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Racing Point launch appeal against Mercedes car copying fine

  • Team docked 15 F1 championship points for brake ducts breach
  • Ferrari and Renault appeal against ‘leniency’ of punishment

Racing Point are to appeal against the FIA’s verdict regarding the legality of their F1 car. The team were docked 15 championship points and fined £360,000 for illegally copying Mercedes’ 2019 car brake ducts.

Racing Point had 96 hours from their notification of the penalty on Saturday to lodge an appeal, and F1 say now that has been done the case will go to the FIA’s international court of appeal on a date to be determined.

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Mercedes are 'up for fight' with Red Bull after F1 Anniversary GP setback

  • Wolff says Verstappen is now a genuine title contender
  • Mercedes principal says tyres investigation under way

The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has said he welcomes the challenge from Red Bull after his team were soundly beaten in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took victory at Silverstone on Sunday with a superb drive beating the world champion, Lewis Hamilton, into second and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into third. Wolff believes all three drivers are now genuine contenders for the title.

Verstappen pulled off a commanding win in a race where the Mercedes was revealed to have a problem with its tyres wearing and losing performance very quickly. With their rubber blistering at Silverstone they could not match Red Bull’s pace and Verstappen’s victory moved him up to second in the championship.

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Lewis Hamilton says he welcomes prospect of battle with Max Verstappen

  • Dutchman romps to win at 70th Anniversary Grand Prix
  • Racing Point decry rivals for ‘dragging our name through mud’

Lewis Hamilton has said he welcomes the fight from a resurgent Red Bull and Max Verstappen after he and Mercedes were soundly beaten at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Verstappen’s victory at Silverstone was a warning for Hamilton and Mercedes that they will not have everything their way his season.

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Max Verstappen roars to spectacular victory in 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton finishes second, Valtteri Bottas third
  • Hamilton equals record of podium finishes

Max Verstappen won the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone in a virtuoso performance for Red Bull. Pulling off a real shock, he banished the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton into second and Valtteri Bottas into third. Where Mercedes had looked so dominant last week at the British Grand Prix, this time it was Red Bull that enjoyed a distinct pace advantage, and managed their race with bravery and aplomb. Charles Leclerc was in fourth for Ferrari with Alex Albon in fifth for Red Bull.

In a race where Red Bull’s gamble on their tyre choice paid off, Verstappen grabbed his chance with glee and proceeded to prove why he is such an exciting talent. Given a sniff of a chance against the Mercedes that has thus far won every race this season, Verstappen displayed aggression and control to put in a mighty performance. With tyre use at its heart Red Bull finally had the better of their rivals.

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F1: 70th Anniversary Grand Prix 2020 at Silverstone – live!

This event, unscheduled as it originally was, now serves as a celebration of 70 glorious years of Formula One.

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We’re back at Silverstone and perhaps things might be different to last week. First up: the weather. It is blisteringly hot in England and even with a touch of cloud cover it is going to hit temperatures of 29-30 degrees during the race. Were there to be crowds at the fabled Northants venue, there would be no such thing as the traditional car-park swamp.

And this week Lewis Hamilton is second on the starting grid, behind Valtteri Bottas, who outpaced his Mercedes teammate on Saturday in qualifying. Hamilton was not impressed with his own performance.

The most exciting performance in qualifying was by Nico Hulkenberg. Having jetted in last week to replace Covid-19-positive Sergio Perez and then suffered from his Racing Point car breaking down ahead of the British GP, he blasted his way to third on the grid in front of Max Verstappen. Not bad for a spare driver. He drove like he is, someone with nothing to lose.

The battle for mid-table is likely to be where all the intrigue lies but Hamilton learned some lessons last week, having crawled home with a puncture when his tyres gave out on the last lap. A one-stop strategy seems unlikely so pitting strategy is likely to be crucial today.

The race goes at 2.10pm UK time. Join me.

Here's how they line up today #F170 #F1 pic.twitter.com/UlLhbbjyDa

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From Stirling Moss to Jenson Button: seven epic races over seven decades | Giles Richards

As F1 celebrates its 70th birthday at the track where it began, here are some of the most memorable from 1,022 grands prix

With his Vanwall not ready for the opening round of the season, Stirling Moss drove a Cooper T43 for Mike Walker’s privateer team. Ranged against him were the favourites, the Ferraris of Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn and the Maserati of Juan Manuel Fangio, who had claimed pole. Moss started from seventh but hit trouble when his car became stuck in second gear.

