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England cricket star Ben Stokes to tackle F1 aces in virtual Grand Prix

A grid stacked with some of Formula 1 finest talent will be met with England cricketer Ben Stokes in the sport’s second virtual race this weekend.


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Ex-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone set to become father at 89

Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is set to become a dad for the fourth time.


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MotoGP season pushed back again as virus-hit France postpones Le Mans race

The start of the MotoGP season has been pushed back to the end of May at the earliest after France postponed its race at Le Mans due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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World championship without the ‘world’? Virus delays force F1 season into uncharted territory

Formula 1 is hinging on two key rules in order to see the 2020 season recorded as a world championship.


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Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris take pay cuts as Mercedes star points to environmental benefits

F1 drivers are set to take pay cuts in the near future with the top paid drivers — Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel — to lead the way.


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Heimgartner to put Supercars on the world stage with F1 virtual race cameo

Kelly Racing Supercars driver Andre Heimgartner will get the chance to take on Formula 1 aces and global stars in an F1 Eseries race.


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Drivers take pay cut with McLaren first F1 team forcing workers to take leave

McLaren became the first Formula 1 team to furlough staff because of the coronavirus on Wednesday, with drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz joining senior management in taking a pay cut.


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Showing the ‘motorsport spirit’: McLaughlin praises rival teams responding to virus crisis

Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin has praised the motorsport community in its response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced a halt to the 2020 season.


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Supercars at Daytona? World class tracks set for online championship

Supercars has released a provisional calendar for the upcoming All Stars Eseries, which will be backed by BP.


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F1’s big rule change has already been delayed. Doing it again could save teams

Formula 1 teams are pushing to delay the sweeping rule changes further, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forcing the sport into a number of key changes which will further disrupt ambitions to provide a level playing field.


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Aprilia MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone hit with 18-month doping ban

Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone has been banned for 18 months after testing positive for anabolic steroids, the international motorcycling federation (FIM) announced on Wednesday.


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British Grand Prix organisers set April deadline on F1 race’s future amid virus crisis

British Grand Prix organisers have set an end of April deadline to decide whether the country’s Formula 1 race goes ahead as scheduled in July or becomes another casualty of the coronavirus.


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Race weekend format changes possible as Supercars looks to resume 2020 season

Two-day race weekends could be on the cards as the Supercars season waits until a possible July restart amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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David Reynolds’ docuseries nerves amid ‘honest portrayal’ of Supercars’ class clown and Penrite Racing

“I can’t bring myself to watch myself on TV… I can watch the race if I’m in the car, but as soon as I’m on TV… I hate my voice, I don’t tend to replay interviews.”


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Engineering our safety: Supercars teams unite to fight against coronavirus pandemic

Supercars teams are coming together to fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by producing and distributing potentially life-saving medical supplies.


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Daniel Ricciardo reveals the ‘bombshell’ moment which triggered the end of the Aussie GP

Daniel Ricciardo says McLaren’s forced withdrawal from the Australian Grand Prix was a “bombshell” for him to read on the eve of the Albert Park race.


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Red Bull team official Helmut Marko’s radical F1 coronavirus plan: Infect the drivers

An official at Formula One team Red Bull has proposed holding a training camp that would expose drivers to the coronavirus so they could build immunity to the disease while the season is suspended.


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Mercedes F1 team helps develop groundbreaking breathing aid amid deadly pandemic

Formula 1 team Mercedes has helped to develop a breathing aid that could keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care and ease some pressure on Britain’s strained health service.


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Drivers ‘chatting mid-race’: How Supercars online series can be a game-changer

Drivers “chatting mid-race” and “interacting with the broadcast” are just two ways the All Stars Eseries could revolutionise future Supercars broadcasts as the category unveiled first looks at liveries and broadcast details ahead of the 10-week competition.


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F1 could cease to exist beyond this year as knock-on effects of coronavirus set to hit hard

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted F1 could end completely as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the season.


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Supercars is committed to completing its 2020 season. That could mean running into 2021

The 2020 Supercars season could run into early 2021 in a bid to complete a full championship schedule amid the coronavirus outbreak.


