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F1’s new-season storylines are tantalising, but pay TV is limiting potential

Lewis Hamilton versus the young guns Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc should be a fascinating generational tussle, but paywalls are getting in the way of inspiring a new generationAs the new season draws closer, Formula One’s hip young gunslingers ar…

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Prospective F1 drivers without wealthy parents have no chance | Giles Richards

Increasing costs mean Britain may never produce a driver from an underprivileged background such as Lewis Hamilton againTalent now, more than ever, will take you only so far in motor racing. The ability to combine split-second decision making with almo…

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Motor racing worried expense will deter ‘the next Lewis Hamilton’ from F1

• Fears those from working-class backgrounds being priced out• Derek Warwick: ‘If we’re not careful we won’t get the next Lewis’Derek Warwick, vice-president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, has echoed Lewis Hamilton’s concern that reaching Formula…

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Abbie Eaton: ‘Motor sport is all I’ve known and I’ve made it to W Series’

The Grand Tour’s test driver says returning to racing was always the goal and she cannot wait until the championship’s first round in St PetersburgWith new hopes and ambitions, 2020 is not only a new year for Abbie Eaton but almost a rebirth. The 28-ye…

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Max Verstappen’s decision suggests Red Bull-Honda will mount F1 title tilt | Giles Richards

Dutchman would have been in line to replace Hamilton at Mercedes if the champion moves to Ferrari but instead he may be the man who keeps Honda in the sportJust days into the new year, with many good intentions already falling by the wayside, Max Verst…

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Arise, Sir Lewis? Head of Motorsport UK wants knighthood for Hamilton

• British racing chief calls for Hamilton to be knighted• ‘I can’t think of anyone more worthy,’ says RichardsDavid Richards, the head of British motor racing’s governing body, has said it would be a major oversight if Lewis Hamilton is not recognised …

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Football T-shirt founders’ philosophy remains close to soul of the game | Giles Richards

Philosophy Football printed its first T-shirt 25 years ago and its owners have stayed on the ball in order to remain relevantMoney and business, haves and have-nots, might seem to command the modern football landscape. Yet away from the numbers it is s…

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Hamilton should listen to Berger: set F1 record then live Ferrari dream | Giles Richards

Austrian understands the visceral attraction of the Scuderia but timing is everything and ‘you never leave a winning team’After 13 years in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton’s enthusiasm shows no sign of waning. In one area however he may find next season be…

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Radio bikes, air hockey and trainers: the best sporting Christmas gift ideas

There are useful and trendy items that could take your fancy as well as the unusual, such as wood carvings of race tracksNothing catches the eye quite like retro styling, as done superbly at Toffs.com. Iconic strips across the decades ensure a standout…

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A year to remember: F1’s highs and lows from the 2019 season | Giles Richards

Hamilton’s sixth title and Leclerc’s brilliant debut season shone this year, while Williams were left licking their wounds Continue reading…

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A year to remember: F1’s highs and lows from the 2019 season | Giles Richards

Hamilton’s sixth title and Leclerc’s brilliant debut season shone this year, while Williams were left licking their wounds Continue reading…

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Lewis Hamilton in total command to end season with Abu Dhabi F1 win

• British driver achieves 11th success of 2019 season• Charles Leclerc referred to stewards over fuel irregularityLewis Hamilton won the final race of the Formula One season at Abu Dhabi with a dominant run from pole to the flag. Unchallenged, he pulle…

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Lewis Hamilton ends 2019 qualifying in style with Abu Dhabi F1 pole

• Bottas second fastest but engine change relegates him to back• Max Verstappen on front row ahead of Leclerc and VettelLewis Hamilton took pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final meeting of the 2019 season. With a dominant lap of the Yas…

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Lewis Hamilton is not only a peerless champion, he is the face of F1 | Giles Richards

In his 13-year F1 career, the 34-year-old has been in a class alone, a driver at the top of his game who says the best is yet to comeWith a sixth world championship this season, Lewis Hamilton’s place in motor racing’s pantheon is assured. Debate will …

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Charles Leclerc says Sebastian Vettel knows he was in the wrong for F1 crash

• Ferrari teammates both forced out of Brazilian Grand Prix• ‘We both want to win but we need to find the right compromise’Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has made it clear he believed his teammate Sebastian Vettel should not have collided with him at the Br…

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Charlie Martin: ‘Being visible as a trans woman at Le Mans – a lot of good can come from that’

Stonewall spokeswoman aims to become the first transgender driver to contest the French classic, seven years after facial and reconstruction surgeryCharlie Martin is a driver with grand ambition, her aspirations undaunted by anything the world of motor…

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New Formula E season makes history as Mercedes and Porsche enter the fray

• Series includes all four of Germany’s major manufacturers• Jean-Éric Vergne’s title defence begins in Saudi ArabiaFormula E will return to the track in Saudi Arabia on Friday with the first meeting of a season that will hold its finale in London duri…

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Leclerc has earned his spurs and deserves parity with Vettel at Ferrari

The case for Germany’s four-time champion not being No 1 with the Scuderia next season is overwhelmingAlready beaten and bloody from a punishing season, Ferrari completed Paul Weller’s Eton triumvirate by emerging from the Brazilian Grand Prix with sic…

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Verstappen’s verve lights up Brazilian Grand Prix but Ferrari flounder again | Giles Richards

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was flawless at Interlagos, altitude sickness for Mercedes and a happy birthday for HondaWhat a difference a year makes. Max Verstappen, after his travails at this race last year, where he was hit by Esteban Ocon while leading…

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Max Verstappen takes pole for Brazilian GP with Lewis Hamilton in third

• Dutch driver secures his second pole position of the season• Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualifies in second spotMax Verstappen took pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix, claiming the top spot for Red Bull with a superb lap to deny Ferrari’s Sebastian Ve…