Related: Clark, Brabham, Lauda, Senna: 70 years of Formula One remembered | Giles Richards

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Valtteri Bottas pips Lewis Hamilton to pole for F1's 70th Anniversary GP

  • Mercedes lock out front row for Sunday’s race at Silverstone
  • Hulkenberg qualifies third for under-fire Racing Point

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has qualified on pole position for the 70th
Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Hamilton appeared on course to take his 92nd career pole but Bottas snatched the spoils at the death, finishing 0.063 seconds ahead of his Mercedes teammate.

Related: Clark, Brabham, Lauda, Senna: 70 years of Formula One remembered | Giles Richards

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Clark, Brabham, Lauda, Senna: 70 years of Formula One remembered | Giles Richards

This weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone is a chance to look back at a story of man and machine in a fight to the flag and the changes that have made the sport safer

Formula One’s challenge of man and machine to move relentlessly forward will this weekend glory in its past. Seventy years since the inaugural world championship, the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone will honour a rich, fascinating story.

On Sunday Silverstone will host the 1,023rd F1 world championship race since this circuit held the first on 13 May 1950. Then, professionals and enthusiastic amateurs had already been racing what were known as grands prix for decades. In 1950 the fledgling Féderation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) brought regulation and structure to present one competition: the Formula One World Championship.

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Racing Point fined and docked points for copying parts of Mercedes F1 car

  • FIA upholds Renault protest about legality of design
  • Racing Point to lose 15 points with €400,000 fine

The Racing Point team have been punished by the FIA after they were judged to have illegally copied part of last year’s Mercedes car. After protests lodged by the Renault team the FIA launched an extensive investigation and on Friday morning published their ruling, stating that Racing Point had copied the brake ducts used by Mercedes in 2019. Racing Point have been docked 15 points and fined €400,000.

F1 also said it would take immediate steps to prevent copycat designs being used in future. The FIA’s head of single seaters, Nikolas Tombazis, said they have agreed with owners Liberty Media to change the regulations for 2021. “This will prevent teams from using extensive part of photos to copy whole portions of other cars in the way that Racing Point has done,” he said.

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Valtteri Bottas signs new Mercedes contract for 2021 F1 season

  • Finn set to partner Lewis Hamilton for fifth consecutive season
  • ‘Staying puts me in best possible position to compete for title’

Valtteri Bottas has signed a new contract with Mercedes for 2021. Lewis Hamilton has yet to extend his deal but if, as expected, he does so the pair will be teammates for the fifth consecutive year. Mercedes have won the constructors’ championship every season since Bottas joined but the Finn has not decisively challenged Hamilton for the title.

Related: Lewis Hamilton wants F1 to match unified gestures adopted by other sports

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Lewis Hamilton wants F1 to match unified gestures adopted by other sports

  • Seven drivers chose not to take a knee before British Grand Prix
  • Jean Todt says it would be ‘inappropriate’ to make drivers kneel

Lewis Hamilton believes Formula One drivers should take their cue from other sports in uniting to take a knee before races. Before the British Grand Prix, which Hamilton won on Sunday, F1 held an anti-racism presentation on the grid but as at previous meetings some drivers opted not to kneel. The president of the FIA, Jean Todt, has said it would be inappropriate to push drivers into doing anything to which they do not accede.

Hamilton won at Silverstone after a dramatic finale when his tyre gave out on the last lap. He now leads his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, by 30 points in the world championship standings. He is F1’s only black driver and staunchly committed to promoting the anti-racism and diversity cause within the sport but disappointed at the lack of leadership F1 has previously shown and a lack of unity from the drivers.

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Lewis Hamilton basks in 'most dramatic race ending' after winning with puncture

  • Hamilton admits clinging on to win was ‘a real challenge’
  • Champion praises F1’s improved response on racism

Lewis Hamilton hailed his remarkable three-wheeled victory at the British Grand Prix as the most dramatic climax of his career. The world champion, who had led from the start, had to drag his Mercedes across the line after a tyre gave out on the final lap.

The win, his seventh at Silverstone, was preceded by a well‑organised anti-racism gesture on the grid that Hamilton welcomed despite the extant disunity with only some of the drivers opting to take a knee alongside Formula One’s only black driver.

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