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British Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen’s wife weighs in on Lewis Hamilton spat

After a dramatic race Kimi Raikkonen’s wife has her say on Lewis Hamilton’s comments while Ferrari’s car handles the conditions and McLaren attempt to reverse their declineWhat had been a thrilling race to the end was still disappointing for Lewis Hami…

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Lewis Hamilton: my comments about Kimi Räikkönen and Ferrari were ‘dumb’

• Champion hinted after British GP Mercedes cars were targeted• Mercedes: no accusation that accident was deliberateLewis Hamilton and Mercedes have accepted that the accident involving Kimi Räikkönen at the British Grand Prix was a racing incident and…

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Lewis Hamilton guided by faith and perspective for new F1 challenges

Four-time world champion is as driven as ever but says F1 is not worth dying for and credits religion for keeping him focusedLewis Hamilton knows that risk is part of his business but has revealed that while his passion for Formula One is as strong as …

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Christian Horner questions Mercedes tactics at Austrian Grand Prix

• Red Bull principal thinks team can still win title• Horner calls Mercedes strategy in Austria ‘bizarre’The Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, has described Mercedes’s decision to have their chief strategist, James Vowles, publicly apologise f…

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Max Verstappen backs up bold talk while tyres cause confusion | Giles Richards

The Austrian Grand Prix was a good one for Red Bull and Haas, while Mercedes were left with plenty to ponderSpeaking before the Austrian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen was unwavering in his self-belief that he alone could turn around his troubled season by…

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Lewis Hamilton puts Austria setback behind him and focuses on British GP

• Driver praised team immediately after Austrian Grand Prix• Hamilton has won his past four races at SilverstoneToto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, has revealed that Lewis Hamilton immediately reassured his team of his confidence in them after he …

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Max Verstappen: ‘At the end of the day I know I will always be right’

Red Bull driver has come in for heavy criticism from drivers and online this season but he says he refuses to change his styleMax Verstappen has condemned the criticism he has received after a difficult start to the season as resentment driven by hate …

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Lewis Hamilton expects F1 title boost from Mercedes upgrades in Austria

• Improved aerodynamics for Mercedes at Austrian Grand Prix• Hamilton: ‘The guys are working harder to bring quality’Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes are in a stronger position than ever to enhance his Formula One world championship advantage at the Au…

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Red Bull hope Honda’s promise will persuade Daniel Ricciardo to stay | Giles Richards

On the eve of their home grand prix, the Austrian team believe a new engine could provide an incentive for their senior driver to remain with themThe Red Bull team owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, must have felt somewhat aggrieved that the timing when he fi…

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Mercedes’ F1 channelling of Chairman Mao makes Lewis Hamilton proud

Briton lifts the lid on problem solving: ‘We have all sat down and every person has been critical of themselves, including me’After a poor performance in Canada Mercedes struck back strongly in France and before the race Lewis Hamilton revealed the met…

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Lewis Hamilton defends Sebastian Vettel over ‘lives on the line’ incident

• Vettel collided with Valtteri Bottas at F1 French Grand Prix• ‘We’re not pootling around, we’re putting our lives on the line’Lewis Hamilton has conceded the crash involving Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas at the start of the French Grand Prix w…

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Lewis Hamilton hoping for World Cup boost before French Grand Prix

• Race delayed to avoid clash with England-Panama match• Passionate football fan Hamilton admits it could be distractionLewis Hamilton has admitted Sunday’s World Cup match between England and Panama could be a distraction to his preparations for the F…

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Return to Paul Ricard the first step to recapturing glory of French racing | Giles Richards

After a decade off, France’s rich racing history is rekindled this weekend with the southern circuit a fine choiceDescribed at the time as an “earthquake”, the shockwaves expected by the disappearance of the French Grand Prix from the Formula One calen…

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Christina Nielsen sets sights on another memorable Le Mans 24 Hours | Giles Richards

Porsche’s selected driver is following in her father’s wake and this weekend will be competing for the third time at La SartheCasual observers of this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours might be forgiven for believing that despite boasting a grid of 60 cars, enco…

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Fernando Alonso might consider F1 future after McLaren’s Canada failure | Giles Richards

Charles Leclerc impressed again and Max Verstappen finally got his temperament in sync with his talent in CanadaFernando Alonso’s 300th grand prix was far from a celebratory affair: he started 14th on the grid, his lowest position this season, and reti…

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Lewis Hamilton keeps his chin up, despite wake-up call for Mercedes

• ‘I am still here to win F1 title,’ says Hamilton after Canada• Mercedes chief warns ‘this is not going to be a walk in the park’After a trying weekend in which he saw the Formula One lead snatched from his grasp during the Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis …

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Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix to retake F1 championship lead

• Vettel goes one point ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who ended fifth• Valtteri Bottas holds off Max Verstappen to take secondSebastian Vettel swept to an imperious victory at the Canadian Grand Prix in a class of his own. The German left the field in his w…

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Sebastian Vettel storms to Canadian F1 GP pole with Hamilton fourth

• German fastest for Ferrari, ahead of Bottas’s Mercedes• Verstappen grabs third for Red Bull ahead of Lewis HamiltonFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, putting in superb two laps in the final session that could n…

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Enaam Ahmed fizzing with intent after stellar start to F3 career

Young British driver has his eyes on even bigger prizes after hitting the front early in his European F3 careerAs far as champagne moments go, the young British driver Enaam Ahmed has already pulled off an absolute corker. After a stunning double win i…

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Lewis Hamilton downplays hopes as he closes on Schumacher’s Canada record

• British driver closing in on German’s Canadian GP record• ‘This has always been one of those circuits for me’Lewis Hamilton has always been careful to ensure he does not publicly target records in Formula One but enjoys acknowledging them once they a…