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F1 2020: Ferrari undertake ‘significant change of direction’ this year

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Ferrari have revealed their 2020 car will not feature any updates compared to the one run at February testing for F1’s return at the Austrian GP, with the team instead working on a “significant change of direction” in development.

Confirming their first round of updates will instead appear at the season’s third round — in Hungary in two weeks’ time — Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto said their disappointing form in winter testing had led to a rethink with the SF1000.

“This weekend the car will run in the same configuration used towards the end of the Barcelona tests,” said Binotto.

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“This doesn’t mean we have been twiddling our thumbs in the very limited time of just five-and-a-half weeks in which we were able to work on the cars, because of the stringent procedures involved in working around the pandemic as well as the total shutdown of activities required by the FIA in agreement with the teams.

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F1 2020, Australia Grand Prix, Friday Practice times, standings, report: Red Bull protest Mercedes DAS

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Red Bull plunged Formula One into a technical argument on the opening day of the belated season on Friday when they lodged an official protest of Mercedes’ dual-axis steering (DAS) system after opening practice at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Just hours after seeing Mercedes duo of six-time champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas top the times with a resounding one-two in their newly-painted ‘black arrows’ cars, it was confirmed that Red Bull had made a formal protest against them.

Team chief Christian Horner had said earlier Friday that he intended to ask for guidance from the race officials about the legality of the system.

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Daniel Ricciardo was fifth-fastest in the afternoon session.
Daniel Ricciardo was fifth-fastest in the afternoon session.Source: AFP

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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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