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F1 news: Fernando Alonso warns Lewis Hamilton with fresh claim ahead of 2018 season

Mercedes have been dominant for the last four years and their driver Lewis Hamilton was the latest to claim the Drivers’ Championship in 2017. But McLaren rival Alonso is hoping to upset the odds and challenge at the top end of the grid this time around. The Spaniard has not ended a season as world champion since his last success with Renault in 2006. But he is hoping to add to his two championships with a strong showing in 2018. “I said I was going to win and I’ll say…

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Lewis Hamilton sent HUGE warning by F1 rival Fernando Alonso

That is because McLaren driver Fernando Alonso thinks he is ready to compete at the front of the grid. Hamilton clinched his fourth Drivers’ Championship last year after seeing off the challenge of Sebastian Vettel with two races to spare. Mercedes’ reliability ensured Valtteri Bottas finish in third spot to complete the top three. But Alonso reckons that McLaren, Hamilton’s former team, can challenge for the title as he hopes to end a 12-year personal wait for a championship. “In terms of results, it is always going to be difficult…

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Lewis Hamilton: Toto Wolff makes big Mercedes contract claim ahead of new F1 season

Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is expected to sign a new deal with Mercedes, extending his stay with the team. But the 33-year-old, whose current deal runs until the end of this year, has to pledge his future. Wolff though is claim and believes the formalities will be tied up shortly. “Lewis has become such an important pillar within the team that it’s a no-brainer that we continue with each other,” the Austrian said in an interview on the team website (www.mercedesamgf1.com). “The discussions are ongoing in a very positive…

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F1 news: Fernando Alonso groin problem, Williams set for decision, new tyres assessed

Williams are closing in on a deal to put Sergey Sirotkin alongside Lance Stroll for the 2018 season. Felipe Massa was Stroll’s team-mate in 2017, having been rushed back out of retirement after Valtteri Bottas was lured away to Mercedes. But the Brazilian has now left the team for good after they were unable to give him an early decision on whether he would be kept on. Williams have been evaluating a number of drivers for the seat but it has come down to a shootout between Robert Kubica and…

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Lewis Hamilton may want a Fernando Alonso battle – but this is why he will NOT get one

GETTY Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are one-time team-mates who could fight at the front of the grid The Brit spent one tumultuous year as a team-mate to the two-time world champion at McLaren, which resulted in Alonso and his agent Flavio Briatore storming out of the team – almost literally – just a year after joining. In typically philosophical fashion, Hamilton ruled out reuniting with the Spaniard during his contract stand-off with McLaren earlier this year. “I would compare it to a magnet: when two north poles meet, they…

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Lewis Hamilton will not quit Formula 1 for Indy Car or Le Mans

Fernando Alonso races at the Indy 500 this year, missing the Monaco Grand Prix. The Spaniard, who has signed to race again with McLaren next season, is supposedly eyeing a run at Le Mans. And while 2017 world champion Hamilton has given Alonso his blessing, the Brit doesn’t think it’s the best idea. “I admire what Alonso wants to do, but for me, Formula 1 is the maximum experience a driver can have,” Hamilton told Brazilian outlet UOL. “A great driver, if he cannot win in Formula 1, will look…

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Sebastian Vettel: Ferrari driver issues cagey reply to Fernando Alonso F1 title claims

Vettel and Alonso are expected to both challenge for the F1 title next season. Vettel came second in the 2017 Drivers’ Championship, behind winner Lewis Hamilton, while Alonso was way off the pace. Alonso is expected to improve next year when McLaren swap their Honda engine for Renault. But Vettel was in no mood to speculate over the Spaniard’s potential success in the new car. Asked by Spanish newspaper AS if Alonso can challenge for the title, the German replied: “I do not care.” It was a curt response from the four-time…

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Lewis Hamilton: Christian Horner sends Hamilton huge warning ahead of 2018 season

Hamilton reeled off a list of his biggest competitors for next year but failed to name-check Ricciardo. But Horner thinks his man will be in the running and told Hamilton to keep an eye on the Aussie. “Lewis would be very foolish to underestimate Daniel,” Horner told Sky Sports News. “He’s a phenomenal driver, he’s arguably the best overtaker in the business. He’s driven some great races this year and some great races in his time at Red Bull. “He’s absolutely ready for a championship challenge if we can provide…

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE updates: Bottas leads Hamilton, Ricciardo OUT of race

GETTY Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE updates: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas go for the win ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX LIVE UPDATES Lap 47: Vettel, in third, is now 20 seconds behind race leader Bottas. That is scale of the gap Ferrari must make up over the winter in order to challenge Mercedes for the 2018 title. The parade continues… Lap 42: This has turned into a procession at the top. Bottas and Hamilton are way ahead, with the Ferraris of Vettel and Raikkonen third and fourth respectively. Verstappen (fifth) is all…

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying: Lewis Hamilton SECOND as Valtteri Bottas grabs pole

World champion Hamilton had to settle for second place as Mercedes locked out the front grid. Mercedes were a class above all day, having dominated P3 before heading into qualifying. But Bottas reigned over his team-mate when setting the fastest time ever on this Abu Dhabi track midway through Q3. It was Bottas’ fourth career pole and he said: “Today things were really getting better and better for me during the practice session and in qualifying. “I just manager to find time here and there. It was all under control…

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