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    Another fine race this one. A race won on the strategy by RedBull and an equally brilliant drive from Max. Lewis and Perez with great drives themselves.

    This season just keeps delivering

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    Max Verstappen fought back to pass Lewis Hamilton and take a brilliant win in the French Grand Prix to extend his championship lead.

    Verstappen's Red Bull team gambled on an extra pit stop, sacrificing the lead to come back at Hamilton on fresher tyres to pass the Mercedes with two laps to go.

    And Mercedes were ruing a strategic blunder in which they left Hamilton out one lap too long and lost the lead.

    That came after Verstappen had himself gifted Hamilton first place with a mistake at the first corner of the race.

    After a thrilling see-saw battle between the two title contenders and their teams, Verstappen moves into a 12-point championship lead after seven races following Red Bull's third victory in a row.

    Red Bull's Sergio Perez took the final podium position from Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the closing laps as the Finn's tyres faded.


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    The Turkish Grand Prix has been reinstated on the Formula 1 calendar this year for the second time.

    Istanbul Park will replace Singapore, which was called off this month as a result of immigration restrictions.

    Turkey was dropped, two weeks after being added as a substitute for Canada, when it was put on the UK's red list of restricted countries in May.

    F1 is confident it can handle travel and return to the UK in the context of the race's new date of 1-3 October.

    The next race scheduled after that is the Japanese Grand Prix the following weekend on 8-10 October.

    Authorities in Japan are to wait until after this summer's Olympics in Tokyo before making a final decision on whether the race in Suzuka can go ahead.

    F1 believes its strict Covid protocols will allow it to run an event in Japan in the same manner as the Olympics, which will see over 100,000 people from 200 countries travelling to Japan for the Games, as well as up to 10,000 fans allowed to attend venues.

    And the sport's bosses have been in discussions with the organisers of the races following the Turkish date and are confident F1 personnel will be able to travel onwards to the next event, and back to the UK within permitted timeframes.

    F1 president Stefano Domenicali said: "We have had very good conversations with all the other promoters since the start of the year and continue to work closely with them during this period."

    An F1 statement said: "The Formula 1 community will continue to travel this season with stringent safety measures that have allowed us to travel safely this season.

    "So far this season we have conducted over 44,000 tests with 27 positive cases a rate of 0.06%, with most coming during the earlier part of the season.

    "Alongside this a significant proportion of the F1 community has been vaccinated already and we are confident that all will have had the opportunity to do so by the end of the summer.

    "We will continue to operate in a way that protects the safety of our personnel and the communities we visit."

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    Max Verstappen tops Styrian Grand Prix second practice

    Max Verstappen set the pace in second practice at the Styrian Grand Prix after title rival Lewis Hamilton had a quicker lap deleted.

    Hamilton had set the fastest lap of the session by 0.077 seconds from Verstappen's Red Bull but ran fractionally wide at the final corner.

    That left Hamilton with the fourth fastest time, behind McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo and Alpine's Esteban Ocon.

    And in an unprecedented incident, Valtteri Bottas spun in the pit lane.

    The Finn was leaving the pits on a fresh set of hard tyres to start a race-simulation run, but lost his Mercedes as he floored the throttle over some painted areas in the pit lane.

    Bottas ended up broadside across the pit lane in front of the McLaren garage, with the McLaren sporting director complaining that the incident was "absolutely ridiculous" and saying that he "could have taken out our guys there".

    Bottas, who ended the session 12th fastest after following a different run plan to Hamilton, will be investigated by stewards after the session.

    The fastest times set by Hamilton and Verstappen - albeit that the world champion's was deleted - suggested the title contenders are set for another close weekend.

    Verstappen leads Hamilton by 12 points after his victory in France last weekend.

    Behind Hamilton, the second Alpine of Fernando Alonso was fifth, 0.037secs behind team-mate Ocon, followed by Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel, McLaren's Lando Norris, the second Aston Martin of Lance Stroll and the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez.

    The session started under the threat of rain but although there were a few drops early on it stayed dry throughout.

    Nicholas Latifi had a spin at Turn Six in his Williams, while Ferrari's Carlos Sainz lost his car at Turn Four.

    Hamilton and Verstappen also ran wide in the early slightly damp period of the session, Hamilton at Turn One and Verstappen at Turn Three.

    Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly missed the entire session after a problem was found with his Honda power unit, which needed to be changed.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/57615056


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    Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has been handed a three-place grid penalty for Sunday's StyrianGP for his spin in the pit lane during Friday practice


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    Formula 1: Russian Grand Prix will move to Igora Drive circuit from Sochi from 2023


    The Russian Grand Prix is to move from Sochi to the Igora Drive circuit outside St Petersburg from 2023.

    The Black Sea resort of Sochi, home to President Vladimir Putin's summer palace, has hosted the race since its inception in 2014.

    Putin was a major supporter of the Sochi event but a decision has now been made to move it to a track close to one of Russia's most historic cities.

    An F1 statement said Igora Park was "a hugely exciting location".

    The move comes with Putin's backing and because the track is versatile in terms of possible layouts and is close to a major destination city.

    F1 added: "It includes 10 professional tracks for racing and testing over approximately 100 hectares. It is located 54km from St Petersburg, was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke and in 2020 received its FIA Grade One licence.

    "We will be providing more details on the race in the coming months and we are looking forward to racing in Sochi for the next two years."

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    Max Verstappen on Styrian Grand Prix pole

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen beat the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to take pole position at the Styrian Grand Prix.

    Verstappen, the form man all weekend, was 0.194 seconds clear of Bottas, with Hamilton a further 0.032secs adrift.

    McLaren's Lando Norris was impressive in fourth ahead of Red Bull's Sergio Perez and Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly.

    Bottas will drop three places because of a penalty for spinning in the pit lane, promoting Norris to start third.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/57623951


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    Verstappen having a good couple weeks. 12 points ahead of Hamilton, now another pole.


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    Hope the arrogant Prima dona Hamilton loses this year.

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    Max Verstappen wins Styrian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton second

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to take a dominant victory in the Styrian Grand Prix and extend his championship lead to 18 points.

    It was his second and Red Bull's fourth consecutive win, as he moves into a position of control in the title race.

    Hamilton in his Mercedes had no answer to his rival, and dropped back through a largely uneventful race.

    It was bad news for the seven-time champion, with Austria's Red Bull Ring hosting a second race next weekend.

    A rare, unexciting grand prix

    This season has been marked by a series of gripping races and ultra-tight battles between Verstappen and Hamilton, but this was race was notable for his lack of excitement.

    There was entertainment provided by Charles Leclerc, though, as the Ferrari driver fought back up to seventh place after damaging his front wing and dropping to last on the first lap with a superb attacking drive in which he several times flirted with the limits while passing rivals.

    But at the front there was little jeopardy, as Verstappen converted his pole position into a lead at the first corner and controlled the race thereafter. Verstappen was 1.4 seconds clear after two laps and calmly and slowly extended his advantage for the rest of the race.

    Hamilton's only consolation was a late pit stop to claim the point for fastest lap.

    The battle for the final podium place was also a Mercedes v Red Bull affair.

    Verstappen's team-mate Sergio Perez held third for the first part of the race but lost it to Bottas, who had qualified second but was given a three-place grid penalty for spinning in the pit lane in practice, with a slow pit stop.

    As the second string developed, though, Bottas began to run into tyre trouble and Perez had closed to 1.5secs behind him when Red Bull decided to pit the Mexican for fresher tyres.

    He dropped 20 seconds back with 15 laps to go and was 1.3secs behind Bottas at the start of the last lap but was not close enough to challenge before the flag.

    Strong race from Ferrari

    McLaren's Lando Norris, who had qualified an excellent third, held off Perez and Bottas for a few laps before bowing to the inevitable and then had a lonely race to fifth place.

    Behind him, the stand-out team were Ferrari.

    Carlos Sainz, who had qualified 11th, ran long on medium tyres to gain ground and emerge from the pit stop period right behind Lance Stroll's Aston Martin, which he quickly passed to cement sixth place.

    Leclerc made a mistake in damaging his front wing as he moved across on Pierre Gasly's Alpa Tauri in the hectic lap-one battle, giving the Frenchman a puncture that ripped off his left-rear wheel, and had to pit at the end of the first lap for a new front wing.
    Ferrari changed his soft tyres for hard and Leclerc set about recovering lost ground. He ran long on the tyres, stopping on lap 37, and returned to the track in 14th place.

    But he soon picked off the Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen - again clipping the Finn's wing, though without damage this time, as he went past - and Antonio Giovinazzi, then Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin, Alpha Tauri's Yuki Tsunoda, Alpine's Fernando Alonso and Stroll to take seventh at the flag.

    Stroll, Alonso and Tsunoda completed the top 10.

    George Russell looked on course for his first points for the Williams team as he ran strongly in eighth place in the first stint of the race.

    But he was suffering with an engine problem, lost a lot of ground as his hydraulic system was topped up at his first pit stop and eventually had to retire.

    "This one hurt," said Russell. "Every single member of the team should hold their head high today. We were up there on merit. Racing can be brutal but we keep fighting."

    What happens next?

    Another race at the Red Bull Ring in seven days, the Austrian Grand Prix this time, and Mercedes will be spending the next few days desperately searching for ways to close the gap on an increasingly impressive looking Red Bull.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/57630205


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    Not quite up there with the rest of this season, this was so straightforward.

    Max will cruise to the championship this year, RB looks so strong allround

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    Just a question; does anyone have any idea of a website that tracks F1 statistics (ie. the time for each lap, total time, etc.)?

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    BREAKING: Max Verstappen wins #AustrianGP with Valtteri Bottas second and Lando Norris finishing third.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    BREAKING: Max Verstappen wins #AustrianGP with Valtteri Bottas second and Lando Norris finishing third.
    Red Bull's Max Verstappen dominated at his team's own track for the second time in a week to take control of the drivers' championship.

    Verstappen's victory in the Austrian Grand Prix was his fourth in five races and moves him into a 32-point lead over title rival Lewis Hamilton.

    The Mercedes driver had a troubled race and finished fourth behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas and McLaren's Lando Norris.

    And Verstappen's domination raises questions as to the state of Hamilton's hopes of an eighth title this year.

    Further down the field, George Russell agonisingly missed out on scoring a point for Williams for the first time when he was passed for 10th place by Alpine's Fernando Alonso with three laps to go after holding the two-time champion at bay for 10 laps.

    And there was a bizarre incident on the final lap when Kimi Raikkonen appeared to make a misjudgement and drove his Alfa Romeo into Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin as they were fighting with Russell, taking both cars out.

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    More than half of the Formula 1 grid have been summoned to the stewards after late incidents in the Austrian GP - including a big crash between Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.



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    The Australian Grand Prix has been called off for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Australian round of the MotoGP world championship, scheduled for 24 October, has also been cancelled.

    The Formula 1 event was due to take place from 19-21 November but has been abandoned because of tight border controls in Australia.

    Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Paul Little said he was "deeply disappointed" in a statement.

    "We appreciate the challenge Australia faces with current international travel restrictions and the importance of vaccinations," he added.

