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Abu Dhabi F1 GP, F1 news 2019, Martin Brundle column, Lewis Hamilton, F1 DRS fail

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Another Formula 1 season sails past at a scary pace, our traditional post-season Sky F1 team photo under the floodlights on the Abu Dhabi start straight seems to come around every six months.

Being generous, that was a slow-burn race which gathered excitement towards the end, as is often the case on the Yas Island layout.

In theory, a slow T7 hairpin leading onto a long straight, which is followed by a clumsy but slow chicane onto another effectively long straight, should generate some organic overtaking. Both those straights also have DRS drag reduction zones for the rear wing, although on this occasion that system failed due to a server crashing for the first 18 laps of the race.

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Formula 1 has announced the opening eight races of the 2020 calendar will take place over nine weeks beginning the first weekend of July, following the shutdown of the sport due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The sport was put on hiatus on the day of the first two practice sessions of the Australian Grand Prix back in March when a McLaren team member contracted the deadly virus causing the event to be cancelled.

Since then, three more races were cancelled (Dutch, French and Monaco Grands Prix) with the other six all postponed as F1 attempted to reschedule them into a more condensed version of the original calendar.

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No travel exemption for F1

No travel exemption for F1

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V8 Supercars, Holden, Red Bull, Triple Eight, exit, closed Australia, latest news

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Holden’s commitment to the Supercars championship will formally end at the completion of the 2020 season.

The manufacturer has revised its agreement with Triple Eight Race Engineering to provide factory support for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team after the news earlier this year that the brand would be retired by parent company General Motors.

While Holden’s contract with Triple Eight originally ran until the end of the 2021 campaign, an agreement has been reached to terminate the contract a year early.

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Supercars adopt 3-race format

Supercars adopt 3-race format

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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

Smaller teams set for boost

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