Lewis Hamilton would gladly trade a seventh Formula One world title to bring more inclusivity and diversity to the sport.

The world champion has been a leading voice in the fight for change amid the growing prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hamilton was one of several sporting figures to speak out against the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis in May.

The Briton has also taken a leading role in F1's End Racism campaign as part of the #WeRaceAsOne initiative.

Hamilton has made a strong start in his bid to claim a seventh title in F1, winning three of the first four races and will start second on the grid for the second of a Silverstone double header this weekend.

But ahead of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Hamilton was asked by the F1 TV pre-race show if he would swap another title for more diversity, to which he replied: "For the change? Sure."

He added: "Winning championships is a great thing, and of course I'm going to push and see how far I can go with it, but I am the only black driver here, for whatever reason. I don't know why I was chosen to be able to do what I do in the car, and it wasn't somebody else.

"Things have happened along the way in my life, and I don't think it’s a coincidence that I'm in the position I'm in today. But there was a point where I was like, 'Jeez, just me being here is not enough. I've got to speak up. I could do more'.

"If I was to have retired a year ago, maybe nothing would have changed, I don't know. But what I love to see right now is that there is this awakening, there are people slowly [changing] – still not everyone, you still have a lot of these teams that are not saying anything, not holding themselves accountable, there’s still a lot of people [like that] out there – but it's finding a balance in how you engage those people, and yes, I hope in 10 years – I don't want it to be like 20 years' time, but I hope in a short space of time, I can see change.

"You're seeing people already [engaging], you're seeing Chase [Carey, F1 1 CEO] and the sport, you're seeing Jean [Todt, President of the FIA] who I've had a chat with, and who has hired a lady from Jamaica who's now working on the diversity campaign for the FIA.

"So you're seeing things but we need to stay on them and that's I guess part of my job being here, I think, and that means more to me, because if I'm able to look back and think, 'Yeah, I won championships but I was a part of helping shift the outlook of this sport and making it more accessible to people all over the world', I think that would be a great thing to be a part of."

When asked what he thought when people say he should remain apolitical, Hamilton said: "I don't ever listen to it. 

"Telling me to stop one thing is not going to stop me doing it, and I hope for everybody out there, nobody can tell you what to do ultimately.

"I respect people's opinions. The fact is, I live in this world – not just in this world [of F1], I live in the world and everybody's opinion matters. 

"The thing for me is that I say one thing and it travels very, very far. That’s an unbelievable power to have, that we have today in the media, being able to really push for change. I feel like I would be doing a disservice to people, to my family, to my followers if I didn't."

Valtteri Bottas will be hoping to make up for lost ground after qualifying on pole for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix this weekend.

Following the disappointment of a late puncture that saw him slip from second to 11th at the British Grand Prix and fall 30 points adrift of Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings, Bottas is primed to bounce back in part two of the Silverstone double-header.

In the same week he signed a Mercedes contract extension for the 2021 season, the Finn outpaced his team-mate to ensure he will start from the front of the grid on Sunday.

After a dramatic finale last weekend, the two Silver Arrows appear destined to fight it out for glory again.

WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING

Hamilton was on provisional pole and slightly improved on his time on his final lap. Unfortunately for him Bottas went even quicker and he had to settle for second.

Standing in for Sergio Perez due to the Mexican testing positive for coronavirus, Nico Hulkenberg guided his Racing Point to third after splitting the Mercedes in Q2.

It was another day to forget for Ferrari. They were outqualified by AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly and saw Sebastian Vettel fail to get out of Q2; the four-time champion will start 11th after Esteban Ocon received a three-place grid penalty for blocking George Russell in Q1.

