Romain Grosjean has announced he will be leaving Haas at the end of the season.
Grosjean, 34, has been with the American team since they entered Formula One in 2016.
It is expected that Haas are poised to announce an overhaul of their current driver line-up for 2021, with Grosjean’s teammate Kevin Magnussen also departing.
Frenchman Grosjean has made 175 starts in F1 but the concluding six races of the season are set to be his last in the sport.
“The last chapter is closed and the book is finished,” said Grosjean in a Facebook post ahead of this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix.
“I’ve been with Haas since day one. Five years during which we went through highs and lows, scored 110 points in 92 races, but the journey was worth it. I’ve learned a lot, improved to be a better driver as well as a better man.
“I hope I’ve also helped people in the team to improve themselves. This is probably my biggest pride, more than any of the crazy first races in 2016 or fourth at the Austrian GP 2018. I wish the team all the best for the future.”
Stroll was tested on the Tuesday before the race weekend but not while in Germany.
BBC Sport pressed Szafnauer on the question of why he had not been tested again despite the fact that his symptoms were among those known to be potential indicators of coronavirus.
Szafnauer replied that Stroll had had some of the symptoms over the period between the Russian and Eifel Grands Prix but had tested negative “multiple times”.
He added that Stroll “doesn’t have classic Covid-19 symptoms”, even though fever, fatigue and diarrhoea are listed as three possible symptoms of Covid-19 on the website of the US government’s Centre for Disease Control.
The team did not immediately respond to BBC Sport’s requests for comment on Wednesday.
Stroll’s statement said: “I arrived at the Nurburgring after testing negative in the normal pre-race tests.
“On Saturday morning, I started to feel unwell and woke up with an upset stomach. I followed FIA (Covid) protocol and self-isolated in my motorhome and did not re-enter the paddock.
“I wasn’t fit to race, so I went home early Sunday morning. As I was still feeling under the weather, I took a Covid test on Sunday evening.
“The next day, the results came back positive, so I stayed at home isolating for the next 10 days.”
He said that he was now “feeling 100%”.
Stroll is the second Racing Point driver to contract Covid-19 this year. His team-mate Sergio Perez was forced to miss the two races at Silverstone in the summer after catching the virus following a trip home to Mexico to see his mother.
A young Adelaide woman charged over a street race that killed the sister of Socceroos player Awer Mabil has suffered a physical attack and been ostracised by her community and church, the District Court has heard.
Alakiir Kelei Deng was driving one of two cars involved in the fatal crash
She pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving
“Her vehicle is known to have collided with the curb in almost the same location that Mr Akol’s did … it was a result of that collision that Ms Mabil suffered traumatic head injuries and died at the scene,” she said.
Deng ‘remorseful’ for fatal street race
Ms O’Donnell said a psychological report gave little insight into the offending and the only explanation for the impromptu street race was youth, inexperience and poor decision-making.
The court heard that Deng was remorseful and not at high risk of reoffending.
Six victim impact statements were read in court, including from the victim’s mother.
“Every day since my child died, I cannot afford to spend 30 minutes without thinking and crying about the death.”
She also outlined the costs she had incurred since her daughter’s death, including for the funeral and to accommodate family and friends who had arrived to pay their respects.
Deng’s lawyer said he accepted the facts laid out by the prosecutor.
He said the accused encouraged Akol, but would not have known he was impaired by alcohol and MDMA.
“It was a poor decision based on the driving conditions at the time.
“She was under circumstances of some heightened stress. Noises in the car, flashing high beams, rapid approach of Mr Akol from behind.”
“She made the poor decision to try to remain in front rather than pull-over … as a result of her youth and inexperience and excitement in the moment.”
Accused abused over Facebook
Deng’s lawyer also outlined how Ms Deng had been outcast from her community and church since the incident.
“She received abuse on Facebook and people stopped visiting her home,” he said.
Judge Michael Boylan said he might order a home detention report but Deng should not “get her hopes up about that”.
Twenty of those hours would be spent on the bus, with the group planning to leave AAMI Park in Melbourne at 4am on Sunday and spending just four hours at ANZ Stadium at Homebush before travelling home.
In their application for the exemption, the group outlined that all supporters will test for COVID-19 within two days prior to the trip and will be subject to regular temperature checks.
The group is hoping to make one stop at Barnawartha on the Victorian side of the border, depending on whether they are able to get a clearance from the Dan Andrews’ government, before driving to ANZ Stadium, where they would be seated in an isolated bay.
Mr Tomlin says he has been in contact with NSW’s Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant and Health Minister Brad Hazzard’s office to find out whether the idea would be possible.
“I’m realistic that this is a huge feat and it’s very unlikely it will happen,” he said. “But at least I won’t be thinking I should have been there, there’s something I should have done, there’s something I could have done. There’s no questions left unanswered,” he said.