    The Australian race was only to be followed by two more in the F1 season - Saudi Arabia and the season-ending Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.

    But Australian border rules require visitors to quarantine for 14 days, a condition of entry expected to be in place until at least the end of the year.

    Organisers of the event ultimately cited "restrictions and logistical challenges relating to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic," for the cancellation.

    Formula 1 chief Stefano Domenicali said a 23-race season would still be possible despite the cancellation.

    "While it is disappointing we won't be racing in Australia this season, we are confident we can deliver a 23-race season in 2021 and we have a number of options to take forward," he said.

    The Australian round of the MotoGP world championship, scheduled to take place at Phillip Island, has also now been wiped out for a second successive year.

    The event organisers said: "The ongoing pandemic and resulting travel complications and logistical restrictions mean it has not been possible to confirm the viability of the event at this time, and it will therefore not feature on the 2021 calendar.

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    Lewis Hamilton thrilled a crowd of 86,000 at Silverstone to take pole position for Saturday's new sprint race at the British Grand Prix.

    The Mercedes driver beat title rival Max Verstappen's Red Bull by 0.075 seconds to secure top spot for the new 17-lap race introduced this weekend.

    Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas was third ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

    McLaren's Lando Norris was sixth and there was an outstanding display by Williams' George Russell in eighth.

    "It has been such a difficult time for everyone and we finally have all the fans at the British Grand Prix and the desire to deliver for everyone is beyond belief," said Hamilton.

    "We watched the England game the other day, you see how much passion there is in England. It was a difficult time for everyone and I was hoping I could do my part in bringing something positive. It is only the first step but, wow, what a fantastic way to end the day."

    Hamilton set the time that mattered on his first lap in final qualifying. He was on course for a quicker time on his final run but made a mistake, sliding wide at the penultimate corner, Vale, and losing time.

    But while Verstappen did improve on his final lap, it was not enough to supplant Hamilton and the seven-time world champion sent the crowd into raptures.

    Already this is the biggest crowd at a sporting event in the UK since the start of the pandemic - and there are more to come over the weekend, with 140,000 due to attend the Grand Prix on Sunday in predicted temperatures of close to 30C.

    It was a vintage performance from Hamilton, helped by the Mercedes team's first upgrades since the Spanish Grand Prix in May, but it is not another pole position to add to his tally of 100 - officially the driver who wins Saturday's 'sprint' will be classified as the pole position winner.

    And it was an important change in form after four wins in five races by Verstappen, who has opened a 32-point championship lead.

    The crowd chanted Hamilton's name as he did his post-session interview and he basked in their adulation.

    Hamilton said: "We have been missing this for a whole years, I have lost my voice a little. I am so grateful to see everyone here. To come to Silverstone and have a full crowd like this. You feel the energy. I was hopeful with the great work we did at the team and the energy of the fans would get us here. This is down to the fans.

    "The first lap was great and the second was looking even better but I just lost the back end in the last corner and my heart was in my mouth as I crossed the line."

    Verstappen said: "The car was handling quite well but just a lot of understeer so I couldn't really attack any corners, just waiting for the front to grip up. A weird feeling to drive, I don't think it was set-up or front wing related, we are still quite close so it's all right."

    And the 23-year-old said the new format being trialled this weekend - and planned for a further two races at some point this season - was "a bit of a weird feeling".

    "You do qualifying, you go flat out and it doesn't really mean anything in terms of pole feeling," Verstappen said.

    "We have a strong race car but we need to fix the issues in qualifying. I am quite confident we can have a strong race."

    There are three world championship points on offer for the winner of Saturday's sprint, two for second and one for third, and Hamilton has said he "needs" to win both that event and the Grand Prix to reduce his deficit to Verstappen in the championship.

    Hamilton has the benefit of his team-mate also up in the top three with him, while Verstappen's partner Sergio Perez could manage only fifth in his Red Bull, beaten by the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, in another stellar qualifying performance by the Monegasque.

    t was a day for the always dedicated Silverstone crowd to celebrate both the present and future of British motorsport at the highest level, with all three home drivers in the top 10.

    Norris edged McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo into sixth place, in a welcome return to form for the popular Australian, but the star of the session was Russell.

    The grandstands cheered him mightily as he made it into the top-10 shootout, knocking out two-time world champion Fernando Alonso's Alpine in the process.

    And he did it again in the final session, beating the second Ferrari of Carlos Sainz and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin to take eighth.

    The crowd cheered as Russell started his lap, cheered him around it, and cheered as he crossed the line to set his time, as a new superstar had clearly been taken to the fans' hearts.

    And his performance sent a resounding message to Mercedes, who say they have still not yet decided whether to pick Russell or Bottas as partner for Hamilton next season.

    Russell said: "Incredible. Damon Hill [1996 world champion] told me the crowd's worth a second. I thought he was lying but maybe he was right.

    "Incredible support and amazing feeling, second Q3 with Williams on the bounce. We are on this roll at the moment and seeing everyone, everything together. It is just great. Buzzing, to be honest."

    The performance gives Russell another chance to score his first points for Williams, after he was deprived of 10th place by a late pass by Alonso in Austria two weeks ago.

    "It is only Friday," Russell said. "We have a long way to go, but to get into Q3 in front of my home crowd is amazing. We have real chance this weekend and we're going for it."


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    Hamilton fastest but no pole today as with the sprint qualifying tomorrow we'll have to wait. Verstappen close second

    How good was Russell today. Mighty over one lap this guy.
    Great home crowd cheering him on in the end

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    Max Verstappen wins the F1 Sprint Race to secure pole position for the BritishGP, with Lewis Hamilton in second and Valtteri Bottas in third.

    It's three points collected for Verstappen after winning the debut format - which extends his title lead over Hamilton to 33 points.


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    Lewis Hamilton fought back from a 10-second penalty for a crash with title rival Max Verstappen to pass Ferrari's Charles Leclerc for a dramatic victory in the British Grand Prix.

    Hamilton was blamed for a collision with Verstappen's Red Bull at Copse corner on the first lap of the race, which led to the Dutchman crashing out.

    Verstappen, 23, was taken to hospital for precautionary tests after the accident while Hamilton set about trying to win the race.

    The Grand Prix was stopped after the incident with Leclerc in the lead from Hamilton and the Ferrari driver held that position until two laps from the end, when the Mercedes driver passed him, ironically, at the same corner at which he had crashed with Verstappen.

    The controversial win, in front of a crowd of 140,0000, was Hamilton's eighth in the British Grand Prix and cuts Verstappen's championship lead to eight points after a race that will go down in the annals of F1 history.

    The moment many had considered to be inevitable at some point in this titanic battle between Verstappen and Hamilton happened after an intense scrap between the title rivals on the first lap.

    Hamilton, starting second after Verstappen's victory in F1's maiden 'sprint' race on Saturday, got away better from the grid and was alongside Verstappen into the first corner, but the Red Bull driver held him off.

    Hamilton nosed ahead into the Brooklands corner at the end of the Wellington straight, but again Verstappen held him off.

    Heading down into the 190mph Copse corner, Hamilton dummied Verstappen, feinting to the outside and then diving for the inside into the corner.

    Hamilton had more than half his car alongside Verstappen as they began to turn in, but backed off slightly as he saw Verstappen was going to sit it out around the outside and the Red Bull edged back ahead.

    Hamilton was a little wide of the apex and his front left wheel made contact with Verstappen's right rear in the middle of the corner, and the impact sent Verstappen flying into the barriers on the outside.

    He climbed out of the car and was walking around before being taken to the circuit medical centre for mandatory checks after such a heavy impact - team boss Christian Horner said it measured 51G.

    And later he was taken to a local hospital for what Red Bull described as "further precautionary tests".

    What happened in the race?

    Leclerc, who had passed Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas off the line, took the lead out of Copse in the aftermath of the incident and started the re-started race from pole position.

    The Ferrari showed strong pace in the first stint and Hamilton was not able to challenge Leclerc, who was 2.3 seconds ahead when Hamilton made his pit stop to serve his penalty and change tyres on lap 27, dropping behind Bottas and McLaren's Lando Norris.

    Hamilton passed Norris on lap 31 into Copse, and then closed on Bottas, who was ordered to let Hamilton by on lap 40.

    Hamilton then had 12 laps to close an eight-second gap to Leclerc and pass the Ferrari for the lead.

    On the basis of Leclerc's pace in the first stint, it looked a tall order, but Hamilton was soon lapping a second a lap quicker than Leclerc and he was on the Ferrari's tail with three laps to go.

    He went for the inside at Copse in a very similar move to the one that led to the Verstappen incident. But Hamilton was more cautious, backing off a little more, and then Leclerc ran wide on the exit of the corner allowing Hamilton to sweep by to extend his record of British Grand Prix wins to eight.

    And what of the rest?

    Leclerc was second after a superb drive by the Ferrari man, admitting that he was "so disappointed" to come so close to a win despite scoring his first podium finish of the year, and Bottas took third ahead of Norris.

    McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo benefited from a pit-stop problem for Ferrari's Carlos Sainz to take fifth, holding off the faster Spaniard to the flag.

    And Fernando Alonso drove an excellent defensive race to finish seventh, the starting position he earned with a brilliant drive in the sprint race in which he passed six cars on the first lap in his Alpine.

    Alonso held off Aston Martin's Lance Stroll for most of the race and second Alpine of Esteban Ocon took ninth ahead of Alpha Tauri's Yuki Tsunoda.

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    A 10 second penalty is basically nothing for taking out your championship rival. Lewis didnt deserve this victory

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    Very controversial indeed.
    Why don't the rules allow for a bigger penalty. A red card foul really in football terms.

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    The penalty Lewis Hamilton received for his collision with Max Verstappen in the British Grand Prix was "harsh", according to his Mercedes team.

    James Allison, Mercedes chief technical officer, says Hamilton followed Formula 1's overtaking rules in the incident.

    "There was no need for him to cede any ground so I did feel that it was harsh to get the penalty," said Allison.

    "As far as we are concerned, the manoeuvre Lewis did was absolutely in line with the FIA's overtaking guide."

    British Grand Prix: 'A seismic moment that will become a defining part of F1 history'
    Hamilton was adjudged by race stewards to have been "predominantly to blame" for the incident at Copse corner, which resulted in Verstappen, 23, being taken to hospital after a 51G impact.

    The seven-time world champion was given a 10-second penalty, which dropped him from second to fourth at his pit stop. Hamilton, 36, recovered to pass Ferrari's Charles Leclerc for victory with two laps to go and cut Verstappen's championship lead to eight points.

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner angrily said "the move was never on", and called Hamilton's passing attempt "desperate", "ill-judged" and "amateur".

    But Allison said the FIA's own guidelines for race stewards gave Hamilton the right to make the attempt and not give way to Verstappen.

    In a video released by Mercedes reviewing the British Grand Prix weekend, he added: "If you are overtaking on the inside of the corner, then the guidance requires that you are substantially alongside as you arrive at the corner. It is not required that you are ahead.

    "Lewis was definitely substantially alongside. He had his front axle well beyond the midpoint of Verstappen's car.

    "And it requires that you must be able to make the corner. By 'make the corner', it means go round the corner and not leave the track or lose control of the car.