THE STARTING GRID

1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
3. Nico Hulkenberg (Racing Point), 4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
5. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), 6. Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
7. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), 8. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
9. Alex Albon (Red Bull), 10. Lando Norris (McLaren)
11.  Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), 12. Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
13. Romain Grosjean (Haas), 14. Esteban Ocon (Renault)
15. George Russell (Williams), 16. Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri)
17. Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
19. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 20. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)

70th ANNIVERSARY GRAND PRIX TALKING POINTS

Much of the discussion this weekend has centred on Racing Point's 15-point sanction and €400,000 fine after an FIA investigation found their rear brake ducts were designed by Mercedes, breaching the sporting regulations.

The team maintain their innocence and intend to appeal the decision, while four rival squads – Renault, who lodged the initial complaint, McLaren, Williams and Ferrari – have also challenged the outcome.

Racing Point will continue to use the parts that earned the punishment so a strong display at Silverstone, something Hulkenberg will be desperate to produce having lost his seat this season, will cause further discontent in the paddock.

Verstappen starting the race on the hard compound means he will be running a significantly different strategy to the leading Mercedes.

WHAT THE DRIVERS SAID

Valtteri Bottas (pole): "To be honest I think one stop could be quite difficult here with the compounds we have here this weekend. So I think things are going to be a bit different than last weekend in terms of strategy. I'm sure the guys will be looking at all the options overnight and obviously myself the expectation tomorrow, there's nothing more than to win the race when you start from pole."

Lewis Hamilton (2nd): "At the end of the day we're drivers, we go out and continue to push. I improved over this weekend also but Valtteri did a better job at the end. I don't feel any way about it, we've got a long race tomorrow and I’ll be giving everything I can to try and beat this guy."

Nico Hulkenberg (3rd): "To be honest it's very difficult [to get a podium] and challenging circumstances, but I know I have a fast car beneath me, so it's just trying to make sure to do everything right. Obviously starting, lap one, it's going to be also new for me. But I think I'll just try to get it right with all the experience I have and then we'll race. I'll try not to think too much, just keep my head down and have a good race."

Max Verstappen (4th): "I just hope that I can have a clean start on the hard tyre. The hard tyre was last weekend's medium, so I don't think it will be too bad compared to what [the rest of the top 10] are starting on. Of course, you might lose a little with the initial launch, but I think it will be better for the first stint. Of course, it depends also if there are safety cars or not. So we just have to wait and see, but at least it's different to what other people are doing around me, and we'll see if we can do a better job."

Sebastian Vettel (11th): "We tried a lot of things and I was happy with my laps, but I don't think that there was any more to get out of the car today. I need more grip to go faster. I must congratulate my engineers for improving the car compared to last weekend, but if you look at the stopwatch there is no difference. It seems we are stuck and of course it is disappointing to be in 12th [before Ocon's penalty] with that gap between our two cars. We are where we are for a reason, we are just not fast enough. It will be difficult tomorrow to fight for points but I will do my best."

Esteban Ocon (14th): "It's a disappointing session overall as I felt my lap in Q2 was pretty good. The gap to Daniel [Ricciardo] was clearly big in that session so we need to investigate why. It could be something we just didn't understand entirely on the car after yesterday. The car felt very capable today with a bit more in hand. I just couldn't carry the speed when I needed to. We also have the incident with George [Russell]. It was no one on track's fault, but it's something we should have managed better."

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 88
2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 58
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 52
4. Lando Norris (McLaren) 36
5. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 33

Constructors

1. Mercedes 146
2. Red Bull 78
3. McLaren 51
4. Ferrari 43
5. Renault 32

Fabio Quartararo will go in search of a third straight MotoGP victory on Sunday - but it is Johann Zarco who surprisingly sits on pole for the Czech Republic Grand Prix. 

Frenchman Quartararo, who had not managed to win a race prior to this year, has opened the delayed 2020 season with back-to-back triumphs in Jerez. 

The Petronas Yamaha rider is setting the pace in a title race that is currently minus reigning champion Marc Marquez, who is not involved in Brno following a second surgery on the broken arm he suffered in the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix. 

However, the early front-runner in the standings will have to get past compatriot Zarco if he is to clinch a hat-trick. 

WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING

Few can have expected Zarco to post the fastest time in qualifying. Now racing for Reale Avintia Ducati, his last pole came back in the 2018 season.

Quartararo's quest to head the field for a fifth straight race ended when he crashed during his final lap, though there was a boost when Pol Espargaro was penalised for continuing during yellow flag conditions, dropping him from second to sixth.

Franco Morbidelli will start on the outside of the front three, Aleix Espargaro from fourth and Maverick Vinales fifth, the latter having missed out on a final attempt to improve his time when starting the lap too late. 

Andrea Dovizioso endured a session to forget, however, ending up in 18th, though was at least better off than Repsol Honda pair Stefan Bradl and Alex Marquez, who occupy the last two spots. 

THE STARTING GRID

1. Johann Zarco (Reale Avintia Racing), 2. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha), 3. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha)
4. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), 5. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha), 6. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM)
7. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), 8. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati), 9. Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)
10. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha), 11. Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), 12. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda)
13. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3), 14. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing), 15. Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing)
16. Iker Lecuona (Tech 3 KTM), 17. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), 18. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)
19. Bradley Smith (Aprilia), 20. Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda), 21. Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda)

CZECH REPUBLIC GRAND PRIX TALKING POINTS

There will be a fresh winner in 2020, considering the absent Marquez is not around to defend his Czech crown.

The recovering Spaniard is the previous rider to win the first three races in a season, doing so back in 2014. The in-form Quartararo will hope he can match that feat, despite finishing qualifying with a trip into the gravel after pushing too hard to get on pole.

Dovizioso, who sits third in the standings, has work to do if he is to challenge as he struggled during an indifferent day for Ducati, despite Zarco's unexpected performance.

There was a setback for Takaaki Nakagami too, as the LCR Honda rider missed out on Q2 after his best lap was wiped out by a track limits penalty.

And what of Valentino Rossi? The Italian has won four times in Brno, albeit the last of those successes was back in 2009. His performances in practice suggested he could challenge at the venue this week, yet he had to settle for 10th place on the grid.

WHAT THE RIDERS SAID

Johann Zarco (1st): "I saw the lap time and I was even surprised, it was a huge difference to the lap time posted before with the first tyres I used at the beginning of qualifying."

Fabio Quartararo (2nd): "I pushed a little bit too much and took some bumps in corner 13. But in FP4 we made a big step on the pace, we feel now exactly where the limit is – okay, I pushed way too hard on the brakes during qualifying, but on the pace it’s great to know the feeling."

Franco Morbidelli (3rd): "It definitely looks like my best weekend in MotoGP so far. I'm happy about that, and I will try to capitalise tomorrow."

Valtteri Bottas expressed his pride in driving for Mercedes after following up signing a new contract with the team by qualifying on pole position for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

With Sebastian Vettel unsigned for 2021 there had been speculation Bottas could find himself replaced at Mercedes, but he signed a one-year extension with the team on Thursday.

The Finn produced an excellent final lap in Q3 at Silverstone on Saturday, going 0.063 seconds faster than team-mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

"It feels good. I just love qualifying and especially when it goes well it's a good feeling," said Bottas, who dropped from second to 11th following a late puncture in last weekend's British Grand Prix and fell 30 points behind Hamilton in the standings.

"It's really nice to get everything out of myself and out of the car. Set-up wise we made good steps from last weekend - that's why I think the qualifying performance was better than last weekend - so really pleased with that. I'm proud to drive this amazing car - it's so quick.

"Of course, mentally when you're starting from pole you can only aim to win the race. Obviously, the starting point for it is good.

"I think the race pace is there, so the first job is to get a good start off the line as I had last weekend and go from there. But the mentality is try to win it, that's all."

Hamilton had been on provisional pole and improved his time with his final lap, but it was not quick enough to deny Bottas.

"I wasn't that great! But Valtteri did a good job and deserved the pole, I guess. For me, it wasn't a perfect last lap," said the six-time champion.

