Michael Schumacher: Formula 1 hero ‘conscious’ after being taken to hospital for stem cell treatment

11 Sep

Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher is ‘conscious’ after being admitted to hospital for stem cell treatment, a nurse has revealed.

French newspaper Le Parisien claimed on Monday that Schumacher, who has not been seen in public for almost six years following his skiing accident, had been taken to a Paris hospital for ‘secret treatment’.

Schumacher reportedly arrived at the Paris hospital under tight security
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And now, the paper has quoted an unnamed nurse in cardiology saying: “Yes he is in my service.

“And I can assure you that he is conscious.”

Schumacher’s management have declined to comment on the latest report.

Schumacher has been recovering at his family home in Lausanne, Switzerland since sustaining serious head injuries in December 2013. There have been few updates about his well-being in the six years since.

To coincide with his 50th birthday last January, the family issued a rare statement, saying they ‘are doing everything humanely possible’ to help the seven-time world champion, and ‘that he is in the very best of hands’.

The wall of secrecy, enforced at the request of Schumacher’s wife Corinna, was established to protect one of the biggest names in modern sporting times.

But writing in his forthcoming book, Nick Fry, who worked alongside Schumacher for three years at Mercedes, believes the sporadic offerings about a driver who won a record seven world championships, 91 grands prix, and commanded a following of millions around the world, are not enough.

Schumacher suffered horrific head injuries in a skiing accident almost six years ago
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“Corinna and the family have kept a very tight control on information about his treatment which, I think, is a pity,” Fry writes in his book, Survive. Drive. Win.

“There are millions of people out there who have a genuine affection for Michael, and that’s not just his fans in Germany or fans of Mercedes Benz.

“Because of what he achieved, people would like to know about his condition; they are inquisitive and they genuinely feel for him.

“I do think that reporting on how he is, regardless of whether it is good or bad news – and possibly it is bad news – is important because people can empathise with him.”

Belgian Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc dedicates maiden triumph to Anthoine Hubert

1 Sep

Charles Leclerc registered the maiden win of his Formula One career after romping to victory at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Less than 24 hours after Leclerc’s French motor racing contemporary, Anthoine Hubert, was killed at the Spa-Francorchamps venue, the young Monegasque driver delivered a dominant display to take the chequered flag in his friend’s honour.

Charles Leclerc was a comfortable winner
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Lewis Hamilton finished second after fighting his way past Sebastian Vettel with 12 laps remaining. Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas also managed to see off Vettel after the Ferrari driver was forced to make an additional stop for tyres.

Hamilton extended his lead over Bottas in the championship to 65 points.

“This one is for Anthoine,” said an emotional Leclerc on the radio.

“It feels good but it is difficult to enjoy a weekend like this.”

Hubert raced for the British-owned Arden team

He added: “On one hand I have realised a dream, but on the other hand it has been a difficult weekend.

“I have lost a friend, so I would like to dedicate my win to him.

“We have grown up together. It is a shame what happened yesterday, so I cannot enjoy my first victory.”

Leclerc posted a childhood picture with his arm around Hubert upon news of his death following a horrifying 160mph crash in Saturday’s Formula Two race. He accompanied the picture with the words: “I can’t believe it.”

Lewis Hamilton finished second with Sebastian Vettel fourth
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Leclerc, who is 22 next month, the same age as Hubert, was visibly moved by the tragedy. Prior to the race, he hugged Hubert’s mother, Nathalie.

A moment of silence was observed before the race in the French driver’s memory. Nathalie held her son’s pink and white crash helmet. Hubert’s brother, Victhor, stood alongside her as the Formula One and grieving Formula Two drivers formed an arc, bowing their heads in honour of their fallen colleague.

Daniel Ricciardo, the usually jovial Australian, kept his eyes closed throughout the silence and ensuing national anthem.

Leclerc celebrated with his team
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He then appeared to wipe away tears, summing up the sombre mood before the start of Sunday’s race. All 20 of the drivers’ cars were adorned with “Racing for Anthoine” stickers.

