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Lewis Hamilton wins controversial Canadian GP

Lewis Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix for Mercedes in controversial fashion after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line first but was given a five-second penalty. Vettel, who started from pole, took the chequered flag ahead of Hamilton on Sunday but there was no celebration in the Ferrari garage as the furious German […]

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Vettel behaviour in 2019 is confusing Webber

Sebastian Vettel’s body language and reactions to Ferrari’s struggles in 2019 have left former team-mate Mark Webber “confused”. Vettel entered 2019 as a red-hot title favourite, but is yet to taste victory six races into a campaign dominated by Mercedes. Ferrari’s impressive pre-season pace may have put a fifth title in Vettel’s thoughts, but he enters this […]

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Hamilton calls for F1 format changes

Five-time drivers’ champion Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1 should have more variety in terms of the way it races on specific tracks, including changing race formats. At the Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton won from pole position despite Mercedes making the wrong tire choice and leaving him having to defend from Max Verstappen for the majority […]

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‘Mature’ Verstappen ready to challenge

Learning from his mistakes, both on the track and in life, Max Verstappen is eager for his first win with Red Bull-Honda and reckons they are closing in on Mercedes.Stepping up into the role of team leader following Daniel Ricciardo’s departure to Renault, Verstappen showed the world what a difference a year can make when […]

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Nicholas Latifi to drive Robert Kubica’s car in Canada FP1

Williams has confirmed that Robert Kubica will step aside for Nicholas Latifi’s FP1 outing at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.Latifi, formerly of Renault and Force India, joined Williams as its reserve driver for 2019, with test days and six FP1 sessions part of his package. Latifi has already driven the FW42 during testing in Bahrain […]

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Formula 1: Helmut Marko calls Nico Hulkenberg to Red Bull Racing rumors ‘nonsense’

Red Bull Racing team manager Helmut Marko has called rumors that Nico Hulkenberg will replace Pierre Gasly in the 2020 Formula 1 season “nonsense”. Formula 1 veteran and current Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg, whose contract expires at the end of the 2019 season, was recently rumored as a potential candidate to replace Pierre Gasly at Aston Martin […]

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Rival teams want Ferrari veto removed in 2021 shake-up

A number of Formula 1 team bosses would like to see Ferrari’s veto removed from the sport as part of the new regulations slated to be rolled out in 2021. F1 is poised for a significant shake-up in two years’ time, with new sporting and technical regulations to be introduced hand-in-hand with a budget cap […]

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Hamilton motivated by chance to surpass Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton expects to race for at least five more years and believes he would be squandering an opportunity to beat Michael Schumacher’s records if he stopped before then. The five-time world champion currently leads the drivers’ championship and is closing in on Schumacher’s benchmark of seven, and is also now just 14 wins adrift […]

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Mercedes only paid for Hamilton because of Lauda

Without the intervention of Niki Lauda, Mercedes might not have been convinced to part with the money necessary to sign Lewis Hamilton in 2013, Ross Brawn has revealed. Since departing McLaren, Hamilton has dominated Formula 1, while closing on many all-time records in the process. Lauda passed away aged 70 last week, prompting much retrospection around the Austrian’s career […]

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Hamilton’s questionable Monaco GP strategy explained by Mercedes

Mercedes have explained the decision to fit medium tyres to Lewis Hamilton during the Monaco Grand Prix, and then opt not to pit him as they began to fall apart. Hamilton clung on through intense pressure from Max Verstappen to take a fraught victory in Monte Carlo. Hamilton sent several tetchy messages over team radio as he had to eke 67 […]

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Red Bull suggest Hamilton avoided Monaco penalty due to Lauda

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has claimed Lewis Hamilton avoided a penalty at the Monaco Grand Prix because of Niki Lauda. The Austrian was venting his displeasure at the stewards post-race in Monte Carlo after Max Verstappen lost second place due to his own five-second penalty because of his pit-stop release endangering personnel. On that […]

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How Niki Lauda Won

He didn’t take pole position. He wasn’t even on the front row. He qualified fifth, behind faster cars and wilder drivers. And yet it was Niki Lauda who won.Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda, a legendary figure of perseverance in the face of adversity and… This is the 1982 British Grand Prix, held at Brands Hatch. This was […]

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Verstappen ran wrong torque mode in Monaco

