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Lewis Hamilton sees a bright and diverse future for changing F1

'This year there has been this awakening'

Seven times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is confident his sport has a bright and more diverse future but he will not take his foot off the accelerator in pushing for change. The Mercedes racer, Formula One's first Black driver and champion, told Reuters Television in an interview that he also looked forward to more success with a team that has dominated the past seven years. The Briton is Formula One's most successful driver, equalling Ferrari great Michael Schumacher's r

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Aston Martin and Mercedes will share F1 safety car duties

The Aston Martin DBX will serve as the medical car

Aston Martin is set to join Mercedes next season as a provider of Formula One's official safety cars, according to media reports on Tuesday. Racefans.net reported that Aston Martin would supply safety and medical cars at 12 of the 23 scheduled races in key markets, with the existing Mercedes cars used at the rest. It said Aston Martin's new DBX SUV, which uses a Mercedes-AMG V8 engine, would be used as a medical car.

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Lando Norris says F1 needs to be more open about mental health

'I covered up the fact that I was struggling a lot with nerves and anxiety'

McLaren's Lando Norris spoke on Thursday of the anxiety and nerves he suffered in his 2019 Formula One rookie campaign and said the sport needed to talk more openly about mental health. The Briton, who turned 21 last week, made a strong start to this season with third place in Austria as well as fastest lap but it was a different story last year when he came in as a teenager. Norris, who has built a sizeable following through his esports engagement and playful personality, said he had put on a

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Lewis Hamilton wins Portuguese GP for record 92nd F1 victory

He's now one victory ahead of Michael Schumacher

British driver Lewis Hamilton made Formula One history on Sunday, winning the Portuguese Grand Prix for a 92nd career victory to move one ahead of German great Michael Schumacher. Hamilton finished nearly 25.6 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and 34.5 clear of Red Bull's Max Verstappen for his eighth win of another dominant season. Hamilton won his first F1 race in 2007 and first title the following year.

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Hamilton wears '#EndSARS' T-shirt for pre-race interview

Nigerians are demonstrating against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad police unit

Nigerians have been demonstrating for weeks against a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which rights groups have for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders. "I've got to show this," Hamilton, Formula One's only Black driver, told Sky Sports television as he revealed a green T-shirt with #EndSARS written on it at the end of the off-grid interview.

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Red Bull hopes to take over Honda's F1 engine program

'It's a big wake-up call for Formula One to have a major manufacturer like Honda walk away from the sport'

"The more we look, there really only is one option that works," he told Sky Sports television at the Portuguese Grand Prix. Champions Mercedes have said they do not have the capacity to supply Red Bull, leaving only Renault and Ferrari as the alternatives to the Honda engine.

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Verstappen and Stroll collide in Portuguese practice

There was plenty of swearing

The afternoon saw two red flag interruptions, first when AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly pulled over with his car in flames and then when Red Bull's Verstappen and Racing Point's Stroll smashed into each other. There was plenty of swearing from Verstappen over the team radio after the impact as he tried to go through on the inside, including suggesting Stroll was blind.

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Grosjean and Magnussen will leave Haas F1 at end of this season

There are six races left of the current season

Frenchman Grosjean, 34, has been at Haas since 2016, with Dane Magnussen, 28, joining in 2017. Magnussen tweeted that he was still working on his plans for the future and wanted to finish the last six races of the season on a high.

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Vietnamese Grand Prix F1 race canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Hanoi city authorities had hoped to hold the race in November

Vietnam's first Formula One grand prix has been officially cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Friday. The Vietnamese Grand Prix was originally scheduled to take place in April on the streets of Hanoi as the third race of the season, but sources told Reuters in March that it was under threat. "This has been an extremely difficult but necessary decision to reach in view of the continued uncertainty caused by the global coronavirus pandemic," Vietnam Grand Prix Corp said i

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Daimler CEO committed to F1, seeks to slash costs

'We have as little reason to step out of Formula One as Bayern Munich has to step out of football'