Leclerc made the perfect start, racing away to the slow, right-handed La Source turn, to retain the lead. Hamilton, starting from third, got the jump on Vettel before Max Verstappen bumped wheels with Kimi Raikkonen.

The force of the impact sent Raikkonen temporarily on to two wheels. Verstappen sustained damage to his car and slammed into the barriers at the top of Eau Rouge, the corner which claimed Hubert’s life.

Verstappen walked away unscathed from the high-speed shunt, but the safety car was quickly deployed. Vettel had managed to re-pass Hamilton for second on the Kemmel Straight, while British teenager Lando Norris took advantage of the chaotic opening exchanges to move up six spots to fifth.

Following the safety car period, Leclerc retained his lead, with Hamilton hot on Vettel’s heels. The German stopped on lap 16, but it was not until lap 21 that Leclerc dived in for a change of rubber. Hamilton pitted on the next lap.

The early stop had helped Vettel take the lead, but his tyres would not last the course. On lap 27, he was told by Ferrari to move out of Leclerc’s way, which he duly did. Then, on lap 32, Hamilton fought his way past with Vettel struggling on ageing rubber.

Leclerc started on pole
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Leclerc was six seconds up the road on Hamilton, and the world champion kept Leclerc honest to the flag, crossing the line just one second behind the Ferrari driver.

But Leclerc would hold on to take an emotional victory ahead of Hamilton, Bottas and Vettel.

Norris looked set to claim a career-best fifth in his McLaren, but stopped with an apparent mechanical failure as he began his final lap.

The London-born Alex Albon took the flag in fifth after starting 18th in an impressive start to his Red Bull career.

Belgian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton in heavy crash in final practise ahead of qualifying

31 Aug

Lewis Hamilton suffered a heavy crash in final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The defending Formula 1 world champion and current championship leader lost control of his Mercedes at high speed before slamming head-on into the barriers.

Lewis Hamilton’s battered car is lifted from the track in Belgium
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“I am in the wall, guys,” said Hamilton over the team radio. “Sorry.”

The British star emerged from unscathed, but suffered extensive damage to the front of his battered car.

Mercedes mechanics will now face a race against time to get his car ready for qualifying, which begins at 2pm on Saturday, but the German team said they are hopeful everything will be fixed in time for Hamilton to compete.

A Mercedes spokesman said: “We will be replacing both front corners [suspension and wheel assemblies], nose, barge boards and floor.

“Barring nasty surprises, we can complete all of the work in time.”

The main fear for Mercedes is possible damage to the gear box, as replacing it before the race would incur a five-place gird penalty.

Reacting to Hamilton’s crash, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff added: “Hopefully it’s not the engine or the gear box, and it doesn’t look too bad at the moment.

“I think if I would run around and panic like a headless chicken it wouldn’t be good for the guys fixing the car so we need to be calm.”

In Hamilton’s absence, Ferrari continued their domination of the weekend in Spa-Francorchamps, with Charles Leclerc fastest.

The impressive 23-year-old man from Monaco finished nearly half-a-second clear of his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, while Valtteri Bottas was third for Mercedes, 0.497 seconds off the pace.

Ferrari have a golden opportunity for claim their first race win this year, with their one-two finish to practise making them favourites for pole position.

Formula 1 release 2020 schedule to show Lewis Hamilton will face 22-race calendar as Vietnam and Netherlands grand prix are added

29 Aug

Formula 1 have released a record breaking 22-race schedule for the 2020 season where Vietnam and the Netherlands will make their debut.

The schedule will be submitted for approval at the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Motor Sport Council meeting on October 4.

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to win a third successive F1 Championship

The F1’s 70th anniversary season starts in Melbourne, Australia on March 15 and ends in Abu Dhabi on November 29, with

Vietnam will become the 34th country to host a Grand Prix when Lewis Hamilton and co. race in Hanoi on April 5.

The Zandvoort circuit in has also been added to the schedule, which will see 21-year-old Max Verstappen race in his homeland.

However, Germany has been left off the calendar for failing to come to a financial agreement with F1 owners Liberty Media, which means Sebastian Vettel will be without a home race.