“I’ve got to the highest level of government in NSW to make an authoritative decision … therefore I can just sit back and enjoy the game.”
Mr Tomlin said he has also been in touch with the NRL and ANZ Stadium officials.
The NRL said they would “require time to consult with its various stakeholders” if the plan was approved by the government.
“We don’t want to be jeopardising anyone health,” Mr Tomlin said. “If we got approval – I would honestly cry.”
Mr Tomlin has a coach company on standby for the trip.
Mr Tomlin is an administrator of the Storm Active Supporters fan Facebook group and said he has received expressions of interest from almost 400 fans.
“There are so many people keen to go,” he said. “I love when someone says to me you won’t get this off the ground, this isn’t going to happen you’re wasting your time because it just drives me so much more.”
A spokesman for NSW Health said the border restrictions with Victoria were a “necessary measure” to protect the community.
“NSW Health does not comment on individual cases due to privacy. However, in relation to requests for exemptions from quarantine to attend the NRL grand final, no such exemptions have been provided.”
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Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.
A primary school bus driver in Western Australia’s South West region has been charged with allegedly blindfolding a 14-year-old girl, driving her somewhere and sexually assaulting her twice.
The 51-year-old man was working as a primary school bus driver
He allegedly arranged to meet the girl on a messaging app
The school’s principal said the charges did not relate to his work
The principal of a primary school in WA’s South West has told parents sex charges laid against a bus driver did not relate to his work.
Cleve Maynard Pain has appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court charged with assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
It is alleged the 51-year-old met the teenager online via an instant messaging app and arranged to meet her in person.
He allegedly met her earlier this month and blindfolded her before driving her to a location where he sexually assaulted her.
Police say he blindfolded her again and drove her back to where he collected her.
He has been charged with two counts of sexual penetration of a child over 13 and under 16, one count of intent to expose a child to indecent material and one count of possessing child exploitation material.
Parents urged to contact police with any concerns
The WA Education Department has said the man drove a bus for one public primary school, not a high school.
The ABC understands the principal of the primary school has written to parents saying “It is understood the charges do not relate to his duties as a bus driver”.
The principal said, “I understand this news may be concerning to families and as such, when available, I will provide as much information as I am able to.
“If you have concerns about your child, you may wish to contact WA Police directly”.
A replacement driver was arranged so there would not be an impact on the service.
Police say their investigation is ongoing.
Cleve Maynard Pain is due to appear in court again on October 26.
Richard Pusey, the Porsche driver who pleaded not guilty to charges over a crash which killed four police officers on a Melbourne freeway, has been released on bail.
Mr Pusey has been in custody for close to six months, after he was arrested following the crash in April.
He faces 11 charges, including reckless conduct endangering life, possessing a drug of dependence and outraging public decency and was earlier this week committed to stand trial in Victoria’s County Court.
Mr Pusey may not face trial until late 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused major delays in the processing of cases in Victoria’s justice system.
Police had opposed Mr Pusey’s bail application, with a member of the Homicide Squad describing the 42-year-old as “a manipulative, controlling man” who “picks and chooses which laws he wishes to follow”.
On April 22, Mr Pusey was pulled over by Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and First Constable Glen Humphris for allegedly driving his Porsche at 149 kilometres per hour on the Eastern Freeway.
Two other officers — Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Joshua Prestney — arrived at the scene and were standing in an emergency lane when a truck veered into the lane, killing all four officers.
The truck’s driver, Mohinder Singh, has been charged over the officers’ deaths.
Kyly Clarke has moved on from the demise of her seven-year marriage to former Australian Test cricket captain Michael Clarke, reigniting an old flame.
Clarke, who’s maiden name is Boldy, has reportedly sparked up a relationship with V8 Supercars driver James Courtney after she and the driver were spotted “kissing passionately” trackside at Bathurst on Thursday according to The Daily Telegraph.
“After living apart for some time, we have made the difficult decision to separate as a couple, amicably,” the statement read.
“With the greatest of respect for each other, we’ve come to the mutual conclusion that this is the best course for us to take while committed to the co-parenting of our daughter.”
The pair have a four-year-old daughter, Kelsey-Lee. The pair went on Channel 9’s A Current Affair last year revealing a health scare for their daughter when she suffered a serious asthma attack.
The pair co-parent Kelsey-Lee, with Michael revealing to Kyle and Jackie O in July that when he was looking after her and she wanted to see her mum, the former cricket star drove over to her house and the trio hung out together.
“It’s probably easier to do when your child’s so young but I would hope that’s mine and Kyly’s relationship forever,” he said. “That our daughter is No. 1, we keep our friendship strong and we do what’s best for her.
“There’s always other people involved. There’s families, there’s friends, if there’s a new person there’s that as well so you’re trying to stay respectful to everyone. It’s easier said than done.”