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Formula One season starts Sunday, four months late and in a different world

'We actually don’t even know the amount of races we are going to do'

Four months after the opening race was called off at the last minute, the Formula One season finally gets underway this weekend on another continent and in a different-looking world. There will be no fans on hand at the remote Spielberg track in Austria, with the coronavirus still creating uncertainty over how many races can actually be held — and where. Defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been an outspoken supporter of the movement and will be competing in an all-black Mercedes car — ins

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Ford joins social media advertising boycott to protest hate speech

Trying to get Facebook, Twitter, et al, to police their worst content

For years, social media platforms have fueled political polarization and hosted an explosion of hate speech. What's not yet clear is whether this action is too little, too late — nor whether the pressure on these companies, including a growing advertiser boycott, will be enough to produce lasting change. Reddit, an online comment forum that is one of the world's most popular websites, on Monday banned a forum that supported President-Donald Trump as part of a crackdown on hate speech.

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Mercedes F1 team to field black cars, not silver, to mark Black Lives Matter

'We wish to use our voice and our global platform to speak up for respect and equality'

Formula One starts its season in Austria this week, nearly four months later than planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic and against a very different backdrop even if Lewis Hamilton's targets remain the same. The six times world champion can equal Ferrari great Michael Schumacher's record seven while his Mercedes team are bidding for an unprecedented seventh successive drivers' and constructors' title double. "We are preparing the best way we can for what is going to be the most difficult season

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Bubba Wallace debriefs in interviews, defends crew member who spotted noose

Crewman 'walked up and down the garages to make sure he wasn't overreacting'

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Noose in NASCAR pit garage had been there for months, FBI concludes

It was a coincidence Bubba Wallace got assigned that stall

The noose found hanging in Bubba Wallace's garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway had been there since at least last October, federal authorities said Tuesday in announcing there will be no charges filed in an incident that rocked NASCAR and its only fulltime Black driver. U.S. Attorney Jay Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. said its investigation determined “although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would b

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Man wronged in past by police saves officer from burning car

“I thought, ‘This guy deserves to make it home safely to his family’"

Daylan McLee thought for a minute it might have been a small earthquake until a relative came running inside to say there had been a car crash involving a police cruiser outside the apartment in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh. McLee ran outside and pulled an officer from the mangled patrol car as flames began to spread into the cabin. Police officials and others have credited McLee with saving the officer's life after the Sunday evening crash.

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F1 announces initiative aimed at tackling racism and inequality

And Lewis Hamilton sets up a commission to increase diversity in motorsports

Formula One announced an initiative on Monday aimed at tackling racism and encouraging more diversity within the series. F1 said in a statement that “We Race As One” will also address issues surrounding inequality, sustainability and the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to four F1 races being canceled and delayed the season's start from mid-March to July. “We want our restart to show that as a sporting community we stand united against racism and we will do more to address inequality and di

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Alex Zanardi stable but in serious condition after handbike crash

'The neurological picture remains serious'

The condition of former Formula One driver and twice Champ Car champion Alex Zanardi remained stable but serious, a hospital statement said on Monday, after he suffered severe head injuries in a road accident while racing his handbike in Italy on Friday. "The third night of hospitalisation in intensive care has passed without variations," said the Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena. "The clinical conditions therefore remain unchanged in the cardio-respiratory and metabolic parameters wh

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FBI investigating noose as NASCAR drivers and crews unite behind Bubba Wallace

Richard Petty: 'This filthy act serves as a reminder of how far we still have to go'

Federal authorities on Monday confirmed they are investigating the discovery of a noose found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's only Black full-time driver who successfully pushed the stock car series to ban the Confederate flag at its venues earlier this month. At Wallace's urging, it went ahead with the ban as the nation grapples with social unrest largely tied to George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police. NASC

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The first Black-owned car company was C. R. Patterson and Sons

Charles Patterson freed himself from slavery and built C.R. Patterson and Sons from the ground up

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Detroit automakers observing 8:46 of silence to mark Juneteenth

Autoblog asked automakers about their efforts to boost racial equality

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GM to observe a production pause, 8:46 of silence on Juneteenth

'Our aim is to be the world's most inclusive company'

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W Series champion Jamie Chadwick moving up to Regional F3

'The stars all started to align'

Jamie Chadwick, the first champion of the all-female W Series, may not be back to defend her title next year after securing a coveted seat in the Regional European Formula Three championship. The 22-year-old Briton announced on Tuesday she is moving up the motorsport ladder and taking on the men by joining top Italy-based team Prema. The team's current F2 roster includes Michael Schumacher's son Mick.

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Vicki Wood, pioneering and record-breaking race driver, dies at 101

She hit 150 on the sand at Daytona and beat most men, sometimes in heels and a skirt

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NASCAR'S Bubba Wallace reflects on a dramatic week, and finding his voice

'We are much more than just drivers who drive a race car. We are ambassadors'

Bubba Wallace can count Spike Lee and Demi Lovato in his corner since he became the leader of NASCAR’s push for change. Wallace is the only black full-time driver at NASCAR's top level and has had to scrap for sponsorship money his entire career. Since he has taken a prominent role as an activist — successfully calling on NASCAR to ban Confederate flags at its events and leading the conversation among his peers about racial equality — the only new friends Wallace has are celebrities and fans.

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NASCAR's Confederate flag ban — now comes the hard part

'If we see something displayed at the track, we’re going to have react, and we will'

NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate flag from its races and venues grabbed headlines and stars like actress Reese Witherspoon and New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara were quick to praise the stock car series for ridding itself of a symbol long associated with slavery and racism. In a matter of days, NASCAR will be faced with a daunting question: How to enforce the ban at its sprawling, rowdy tracks once fans are allowed back in and campers start setting up their RVs for race weeke

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Rivian poaches former GM engineer Alex Archer

Startups continue to attract talent from the Detroit 3

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VW board apologizes for racist ad

'We rightly stand accused of a lack of intercultural sensitivity here'

Volkswagen's management board on Thursday apologised for the company's publication on its Instagram page of a racist advert and said the clip was published because of a lack of cultural sensitivity rather than because of racist intentions. "Also on behalf of the Board of Management, I would like to formally apologise for hurting people as a result of a lack of intercultural sensitivity," Werner said. In the clip, a black man is depicted next to a new VW Golf, being pushed around by an oversize

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