More motor racing links of interest:
Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle hopeful of capacity crowd at British Grand Prix (Herlad Scotland)
"A full crowd is still absolutely on the table... Our 70,000 grandstand seats are spread out over three-and-a-half miles."
Ready to Return: AMR21 (Aston Martin)
"While the AMR21’s initial specification is now finalised, the team is already working on upgrade packages to appear early in the 2021 season. Put simply, development never stops, which is why the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula 1 Team began work in January on the 2022 car for Formula One’s technical revolution."
Motorsport UK confirms motorsport will restart in England from 29 March (Motorsport UK)
"This will be very welcome news for our community, which extends from professional drivers and teams, through to the grass roots of the sport with tens of thousands of enthusiasts. Collectively they fuel an industry employing 41,000 people and generating over £10 billion for the economy, so this is a vital step in securing the UK’s future as leaders in motorsport around the world."
Armstrong’s ‘all or nothing’ attitude has readied him for a career-defining campaign (F2)
"The standard is incredibly high. Charles Leclerc dominated GP3 and F2 and that has become the expectation for everybody. I don't know if it is a blessing or a curse to be surrounded by so many influential people, but if you want to get to F1, you have to do something special. That’s what Charles did and its set the bar extremely high."
F3 step up ‘necessary’ for progression, says 15-year-old Crawford (F3)
"It was Red Bull's idea. They felt that I was ready and I definitely agreed with their decision. I was really happy that they felt that way."
Racing into Saudi Arabia: uncomfortable truths facing F1 and electric series (Motorsport Magazine)
"And yet… the stories, the headlines, the global concern still chime all too regularly and loudly. Earlier this month prominent Saudi dissident and women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from prison having spent more than 1,000 days in custody – although it is said the terms of her probation disallow her from talking about her time away, and she is banned from leaving Saudi Arabia."
45 Human Rights and Foreign Policy Organisations Call on Formula 1 Star Lewis Hamilton to Speak Out Against the Saudi Government’s Human Rights Abuses (Common Dreams)
"The letter thanks Hamilton for his dedication to human rights and issues of diversity in Formula 1. Hamilton was a vocal advocate for Black Lives Matter and expressed concern for Bahraini torture victims when the sport travelled to Bahrain in the 2020 season."
LeBron James, Naomi Osaka and Hamilton shortlisted in Laureus Awards after year of athlete activism (CNN)
"Earlier in the year, Hamilton said he was 'completely overcome with rage' after seeing George Floyd's death when a white policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes."
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