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F1 2020: McLaren boss Zak Brown admits ‘very fragile state’, Formula One to cancel Canadian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo

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While sports inside certain countries may have options, Formula One is facing a horror year that would be completely wiped out if the coronavirus crisis continues.

It appeared clear with the sport’s reticence to cancel the Australian Grand Prix until the morning of the event that despite the perceived rivers of gold propping the sport up, a cancellation would leave the Formula One vulnerable.

Since the Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled, along with the Monaco Grand Prix, while Bahrain, Vietnam, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish and Azerbaijan Grands Prix having all been postponed until later in the year.

As it currently stands, number nine may not be too far away with the Canadian Grand Prix set to be postponed as well with the nation on lockdown.

While the race is set to take place on June 14, it’s still a long way away, but with travel restrictions in place, it’s unclear whether all teams will be able to make the race even if it was held.

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F1 2020: Daniel Ricciardo McLaren contract, driver’s contract value revealed

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Daniel Ricciardo will reportedly take a monster pay cut as part of his multi-year deal to join McLaren from 2021.

The 30-year-old Aussie stunned the Formula 1 grid when his contract with the English team was announced just days after Ferrari confirmed Sebastian Vettel will be replaced by Carlos Sainz at the end of the year.

Details of Ricciardo’s bold move are now beginning to leak out, according to a veteran French Formula 1 journalist.

Ricciardo enjoyed one of the largest pay packets in Formula 1 since joining Renault at the start of the 2019 season — but his days of challenging Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on the sport’s top-earners list now appear numbered.

The former Red Bull driver is reportedly facing a pay haircut of around $25 million per-year in his base salary, according to French reporter Marc Limacher.

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F1 2020, news: Nico Rosberg on Michael Schumacher Mercedes mind games

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The psychological warfare Michael Schumacher waged on his teammates has been revealed by his ex-Mercedes partner, Nico Rosberg, who had to fight to even use the toilet.

Schumacher was renowned as a ruthless competitor who didn’t need to make friends on his way to winning a record seven world titles with Ferrari and Benetton.

He quit F1 at the end of 2006 but came out of retirement in 2010 with Mercedes, where he “was like God”, leaving Rosberg in a dogfight both on and off the track.

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Schumacher came out of retirement in 2010 with Mercedes.
Schumacher came out of retirement in 2010 with Mercedes.Source: Getty Images

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F1 2020: Daniel Ricciardo Bathurst 1000 wildcard with McLaren, Supercars

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The door is opening for Daniel Ricciardo to make a shock wildcard entry with his future McLaren team at the Bathurst 1000.

The Aussie Formula 1 driver has repeatedly flirted with the idea of driving a Supercar competitively — and his new team could provide the ingredients to make the dream a reality.

The 30-year-old star confirmed last week he is making a seismic move from Renault to English-based team McLaren for the 2021 Formula 1 season — and his new team boss Zak Brown is already thinking of side projects for Ricciardo to sink his teeth into when he arrives at the end of the 2020 season.

One of those projects includes a wildcard entry into the Bathurst 1000.

Brown, who bought into Supercars team Walkinshaw Andretti United in 2018, gave a preliminary green light to the project in a recent interview with Supercars Sidetracked on Fox Sports.

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