Nico Hulkenberg – standing in for Sergio Perez after the Mexican tested positive for coronavirus – will start the race from third following an impressive display for Racing Point.

The German was unable to start last weekend's British Grand Prix after the team failed to get his power unit firing ahead of the formation lap and he reflected on a rollercoaster return to Formula One.

"A crazy seven or eight days," he said. "Obviously last week, with the big high to come back and the low on Sunday [not starting the race], it was very extreme. This weekend I felt much better in the car, much more prepared. Quali was still tricky and in Q2 I made life hard for myself a bit and I was scared I'd damaged the car.

"Q3 was just head down, full beans, whatever I had - and a bit surprised to be honest to stand here. But obviously a big smile on my face and a lot of respect for the race tomorrow.

"It's definitely going to hurt tomorrow not having last week's experience and not having gone through the motions there with the start and everything because it's still new with this car. But we'll do what we can, I'll try to learn fast, and keep the car where it deserves to be."

On whether his performance had put himself in the shop window for 2021, Hulkenberg said: "Well, it's only Saturday, it's always Sunday that matters most.

"It's definitely a nice little highlight but it's not time to cheer yet because tomorrow is a big day."

Valtteri Bottas pipped Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position in a thrilling finish to qualifying for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Saturday.

In the same week he was handed a contract for the 2021 Formula One season, Bottas produced a time of one minute 25.154 seconds to ensure he will start Sunday's race from the front of the grid.

Hamilton's final lap was 0.063secs slower than the Finn's, denying him an eighth pole at Silverstone, which would have equalled a feat only achieved by Michael Schumacher at Suzuka and Ayrton Senna at Imola.

In the midst of a difficult week Racing Point had reason to celebrate with Nico Hulkenberg – standing in for Sergio Perez after he tested positive for coronavirus – taking third ahead of Max Verstappen, while Sebastian Vettel failed to get out of Q2.

A late puncture saw Bottas slip from second to 11th in last weekend's British Grand Prix and fall 30 points behind Hamilton in the drivers' standings.

However, he put himself in a great position to make up for lost ground in with a fine final lap late on in Q3.

Hulkenberg staked his claim for a seat next season by taking a spot on the second row alongside Verstappen, who will start the race on the hard compound.

It was a significant positive for Racing Point, who were on Friday docked 15 points and fined €400,000 after an FIA investigation found their rear brake ducts were designed by Mercedes, contravening regulations.

The team have appealed against the decision, while Renault, who lodged the initial complaint, Williams, McLaren and Ferrari have also confirmed their intention to challenge it.

Vettel showed a lack of pace on the medium compound and, despite switching to soft tyres for his final run in Q2, could only go 12th quickest.

With Charles Leclerc only fast enough for eighth, Ferrari's, and Vettel's, lacklustre campaign showed little sign of abating.

Provisional classification:

1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 1:25.154
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +0.063s
3. Nico Hulkenberg (Racing Point) +0.928s
4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +1.022s
5. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) +1.143s
6. Lance Stroll (Racing Point) +1.274s
7. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) +1.380s
8. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +1.460s
9. Alex Albon (Red Bull) +1.515s
10. Lando Norris (McLaren) +1.624s

Johann Zarco earned a surprise pole position in qualifying for the Czech Republic Grand Prix, with MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo second in Brno.

Frenchman Zarco, riding for Reale Avintia Ducati, pulled a time of one minute and 55.687 seconds out of the bag in Brno to earn a first pole since his home race in the 2018 season.

It ends a run of four straight poles for his compatriot Quartararo, who won the opening two races of the season – which were both held at Jerez.

Quartararo would have been third after Pol Espargaro registered a quicker time, only for the Spaniard's effort to be wiped for continuing his lap in yellow flag conditions, meaning he starts sixth.

There was brief concern when Quartararo came piling off his bike on his last flying lap when pushing to chase down Zarco's time despite being well down heading into the final sector, but he walked away unscathed.

