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Billy Monger: ‘I want to make it to Formula One off my own back’

The 19-year-old double amputee will drive in this year’s Euroformula Open Championship and has his sights set on the very topEbullient yet fearsomely determined, Billy Monger explains that he has a point to prove beyond his remarkable return to racing …

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Billy Monger: ‘I want to make it to Formula One off my own back’

The 19-year-old double amputee will drive in this year’s Euroformula Open Championship and has his sights set on the very topEbullient yet fearsomely determined, Billy Monger explains that he has a point to prove beyond his remarkable return to racing …

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Ferrari face tough questions and pressing need to do well in Baku

If the Scuderia are unable to challenge Mercedes in Azerbaijan it is difficult to see where they will be able toThe Ferrari team principal, Mattia Binotto, has been a picture of considered, affable and approachable calm this season. Indeed, in that res…

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Bottas pips Hamilton to pole for Mercedes one-two at Chinese Grand Prix | Giles Richards

Valtteri Bottas takes pole for Chinese Grand PrixFerrari remain positive with 3rd and 4th grid placingsAlready looking to be in the form of his career, Valtteri Bottas served definitive notice that this season he is refusing to play a bit part in the t…

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Shauna Coxsey: Britain’s No 1 climber aims to scale Olympic heights in Tokyo

The 26-year-old from Runcorn still finds it ‘crazy and surreal’ that climbing will make its Olympic debut in 2020 – but she is desperate to be there“Climbing is one of the most natural things we can do as humans,” declares Shauna Coxsey, with a beaming…

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Before F1’s 1000th grand prix: the greatest races of all time

Ten of the best from the sport’s first 999 outings, featuring Fangio, Prost, Senna, Mansell and StewartWinner: Juan Manuel Fangio Continue reading…

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Mick Schumacher feels at home with Ferrari on maiden F1 drive

• Michael Schumacher’s son runs Max Verstappen close in testing • Fernando Alonso returns to F1 in tyre test in BahrainMichael Schumacher’s son, Mick, made a hugely successful debut driving a Formula One car in a test for Ferrari. The 20-year-old compl…

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Charles Leclerc’s Bahrain brilliance heralds start of a new dynamic in F1 | Giles Richards

It is a matter of time before the Ferrari driver tastes victory and his reaction to disappointment marked him out as a starCharles Leclerc took the crushing disappointment of losing an almost certain debut Formula One win at the Bahrain Grand Prix with…

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Charles Leclerc pips Sebastian Vettel to Bahrain F1 pole on Ferrari’s day

• Monegasque becomes second youngest to take pole at 21y 4m• Lewis Hamilton third fastest, Valtteri Bottas fourthCharles Leclerc claimed his first ever pole position taking the top spot for Ferrari at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with his teammate Sebastian…

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Ferrari’s fightback begins in first practice for Bahrain Grand Prix

• Vettel and Leclerc leave Mercedes drivers in their early wake• Williams bring back Sir Patrick Head as engineering consultantIf there is to be a real fight at the front in Formula One this season Ferrari must square up at the Sakhir circuit and find …

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British GT champion Flick Haigh: ‘I’ll keep pushing despite harsh reality of racing’

A lack of funding to compete in a series this season will not stop the first female winner of the British GT Championship as she prepares to appear in the Le Mans CupOnly 12 months ago, Flick Haigh pulled off an unlikely but outstanding victory on her …

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F1 urged to speak up in the face of Bahrain government crackdown

• Jean Todt called upon to act in case of activist Najah Yusuf• ‘Any gathering of six or seven people chanting will be attacked’Small-scale protests against the Bahrain Grand Prix are expected across the country this weekend, according to the Bahrain I…

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F1 urged to speak up in the face of Bahrain government crackdown

• Jean Todt called upon to act in case of activist Najah Yusuf• ‘Any gathering of six or seven people chanting will be attacked’Small-scale protests against the Bahrain Grand Prix are expected across the country this weekend, according to the Bahrain I…

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Call for F1 champion Lewis Hamilton to help jailed Bahraini activist Najah Yusuf

• Human rights groups demand F1 cancels Sunday’s Bahrain GP• Lewis Hamilton ‘cannot win titles on the back of abuses’Human rights groups are demanding the cancellation of Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix if Formula One is not allowed to investigate the abus…

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Jordan Thomas: ‘I can go forward and create my own history. I make my own story’ | Giles Richards

Tokyo 2020 is the latest goal for the British karateka whose career has been defined by determination and self-beliefIt was in 2016 when Jordan Thomas won karate’s world championship in Austria, that he knew his destiny was firmly in his hands long bef…

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Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 debut in Ferrari test next week

• Mick to drive for Ferrari on 2 April after the Bahrain Grand Prix• 19-year-old was the European Formula 3 champion last seasonMichael Schumacher’s son, Mick, will make his Formula One debut in a test for Ferrari on 2 April after the Bahrain Grand Pri…

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Peony Knight hoping to ride wave of success all the way to Tokyo Olympics | Giles Richards

British surfer is still only 21 years old but is a formidable talent and fiercely determined to take her board to the GamesBritain’s Peony Knight is an athlete with her sights set on riding the crest of a wave when surfing makes it debut at the Tokyo O…

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Zak Brown: ‘McLaren may consider their F1 future without changes’

Team’s chief executive believes that a meeting this week must deliver better competition if the sport is to flourishZak Brown has warned that McLaren, second only to Ferrari in terms of seasons on the grid, would consider quitting Formula One if the sp…

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Out of time and on the skids: speedway’s struggle for survival | Giles Richards

The sport, a relic of its 1970s heyday, is crying out for a Bernie Ecclestone or Barry Hearn to revolutionise itSo far has British speedway fallen from public awareness that few might appreciate the sport’s successes. This month the British rider Tai W…

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Mercedes are the team to catch again as Ferrari continue to struggle | Giles Richards

Victory for Valtteri Bottas at the Australian GP left Sebastian Vettel in the shade as F1’s new regulations left the drivers cold in MelbourneAlready conspiracy theories abound that Mercedes had been involved in an elaborate plot to mask their true for…