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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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‘This is my adrenaline fix’: Jamie Chadwick, F1’s first female hope in 43 years

No woman has raced in Formula 1 since the 1970s. Does the 21-year-old Williams driver have the talent and ambition to change all that?Even if you’re one of the most promising young racing drivers of your era, you still have to take your driving test. S…

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W Series finale to feature on Formula One undercards in 2020 season

Final two races of W Series will take place at US and Mexican GPsEight-race calendar for all-female motor racing championshipThe final two races of this year’s W Series will be on the undercard of Formula One’s United States and Mexican Grands Prix.The…

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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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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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Max Verstappen commits long-term future to Red Bull with contract to 2023

• Fresh contract will keep driver at Red Bull until 2023• Dutchman had been earmarked to Hamilton at MercedesMax Verstappen has signed a new contract with Red Bull, keeping him at the team until 2023. The 22-year-old Dutchman’s deal was due to expire t…

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Max Verstappen commits long-term future to Red Bull with contract to 2023

• Fresh contract will keep driver at Red Bull until 2023• Dutchman had been earmarked to Hamilton at MercedesMax Verstappen has signed a new contract with Red Bull, keeping him at the team until 2023. The 22-year-old Dutchman’s deal was due to expire t…

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20 for 2020: the unmissable sporting events over the next 12 months

The Tokyo Olympics is the main event but with England in the Euros and Tiger Roll attempting an unprecedented third straight Grand National fans are spoilt for choice in 2020An ever-fascinating tournament takes on an extra edge given it represents a po…

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Charles Leclerc signs with Ferrari until 2024 to cap ‘dream year’ in F1

Scuderia ‘very pleased’ to give new deal to 22-year-oldTeammate Sebastian Vettel’s deal expires in 2020Charles Leclerc has signed a new long-term contract with Ferrari, committing him to the F1 team through to the end of the 2024 season and raising fur…

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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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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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Sports Personality of the Year: our writers on the six contenders

Ben Stokes produced two match-winning innings but Dina Asher-Smith made history and Lewis Hamilton got title No 6Stride by stride, second by second, Dina Asher-Smith had a 2019 for the ages. To win one world athletics medal would have been staggering e…

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Society and social media alter Spoty contenders’ outlooks | Andy Bull

Raheem Sterling, Lewis Hamilton and Ben Stokes have used social media to fight back against a hostile pressLet’s begin with Bob Nudd. Now, this may seem a strange place to start an article about the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards when the sh…

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Society and social media alter Spoty contenders’ outlooks | Andy Bull

Raheem Sterling, Lewis Hamilton and Ben Stokes have used social media to fight back against a hostile pressLet’s begin with Bob Nudd. Now, this may seem a strange place to start an article about the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards when the sh…

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Ben Stokes overwhelming favourite to win Sports Personality of the Year

World Cup final and Headingley Ashes win make Stokes odds-onDina Asher-Smith second on list after World Championship goldThere will be another public vote this weekend. On Sunday night, the BBC will announce its Sports Personality of the Year with Ben …

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Ben Stokes overwhelming favourite to win Sports Personality of the Year

World Cup final and Headingley Ashes win make Stokes odds-onDina Asher-Smith second on list after World Championship goldThere will be another public vote this weekend. On Sunday night, the BBC will announce its Sports Personality of the Year with Ben …

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Ferrari ‘very flattered’ Lewis Hamilton has had talks about F1 move

• Ferrari admit they have spoken with world champion• Ferrari would veto bid by Mercedes chief Toto Wolff to run F1Ferrari have admitted for the first time that Lewis Hamilton, whose £40m-a-year deal with Mercedes expires at the end of next season, has…

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Sports quiz of the week: clothes, coins and a heavyweight contest

Who is flying the flag? Who lost his job? Who is a hypocrite?Duncan Ferguson will take charge of Everton for their match against Chelsea this weekend after Marco Silva was sacked. Which of these statements about Ferguson is false?He once scored a hat-t…

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F1 Esports season crosses line before top gamers steer out of virtual world | Paul MacInnes

Jarno Opmeer will race at a shopping centre in Fulham before taking to Renault’s F1 simulator to help fine-tune the real thingThe 2019 Formula One Esports series will come to a climax at a shopping centre in west London on Wednesday. Inside the Vue cin…