• FIA to award drivers super licence points next season
• Leila Lombardi in 1976 is last woman to compete in F1
The all-female W Series has taken a major step towards its goal of a woman in a Formula One car with the announcement that from next season the FIA will award super licence points to the drivers. The points are required before any driver can compete in F1. The publicity the series has engendered has already proved positive for several competitors, who are convinced it will ultimately deliver an F1 driver.
A woman has not raced in F1 since Lella Lombardi 43 years ago. The six-race W Series season began in May, with 18 drivers taking part in the single-make F3 championship, in which they do not have to pay any costs.Continue reading...
• Main proposal is to reintroduce ground effect to help overtaking
Formula One has revealed details on its proposed plans to improve the racing with new regulations for 2021 that are set to be officially confirmed in October. Ross Brawn, F1’s sporting director, has been leading the investigation of ways to reinvent the sport. The most detailed version of their vision, including an intent to bring back the “wow” factor, was unveiled on Wednesday.Continue reading...
The track drew praise from several drivers after Sunday’s British GP for encouraging competitive racing and it also benefited from the stewards allowing hard but fair racing
With the signing of a new contract to host F1 for a further five years there was a celebratory air at Silverstone. That F1 had done the right thing was confirmed in spades on Sunday, when the old airfield delivered a marvellous race. The drivers revelled in it and the opportunity for genuine racing it affords. F1’s problems in following closely have not gone away but they are negated on good tracks. Silverstone’s layout encourages a fight and several of the corner sequences give drivers the chance to come back during an attempted pass which makes for compelling action. The previous race at Austria similarly facilitated proper racing. It is no coincidence these tracks repeatedly host a great spectacle. The three men on the podium – Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc – were all in agreement: it was the circuits making the difference. Bottas was unusually and pleasingly blunt in identifying F1’s real problem. “It’s all about selection of the tracks,” he said. “I’m sure many of the track selections for the calendar are just pure political reasons and money, rather than focusing on whether it’s good for racing or not.”Continue reading...
• British Grand Prix winner increasingly comfortable with car
• ‘Every year you get a bit more comfortable within yourself’
Lewis Hamilton has expressed how at ease he is with himself and his driving after taking his seventh win of the season at the British Grand Prix. After 10 races it is the strongest opening sequence of his career and increased the Mercedes driver’s imposing lead in the world championship standings.
Having taken the flag at Silverstone the five-times world champion, who has often come into his own at this stage of the year, also ominously warned that he is now feeling hugely confident with his Mercedes car.Continue reading...
Is there anything more quintessentially British than the Grand Prix at Silverstone? A petrol-fuelled romp in the heart of the Midlands couched among country lanes and English villages, the 52-lap race is an unmissable fixture in the sporting summer. This weekend delivered excitement, nostalgia and glory, all wrapped in a neat carbon‑shaped package.
The 10th round of the Formula One world championship faced stiff competition this year, with both Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup scheduled for the same Sunday. Such clash of commitments suggests that major sporting event planners should coordinate timetables; if not for viewing numbers, at least to ease the FOMO (fear of missing out) for fans. Silverstone has the magic combination of a terrific track, fervent supporters and a proud past. It is, after all, where the first World Championship Grand Prix was held in 1950 and in many ways the British race has stayed true to its roots.Continue reading...
• ‘It’s been single most incredible feeling,’ says Mercedes driver
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his victory at the British Grand Prix by revelling in the support he received at Silverstone across the weekend.
The British driver expressed how much it had meant to him and how he had been inspired to deliver another outstanding performance for the fans at a race he said he will remember for ever.Continue reading...
• British driver leads Mercedes one-two with Bottas second
• Charles Leclerc finishes third, with Vettel out of the points
Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix, taking the victory after an initial dogged fight with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas fell in his favour, during a safety car period. Once in the lead he ran a controlled race from the front to ensure a record sixth win at Silverstone.
Bottas was second, in front of the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc who had enjoyed an almost race-long scrap with the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen who was fifth and Pierre Gasly who was fourth. Sebastian Vettel also vied with Verstappen but came off badly. He hit the Dutchman and was given a penalty, finishing in 16th place.Continue reading...
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- George Russell: ‘Silverstone gives you a special feeling’
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The third of the three sporting crown jewels glittering their way across this English Sunday afternoon is at Silverstone, where Lewis Hamilton – winner of four of the last five grands prix this year, and four of the last five British grands prix to boot – starts second. Here’s Giles Richards, setting the scene. Welcome!Continue reading...
• Leclerc third for Ferrari, Red Bull’s Verstappen fourth
Valtteri Bottas took pole for the British Grand Prix, putting in a fine performance in qualifying under great pressure from the challenge of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who was in second place at Silverstone by just six-thousandths of a second. Charles Leclerc was in third for Ferrari but his teammate Sebastian Vettel could manage only sixth. Max Verstappen was in fourth for Red Bull with his teammate Pierre Gasly in fifth.
Bottas had to pull put an exceptional lap to deny Hamilton and delivered with an almost perfect run on his first flying lap in Q3. On the first hot runs in the final third, Hamilton was quickest in the first and third sectors but had a moment of oversteer through Brooklands in the middle sector and Bottas was able to best his teammate by three tenths, with a time of 1min 25.093sec. Ferrari, however, had work to do, with Leclerc behind Verstappen in fourth and Vettel in sixth.Continue reading...
Despite having to wrestle with a difficult Williams car the F1 rookie is excited at the prospect of his first British Grand Prix
There will be no miracle for George Russell at Silverstone on Sunday. Once more he will set off with almost the entire field in front of him, knowing they will swiftly leave his recalcitrant Williams behind, but it will not mar this young man’s enjoyment of his first British Grand Prix one bit. “I am massively looking forward to it,” he says. “It is the best track on the calendar.”
For the drivers Silverstone will always be special, while for Russell it represents another vital step in helping lead his team out of the Formula One wilderness. As part of a testing season it is another race forging the young driver who may yet find himself alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes in the future.Continue reading...
Cricket will at last get its day in the sun at Lord’s on Sunday when England play New Zealand in the World Cup final. The whole country will be able to watch, too, because Sky has reached an agreement with Channel 4 to show it on terrestrial television. For the past month and a half the tournament has often felt more like a private party than a great national jamboree to celebrate a sport that used to be part of the national culture but these days feels increasingly marginalised.
England have had a tricky passage to the final, at one point looking to be in danger of crashing out. But in the past fortnight they have produced three scintillating performances, culminating in their defeat of old rivals Australia in the semi-final. Australia weren’t just defeated; they were humiliated by an England team playing the sort of irresistible cricket that has characterised their approach to the 50-over game under Dublin-born captain Eoin Morgan.Continue reading...
• Valtteri Bottas quickest in Friday practice for British GP
The president of the FIA, Jean Todt, has said he would like to see a return of in-race refuelling to Formula One as a way to improve the sport. Speaking at Silverstone before this weekend’s British Grand Prix, Todt also insisted that there were various avenues he would like the sport to investigate to improve the show, alongside refuelling, including limiting driver aids and telemetry.
Refuelling was last used in F1 in 2009, before it was removed as a cost saving measure and because pit stops were judged to be taking too long. There was a proposal for it to return in the 2017 season which was ultimately rejected, once again largely as an unnecessary additional cost to the teams.Continue reading...
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