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Author Archive for Giles Richards

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Lewis Hamilton soars in Singapore but Sergio Pérez plumbs the depths

Ferrari’s strategy came up short, Max Verstappen underlined his potential and the future of F1 was leaked on social mediaA weekend that had begun with such optimism for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari ended with the team and driver bearing the demeanour o…

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Lewis Hamilton ‘going from strength to strength’ after Singapore F1 win

• Mercedes driver’s championship lead now 40 points• ‘The focus is intense. It has to remain the same if not more’Lewis Hamilton believes he and his Mercedes team are in the best possible position to close out the Formula One world championship after h…

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Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix to extend lead in F1 title race

• Briton takes championship lead to 40 points with victory• Max Verstappen finishes second with Sebastian Vettel thirdLewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix with a strong run from pole position to increase his world championship lead over Ferrari’…

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Alain Prost: ‘Getting Renault back on top is so difficult I find it interesting’

The four-times F1 champion is back at the heart of the sport as a special adviser to Renault. As he explains, being an outsider battling against the odds is a key motivating factorIt is striking how short silences punctuate Alain Prost’s replies in con…

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Lewis Hamilton smashes track record to take Singapore F1 GP pole

• Championship leader sets Marina Bay best by three seconds• Max Verstappen second fastest, Sebastian Vettel thirdLewis Hamilton took pole for Mercedes with a consummate lap under the lights of the Marina Bay circuit. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was in s…

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Factors that will determine the destiny of the Formula One title

Lewis Hamilton has been in a class of his own this season despite coming up against a superior Ferrari carLewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 30 points going into the final seven races of the season, a somewhat unlikely advantage given the strengt…

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Lewis Hamilton says F1 title remains his priority after fashion diversion

• Mercedes driver has travelled to Milan, Shanghai and New York• ‘I get a lot of energy from these different things that I do’Lewis Hamilton has insisted he is as focused as ever on his task of winning a fifth Formula One world championship.The Mercede…

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Charles Leclerc looks like a gamble by Ferrari – but he’s not | Giles Richards

The 20-year-old Sauber rookie is calm, assured and mature beyond his years, handling tragedy with remarkable composure and F1 with excellent pace and outstanding racecraftThrowing young talent into the heat of the battle at the very front of the Formul…

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Charles Leclerc to replace Kimi Raikkonen as Ferrari ring changes

Leclerc moves from Sauber in swap with RaikkonenPromising 20-year-old will pose challenge to VettelFerrari have announced that Kimi Raikkonen will leave the team at the end of this season. In a long anticipated move the Finn will be replaced by the Sau…

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CVC ownership of F1 should serve as a warning to Premiership Rugby | Giles Richards

On the eve of Premiership Rugby’s decision over the purchase offer from CVC, they may want to consider how the private equity firm’s tenure in charge of Formula One turned outShould Premiership Rugby’s club owners reject the purchase offer from private…

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Sebastian Vettel has questions to answer as he lets slip a great chance | Giles Richards

Ferrari had looked strong going into the Italian Grand Prix but did not make the most of it while Max Verstappen shows the trait of champions in believing he can do no wrongFerrari and Sebastian Vettel must have concerns about how they did not manage t…

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Historic Monza, home of Ferrari, battles for its place in F1’s future | Giles Richards

The famous circuit stages the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday but it needs a new deal with Formula One’s owners to keep goingThere are few Formula One circuits that stir the heart quite like Monza, where the sense of history and passion for the sport is p…

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Halo does not look good but its worth to F1 was made clear at Belgian GP | Giles Richards

Charles Leclerc was saved by the new addition at the Belgian GP while Ferrari made their power advantage payThe halo cockpit protection device found few fans when it was imposed by the FIA at the start of this season. Certainly on aesthetic grounds, no…

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Lewis Hamilton says he wants to press home F1 advantage over Vettel

• Hamilton: ‘Extending the lead is the way to go’• Season resumes this weekend in BelgiumLewis Hamilton intends to close out his attempt to win a fifth Formula One world championship without relinquishing the lead he has over Sebastian Vettel.As the se…

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s battle will fall on skill, not machinery | Giles Richards

The two drivers begin an F1 championship run-in as close as either has encountered when Formula One reconvenes at SpaFormula One returns to action in Spa this weekend after an unprecedented volume of contract activity during the summer break. Yet much …

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Ferrari need to take more risks while Red Bull’s patience is running out

Ferrari paid the price for a slow stop at the Hungaroring while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen blew a fuse after a power failureHaving made three strategic errors this season, the pressure has been on the Mercedes pit wall. With qualifying crucial in Hungar…

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Lewis Hamilton says he still has plenty to do to beat faster Ferrari

• Reigning F1 champion not complacent after Hungary win• Hamilton goes into break with 24-point lead over VettelLewis Hamilton has said his Mercedes team will have to perform at their very peak in the second half of the Formula One season if he is to c…

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Lando Norris: ‘Growing up watching Lewis, McLaren was my favourite car’ | Giles Richards

The 18-year-old British test and reserve driver is in a fierce battle in F2 and well on track for the step up to Formula OneFor a driver tipped to be a star of the future in Formula One and indeed, one so young, Lando Norris seems impressively free fro…

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Lewis Hamilton relishing the pressure of Formula One title battle

• World championship leader expects intense challenge • Hamilton has a 17-point lead over Sebastian VettelLewis Hamilton has said he believes he will be able to thrive on the intense fight he faces with Sebastian Vettel for the Formula One world champi…

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Sebastian Vettel’s mistakes adding up to another missed championship

Ferrari’s No 1 driver knows he is under scrutiny after missing out at Hockenheim as last two years show a worrying trendSebastian Vettel said he is at “peace with himself” despite the baying hounds of the Italian media turning on him after his mistake …