Wednesday.

The idea was put forward as a way of making back-to-back races at the same circuit less predictable and more entertaining.

Austria’s Red Bull Ring and Britain’s Silverstone circuit are each due to hold two races in July and August respectively as Formula One seeks to make up time lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It seems to be a common pattern in Formula One that we’re digging out old ideas that have been analysed thoroughly and rejected,” Wolff told reporters on a Zoom call.

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Formula One, F1, Sebastian Vettel contract, Ferrari snub

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Sebastian Vettel has revealed that Ferrari refused to even offer him a contract ahead of the four-time F1 world champion’s departure from Maranello.

The Italian team confirmed during the coronavirus pandemic shutdown that Vettel, 32, will move on at the end of the 2020 campaign.

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Vettel expects faster times

Vettel expects faster times

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Ahead of the season finally getting underway in Austria this weekend, the German was asked where his negotiations with Ferrari had come unstuck.

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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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