Sebastian Vettel is one of the bookmakers’ favourites to knock Lewis Hamilton off the top in 2020

Meanwhile, the Italy Grand Prix is subject to a contract signature.

The annual British Grand Prix will take place at Silverstone on July 19 after its contract was extended and also means there will be no clash with the Wimbledon men’s final or the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

Hamilton is the bookmakers’ favourite to retain his F1 crown, while Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel follow closely behind.

A full list of the provincial 2020 F1 calendar is below…

F1 2020 calendar

  1. March 15 – Australia
  2. March 22 – Bahrain
  3. April 5 – Vietnam
  4. April 19 – China
  5. May 3 – Netherlands
  6. May 10 – Spain
  7. May 24 – Monaco
  8. June 7 – Azerbaijan
  9. June 14 – Canada
  10. June 28 – France
  11. July 5 – Austria
  12. July 19 – Great Britain
  13. August 2 – Hungary
  14. August 30 – Belgium
  15. September 6 – Italy *
  16. September 20 – Singapore
  17. September 27 – Russia
  18. October 11 – Japan
  19. October 25 – United States
  20. November 1 – Mexico City
  21. November 15 – Brazil
  22. November 29 – Abu Dhabi

* Subject to a contract signature

Jamie Chadwick: ‘Formula One does want a female racing driver – but they’ve got to be there on merit’

26 Aug

Jamie Chadwick has already written herself into the history books twice at the tender age of 21.

Aged 15, the Bath-born racing driver was the first woman, as well as the youngest person ever, to win the British GT Championship.

She reinforced her status as one of motorsport’s rising stars and also made history for a second time in her fledgling career earlier this month when she became the first ever person to win the inaugural W Series – the first all-female single seater series – at Brands Hatch.

Chadwick celebrates on the podium at Brands Hatch after winning the inaugural W Series Championship

But for Chadwick, there’s a quiet determination to go one step further, which, in the process, would not just make her a history-maker for a third time should she pull it off, but a role model for women across the world.

Her target now is to become the first female to compete in Formula One in over 40 years and you sense it may just be a matter of time before that happens, given her recent W Series glory as well as her relationship with Williams, for whom she is a development driver.

However, Chadwick doesn’t want to make it on to the F1 grid to be purely a gimmick. Instead, all she wants is equality and to be handed a drive in motorsport’s most renowned series because of her talent.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, she said: “It [making it to F1] would be unbelievable. It’s the ultimate goal. It’s every young driver’s dream.

“That dream becomes a little bit more of a closer reality with the relationship I have with Williams. I really want to achieve it for myself. I really want to be there on merit and because I deserve to be and fingers crossed that happens soon.

“[Working with Williams] has been unbelievable for me. Getting that kind of experience with an F1 team has been awesome. For it to be Williams, a British team who have so much history, has been extra special and I’ve learnt a lot from them so far.

“Now I’ve done the job that I needed to this year by securing the W Series Championship, I’m hoping that I can go to them with a bit more of an argument to do some more stuff for them next year.”

Chadwick, currently driving in the W Series, is part of the Williams Racing Academy

F1 has a reputation for being a male dominated sport and you have to look back to Italian Lella Lombardi in 1976 to find the last women to compete in the worldwide series.

The sport’s former chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone, was widely criticised back in 2016 when he claimed women were physically unable to drive an F1 car and that a female driver ‘would not be taken seriously’ should they be handed a drive.

However, the Championship is very much in a new era under the ownership of Liberty Media and Chadwick believes there’s a real desire from within for that 43-year wait to come to an end.

“The sport’s obviously heavily male dominated but in my view, I don’t think there’s a reason for that,” she explained.

“I think the sport is desperate to see a female succeed. The sport does want a female racing driver but they’ve got to be there on merit.

“Some of the most influential people in motorsport are women. For example, my team boss at Williams is Claire Williams.

“We’re starting to see more and more. It’s a numbers game and we just need more women to rise to the top in all degrees of the sport and hopefully, that will end this male dominance that we’ve got.”

Despite her achievements, a career in motorsport never really crossed the 21-year-old’s mind until she was a teenager, though.

