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F1 close to agreement on trio of sprint qualifying races in 2021 season

Formula One is expected to soon confirm it will adopt three sprint qualifying races this season as a test for the format. The teams are understood to have come to an agreement on the potential financial implications of the move and an announcement is expected shortly, once the remaining technical details are ironed out. The decision could be confirmed as early as the next round at Imola next weekend.
The proposal of hosting a sprint race to replace qualifying on a Saturday has been under discussion for some time.

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Toto Wolff rues Hamilton-Rosberg rivalry and says ‘never again’

The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has insisted he would have dropped Lewis Hamilton or the British driver’s then teammate Nico Rosberg from races had their rivalry continued to prove detrimental to the team.
Wolff revealed he had to use an “iron fist” to manage his two drivers. The turbulent period at Mercedes has informed Wolff’s decision-making process in choosing teammates for Hamilton and will play a part in the makeup of the team in future.

Hamilton and Rosberg were teammates at Mercedes between 2013 and 2016.

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When Stirling Moss joined Fangio in the Mercedes dream team

What would it mean for an Englishman to drive a Mercedes, only 10 years after the end of a war that had killed so many millions? In 1937 Dick Seaman had signed up for the same team and watched as the shadow of war fell across Europe. He stood to attention when Adolf Hitler inspected the cars and their drivers in Berlin and made a reluctant Nazi salute on the victory podium at the Nürburgring. He had been killed, while leading a Grand Prix in one of the Silver Arrows, only weeks before Britain and Germany went to war.

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Lewis Hamilton admits change of approach in fight against racism

Lewis Hamilton has admitted to changing his approach in the fight against racism by deploying diplomacy instead of “embarrassing people”.
The seven-times world champion was outspoken in his views last season – demanding Formula One and its governing body, the FIA, do more to tackle inequality within the sport.

He also called out his fellow drivers for remaining silent on social media after the death of George Floyd, while singling out Romain Grosjean, the former director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, for failing to convince the grid to be united on the subject of taking a knee.

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Nico Rosberg: ‘To do good you need to get out there, you can’t sit in a cave’

Nico Rosberg’s eyes these days seem to truly reflect the former Formula One world champion’s soul. They are vivid, fascinating windows to his feelings, far from the steely glare that emerged from beneath his F1 visor. Here then is the bright, joyous moment of recalling how it felt to win that world championship swiftly subsumed by the earnest gaze of the man who walked away from F1 to dedicate his life to addressing the climate emergency. The eyes truly have it as Rosberg leaves no doubts which is now of the greater import.

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‘A Shakespeare novel’: F1 team chiefs demand clarity on track limit rules

Leading Formula One team principals have called on the sport to end the ambiguity and confusion over track limit rules after it proved a decisive issue at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Mercedes principal, Toto Wolff, decried the rules as being the length of a “Shakespeare novel” and Red Bull’s Christian Horner said they should be definitive rather than “shades of grey”.

Lewis Hamilton won the season opener for Mercedes after a thrilling battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

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Lewis Hamilton says Bahrain GP win proves it’s more about talent than car

Lewis Hamilton celebrated his victory against the odds at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix as again proving that he can make the difference behind the wheel.
The world champion beat Red Bull’s Max Verstappen into second after a thrilling finish in what he predicted would be an enthralling season-long fight between the pair of such intensity it was likely to turn his hair grey.

In Bahrain Red Bull had the pace advantage.

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Mick Schumacher: ‘That weight of the name, to me it’s light as a feather’

“The moment we are in a race weekend when I have the helmet on, there are no friends,” Mick Schumacher says emphatically. There can be no doubt, then, that this is the son of Michael. His boyish good looks and gentle, considered tone conceal the same steely resolve that took his father to seven Formula One world championships.
Schumacher Jr, who has already displayed resilience and determination to come this far, is entirely unintimidated as he prepares to make his F1 debut this season. “It is very much a battlefield out there,” he says.

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Lewis Hamilton’s genius faces fresh test as he aims for record eighth title

Even before his Formula One debut in 2007 there was a palpable air of something special about Lewis Hamilton. The talent was there, unpolished but impossible to ignore, as was his fierce desire to prove himself. Just how far he has come, however, has exceeded every expectation, including those of that determined young man from Stevenage.

Hamilton has delivered with such relentless excellence that even former rivals suggest his performances have transcended what any driver might expect to achieve.

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Max Verstappen lays down early marker and beats Hamilton to Bahrain F1 pole

Max Verstappen took pole for Red Bull at the opening Grand Pix of the new Formula One season in Bahrain. He delivered with perfection at the Sakhir circuit to leave world champion Lewis Hamilton unable to match him in second. Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was in third, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in fourth and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly a superb fifth.
Verstappen was given little margin of error to secure the pole, but did so with a magnificent, dominant run that has been all too familiar to Hamilton and Mercedes in the past. He led on his first run in Q3 with a time of 1min 29.

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