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Friday's Formula 1 news roundup: Emanuele Pirro, Robert Kubica, Valtteri Bottas

Friday's Formula 1 news roundup: Pirro, Kubica, Bottas
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Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest Formula 1 news on Friday, August 30.

Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest news regarding Formula 1 on Friday, August 30.

Friday morning's headlines:

Raikkonen, Norris to check leg injuries on Friday
Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he may need to sit out the Belgian GP. Read more.

Marko plays down latest Vettel-Red Bull rumour
Dr Helmut Marko has played down the latest version of the rumour linking Sebastian Vettel with a return to Red Bull for 2020. Read more.

Rivals surprised by Hulkenberg axe
Two of his rivals have admitted they are surprised that Nico Hulkenberg has been ousted by Renault. Read more.

Haas title sponsor controversy continues at Spa
Haas' controversial title sponsor remains on the team's F1 car at Spa Francorchamps. Read more.

Only Ferrari without new engine at Spa
Ferrari is the only engine manufacturer not to have taken a new specification of its 2019 power unit to Spa Francorchamps. Read more.

Big news day marks end to August break
After the August break, Formula 1 burst back into life at Spa with a spate of news. Read more.

Valtteri Bottas confirmed to stay with Mercedes in 2020
Team principal Toto Wolff has decided to take up the option on keeping Bottas for a fourth consecutive season. Read more.

Formula One confirm record 22 races for 2020 calendar
Vietnam makes its debut in April, while Holland will stage its first race in more than three decades in May. Read more.

Dutch GP 'will affect' Spa-Francorchamps - promoter
Belgian GP promoter Vanessa Mas has admitted that Zandvoort's F1 calendar arrival in 2020 signifies direct "competition" for the popular race located in the Ardennes. Read more.

Vettel penalty steward Pirro returns at Spa
Former F1 driver Emanuele Pirro is making his return as an FIA steward this weekend at Spa. Read more.

Russell 'deserves' front-running car - Kubica
Robert Kubica says his rookie teammate George Russell "has the skills" to thrive at the front in Formula 1. Read more.

Bottas, Ocon news to be confirmed on Thursday
One day after his 30th birthday, Valtteri Bottas will on Thursday be confirmed as Lewis Hamilton's continuing teammate at Mercedes for 2020. Read more.

Hockenheim says German GP demise 'no surprise'
The demise of the German GP appears complete. Read more.

Melbourne rules out 'sneaky' F1 tobacco branding
There will be no comeback for what Melbourne's state Victorian government calls the "sneaky" way two F1 teams tried to advertise cigarettes at the Australian GP. Read more.

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