A talented skier and hockey player growing up, Chadwick admits she fell into racing by ‘accident.’

Her family didn’t have any background in the industry and it was only when her brother took up Go-Karting that she decided to put on a crash helmet for the first time.

“I had my first go and fell in love with it quite quickly,” she says. “One thing led to another and I progressed into car racing at 14. It’s been a whirlwind ever since. As soon as I took my hand in motorsport, I realised that was the one I wanted to pursue more than other sports.”

Not only has it been a whirlwind few years for Chadwick, but it’s been a crazy few days for the 21-year-old as well.

Her feet have barely touched the ground since she sealed the W Series title last week, bagging £400,000 in prize money in the process.

Chadwick celebrates being crowned the W Series champion at Brands Hatch

The Bath racer had been on the podium in each of the previous five rounds, winning twice in Germany and Italy respectively, meaning she took a 13-point lead into the final race at Brands Hatch.

However, the finale didn’t quite go to plan for the Brit, as despite qualifying on pole, she ended up crossing the chequered flag in fourth at her home race.

A third-place finish for her nearest rival Beitkse Visser wasn’t enough to close the gap though, meaning Chadwick became the first ever W Series champion since its inception.

An ever perfectionist, Chadwick admitted she would have liked to have secured the Championship in better circumstances, but the 21-year-old was quick to say that she’ll remember the celebrations for the rest of her life.

“I’ve got a whirlwind of emotions and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” she explained.

“Honestly, I couldn’t be happier and it’s what we’ve worked so hard for all year. To finally have that title and accolade official is a dream come true.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t the goal to go out from the off to win the title. I didn’t realise how tough it was going to be. All year, it might have looked like we had control over it at times, but behind the scenes it wasn’t that easy.”

On whether she could enjoy any of the race, she added: “I think the way I described it after the race was the worst 30 minutes of my life followed by the best 30 minutes of my life.

“I did enjoy bits of the race. I mean it wasn’t the race I wanted and it was stressful and tricky.

“Ultimately, when that chequered flag fell, there was a little bit of mixed emotions as the race wasn’t great, but the feeling of just winning the Championship was unbelievable. To celebrate with my family, my friends and the home crowd was unbelievable.”

Chadwick is eyeing a spot in Formula One

A well-deserved break is now on the cards as she tries to come to terms with her achievements this season.

While competing in F1 is the ultimate ambition, Chadwick hasn’t ruled out a second campaign in the W Series, although she is also open to the idea of branching out into other competitions as well, much like her idol Fernando Alonso.

“I’m open to a lot of things at the moment,” she explained.

“Motorsport is a fantastic place for a young driver to be at the moment. I’m really lucky that I’ve also got a relationship with Aston Martin and they’ve got a really cool hyper car project coming to Le Mans next year. That’s something I’d really love to get involved with.

“Formula E is exciting. There’s a lot to be interested at the moment and there’s DTM obviously, too.

“Formula One is the ultimate goal but there’s a lot more to be excited about as a young driver.”

Lewis Hamilton wins Hungarian Grand Prix as Mercedes driver overtakes Max Verstappen late on to claim victory

4 Aug

Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix when he passed Max Verstappen with three laps to go.

The defending world champion extended his lead over Valtteri Bottas at the top of the standings to 61 points as the drivers head into the summer break.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Hungarian Grand Prix
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Hamilton was within one second of Verstappen when he was called in for a second pit stop – Mercedes hoping that a switch to fresh tyres would provide the British star with a chance to usurp the Belgium driver.

The strategy move by Formula 1‘s all-conquering team proved inspired.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen battle for first place
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Hamilton left the pit lane 21 seconds behind Verstappen with 21 laps remaining, the Briton lighting up the time sheets before catching the back of the Red Bull.

The 33-year-old then made the move on lap 67 to take the win.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished third ahead of his team-mate Charles Leclerc.

Bottas ended the race in eighth place after he had to stop for a new front wing following a collision with Leclerc on the opening lap.

“Wow, just wow, mate,” said Hamilton’s engineer, Pete Bonnington. “What a drive. What a strategy.”