    "If you can go round the corner, if you are substantially alongside the other car, then the corner is yours.

    "What that means is not that you have to emerge in the lead; it means that you do not have to cede your position, you do not have to back off and the other car has a duty to avoid hitting you.

    "So, if you follow the notes that are provided to the FIA stewards and you look frame by frame at what happened with Lewis, he was substantially alongside, he absolutely would have made the corner and indeed did make the corner and therefore there was no need for him to cede any ground."

    Allison added the speed of Copse corner, which is taken at 190mph in an F1 car, "makes no difference". "Lewis made two further overtakes at Copse using exactly the same guidance and there wasn't a contact in either of those cases," he said.

    Opinion from current and former drivers on the incident has been split.

    Two-time champion Fernando Alonso and Leclerc both said it was a 'racing incident' in which neither driver was more to blame than the other.

    But ex-F1 drivers Mark Webber and David Coulthard both said in their roles as Channel 4 pundits that Hamilton was at fault.

    In their ruling, the stewards mentioned Hamilton "did not reach the apex of the corner, with room available to the inside" and "did not avoid contact".

    But Allison said: "I can understand people, who maybe don't understand there is no obligation on you to hit the apex of the corner, that you don't have to have your whole car in front of the other car.

    "I can understand that, if you are seeing it from that perspective, you might think that the car coming from behind has some sort of obligation to make sure that no crashes take place. But if you look at the stewarding document then I think that Lewis did nothing wrong."

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    Max Verstappen's crash with Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix cost Red Bull at least $1.8m (1.3m), team principal Christian Horner says.

    The figure is more than one percent of the team's total budget this season, following the introduction of Formula 1's budget cap at $145m this year.

    Horner said the loss "has massive ramifications" for this season.

    The cost could impact on Red Bull's ability to bring performance upgrades to their car, among other expenses.

    The figure is a best early estimate for repairs the car, and could yet go up - Red Bull are still looking into whether the monocoque can be repaired or will have to be replaced with a new one.

    The top teams such as Red Bull are already struggling to meet the budget cap - the limit is in the region of half the previous annual spend for teams such as Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari. Any extra expense such as this makes it even more of a challenge to do so.

    Engine partner Honda has also not yet revealed whether the power-unit can be saved. If it cannot be, Verstappen will need a new one and will almost certainly exceed the permitted number of engine parts for the season, in which case he will receive a grid penalty at a race later in the season.

    Horner's revelation came in a column published by Red Bull dealing with the incident and its aftermath.

    Hamilton won the British Grand Prix despite being given a 10-second penalty for being judged by race stewards to be "predominantly to blame" for the incident.

    Combined with Verstappen's retirement, this meant the Mercedes driver cut Verstappen's championship lead from 32 points before the race to eight.

    Horner said the team "felt at the time, and still feel now, that Hamilton was given a light penalty for this type of incident".

    He added that Red Bull were still considering whether to try to take the matter further in an attempt to increase Hamilton's penalty.

    "Given the severity of the incident and the lenient penalty, we are reviewing all data and have the right to request a review," Horner said. "We are therefore still looking at the evidence and considering all of our sporting options."

    Horner said Verstappen and the team were determined to try to recover the damage to their championship bid at the next race in Hungary on 1 August.

    "We will all be fully motivated to retain our championship lead," Horner said.

    "Max won't dwell on anything from Silverstone and wants to do his talking on track. He is determined to put this incident behind him and use it as added motivation for the rest of the season, as are we."

    He added: "I would like to respond to some comments I have seen from Toto [Wolff, the Mercedes F1 boss], who is quoted as saying our comments regarding Hamilton having caused the accident were 'so personal'.

    "I would like to make it clear - this was an on-track incident between two of the best drivers in the world.

    "At the point in time when you have a driver in hospital and the extent of any injuries have not yet been made clear, your car has been written off and the stewards have penalised the driver seen to be responsible, it is natural that emotion comes into play, for all involved, whether you feel wronged or victorious.

    "I also felt the narrative that Max was being 'overly aggressive' at that stage was unjustified.

    "You only have to look at the fact Max has zero penalty points on his licence and has not been found guilty of any on-track misjudgements in recent years.

    "The aggressive 17-year-old F1 rookie Max Verstappen that Hamilton is referring to is not the Max Verstappen of today, just as Hamilton is not the same driver he was when he entered the sport.

    "Both drivers are of course uncompromising in their driving style, but they are both highly skilled with a great deal of experience.

    "The reality is that Hamilton has met his match in a car that is now competitive, and I agree that both drivers need to show each other respect, but Hamilton was the aggressor on Sunday."

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    Red Bull have requested a review of the penalty given to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton after his first-lap collision with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.

    Hamilton was ruled to have been "predominantly to blame" for the crash, which resulted in Red Bull driver Verstappen being taken to hospital.

    The Briton was given a 10-second penalty but recovered to win the race.

    Both teams have been summoned to appear via video link on Thursday.

    Red Bull want the penalty increased but will need to present new evidence which was not available at the time of the original inquiry for seven-time world champion Hamilton to be sanctioned further.

    The stewards will then consider Red Bull's findings and decide if it constitutes new evidence and whether to proceed with a review.

    Verstappen accused Hamilton of being "disrespectful" and "unsportsmanlike" after the crash, with the 23-year-old Dutchman being taken to hospital for precautionary checks after suffering an impact of 51G.

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said the incident had cost them at least $1.8m (1.3m), a figure which is more than one percent of the team's total budget this season.

    Meanwhile, Mercedes chief technical officer James Allison said Hamilton's penalty was "harsh".

    Briton Hamilton, 36, passed Ferrari's Charles Leclerc with two laps to go for victory and combined with Verstappen's retirement, he cut his rival's championship lead from 32 points before the race to just eight.

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    Max Verstappen renews criticism of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes British GP celebrations after collision

    Max Verstappen has renewed his attack on Lewis Hamilton's and Mercedes' victory celebrations in the aftermath of the British GP.

    Appearing in front of the F1 media at the Hungarian GP for the first time since the accident at Silverstone 11 days ago, Verstappen said he was feeling "110" per cent fit for his return to action this weekend.

    He also revealed that Hamilton had phoned him after the race.

    "He did call me," said Verstappen. "I don't need to go into details about that, but we did have a chat."

    However, he renewed his accusation that the post-race celebrations of Red Bull's rivals had been disrespectful while he was receiving precautionary check-ups in hospital.

    "[It is] disrespectful if one guy is in the hospital and the other one is waving the flag around like nothing has happened while you push the guy into the wall with 51G," said Verstappen in Thursday's press conference in Budapest.

    "Not only that, just the whole reaction of the team besides that. That's not how you celebrate a win, especially a win how they got it.

    "That's what I found really disrespectful and in a way it shows how they really are, it comes out after a pressure situation. But I wouldn't want to be seen like that."

    Hamilton said after the race that he was not aware that Verstappen had been taken to hospital for checks until he was informed in the post-race TV interviews. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff also said the team had received feedback from Red Bull and the FIA that Verstappen was OK before celebrating their success.

    When Verstappen's latest comments were put to him on Thursday, Hamilton reiterated his belief that Mercedes had done nothing wrong at their home event.

    "I don't believe our behaviour was disrespectful," said the seven-time world champion.

    "As I said, it's one thing knowing and then celebrating what happened, and it's one thing not knowing and celebrating.

    "As I told you, I wasn't aware - but it's my home Grand Prix and we worked incredibly hard for god knows how long to get a result like that.

    "And what a monumental moment it was for us to experience the whole home crowd being there for the first time since last year was missed. Emotions were running high, it wasn't like an intentional celebration, it was just the joy of seeing so many people and so many people celebrating being together.

    "That's the natural emotion, I'm not going to hide my emotions. It was an amazing feeling to see so many people."

    With Red Bull and Mercedes facing the British GP stewards again on Thursday as the former attempt to challenge the original verdict on the incident, Verstappen said that in his view the "penalty was not severe enough for what he caused".

    Hamilton was found to have been "predominantly" at fault for causing the collision and punished with a 10-second penalty, which he served at his pit stop. However, despite dropping to fourth place, he fought back to win the race and cut Verstappen's title lead from 33 to eight points.

    https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12...fter-collision


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    British GP stewards have thrown out Red Bull's request to reopen the investigation into Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's collision.


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    Lewis Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas to a Mercedes one-two ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying.

    The seven-time champion beat Bottas by 0.315 seconds with a time set on their first runs as neither Mercedes driver improved on their final laps.

    Verstappen did improve on his final run but ended up 0.106secs behind Bottas.

    And Verstappen will start the race on the soft tyre, whereas Mercedes have gone for the favoured medium compound.

    Hamilton was booed by the large contingent of Dutch fans in the grandstands as he did his interview after the session.

    "I have never felt so great with the booing," Hamilton said. "If anything it just fuels me, so I don't really mind it.

    "It was an amazing qualifying lap that last one. Amazing team work from everyone this weekend, trying to push the car forward developing constantly. It has been amazing to see everyone rallying together.

    "The soft tyre is worth something like five metres off the line going into Turn One. It's surprising seeing them on the soft. Great having a front row lock-out for our team, first time for a long time."

    Verstappen, who starts the race eight points ahead of Hamilton in the championship, said: "The whole weekend we have been a bit behind and it showed again in qualifying. Not what we wanted but we are still there in third and will see what we can do."

    Bottas, whose second place on the grid gives Mercedes a major tactical advantage over Red Bull for the race, condemned the fans who booed Hamilton.

    "I don't think it's fair," the Finn said.

    "We are here as athletes to do the best we can in the sport we love. Lewis did an amazing lap at the end and people should question themselves about this behaviour. It's not right and we don't want to hear those things."

    Hamilton said: "People have a right. It's sport. People act wild when it's sport and competition. I don't take it to heart. I must be doing something right to be up front."

    Verstappen added: "It's not correct, of course, but as drivers we shouldn't be disturbed by these sorts of things. It is not nice but it shouldn't influence any of us."

    Tyre choice raises eyebrows
    Red Bull's tyre choice was a surprise for Verstappen, as the medium has better pace and durability for a race stint.

    The soft gives better grip off the line, but starting third behind both Mercedes lessens his chances of attacking Hamilton on the first lap.

    But Verstappen said the team decided they wanted to run the soft tyre for his final run in second qualifying and he had no choice but to complete his lap on the soft tyres because the time he set on medium tyres earlier was too marginal and he risked getting knocked out by midfield cars on the soft.

    "My lap time on the medium would have been really on the edge for a top 10 so that's why we decided to finish the lap," he said.

    "We talked about it and they decided they wanted to go on the soft. In the end, it would have even safe to go through. But only by 0.03secs. It is what it is. We will find out tomorrow."

    Verstappen's team-mate Sergio Perez was fourth after failing to get around in time to start a final lap.

    That happened after the Mercedes drivers in front of the Red Bulls, led by Bottas, did a very slow out lap before their final runs.

    Verstappen only just managed to get around in time to complete his final lap but Perez behind him did not.

    "What happened there?" he asked the team. "A bit of gamesmanship," his engineer said.

