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Verstappens verve lights up Brazilian Grand Prix but Ferrari flounder again | Giles Richards

Red Bulls Max Verstappen was flawless at Interlagos, altitude sickness for Mercedes and a happy birthday for Honda

What a difference a year makes. Max Verstappen, after his travails at this race last year, where he was hit by Esteban Ocon while leading, could not have delivered a more impressive performance. Since his crash in practice at Monaco last year he has returned a more complete driver. Red Bulls team principal, Christian Horner, has praised how far he has come and believes he has the ability to beat Lewis Hamilton in a straight fight. On this evidence it would be an unmissable battle. Weaknesses remain qualifying at Mexico was a glaring error but in Brazil he was calm, controlled and flawless dominant in qualifying and untouchable in the race. Not only did he retake the lead twice but exhibited some exquisite skill. His pass on Charles Leclerc to chase Hamilton was a decisive thrust he had to execute quickly and perfectly. Equally, the final restart was a piece of old-school racecraft that even Hamilton acknowledged was outstanding. Praise indeed.

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Ferrari summon Vettel and Leclerc to headquarters after Brazil collision

  • Teammates collided late on in battle for fourth
  • Lewis Hamilton apologises for Albon incident

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have been summoned by Ferrari to the Italian teams Maranello headquarters following their collision in Sundays Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari drivers crashed out with five laps remaining as they diced for fourth position. Team principal Mattia Binotto refused to apportion blame and also ruled out fining either driver. But both men, withdrawn by Ferrari from a scheduled media briefing in Interlagos on Sunday evening, will be reminded of their responsibilities to the team at a crisis summit this week.

Both sides of the Ferrari story...#BrazilGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/2zUkmeGfRY

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Daniel Ricciardo labelled an 'idiot' after Brazil GP incident

  • Kevin Magnussen fumes after collision in Sao Paulo
  • Australias Ricciardo ultimately places sixth

Daniel Ricciardo has been labelled a fucking idiot by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen on his team radio after the Australian caused a collision during the incident-marred Brazilian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo tried to overtake Dane Magnussen down the inside of turn four but their cars made contact with the Haas driver spinning off the track.

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Max Verstappen says it's a 'shame' crash cost Red Bull teammate podium finish - video

Max Verstappen won the Brazilian Grand Prix after a crash between Ferrari's Sebsstian Vettel and Charles Leclerc crashed out in a late dramatic finish. Lewis Hamilton finished in third place, after Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly took advantage of the British driver's contact with Alex Albon on the penultimate lap

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Max Verstappen wins Brazilian Grand Prix after late Vettel and Leclerc crashes

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly finishes in surprise second
Hamilton third but investigated after banging into Alex Albon

Max Verstappen won the Brazilian Grand Prix as Ferraris Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc crashed out following a dramatic late finish.

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly finished a surprise second after he took advantage of Lewis Hamilton banging into Alex Albon in the closing stages, denying the Red Bull driver a first podium.

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Brazilian Grand Prix: F1 live!


1. Verstappen (Red Bull)

2. Vettel (Ferrari)

Weve got two races of this season still to go, but next season is already underway. Can anyone show Lewis Hamilton that theyll close the gap, never mind best him over the stretch?

Max Verstappen might just have the talent, and hes getting closer to having the car. His Red Bull has carried him to pole, and a decent winter in the factory will at least put him in with a chance when it all goes off again.

But, in the meantime, hell fancy himself today. He was about to win Interlagos last term until, hilariously, Esteban Ocon tried to unlap himself and ended up shunting the leader off the track. Ahahahahahahaha! Excuse me. Words and handbags were later exchange, and we can only hope for more of the same today.

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Max Verstappen takes pole for Brazilian GP with Lewis Hamilton in third

Dutch driver secures his second pole position of the season
Ferraris Sebastian Vettel qualifies in second spot

Max Verstappen took pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix, claiming the top spot for Red Bull with a superb lap to deny Ferraris Sebastian Vettel who was second. Lewis Hamilton was in third.

Ferraris Charles Leclerc was in fourth but will receive a 10-place grid penalty for taking a new engine. Valtteri Bottas was fifth for Mercedes in front of Red Bulls Alexander Albon.

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F1 trailblazer Silvia Bellot: If I can do it, it proves other women can

The only female steward in F1 will next year become the race director for Formulas 2 and 3

Silvia Bellot smiles easily, her grin often breaking into the warm, generous laughter of a woman wholly at ease with herself. There is nothing in her manner that suggests she takes anything but pleasure in her role as the youngest and only female steward in Formula One and her forthcoming, history-making challenge. Next season the 34-year-old will take up one of the sports most senior positions as the race director of the Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships.

Motor racing is still overwhelmingly dominated by men on and off the track and Bellot is more than aware of the importance of her achievements. I feel I have an extra responsibility because I am a role model for young women, she says. In the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission we believe the best way is to show we have the women already in the sport. If I can do it, it proves someone else can do it. I know it could impact on other womens lives.

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Lewis Hamilton says talks over new Mercedes contract will be stressful

World champions deal runs until end of 2020
Its another stressful situation. I think it is just confrontation

Lewis Hamilton is to begin discussing his future in Formula One and a new contract with his Mercedes team. Hamiltons deal runs until the end of 2020 and before this weekends Brazilian Grand Prix, he revealed he anticipated a potentially stressful and confrontational renegotiation.

Hamilton has won five titles with Mercedes, clinching his sixth championship at the last round in Austin. He has repeatedly stressed his loyalty to the team but was not looking forward to renewed discussions, having last done a deal in 2018.

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Claire Williams: It has been a brutal year for everybody at Williams

The deputy principal of the team created by her father has endured a hugely challenging year but will not give up

For two seasons now Claire Williams, the deputy principal of the team created by her father, has endured a series of punishing and public failures. As she weathers this storm and attempts to restore Williams to a respectable midfield position, there is an almost confrontational air to her determination. This lady, the only female principal in Formula One, is not for turning.

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel driving F1’s climate emergency plan

• Hamilton’s been talking with Chase Carey ’for nearly three years’
• Vettel: ‘I would like to see some of the goals achieved sooner’

Lewis Hamilton has said he wants to play a fundamental part in Formula One’s ambitious and radical plans to address the climate emergency.

Hamilton has repeatedly made his concern for the environment clear and has committed to pursuing a sustainable lifestyle. The British driver, who goes into this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix having won his sixth world championship, believes F1 faces a difficult challenge but one on which he is committed to working.

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F1 reveals plans for net-zero carbon footprint and sustainable products

  • Initiative sets two-pronged target over next decade
  • Chase Carey: ‘We hope to make a positive impact’

Formula One has announced ambitious plans to have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030, and have all grands prix using sustainable products by 2025.

The globe-travelling sport, which next season will feature a record 22 races, and with proposals to have 25 per year at some stage in the next decade, naturally has a significant impact when it comes to carbon emissions. But following a 12-month project, F1 – in conjunction with the governing body, the FIA, the teams, promoters and other stakeholders – is convinced it can deliver on its stated aims over the coming years.

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