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Subject: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/01/16 at 3:35 am

Germany has been dropped from next year's Formula 1 calendar and the Brazilian Grand Prix is also in doubt. The calendar contains 20 races with Brazil listed as provisional. F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone told governing body the FIA he was still in talks with Brazil's president and could not confirm the race's place on the schedule until January. The Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, which had also been in doubt, has been confirmed.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/38160269

Subject: Re: 2017 season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/02/16 at 11:23 am

World champion Nico Rosberg has announced he has retired from Formula 1 with immediate effect.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/38185846

Subject: Re: 2017 season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/06/16 at 8:01 am

Mercedes are thinking about signing McLaren driver Fernando Alonso to replace Nico Rosberg, team boss Toto Wolff says. A move would reunite Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, who had a stormy partnership at McLaren in 2007.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/38219533

Subject: Re: 2017 Season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/07/16 at 7:30 am

The French Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2018 after an absence of 10 years. The race will be held in the south of France at the Circuit Paul Ricard - also known as Le Castellet - which last staged the event in 1990. The deal was announced by Christian Estrosi, the president of the regional authority of Provence and the Cote d'Azur, in Paris on Monday. The French Grand Prix was last held at Magny-Cours in central France in 2008.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/38210811

Subject: Re: 2017 Season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/08/17 at 9:54 pm

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have warned of the threat Ferrari could pose to Mercedes' Formula 1 supremacy in 2017.

http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/10792324/lewis-hamilton-and-valtteri-bottas-warn-of-ferrari-threat-to-mercedes

Subject: Re: 2017 Season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/11/17 at 3:11 am

Former Formula 1 and motorcycling world champion John Surtees has died at the age of 83. Surtees is the only man to have won the grand prix world championship on both two wheels and four. He won four 500cc motorcycling titles - in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 - and the F1 crown with Ferrari in 1964. Surtees died at St George's Hospital, London, on Friday afternoon after being treated for an existing respiratory condition, a family statement said.

Subject: Re: 2017 Season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/16/17 at 9:18 pm

McLaren have made an exploratory approach to Mercedes about engine supply in the wake of problems with partner Honda.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/39290908

Subject: Re: 2017 Season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/14/17 at 11:39 pm

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was fastest in second practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix with the Mercedes and Red Bull teams close behind.

Subject: Re: 2017 Season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/02/17 at 4:25 pm

Lewis Hamilton broke the all-time record for pole positions by taking the 69th of his career with a sensational performance in wet qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton was 1.148 seconds quicker than Red Bull's Max Verstappen in second place as title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari could manage only eighth. But Vettel will start sixth because of grid penalties for Verstappen and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who was third. Lance Stroll took a stunning fourth. The Williams driver finished ahead of another notable performer as Frenchman Esteban Ocon took fifth in the Force India.

Subject: Re: 2017 Season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/04/17 at 2:03 am

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton took the outright championship lead for the first time this season with a dominant victory in the Italian Grand Prix. A day after breaking the all-time record for pole positions, Hamilton was in total control at Monza, leading team-mate Valtteri Bottas to a one-two. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third and is three points behind Hamilton. It is a crucial milestone for Hamilton as F1 next heads to Singapore, where Ferrari are expected to dominate. The victory was Hamilton's sixth of the season - Vettel has only four - and it capped a perfect weekend for him.

Subject: Re: 2017 Season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/17 at 8:09 am

Lewis Hamilton is worried about the pace of rival Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari despite extending his championship lead in Malaysia. Hamilton is 34 points ahead of the German after finishing second behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen, while Vettel fought from the back to come fourth. Asked if Ferrari's pace concerned him, Mercedes driver Hamilton said: "Yeah, definitely. We have some work to do." He could be helped by a grid penalty for Vettel in Japan next weekend. Vettel was involved in a bizarre crash with Williams driver Lance Stroll on the slowing down lap, which smashed his left-rear suspension, and will get a five-place grid penalty in Suzuka if the gearbox needs changing.

Subject: Re: 2017 Season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/17 at 5:23 am

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in a rain-hit second practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix in which only five drivers set a lap time.