Hamilton replied: “That was a tall order but I am grateful you did it. That feels so good. I hope you are feeling it too.”

Lewis Hamilton denied by crash as Max Verstappen claims dramatic German Grand Prix victory

28 Jul

Max Verstappen won a chaotic German Grand Prix in the pouring rain after Lewis Hamilton crashed while on course for victory.

Hamilton looked set to claim his eighth win of a dominant season before drama struck on lap 29 of 64 in a race which featured four safety car periods.

Verstappen took advantage of Hamilton’s slip-up
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The British star, who had just stopped for dry rubber, ran off the road at a final corner which had claimed Ferrari’s
Charles Leclerc one lap earlier.

Hamilton had to stop for a new front wing and was stationary for more than 50 seconds as his Mercedes crew dashed around for spare parts.

He finished 11th, having also been hit with a five-second penalty for entering the pits on the wrong side of the bollard, and spun in the final stages too on a day to forget for the world champion.

Verstappen, who stopped five times in the most topsy-turvy of races, took the chequered flag to claim his second win of the campaign.

The Dutchman finished ahead of Ferrari’s
Sebastian Vettel, who fought back from last, and Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat. Racing Point’s Lance Stroll finished fourth.

On a miserable day for Mercedes at their home race, Valtteri Bottas crashed out at the first corner with eight laps remaining, while in the hunt for the podium.

Bottas’ spin brought a furious reaction from Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal banging both his fists on the table.

Hamilton held a commanding 35-second lead when he stopped to change on to the dry tyres.

Hamilton suffered a dramatic crash during the race
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But the last corner of the Hockenheim circuit was still damp, and after it caught Leclerc out, the young Monegasque crashing from second, Hamilton hit the barriers too.

While Leclerc retired, Hamilton was able to limp back to the pit lane, falling back to fifth following a comical pit stop, before gaining two places to third.

But then Nico Hulkenberg also crashed out at the final corner, resulting in a third safety car period.

Hamilton pitted a lap late leaving him way down the order. Running in 12th, Hamilton said: “How has it gone this bad?”

“Copy that, Lewis,” came the reply from his engineer, Pete Bonnington. “That is something we are going to have to review.”

There were then huge cheers from the grandstands as Hamilton fell off the road again, spinning at the opening bend.

Verstappen, Vettel and Kvyat share the podium
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He pitted for new tyres, dropping to last place. He would finish outside of the points, 11th of the 13 classified runners.

There were no such concerns for Verstappen, who kept his cool to win by more than seven seconds.

Vettel, who had started from the back of the grid after his engine broke in qualifying, made several moves in the final laps to seal the runner-up spot.

“It was about trying not to make mistakes,” said Verstappen. “It feels amazing to win.

“You learn over the years. I was very happy with the whole performance.”

Stroll took fourth ahead of McLaren’s Carlos Sainz with the London-born Alexander Albon a career-best sixth. Lando Norris failed to finish following a gearbox issue.

Vettel added: “It was a long race. At some stage it felt never-ending. It was very tough with the conditions. I am just happy.”

Lewis Hamilton has ‘delivered everything he could possibly do for Great Britain’, lauds Formula 1 legend Damon Hill after record Silverstone win

15 Jul

Formula 1 legend Damon Hill has hit back at claims Lewis Hamilton is ‘not patriotic’ following his record British Grand Prix win at Silverstone.

The Brit overtook Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to storm to his sixth victory at his home race – taking him over closer to a sixth world championship title.

But, while the 141,000-strong crowd at Silverstone were delighted by his win, Hamilton faced criticism in some quarters following his landmark triumph.

Hamilton looks unstoppable in his pursuit of a sixth world title
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His incredible achievements in the sport have not stopped the online haters, with the Stevenage-born ace often criticised for taking up residence in tax-haven Monaco and accused by some fans of ‘not being British’

But Hill insists Hamilton has flown the flag for Great Britain with pride and has ‘delivered everything he could possibly do’ for his country.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the 1996 F1 world champion said: “It’s difficult to come up with more superlatives; the guy is dominant in his era and he’s had everything thrown at him and he’s delivered on every level.