    But Hamilton dismissed the claims that Mercedes were doing it on purpose.

    "It's so silly," he said. "Everyone was going slow. Do you not watch everyone else? Everyone was on a slow lap. Do you think I could have been quicker and closer to Valtteri? It was no different to any other lap.

    "I wasn't playing any tactics. I don't need to play tactics. I know what I'm doing in the car. I'm fast enough."

    Behind the top four, Pierre Gasly impressed with fifth place for Alpha Tauri, ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

    The Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel completed the top 10.

    Leclerc's team-mate Carlos Sainz will start 15th after crashing at the final corner in the second part of qualifying.

    And George Russell failed to get his Williams into the second part of qualifying for the first time this season, ending up a disappointing 17th.


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    Alpine's Esteban Ocon has won a chaotic and hugely unpredictable Hungarian GP to register his maiden F1 victory - with Lewis Hamilton third and Max Verstappen 10th


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    Lets hope Max can win the title. I can't stand the crybaby Lewis who always plays the race card.

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    Max having terrible luck. Taken out twice now in b2b races, plus that incident in Baku.

    Lewis is going to luck his way to the championship

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    Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel has been disqualified after finishing second in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    Officials were unable to take the mandatory one-litre sample of fuel from Vettel's car after the race.

    The decision would promote Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to second place and extend his championship lead over Red Bull's Max Verstappen to eight points.

    But, unconventionally, for the time being Vettel has been left in the final results pending the appeal outcome.

    Governing body the FIA said it was possible to pump out only 0.3 litres from Vettel's car, and that it was no defence to claim no performance advantage was obtained.

    F1 rules dictate teams must ensure a one-litre sample of fuel can be taken from the car at any time during the event.

    Running less fuel can give a performance advantage as each 1kg of fuel equates to an average of about 0.035secs a lap.

    Hungarian Grand Prix stewards said: "The team was given several opportunities to attempt to remove the required amount of fuel from the tank, however it was only possible to pump 0.3 litres out."


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    Aston Martin have withdrawn their appeal against Sebastian Vettel's disqualification from second place in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    The German was thrown out of the results after his car was found to have less than the mandatory one litre of fuel remaining for post-race testing.

    Aston Martin withdrew their appeal "on the basis that we believe doing so outweighs the benefits of being heard".

    They lost a bid to have the decision subjected to right of review on Monday.

    The team submitted evidence to governing body the FIA showing that the lack of fuel was caused by a fuel-system failure that led to a leak, which was not known after the race on 1 August.

    But stewards ruled that this was "not relevant" to the disqualification because rules dictate that cars must have the required amount of fuel, and do not allow for mitigating circumstances.

    Vettel's second place would have been the team's best result of the season and would have moved them to within two points of Alpha Tauri in sixth place in the constructors' championship, on which prize money is decided at the end of the year.


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    Formula 1 has announced that the 2021 Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled, with race organisers citing "ongoing complexities" related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The race, which was also cancelled last year because of the coronavirus situation, was due to be held in mid-October, the third event in a planned triple header after the Russian Grand Prix and the rescheduled Turkish GP.

    But on Wednesday morning it was announced the race at the Suzuka circuit would not be going ahead.

    A statement from Formula 1 read: "Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and authorities in Japan the decision has been taken by the Japanese government to cancel the race this season due to ongoing complexities of the pandemic in the country.

    "Formula 1 is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks.

    "Formula 1 has proven this year, and in 2020, that we can adapt and find solutions to the ongoing uncertainties and is excited by the level of interest in locations to host Formula 1 events this year and beyond."


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    Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas headed Red Bull's Max Verstappen in first practice at the Belgian Grand Prix.

    Bottas was 0.164 seconds quicker than Verstappen, whose title rival Lewis Hamilton was down in 18th after being blocked on his best lap.

    Hamilton narrowly avoided a crash when Williams' Nicholas Latifi forced him wide approaching the Bus Stop chicane.

    Latifi appeared not to have seen the seven-time champion as Hamilton tracked him in the final part of the lap.

    Hamilton, who is eight points clear of Verstappen in the championship, was on course to beat Bottas' time but had to back out of his lap and did not try for another one.

    Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen had a bizarre incident when he hit the wall in the pit lane.

    The veteran Finn appeared to simply steer into the wall with his left-front wheel, which pitched the car into the wall on the other side with its right rear.

    Raikkonen was able to return to his garage but did not get back onto the track after the incident.

    Raikkonen had earlier had a spin out of the La Source hairpin, an incident mirrored a few moments later by Alpha Tauri's Yuki Tsunoda.

    And Ferrari's Charles Leclerc had a near miss when he ran wide at the Rivage right-hander at the highest point of the track. He bounced through the gravel but managed to keep the car out of the wall.

    Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly was third fastest ahead of Leclerc and the second Ferrari of Carlos Sainz and Red Bull's Sergio Perez.

    McLaren's Lando Norris and the Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso completed the top 10.

    The session started with the track dry but the pit lane wet after overnight rain, and the forecast is for showers throughout the weekend.

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    Formula 1 has cut its schedule to 22 races this season as a result of complications over the pandemic.

    A revised calendar has a vacant slot on 21 November that will be filled by the first Qatar Grand Prix.

    Qatar, which will be confirmed when the deal is finalised, will be the last of three consecutive race weekends following events in Mexico and Brazil.

    The Turkish Grand Prix has been moved to 10 October to fill the slot vacated by the cancelled Japanese Grand Prix.

    F1 planned its longest ever season at 23 races this year. President Stefano Domenicali had been trying to stick to that number of races but has been forced to rethink as a result of complications arising from the pandemic.

    The current schedule is also the longest ever, which F1 says is "a major achievement for an international sport against the back drop of an ongoing global pandemic".

    The Japanese Grand Prix was cancelled because of a rise in Covid cases in the country, and that followed the earlier cancellations of the races in Australia, China, Canada and Singapore.

    Turkey will be followed by the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, on its long-planned 24 October date.

    That scheduling causes problems because the majority of teams are based in the UK and Turkey is on the British government's red list of countries that require people returning from them to have 10 days of mandatory quarantine in government-organised hotels.

    Teams have told F1 they will not allow their staff to be forced to go through that quarantine for the sake of the calendar.

    The hope is that Turkey will be returned to the amber list when the government reviews its Covid travel restrictions next month.

    If it remains red, the plan is for teams to move straight from Turkey to the US and see out the quarantine period there.

    Mexico and Brazil are also on the UK's red list, but that problem has been solved by the positioning of the Qatar event.

    Domenicali said: "The pandemic continues to present the season with challenges but we have proven we can adapt and we are confident we can deliver a record breaking 22 races this year despite a global pandemic.

    "I want to thank the promoters in Brazil, Mexico and Turkey for their patience and flexibility and we will provide the details of the final addition soon.

    "This season is proving to be an incredible battle on the track and this is hugely exciting for our fans around the world and we look forward to the intensity continuing in the races ahead."

    The season will conclude as previously planned with the new Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on 5 December and the Abu Dhabi race on 12 December.

    F1 is confident it can protect its personnel in places with high Covid rates because of the strict protocols under which the sport has been operating since the 2020 season resumed last summer following the start of the pandemic.

    Revised 2021 F1 calendar

    29 Aug Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

    5 Sep Netherlands (Zandvoort)

    12 Sep Italy (Monza)

    26 Sep Russia (Sochi)

    10 Oct Turkey (Istanbul Park)

    24 Oct USA (Austin)

    7 Nov Mexico (Mexico City)

    14 Nov Brazil (Interlagos)

    21 TBC (Qatar)

    5 Dec Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)

    12 Dec Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)


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    Red Bull's Max Verstappen was declared the winner of a Belgian Grand Prix that lasted two laps behind the safety car.

    Heavy rain prevented any competitive racing at the Spa-Francorchamps track.

    The start was delayed by half an hour before two attempts were made to start the race - with a gap of nearly three hours between them.

    But conditions were deemed too dangerous and the red flag was flown after two and a half laps behind the safety car.

    The result was therefore declared from the grid order, with Verstappen ahead of Williams driver George Russell and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

    Two laps was enough to award half points, according to the regulations, so Verstappen has cut Hamilton's championship lead to three points.

    And Russell has achieved his first podium finish, thanks to a qualifying lap in the wet on Saturday that will go down as one of the greatest in F1 history.

    Russell, 23, said: "We don't often get rewarded for great qualifyings, but we absolutely did today.

    "It was a shame we did not get the race under way but, from my side, and the team's side it's an amazing result.

    "The whole team deserve it because there has been so much hard work going into work over the last few years and there has been nothing to show for it, but we absolutely nailed it yesterday."


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    Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton claims 'money talks' after two laps before final red flag

    Lewis Hamilton criticised the decision to complete two laps of the Belgian GP behind the Safety Car before finally calling the race off, claiming "money talks" and saying that he wanted to see the fans who attended the circuit on Sunday refunded.

    But FIA race director Michael Masi has said there was a belief that the race could start, while F1 president Stefano Domenicali insisted there was no commercial element to the decisions made.

    On an unprecedented day for the sport amid relentless rain at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, FIA Race Control attempted to start the race twice either side of a near-three-hour delay.

    Hamilton took issue with the second attempt to start the race.

    Two full laps were completed behind the Safety Car before the red flag was thrown again, with those laps sufficient to satisfy the requirement in the regulations to award half points to the top-10 finishers.

    With no actual racing taking place, Hamilton was classified in the order he qualified, third, with Red Bull title rival Max Verstappen winning the race after taking pole on Saturday.

    "I mean, money talks," said Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. "It was literally the two laps to start the race, it's all a money scenario.

    "So everyone gets their money and I think the fans should get theirs back too because unfortunately, they didn't get to see what they came and paid for.

    "It's a shame we can't do the race tomorrow and I love this track as well, so sad that we couldn't do this. But today wasn't a race."

    Hamilton added: "I think the sport made a bad choice today."

    In a later post on his Instagram story, the seven-time world champion went further by saying "today was a farce" and that "we should have just called it quits".

    Hamilton wrote: "Of course you can't do anything about the weather but we have sophisticated equipment to tell us what's going on and it was clear the weather wasn't going to let up. We were sent out for one reason and one reason only.

    "Two laps behind a safety car where there is no possibility to gain or lose a place or provide entertainment to fans isn't racing. We should have just called it quits, not risked the drivers and most importantly refunded the fans who are the heart of our sport."

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    Formula 1 is to make rule changes to prevent a recurrence of the events surrounding the controversial abandonment of the Belgian Grand Prix.

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen was declared the winner of a race that lasted two laps behind the safety car.

    Heavy rain had prevented any competitive racing at the Spa-Francorchamps track.

    Lewis Hamilton called the event a "farce", saying drivers were sent out solely to secure an official result.

    Bosses accept the situation needs to be addressed and teams will meet for talks with governing body the FIA and F1.

    A number of other leading drivers have criticised events surrounding the race.

    And on Monday, Alfa Romeo said the event should have been abandoned without trying to make the result of the race official.

    "The decision not to race in the conditions was the right one, in the interests of protecting the safety of the drivers, the marshals and the spectators themselves.," Alfa Romeo said,

    "However, the situation would have been dealt with a lot more appropriately by not having at all the 'race' we witnessed.