Subject: Re: 2017 Season Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/08/17 at 2:43 am

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Lewis Hamilton took a giant stride towards his fourth world title with victory in the Japanese Grand Prix as rival Sebastian Vettel retired early on. Ferrari's Vettel dropped out four laps into the race after slipping down the field from the start with an engine problem and Mercedes driver Hamilton now leads the German by 59 points with 100 available in the remaining four races. The Briton will clinch the title at the next race - the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas - if he wins and Vettel finishes lower than fourth. It continues a remarkable swing in the championship towards Hamilton and away from Vettel.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 4:35 pm

Lewis Hamilton says he has "no plans" to 'take a knee' during the American national anthem before Sunday's United States Grand Prix. Hamilton, 32, said he thought the movement protesting against racial injustice in the US was "awesome". But the world championship leader added his priority was to win Sunday's race.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/30/17 at 6:26 am

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Lewis Hamilton clinched his fourth world title at the Mexican Grand Prix despite finishing only ninth after a clash with rival Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton's achievement makes him unquestionably the most successful British Formula 1 driver in history, moving him one championship clear of Sir Jackie Stewart.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/17 at 1:23 pm

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took his first victory since July at the Brazilian Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton battled from the back to finish fourth. Vettel controlled the race after taking the lead from pole position man Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes at the start. Hamilton, his fourth world title won at the last race in Mexico, provided much of the excitement, carving through the field in the early laps as he attempted to make up for the crash in qualifying that left him at the back of the grid.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/27/17 at 10:15 am

Lewis Hamilton says he has found it difficult to stay at the same competitive intensity for the final two races of 2017 since clinching the title. Hamilton, beaten by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, has never won a race in a season after becoming champion. "I have tried my hardest to stay on it but I wouldn't say it was 100% of what it was while in the season," Hamilton said. "You want to enjoy it. I do still try and turn up and do the job but it's not so easy."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/42131324

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/12/18 at 9:09 am

Lewis Hamilton took his first pole position since the opening race of the season as he beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the Spanish Grand Prix. The Mercedes drivers locked out the front row, with Hamilton just 0.04 seconds ahead, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in third from team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo secured the third row. And Fernando Alonso put a McLaren in the top 10 for the first time this season, eighth behind the Haas of Kevin Magnussen.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/13/18 at 5:24 pm

Lewis Hamilton won for the second race in succession by dominating an eventful Spanish Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver was supreme at the front in a race that featured a heavy first-lap crash, two caution periods and a number of spins and collisions. Hamilton's win moves him into a 17-point championship lead, with title rival Sebastian Vettel fourth on Sunday following questionable strategy calls from his Ferrari team. Valtteri Bottas made it a Mercedes one-two ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/10/18 at 3:26 am

Fernando Alonso 'celebrated' his 300th grand prix by qualifying 14th in Canada as his McLaren team ended up in their worst grid positions of the season.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/10/18 at 5:25 pm

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel dominated the Canadian Grand Prix to retake the championship lead as Lewis Hamilton could finish only fifth for Mercedes.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/22/18 at 12:09 pm

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set a blistering pace in second practice at the French Grand Prix. The world champion was a massive 0.704 seconds quicker than his closest rival, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. Hamilton's title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari was only fifth fastest, 1.150secs adrift of Hamilton.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/01/18 at 11:52 am

Lewis Hamilton lost the world championship lead after retiring from a sobering Austrian Grand Prix for Mercedes, as Max Verstappen took an unexpected victory for Red Bull.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/19/18 at 11:18 am

World champion Lewis Hamilton will race for Mercedes in Formula 1 for at least a further two seasons. The 33-year-old Briton has signed a new contract with the German manufacturer that lasts until the end of 2020. BBC Sport understands Hamilton will earn at least £30m a year, rising to a maximum of £40m, depending on bonuses.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/16/18 at 12:40 pm

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Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 4:38 am

Lewis Hamilton just failed to clinch a fifth world title when he finished third in a thrilling US Grand Prix.

Subject: Re: Formula 1

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/23/18 at 11:19 am

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas headed Red Bull's Max Verstappen in second practice at the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Finn, who has yet to win this year while team-mate Lewis Hamilton claimed a fifth world title, was just 0.044 seconds quicker than Verstappen. The second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo was third, 0.192secs off the pace, ahead of Hamilton and the Ferraris. Kimi Raikkonen headed Sebastian Vettel, who has not won a race since August.

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