Franco Morbidelli qualified third, while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) was so close to an unexpected front-row position after brilliantly tailing Quartararo earlier in the session.

Maverick Vinales will start from fifth, with the third row comprising Brad Binder, Danilo Petrucci and Joan Mir.

Valentino Rossi's bid to become the first rider to secure 200 premier class podiums was hindered after he could only post the 10th quickest time.

In the first qualifying session there were a couple of surprises with Jack Miller in 14th and Andrea Dovizioso 18th.

Repsol Honda – still without world champion and talisman Marc Marquez as he recovers from a broken arm sustained in round one – have Stefan Bradl and Alex Marquez at the very back of the grid.


PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Johann Zarco (Reale Avintia Ducati) 1:55.68
2. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) +0.303s
3. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) +0.311s
4. Aleix Espargaro (Factory Aprilia Gresini) +0.387s
5. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) +0.444s
6. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory) +0.455s
7. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory) +0.612s
8. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) +0.767s
9. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) +0.825s
10. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) +0.828

Mercedes dominated both practice sessions on Friday but much of the talk around the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix was focused on Racing Point.

Valtteri Bottas went quickest in FP1 but Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton produced the fastest lap of the day in the second session, clocking a time of one minute, 25.606 seconds ahead of the second straight race at Silverstone.

The big story of the day, though, was the FIA docking Racing Point 15 points and handing them a €400,000 fine after it was deemed their rear brake ducts were designed by Mercedes, breaching the sporting regulations.

Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer claimed the sanction was "unfair" and that the team were considering an appeal, although they will continue to use the same parts.

A number of other teams are also thinking of challenging the severity of the punishment - though because they feel it too lenient - with the issue arising following a protest by Renault at the Styrian Grand Prix.

Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul was pleased action had been taken but suggested the outcome was not satisfactory.

"I think that the question of sanction is open for debate. We will consider that matter bearing in mind that the advantage that was obviously obtained will keep on going for all the season and it's a very material advantage," said Abiteboul.

Williams chief Claire Williams and Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said they would study the 14-page decision before deciding whether to make an appeal.

McLaren boss Zak Brown was heavily critical and is concerned it is just "the tip of the iceberg" in terms of the similarities between the RP20 and Mercedes' title-winning car from 2019.

"My initial reactions are Racing Point has been found guilty. I am concerned they still have those [brake ducts] that were deemed illegal in Austria, on the race car now. I think that is confusing for the fans," said Brown.

"Regarding copying, obviously they claimed that they had copied the car via photography - it's clear from reading the document that that's BS. And, therefore, you have to question anything else around that car.

"So I think this is potentially the tip of the iceberg, the starting point of looking at what's happened here because I don't think it's healthy for the sport. It's thrown up a lot more questions than answers.

"It's something we too are going to review quickly and understand the appeal process and whether that's something that we want to potentially participate in."

The FIA announced its intention to amend the 2021 regulations to avoid further cases of copying or cloning another vehicle.

After the governing body's investigation found that Mercedes had supplied a complete set of W10 brake ducts to Racing Point six days after they became a 'listed part' in January, Toto Wolff insisted the reigning constructors' champions had done nothing wrong.

Wolff said: "We feel 100 per cent comfortable with our position. We have read the rules over and over again. The verdict that came out today is extremely complicated and comes up with an interpretation that is new to all of us.

"We have provided certain data in 2019 which was totally within the rules. The 6th of January [part of the FIA's decision] has no material effect on any of the actions, because the whole thing was delivered much earlier, and all the CAD drawings and designs were delivered much earlier. Racing Point and ourselves [collaborated] and that was in the regulations.

"At the end, to be honest, there is zero worry on our side – and when I say zero, I mean zero – that we were in any breach, nor do I think Racing Point was in any breach.

"And I believe that if that was called to the ICA [International Court of Appeal], it would be probably a complex matter because it was very technical, but I doubt there would be any outcome."

