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George Floyd death: Lewis Hamilton blasts fellow Formula 1 stars for ‘staying silent in the midst of injustice’

Lewis Hamilton, the six-time Formula 1 world champion, has blasted his fellow employees for refusing to speak out following the death of George Floyd in the United States.

Mr Floyd died last month, aged 46, while being pinned to the ground by a police officer, who placed his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes.

The police officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with murder and widespread riots have flared across the US in response to Mr Floyd’s death.


Protests have spread throughout America in the wake of Mr Floyd’s death while in police custody

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Sports stars have similarly shown their support for the #BlackLivesMatter campaign, with Jadon Sancho, the England forward, showing off a T-shirt with the slogan ‘Justice for George Floyd’ after he scored the first goal of what proved to be a hat-trick in Borussia Dortmund’s 6-1 defeat of Paderborn.

F1 star Hamilton also spoke out on Mr Floyd’s death and the ongoing protests in the US, while he also had criticism of those in the paddock who have not made their voices heard ‘in the midst of injustice’.

“I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest of stars yet you stay silent in the midst of injustice,” wrote Hamilton on Instagram. “Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white-dominated sport.

“I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. Just know I know who you are, and I see you.”

He added: “I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but those who are protesting peacefully,” Hamilton wrote.


Hamilton shared the following message on Instagram, hitting out at his fellow F1 employees

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He also spoke out about the ongoing protests which began in the wake of Mr Floyd’s death

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“There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change. This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over.”

“The way minorities are treated has to change, [and] how you educate those in your country of equality, racism, classism and that we are all the same. We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.”

The aforementioned Sancho, who was booked for removing his Dortmund shirt to reveal the slogan on his T-shirt, was part of the England squad that was subjected to sickening racist abuse in last year’s Euro 2020 qualifiers in Montenegro and Bulgaria.

He similarly posted on Instagram: “Solid performance from the team!!

“Delighted to get my first career hat trick, a bittersweet moment personally as there are more important things going on in the world today that we must address and help make a change.


Sancho showed off his ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message after scoring for Borussia Dortmund

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“We shouldn’t fear speaking out for what’s right, we have to come together as one & fight for justice. We are stronger together! #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd”

His Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi also revealed a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message by lifting up his top after scoring.

“Together we will defeat racism! Justice,” the Morocco international, who is on loan from Real Madrid, said on his Twitter account.



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Nick Kyrgios says he sleeps with fans ‘weekly’ and reveals he became infatuated by a ‘hot girl’ in crowd during match against Roger Federer

Love him or hate him, Nick Kyrgios is the undoubtedly the most box office player in tennis at the moment.

Whether it’s his hot-headedness on the tennis court or bashing reporters in the pressers, the Aussie never shies too far away from the headlines.


Kyrgios will be the first to admit he has no filter

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And this was the case again on Saturday morning after he revealed he gets romantically involved with fans on a ‘weekly’ basis.

Speaking to fans during a Q&A while streaming hit video-game Fornite, Kyrgios explained he regularly forms sexual relationships with fans.

He said: “In all seriousness if I’m not seeing someone it’s like a weekly thing.”

The Australian also reminisced about a time he became infatuated by a ‘really hot chick in the crowd’ during a match with Roger Federer.

“I was slicing up Fed and was like ‘damn,’ I wanted to take her out for a drink,” he added.

Continuing to discuss his romantic life, Kyrgios added that he’s particularly enamored with Eastern European women.

In another confession about his romantic life, the 25-year-old revealed that Eastern European women tickle his fancy.

He said: “Eastern Europeans just have my heart on the get-go. [Around] tall Eastern Europeans I’m just like, ‘take half my earnings.’”

Despite being one of the most talented players in the world, Kyrgios’ attitude often lets him down and he has yet to win a major championship.



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When will tennis return? Wimbledon has been cancelled as ATP Tour hope to restart in August

The world of tennis has been put on hold as the sport continues to be gripped by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 calendar has been halted with no action since the beginning of March.

Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin claimed glory at the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in January but the other Majors are in doubt.

The world tours are on hiatus and there are many questions to be asked.


The 2020 Wimbledon tournament has been cancelled

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When will F1 return? Lewis Hamilton set to begin title defence in Austria amid major doubts over British Grand Prix

The new Formula One season is yet to get under way as the sport battles the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton won his sixth F1 Championship last season, claiming glory in 11 races to romp to the title.

But the defence of his crown has been put on hold as the world of racing tries to deal with the virus.

The 2020 campaign was supposed to start on March 15 with the Australian Grand Prix but that had to be cancelled and no action has taken place since.

There are plenty of questions surrounding the sport and when it will finally get going.


Lewis Hamilton is yet to begin the defence of his Formula One title

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Formula 1: Carlos Sainz to replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari as Daniel Ricciardo agrees McLaren move

Ferrari have announced that Carlos Sainz will race for them from 2021 as the replacement for Sebastian Vettel, who will leave the Italian team at the end of the season.

Sainz, 25, will join from McClaren to replace Vettel, who announced earlier this week he will depart Ferrari when his deal expires.


Sainz will race alongside Charles Leclerc from next season following his final year with McLaren and Lando Norris

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The Spaniard, who finished sixth in the 2019 drivers’ championship – one place behind Vettel – said: “I am very happy that I will be driving for Scuderia Ferrari in 2021 and I’m excited about my future with the team.