Max Verstappen spent most of the Monaco Grand Prix in the wrong torque mode as he harried race winner Lewis Hamilton.With the Championship-leader’s tyres falling away rapidly, Verstappen tried desperately to overtake – the pair even made contact at the Swimming Pool Chicane. The Dutchman would ultimately drop to P4 after a five-second time penalty for an unsafe […]

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Schumacher’s toilet ‘mind games’ revealed by Rosberg

Nico Rosberg has described the extent to which Michael Schumacher would use mind games in an attempt to get the better of their intra-team battle at Mercedes, recounting one example where the seven-time world champion locked him out of the team’s toilet just before qualifying in Monaco. Rosberg made the revelation on his ‘Beyond Victory’ […]

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Perez ‘nearly killed’ Monaco marshals in terrifying unseen incident

Sergio Perez’s quick reactions helped avoid a horrendous incident at the Monaco Grand Prix as the Racing Point driver had to snake his way between two marshals on the track. The track was being cleared after an incident for Charles Leclerc, with Perez pitting seemingly catching out the two marshals. On-board footage from Perez’s car shows how close he came […]

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Hamilton, Verstappen honour Lauda legacy and breathe life into F1

Mercedes may still be in possession of every race win this season, but the cloud that hung over F1 after our last race in Spain, and grew darker when news of Lauda’s passing broke, was blown away in a reminder of so many things that make the sport brilliant. Sure, we didn’t get a whole heap […]

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Mercedes delivers another masterclass as Ferrari gets it wrong again

Oh dear. It’s becoming quite tedious seeing the same storyline — Mercedes executing flawlessly as Ferrari blunders and bungles its way through a grand prix session. But that’s what we saw happen again during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. So, as has been the case on several occasions this year, our round up of […]

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Formula 1: Who has the best chance to stop Mercedes in Monaco?

  Which driver has the best chance to end the hot start that Mercedes have had to the 2019 Formula 1 season by winning the Monaco Grand Prix? Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport are riding a seven-race winning streak heading into the 2019 Formula 1 season’s sixth race, the Monaco Grand Prix, at Circuit de Monaco. Perhaps more notably, […]

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De Vries wins as Schumacher causes red flag at Rascasse

  Nyck de Vries boosted his F2 championship chances by winning the Monaco feature race after Mick Schumacher caused a lengthy red-flag interruption. However the final result of the race remains in doubt as race control is investigating whether multiple teams broke rules during the race suspension. De Vries took the lead easily at the […]

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Beitske Visser dominates at Zolder to take first W Series victory

Beitske Visser claimed her maiden W Series victory on Saturday at Zolder as she seized the advantage at the start to go on to dominate the race. Visser took control of the race after a messy and confusing start caused by the stranded car of Sarah Bovy, which failed at the end of the formation […]

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Hamilton ‘pathetic’ for skipping media duties after Lauda death

Lewis Hamilton has been slammed as “pathetic” for skipping his media duties at theMonaco Grand Prix in the wake of Niki Lauda’s passing this week. Former Formula 1 driver John Watson, who raced alongside Lauda said Hamilton ought to have paid a tribute to his former Mercedes chief. Lauda played a pivotal role in tempting Hamilton to the Silver […]

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300 times Kimi

300. Few drivers in the history of Formula One have ever reached such heady heights in terms of race entries, and next weekend will mark this important milestone for our very own Kimi Räikkönen. Yes, he had to be told. “DRIVING IS THE ONLY THING I LIKE ABOUT F1”, the Iceman famously said, so it’s […]

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Pierre Gasly eyes Red Bull defeat of Ferrari in Monaco

Pierre Gasly believes Red Bull’s strength through slow-speed corners means it has a realistic chance of beating Ferrari at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. Ferrari has shown significant prowess in terms of straight-line speed this season but its pace through slow- and medium-speed corners was identified as a relative weakness at the most recent event […]

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Niki Lauda: Tributes paid after F1 legend dies aged 70

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda produced the “most courageous act of any sportsman” in returning to racing so soon after a horrific crash, says former team-mate John Watson.Austrian Lauda, who won the drivers championship in 1975, 1977 and 1984, died aged 70 on Monday. He almost died following a crash in the 1976 […]

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W SERIES LEADER JAMIE CHADWICK JOINS WILLIAMS F1 AS DEVELOPMENT DRIVER

British female racing driver and W Series championship leader Jamie Chadwick has signed with ROKiT Williams Racing as their development driver. Chadwick has enjoyed a career full of success in both single-seater and sports cars. She is currently competing the all-female W Series and is currently the championship leader after the first two rounds. The Bath-born driver claimed the first […]

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Hakkinen explains why Mercedes run will end in Monaco

Mika Hakkinen has raised hopes that Mercedes‘ march to seemingly unchecked title dominance in 2019 will not continue at the Monaco Grand Prix. The Silver Arrows have started 2019 with five straight one-two results, but Hakkinen says Monte Carlo will be a time for change. Mercedes are 96 points clear of Ferrari in the constructors’ standings after their […]

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Formula 1: Is Robert Kubica at risk of being replaced at Williams?