Fabio Quartararo warned of tyre problems with his Petronas Yamaha bike despite setting the fastest time in second practice for the Czech Grand Prix.

The French rider, who is chasing a hat-trick of race wins after successive victories at Jerez, heads the MotoGP championship by 10 points from Monster Energy Yamaha's Maverick Vinales.

And while Vinales suffered a crash in Friday's first practice session, returning to go fifth quickest in the afternoon, Quartararo was the man setting the standards again.

His fastest lap of one minute and 56.502 seconds was 0.007secs quicker than the time posted by team-mate Franco Morbidelli, who led the time sheets right until the closing moments of the second session.

Quartararo, 21, said: "I had a really bad feeling with the tyres. I'm feeling good on the bike but I don't understand, the tyre consistency is really bad."

He explained he felt his tyres had come up to scratch in Jerez, causing him to be puzzled by why it felt so different on the track at Brno.

"Honestly, every lap you lose two tenths [of a second] so we will need to understand what's happening because it's so weird," Quartararo continued.

"The first five laps we had a good feeling but then we are missing something. Tomorrow, mainly, our goal will be to work on the consistency.

"So it was not an easy day, but at the end it's good to know where the problem is and we will see where we can improve."

He told the official MotoGP website: "The front [tyre] is okay, it's about the rear that we are missing a lot.

"We know where we need to work and we'll try to find a little bit the problem."

Miguel Oliveira (KTM) was third quickest, ahead of Johann Zarco (Avintia), Vinales and Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar).

Valentino Rossi, who is one away from becoming the first rider to achieve 200 podium finishes in the top category, was 12th fastest.

Defending champion Marc Marquez is absent this weekend, having also missed the Andalusia race last time out with the broken arm he sustained in the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix.

There was another casualty on Friday as Pramac Racing rider Francesco Bagnaia broke the tibia in his right leg after crashing in morning practice, ruling him out of Sunday's race and the following weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.

Racing Point are considering an appeal against a 15-point penalty and €400,000 fine handed down by the FIA after their rear brake ducts were deemed to be in breach of regulations.

It was announced on Friday that the FIA had upheld a protest from Renault over the RP20, which was lodged in July after the Styrian Grand Prix, where Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll finished sixth and seventh respectively.

Formula One's governing body determined that the rear brake ducts in use by Racing Point were Mercedes designs, contravening the rules.

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer called the judgement "unfair" and said Racing Point were weighing up whether to challenge it or not.

"We are still trying to digest it, we need to ask some questions and get further clarification," Szafnauer told F1.com.

"It's a bit disappointing. We thought we are well within the rules and did absolutely nothing wrong. We invited the FIA in March to come and view everything that we did. We had full disclosure.

"Thereafter, they wrote to us and said we were completely compliant. So that's a bit disappointing. However, we now have to assess the sanction that was given. The FIA have acknowledged the rules of non-listed parts going to listed parts were far from clear and ambiguous and they could be viewed from two different sides.

"They took that into consideration when docking us points for half of the points that we achieved at the Styrian Grand Prix. And we just have to look at that now and decide whether to appeal or just move on.

"The initial thought is that from our perspective, we did nothing wrong, so that's unfair. There's always two perspectives, I guess. The FIA were the arbiters on this. We now have to discuss with the FIA what is going to happen going forward."

Despite the sanction, Racing Point will continue to use the same brake ducts ahead of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Nico Hulkenberg has stepped in for Perez again after the Mexican tested positive for COVID-19 and was fourth-fastest in FP1 on Friday.

Valtteri Bottas signed a new Mercedes contract this week and he outpaced team-mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton to top the timesheets in the opening session.

Racing Point have been docked 15 points and fined €400,000 after the FIA upheld a protest from Renault over the team's RP20 car.

The protest was lodged in July after the Styrian Grand Prix, at which Racing Point duo Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll finished sixth and seventh respectively.

Renault asked the stewards to look into whether the RP20 was compliant with regulations and on Friday the FIA ruled the vehicle's brake ducts were in breach.

