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Lewis Hamilton has hit out at a social media troll who attacked Sky Sports’ appointment of ex-W Series racer Naomi Schiff. However, Hamilton came to her defence as he warned Schiff had been a “great asset” on screen.

He said: “Naomi is an ex-professional racing driver & totally qualified to give her opinion as part of the Sky team.” Meanwhile, Ryanair has blasted Charles Leclerc after the Ferrari star missed his flight to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Ryanair Twitter account replied to Leclerc’s message about missing his flight in a hilarious exchange. They said: “He’s a 5, but he doesn’t fly a private jet. He’s a 10 for us.”

Finally, F1 has struck a new deal with the Australian Grand Prix rewarded with a 10-year extension. It means the race will remain at the Melbourne street circuit until at least 2035, extending its stay to almost 40 years.

There was some competition for a race in Sydney but Melbourne was retained because of the commercial deal available.

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  • Lewis Hamilton hits out at troll07:35
  • F1 signs new Australia deal07:28
  • Lewis Hamilton hits out at troll

    Lewis Hamilton has defended Naomi Schiff after the new Sky Sports reporter was attacked on social media. 

    Her credentials for her involvemnt on Sky Sports coverage was questioned as Schiff has never raced in the top-tier of the sport. 

    However, Hamilton hit back, adding: “Naomi is an ex-professional racing driver & totally qualified to give her opinion as part of the Sky team.

    “She’s been a great asset since joining & we should welcome more representative broadcasting with open arms. Still have a long way to go to change these attitudes in sport.”

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    Charles Leclerc blasted by Ryanair

    Charles Leclerc has been slammed by Ryanair after the Ferrari star missed his plane. 

    The Ryanair Twitter accout posted: “He’s a five, but he doesn’t fly a private jet. He’s a 10 for us.”

    Fans praised Ryanair for their personality, with one adding: “Ryanair and F1 related tweets are things I didn’t know I needed.”

    F1 signs new Australia deal

    F1 has signed a 10-year extension with the Australian Grand Prix to keep the race on the calendar until 2035. 

    There was some opposition from Sydney to host the race but Melbourne’s commercial terms saw the venue win over. 

    It comes a year after tarck bosses redesigned the layout in a bid to improve the racing on the parkland street circuit. 

    F1 boss Stefano Domenicali said: “The race has always been a favourite for the fans, drivers and the teams, and Melbourne is an incredible and vibrant international city that is a perfect match for our sport.

    “This year we saw huge crowds and passionate fans at the Grand Prix, and we are very excited by the future in Australia as our sport continues to grow.”

    Ferrari ‘screwing things up’

    Ferrari are throwing away their chance to compete for the F1 title, warns former F1 driver Giedo van der Garde. 

    Analysing the opening part of the season, he said: “At Ferrari, they just screw up.”

    He also criticised Carlos Sainz, warning he was striuggling in the fight with Charles Leclerc. 

    He said: “I also think he is putting too much pressure on himself by wanting to beat Leclerc.”

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