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McLaren’s Lando Norris expects to learn from errors in debut F1 season

The 19-year-old faces a stern task to follow on from Fernando Alonso but knows his first campaign will be a learning curveLando Norris, who next month will become the youngest British driver to compete in Formula One, has said he knows he will make mis…

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McLaren lands commercial deal with British American Tobacco

• BAT will promote its electronic smoking alternatives• Williams launches 2019 car in a different shade of blueBritish American Tobacco, which withdrew from Formula One in 2006, when tobacco advertising was banned from the sport, is to return in a “glo…

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Max Verstappen will be compelling F1 watch, more so if engine can deliver

Dutchman is starting his fifth season in F1 and the principal thinks that the 21-year-old’s work with Honda will produce and more invested and rounded driverMad Max no more was the Red Bull team principal Christian Horner’s assessment of his driver Max…

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Christian Horner: Liberty Media underestimated what it took on in F1

• Red Bull principal questions American owners’ approach• ‘They probably thought there was some very low-hanging fruit’Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, believes Formula One’s owner, Liberty Media, has seriously underestimated the challenge …

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Fernando Alonso’s Daytona triumph shows his racing hunger remains | Giles Richards

Spanish driver says his focus is on Indy 500 and motor racings’s triple crown but might the Dakar rally or Formula E tempt him?Four years into his trying second stint at McLaren, Fernando Alonso might have lacked the machinery to win but the desire was…

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Fernando Alonso’s Daytona triumph shows his racing hunger remains | Giles Richards

Spanish driver says his focus is on Indy 500 and motor racings’s triple crown but might the Dakar rally or Formula E tempt him?Four years into his trying second stint at McLaren, Fernando Alonso might have lacked the machinery to win but the desire was…

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F1 promoters association expecting more cooperation from Liberty Media

• Fopa optimistic after meeting with the sport’s owners• Concerns remain over future of British Grand PrixThe race promoters in Formula One believe their criticism of the sport’s owner, Liberty Media, has proved to be worthwhile but expect the company …

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‘All our hearts are very red’ – Mick Schumacher enters Ferrari maelstrom | Giles Richards

Michael Schumacher’s son kept his head down while rising through the ranks but driving in F2 and testing a Ferrari F1 car will put the 19-year-old in the spotlight like never beforeFour years ago when Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, made his car racing…

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‘All our hearts are very red’ – Mick Schumacher enters Ferrari maelstrom | Giles Richards

Michael Schumacher’s son kept his head down while rising through the ranks but driving in F2 and testing a Ferrari F1 car will put the 19-year-old in the spotlight like never beforeFour years ago when Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, made his car racing…

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Will Mattia Binotto reinvigorate unruly Ferrari’s F1 fortunes? | Giles Richards

Ferrari’s new team principal has just five weeks before testing in Barcelona but his appointment is perhaps the best they have made in recent yearsPrecious little time remains for the new Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto to grasp the reins of his …

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Ferrari may replace team principal Maurizio Arrivabene

•Mattia Binotto expected to take reins after disappointing season•Chief technical officer Binotto has been at Ferrari since 1995Ferrari are expected to replace their team principal, Maurizio Arrivabene, with their chief technical officer, Mattia Binott…

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McLaren trust teenager Norris to embrace challenge and help team up F1 grid | Giles Richards

Norris will become the youngest British driver to compete in F1 and his reassuring maturity will be tested, given team’s plightWhen Lando Norris takes to the grid for the Australian Grand Prix next season he will, at 19, become the youngest British dri…

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F1 exploring options for a London GP, says Ross Brawn

• ‘We’d like London to complement Silverstone, not replace it’• Grand prix would likely be on periphery of the city, not centralRoss Brawn, Formula One’s head of motorsport, has again raised the prospect of holding a race in London but insisted it need…

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Smart footballs, winter layers and Ashes reminders: best sporting gifts of 2018

From Rugby World Cup T-shirts to stylish caps, feast on our wide-ranging Christmas present ideas for this monthThe Women’s World Cup takes place in France in the summer and there is the chance to bag a bargain to show support for England with a range o…

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Formula E gears up: new batteries, Felipe Massa and ‘Mario Kart’ boosts | Giles Richards

There are new names, street circuits and a new ‘attack mode’ but batteries that last an entire race may be the key innovationFormula E has always enjoyed grand city centre destinations as a central tenet of the all-electric series. Beginning its fifth …

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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…