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Team-by-team analysis of the Mexico City Grand Prix

Team-by-team analysis of the Mexico City Grand Prix

TEAM-BY-TEAM analysis of Sunday's Mexico City Grand Prix, the 19th race of the 22-round Formula One season (teams listed in championship order): RED BULL (Max Verstappen 1, Sergio Perez retired) Verstappen lined up third and made a great getaway to take the lead into the first corner. He also led cleanly from the re-start. The win was his 16th of the season, a record, and 51st of his career to go level in the all-time lists with French great Alain Prost. He has now won five of the last six races in Mexico. Perez tried to pass Ferrari's Leclerc at…
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Hamilton wins dramatic race, sets showdown for final race

Hamilton wins dramatic race, sets showdown for final race

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER WORLD  champion Lewis Hamilton drove a race of his life to win a dramatic, incident-filled F1 in Saudi Arabia and set the scene for a showdown in the final race with rival Max Verstappen. The victory has left Hamilton and Verstappen tied at the top of the world driver championship - each with 369.5 points, They will fight it out in the last race set for the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. It was an epic wheel-to-wheel battle between Hamilton and Verstappen from early in the race, which Hamilton led from pole, to register his third…
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Leclerc wins Australian GP

Leclerc wins Australian GP

CHARLES Leclerc claimed his second win of the Formula One season for Ferrari with a pole-to-flag victory at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday as Red Bull's world champion Max Verstappen suffered "deja vu" with another retirement. Leclerc's car showed impressive pace and performance on the upgraded Albert Park circuit to seal his fourth career win ahead of Red Bull's runnerup Sergio Perez, while third-placed George Russell grabbed his second podium and first for Mercedes in an encouraging day for the struggling constructors' champions. "What a race and what pace," said a thrilled Leclerc on the team radio, having finished…
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Hamilton and Mercedes spoil Ferrari’s party

Hamilton and Mercedes spoil Ferrari’s party

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton recorded his historic 95th pole - Mercedes’ 69th - after he pipped teammate Valteri Bottas in the qualifier for the Tuscan Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit. Bottas did better during the practice and earlier qualifiers but Hamilton delivered a strong performance when it mattered most. Mercedes locked out the front row, followed, in the second row, by the Red Bull pair of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albion.  Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who performed well in the practice round, starts the race in 5th in a race of historic importance to Ferrari. He will…
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Mercedes make history as Hamilton steals sensational win at Emilia Romagna GP

Mercedes make history as Hamilton steals sensational win at Emilia Romagna GP

BOITUMELO RANTAO  MERCEDES driver Lewis Hamilton stormed to his 92nd career race win at the historic Imola track in Italy.  Hamilton predicted a boring race, due to tough overtaking conditions, but to his surprise was left in third position behind teammate Valterri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The defending world champion held his composure to seal a Mercedes 1-2 finish, ahead of Bottas. The win sealed Mercedes’ seventh constructors championship, the most all-time, breaking the tie with rivals Ferrari. https://twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1/status/1322905725455245318 “People watching at home might think we are used to this but to be part of breaking a record…
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Hamilton’s historic win at Sochi marks his 100th

Hamilton’s historic win at Sochi marks his 100th

BOITUMELO RANTAO On a partly wet Russian afternoon, world champion Lewis Hamilton drove like a legend to win the Russian Grand Prix, retake the world championship race and became the first driver in F1 history to record 100 victories. After he took the chequered flag, Hamilton conceded that a century of victories was a hard toil all the way. “It was hard work,” he said.”. To get to a hundred…” Hamilton’s driving and Mercedes strategy won the race that many thought was going to be won by McLaren’s Lando Norris, who led the race until lap 50 of the 53…
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I am lucky to be alive, says Hamilton after rival’s tyre landed on his head

I am lucky to be alive, says Hamilton after rival’s tyre landed on his head

BOITUMELO RANTAO THE rear right wheel of his rival's car landed on the safety Halo, just above his head, and seven time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who escaped with a headache, knows that he is lucky to be alive. There was drama in Lap 26 of the Monda F1 race when Hamilton and Red Bull's Max Verstappen battled into the tight Variante del Rettifilo. Hamilton had just pitted and Verstappen was making his way to the front after a horrific 11 second pit stop. With none of the drivers prepared to give room, Verstappen car ended on top of Hamilton's…
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Hamilton and Mercedes continue love affair

Hamilton and Mercedes continue love affair

BOITUMELO RANTAO FORMULA One titans Mercedes AMG and seven-time world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton have reached an agreement for the 2021 F1 season after months of negotiations. Hamilton will be entering into his 9th season with the German manufacturer and IS looking forward to building on their dominant relationship.  "I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes teammates," said Hamilton, "Our team has achieved incredible things together and we look forward to building on our success even further, while continuously looking to improve, both on and off the track." Hamilton remained committed to creating a…
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Hamilton chases 99th win at home Grand Prix

Hamilton chases 99th win at home Grand Prix

BOITUMELO RANTAO  SILVERSTONE circuit provided an atmosphere like no other as North-London born Lewis Hamilton breathed life into the Formula one World Championship fight. After receiving a 10-second penalty at the start of the race a collision with pole-sitter Max Verstappen, Hamilton fought back resiliently, passing Charles Leclerc on lap 50. Leclerc had led every lap of the race after the restart following the incident between Hamilton and Verstappen on lap one. The second sector altercation between Verstappen and Hamilton triggered a red flag due to severe damage to the tyre barrier. Leclerc led off the line maintaining his lead…
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