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Lewis Hamilton has hit out at a social media troll who attacked Sky Sports’ appointment of ex-W Series racer Naomi Schiff. However, Hamilton came to her defence as he warned Schiff had been a “great asset” on screen.
He said: “Naomi is an ex-professional racing driver & totally qualified to give her opinion as part of the Sky team.” Meanwhile, Ryanair has blasted Charles Leclerc after the Ferrari star missed his flight to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Ryanair Twitter account replied to Leclerc’s message about missing his flight in a hilarious exchange. They said: “He’s a 5, but he doesn’t fly a private jet. He’s a 10 for us.”
Finally, F1 has struck a new deal with the Australian Grand Prix rewarded with a 10-year extension. It means the race will remain at the Melbourne street circuit until at least 2035, extending its stay to almost 40 years.
There was some competition for a race in Sydney but Melbourne was retained because of the commercial deal available.
Daniel Riccardo has defended Lewis Hamilton after Christian Horner claimed Mercedes had asked him to b**** about their bouncing issues at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
He also claimed the bouncing would likely be discussed in the drivers’ briefing ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
He said: “There was talk about Lewis after the race. I saw some of his on-boards, I saw pictures of him getting out of the car and stretching his back, and he wasn’t exaggerating.
“It really was uncomfortable.”
Mercedes engineer James Vowles has revealed why Lewis Hamilton’s seat went cold during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
He said: “I didn’t have an answer until I spent a few minutes with Lewis earlier to actually ask him.
“What happened is: nothing really had changed in the car, it just looks like after the amount of pummelling his back had taken from the bouncing.”
Damon Hill has warned Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s reliability issues could throw a lifeline to Ferrari in the title battle.
Charles Leclerc was forced out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix opn Sunday while Verstappen won, opening up a more than 30 point defecit between the pair.
However, Hill has stressed Red Bull still face reliabity concerns of their own after suffering two retirements already this season. READ MORE
Toto Wolff has said Mercedes are working “flat out” to get back on terms with Ferrari and Red Bull and vowed the team would be back competing soon.
Mercedes are now the third-fastest car on the grid but Wolff said he believes the fight is there to find solutions to their issues.
He said: “We’re working flat out to close that gap. But with an underperforming package, I loved seeing the fight in the team to pull together and get us the best result possible with the tools at hand.
“That spirit will bring us back competing at the front.”
Christian Horner has warned Ferarri have ‘dominated’ during qualifying sessions this season with Red Bull only capitalising on errors.
Charles Leclerc picked up his fourth straight pole in Azerbaijan but he has failed to convert any into race wins.
Horner said: “I think pace-wise, Ferrari have been quick and certainly on Saturdays they have dominated, but we have capitalised on their misfortune.”
George Russell has been told his target is only to finish races and keep learning despite beating Lewis Hamilton for most of the season.
The former Williams man has beaten Hamilton in every race bar one this season but the team have stressed he should only be focussing on his development.
Mercedes strategist James Vowles said: “To define George’s goal for the remainder of the season is making sure that we have no mistakes, he keeps the car finishing at the end of the race.
“He builds on his knowledge and his learning and as the car performance increases he also has the opportunity to fight for podiums on merit and wins.”
Lewis Hamilton has defended Naomi Schiff after the new Sky Sports reporter was attacked on social media.
Her credentials for her involvemnt on Sky Sports coverage was questioned as Schiff has never raced in the top-tier of the sport.
However, Hamilton hit back, adding: “Naomi is an ex-professional racing driver & totally qualified to give her opinion as part of the Sky team.
“She’s been a great asset since joining & we should welcome more representative broadcasting with open arms. Still have a long way to go to change these attitudes in sport.”
Charles Leclerc has been slammed by Ryanair after the Ferrari star missed his plane.
The Ryanair Twitter accout posted: “He’s a five, but he doesn’t fly a private jet. He’s a 10 for us.”
Fans praised Ryanair for their personality, with one adding: “Ryanair and F1 related tweets are things I didn’t know I needed.”
F1 has signed a 10-year extension with the Australian Grand Prix to keep the race on the calendar until 2035.
There was some opposition from Sydney to host the race but Melbourne’s commercial terms saw the venue win over.
It comes a year after tarck bosses redesigned the layout in a bid to improve the racing on the parkland street circuit.
F1 boss Stefano Domenicali said: “The race has always been a favourite for the fans, drivers and the teams, and Melbourne is an incredible and vibrant international city that is a perfect match for our sport.
“This year we saw huge crowds and passionate fans at the Grand Prix, and we are very excited by the future in Australia as our sport continues to grow.”
Ferrari are throwing away their chance to compete for the F1 title, warns former F1 driver Giedo van der Garde.
Analysing the opening part of the season, he said: “At Ferrari, they just screw up.”
He also criticised Carlos Sainz, warning he was striuggling in the fight with Charles Leclerc.
He said: “I also think he is putting too much pressure on himself by wanting to beat Leclerc.”
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