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British driver Lando Norris makes a fast start on F1 track bow for McLaren

• 19-year-old’s time in testing is second only to Charles Leclerc • Lewis Hamilton completes 74 laps and is 10th-fastestLando Norris, who took to the track for the first time as a Formula One driver in testing on Tuesday, capped a strong performance by…

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McLaren’s Lando Norris expects to learn from errors in debut F1 season

The 19-year-old faces a stern task to follow on from Fernando Alonso but knows his first campaign will be a learning curveLando Norris, who next month will become the youngest British driver to compete in Formula One, has said he knows he will make mis…

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McLaren lands commercial deal with British American Tobacco

• BAT will promote its electronic smoking alternatives• Williams launches 2019 car in a different shade of blueBritish American Tobacco, which withdrew from Formula One in 2006, when tobacco advertising was banned from the sport, is to return in a “glo…

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McLaren trust teenager Norris to embrace challenge and help team up F1 grid | Giles Richards

Norris will become the youngest British driver to compete in F1 and his reassuring maturity will be tested, given team’s plightWhen Lando Norris takes to the grid for the Australian Grand Prix next season he will, at 19, become the youngest British dri…

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Fernando Alonso bows out with no regrets despite F1 disappointments | Giles Richards

Spanish driver will retire after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and leaves in positive mood but his character and failure to be in the right place at the right time hindered himFor a driver bidding farewell to Formula One having failed to deliver on the promise …

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Zak Brown hopeful McLaren are on road to recovery after lean years | Giles Richards

Chief executive says a lack of stability is to blame for the team’s steep decline and lengthy spell in the wildernessAs Formula One heads into its final grand prix in the sunshine of Abu Dhabi, a cold, rain-sodden, windy night envelops the McLaren Tech…

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McLaren reach their nadir in Japan as Vietnam prepares to welcome F1 | Giles Richards

The Japanese Grand Prix was a miserable one for McLaren, while for Toro Rosso and Red Bull there were positive signsFernando Alonso’s ire at the Japanese Grand Prix after he was penalised for leaving the track and gaining an advantage after being pushe…

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Fernando Alonso thinks he’s God, complains angry Kevin Magnussen

• Haas driver furious at McLaren rival for affecting qualifying lap • ‘He thought he could overtake … I’d rather hang myself’Haas’s Kevin Magnussen launched a scathing attack on Fernando Alonso after the pair tangled in qualifying at Monza. The McLaren…

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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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Carlos Sainz Jr delighted to get Fernando Alonso’s F1 seat at McLaren

• Renault driver will replace fellow Spaniard for 2019 season• Sainz: ‘It’s particularly special I’ll be taking Alonso’s seat’Carlos Sainz Jr has been named as Fernando Alonso’s successor at McLaren. The twice world champion Alonso announced on Tuesday…

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Fernando Alonso to retire from F1 at end of the season after 17 years

• 37-year-old leaves McLaren ‘to explore new adventures’• Alonso remains fully committed to rest of F1 seasonFernando Alonso will leave McLaren and “move on” from Formula 1 at the end of the season “after 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport” and h…

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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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British Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen’s wife weighs in on Lewis Hamilton spat

After a dramatic race Kimi Raikkonen’s wife has her say on Lewis Hamilton’s comments while Ferrari’s car handles the conditions and McLaren attempt to reverse their declineWhat had been a thrilling race to the end was still disappointing for Lewis Hami…

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Tough decisions lie ahead for McLaren in scramble for past F1 glories

Former team designer John Barnard says success cannot follow for struggling British team until they have the right people in the right positions all the way to the topThis year’s British Grand Prix was never going to be a celebratory affair for McLaren…

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McLaren racing director Eric Boullier resigns days before British Grand Prix

• Boullier’s position under increasing scrutiny this season• Overseen British team’s worst run in their 52-year historyEric Boullier, McLaren’s under-fire racing director, has resigned from his post with immediate effect. Frenchman Boullier joined McLa…

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The French GP is back: ‘We love F1 here, its return is good for everybody’

For Jacques Laffite the return of F1 to France after a 10-year absence and at the Paul Ricard circuit has special resonanceThere will doubtless be no shortage of intensity at the sharp end of the French Grand Prix but away from a tight title fight, for…

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Fernando Alonso might consider F1 future after McLaren’s Canada failure | Giles Richards

Charles Leclerc impressed again and Max Verstappen finally got his temperament in sync with his talent in CanadaFernando Alonso’s 300th grand prix was far from a celebratory affair: he started 14th on the grid, his lowest position this season, and reti…

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Mika Häkkinen: ‘Monaco is very demanding. If you are panic, you are in the wall’

Formula One double world champion recalls the day his luck changed in Monte Carlo and how having fun on the track led to his first title in 1998“I have never forgotten what James Hunt said to me: ‘Remember, Mika, remember to have fun,’” recalls the dou…

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Ferrari had pace all weekend in Bahrain and trusted star driver | Giles Richards

It was a fine race for Sebastian Vettel and his team, but Lewis Hamilton and Pierre Gasly also made their markThe Scuderia might have been fortunate to win in Melbourne but victory in Bahrain was anything but a fluke. The team had the pace all weekend …