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Williams drivers George Russell, Nicholas Latifi take 20% pay cuts

Williams drivers George Russell, Nicholas Latifi take 20% pay cuts
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The F1 season is yet to get under way due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Williams have announced that drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi have joined senior management in taking 20 per cent pay cuts as the team moves to furlough a number of staff during the coronavirus lockdown.

The F1 season is yet to get under way due to the pandemic, with no races scheduled until at least June 14, with the Canadian Grand Prix currently remaining on the schedule.

“Due to the ongoing situation involving Covid-19, ROKiT Williams Racing is temporarily furloughing a number of employees as part of a wider range of cost-cutting measures,” a team statement said.

“The furlough period will last until the end of May whilst senior management, and our drivers, have taken a pay cut of 20% effective from 1st April.”

The statement added: “These decisions have not been taken lightly, however our aim is to protect the jobs of our staff at Grove and ensuring they can return to full-time work when the situation allows.”

The decision from Williams – who finished last in the Constructors’ Championship last season – follows a similar move from McLaren last week.

The Woking-based team have placed a number of staff on furlough while drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris joined those staff members who continue to work in taking a salary reduction.

Former McLaren team principal Ron Dennis has set up a project to deliver meals to health workers
Former McLaren team principal Ron Dennis has set up a project to deliver meals to health workers (David Davies/PA)

Former McLaren team principal Ron Dennis has also launched an initiative to deliver over one million free meals to NHS workers.

Dennis, who won 17 F1 titles during his 28 years in charge, set up the project on April 4 through his DreamChasing charity and has a budget of £1.5million to deliver 1,000 meals a day to health workers.

He told BBC Sport: “I wanted a big solution to a big problem.

“It is an amazing effort, which I think is reflective of my reputation. If I say I’m going to do something I do it.”

The 72-year-old was keen to support “where it is needed most – to the epicentre of the war effort against Covid-19” and has the capacity to roll out the project after receiving backing from other business leaders.

Dennis told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It all started to unfold, but the real breakthrough was when I phoned Dave Lewis (chief executive officer) at Tesco and 20 minutes later he phoned back and said: ‘We’re behind you.’

“We had great logistics in place but we needed volume. We now have volume and as we speak we are ramping up.

“The first meals are being prepped to go to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and we’re looking at 1,000 meals a day. It will be challenging, but we will get there.”

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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