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Monaco Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in practice
May23

Monaco Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in practice

Lewis Hamilton pipped Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes dominated second practice at the Monaco Grand Prix.The world champion was just 0.081 seconds ahead of the Finn.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, third behind the Mercedes in first practice, missed much of the second as a result of a water leak and ended up sixth fastest. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third fastest – but a massive 0.763secs off the pace. Team-mate Charles...

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F1’s star of the year so far? It's Max Verstappen, not Lewis Hamilton
May14

F1’s star of the year so far? It's Max Verstappen, not Lewis Hamilton

Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer, who left Renault during the 2017 season, is part of the BBC team and offers insight and analysis from the point of view of the competitors.Mercedes might have dominated the start of the Formula 1 season, but the driver who has really stood out so far is in another car – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.The Dutchman has been exceptional this season so far. Verstappen is super-quick. The mistakes...

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Fernando Alonso: former F1 champion to 'explore new adventures'
May01

Fernando Alonso: former F1 champion to 'explore new adventures'

Fernando Alonso will leave the World Endurance Championship after the end of the current season.The former Formula 1 champion’s Toyota team said he would “explore new adventures within the Toyota family”, without explaining what those might be.Alonso tested a Dakar Rally-winning Toyota Hilux in March and has been linked with an attempt at the iconic desert-based endurance event in 2020. The two-time F1 champion is...

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Ferrari wrong to favour Sebastian Vettel over Charles Leclerc, ex-driver Gerhard Berger says
Apr18

Ferrari wrong to favour Sebastian Vettel over Charles Leclerc, ex-driver Gerhard Berger says

Ferrari are wrong to be using team orders to favour Sebastian Vettel over Charles Leclerc, their former driver Gerhard Berger says.The Austrian, 59, who had two spells at Ferrari during a career in which he won 10 races, said the team should be allowing the drivers an “open game”.”Much as I like Sebastian and rate him, here is a boy [Leclerc] who is capable of winning the championship,” he said. Ferrari have...

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Chinese GP, F1's 1,000th race: Vettel top in first practice
Apr12

Chinese GP, F1's 1,000th race: Vettel top in first practice

Sebastian Vettel set the pace in first practice as Ferrari hinted they could be the team to beat at the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend. Vettel finished the first session 0.207 seconds ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton – but the German was running harder tyres which should be slower.Team-mate Charles Leclerc was third ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was fifth ahead of...

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'Leclerc's pole, with Vettel alongside him, raises some intriguing questions'
Mar30

'Leclerc's pole, with Vettel alongside him, raises some intriguing questions'

Charles Leclerc’s first Formula 1 pole position came in only his second race for Ferrari and at what was effectively his first chance of taking one, but it says a lot for his potential that it was not a surprise at all.The 21-year-old Monegasque has seemed destined for success for years now. When he came to F1 last year, it was only a matter of time before he was in a top team. And when he joined it, the question was not if he...

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