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F1 2020, Austrian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel doesn’t understand Ferrari exit

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Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has explained more about the reasoning behind their decision not to offer Sebastian Vettel a contract renewal – and admits the German still does not fully understand their call.

As reported in May, Vettel was not offered a new deal by Ferrari for 2021 despite Binotto saying during winter testing in February that the four-time champion was their “first option” to continue alongside Charles Leclerc for 2021.

But on his first public appearance since news of the end-of-season split emerged last month, Vettel said at the Austrian GP on Thursday that he learned of Ferrari’s decision in a phone call from Binotto and was duly left “surprised” by the turn of events.

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F1 news 2021, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, Lando Norris, new season, start date, latest

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Daniel Ricciardo has warned McLaren fans not to expect a “comedy show” with new teammate Lando Norris and that he made the move from Renault for “business” reasons only.

The Australian has joined McLaren after two seasons at the French constructor in which he ended its wait for a podium by securing two over the course of the year to finish fifth in the drivers’ standings.

Ricciardo, one of the most popular drivers on the grid, will now join 21-year-old Norris, another fan favourite, in a team which is expected to provide plenty entertainment both on and off the track.

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Australian GP postponed until November

Australian GP postponed until November

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F1 2021: Lewis Hamilton Mercedes contract news, Toto Wolff

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has lifted the lid on Lewis Hamilton’s ongoing contract saga saying “curveballs” have been thrown at the lawyers.

Hamilton is currently unemployed and out of contract after allowing his Merc deal wind down before it expired on December 31st, The Sun reports.

The 36-year-old had maintained that his intention was always to re-sign for the team, expected to be a two-year contract worth up to $70million (£40m) a year.

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However, there is a growing feeling that those negotiations had hit a snag and now Wolff has revealed he “argues’”with the world champion over Zoom, while his demands have held up the lawyers.

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F1 news 2021: McLaren, QR code, Daniel Ricciardo, Down Under, Men at Work

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McLaren’s social media team has won the internet today.

Formula 1 fans are eager for a glimpse of the team’s new MCL35M, which will be driven by Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo in 2021.

Ricciardo signed with McLaren last year after a disappointing maiden season with Renault in 2019 before rediscovering some form in 2020 with two podiums.

But the Australian driver is set to commence the next phase of his career in orange, with the first race of the 2021 season scheduled for March.

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