    "This outcome hurts us all, but in particular it hurts the fans of the sport, who didn't get the show they came to see.

    "We hope lessons were learnt, lessons that will improve the way we operate in the future and that put the supporters of our sport in the position they deserve to be."

    The event dragged on for three and a half hours as the FIA sought to find a window in which a race could be run in the heavy rain, but poor visibility meant conditions were deemed too dangerous to let the cars loose.

    F1's rules dictate two racing laps is the minimum for points to be awarded. These were completed behind the safety car at 18.17 local time.

    F1 is understood to be in discussions with the promoter of the race to evaluate what can be done for the fans who stood for hours in the rain and did not see a grand prix.

    McLaren Racing chief executive officer Zak Brown has called for a change of the rules that govern this type of situation.

    The FIA rejected the claim that the final two laps were a cynical move to make the event official.

    Race director Michael Masi said officials thought there could be a weather window in which some racing could take place, and the cars were sent out to assess conditions.

    F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali also denied claims commercial factors were involved in sending the cars out for the final time.

    A number of drivers, including multiple world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, said it was wrong to award points when there had been no actual competition.

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    Kimi Raikkonen will bring the curtain down on his long and illustrious Formula 1 career at the end of this season.

    The 2007 world champion, 41, began started his career in 2001 and has competed in more races than any other driver in the history of the sport.

    Raikkonen has raced for Alfa Romeo for the past three seasons since ending his second stint at Ferrari.

    Announcing his retirement on Instagram, Raikkonen said: "This is it. This will be my last season in Formula 1.

    "This is a decision I did during last winter. It was not an easy decision but after this season it is time for new things.

    "Even though the season is still on, I want to thank my family, all my teams, everyone involved in my racing career and especially all of you great fans that have been rooting for me all this time.

    "Formula 1 might come to an end for me but there is a lot more in life that I want to experience and enjoy. See you around after all of this! Sincerely Kimi."

    Finnish countryman Valtteri Bottas is considered the favourite to replace Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo next year with George Russell appearing set to take the former's seat next to Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.

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    Lewis Hamilton headed title rival Max Verstappen in a bizarrely truncated first practice session at the Dutch Grand Prix.

    The hour-long session was interrupted for nearly 40 minutes when Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin stopped on track with a suspected engine failure.

    The car was still electrically live, delaying its recovery to the pits.

    Running resumed with only six minutes remaining and Hamilton edged Verstappen by 0.097 seconds.

    The Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of the Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi, Aston Martin's Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly's Alpha Tauri.

    McLaren's Lando Norris was 11th fastest and Williams driver George Russell 15th.

    This weekend is the first time F1 cars have raced at the historic Zandvoort track since 1985, and the challenging layout was the subject of much anticipation among the drivers.

    But they did not get anywhere near as much experience of the unique layout - featuring two heavily banked corners - as they would have wanted.

    After the initial runs - little more than sighters for drivers who have either never experienced Zandvoort before or did so several years ago - Norris was fastest from Verstappen, Bottas and Hamilton.

    But then Vettel ground to a halt at the exit of the pit lane, having left a trail of oil behind his car.

    There followed what many will see as a borderline farcical sequence of events, the full explanation for which is not yet available.

    Vettel grabbed a fire extinguisher from the marshals and put out the small fire in the engine bay himself, presumably because he could see the car was still electrically live and could not be touched.

    But once the fire was out, it was many minutes before a marshal arrived on the scene dressed in insulating clothing and with rubber sheets to cover the car.

    Eventually, engineers from Aston Martin arrived and the car was removed, but there will be questions as to why it took quite so long.

    Governing body the FIA said: "The delay was due to two factors - firstly the car going from an ERS-safe to an ERS unsafe state, meaning we had to take all necessary precautions during the recovery. Then we had a safety systems issue that needed to be reset before the session could resume."

    ERS is the acronym used for the hybrid system in an F1 car.

    The session resumed with only six minutes remaining, leading to a hectic period on the tight, twisty track.

    The heavy traffic led to one incident in which Ocon seemed to push Norris on to the grass.

    But in the end everyone got through the session unscathed.

    The biggest loser apart from Vettel was Alpha Tauri's Yuki Tsunoda, who had a spin on his first lap when he was doing aerodynamic calibration work, and never returned to the track.

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    Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari one-two in Dutch Grand Prix second practice while Lewis Hamilton missed most of the session with an engine problem.

    Hamilton's Mercedes stopped on track after he had done just one flying lap. He was classified 11th.

    Leclerc headed team-mate Carlos Sainz by 0.154 seconds. Alpine's Esteban Ocon was third, ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Alpine's Fernando Alonso.

    Seven-time champion Hamilton's problem was the second engine issue for a Mercedes-engined car of the day, after Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel caused a 40-minute stoppage in the first session when he came to a halt at the exit of the pit lane.

    The car remained by the side of the track where Hamilton had stopped, so he was unable to resume the session.

    Verstappen's true competitiveness over one lap was hidden because there were two red flags during the session, one for Hamilton and another when Haas driver Nikita Mazepin spun off at the chicane, and both happened when the Dutchman was on a flying lap.


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    Kimi Raikkonen has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss this weekend's Dutch Grand Prix.


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    Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the Dutch Grand Prix by just 0.038 seconds, sending his devoted home fans wild.

    The Red Bull driver had appeared in control throughout qualifying but Hamilton improved on his final lap to miss out by the narrowest of margins.

    The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was third, ahead of Pierre Gasly's Alpha Tauri and the Ferraris.

    Red Bull's Sergio Perez was eliminated in the first session and is 16th.

    Verstappen set the standard on the first lap of final qualifying when he beat Bottas by 0.299secs, a significant margin around one of the shortest laps on the calendar.

    But Hamilton - who managed only one lap in the second practice session on Friday, reducing his time to set up the car - pulled it out with a trademark lap at the end.

    Verstappen improved - as he needed to, because Hamilton exactly matched the Dutchman's lap from his first run.

    Verstappen revealed that he had a double upshift on his lap and had also failed to open the DRS overtaking aid on the run to the line, both of which would have cost time.

    He said: "It is of course the best position. We know passing is difficult, a lot of laps around here, the tyres are struggling around the high-speed corners but I hope we can finish it off tomorrow."

    Hamilton was booed by the capacity 80,000 crowd as he did his interview immediately after the session, but saluted the enthusiasm of the local fans.

    He said: "So close. I want to say a big thank you to all the orange fans here, the Dutch fans. What an amazing venue and track. I really love coming to this country.

    "Max did an amazing lap and I was so close to catching him. With yesterday's session missed, it made it difficult, but I did my best.

    "It's a difficult circuit to overtake [on], but what a place to be racing. We haven't seen a crowd like this in a while. It is great to see so many people here and I hope we can put on a great race. It is a very tough circuit, which is what makes it so fantastic to drive."

    Gasly was outstanding in putting the Alpha Tauri fourth ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, and Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi produced another eye-catching performance to go seventh.

    His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen has been ruled out of the weekend after testing positive for coronavirus and was replaced by reserve driver Robert Kubica. The veteran Pole qualified 18th.

    The Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso were eighth and ninth, separated by only 0.023secs, ahead of McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo.

    Lando Norris never looked on the pace in qualifying and ended up 13th, his worst qualifying position of the year.

    It was a difficult session for Williams. George Russell, fresh from his heroics in putting his car on the front row in the wet in Belgium last weekend, crashed at the penultimate corner on his second lap in the second session.

    He managed to return to the pits but was unable to go out again.

    But his 11th place on the grid was saved inadvertently by team-mate Nicholas Latifi.

    The session was red flagged while the barriers were repaired following Russell's accident and when it resumed Latifi crashed himself at Turn Eight, much more heavily than Russell, and the session was ended early.

    Russell said: "Apologies to the team. I pushed too hard today and ultimately cost us a shot at Q3. No excuses.

    "Starting P11 tomorrow. I'll do my best to make it up."

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    Would love to start following F1 just like how I do with football and cricket. Does anyone have any advice on where to start and learn about the history properly? I know a few good racers from the past and present but that's about it. I do love playing video games with kart racing too.

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    Red Bull's Max Verstappen took a dominant victory over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the Dutch Grand Prix to retake the championship lead.

    Verstappen, cheered all the way by 65,000 enthusiastic home fans, led all the way from pole position, comfortably keeping a following Hamilton at bay.

    The Dutchman leads Hamilton by three points after his seventh win in 13 races.

    Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third, ahead of Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

    Mercedes tried what they could to challenge Verstappen, putting Hamilton on a two-stop strategy, then trying to use Bottas to hold him up, but Red Bull always appeared to be in control.

    There appeared to be some disagreements between Hamilton and the team on the strategy deployed, but their conversations were a function of the fact that Verstappen just had that bit of extra pace to be able to answer everything Mercedes threw at him.

    "They were just too fast today," Hamilton said over the radio on the slowing down lap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplicitAI View Post
    Would love to start following F1 just like how I do with football and cricket. Does anyone have any advice on where to start and learn about the history properly? I know a few good racers from the past and present but that's about it. I do love playing video games with kart racing too.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMrHKc58aIA

    Start with this - and you will want to watch each race!


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    Valtteri Bottas has signed for Alfa Romeo for the 2022 Formula 1 season, clearing the way for George Russell to be confirmed at Mercedes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMrHKc58aIA

    Start with this - and you will want to watch each race!
    Cheers for that, will give it a go!

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    George Russell will partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes from next season, the team have announced.

    The 23-year-old Briton replaces Valtteri Bottas, whose move to Alfa Romeo from 2022 was revealed on Monday.

    Russell joins Mercedes after three years at Williams in which he underlined his credentials for a seat in a top team.

    Russell said he was "absolutely buzzing" at the move.

    "I'm under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge; it's going to be a steep learning curve."

    Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said: "George has been a winner in every racing category - and the past three seasons with Williams have given us a taste of what the future could hold for him in F1."

    The move comes with a degree of inevitability about it - Russell has been a Mercedes protege since 2017 and has emerged as one of F1's brightest new stars since he made his debut in 2019.


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    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was fastest in first practice for the Italian Grand Prix ahead of title rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull.

    Hamilton, running medium tyres, was 0.452 seconds ahead of Verstappen on the soft compound.

    Valtteri Bottas was third, 0.525secs down on team-mate Hamilton.

    The usual second practice will be replaced by an h our-long qualifying session to decide the grid for Saturday's 'sprint race' qualifying.

    It is the second race this season in which an F1 weekend's format has been tweaked, after July's British Grand Prix.

    Aston Martin's Lance Stroll was a surprise fourth fastest, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel sixth. Both Aston Martin and Alpha Tauri are midfield teams who appear to have good pace at the low-downforce Monza circuit.

    Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly - last year's shock race winner - was fifth, with Carlos Sainz seventh for Ferrari, Fernando Alonso eighth for Alpine, Daniel Ricciardo ninth for McLaren, and Verstappen's team-mate Sergio Perez rounding out the top 10.

    Saturday's 'sprint' race will set the grid for the main grand prix on Sunday.

    There will be championship points for the 'sprint' event, with three going to the winner, two for second and one for third.