Five races into the 2019 Formula 1 season, is Robert Kubica at risk of being replaced by another driver at ROKiT Williams Racing? After being slated to drive for Scuderia Ferrari in the 2012 Formula 1 season, Robert Kubica was severely injured in a rally crash in 2011. Until earlier this year, he had not competed in […]

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F1 in talks with Marrakesh and Kyalami for African race

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One wants to go back to Africa, with the Moroccan city of Marrakesh and South Africa’s Kyalami circuit keen to host a race, commercial managing director Sean Bratches said on Thursday. Rwanda and Nigeria have also expressed interest in fan festivals on their territory. “It’s a marketplace in which we would […]

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Désiré Wilson rubbishes view F1 too ‘brutal’ for women

Former F1 racer and W Series supporter Desiré Wilson rejects the idea that Grand Prix racing is too brutal for female racers, insisting that women are actually “stronger” mentally than men. Wilson’s claim to fame came in 1980 when the South African defeated her male counterparts at Brands Hatch in a round of the British […]

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Formula 1 has grown insanely boring, but don’t blame Mercedes

The Formula 1 season this year has been boring at best thanks to the dominance of Mercedes. But don’t blame the Silver Arrows for this boredom. Entering the 21-race 2019 Formula 1 season, no season in Formula 1 history had ever begun with a team recording more than three consecutive 1-2 finishes. The last time a team […]

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Ferrari concedes 2019 car concept may be wrong

By: Jonathan Noble Ferrari has admitted that it may have got its car concept wrong this year, in the wake of its Spanish Grand Prix defeat. The Italian outfit had hoped that an aerodynamic and engine upgrade introduced for Barcelona last weekend would help lift its form and allow it to beat Mercedes. But it endured another tough […]

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Lewis Hamilton takes championship lead with Spanish Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton roared back to the top of the Formula One world championship on Sunday with victory in Spain as Mercedes continued their record start to a season with a fifth successive one-two. The 76th victory of the five times world champion’s career, and third of the season, sent the Briton seven points clear of […]

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Schumacher film to be released in December

An official documentary feature film about Michael Schumacher, fully supported by the German’s family, is to be released later this year. Titled simply ‘Schumacher’, the film is backed by a major production company and features interviews with Michael’s father Rolf, his wife Corinna, his children Gina and Mick, and many of the key players in […]

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 Bottas beats Hamilton in Spain to take third straight pole

Formula 1 World Championship leader Valtteri Bottas beat Mercedes team-mate and defending champion Lewis Hamilton by more than six tenths of a second at to claim pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix, his third in a row so far this season. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third quickest in the session ahead of Red Bull’s […]

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TASMIN ZOLDERS ON

Pepper keen to progress in Belgium South Africa’s W Series heroine, Tasmin Pepper heads to Zolder in Belgium for the second round of motorsport’s Woman’s World Championship keen on an easier weekend over the 18-19 May weekend. Pepper, who delivered a star performance in the series’ first-ever race at Hockenheim in Germany last week to […]

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‘We want a champion to show skill, not how good the car is’: Jean Todt interview

FIA President Jean Todt (73), whom we interviewed exclusively in the South African resort of Sun City during the annual FIA Conference last week, is one of world motorsport’s highest-ever achievers, having been a winning WRC-standard co-driver, boss of Peugeots rally/Dakar/Pikes Peak/WEC teams and chief architect of Ferrari’s record-setting 2000s hegemony. As outlined here last […]

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Wolff says Mercedes results ‘too flattering’

Toto Wolff insists his Mercedes team is being flattered by its record-breaking start to the season after four consecutive one-two finishes heading into the Spanish Grand Prix. Mercedes became the first team in Formula 1 history to start a season with four straight one-twos when Valtteri Bottas led home Lewis Hamilton in the Azerbaijan Grand […]