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Category: Sebastian Vettel

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Mercedes bank on Lewis Hamilton’s sixth sense in record-seeking season | Giles Richards

British champion’s mental strength will again be a key asset in Mercedes’ bid for another drivers’ and constructors’ double, starting in Melbourne on SundayThere are no illusions at Mercedes as to how tough a Formula One season lies ahead as the team p…

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F1 has no plans to ban tobacco company sponsorship despite health calls

WHO wants all sponsorship by tobacco companies outlawedFIA and F1 ban tobacco advertising but not sponsorshipHamilton on top in Australia GP practice as Vettel strugglesJean Todt has insisted the FIA is aligned with the World Health Organisation which …

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F1 2019: team-by-team guide to the cars and drivers | Giles Richards

Lewis Hamilton has repeatedly had an edge over Sebastian Vettel but Mercedes now seem to have a gap to close on FerrariCar W10 Engine Mercedes Principal Toto Wolff Debut France 1954 GPs 189 Titles 5 2018 1st Continue reading…

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Charles Leclerc sets out stall to challenge Sebastian Vettel as Ferrari’s No 1

• Monaco-born driver hopes to change order in second season• ‘I am already quite at ease. The feeling is very good’Charles Leclerc, who is making his debut for Ferrari this year, has said he would like to present the team with the “problem” of challeng…

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Ferrari now have the tools to topple Mercedes in F1, says Sebastian Vettel

• Four-time champion ‘really excited’ by Ferrari’s new car• Mattia Binotto says team ‘tried to be as extreme as we could’Sebastian Vettel has said he is confident Ferrari have the machinery to mount a strong fight for the Formula One world championship…

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F1 2018 season awards: sublime Lewis Hamilton and Leclerc’s emergence

The Englishman’s fifth F1 title was just reward for his brilliance but it’s a sad farewell to Fernando AlonsoA fifth title was Lewis Hamilton’s reward for an exceptional year. Yet it was not just the moments of sublime skill that defined it as much as …

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Lewis Hamilton caps title-winning 2018 in Abu Dhabi after Hülkenberg flips

• World champion fends off Vettel to win his 11th race of season• Niko Hülkenberg walks away from dramatic early crashLewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a superb run from pole position for his 11th victory of the season. He produced a con…

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Lewis Hamilton benefits from Max Verstappen’s bad luck in Brazil

• Dutchman calls Esteban Ocon ‘an idiot’ after costly move • Hamilton: “This is what we’ve worked for every single day”With his fifth title already secured, Lewis Hamilton had been explicit he wanted to end the season strongly. Yet while he did the tak…

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Lewis Hamilton takes Brazilian F1 GP pole as he bids for 10th race win

• Champion can maintain recent season average of 10 wins• Sebastian Vettel second fastest but may face penaltyHaving sealed his fifth title at the last meeting Lewis Hamilton followed it with a further statement of authority by taking pole for the Braz…

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Lewis Hamilton takes Brazilian F1 GP pole as he bids for 10th race win

• Champion can maintain recent season average of 10 wins• Sebastian Vettel second fastest but may face penaltyHaving sealed his fifth title at the last meeting Lewis Hamilton followed it with a further statement of authority by taking pole for the Braz…

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Max Verstappen aims to spoil Lewis Hamilton’s F1 title parade at Mexico GP

• Hamilton needs to finish only seventh in Mexico• Verstappen says high-altitude track will suit Red BullMax Verstappen is ready to stop Lewis Hamilton sealing the world championship in style by beating him to victory at the Mexican Grand Prix.Hamilton…

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Ferrari must match Mercedes’s teamwork to give Vettel a lift for 2019 | Giles Richards

The speed with which Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes learn from mistakes has been critical in the F1 title raceThe title is long gone for Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel and they know it. Indeed it would be hugely surprising if Lewis Hamilton does not win his…

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Buoyant Kimi Räikkönen relieved to finally win again with perfect drive | Giles Richards

Former world champion’s typically forthright reaction after US Grand Prix reveals frustration of five-year wait for victoryClearly a popular winner, there was a sense of relief that in his fifth year since rejoining Ferrari Kimi Räikkönen returned his …

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Mercedes outplayed in thriller to postpone Hamilton’s crowning | Giles Richards

Briton and his team wanted to close it out in Austin but Ferrari’s superior strategy meant his late charge came to nothingHaving crushed any challenge from Ferrari in the second half of the season, Lewis Hamilton might have been expected to complete a …

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Kimi Räikkönen makes Lewis Hamilton wait for F1 title with US GP win

• Ferrari driver seals his first victory in 113 races in thriller• Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is second with Hamilton thirdNot quite yet. Lewis Hamilton will have to wait a few days longer for his fifth Formula One title after a wild and wonderful US Gr…

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Lewis Hamilton seals pole position for US Grand Prix in Texas

• Hamilton can win title in Austin on Sunday• Sebastian Vettel demoted to fifth due to grid penaltyLewis Hamilton took a big step towards his fifth World Championship by putting his Mercedes on pole position for the US Grand Prix. Hamilton will seal th…

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On the verge of F1 greatness: now Lewis Hamilton targets glamorous new empire

He is racing to clinch his fifth title – but now there’s his fashion and music tooIn two social media posts last week, the British racing driver Lewis Hamilton showed where he has come from and how far he has travelled. The first was a link to an eight…

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Lack of expert leadership at Ferrari has not helped Sebastian Vettel | Richard Williams

The F1 title race comes down to fine margins and the absence of racing knowledge at Ferrari has been evident as Mercedes has taken controlWhen Sebastian Vettel poked the nose of his Ferrari alongside the flank of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull as they hurtl…

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Formula One 2018: Japan Grand Prix – live!

Updates from the Japan Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuitThoughts? Join the conversation: via email 6.58am BST Lap 26/53: It’s Hamilton in first, Bottas second, Verstappen third and Ricciardo fourth. Verstappen and Ricciardo are both still on soft tyres….

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Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Japanese F1 GP with Sebastian Vettel ninth

Mercedes teammate Bottas second, Verstappen thirdFerrari error on tyres leaves Vettel down the gridLewis Hamilton took pole for the Japanese Grand Prix with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in second and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third. Hamilto…