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Red Bull promote Alexander Albon to replace Pierre Gasly for rest of F1 season

  • British-born Thai driver promoted from sister team Toro Rosso
  • Pierre Gasly has scored only 63 points to Max Verstappen’s 181

Red Bull have promoted Alexander Albon to race alongside Max Verstappen for the remainder of the F1 season. The move means Pierre Gasly has returned to race for Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso, alongside Daniil Kvyat.

Albon, the runner-up in last year’s Formula 2 Championship, has impressed in his first season in F1. The 23-year-old British-born Thai driver has scored 16 points from 12 races, with his best result a sixth-placed finish in the rain-affected German Grand Prix.

Related: W Series leader Jamie Chadwick: ‘F1 is the dream of every young driver’

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W Series leader Jamie Chadwick: ‘F1 is the dream of every young driver’

The 21-year-old takes a 13-point lead into Sunday’s Brands Hatch finale but her ambitions stretch far beyond claiming the inaugural title of the women-only event

Jamie Chadwick is, at 21, quick, compelling to watch and no stranger to winning. She already boasts an impressive racing CV and on Sunday afternoon she is in every position to add to it by becoming the inaugural winner of the all‑women W Series championship in the final round at Brands Hatch. For Chadwick, though, this is just a step towards her ultimate goal. “F1 is the dream of every young driver,” she says.

Earlier this year Chadwick was taken on by the Williams F1 team as part of their junior driver programme, which she says is the first proper step in fulfilling her ambition. “Being in amongst the team, you learn how they operate, how an F1 team works … It hits home to me that, if I do a good job and get to be where I need to be and there is an opportunity down the line, it makes that dream feel a lot more like reality.”

Related: W Series’ first champion marks key step for women in motor racing | Giles Richards

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Saudi race not about F1 healing powers but cash and cleaning the regime’s reputation | Marina Hyde

For all the talk of social change in Saudi Arabia, the beneficiaries of a grand prix would be F1’s coffers and the country’s ruler

Was it really only last year that Formula One’s owner, Liberty Media, was making its pious announcement that “grid girls” would no longer be a part of its stewardship of this most woke of all sports? “We feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values,” intoned F1’s managing director of commercial operations back then, “and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms.”

But which society? Formula One takes gazillions to race in so many different types of society. It feels difficult to apply any standard across the board. For instance, things that might be acceptable in the land of Silverstone, such as human rights and democracy, are less acceptable in the land of, say, the Shanghai International Circuit.

I'm sure F1's most idealistic minds are thinking: can't a brutal dictatorial regime grow? Can't it change?

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Mercedes show their daring side to keep F1 thrill factor cranked up high

Lewis Hamilton’s win in Hungary after an unexpected change of tyres increased pressure on Valtteri Bottas while Carlos Sainz showed Red Bull what they’re missing

Hamilton’s drive to victory was superb but it was the Mercedes decision to opt for a second stop that really stood out. After they gambled on fresh tyres there was no real opportunity for Red Bull to react; their only hope lay in Max Verstappen making his rubber last and, valiant as his effort was, just trying to stay ahead pushed them over the edge. The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, described Hamilton’s driving as in “another dimension” but notably paid homage to his team’s strategists. With just over 20 laps remaining they might have settled for the safe option of a guaranteed second place with, perhaps, Hamilton able to challenge Verstappen at the death on the tyres he was happy with. However, strategist James Vowles and his team decided to take the chance of new rubber and a charge. This was bold, impressive and proof the team have not lost any ambition despite their dominance this season.

Related: Lewis Hamilton feels at the peak of his powers after stunning Hungary win

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Lewis Hamilton feels at the peak of his powers after stunning Hungary win

• Briton wants second half ‘to be even better’ after eight wins
• World champion brushes away any thought of retirement soon

Lewis Hamilton has said he feels at the very peak of his powers and has no intention of retiring soon. Having completed the most successful first half of a Formula One season in his career with a stunning victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the five-times world champion looks firmly on track to take another title this year.

Hamilton beat Red Bull’s Max Verstappen into second place at the Hungaroring after the Englishman and his Mercedes team completed a brilliantly executed race. With Mercedes taking a gamble on stopping twice, Hamilton closed down a 20-second gap to Verstappen and passed him for the win with three laps to go. His charge was a display of ruthless, precision driving and secured his eighth win from 12 meetings this season.

Related: Carlos Sainz: ‘It’s incredibly annoying going to every race to finish seventh’

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Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel react to thrilling Hungarian GP – video

Lewis Hamilton overtook Max Verstappen near the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix to earn his 81st Formula One race victory and extend his championship lead.

Mercedes made a strategic gamble with around 20 laps to go to bring Hamilton in for a second tyre change, while Red Bull decided to keep Verstappen out on track in the hope he could defend on a difficult track for overtaking. 

