Brazil's Petrobras scraps publicity contract with McLaren

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil's government says the state-controlled oil company has ended a nearly $200 million advertising agreement with Formula One team McLaren that had been criticized by President Jair Bolsonaro.

The Economy Ministry announced the cancellation Thursday night, saying the five-year deal that took effect this year was "unjustifiable."

Brazil suffered a devastating recession in 2015 and 2016 that sent unemployment surging. Since then, growth has averaged just over 1 percent annually and the International Monetary Fund expects growth below 1 percent this year.

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RankDriverPointsWins
1 L.Hamilton 338 9
2 V.Bottas 274 3
3 C.Leclerc 221 2
4 M.Verstappen 212 2
5 S.Vettel 212 1
6 C.Sainz Jr. 76 0
7 P.Gasly 73 0
8 A.Albon 64 0
9 D.Ricciardo 42 0
10 N.Hulkenberg 35 0
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