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Saturday's Formula 1 news roundup: Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz

Saturday's Formula 1 news roundup: Hamilton, Verstappen, Sainz
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Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest Formula 1 news on Saturday, July 4.

Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest news regarding Formula 1 on Saturday, July 4.

Saturday morning's headlines:

No positive coronavirus tests ahead of F1 return
The first race takes place in Austria on Sunday. Read more.

Alonso the 'logical choice' for Renault - Villeneuve
1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve thinks Fernando Alonso would be a good choice as Renault looks to complete its 2021 driver lineup. Read more.

Abiteboul admits 2021 talks with Alonso
Cyril Abiteboul has rejected speculation that Renault and Daniel Ricciardo might part ways even before the end of the 2020 season. Read more.

Wolff suggests Mercedes seat unlikely for Vettel
Toto Wolff has played down Sebastian Vettel's hopes of switching to the works Mercedes team for 2021. Read more.

Binotto admits Ferrari axe 'surprised' Vettel
Mattia Binotto has confirmed that Ferrari alone decided to oust Sebastian Vettel at the end of 2020. Read more.

'Three groups' in 2020 hierarchy - Grosjean
The field of 2020 is split into three distinct groups in terms of pace, according to Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Read more.

Wolff denies Hamilton distracted by politics
Lewis Hamilton's boss has denied the six-time world champion is becoming distracted from his commitment to Formula 1. Read more.

F1 sticking with 'corona era' for now - Masi
At least for the next eight races, Formula 1 will stick with what Carlos Sainz described in Austria as a "very aggressive new normal". Read more.

Technical controversies fire up in Austria
Technical controversy has returned to Formula 1 as the sport finally emerges from its long coronavirus slumber. Read more.

FIA reject Red Bull protest against Mercedes steering system
Lewis Hamilton was quickest in both practice sessions, finishing two tenths clear of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Read more.

FIA investigating Mercedes steering system after Red Bull protest
Lewis Hamilton was quickest in both sessions, finishing two tenths clear of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Read more.

Lewis Hamilton hits ground running with practice double as F1 returns in Austria
The delayed campaign finally got under way at Spielberg's Red Bull Ring on Friday. Read more.

Red Bull set to protest Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes car
Red Bull believe the system, which has already been banned for next year, is illegal, and they are ready to challenge it. Read more.

Lewis Hamilton posts fastest time in first practice in Austria
World champion is the man to catch in practice ahead of Sunday's race in Spielberg. Read more.

Austrian Grand Prix practice begins as Lewis Hamilton targets seven world championships
Lewis Hamilton is this year bidding to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven world championships. Read more.

F1 hoping for UK quarantine exception - Marko
Formula 1 should receive an exemption from Britain's mandatory quarantine laws ahead of the forthcoming back-to-back races at Silverstone. Read more.

Bottas denies Mercedes engine flaw
Valtteri Bottas has played down rumours that a fault has been uncovered with Mercedes' new engine specification in Austria. Read more.

Abiteboul texted Marko after 2020 engine test claim
More text messages have been going back and forth between Dr Helmut Marko and Cyril Abiteboul. Read more.

Marko eyes 'psychological' edge over Mercedes
Mercedes vetoed the reverse grid experiment because it was afraid Max Verstappen would cope better than Lewis Hamilton. Read more.

Sainz worried about Racing Point and Renault
McLaren is at risk of being overtaken by two teams in 2020. Read more.

Verstappen 'very careful' amid racial politics
Max Verstappen says he will remain "very careful" about getting involved in Formula 1's new political moment. Read more.

Renault will not share Sirotkin in 2020
Sergey Sirotkin doubts he will stretch his time beyond his newly-appointed role as Renault's 2020 reserve driver. Read more.

Haas will quit if team doesn't improve - Magnussen
Haas needs to up its game or team owner Gene Haas will pull out of Formula 1. Read more.

Giovinazzi admits 'pressure' to keep F1 seat
Antonio Giovinazzi has admitted he is under pressure as he bids to stay in Formula 1. Read more.

F1 should race at tracks like Imola - Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat thinks Formula 1 should return to older-style circuits like Imola and Mugello. Read more.

'Good time' for Mercedes to sell team - Schumacher
The end of 2020 would be "a good time to sell" the works Mercedes team, according to former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher. Read more.

Alonso's Renault return may begin in 2020 - report
Fernando Alonso's deal to return to Formula 1 next year could now be done. Read more.

Vettel admits Mercedes 'an option' for 2021
Sebastian Vettel has admitted he would like to drive for Mercedes in 2021. Read more.

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