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Mercedes: Soft tyres 'necessary' for Hamilton in Sochi Q2 despite plea

26.09.2020 12:05

Mercedes has explained why it opted to qualify Lewis Hamilton on the less-favourable soft compound tyre for the Russian Grand Prix despite his plea to use mediums

From: www.autosport.com

Reporter lost International Women of Courage award for criticising Trump

26.09.2020 11:31


* Jessikka Aro was to receive recognition in March 2019 * Senator says administration ‘sought to stifle dissent’The US state department “owes an apology” to a Finnish journalist who saw the International Women of Courage Award, bestowed in part for her work on Russia, taken away because she criticised Donald Trump on social media, a prominent senator said.“Secretary [of state Mike] Pompeo should have honored a courageous journalist willing to stand up to Kremlin propaganda,” said Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, about Jessikka Aro, an investigative reporter.“Instead, his department sought to stifle dissent to avoid upsetting a president who, day after day, tries to take pages out of [Vladimir] Putin’s playbook. The state department owes Ms Aro an apology.”Aro was due to receive the award in March 2019. Rescinding it, the state department insisted she had not been a finalist and blamed the confusion on a “regrettable error”.But Foreign Policy magazine reported that Aro was punished “after US officials went through [her] social media posts and found she had also frequently criticized President Donald Trump”.Menendez said the posts concerned “President Trump’s ‘fake news’ attacks on the media”. In one tweet, Aro said Trump and Putin’s summit in Helsinki in July 2018 meant “Finnish people can protest them both. Sweet”.On Friday, the state department Office of the Inspector General confirmed criticism of Trump caused Aro to lose the award.CNN quoted its report as saying: “Every person interviewed in connection with this matter acknowledged that had [the Office of Global Women’s Issues] not highlighted her social media posts as problematic, Ms Aro would have received the IWOC award.”According to the OIG, ambassador to Finland Robert Pence said that “although he appreciated Ms Aro’s work, the risk of embarrassment to the first lady [Melania Trump] and the department was too great to have her appear on stage at the awards ceremony.”In March last year, the ambassador, a Republican donor not related to vice-president Mike Pence, told the Senate committee he had not been “worried” by Aro’s posts. The then acting director of the Office of Global Women’s Issues said the posts had “not really” caused the withdrawal of the award.Menendez condemned the Trump administration for “misleading the public and Congress”.The state department did not immediately apologise.Aro told CNN: “In my heart I feel like an international woman of courage. That the Trump administration can’t take away from me.”

F1 start time: What time does the Russian Grand Prix start?

26.09.2020 11:22

Lewis Hamilton claimed his 96th Formula 1 career pole position for the Russian Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen. Here's how and when you can watch the race

From: www.autosport.com

Hamilton avoids penalty for Turn 2 rule breach in Russian GP qualifying

26.09.2020 11:03

Lewis Hamilton has avoided a sanction for a rule breach when rejoining the track at Turn 2 during qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix, ensuring he keeps pole position

From: www.autosport.com

Albon finds gap to Verstappen in Russian GP qualifying "confusing"

26.09.2020 10:55

Alexander Albon said he found the gap to Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen in Russian Grand Prix qualifying "confusing" after finishing 1.1 seconds off the pace in Q3

From: www.autosport.com

Leclerc angry over gaps mix-up that contributes to F1 Russian GP Q2 exit

26.09.2020 10:15

Charles Leclerc felt "angry" after a mix-up over gaps to other cars on-track ended in him being knocked out in the second stage of Russian Grand Prix qualifying

Tags: Russia
From: www.autosport.com

Hamilton: F1 Russian GP qualifying "horrible" after nearing Q2 exit

26.09.2020 9:49

Lewis Hamilton found qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix "horrible" after a lap time deletion saw him come within a second of being knocked out in Q2

From: www.autosport.com

Lewis Hamilton takes Russian Grand Prix pole

26.09.2020 9:33

Lewis Hamilton takes a dramatic pole position at the Russian Grand Prix despite coming within a second of qualifying down in 15th.

From: www.bbc.co.uk

F1 Russian GP: Hamilton takes pole despite Q2 scare

26.09.2020 9:22

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole for Formula 1's 2020 Russian Grand Prix despite nearly not setting a Q2 lap after Sebastian Vettel crashed, while Max Verstappen beat Valtteri Bottas to second

From: www.autosport.com

Belarus police detain dozens as crowds chant against Lukashenko

26.09.2020 7:44


Belarusian security forces detained dozens of protesters on Saturday as crowds rallied in central Minsk accusing President Alexander Lukashenko of rigging last month's election. One group of women chanted "Our president is Sveta!" - referring to opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya who they say won the vote - before riot police dragged many of them into vans. Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, has been rocked by mass street protests since Lukashenko's claim of a landslide victory in an Aug. 9 vote.

From: news.yahoo.com

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