Mercedes owner Daimler is committed to Formula One but is working to slash costs and cut the environmental impact of motor racing, Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius on Wednesday. "We have as little reason to step out of Formula One as Bayern Munich has to step out of football," he said during a virtual roundtable discussion with journalists on Wednesday. The carmaker is developing a plan to make the sport emissions neutral, including through the use of synthetic fuels, and wants to improve the co

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Alonso sees a 'new beginning' in F1 as he tests Renault car

'I think the car is obviously outperforming me at the moment'

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Renault F1 boss loses tattoo bet with Daniel Ricciardo

Cyril Abiteboul said he'd get a tattoo of Ricciardo's choice for a top-three finish this season

NÜRBURG, Germany (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo's first podium finish for Renault comes with a special bonus. The Australian driver and Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul had a bet that Abiteboul would get a tattoo of Ricciardo's choice if he could finish in the top three of a race this season. Ricciardo managed it with a run to third in the Eifel Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Hamilton wins Eifel Grand Prix, matching Schumacher's 91-win record

Schumacher's son Mick presented Hamilton with one of his father's helmets after the race

NÜRBURG, Germany (AP) — Lewis Hamilton matched Michael Schumacher's record of 91 wins in Formula One with victory in the Eifel Grand Prix on Sunday as he took another stride toward his seventh championship title. Hamilton started behind his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas but took the lead when the Finn ran wide on lap 13. Bottas retired with a car problem five laps later.

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Mercedes will not supply F1 engines to Red Bull or AlphaTauri

Renault may be Red Bull's only option

Mercedes will not supply engines to Red Bull and AlphaTauri once Honda pull out of Formula One at the end of next year, motorsport head Toto Wolff said on Friday. The Austrian, also principal and part-owner of the Mercedes F1 team, told reporters at the Eifel Grand Prix that there was no spare capacity. Honda announced last week they were pulling out as an engine provider.

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FIA bans Racing Point-style 'Pink Mercedes' reverse engineering

The foul led to a penalties of 15 points and nearly a half-million dollars

Formula One's governing body approved on Friday a ban on the sort of 'reverse engineering' that allowed the Racing Point team to compete this season with a car resembling last year's title-winning Mercedes. The FIA said its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) had approved changes to the 2021 technical regulations "that will prevent the extensive use of reverse engineering of rival designs for the design of a car’s aerodynamic surfaces." Canadian-owned Racing Point caused controversy when their 'P

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Lewis Hamilton's a hermit as Mercedes reports another COVID positive

He and Bottas are 'sitting in their own rooms' until they step into their cars

A Mercedes spokesman said the entire team had been tested again after the first positive showed up on Thursday ahead of the weekend's Eifel Grand Prix at Germany's Nuerburgring circuit. "Every loss of an important member in the garage affects the race but I think we've got it under control," Wolff told reporters. The Austrian said every precaution was being taken to shield six-times world champion Hamilton and Bottas, who is 44 points behind the Briton after 10 races, at the racetrack and els

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F1 champions Mercedes report COVID-19 positive

'I can’t say what it’s going to do to the weekend'

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F1 at risk of becoming 'irrelevant to car manufacturers'

The loss of Honda raises fundamental questions about the sport's future

Stefano Domenicali will have some fundamental questions to address when he takes over as Formula One chief executive in January, starting with the relevance of the sport to manufacturers in an increasingly electric age. Honda's shock announcement on Friday that it will depart at the end of 2021 leaves the pinnacle of motorsport as a series with only three engine manufacturers and no sign of any newcomers. Car companies have come and gone throughout the 70 year history of the sport, Honda most

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Stefano Domenicali is the new CEO of Formula One

Domenicali replaces Chase Carey as chief executive in January

The Italian will also be F1 president with Carey, who led the revamping of the sport following the 2017 ouster of former supremo Bernie Ecclestone, moving to the position of non-executive chairman. Speaking to reporters at the Russian Grand Prix before the announcement, Horner said Domenicali's appointment would be great for the sport.

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Valtteri Bottas wins 2020 Russian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton crossed the line first but faced a 10-second penalty

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas cruised to the win Sunday after Hamilton, who was leading, was penalized 10 seconds for practicing his starts in the wrong place before the race. Hamilton came into the race looking to match Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins in Formula One but had to settle for third behind Bottas and Max Verstappen.

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