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On this day: How ‘catastrophic decision’ paved way to Jenson Button’s Melbourne magic

After six laps of the 2010 Australian Grand Prix, Jenson Button found himself doubting his decision-making once he left pit lane having taken on slick tyres on a wet track.


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How Penrite Racing has planned to combat financial drama amid virus crisis

Penrite Racing team boss Barry Ryan has opened up on how his team has made initial concessions to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic amid the postponement of the Supercars season.


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‘We’d love to get him’: Penrite Racing confirms James Courtney wildcard talks

Penrite Racing team boss Barry Ryan has confirmed his team had talks with free agent James Courtney over a wildcard program this season.


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Former F1 boss’ shock call puts Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes future in doubt

Lewis Hamilton’s future at Mercedes was thrown into further doubt by a bombshell from Bernie Ecclestone that Toto Wolff might leave for Aston Martin.


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F1 teams make ventilator pledge in fight against coronavirus

The seven UK-based Formula 1 teams have launched ‘Project Pitlane’ to help with the production of ventilator equipment in the fight against coronavirus.


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Coronavirus calendar chaos: How COVID-19 has affected world motorsport

The COVID-19 outbreak has thrown the sporting world into disarray, with motorsport schedules being tweaked left, right and centre.


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Jerez race postponed as coronavirus outbreak delays MotoGP season start further

The start of the 2020 MotoGP has been delayed further, with the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on May 3 officially postponed.


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IndyCar’s 75-year first: Indianapolis 500 postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

The Indianapolis 500 was postponed Thursday until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946.


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Jack Miller committed to keeping weight off amid extended MotoGP season delay

Jack Miller is keen not to “put some kilos on where you don’t want to” in an extended MotoGP off-season due to the ongoing COVID-19-induced layoff.


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F1’s funny men: Daniel Ricciardo takes down online ace Lando Norris with ‘nerd’ burn

Away from the track, Daniel Ricciardo has still found a way to take down McLaren young gun Lando Norris in humorous fashion.


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Title deciders, team orders and shattered relationships: Best F1 driver rivalries ranked

Whether it be between teammates or drivers from different stables, Formula 1 produces tension between competitors like few other sports can.


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‘That’s my medicine’: Ricciardo details positive side of isolation in F1 layoff

Thousands of athletes worldwide are aiming to continue their exercise regimens during the coronavirus-induced layoff, and Daniel Ricciardo believes his Formula 1 rivals will emerge “pretty fit” when it passes.


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‘Sebastian thought, f**k you’: When Vettel-Webber tension went nuclear with Multi-21 drama

Seven years on, it’s still one of those infamous phrases which will take its place in Formula 1 infamy for generations, and leaves a rotten taste in the mouth for many.


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Ferrari says 2020 F1 car’s testing pace ‘true’ despite sandbagging claims

Ferrari remains adamant its pace in testing was “true” amid suggestions the team was ‘sandbagging’ with its new-for-2020 SF1000.


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Supercars fly-on-the-wall drama: Erebus docuseries broadcast details revealed

Broadcast details have been confirmed for the new Erebus Motorsport docuseries, which was filmed throughout the 2019 Supercars season.


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Truth revealed about heated Ricciardo ‘rivalry’

One of the key takeaways from Netflix’s second series of Drive to Survive was the rivalry between Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz - but the latter has admitted the tension was “exaggerated”.


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Phillip Island could return as Supercars aims for ‘minimum disruption’ to 2020 calendar

As world sports leagues prepare for wholesale changes to their 2020 schedules amid COVID-19-induced delays, Supercars is aiming to have “minimum disruption” to this season’s remaining scheduled events.


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‘F**k it, I’ll go alone’: Jack Miller’s maiden Grand Prix in Qatar, six years on

Hidden among the suffocating updates of the COVID-19 outbreak was the six-year anniversary of Jack Miller’s maiden Grand Prix victory.


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New footage reveals insight into Chaz Mostert rescue after 2015 Bathurst 1000 crash

Never-before-seen footage has shed more light into the response and extrication process in Chaz Mostert’s harrowing qualifying shunt at the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.


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Coronachaos: Where every sport stands and what’s on, off and in limbo

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the sporting world, with local, national and international events impacted.


