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Category: Max Verstappen

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Daniel Ricciardo sets F1 pulses racing with masterclass in China Grand Prix| Giles Richards

The Australian showed touches of real quality to win in Shanghai but Max Verstappen is still making mistakesDaniel Ricciardo’s skill at overtaking was never in doubt but his remarkable performance in China was confirmation of just how far he is willing…

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Lewis Hamilton apologises to Max Verstappen after Bahrain F1 clash

• World champion clears air with Red Bull driver before Chinese GP• Hamilton called Verstappen a ‘dickhead’ after collision last SundayLewis Hamilton has apologised to Max Verstappen in the buildup to the Chinese Grand Prix after their clash at the las…

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Mercedes rue missed Melbourne chance but Red Bull and McLaren have hope | Giles Richards

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen showed Red Bull can be a force while Fernando Alonso gave McLaren reason to be cheerfulThe Mercedes team will leave Australia ruing their failure to gain a season?opening victory that was there for the taking but the…

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Formula One: Lewis Hamilton claims pole position for Australian Grand Prix

Hamilton’s performance leaves rivals reelingKimi Raikkonen to be in second place on the gridLewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, with a dominant performance in Melbourne that left his rivals reeling as he and Mercedes pro…

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Max Verstappen: ‘I’ve never doubted myself. I just drive as fast as I can’

Max Verstappen’s precocious talent has led to comparisons with Ayrton Senna and the 20-year-old is backing himself to have a glittering F1 careerMax Verstappen is in the midst of explaining why, when he is free from doubt, people banging on about the p…

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F1 2017: from Hamilton versus Vettel to McLaren; the season’s best and worst | Giles Richards

The Briton had to be at his best to shake off Ferrari rival and seal fourth title, Force India and Max Verstappen showed mettle but some changes are needed in 2018Lewis Hamilton produced an exceptional performance to secure his fourth – and what he adm…

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Max Verstappen shapes up as a next generation F1 champion | Giles Richards

After two grands prix wins this season, the young and fearless Red Bull driver has shown the conviction to be challenging soon for the F1 world titleFor a young driver in his third season in Formula One and just out of his teens, it might seem an unfea…

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Lewis Hamilton eyes fourth title after showing composure and maturity | Giles Richards

The Briton knows how to play the game and stay out of trouble as he progresses to the threshold of another drivers’ crown with his triumph in AustinDespite being beaten off the line by Sebastian Vettel Lewis Hamilton once again displayed the composure …

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Lewis Hamilton out to show he is ‘still young at heart’ as he closes in on F1 title

• He wanted to prove at Sukuka he was more than a match for upcoming talent
• Mercedes driver had to ‘man up, show my age and make sure I stay ahead’

Lewis Hamilton has said that he wanted to prove he is still more than a match for Formula One’s upcoming young talent during his victory at the Japanese Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver saw off Red Bull’s 20-year-old Max Verstappen at Suzuka and is within touching distance of a fourth world championship, while his title rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, was forced to retire from the race. The British driver’s team executive director, Toto Wolff, also observed how strong he believes the 32-year-old has become this season during a closely fought title battle.

Hamilton won at Suzuka from pole position and Vettel was forced to retire on lap four after a spark plug failure. A charging Verstappen chased Hamilton to the line. The Dutch driver had taken his second career victory at the last round in Malaysia, relegating the championship leader to second, and was constantly in Hamilton’s mirrors while looking to repeat the feat in Japan. After a late virtual safety car period, when Hamilton’s tyres took time to come up to temperature, Verstappen closed to within a second of the race leader and was eager to attack over the final laps.

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Max Verstappen’s Malaysian Grand Prix win testament to his determination | Giles Richards

The driver controlled his pace out front, matched Lewis Hamilton in every department and showed why he is a prodigious talent with a competitive carIt has been a torrid year for Max Verstappen, who, following pre-season hopes that he would be in a cham…

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Lewis Hamilton: I was lucky to take second from tough weekend in Sepang

• Briton loses out to Max Verstappen but extends championship lead
• ‘This is a good result but we’ve a lot of work to do with this car‘

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he believed he was lucky to achieve second place in the Malaysian Grand Prix after a difficult weekend that culminated in the Mercedes driver being comprehensively outpaced by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who won in Sepang.

