F1 will start with two races at the Austrian Grand Prix in July

PARIS — Formula One will finally get underway with back-to-back races at the Austrian Grand Prix in July as part of an eight-race European swing.

The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will host races on July 5 and 12, governing body FIA said in a statement on Tuesday.

The next race will be in Hungary on July 19 followed by consecutive races at the British GP at Silverstone on Aug. 2 and 9 after the British government exempted elite sports from an upcoming quarantine on foreign visitors.

Further races are scheduled for Spain on Aug. 16 and Belgium on Aug. 30, with Italy completing the European swing on Sept. 6.

“Over the past two months Formula One has been working closely with all partners, authorities, the FIA and the 10 teams to create a revised calendar that will allow a return to racing in a way that is safe,” the FIA said. “Due to the ongoing fluidity of the COVID-19 situation internationally, the details of the wider calendar will be finalized in the coming weeks.”

There will be no spectators allowed to attend, although there may be later in the year if health conditions allow it.

“It is currently expected that the opening races will be closed events,” the FIA said. “But it is hoped fans will be able to join events again when it is safe to do so.”

Four races have been cancelled this season because of the coronavirus pandemic — the season-opening Australian GP, the Monaco GP, the French GP and the Netherlands GP.

F1 remains hopeful of holding 15-18 of the scheduled 22 races by rearranging the six that were postponed and finishing the season in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in December.

“I want to thank every promoter and partner for their support and ongoing commitment

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Folayang stands up against online bullying after death of pro wrestler

Former lightweight champion Eduard Folayang. INQUIRER PHOTO/TRISTAN TAMAYO

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino mixed martial arts star Eduard Folayang urged everyone to practice safe and responsible use of the internet with the incidence of cyberbullying on the rise worldwide.

Just recently, Hana Kimura, a Japanese pro wrestler and Netflix reality show star, was found dead in her home due to an alleged suicide that appeared to be brought about by online bullying.

“It’s always sad when we lose a member of the martial arts community. I didn’t know Hana Kimura personally, but I’m sure many people loved her. It’s just unfortunate that she had to go through what she had to go through. I don’t think anybody deserves that,” said Folayang, a two-time ONE lightweight world champion.

“For me, technology is two-faced. It can help humanity, but at the same time, it can also give some people an outlet to hurt others without consequence. I believe there is no place in the world for cyberbullying,” he added.

Apart from Folayang, other sports personalities including former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and ONE Championship atomweight queen Angela Lee, have also shown their support for the 22-year-old Kimura.

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Cold in front of the media, but searing hot on the track, a deeper look at F1’s enigma Kimi Raikkonen

It’s nearly 20 years since a bright-eyed Kimi Raikkonen scored his first championship point on his Formula 1 debut for Sauber. A memorable day for the Finn. However, getting him on the grid that afternoon almost didn’t happen.

With 30 minutes to go before the 2001 Australian Grand Prix, he was nowhere to be seen. There was panic from his team. Could he have done a runner? Did the pressure get to him? Where was he?

His former physiotherapist at Sauber, Josef Leberer, found him asleep in the team villa. He told Kimi that he was just a few minutes away from his first race, to which he replied ‘Oh Josef, let me sleep another five minutes! I’ve never seen this before, and I’ve never seen afterwards.’

He slept for a few more minutes, got up slowly with not a worry in the world, and went on to record a stunning P6 finish. Even in those pressure situations, it is that extreme coolness which sets him apart all these years on.

Raikkonen is equal parts cold and hot. For the best part of two decades, the 40-year-old has exhilarated on the track while remaining an intriguing personality off it.

Although he may not boast the same number of victories and world titles as Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel, he continues to stand as the sport’s most compelling competitor.

During his 18 years behind the wheel, Raikkonen has barely fulfilled his team media obligations, rarely mixes with his colleagues, says very little and yet still manages to be one of the most popular figures on the grid.

The enigma that is Raikkonen is difficult to explain. Introverted? Shy? He is famous for his distant way of dealing with those around him.

This has created plenty of amusing incidents and has made

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