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F1 ‘committed’ to completing 18-race 2020 season despite eighth race called off

Formula 1 boss Chase Carey is hopeful the 2020 season can still feature up to 18 races despite being forced to call off another Grand Prix.


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Azerbaijan Grand Prix becomes eighth 2020 F1 race to be called off

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has become the eighth Formula 1 race to be called off due to the coronavirus crisis.


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Supercars drivers locked in for historic online All Stars Eseries

Supercars has confirmed all championship drivers will compete in the upcoming Supercars All Stars Eseries.


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McLaren still set to change from Renault to Mercedes despite rule change delay

McLaren will still switch from Renault to Mercedes engines next season despite Formula 1’s technical changes being pushed to 2022.


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Motorsport turns to virtual racing to fill live sport gap amid virus outbreak

In a current world bereft of live sport, motorsport will still play a key role in sating competitors and fans thanks to virtual racing series amid the COVID-19 outbreak.


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Answering the call: F1 teams respond to ventilator shortage amid virus crisis

Formula 1 teams based in the United Kingdom are working with government and health authorities to aid medical relief amid a shortage of ventilators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Lewis Hamilton reveals self-isolation but has ‘zero coronavirus symptoms’ after celebrity meet scare

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he has been isolating since the cancelled Australian Grand Prix but has "zero symptoms" of coronavirus despite coming into contact with two celebrities who later tested positive for the virus.


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Is less more? The challenges behind F1’s economically challenging 2020 season

It was supposed to be a record 22-race world championship but with seven Grands Prix already either postponed or cancelled, Formula 1 in 2020 has become a shorter, tightly-packed and economically challenging sprint for the title.


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Stay, or wave goodbye? Why F1’s moving day is even worse for Daniel Ricciardo

The grim reality of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on F1 hits home just that bit more with every passing day.


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Groundbreaking changes out until 2022: What 2021 rules delay means for F1

Formula 1’s planned rules overhaul for the 2021 season has been delayed to 2022 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, marking a significant shift for the category.


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Revolution has to wait: Key F1 rules overhaul delayed due to coronavirus pandemic

F1's big rule changes for the 2021 season will be delayed until 2022 in the latest measure introduced in wake of the coronavirus crisis.


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F1’s heartbreaking 65-year first: Monaco Grand Prix cancelled amid virus outbreak

The iconic Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled on Thursday because of the coronavirus outbreak and two other Formula 1 races were postponed.


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TV-only-event path not feasible for Supercars in bid to help fans to races

Supercars fans are being kept as a priority for the category in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the sport’s CEO Sean Seamer explaining why it couldn’t follow football codes’ paths and run TV-only events.


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F1 teams keen to delay 2021 rules by a year due to coronavirus outbreak

Formula 1 has been set on major technical changes for the 2021 season, but teams are now pushing to keep the 2020 regulations in place due to the coronavirus crisis.


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F1 brings forward and extends shutdown in bid to combat coronavirus outbreak

Formula 1’s August shutdown will be brought forward and extended to a mandatory 21 successive days in March and April as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the governing body FIA said on Wednesday.


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‘Obviously, I'm a bit bored’: Carlos Sainz quarantined after avoiding coronavirus

McLaren Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz has confirmed he tested negative for coronavirus.


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‘Rapidly evolving circumstances’: F1 apologises to fans over Australian GP cancellation

Formula 1 CEO and executive chairman Chase Carey has apologised to fans in an open letter amid the coronavirus outbreak which has delayed the 2020 season and forced last weekend’s cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix.


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Supercars confirms Tasmania, New Zealand, Perth postponements amid virus outbreak

Supercars has postponed the next three events in Tasmania, New Zealand and Perth in response to the coronavirus outbreak.


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‘Unsure how to act’: The ‘bizarre’ moment behind Australian GP cancellation

Scott McLaughlin has detailed the “bizarre” sequence of events leading up to the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix last Friday.


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Scott McLaughlin on ‘wait and see’ plan over IndyCar debut amid cancellation fears

An optimistic Scott McLaughlin will “wait and see” if his maiden NTT IndyCar Series start is delayed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.


