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Lates F1 news – Formula 1
Perez tests positive for COVID-19
Sergio Perez will miss the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend after testing positive for COVID-19.
Racing Point confirmed the situation on Thursday. Perez is self-isolating away from the famous British circuit.
Perez took a private plane to Mexico after the Hungarian Grand Prix. He visited his mother, who was recovering from a big accident. He says he followed FIA protocols during the trip.
The team says the Mexican is physically well and in good spirits. Perez hopes to return for the second race at Silverstone next week. Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer says there was "no issue" with the trip.
Racing Point is still racing two cars this weekend, with Nico Hulkenberg replacing Perez in the No. 27 car. The car remains competitive, with Lance Stroll topping the charts in second practice at Silverstone.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen was top during first practice.
Norris to wear helmet designed by 6-year-old
McLaren driver Lando Norris will wear a new, unique helmet for the British Grand Prix.
Norris held an open competition allowing fans to design his helmet for his home race. Six-year-old Eva Muttram came up with the winning design, featuring Norris’ name and a car in McLaren’s famous orange and blue colours.
Norris says the design reminds him of drawings he did as a child. He announced the winner on Twitter.
In other news, McLaren and Mercedes are both trialing new parts at the British Grand Prix. McLaren are testing new aero, while Mercedes equipped Lewis Hamilton's car with a new MGU-K unit to ease reliability concerns.
Hamilton, Grosjean spoke at length over anti-racism protests
Lewis Hamilton says he and Haas driver Romain Grosjean have cleared the air following a misunderstanding over anti-racism protests in F1.
After the Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton said Grosjean (a director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association) shared the opinion of other drivers who believed there was no need for the sport to continue with scheduled anti-racism protests before races.
Grosjean said he spoke with Hamilton on the phone for 45 minutes after the race. The Frenchman admitted he approached the topic the wrong way but simply wanted to represent other drivers who were not happy for protests to continue.
Hamilton praised Grosjean’s response ahead of the British Grand Prix, saying he was “impressed” with their conversation and that he had learned a lot.
Mercedes driver Hamilton has been outspoken and supportive of anti-racism protests, following the recent Black Lives Matter movement. The six-time world champion is the only black driver on the grid. He has called on F1 to do more to bridge the gap of inequality in the sport.
In other F1 news, Hamilton says he sees himself racing in Formula 1 for at least another three years. The Briton is on course to break Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles and 91 race wins.
Latest NASCAR news
Jimmie Johnson finally tests IndyCar
NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson finally drove an IndyCar this week – and can’t wait for more!
The seven-time NASCAR Cup champion fulfilled his childhood dream, testing an IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing.
Johnson twice saw IndyCar tests cancelled earlier this year. A first test with McLaren was postponed due to the global pandemic, before Johnson’s own positive COVID-19 test pushed back the session with Chip Ganassi Racing.
Johnson described the test, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as being like “the first day of school.”
He twice spun the car during testing but had five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon on hand for coaching. Johnson still hopes to enter IndyCar races in 2021.
No fans at Dover races
Dover International Speedway has had a request to allow a limited number of fans in to watch upcoming NASCAR events denied.
NASCAR hosts the Drydene 311 Xfinity and Cup Series races at the circuit on August 22-23.
However, Delaware state officials have denied the request for fan attendance in the interest of public health and safety.
Latest IMSA news
IMSA gears up for Road America return
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns in front of limited spectators at Road America this weekend.
A 32-car field heads to the Wisconsin track, with the weekend action culminating in a two-hour-40-minute feature race on Sunday.
In the DPi class, Acura Team Penske has told its drivers to start looking for other options in 2021. Acura and Team Penske are parting ways at the end of the season following a three-year partnership.
Latest Formula E news
Worker dies after Tempelhof incident
A construction worker has died during the build of the Formula E circuit at Germany’s Tempelhof Airport, it has been reported.
A report on motorsport.com says the incident happened this week. The nature of the incident is not known at this stage.
Jaguar driver to miss Berlin races?
News that Jaguar Formula E driver James Calado may miss part of Formula E’s six-race finale in Berlin.
The driver, who is being replaced by Sam Bird at the team next season, is likely to suffer a schedule mishap.
Calado is due to drive for Ferrari in the GTE class of the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa on August 15. Practice for the event takes place on August 13, the same day as the final Formula E race at Tempelhof.
Caladao could also miss the preceding Formula E race on August 12. Jaguar reserve driver Tom Blomqvist is in the frame to replace him.
Mercedes launch new livery for Berlin
The Mercedes-Benz EQ team will adopt a special all-black livery for the season finale.
The usually-Silver Arrows will feature the new look to make a stand against racism and discrimination. The slogan ‘End Racism’ will appear on both Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries’ cars.
The move follows that of the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team earlier this month, ahead of the start of the 2020 Formula 1 season.
Latest car news
Lamborghini launches new track-only Essenza SCV12
Lamborghini revealed its stunning new Essenza SCV12 hypercar this week.
The track-only monster features the most powerful V12 ever built by the Italian marque. Lamborghini are only making 40 units, all built exclusively for the racetrack. Squadra Corse developed the car and Lamborghini’s Centro Stile designed the SCV12.
The Essenza SCV12 pushes out an incredible 830 bhp and has a carbon fiber body, as well as a unique aerodynamics system.