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No-deal Brexit could hit F1 races around Europe, says McLaren chief

• Nine F1 races to be held in Europe in 2019• ‘Border efficiency key’, says Jonathan NealeThe chief operating officer at McLaren, Jonathan Neale, has warned the result of a no-deal Brexit may put the ability of teams to stage Formula One meetings at ri…

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F1 2018 season awards: sublime Lewis Hamilton and Leclerc’s emergence

The Englishman’s fifth F1 title was just reward for his brilliance but it’s a sad farewell to Fernando AlonsoA fifth title was Lewis Hamilton’s reward for an exceptional year. Yet it was not just the moments of sublime skill that defined it as much as …

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F1’s halo device not under question after Nico Hülkenburg’s Abu Dhabi crash

• FIA race director Whiting happy with way crash was handled• Hülkenburg: I don’t know, if the halo blocked me or notThe FIA race director, Charlie Whiting, insists the halo cockpit protection device did not prevent Nico Hülkenberg from exiting his car…

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Lewis Hamilton caps title-winning 2018 in Abu Dhabi after Hülkenberg flips

• World champion fends off Vettel to win his 11th race of season• Niko Hülkenberg walks away from dramatic early crashLewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a superb run from pole position for his 11th victory of the season. He produced a con…

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Lewis Hamilton too good again at Abu Dhabi F1 GP with 2018’s last pole

• Lap time of 1min 34.794sec holds off Valtteri Bottas• Fifth consecutive front-row lock-out for MercedesLewis Hamilton took pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a final brilliant qualifying flourish by the five-times world champion as the seaso…

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Fernando Alonso bows out with no regrets despite F1 disappointments | Giles Richards

Spanish driver will retire after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and leaves in positive mood but his character and failure to be in the right place at the right time hindered himFor a driver bidding farewell to Formula One having failed to deliver on the promise …

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‘You expect me to shake his hand?’ – Verstappen stands by push on Ocon

• Max Verstappen confronted Esteban Ocon after Brazil collision• Red Bull driver lost lead and win because of incidentMax Verstappen has defended his actions in confronting and shoving Esteban Ocon after the pair clashed at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Du…

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Zak Brown hopeful McLaren are on road to recovery after lean years | Giles Richards

Chief executive says a lack of stability is to blame for the team’s steep decline and lengthy spell in the wildernessAs Formula One heads into its final grand prix in the sunshine of Abu Dhabi, a cold, rain-sodden, windy night envelops the McLaren Tech…

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Lewis Hamilton’s F1 vision suggests bid to match Michael Schumacher

Champion wants the sport to develop in established nations and overhauling Schumacher’s records appears part of the planLewis Hamilton believes Formula One should be looking to the European heartland if it is to add new races. It is an understandable v…

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Max Verstappen would have won race if he had let Esteban Ocon through | Giles Richards

The feisty Dutchman cost himself victory in Brazil and caused a lot of trouble by not letting the Force India driver unlap himselfYoung, feisty, uncompromising, unapologetic and talented – we already knew that about Max Verstappen but it turns out he i…

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Mercedes tribute to ‘exceptional’ Lewis Hamilton after F1 constructors’ title win

• Toto Wolff thanks driver after fifth constructors’ title in a row• Hamilton salutes ‘best moment I’ve had with this team’The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has said that without Lewis Hamilton they would not have enjoyed the remarkable success …

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Lewis Hamilton benefits from Max Verstappen’s bad luck in Brazil

• Dutchman calls Esteban Ocon ‘an idiot’ after costly move • Hamilton: “This is what we’ve worked for every single day”With his fifth title already secured, Lewis Hamilton had been explicit he wanted to end the season strongly. Yet while he did the tak…

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Lewis Hamilton takes Brazilian F1 GP pole as he bids for 10th race win

• Champion can maintain recent season average of 10 wins• Sebastian Vettel second fastest but may face penaltyHaving sealed his fifth title at the last meeting Lewis Hamilton followed it with a further statement of authority by taking pole for the Braz…

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Lewis Hamilton takes Brazilian F1 GP pole as he bids for 10th race win

• Champion can maintain recent season average of 10 wins• Sebastian Vettel second fastest but may face penaltyHaving sealed his fifth title at the last meeting Lewis Hamilton followed it with a further statement of authority by taking pole for the Braz…

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Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton gears up to deliver definitive blow to Ferrari

• Mercedes aim to complete double with F1 constructors’ title• Ferrari team principal admits they ‘lacked the habit of winning’With the drivers’ championship wrapped up by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, the Brazilian Grand Prix presents the chance for a …

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Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton gears up to deliver definitive blow to Ferrari

• Mercedes aim to complete double with F1 constructors’ title• Ferrari team principal admits they ‘lacked the habit of winning’With the drivers’ championship wrapped up by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, the Brazilian Grand Prix presents the chance for a …

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Lewis Hamilton unimpressed by plans to add more races to F1 calendar

• World champion worried about short gap between seasons• ‘I’m not going to be here if it gets to 25 races, that’s for sure’Lewis Hamilton has expressed his concern over the expansion of the Formula One calendar after the announcement of a race in Viet…

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Hanoi hosting the Vietnam Grand Prix fits the bill for F1’s owners | Giles Richards

Liberty wants to expand Formula One to ‘destination cities’ but it will need to win over teams who want a reduced seasonThe Communist-ruled republic of Vietnam and Formula One might not be the most likely of bedfellows. Yet confirmation that the countr…

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Lewis Hamilton is F1’s supreme, and perhaps only, show in town | Giles Richards

Five-times champion is the dominant force in grands prix and on social media, with no other driver coming close to his publicity generating profile in the wider worldTwo years into their tenure as the owners of Formula One and Liberty Media have known …

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Lewis Hamilton says grandfather’s death made Mexican weekend difficult

• World champion pays tribute to big influence on his career• Paternal grandfather died three days before Mexico GPLewis Hamilton has revealed that the death of his grandfather before the Mexican Grand Prix, where he won his fifth world championship on…