The governing body determined the principal designer of the mechanism was Mercedes, meaning Racing Point had broken the rules by copying the title-winning team.

The 15-point deduction will apply in the constructors' championship, leaving the team on 27 points.

Nico Hulkenberg will get another F1 chance at this weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after Perez again tested positive for coronavirus.

Nico Hulkenberg will get another Formula One chance at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after Sergio Perez again tested positive for coronavirus.

Racing Point called on Hulkenberg as a late replacement last week after Perez contracted COVID-19.

Perez completed a week of quarantine and may have got back behind the wheel at Silverstone this weekend if he returned a negative test.

The Mexican's test came back positive, though, so Hulkenberg will be given another chance, having been unable to make the grid last Sunday due to a clutch bolt issue with his car.

Racing Point on Friday revealed Perez is "physically well and recovering" and will continue to follow Public Health England guidance.

Hulkenberg said: "I'm excited to get going again with the team at Silverstone.

"Last weekend, it was a real step into the unknown having been away from the team for a few years – and driving a car I'd never driven before.

"I've learned a lot in the last week about the RP20, and I am ready to apply my experiences to this weekend. Racing at the same track again makes things a bit easier and the team has done a great job in helping me get up to speed.

"I think we can fight for points this weekend, which is definitely my goal. I also want to wish Checo [Perez] all the best in his recovery."

Hulkenberg missed out on an F1 seat for 2020 after he was replaced by Esteban Ocon at Renault.

Lewis Hamilton insisted he will sign a new contract with Mercedes, but he does not feel it is right to agree terms on a lucrative deal in the current climate.

The six-time Formula One world champion's current term with Mercedes expires after the 2020 season and there had been speculation about him potentially joining Ferrari earlier this year.

However, with all the significant seats now filled for 2021, it is assumed Hamilton will remain with the team he has been with since 2013.

The Briton, who has won each of the past three races to establish a significant lead in the 2020 Formula One season already, expects his future is with the Silver Arrows.

Yet even after his team-mate Valtteri Bottas agreed a one-year extension on Thursday, Hamilton conceded he is willing to wait to discuss his terms due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with several F1 teams having furloughed staff earlier in the year.

"Ultimately, honestly, it just doesn't feel like the right time," he told reporters at Silverstone ahead of this weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – the fifth race of the calendar.

"When you think about so many people in the world that have lost their jobs, people that are unemployed, then to sit and negotiate a big contract – it just doesn't seem like the most important thing that I need to apply time to right this second.

"I'm not talking to anybody else and I'm looking forward to continue on, particularly as we've just started a new chapter as a team, in terms of how we educate ourselves, how we understand what we're going to do to help be more diverse moving forwards and more inclusive.

"I'm super excited for what it's possible to do with Mercedes-Benz and this time moving forward. At some stage it will get done but I'm not stressed."

While he is happy for his contract discussions to wait, Hamilton is also pleased to know Bottas will be sticking around at Mercedes.

"I think consistency is always a good thing for a team, and Valtteri has had such a positive influence on the team over these five years," he added.

"He's trustworthy and does an incredible job on the track and is a great team-mate to all the people within the team so I think it's a tribute to all the hard work he's done."

Fabio Quartararo insists he is not thinking about winning the MotoGP championship despite a dominant start to 2020.

The French rider claimed victories in the opening two races at Jerez and is already 10 points ahead of Monster Energy Yamaha's Maverick Vinales in the standings.

With reigning champion Marc Marquez missing the previous grand prix in Andalusia and this weekend's race in Brno due to a broken arm, Quartararo certainly appears to be in a strong position in just his second season at the top level.

However, the 21-year-old says it would not be right to focus on the title so early in a disrupted year.

"No, honestly right now I'm not thinking about the championship," Quartararo said on Thursday. "It's only our third race of the season, so honestly, I'm taking it race by race.