The much quicker tyres helped Hamilton swallow up Verstappen's 20-second lead and he finally got past the Red Bull on lap 67 of 70. Sebastian Vettel finished in third place for Ferrari, ahead of his teammate Charles Leclerc and McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr.

Hamilton is now only 10 wins behind seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher's record of 91. 

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Lewis Hamilton wins F1’s Hungarian GP after chasing down Max Verstappen

• Hamilton catches Verstappen on lap 67 of 70 to win race
• Second pitstop helped Hamilton overhaul Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton produced a supreme finish to win the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen. The young Red Bull driver had led from the front until lap 67 of 70, when his worn tyres cost him as he was passed by the five-times F1 champion Hamilton.

Related: F1: Lewis Hamilton wins Hungarian Grand Prix – live!

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F1: Hungarian Grand Prix – live!

Related: Mick Schumacher claims maiden Formula Two victory at Hungary GP

Max Verstappen is an absolute freak of nature, in his fifth season as an F1 driver at the age of 21. And he might just be on the cusp of realising his phenomenal talent, following last week’s win at Hockenheim with pole for today’s race; it might be just too late for a run at this year’s drivers’ championship, but another win will put the rest on notice.

Behind Verstappen on the grid, Valtteri Bottas will still fancy his chances of catching Lewis Hamilton, who leads him the overall standings by 39 points. Hamilton has looked in decent shape this weekend, but was left chastising his car for its inability to get him round at requisite pace - though he’s hopeful it’ll be where it needs to be for the race.

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Max Verstappen takes first F1 pole position at Hungarian Grand Prix

• Valtteri Bottas takes second in qualifying
• Lewis Hamilton will line up third on the grid

Max Verstappen took pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Dutchman ecstatic at claiming the top spot for the first time. He did so for Red Bull with a flawless lap, although he was pushed to the very limit by the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas who was in second place. Lewis Hamilton was in third for Mercedes with Charles Leclerc in fourth for Ferrari, with his teammate Sebastian Vettel in fifth. Pierre Gasly was in sixth for Red Bull.

Now in his fifth season in F1 it has been some wait for his first pole but Verstappen took it in some style. He went quickest on his first hot run in Q3 with a time of 1minute 14.958seconds. He was almost two-tenths clear of Bottas in second and Hamilton in third. A mighty advantage to overcome but much as Bottas tried Verstappen found even more on his final lap.

Related: Carlos Sainz: ‘It’s incredibly annoying going to every race to finish seventh’

Related: Lewis Hamilton hails atmosphere at Mercedes after poor form in Germany

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Carlos Sainz: ‘It’s incredibly annoying going to every race to finish seventh’

McLaren driver wants F1 changes that will allow him to compete with the best and fulfil goal of becoming a world champion

Softly spoken and with an unassuming air, it would be easy to miss the determination that drives Carlos Sainz. Yet the moment his piercing gaze catches the eye, it is impossible to ignore.

It was unmistakeable in Hungary before this weekend’s grand prix, when he declared that his enjoyment of the sport he has loved since childhood is marred only by frustration with Formula One’s two-tier structure that prevents him from fighting for a win.

Related: Lewis Hamilton hails atmosphere at Mercedes after poor form in Germany

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Lewis Hamilton hails atmosphere at Mercedes after poor form in Germany

• Hamilton welcomes possibility of teaming with Max Verstappen
• Mercedes produce worst collective result since July 2018

Lewis Hamilton has praised what he describes as a uniquely open and honest atmosphere at his Mercedes team that has enabled them to move on after a poor performance at the German Grand Prix.

Related: Mercedes’ Hockenheim pageant turns into period drama with shock ending | Giles Richards

Related: Lewis Hamilton says error ‘shows how easy it is to get it wrong’

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Mercedes’ Hockenheim pageant turns into period drama with shock ending | Giles Richards

Home team were celebrating 200th grand prix but series of mistakes meant celebration became something close to an embarrassment

There was a distinctive air of pageant around Mercedes at the German Grand Prix on Sunday. With Hockenheim their stage, the team were determined to mark their home race with a flourish. They had made an admirable effort to ensure it was memorable and indeed it was. Yet few will remember their attempt to bring a sense of racing’s history to the grid but rather their very public failure in Formula One’s here and now, an event made all the more striking by its rarity.

Mercedes were celebrating their 200th grand prix as a constructor at what will probably be their last home race in some time as Hockenheim is highly unlikely to be on the calendar next year. They were running a new white livery to celebrate 125 years of motor racing. The white gave way to the traditional silver at the rear of the car in homage to the legend that the team had scraped off the white paint to save weight from their car in 1934 – the birth of the Silver Arrows.

Related: Max Verstappen wins thrilling German GP after Lewis Hamilton error

Related: Lewis Hamilton says error ‘shows how easy it is to get it wrong’

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