    The winner of the sprint race will be officially recognised as the driver who scored pole position.

    Hamilton currently trails Verstappen by three points in the title race.

    First practice at Monza took place in warm, dry conditions in Italy's Lombardy region near Milan. The track is known as the 'cathedral of speed', owing to its rich motorsport history.

    Williams' George Russell was 17th fastest, still on a high following the announcement he will partner Hamilton at Mercedes next season.

    Bottas will drive for Alfa Romeo in place of Kimi Raikkonen in 2022.

    Raikkonen will miss a second race in succession following his positive coronavirus test before qualifying at the Dutch Grand Prix last week.

    Veteran pole Robert Kubica, who will once again replace the Finn, was just ahead of Russell in 16th.

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    Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton to qualify fastest for Saturday's Italian Grand Prix 'sprint' race.

    The Finn beat Hamilton by 0.096 seconds, with Hamilton's title rival Max Verstappen third, 0.411secs behind.

    The usual second Friday practice was replaced by an hour-long qualifying session to decide the grid for Saturday's 'sprint' race qualifying.

    Hamilton trails Red Bull's Verstappen by three points in the title race.

    Bottas, however, will take an engine change this weekend and as a result start the main race on Sunday from the back of the grid, regardless of where he finishes on Saturday.

    His lap comes days after it was announced he will be replaced at Mercedes next season by Briton George Russell. Bottas will drive for Alfa Romeo in 2022.

    Bottas shouted over team radio after he crossed the line: "Oh yes - boom! Thanks."

    He later added: "It feels so good when you get a nice lap. I had a bit of a tow. I feel good and relaxed now everything is sorted for the future."

    Britain's Lando Norris was an impressive fourth for McLaren with a much-improved performance from his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo seeing him take fifth.

    Along with McLaren, Alpha Tauri also look quick in the hands of last year's surprise winner Pierre Gasly, who was sixth.

    Ferrari's Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were seventh and eighth, as Red Bull's Sergio Perez and Alfa's Antonio Giovinazzi rounded out the top 10.

    Saturday's 'sprint' race results will set the grid for the main grand prix on Sunday.

    There will also be championship points for the 18-lap event, with three to the winner, two for second and one for third.

    The winner of the sprint race will be officially recognised as the driver who scored pole position for the traditional race of 53 laps.

    It is the second race of the season which has seen a change to the traditional format for grand prix weekends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplicitAI View Post
    Would love to start following F1 just like how I do with football and cricket. Does anyone have any advice on where to start and learn about the history properly? I know a few good racers from the past and present but that's about it. I do love playing video games with kart racing too.
    Watch Drive to Survive on Netflix, it's a great starting point.

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    Super impressed with the way McLaren are improving. They have a serious shot at getting two podiums at Monza this Sunday.

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    Red Bull's Max Verstappen will start the Italian Grand Prix from pole with title rival Lewis Hamilton only fourth.

    Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas won the 'sprint' qualifying race but will start last after taking a penalty for a power unit change.

    Hamilton finished behind McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris after an uncharacteristically poor start.

    Verstappen now leads Hamilton by five points in the title race after taking two points for second in the sprint.

    Bottas took three points for first and Ricciardo one for third.

    The usual qualifying was replaced by a half-hour, 18-lap race to decide the grid for Sunday's 53-lap grand prix, and produced drama right at the beginning.

    Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly - the winner at Monza last year - collided with Ricciardo at the first Rettifilo chicane which eventually sent him careering into the barrier after his damaged front wing failed.

    The Frenchman did a great job to minimise a high-speed impact by turning a badly damaged car away from the barrier as much as possible as it skipped across the gravel at more than 100mph.


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    Hamilton-Verstappen take each other out at Monza. Halo saves Hamilton from something serious

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    McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo won the Italian Grand Prix after a frightening crash between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

    Red Bull's Verstappen flipped up beside Hamilton as the pair battled for position, the rear of Verstappen's car landing on Hamilton's Mercedes, the halo head protection device possibly saving the seven-time champion from injury.

    Both retired, beached in the gravel, meaning Verstappen remains five ahead of Hamilton in the title race.

    Ricciardo's British team-mate Lando Norris was second after a brilliant late overtake, handing the team a first one-two since the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix and their first victory in nearly a decade.

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    best result possible for max after that pitstop. Damage limitation heading into Sochi

    Let's get this WDC


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    Adding f1

    Max Verstappen has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the next Formula 1 race after his crash with Lewis Hamilton at the Italian GP



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    Aston Martin say they are committed to Sebastian Vettel and are keen for him to race for them in 2022.

    Vettel, 34, has a contractual option he can exercise to continue with the team after this season, which has a due date in the coming weeks.

    Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll said: "We are delighted with Sebastian. It is our firm intention to continue with him next year and beyond."

    Stroll said he expected an answer on Vettel's future "imminently".

    Vettel has had an up-and-down season with Aston Martin, who he joined this year after a difficult final couple of campaigns at Ferrari.

    After a slow start, the German four-time world champion has veered between some strong races - including a second place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and another in Hungary before he was disqualified for a technical infringement - and other less convincing performances.

    Vettel has few options other than Aston Martin if he wants to stay in F1. All the major teams have confirmed their line-ups for next season.

    His current drive, the second seat at Alfa Romeo and the two at back markers Haas are the only ones yet to be announced.

    Stroll said he was "unconcerned" by Vettel's growing involvement in environmental causes, which "have no bearing whatsoever on our strong and ongoing desire for him to continue to drive for us in Formula 1."

    The Canadian billionaire's comments came as he unveiled a new F1 factory at the team's base at Silverstone which he says will cost between 150-200m.

    He said the new base, which will greatly expand the team's current site opposite Silverstone Circuit, was required to meet his ambitions for the team to be able to fight for the World Championship within three to five years.

    "It's a hugely significant investment, above 400,000 sq ft," Stroll said. "It shows my belief in the team, confirms my ambitions and my belief in F1. It's really an investment in F1."

    The new site will include a brand new wind tunnel. The current factory, which has grown organically since Aston Martin's forerunner Jordan Grand Prix entered F1 in 1991, will be repurposed as a wellness centre, cafeteria, F1 simulator and heritage centre where guests can be entertained.

    Stroll said the first phase of building, which had been delayed by almost two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, would be ready in 18 months, the second in 36 months.

    Stroll, who took over the Aston Martin road-car company last year before renaming his F1 team after it for this season, drew both a parallel and a contrast with McLaren's Technology Centre, which was the most recent purpose-built F1 factory to be constructed when it was inaugurated in 2004.

    The MTC was conceived as an architectural statement as well as an F1 base and former team boss Ron Dennis recruited celebrated architect Sir Norman Foster to design it.

    Stroll said: "This is the reverse of what Ron Denis did with Norman Foster. This is a business, this is a factory, a campus, fit for purpose to match the DNA and culture of ourselves, the purpose of what it's been built for, to be efficient and streamlined, to have everyone sitting side by side under one roof, taking into consideration the new financial regs and where sport will go in the future.

    "It truly represents our image, culture and DNA."

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    Sebastian Vettel will continue at Aston Martin for a second season in 2022 alongside Canadian Lance Stroll.

    Vettel had a contractual option to take up to continue with the team and the four-time champion has decided to race on in Formula 1 with them.

    The 34-year-old said he was "really looking forward" to the new style of car that will be introduced next year.

    "Every team will be starting from a new beginning, so it will be a great opportunity for us," Vettel said.

    F1 has completely revised the regulations for next season, changing the way the aerodynamics work and making the rules more prescriptive, in an attempt to close up the field and make overtaking easier.

    Vettel said: "The look of the new generation of Formula 1 cars is very different and the new technical regulations should give us cars that can race much more closely than recently.

    "More exciting racing will be great for the drivers as well as for the fans.

    "I believe in the strength of our new growing team, so I am already looking forward to 2022."


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    Russian Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc to start from back of grid because of new engine

    Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will start this weekend's Russian Grand Prix from the back of the grid as a result of using a new, upgraded engine.

    The new power-unit features a revised hybrid system that provides a significant performance upgrade.

    Leclerc has already used his permitted number of engines this season so a new one means an automatic grid penalty.

    His Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz will continue with the old-specification hybrid system.

    The Spaniard will receive the upgraded engine at an unspecified point later in the season that Ferrari say will "follow an evaluation of the right compromise between competitiveness and the impact of the penalty".

    Leclerc's car is being fitted with a new engine for this weekend's race in Sochi because one of his battery packs was damaged in the multi-car pile-up at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix last month.

    Ferrari say using the new engine, which includes a new battery, is a "precautionary measure relating to the potential risk of using the battery pack damaged in Hungary".

    Leclerc has been using it in the three races since the accident but his car was running short of battery-related parts as a consequence of the accident.

    As the new engine was ready to be introduced this weekend, it therefore made sense, the team say, to give it to Leclerc.

    The team say the "main purpose" of running the new hybrid system in the final part of this season this year "is to gain experience for the 2022 car project".

    Its performance upgrade is said to be less than 10bhp.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/58659626


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    McLaren's Lando Norris took pole position in a thrilling rain-affected qualifying at the Russian Grand Prix.

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was only fourth after crashing in the pit lane mid-way through the final sessions and then spinning on his final lap, as drivers risked slick tyres in the closing stages.

    Ferrari's Carlos Sainz and Williams driver George Russell took advantage of Hamilton's error to vault into second and third places.

    McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo took fifth ahead of Alpine's Fernando Alonso.

    It was a dramatic end to a session that at one stage earlier in the day looked as if it might not even take place, so heavy was the rain that started overnight and continued into the morning at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

    And it was a case of missed opportunity for Mercedes, with Hamilton's title rival Max Verstappen starting from the back of the grid as a result of a penalty for using too many engines.


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    LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX FOR HIS 100TH WIN IN F1

    Max Verstappen comes home for second place from the back of the grid, with Carlos Sainz completing the podium.

    But it is devastation in the McLaren garage as Lando Norris crosses the line in seventh.

    Heartbreak for the young Briton, and he could be facing a penalty after sliding off and cutting back across the pit entry line to reach the pits.


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    Lewis Hamilton won his 100th Formula 1 race as a frantic last few laps in the Russian Grand Prix caused by heavy rain dashed Lando Norris' hopes of a maiden victory.

    And the rain helped Hamilton's title rival Max Verstappen vault from seventh to second in his Red Bull after timing his change to wet tyres perfectly.

    The Briton's win puts him back into the title lead but Verstappen's drive from the back of the grid in Sochi means Hamilton's advantage is only two points.

    Hamilton already held the record for most F1 wins with Michael Schumacher next in the all-time list with 91 victories.

    The late downpour turned the race on its head and while it gave the Mercedes driver a victory, it helped Verstappen even more.

    McLaren's Norris, who took his maiden pole position on Saturday, was leading with five laps to go in his McLaren when it started to rain.

    It was light initially and only over a few corners, but Verstappen, who was at that point struggling in seventh place, was one of the first drivers to pit for treaded intermediate tyres.

    It was the making of his afternoon as Norris and Hamilton - more than 30 seconds up the road in their battle for the lead - initially stayed out.

