News.com/au is not a very famous news source however their reporting is accurate. This story has been reported on by multiple sources and is able to be verified multiple times over.
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The core of this story is correct because Riccardo has in fact decided not to renew his contract with McLaren. Inside this article there are also tons of quotes from Ricciardo talking about the end of his contract. It also has points that make a lot of sense such as McLaren denying Riccardo access to its 2023 plans for their car since he will be leaving the team.
This story is also being covered by ESPN who gives us the same story about Riccardo leaving McLaren because they surprised him by announcing they would drop him at the end of the year.
News.com/AU is an Australian news source according to wikipedia the news source has been awarded 3 women in news awards, 2 publishing awards, 1 watch award, and 1 women leadership awards. This website is also frequently voted the number 1 news source in Australia and attracts over 18 million visitors per month.
Beginning with the website URL being “Fake F1 news” this website is also made by a random person who may not have any type of formula 1 knowledge. This website also has no citations from where this information came from or quotes from anyone involved. This article also has nonsense in it about Harry Potter which has noting to do with formula 1.
There are no other news sources outside of this one that tell this same story suggesting that verstappen will take a sabbatical voluntarily.Another reason that this seems strange and untrue is because Verstappen is current ranked number 1 in Formula 1 and has been for a few consecutive years now.
This article about Red Bull coming out with new Verstappen apparel for fans invalidates the claims that he will be going on a sabbatical from the team. It would not make sense to make merchandise for a driver leaving the team.
This false website has no other sources talking about how reputable it is and is a Tumblr blog written by an unknown person.
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There is no citations or credible sources linked to this website.