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Mercedes are ‘up for fight’ with Red Bull after F1 Anniversary GP setback

Wolff says Verstappen is now a genuine title contenderMercedes principal says tyres investigation under wayThe Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has said he welcomes the challenge from Red Bull after his team were soundly beaten in the 70th Annivers…

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Mercedes are ‘up for fight’ with Red Bull after F1 Anniversary GP setback

Wolff says Verstappen is now a genuine title contenderMercedes principal says tyres investigation under wayThe Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has said he welcomes the challenge from Red Bull after his team were soundly beaten in the 70th Annivers…

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Mercedes are ‘up for fight’ with Red Bull after F1 Anniversary GP setback

Wolff says Verstappen is now a genuine title contenderMercedes principal says tyres investigation under wayThe Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has said he welcomes the challenge from Red Bull after his team were soundly beaten in the 70th Annivers…

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From Stirling Moss to Jenson Button: seven epic races over seven decades | Giles Richards

As F1 celebrates its 70th birthday at the track where it began, here are some of the most memorable from 1,022 grands prixWith his Vanwall not ready for the opening round of the season, Stirling Moss drove a Cooper T43 for Mike Walker’s privateer team….

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Clark, Brabham, Lauda, Senna: 70 years of Formula One remembered | Giles Richards

This weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone is a chance to look back at a story of man and machine in a fight to the flag and the changes that have made the sport saferFormula One’s challenge of man and machine to move relentlessly forwar…

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Racing Point fined and docked points for ‘Pink Mercedes’ controversy

FIA upholds Renault protest about legality of designRacing Point to lose 15 points with €400,000 fineThe Racing Point team have been punished by the FIA after they were judged to have illegally copied part of last year’s Mercedes car. After protests lo…

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Valtteri Bottas signs new Mercedes contract for 2021 F1 season

Finn set to partner Lewis Hamilton for fifth consecutive season‘Staying puts me in best possible position to compete for title’Valtteri Bottas has signed a new contract with Mercedes for 2021. Lewis Hamilton has yet to extend his deal but if, as expect…

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Lewis Hamilton wants F1 to match unified gestures adopted by other sports

Seven drivers chose not to take a knee before British Grand PrixJean Todt says it would be ‘inappropriate’ to make drivers kneelLewis Hamilton believes Formula One drivers should take their cue from other sports in uniting to take a knee before races. …

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Alex Albon: ‘Silverstone is so special to me … it gives me goosebumps’

A trip to Silverstone when he was six sparked the Red Bull driver’s passion for F1 and he can’t wait to race in the British Grand PrixSmiling in the sunshine, Alex Albon simply cannot suppress a playful grin. It is, he concedes, the product of irrepres…

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Toto Wolff: ‘Lewis Hamilton won’t let criticism close to his soul’

The Mercedes principal on his respect and admiration for the British driver, who he says takes criticism on board, learns from his mistakes and can race beyond his 40sFor a man who leads the dominant force in modern Formula One, Toto Wolff makes scant …

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F1 considers season-long restrictive bubble after Pérez tests positive

Mexican driver is the first in F1 to contract Covid-19Pérez flew to Mexico to visit his mother after Hungarian GPFormula One may consider further tightening its Covid-19 code of conduct to impose a season-long restrictive bubble on personnel after Serg…

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Hamilton hopes F1 is united in protest as Pérez tests positive for Covid-19

Ceremony against racism to be held at Silverstone Racing Point driver Pérez enters quarantine and will be replacedLewis Hamilton is optimistic Formula One will present a united front against racism, although there remains disagreement behind the scenes…

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How Silverstone prepared for F1 double-header amid the pandemic | Giles Richards

Planning a normal grand prix takes 18 months but Silverstone has had only eight weeks to arrange two. It has been a task like no other but one vital to the survival of the circuitHistory and heritage have long been important to Silverstone, the scene o…

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McLaren’s Lando Norris pledges to ‘do everything I can’ in tackling racism

F1 driver hopes for coherent gesture at British Grand PrixNorris says pre-race show of support in Hungary ‘was a mess’Lando Norris has reasserted his commitment to fighting racism. In the runup to the British Grand Prix this weekend, the McLaren driver…

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Marshals condemn refusal to test them for Covid-19 at British Grand Prix

Only personnel in the paddock will be tested at SilverstoneDecision described as ‘a slap in the face’ for volunteersBritish marshals have expressed anger and disappointment that they will not be tested for Covid-19 at the forthcoming British Grand Prix…

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Lewis Hamilton says Formula One is not taking racism seriously

Drivers fail to give strong anti-racism message at Hungarian GP ‘I will get in touch with F1 because no one else is going to do itLewis Hamilton issued a stinging rebuke to the leaders of Formula One and some of his fellow drivers after the sport’s fai…

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Lewis Hamilton storms to pole position for Hungarian Grand Prix

Mercedes secure qualifying one-two with Bottas secondStroll and Perez third and fourth for Racing PointLewis Hamilton took pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix, putting in a precision run in the Mercedes at the Hungaroring. His teammate Valtteri Bottas wa…

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Mattia Binotto calm but pressure builds around struggling Ferrari

Underlying issues with the car have become impossible to ignore as Ferrari are no longer mentioned in the same breath as frontrunners Red Bull and MercedesSteering Ferrari is far from being a cakewalk. As Mattia Binotto goes in to this weekend’s Hungar…

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Black power salute was ‘pivotal moment’ for me, says Lewis Hamilton

World champion made gesture after winning Styrian Grand PrixHamilton eager to emulate Tommie Smith and John CarlosLewis Hamilton has said that making the black power salute at last week’s Styrian Grand Prix felt as if it was a pivotal moment for him an…

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Lewis Hamilton vows to spend life fighting racism after black power salute

British driver says ‘a lot of work’ needs to be doneHamilton made salute after victory at Styrian Grand PrixLewis Hamilton said he is in a lifelong struggle to fight racism after he gave the black power salute in the wake of his victory at the Styrian …