    A similar decision briefly vaulted Alpine's Fernando Alonso, who was leading Verstappen in sixth place before the rain, to third.

    Halfway around the lap following Verstappen's stop, Norris was asked if he wanted to stop for intermediate tyres and he said: "No."

    Hamilton was also saying it was not raining that heavily, but was ordered to come in because more rain was coming.

    He stopped a lap after Verstappen, with four to go, leaving Norris out in front on his slick tyres as the rain fell increasingly heavily.

    Hamilton was 14.9 seconds behind Norris a lap after he had stopped, but the rain was by now so bad that the seven-time champion caught the McLaren within five more corners and swept by into the lead.

    Norris finally stopped after tip-toeing around the rest of the lap but the delay in coming in for tyres dropped him down to seventh place at the end.

    Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, who stopped for tyres at the same time as Verstappen, took third, while McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas also benefited from early stops for treaded tyres to take fourth and fifth ahead of Alonso.

    The error of judgement by team and driver in the late rain was a bitter blow for Norris after appearing on course for an impressive maiden victory for so long.

    The 21-year-old lost the lead to Sainz at the start and tracked the Ferrari for 13 laps before re-passing for the lead.

    Hamilton, meanwhile, had dropped from fourth on the grid to seventh on the first lap and he spent the first part of the race stuck in a train behind Williams driver George Russell in third, who was ahead of Aston Martin's Lance Stroll and Ricciardo.

    When Russell and Stroll pitted out of the way, Ricciardo appeared to be holding Hamilton back to give Norris some breathing space at the front.

    At the same time Verstappen had made excellent progress from his place on the back row of the grid following an engine penalty and was only two seconds behind Hamilton - with team-mate Sergio Perez and Alonso between them - after just 20 laps.

    After both Norris and Hamilton had pitted, Norris had a 10-second lead, which the Mercedes driver remorselessly closed.

    But with 10 laps to go, Norris appeared to be in control, with Hamilton not able to get within a second of him, only for the rain to change everything.

    Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was another to suffer for a late decision to change tyres.

    Starting from the back of the grid, he was ninth heading into the closing laps, two spots behind Verstappen, and was briefly up to fourth as the rain threw everything up in the air.

    But stopping late on the same lap as Norris meant he dropped down out of the points into 15th.

    A decision to stop for fresh tyres on lap 26 - about half-distance - appeared to have been damaging for Verstappen.

    It dropped him behind a slow-moving pack of cars and he lost ground to the leaders. And things went from bad to worse when Alonso - who had also started on hards, but stopped 10 laps later for fresh tyres - passed him into Turn Two, Verstappen seemingly unable to do anything about reclaiming sixth place.

    Verstappen said that both situations were caused by the fact his tyres were worn out after spending so long in traffic.

    But the rain came to his rescue. He made the call to stop for intermediate tyres at exactly the right time and was able to vault up into second, in what could be a critical move in a championship battle that is so close.

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    Qatar F1 race will be held in November along with 10-year deal

    Qatar will make its debut on the Formula 1 calendar with a race in November and has signed a 10-year deal to host a Grand Prix from 2023.

    The Gulf state will fill the vacant slot on this season's schedule on 19-21 November with a race at its Losail circuit, known for hosting MotoGP.

    Qatar will not host an F1 race in 2022 to focus on staging the Fifa World Cup.

    The race's location from 2023 has not been confirmed, but the plan is to hold a street race in the capital Doha.

    Qatar is the fourth Middle Eastern country to join the F1 calendar. It joins the long-standing races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, and Saudi Arabia, which makes its debut this year as the 2021 season's penultimate race on 3-5 December.

    And it will make for three races in the region to end this year's world championship, with Qatar followed by Saudi Arabia and then the season-finale in Abu Dhabi on 10-12 December.

    This year's Qatar Grand Prix will be a floodlit night race starting at 18:00 local time.

    The announcement confirms that there are seven remaining races in the close title battle between Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

    Turkey starts the run-in on 10 October, followed by the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, on 24 October.

    Mexico, Brazil and Qatar will be on consecutive weekends starting on 7 November, followed by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi on the first two weekends in December.

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    Carlos Sainz will start from the back of the grid in this weekend's Turkish GP as a result of penalties for exceeding his engine allocation.

    Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc started at the back for the previous race in Russia for the same reason.

    Spaniard Sainz started on the front row and finished third in Sochi.

    "As was the case for Charles Leclerc in Russia, in Turkey Carlos Sainz will take a completely new power unit fitted with the new hybrid system," Ferrari said.

    "Therefore he will start from the back of the grid with the aim of climbing up the order to try and score some points."

    Ferrari said also team boss Mattia Binotto would not be attending the race but would remain at the Maranello factory to focus on the development of next year's car.

    "He will of course follow all sessions and the race from the Remote Garage, with a permanent link to the team at Istanbul Park," the team added.

    Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's gripping championship battle continues at this weekend's Turkish GP, and you can watch it all live on Sky Sports F1.

    The title protagonists - following an epic Russian GP where Hamilton took his 100th F1 win but Verstappen recovered from 20th to second - are split by just two points heading to Istanbul Park, where more drama is in store.

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    Red Bull's Max Verstappen says he is not feeling the pressure of the Formula 1 title fight because winning would not "change his life".

    The 24-year-old is two points behind Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in the championship standings.

    "The whole team wants to win so that mentality is definitely there," he said, before the Turkish Grand Prix.

    "But it is nothing you can force or you have to stress about because we always want to do the best we can."

    Red Bull are in the title fight for the first time since 2013 but Verstappen said he was not wasting any time thinking about what he could achieve by the end of the year.

    Red Bull and Honda to continue to work together when Honda leaves
    "I always do my best and I know the team is doing the best they can," he said.

    "If that is going to be first it is an amazing achievement - it is what we work for - but even if we finish second it will be a great season and, at the end of the day, it is not really going to change my life.

    "I enjoy what I am doing and that's very important. For me, there is not that much to worry about, really.

    "You just have to work hard together and then we will find out at the end of the season where that will put us. Is that first or second? We don't know."

    Two-time champion Fernando Alonso said of Verstappen: "He seems to deal with the pressure better than other people. Everyone is different but it seems that for him it is not a big deal every weekend and he takes it race by race.

    "I think that's the best approach for the remaining races."

    Seven-time champion Hamilton said over his many title campaigns he had learned how to deal with the pressure involved.

    "It's not a case of ignoring it," Hamilton said, "because it's there, but it's the understanding of what will be will be.

    "All you can do is prepare the best way you can, give it 100%, and what's coming up is coming up and so I just don't worry about those things.

    "I have been very fortunate. I have had a lot of ups and downs, but had an amazing time, a lot of growth and I just don't worry about 'what if?'

    "I just try and prepare for now and that means making sure I've done the work with the team at the factory and then ultimately enjoy it.

    "What an amazing season it has been so far. It has been super-exciting for fans, massively engaging. We finally see two teams neck and neck, which is amazing, and of course we want to win but you have to learn to let that not overtake everything in your life."

    Hamilton said he did not yet know whether he would have to take a fourth engine to get him through the remaining races. This would mean exceeding the permitted allowance of three engines per season and starting from the back of the grid. Team boss Toto Wolff has said it is "a possibility".

    "At the moment I still have [engine] numbers two and three," Hamilton said. "I don't envisage us having to take one at the moment but that could change, who knows?"

    FIA medical car driver Alan van der Merwe and deputy medical delegate Dr Ian Roberts are missing the race in Istanbul after testing positive for Covid-19 before leaving for Turkey. They are being replaced by FIA Formula E's safety car driver Bruno Correia, and medical delegate Dr Bruno Franceschini.

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    Lewis Hamilton will take a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday's #TurkishGP after Mercedes fitted the championship leader with a new Internal Combustion Engine.


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    Lewis Hamilton qualified fastest for the Turkish Grand Prix but will start the race 11th after a 10-place grid penalty for breaking engine rules.

    The Mercedes driver headed team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 0.13 seconds and the Finn inherits pole position ahead of Hamilton's title rival Max Verstappen.

    Verstappen starts the race two points behind Hamilton in the championship.

    Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was fourth fastest ahead of Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly and Alpine's Fernando Alonso.

    Mercedes achieved the perfect result, with both drivers in the best possible position for the start of the race.

    Bottas was fastest on the first runs in final qualifying, pipping Hamilton by just 0.022secs, but the Briton went out early for his second run and managed to string together a lap good enough to leapfrog his team-mate.

    Bottas appeared to be on course to reclaim the fastest lap, but his lap fell away in the final three corners and he just missed out, his second lap falling just 0.073secs short of his first effort.

    The Finn's role in the race will be to win, and prevent Verstappen scoring as many points as possible.

    "The last lap I missed a bit in the last sector started to pick up some understeer," Bottas said. "Lewis is in the best place and I am on pole. I will focus on my own race tomorrow. Try to keep up a good pace."

    Qualifying started on a track that still had damp patches after overnight rain and a mostly wet final practice session. Teams ran on slick tyres throughout, but there were a number of spins and off-track moments as drivers found the limits of grip.

    "The session was really tricky," said Hamilton, who in taking a new engine for reliability reasons over the rest of the season has exceeded his permitted allowance. "There were still some damp patches and getting temperature in the tyres for the first lap wasn't easy.

    "Great performance from them getting us out at the right time.

    "Tomorrow will be difficult but I will give it everything. It is not the easiest overtaking at the moment and we are all on the same tyres.

    "I imagine it will be difficult to move up."

    Verstappen said the Red Bull did not have the pace to battle with the Mercedes.

    "Compared to yesterday we managed to turn it around quite well," he said. "The laps were quite good. But there was not the lap time in it to fight for pole.

    "Third is the maximum for us and tomorrow lining up in second let's wait and see what the weather will do but overall I'm pretty happy."

    Hamilton's remark about tyres was a reference to the fact that only one driver in the top 10 - Alpha Tauri's Yuki Tsunoda in ninth place - will start on the soft tyre, everyone else preferring the more durable medium in the second session, which defines the starting tyre of the drivers in the top half of the grid.

    Behind the big three, Verstappen's Sergio Perez failed to achieve what his team had requested in qualifying close to the Mercedes, the Mexican only seventh and beaten by Leclerc, Gasly and Alonso.

    McLaren's Lando Norris, Aston Martin's Lance Stroll and Tsunoda completed the top 10.

    Williams driver George Russell starts 13th, with Mick Schumacher an impressive 14th in the Haas, and Daniel Ricciardo a disappointing 16th in the second McLaren.

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    Valtteri Bottas brilliantly won a rain-affected Turkish GP ahead of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, as an angered Lewis Hamilton finished fifth after a late Mercedes pit-stop halted his comeback drive.

    Bottas led almost every lap of a gripping race in difficult conditions and sealed his first win of the season with an overtake on Charles Leclerc, before finishing comfortably ahead of Verstappen at the chequered flag.

    "From my side, it was one of the best races I've had, ever," said Bottas, who is leaving Mercedes at the end of the season.


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    Red Bull's Christian Horner questions Mercedes speed gains

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has expressed his "surprise" at gains he says Mercedes have made with their engine performance.