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Renault not ruling out Sebastian Vettel for 2021 if Daniel Ricciardo leaves

Renault has not ruled out chasing Sebastian Vettel as an option for 2021 if it loses Daniel Ricciardo to a rival outfit, but the French team still wants to prioritise youth.


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Sebastien Ogier says WRC Rally Mexico should never have taken place

French driver Sebastien Ogier said Rally Mexico should never have taken place after powering to a first win for his new team Toyota in Mexico.


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Second F1 case: Pirelli member tests positive for coronavirus in Australia

Formula 1 has its second confirmed case of coronavirus after a Pirelli member tested positive for the illness in Australia.


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‘The symptoms have gone’: McLaren F1 team member 'recovering well' from coronavirus

The McLaren team member who contracted coronavirus is "recovering well" and now showing no symptoms, the Woking team have said.


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Australian F1 GP chiefs adamant fans and staff weren’t in danger

Australian Grand Prix chiefs have dismissed fears teams, drivers, event staff and fans were put in danger by being at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne last weekend.


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Supercars ‘prepared to adapt’ 2020 calendar amid virus containment measures

Supercars has joined the queue of major sports competitions shrouded in uncertainty amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.


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2020 MotoGP season could race into 2021 to combat delays ‘if necessary’

The 2020 MotoGP season can be extended into 2021 to ensure a full completion amid the coronavirus outbreak.


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F1 eyes two-day race weekends to fill virus-affected 2020 season

Formula 1 is hoping for “flexibility” from teams in a bid to get the 2020 season back on track despite the coronavirus outbreak, with two-day race weekends mooted.


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Australian GP not expected to be rescheduled on 2020 F1 calendar

Melbourne will likely have to wait until next season to hold a Formula 1 race despite Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief Andrew Westacott not ruling out a rescheduled 2020 event.


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F1’s returning Dutch Grand Prix to be axed over virus outbreak

The coronavirus outbreak continues to affect the world of sport with the Dutch Grand Prix set to be the next race pulled from Formula One’s schedule, the PA news agency understands.


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Ferrari shuts down F1 and road-car factories amid virus outbreak

Ferrari has suspended production at its F1 and road-car factories due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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Live COVID-19 updates: AFL club’s plea to fans, A-League games under threat

Sport at local, national and international level has been hit by more disruptions because of the coronavirus.


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Mercedes phone call led to Australian F1 Grand Prix cancellation

The cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix just hours before practice was scheduled to start has led to widespread condemnation of the sport but officials have hit back.


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Virus crisis: F1 staring down 2020 season delay until ‘the end of May’

Formula 1 action may have to wait until “the end of May” as the sport was left reeling following Friday's cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.


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F1 confident of reshuffling 2020 calendar after enforced ‘hiatus’ over virus crisis

Ross Brawn has told Sky Sports that F1 are confident of successfully reshuffling their 2020 calendar after an enforced "hiatus" - suggesting that races could now be staged during August's summer break.


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Double disaster as F1 postpones Bahrain and Vietnam races following Melbourne cancellation

Formula 1 has postponed the Bahrain and Vietnam GPs due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the start to the 2020 season delayed.


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No racing for THREE months? Major uncertainty as more F1 races face the axe

Uncertainty surrounds the Formula One season after F1 CEO Chase Carey was unable to confirm whether the next round would go ahead following the Australian Grand Prix’s cancellation due to coronavirus fears.


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McLaren’s Melbourne horror: One staffer has coronavirus, 14 others are in quarantine

One positive case of coronavirus for a McLaren staffer was the catalyst for the cancellation of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.


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Australian GP cancellation couldn’t have been made “any more quickly” as fans barred at gate

Formula 1 is facing two race cancellations in as many weeks in the wake of Friday’s confirmation the Australian Grand Prix became the latest sporting event to fall victim to the coronavirus outbreak.


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F1 blindsided as two drivers secretly fled BEFORE decision to cancel Australian GP

Formula 1 has confirmed that the Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled following the positive tests of coronavirus at Albert Park.