"I've never been in this kind of situation at that level, but I think it's not the correct way to think about the championship in the third race.

"I'm just thinking about this race, I feel the same as before, so, for me, the pressure is none.

"I just want to keep working like in Jerez because I was so happy to become [a race winner] and work in a really good way.

"At the moment, I feel that we have the potential to fight for the podium, for victories, so I just want to keep going in this way and don't think about the championship."

Red Bull KTM's Pol Espargaro is in little doubt that circumstances are already falling into Quartararo's favour.

"He's right now in a privileged place because the guy behind is a guy with the same bike as him, and the third guy [in the standings] is [Andrea] Dovizioso, who we see in Jerez was struggling a lot," he said.

"In the end, his rival at the moment is himself because if he's performing well with the Yamaha, at least he's going to perform exactly the same as Maverick. They have the same stuff and this is perfect. In the end, you have the info of the guy chasing you.

"Inside the pressures of trying to be world champion, he's in the best position. His rival is himself, or at least his bike or his team-mate in another team.

"For me, he has zero pressure because he's very young and he has plenty of time to fight for world titles. I don't think he's really feeling the pressure or is under so much pressure that he will feel it."

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez broke the plate in his injured arm while opening a window at home, according to Repsol Honda team boss Alberto Puig.

Marquez suffered a fractured humerus in the first race of the season at Jerez and had an operation to fit a titanium plate.

Remarkably, the 27-year-old was back on the bike for the Andalusia Grand Prix the following weekend but declared himself unfit to race after feeling discomfort in qualifying.

It was confirmed on Monday that Marquez has had a second operation due to damage to the plate, which Puig attributed to a "domestic accident".

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix in Brno, Puig said: "As you know, last Monday, Marc had another surgery on the humerus due to the crash at Jerez.

"It was a domestic accident this time because he was trying to open a window and he suddenly felt a lot of pain and later we could see that the plate was broken.

"This is caused after all the stress that he had in the arm, but as you know we went to Jerez with conviction that we could do it.

"The doctors were okay [for him] to do it and they never informed us that the plate could have broken.

"If we had this info, probably he wouldn't have gone to Jerez, Honda will not have given him the chance to ride.

"But the positive point is that this happened in his house, not at Brno on the bike, or in Austria, which could have had massive consequences in case he had another crash.

"From now on we will have to continue to check the development of his fracture and only time will tell when he's ready to go back racing."

With Marquez now 50 points adrift of Fabio Quartararo in the standings, the Repsol Honda rider is facing a huge task to keep alive his challenge for a seventh MotoGP title.

However, Puig is not prepared to discount him from what would be a famous triumph.

"You can never say never, it's never over but it's more difficult," he said. "Now, other guys have an open window, guys who maybe didn't have any chances have some chances now.

"But if you check it mathematically, it's more difficult, but it's like this. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

"Marquez, normally he wins. Now it's going to be more difficult."

Marquez will sit out the Czech Grand Prix and will reportedly miss the following two races, returning at Mugello in September.

Sergio Perez is to discover on Thursday whether he will return at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after completing a period of quarantine following his positive test for coronavirus.

The Racing Point driver missed the British Grand Prix last weekend after contracting COVID-19.

Public Health England advised that the Mexican would only have to isolate for a week, so the 30-year-old could race at Silverstone this weekend if he returns a negative test.

A Racing Point statement on Thursday said: "Public Health England have confirmed that Sergio Perez's period of quarantine has been completed.

‍"In line with the FIA Code Of Conduct, Sergio requires a verified negative test result for COVID-19 before he can enter the paddock. The testing process is taking place today.

‍"The team expects to make a decision on who is driving alongside Lance [Stroll] later today or first thing tomorrow morning."

Nico Hulkenberg was drafted in as a late replacement for Perez at Silverstone last week but did even make it on to the grid.

A clutch bolt issue with his car prevented Hulkenberg from making his Formula One comeback and Perez will be hoping he does not get another opportunity at the same track.

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