    Under Formula 1's rules, the title rivals are not allowed to improve the power of their engines in-season.

    Horner said Mercedes' straight-line speed "has taken a significant step recently".

    "It's surprising they appear to have made the step they have with the power-unit," he added.

    Mercedes reject Red Bull's claims, saying nothing has changed in their engine apart from fitting a new one to Hamilton's car for last weekend's Turkish Grand Prix.

    Both Hamilton and title rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull have taken new engines - at the cost of grid penalties - over the last two races, Verstappen at the previous race in Russia, Hamilton in Turkey.

    Verstappen leads Hamilton by six points with six races to go after the Dutchman finished second in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix and Hamilton in fifth.

    Internal combustion engines always degrade over time, so Hamilton's new engine will have provided a small performance advantage over the one he was using previously.

    Red Bull's claims echo similar ones Hamilton himself made about his rival's Honda engine earlier in the season.

    Red Bull made an apparent step forward in performance around the time of the French Grand Prix in early summer, and Hamilton publicly questioned how they had been able to do that.

    Red Bull's explanation at the time was that aerodynamic upgrades to their car had allowed them to run smaller rear wings, reducing drag and boosting straight-line speed, without harming cornering performance.

    Horner said: "We could match them with smaller [rear] wings previously; now we can't get near. And we saw that particularly at this circuit, where Lewis had a straight-line advantage with a bigger rear wing on the car."

    Horner added that reliability problems with the Mercedes engine could also be affecting impressions of performance.

    "You can see across all their teams Mercedes obviously have some reliability issues they are managing, which is unusual for Mercedes," Horner said. "But their performance is still incredibly impressive.

    "Whether one comes at the expense of the other, I don't know, but if you look at some of the speed deltas on the back straight at some points it was 15-20km/h, which is more than if there had been DRS (overtaking aid in use)."

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    The Chinese Grand Prix is expected to be dropped from the 2022 Formula 1 calendar when next year's schedule is published on Friday.

    The Shanghai race has not been held since the coronavirus pandemic began and restrictions surrounding Covid in China mean holding it is impossible.

    It will be replaced by the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola on 24 April.

    F1 is set to publish a record 23-race calendar with all the other established events absent this season reinstated.

    Races in Australia, Canada, Singapore and Japan are all set to take place in 2022.

    All four countries have missed the last two seasons as a result of their respective national restrictions surrounding Covid-19.

    The 2022 season will start in Bahrain on 20 March and end in Abu Dhabi on 20 November, and cram 23 races into just 35 weeks.

    The championship will end three weeks earlier than this year's to avoid a clash with the football World Cup in Qatar.

    And it features the first race in Miami, a blue-riband event that is being held in addition to the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, with the hope of growing F1's audience in America.

    This year, F1 published a 23-race calendar but had to amend it as a number of countries decided they could not hold races in the middle of the pandemic.

    In the end, 22 races will be held this year, despite the cancellation of the events in Australia, China, Canada, Singapore and Japan.

    F1 is confident that the chances of this happening again next year are greatly reduced.

    Japan, which has managed to bring Covid back under control after a summer surge that coincided with the Tokyo Olympics, is considered the event most likely to fall if the circumstances surrounding the virus change.

    Australia, which has had some of the world's most stringent Covid travel restrictions, has been moved from its traditional slot at the start of the season to become the third race to give it more time to prepare for the grand prix.

    F1 has been discussing with governing body the FIA and the teams the idea of increasing the number of events running the new 'sprint' format.

    Two of these events, which move qualifying to Friday and have a one-third distance race on Saturday to set the grid for the main grand prix, have already been held this year and a third is scheduled for the Brazilian event next month.

    F1 and the teams met at the F1 Commission meeting on Wednesday and discussed the idea of having six 'sprint' events next year.

    However, discussions are ongoing and debate centres around the sport's budget cap.

    Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari argue that the sprint events are expensive, because they feature two races rather than one, and are pushing for the budget cap to remain at this year's level of $145m (114m) if there are to be six sprint events, rather than reduce it to $140m as planned.

    Other teams are not happy about the idea of keeping the budget cap at this year's level and a compromise has not yet been reached.

    It has not been decided which races will hold the sprint events in 2022, but F1 is working towards a plan whereby there is a mix of historic events, such as Silverstone, and the higher-paying new tracks, such as those in the Middle East.

    There have also been discussions about increasing the number of points awarded in the 'sprint' race on Saturday, and reversing the decision to award pole position to the winner of the 'sprint' race rather than the driver who sets the fastest time in qualifying.

    Expected 2022 F1 calendar

    20 March Bahrain (Sakhir)

    27 March Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)

    10 April Australia (Melbourne)

    24 April Emilia Romagna (Imola)

    8 May Miami

    22 May Spain (Barcelona)

    29 May Monaco

    12 June Azerbaijan (Baku)

    19 June Canada (Montreal)

    3 July Great Britain (Silverstone)

    10 July Austria (Spielberg)

    24 July France (Le Castellet)

    31 July Hungary (Budapest)

    28 August Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

    4 September Netherlands (Zandvoort)

    11 September Italy (Monza)

    25 September Russia (Sochi)

    2 October Singapore (Marina Bay)

    9 October Japan (Suzuka)

    23 October USA (Austin)

    30 October Mexico (Mexico City)

    13 November Brazil (Sao Paulo)

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    Formula 1 has revealed the provisional calendar for the 2022 season, ready to kick off an all-new era with a record amount of races.

    Starting in Bahrain in March and ending in Abu Dhabi in November with an earliest finish in over a decade, 23 rounds are planned for the first year of F1's revolutionary new generation of cars, aimed at generating exciting racing and increased competition.

    23 races were also planned for 2021 before cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic dropped the schedule to 22, and so next season's calendar would break a record if completed, as F1 are very optimistic of.

    Grands Prix in Australia, Canada, Singapore and Japan are all set to return to the sport after missing out in the past two seasons, although China does not feature on the new schedule.


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    Red Bull's Max Verstappen snatched pole position from title rival Lewis Hamilton with his final lap in qualifying at the US Grand Prix.

    Hamilton had eclipsed Verstappen's earlier pace-setting time with the world champion's own final lap but the Dutchman leapfrogged back in front.

    Verstappen beat Hamilton by 0.209 seconds after a gripping session.

    Red Bull's Sergio Perez took third. Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas was fourth but starts ninth after a grid penalty.

    Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will replace the Finn on the second row, while his team-mate Carlos Sainz will start fifth ahead of the McLarens of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.

    Red Bull appeared to be favourites for pole after Verstappen headed Hamilton in both of the first two sessions of qualifying.

    Perez, on excellent form and pretty much a match for Verstappen for once all weekend, then set the pace on the first runs in the final session, ahead of Verstappen, Bottas and Hamilton.

    The seven-time champion went out early for his final run and pulled out an excellent lap to leap ahead of the Red Bulls, but Verstappen proved too strong to reclaim the place on his final lap.

    It was quite a show for a packed crowd of 120,000 at the Circuit of the Americas, basking in 30C temperatures, and a reversal of the form of recent races, in which Mercedes have had the fastest car, and a surprise as a result, especially as Mercedes had appeared so strong in Friday practice.

    Hamilton said: "I gave it everything. It was a bit of a struggle though qualifying. From first practice onwards, we fell back a little bit, and those guys were incredibly quick in qualifying.

    "I was happy with my last lap. That was pretty much as much as we had."

    Verstappen said: "In Q3, my first lap wasn't amazing but in the final lap it starting spitting, like a little drizzle in the last sector especially, so [I was] not sure if I was going to hang onto my lap time but it was enough. P1 and P3 for the team was a strong performance."

    Perez had probably his most competitive showing of the year in what is effectively a second home race, as Austin sits a few hundred miles from the border of his home country and is well attended by Mexicans.

    "We were really close on that final lap," Perez said. "We did a great job as a team. Unfortunately, my final attempt was not as good throughout the lap. I improved through the lap but I wasn't able to keep it.

    "There were spots of rain and I lost a bit of grip in two corners and I could just see my [timing] delta going off."

    Bottas needed a good result because he has a five-place grid penalty for taking an other engine beyond his permitted allowance, and he was quicker than Hamilton on the first runs in final qualifying.

    But he was unable to improve on his final lap and a fourth place means he drops to ninth at the start and will not be able to be of much help to Hamilton against the Red Bulls.

    "Definitely not the result I was looking for," he said. "The first run in Q3 was quite OK. The last sector was not great. Tried to have a nice clean lap in the second run but even more locking and understeer in the last sector so lost too much time.

    "Red Bull had a bit of an upper hand today pace-wise, maybe a bit stronger than we expected."

    Leclerc pulled out yet another trademark excellent qualifying lap to go fourth after a difficult run up to qualifying.

    Although team-mate Sainz also managed to beat the McLarens - Ferrari's big rivals for third place in the constructors' championship - the Spaniard starts on the soft tyre after a questionable strategy of running it first in the second session and therefore could face problems in the race, in which the soft is expected to fade quickly.

    Ricciardo's performance was the first time he had beaten Norris in qualifying since the Dutch Grand Prix early last month, and rookie Yuki Tsunoda impressed in joining Alpha Tauri team-mate Pierre Gasly in the top 10.

    Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel qualified 12th, succeeding in his aim of ensuring he starts ahead of Alpine's Fernando Alonso and George Russell's Williams at the back of the grid as all three have engine penalties.


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    BREAKING: Max Verstappen has won the United States Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton finishing second.



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    Mercedes say their recent flurry of engine penalties have been forced amid a fear of a "catastrophic" failure in their title fight against Red Bull.

    Mercedes, F1's seven-time champions and usually the most reliable team on the grid, have taken more Power Unit components and subsequent grid penalties than any of their rivals this season - a disruption to their efforts so far and a potential concern for 2021's final five races.

    Valtteri Bottas fitted a sixth new engine (ICE) at the United States GP, double what is permitted, and that only raised suspicions that Lewis Hamilton, who is on his fourth PU and trails Max Verstappen by 12 points in the championship, may have to take another penalty.

    Mercedes are 23 points ahead of Red Bull in the team standings.

    "The reason is that we are balancing performance versus reliability to the end of the season," said Mercedes' chief strategist James Vowles in the team's most recent race debrief, explaining Bottas' three penalties in just four races.

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    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is pleased that his car is better through the corners than their rivals ahead of the United States GP

    "One failure to finish a race, be it because of a chassis or Power Unit fault, would be catastrophic for the championship and as a result of that, we are managing that in the best way possible to the end of the year.

    "In the case of Valtteri, that meant taking one further ICE to make sure we had absolutely the best compromise."

    Bottas, after starting ninth after his five-place grid penalty, finished sixth in Austin. Mercedes say the new engine did not give them a huge speed boost - but ensured a better balance between pace and reliability.

    "As to whether it improved [Bottas'] performance, yes a small amount but it's more about the balance across the remainder of the season rather than one event," added Vowles. "So this change, as painful as it was during the Austin Grand Prix, will actually pay dividends across the next few races."

    Mercedes have so far not given any indication - positive or otherwise - over whether Hamilton will need another fresh engine.


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