F1 2020 News: Turkish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton, Contract, Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas, Retirement


Eleven days after hinting that he may retire, an enigmatic Lewis Hamilton on Thursday declared he was planning to carry on leading Mercedes’ assault on the Formula One record books next year.

But, he added, almost teasingly, that “nothing is set in stone”.

Hamilton was speaking on the eve of opening practice for this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix in which he can draw level with Michael Schumacher as a seven-time world champion.

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F1 2020, Turkish Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, McLaren, practice 1, 2, standings, pay, Mercedes


Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he would drive for free if it meant getting behind the wheel of Mercedes’ seven-time world title-winning car.

Ricciardo is currently fourth in the driver standings and in the form of his life as he has propelled Renault almost single-handedly into third in the constructor championship as he prepares to move on to McLaren for next season.

Despite outscoring both McLaren drivers and Renault sitting a few points above its rivals on the standings, Ricciardo is switching teams after being forced to make a decision before seeing either cars race in 2020 due to COVID-19.

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Daniel Ricciardo revealed he was “just glad I made it” after a dicey qualifying session at the Turkish Grand Prix overnight.

The Aussie will start Sunday evening’s (AEDT) race in Istanbul from P5 on the grid after Lance Stroll took his maiden pole in a shock ending to a red flag-dominated qualifying session.

There were numerous spins as the session was red flagged twice, putting into doubt whether the rest of the session would even be able to be completed.

It was already a tough track to negotiate on Friday’s practice sessions because the newly-laid tarmac made it feel like an “ice rink” as the drivers struggled to get any sort of grip.

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Sebastian Vettel saluted his friend and rival Lewis Hamilton as the “greatest driver of our era” on Sunday after the Briton sealed his seventh world title at the Turkish Grand Prix.

The four-time world champion Ferrari driver admitted that, emotionally, he still regarded Michael Schumacher as the greatest, but hailed Hamilton’s feat in equalling his fellow-German’s record of championships.

Vettel made sure he was the first person to go and shake Hamilton’s hand to congratulate him on his acheivement, saying “you have made history” as their 12-year rivalry at the front of the grid looks set to end.

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F1 news 2020: Daniel Ricciardo complains about ‘robbery’ Turkish GP, Lewis Hamilton record, drivers fume


Daniel Ricciardo has become the latest driver to weigh in after a host of F1 stars complained about how last weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix played out.

Lance Stroll, Max Verstappen and George Russell were among those left scratching their heads after a late resurfacing of the track saw plenty of drivers struggle with their grip, leading to plenty of spins and slides.

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The problem was evident in qualifying and when the rain tumbled down during the main event, conditions became even worse, leading to a chaotic race as drivers slipped up and down the grid.

Lewis Hamilton sealed a seventh world championship by coming from sixth to win the race, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and pole-sitter Stroll weren’t so unfortunate. A maiden F1 victory fell out of Stroll’s grasp when he lost pace with a change of tyres, and Leclerc dropped off the podium altogether after locking up on the final lap.



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Daniel Ricciardo complains about ‘robbery’ Turkish GP, Lewis Hamilton record, drivers fume


Daniel Ricciardo has become the latest driver to weigh in after a host of F1 stars complained about how last weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix played out.

Lance Stroll, Max Verstappen and George Russell were among those left scratching their heads after a late resurfacing of the track saw plenty of drivers struggle with their grip, leading to plenty of spins and slides.

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The problem was evident in qualifying and when the rain tumbled down during the main event, conditions became even worse, leading to a chaotic race as drivers slipped up and down the grid.

Lewis Hamilton sealed a seventh world championship by coming from sixth to win the race, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and pole-sitter Stroll weren’t so unfortunate. A maiden F1 victory fell out of Stroll’s grasp when he lost pace with a change of tyres, and Leclerc dropped off the podium altogether after locking up on the final lap.

Ricciardo, who finished 10th in Istanbul, was no fan of the Turkish track and said it’s counterintuitive to have the fastest cars in the world hampered by conditions that aren’t suited to express pace.

“This is not the answer,” Ricciardo said when asked if any lessons could be taken away from the weekend.

“Look, don’t get me wrong, and I knew everyone sitting on the couch had a fun and exciting one to watch, but to be honest, I don’t know if we learn anything from this weekend.

“We’ll probably never come to a situation like it again with this level of group. I think as well when teams are spending so much money developing cars and putting all the knowledge into designing the fastest race cars in the world, not being able to use them … if it was all the time, it would feel like a robbery.

“It’s like, why are we putting so much into these cars if we can’t actually push the limits?”

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Williams rookie Nicholas Latifi is learning the hard way how tough life can be at the top, saying the Turkish GP presented him with the most difficult conditions he’s ever faced in his life.

In his debut season of F1, Latifi — who failed to finish the race — said there was “no doubt” Istanbul presented his biggest ever challenge.

“I mean I’ve already had some very, very tricky ones this year, Budapest being one of them where I drove the whole race with a very badly damaged car, and this took the cake really,” Latifi said, per the official F1 website.

“I’m sure most drivers would say the same.

“The low grip — to a certain extent it’s fun. FP1, once you realise how it’s going to be and wrap your head around, ‘OK there’s low grip, it’s going to be how it’s going to be’, you can have fun with it, but at some point you do expect the track to rubber in, at a certain standard to be able to go racing.

“The fact the rain made it 100 times worse, I’m surprised. I was expecting the rain to make it relatively better than how low grip it was in the dry, but it was just undriveable.

“Definitely the hardest conditions I’ve had to drive in my life, not just F1, just staying on track.

“I’m sure most drivers will say they are better for the experience of getting to drift a Formula 1 car around every lap and corner, but just frustrated with the whole outcome.”



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F1 2020, Turkish Grand Prix results, Lewis Hamilton, world champion, Michael Schumacher, prediction, record, latest news, health update


Lewis Hamilton realised his dreams in Turkey overnight as he became a seven-time Formula 1 world champion, equalling the record set by Michael Schumacher.

He did it in style, coming from sixth on the grid to overhaul the huge lead generated by the Racing Point duo of Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez in the wet and gripless conditions in Istanbul.

Earlier this season he surpassed Schumacher’s record of 91 wins and he extended that to 94 on the way to claiming his seventh world title.

He also has the most poles with 97, the most podiums with 163 and the most points with 3728.

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F1 2020, news: Lewis Hamilton Mercedes contract talks to begin with Toto Wolff, value, updates, Turkish Grand Prix, Bahrain GP


With just weeks left on his Mercedes contract, Lewis Hamilton is ready to sit down with team boss Toto Wolff to settle on a new mega money deal extending his involvement in Formula One.

Hamilton is one of the last drivers on the grid to not have his 2021 F1 plans set in stone having held out on negotiating while chasing his seventh world championship, which was sewn up in Turkey on the weekend.

The Briton has kept Mercedes waiting over contract talks — normally completed by September — fuelling speculation earlier in the year he could be ready to call it quits.

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F1 2020: Lewis Hamilton seven-time world champion, Turkish Grand Prix, Contract, Mercedes, Toto Wolff, Soup, Wine


Lewis Hamilton will celebrate making Formula One history on Sunday in surprising fashion.

The newly-crowned seven-time drivers’ world champion may be Britain’s richest sportsperson with a net worth reported by The Sunday Times of 224 million pounds ($A406 million).

Yet after winning the Turkish Grand Prix he said he had become used to the strict coronavirus protocols that required him to adopt a quiet, no-frills lifestyle.

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