- Race unlikely to be rescheduled due to busy calendar
- Inaugural Vietnam GP on 5 April also in doubt
The Chinese Grand Prix is expected to be postponed after the outbreak of the coronavirus. There is a possibility that the race, which is due to take place in Shanghai on 19 April, could be rescheduled for later in the season but it is unlikely. The health threat has also raised doubts about the feasibility of the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix which is set to take place on 5 April.Continue reading...
- Scuderia ‘very pleased’ to give new deal to 22-year-old
- Teammate Sebastian Vettel’s deal expires in 2020
Charles Leclerc has signed a new long-term contract with Ferrari, committing him to the F1 team through to the end of the 2024 season and raising further questions regarding Sebastian Vettel’s future with the team.
Leclerc, a former Ferrari Academy driver, joined the Scuderia at the start of last season, after a year plying his trade with Sauber, on a deal believed to be to the end of the 2021 season. However, following a successful maiden campaign with the team he has been rewarded with a new and improved contract.Continue reading...
• ‘I can’t think of anyone more worthy,’ says Richards
David Richards, the head of British racing’s governing body, has said it would be a major oversight if Lewis Hamilton is not recognised with a knighthood in the new year honours list.
Hamilton won his sixth Formula One world championship last season and is second only to Michael Schumacher, who won seven, as the most successful driver in history. He is has only seven fewer grand prix wins than the German’s record of 91.Continue reading...
After 13 years in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton’s enthusiasm shows no sign of waning. In one area however he may find next season becomes tiresome pretty sharpish. From the moment he returns in 2020, Hamilton is going to be dogged by questions about where he will see out his time in F1: Mercedes or Ferrari.
It will be the last of his key career decisions. A choice that could ultimately define his place among F1 greats and one perhaps driven with his heart as much as his head.Continue reading...
Ben Stokes produced two match-winning innings but Dina Asher-Smith made history and Lewis Hamilton got title No 6
Stride by stride, second by second, Dina Asher-Smith had a 2019 for the ages. To win one world athletics medal would have been staggering enough. To become the first Briton to leave with three from the same championships was a monumental statement of intent. Best of all was her 200m gold in 21.88sec, a time so fast it smashed her national record and made her the first British woman to win a global sprint title. Further silvers in the 100m and 4x100m highlighted the potential for more glory at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. No wonder Sebastian Coe has predicted she will be the British poster child of the Games. Incidentally there are 18 track and field athletes among the roll call of Spoty winners – 11 more than the next closest sport, Formula One. Asher-Smith or her team-mate Katarina Johnson‑Thompson would be a worthy addition to the honours board. The danger is that the athletics vote ends up being split. Sean IngleContinue reading...
Raheem Sterling, Lewis Hamilton and Ben Stokes have used social media to fight back against a hostile press
Let’s begin with Bob Nudd. Now, this may seem a strange place to start an article about the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards when the show has come up with its strongest shortlist since the 2012 Olympics and, in all honesty, even Bob himself seemed a bit surprised when I called him up this past week to talk about it. “You can probably guess why I’m calling,” I started. “No,” he stopped. “Is it something to do with the election?” Not the election Bob, but the other big vote. The one you should have won, back in 1991 when Nudd, four‑times world freshwater angling champion, one of the finest coarse fishermen ever to cast a line, was the (alleged) victim of one the great showbiz swindles.
That was the year Nudd won the second of his world titles, and the Angling Times ran a front page beseeching its readers to “Vote Bob” for Sports Personality of the Year. And they did. First in their thousands, then in their tens of thousands. Bookies across the country started slashing their odds when a flood of bets came in on Nudd at 100-1. And then, so the story goes, the BBC realised he was going to win. So it disqualified him on the grounds that orchestrated block votes were against the rules. Was Bob robbed? The BBC never confirmed or denied it. Asked about it at the time, it said: “We have received votes for Bob Nudd but he has never finished in the top three.”Continue reading...
Lawrence Stroll, owner of Formula One team Racing point, seeking large stake
Shares in Aston Martin have surged on reports that the billionaire owner of a Formula One racing team is preparing to bid for a significant stake in the luxury carmaker.
Lawrence Stroll, the owner of Racing Point, is leading a consortium that is considering a stake in the British firm, according to Autocar.Continue reading...
• Toto Wolff’s future will be a factor in Hamilton’s decision
Charles Leclerc has added further intrigue to Lewis Hamilton’s future by revealing he would welcome Britain’s six-time world champion to join him at Ferrari.
Hamilton’s next move was the subject of intense speculation at the final round of the campaign in Abu Dhabi after Ferrari admitted for the first time that they want to sign him.Continue reading...
Anthony Joshua’s fight in Saudi Arabia this week once more raises questions about the choice of venue for big events
Two scenes. Two British sporting icons. Variations on a theme. Scene one: a supremely jet-lagged Anthony Joshua in a Heathrow hotel in September. After several softballs about his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, the question finally comes. Why fight in Saudi Arabia when Amnesty International says the regime is using you to sportswash its “abysmal” human rights record that includes using public beheadings as a weapon to crush dissent?
“I appreciate them voicing an opinion,” replies Joshua, before stressing he is not a superhero who can zap away the world’s problems by donning a cape. When pressed, he mumbles something about “reforms” and then suggests he can use his relationship with the Saudis to ask difficult questions rather than “just accusing, pointing fingers and shouting from Great Britain”.Continue reading...
• Charles Leclerc referred to stewards over fuel irregularity
Lewis Hamilton won the final race of the Formula One season at Abu Dhabi with a dominant run from pole to the flag. Unchallenged, he pulled away from the field and concluded his sixth championship season with a controlled, flawless race for Mercedes.
Max Verstappen was in second for Red Bull, Charles Leclerc was third for Ferrari and his teammate Sebastian Vettel fifth. Red Bull’s Alexander Albon was in sixth, while Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas came back from 20th after an engine penalty to take fourth.Continue reading...
- Updates from the race that begins at 1.10pm GMT
- Hamilton enjoys Ferrari praise after taking pole
- Send your thoughts to Luke on email or Twitter
Sky Sports just ran a feature with Red Bull Racing chief technical officer Adrian Newey, that took us all the way back to the Mansell/Senna/Prost era. “He’s a genius, there is no doubt about that,” says presenter Simon Lazenby.
Asked about that terrible 1994 Imola weekend that Ayrton Senna passed away, Newey says: “It had never occurred to me that I designed a car someone might die in.”
Here’s some pre-race reading for you from Giles Richards after Hamilton took pole:
Hello everyone, and welcome to our live coverage of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the Formula One drivers’ championship at the previous race in the USA - he now enjoys an unassailable 73-point advantage at the top of the standings ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.Continue reading...
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