“I still have an important year ahead with McLaren Racing and I’m really looking forward to going racing again with them this season.”

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto added: “I’m pleased to announce that Carlos will join Scuderia Ferrari as from the 2021 championship.

“With five seasons already behind him, Carlos has proved to be very talented and has shown that he has the technical ability and the right attributes to make him an ideal fit with our family.

“We’ve embarked on a new cycle with the aim of getting back to the top in Formula 1.

“It will be a long journey, not without its difficulties, especially given the current financial and regulatory situation, which is undergoing a sudden change and will require this challenge to be tackled in a different way to the recent past.

Formula 1: Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of season after contract talks break down

Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season, it has been confirmed.

Vettel, the four-time world champion, had been in contract talks with Ferrari over the past few weeks, but discussions have broken down and the decision has been made from both parties to separate at the end of the year.


Vettel won four world championships driving for Red Bull but he’s failed to replicate that success since joining Ferrari

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“Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow and Sebastian Vettel have jointly decided not to extend the current contract covering Sebastian’s services as a driver with the team, beyond its current expiry date of the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season,” read a Ferrari statement on Tuesday morning.

The 32-year-old German joined Ferrari in 2015 having won four consecutive world championships between 2010 and 2013 with Red Bull.

However, he’s failed to win the title while with the Prancing Horse, finishing second on two occasions and third once.

In 2019 Vettel ended the season in fifth, behind teammate Charles Leclerc, after a tough year for the German as he was usurped by the young Monegasque with a number of flashpoints between the pair throughout the campaign – including a collision in Brazil.


Leclerc and Vettel’s relationship fractured throughout a tough 2019 season for Ferrari

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Mattia Binotto, the Ferrari team principal, said: “This is a decision taken jointly by ourselves and Sebastian, one which both parties feel is for the best. It was not an easy decision to reach, given Sebastian’s worth as a driver and as a person. There was no specific reason that led to this decision, apart from the common and amicable belief that the time had come to go our separate ways in order to reach our respective objectives.

“Sebastian is already part of the Scuderia’s history, with his 14 Grands Prix wins making him the third most successful driver for the team, while he is also the one who has scored the most points with us. In our five years together, he has finished in the top three of the Drivers’ Championship three times, making a significant contribution to the team’s constant presence in the top three of the Constructors’ classification.

When will tennis return? Has Wimbledon been cancelled? What has the ATP Tour said? Will Andy Murray play in 2020?

The world of tennis has been put on hold as the sport continues to be gripped by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 calendar has been halted with no action since the beginning of March.

Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin claimed glory at the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in January but the other Majors are in major doubt.

The world tours are on hiatus and there are many questions to be asked.


The 2020 Wimbledon tournament has been cancelled

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Andy Murray vows to get ‘virtually legless’ and donates winnings to the NHS after winning Madrid Open Virtual Pro

Andy Murray is a lockdown champion after edging out Belgium’s David Goffin in the final of the inaugural Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro.

The Scotsman overcame Goffin on a tiebreak 7-6 on PlayStation game Tennis World Tour in a competition arranged to replace the postponed Madrid Open, which the 32-year-old has won twice in his career.

Murray will be donating half of his £35,000 prize money to the NHS and the other half to the tennis player relief fund, while the charity initiative will donate £43,600 to the Madrid Food Bank to help reduce the social impact of COVID-19.

Posing next to a big bottle of champagne, Murray vowed to get ‘virtually legless’ to celebrate his victory.

“Going to get ‘virtually’ legless celebrating my win online @mutuamadridopen,” he said.

“Hope anyone who watched got some sort of enjoyment out of it in these tough times.”

Former world number one Murray was gifted a route into the showpiece following some bizarre technical glitches in his semi-final against Diego Schwartzman on Thursday afternoon.

The Argentinian unfathomably kept being awarded points, a situation which led Murray to say: “This is madness.”

Schwartzman won a tiebreak – despite the last point being a winner from Murray – but the South American graciously stepped aside.

A tournament statement said: “Due to technical problems with @dieschwartzman’s connection that prevented him from competing normally in his semi-final match, the players have agreed that @andy_murray should progress to the #MMOPEN Virtual Pro final.”



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When will tennis return? Has Wimbledon been cancelled? Will Andy Murray play in 2020?

The world of tennis has been put on hold as the sport continues to be gripped by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 calendar has been halted with no action since the beginning of March.

Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin claimed glory at the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in January but the other Majors are in major doubt.

The world tours are on hiatus and there are many questions to be asked.


The 2020 Wimbledon tournament has been cancelled

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When will F1 return? Is the British Grand Prix still on? Where will Lewis Hamilton begin title defence?

The new Formula One season is yet to get under way as the sport battles the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton won his sixth F1 Championship last season, claiming glory in 11 races to romp to the title.

But the defence of his crown has been put on hold as the world of racing tries to deal with the virus.

The 2020 campaign was supposed to start on March 15 with the Australian Grand Prix but that had to be cancelled and no action has taken place since.

There are plenty of questions surrounding the sport and when it will finally get going.


Lewis Hamilton is yet to begin the defence of his Formula One title

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