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FIA to review F1 superlicence system amid COVID-19 disruption – F1

The FIA will conduct a full review of its current Formula 1 superlicence points system in order to avoid drivers being disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FIA introduced a new points-based system for drivers to gain a superlicence, which is required to race in F1, in 2016 as part of its restructuring of the junior single-seater ladder.

Drivers wishing to race in F1 must gain 40 points across three seasons in other championships, encouraging them to rise through the FIA’s single-seater ladder to gain experience and accrue the required total.

Many racing seasons have been shortened or altered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, while many young drivers are facing budget constraints and uncertain futures.

The FIA has now confirmed it will be conducting a full review of the existing superlicence system, saying it wanted to “ensure that the superlicence system that underpins its pathway from

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Ticktum misses Spa F2 practice but second COVID-19 test comes back negative – F2

Dan Ticktum was forced to miss Formula 2 practice at Spa on Friday after returning an inconclusive result for COVID-19, but has since been cleared of contracting the virus.

DAMS F2 driver Ticktum was absent from the 45-minute practice session at Spa on Friday afternoon, leaving the team running a single car for Juri Vips.

F2 confirmed in a short statement on social media during the session that Williams Formula 1 junior driver Ticktum was absent due to an inconclusive COVID-19 test result.

“Following an inconclusive COVID-19 test result DAMS F2 driver Dan Ticktum will not take part in today’s practice while he awaits the result of a re-test,” the statement read.

It left Ticktum on the sidelines for F2 practice, but the British driver will return to the track for qualifying after returning a negative result on a re-test.

“We can confirm that DAMS F2 driver Dan Ticktum’s re-test

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FIA cancels remaining 2020 historic championships due to COVID-19 – Historics

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The FIA has decided to cancel all its remaining historic motor sport championships for 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues across European countries.

The 2020 editions of the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship, FIA Masters Historic Formula One and Sports Car Championships, as well as FIA Historic Formula 3 European Cup, have all been cancelled.

“The F3 Cup was planned to be a one-off event at the Zandvoort Historic GP (September 4-6) while the other three championships all had a planned calendar of rounds over the next three months.

Today’s FIA statement said: “The direct consequences of the COVID-19 situation are affecting the historic racing community as the ever-expanding travel restrictions are preventing drivers, the majority of whom are amateurs, from travelling abroad.

“This has meant that the international status of certain events is becoming less relevant from a pure sporting point of view, while for

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Briatore in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19



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Flavio Briatore

Former F1 team boss Flavio Briatore has been hospitalised in Italy after testing positive for COVID-19, according to reports.

Autosport are claiming that ‘multiple reports’ have confirmed that Briatore was transferred to the San Raffaele hospital in Milan on Monday due to “complications caused by the virus”.

He is reportedly in a serious condition but hasn’t been placed in intensive care.

Briatore’s Billionaire club in Porto Cervo was closed recently after an outbreak of Coronavirus.

Autosport report that 60 staff members from the club tested positive, while Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was among a group of VIPs who Briatore played a football game with, also tested positive for the virus.

“My heart weeps to see an economy slaughtered by people who have never done anything in their lives,” Briatore recently wrote on Facebook as the Italian authorities move to shut down nightclubs.

Briatore certainly

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Cancelled US Grand Prix had record F1 ticket sales before COVID-19 hit – F1

Ticket sales for the 2020 Formula 1 US GP were significantly up prior to the coronavirus pandemic that forced its cancellation, Circuit of the Americas boss Bobby Epstein has revealed.

Formula 1 finally confirmed today that there will be no races in the Americas this year, with the US, Canadian, Brazilian and Mexican events all officially cancelled.

It follows the decision by MotoGP promoter Dorna Sport earlier this month to cancel its Americas Grand Prix, which was scheduled for November.

Texas has been hit particularly hard by the virus in recent weeks, and in addition there were commercial issues, with the cost of freight proving prohibitively high should Austin have ended up as a standalone race.

