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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes launch F1 2018 car but still no £120m contract for Brit

Hamilton signed his current deal back in 2015, when he was a mere two-time world champion, netting himself an estimated £100million over the three years. He has since added two more titles to his record, drawing level with Sebastian Vettel and making his next payday said to be worth around £120m over the same period. And with less than 12 months left on Hamilton’s contract, the likes of Ferrari, Red Bull and even McLaren cannot help but take notice of the fact that his future remains foggy. But at the…

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F1 news: Daniel Ricciardo CRASHES in new Red Bull car on track debut

The closed session taking place at Silverstone circuit on Monday was limited to 100km on special Pirelli tyres. Footage provided by the team after the session showed Ricciardo driving the new RB14 out of the garage and down the pit lane before lapping in a cloud of spray, but did not mention any incident. But reports on Tuesday emerged claiming the session was cut short as the Australian hit the barrier when going round the track. Ricciardo reportedly suffered damage to the front of his car, suspension and floor. However,…

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F1 news: Williams reveal 2018 car as ‘Halo’ continues to upset fans

Sirotkin eventually signed a two-year contract with Williams over the off-season to replace retired Felipe Massa, the Russian bringing with him a reported £13million of sponsorship a year. Williams also announced the signing of Robert Kubica, who has not raced in F1 since a life-altering rallying crash in 2011: the Pole will act as their reserve driver in 2018. The Grove-based team are the second outfit to have released their car for 2018 after Haas dropped a surprise video of their 2018 challenger yesterday. “We’re one of the first to…

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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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F1 news: Max Verstappen aims sly dig at Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

Hamilton clinched his fourth world title last year after seeing off the challenge from Sebastian Vettel. Heading into the 2017 season, Red Bull were expected to give Mercedes a strong push for the Constructors’ Championship. But it was Ferrari that gave Mercedes the strongest fight, although they were no match for Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.  The new campaign is only six weeks away as teams get prepared to topple Mercedes and the likes of McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull are all expected to push Mercedes even harder this season. However,…

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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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F1 news: Lewis Hamilton speed secret, Daniel Ricciardo contract update, Danish GP closer

Lewis Hamilton has a potent combination of raw speed, hard work and experience that has given him the edge over team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Bottas secured his first three Grand Prix wins in his maiden season with Mercedes, but was consistently outdriven by world champion Hamilton, who graced the top step of the podium nine times in all. And while Bottas admits that the Brit had the advantage of knowing the Mercedes car much better, the Finn also recognised Hamilton’s commitment to the cause. “I always knew that he’s really talented…

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F1 2018 car launch dates: Schedule revealed as Ferrari and Mercedes CLASH

In 2017, the new set of rules saw cars with wider rear wheels and lower rear wings as the F1 authorities tried to increase the level of overall speed. This was unusual as regulation changes are usually made with the object of slowing down the cars to make them safer. But the 2016 generation of hybrid cars were heavily criticised by fans and drivers alike, with the competitors complaining about the inability to push the tyres in particular because they would overheat too easily. However, last year’s models also attracted…

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Michael Schumacher health latest: Hope for F1 ace as he has ‘mentality of a winner’

Schumacher suffered a terrible head injury while skiing in the French Alps four years ago and was put into a medically induced coma. After undergoing two life-saving operations he was withdrawn from the coma and moved to a hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, before being brought home in September 2014. After talking of the racing legend’s current situation Verstappen, who is a close family friend of the Schumachers, said: “He did everything to win, even if someone had to be pushed off the track. “That’s the mentality of a winner.” Schumacher…

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Ferrari confirm driver signing: Sebastian Vettel has history with new man

Kvyat has 72 Grands Prix to his name but just one podium, bringing his Red Bull home in third in China back in 2016. But the Russian driver was dropped back to the sister Toro Rosso team one race later, replaced by Max Verstappen. And he was handed another mid-season blow in 2017, when Red Bull announced they would be dropping him altogether after nearly five seasons with the two F1 teams. He did briefly return, finishing 10th at the US Grand Prix when Pierre Gasly was absent, but did…

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