Related: Max Verstappen beats Lewis Hamilton to win F1’s Malaysian Grand Prix

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F1: Italian Grand Prix – live!

11.29am BST

There’s a serenity about Lewis Hamilton these days, which hasn’t always been in evidence. He treats setbacks with equanimity – well, relatively speaking and some of the time – seems to have twigged that a race is only a race – and generally seems pretty chuffed with existing.

This can only help his racing. He has all the speed, wit and daring that he’s always had, but perspective never did anyone any harm, and it particularly suits him. His performance in qualifying for this race was majestic, and though the weather forecast suggests that it will not rain, thus giving the rest a chance, he looks set to move back to the top of the drivers’ championship – any win will do it.

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‘I am a man of my word,’ says Lewis Hamilton after giving up podium place

• Sebastian Vettel eases to Hungarian Grand Prix victory in Ferrari one-two
• Hamilton hands third place to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas

The Hungarian Grand Prix could yet stand as one of the defining moments of the 2017 Formula One season.

Under the unyielding sun of a Budapest summer the two title protagonists, who have been equally unforgiving on track in a battle that has swayed gloriously between them, finally showed their hands as to how that fight would proceed in the second half of the season.

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F1: Hungarian Grand Prix – live!

12.43pm BST

F1 managing director Ross Brawn is enjoying the sunshine on the grid, and he’s excited for this grand prix. “Ferrari have come back again here – [their form] is circuit dependent I think, because I understand there’s no great change to cars. It doesn’t look like Mercedes had a great qualifying but what’s great is we don’t know who’s going to win.”

12.39pm BST

Sky Sports’ F1 team are depleted today. Martin Brundle is in Belgium I hear while Paul di Resta has stepped up to replace the unwell Felipe Massa for Williams. Quite a switch from commentary box to cockpit. In Brundle’s stead, Ted Kravitz will take on The Grid Walk.

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Max Verstappen seeks F1 finishing touch after run of retirements

Red Bull driver is feeling positive before the Hungarian Grand Prix despite suffering everything from engine failure to a dud battery this seasonThere is a refreshing lack of artifice when Max Verstappen makes a case. The Red Bull driver is as happy to…

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Max Verstappen among drivers to speak out against halo cockpit safety system

• FIA has announced head-protection device will be mandatory from 2018
• ‘It’s not just the looks, I don’t think it is necessary,’ says Red Bull driver

Several Formula One drivers have spoken out strongly in opposition to the introduction of the halo cockpit protection system in the lead-up to the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.

Related: FIA defends decision to enforce F1 halo cockpit protection device for 2018

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Sebastian Vettel issues statement of intent with Canadian GP recovery | Giles Richards

German’s high-risk style yields benefits; Force India have bout of indecision; Fernando Alonso engine failure brings McLaren divorce from Honda closer

That Sebastian Vettel does not want to lose points to Lewis Hamilton is a given, what was impressive at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was just how committed he is to the task. Damage to the front wing on lap one was a major setback, coming back to finish fourth was a huge recovery and the manner he achieved it was a statement of intent. Having chased down and overtaken his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and while still looking for a podium place, passing the two Force Indias of Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon was paramount. Ocon was first and Vettel’s lunge down the inside of turn one, on the dirty line, was a breathtaking piece of bravado. He was losing downforce in the slipstream and was sliding – a risky manoeuvre but he made it stick and then scythed past Pérez on the final chicane. As damage limitation goes it was a masterclass. But what really stood out was his determination not to play the percentages. He knows he is in a nip and tuck fight with Hamilton for the championship and there was a chance a move could end his race but he went for it anyway. “Full risk, full on,” he said. “I wanted to get past, full stop.” Which is as good an attitude as can be hoped for from a title contender.

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F1: Spanish Grand Prix – live!

1.34pm BST

Lap 21/66: It’s Hamilton, and he’s switched to medium tyres. Hamilton emerges eight seconds behind Vettel…

1.33pm BST

Lap 20/66: “Rear tyres are the weak point” says Hamilton, as he goes sliding into the straight. Vettel is reporting the same issue on much newer tyres. A Mercedes is about to come in, but which one?

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