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‘Shambolic, beyond belief’: Drivers and media savage Australian GP coronavirus chaos

A positive coronavirus test has thrown the Australian Grand Prix into chaos, with the race set to be cancelled - and the process has drawn an angry response to drivers, teams and media.


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Supercars plans to reschedule new event after Australian Grand Prix cancellation

Supercars intends to reschedule another championship event following the cancellation of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.


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Meltdown in Melbourne: F1 fans banned from entering circuit amid virus fears

The Australian Formula One Grand Prix will be run without spectators due to the coronavirus, if it goes ahead at all this weekend, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says.


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The ‘broader implications’ of positive test: Aus GP responds after F1 coronavirus bombshell

The FIA, Formula 1 and the Victorian government have been in discussions with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation regarding the "broader implications" of a McLaren team member testing positive for coronavirus.


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McLaren becomes first F1 team to withdraw from Australian Grand Prix following positive virus test

McLaren have pulled out of this weekend's season-opening Australian GP after a team member contracted coronavirus.


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‘It’s shocking’: Hamilton ‘concerned’ Australian Grand Prix is being held amid virus fears

Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says it is “shocking” that the season-opening Australian Grand Prix is being held amid coronavirus fears.


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Red Bull Holden duo share Melbourne poles as Whincup ices milestone race start

Red Bull Holden Racing Team duo Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen shared the two poles on offer at the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 on Thursday.


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‘Like Peter Pan’: Why Brundle believes ageless Hamilton should be considered all-time F1 great

Lewis Hamilton remains firm favourite to win a record-equalling seventh Formula 1 crown in 2020, but former driver and expert commentator Martin Brundle believes the Mercedes ace will be pushed all the way.


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Keep your distance: How virus crisis has affected Melbourne F1 paddock

Formula 1 teams have agreed to scrap television media scrums with drivers as a precautionary measure as coronavirus fears continue to grip the Albert Park paddock ahead of this weekend’s Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.


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High-speed Jones crash headlines second practice as De Pasquale leads Penrite 1-2

Anton De Pasquale has led a Penrite Racing 1-2 in second practice at the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400, with the session ended early following a scary accident for Macauley Jones.


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More Haas F1 team staff isolated as virus fears grip paddock in Melbourne

Two more staff from the Haas Formula One team have been isolated while they are tested for the new coronavirus, taking the total to four, team officials said Thursday.


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Whincup tops first Melbourne 400 practice as Supercars hit Albert Park track

Jamie Whincup has set the pace in first practice at the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400, with the seven-time champion leading a Red Bull Holden Racing Team 1-2.


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Verstappen’s title force, or Hamilton’s new records? 12 questions for 2020 F1 season

Is Hamilton's record quest an inevitability? Will the new races deliver? And just how fast will the 2020 cars be? Here are a dozen key questions for the new season.


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Argentina postponement forces another MotoGP calendar change amid virus fears

Argentina has joined Qatar, Thailand and the United States in forcing a MotoGP calendar reshuffle amid efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.


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Report suggests FIA boss Jean Todt behind controversial Ferrari engine settlement

Tensions are set to reach boiling point ahead of the Australian Grand Prix after reports FIA president and ex-Ferrari team principal Jean Todt consulted with Formula One CEO Chase Carey before personally striking up a confidential settlement with his old team over the legality of the Italian outfit’s 2019 engine.


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Hamilton chases Schumacher as virus overshadows F1 season start in Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton believes his all-conquering Mercedes is even better than last year as he begins his bid to equal Michael Schumacher’s record seven world titles at an Australian Grand Prix given the green light despite rising coronavirus fears.


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Aussie GP in doubt as three F1 team members tested for coronavirus

Four days out from the Australian Grand Prix, three F1 team members have been placed into isolation over concerns they may have contracted coronavirus.


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Stand down, Dan: Ricciardo pulled from Renault’s F1 media presser due to virus fears

Australian Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo has pulled out of a scheduled Renault team media conference over fears he might be exposed to the coronavirus.


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Eyes on the prize: Verstappen targets Hamilton scalp in historic F1 title bid

Max Verstappen has remained coy on Red Bull Racing’s chances at this weekend’s Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and beyond, despite the team enjoying solid pre-season testing running.


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