COTA noted in a statement today that initial ticket sales for 2020 had been up by 250%, but Epstein said it was looking even better than that before the virus struck.

“That number is

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Melbourne Uber drivers fear for their health as they transport passengers to Covid-19 tests



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Some Melbourne Uber drivers say they are afraid for their health after unknowingly transporting potentially infectious passengers to Covid-19 testing facilities.

Melbourne driver Haran Taneja said he was scared to hold his infant child for days after picking up a rider who suspected she could have Covid-19 and wished to get tested.

“Before we pick up the passenger we don’t know where we are going … When I saw the address I didn’t know there was corona testing there,” he said.

When we were two minutes away she told me ‘I have to get tested for Covid, I have to be tested in your car’, I was really shocked

Uber driver Haran Taneja

“When we were two minutes away she told me ‘I have to get tested for Covid, I have to be tested in your car’, I was really shocked.”

The

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Formula 1 can be proud of COVID-19 protocols after opening races – Masi – F1

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi believes the series can be proud of what it has achieved in the wake of COVID-19 after the opening three races of the season.

Masi was one of the key FIA players, who along with F1 and the teams, created and implemented special protocols that allowed the season to start with two races in Austria and one in Hungary earlier this month.

Protocols have included compulsory mask wearing and social distancing, as well as limited numbers of people in the paddock and on the grid (below).

Out of thousands of tests only two support personnel, who had not been in Austria, tested positive ahead of the Hungarian race but that had no impact on the weekend.

“I think as a sport and as an industry, we should be very proud of what we have achieved over these first three events,” said Masi.

“Considering the

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Quartararo dedicates maiden MotoGP win at Jerez to COVID-19 victims – MotoGP

MotoGP’s newest race winner Fabio Quartararo dedicated his Spanish Grand Prix triumph to everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Petronas SRT Yamaha rider capitalised on an early moment for Marc Marquez and a Maverick Vinales struggling with his front tyre to seize the lead on lap nine of 25 during Sunday’s season-opener.

From there, he built up an unassailable advantage of 4.6 seconds to claim his first MotoGP win at the same track he had his maiden podium snatched from him by mechanical issues last year.

Commenting on his win immediately after the race, the 21-year-old said: “Fucking hell, the best moment of my life for sure.

“You know, it feels so strange to race without the fans.

“And, honestly I would love them to be here to cheer with them, but honestly this race was for them, was for all the people affected by COVID.

“And [it’s] for

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F1 British GP: Perez awaiting COVID-19 retest after inconclusive result – F1

Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez is currently awaiting a COVID-19 retest following an inconclusive result ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Perez was due to be present for the FIA press conference on Thursday afternoon at Silverstone, but the team was only represented by Lance Stroll.

It was confirmed by the press conference MC that Perez was absent as a result of an “inconclusive” test result for COVID-19, and that he was self-isolating while awaiting the result of a second test.

A spokesman for Racing Point revealed that a small number of team members are also self-isolating after being in contact with Perez.

“Checo is not at the circuit today following an inconclusive test result,” he confirmed.

“He is self-isolating awaiting the results of a retest.

Checo came into contact with a small group of team members.

“They are self-isolating and being retested.”

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Leading drivers admit F1 can’t totally prevent COVID-19 risk – F1

Formula 1 faces an impossible task in trying to prevent drivers from avoiding all risks of catching coronavirus, reckon leading figures within the paddock.

With the grand prix circus left in shock by Sergio Perez’s positive COVID-19 test, which came in the wake of a brief trip he made to Mexico between the Hungarian and British Grand Prix, there has been a fresh focus on whether drivers needed to be more isolated between races.

But Sebastian Vettel says there is only so much that the sport’s bosses can do, and it would be impossible for restrictions to be imposed on locking down drivers between grands prix.

“Well, they can’t,” Vettel told Channel 4 about F1 getting stricter in restricting what drivers do.

“I don’t think you can put somebody in a place and lock them up. I don’t know what Sergio did first of all, and second, I hope he’s

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