“It’s very difficult to think what else he can do, apart from of course beat Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles.

“He has become a world recognised sports star and that of course means he’s more international, but he’s an English lad… he’s from Stevenage and he grew up in this country!

“He does try to convince us he is very patriotic and I think sometimes the more he does that the less we are inclined to buy that sort of ‘selling tactic’.

F1 driver standings

After 10 races, Hamilton is way out in front in the championship standings. But who comes behind Hamilton in the top 10?

  1. Lewis Hamilton – 223 points
  2. Valtteri Bottas – 184 points
  3. Max Verstappen – 136 points
  4. Sebastien Vettel – 123 points
  5. Charles Leclerc – 120 points
  6. Pierre Gasly – 55 points
  7. Carlos Sainz – 38 points
  8. Kimi Raikkonen – 25 points
  9. Lando Norris – 22 points
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – 22 points

“But he doesn’t have to worry about it.

“He’s delivered everything he could possibly do for this country – he is the highest-winning British driver and second highest in the history of Formula One.

Asked how he would have fared against Hamilton had they raced in the same era, Hill added: “It would have been very difficult to beat him!

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with fans after his victory at Silverstone, but he isn’t loved by all

“To beat him, what I found from racing against people like Michael Schumacher is that I could do it, but I couldn’t do it all the time, and Lewis can do it all the time.

“He might have the occasional blip, but it doesn’t happen very often.”

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Lewis Hamilton seals record sixth British Grand Prix title at Silverstone

14 Jul

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for a record-beating sixth time.
The Formula One world champion took advantage of a safety car to overtake Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, delighting the bumper 141,000-strong crowd.

Hamilton looks unstoppable in his pursuit of a sixth world title
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The win, Hamilton’s seventh from 10 rounds, takes the Briton ever closer to a sixth world title. He is now 39 points clear of Bottas in the championship standings.

On a sensational day for Hamilton, the Englishman also secured a bonus point by posting a stunning track record on his final lap.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished third after Sebastian Vettel crashed into the back of Max Verstappen.

Red Bull driver Verstappen managed to finish fifth, but Vettel dropped to 16th with the damage sustained in the incident.

The Ferrari driver was also hit with a 10-second penalty for causing the collision.

Lando Norris crossed the line a disappointing 11th on his maiden home event, the British teenager’s race scuppered by strategy.

For Hamilton, his stroke of luck arrived on lap 20 of the 52-lap race when Antonio Giovinazzi beached his Alfa Romeo at Brooklands.

Out came the safety car, and in came Hamilton for his one and only stop.

Hamilton delighted the home crowd
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Bottas had already pitted, and with the field driving slowly, Hamilton was able to nip in for fresh tyres to retain his lead.

The Englishman crossed the line 25 seconds clear of Bottas, surpassing Britain’s double world champion Jim Clark and the Frenchman Alain Prost as the standalone master of his home race.

“What a day, I love you Silverstone,” said Hamilton on his warm-down lap.

Who is on pole for the British Grand Prix? Free live stream as Lewis Hamilton eyes F1 glory at Silverstone again

13 Jul

The British Grand Prix is back this weekend but Lewis Hamilton will not start on pole as he looks to claim a historic sixth win at Silverstone.

The five-time world champion will become the most successful driver ever in his home race should he claim victory.

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton will be looking for his sixth win at the British Grand Prix

Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas have dominated this season but Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ended their winning run by taking the Austrian Grand Prix crown last time out.

While Hamilton will be eager for another win, he’ll start behind Bottas on the grid for the race.

British Grand Prix: Qualifying results

Bottas beat Hamilton to pole position for the British Grand Prix by just 0.006 seconds in a dramatic end to qualifying on Saturday.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will start from third while Verstappen will be fourth on the grid.

Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris make up the rest of the top eight.

British Grand Prix: Date and start time

The 74th edition of the famous race will take place on Sunday, July 14 and will start at 2.10pm.

The race will be held at the Silverstone circuit in Towcester, Northamptonshire.

Mercedes star Valtteri Bottas will start from pole for the British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix: TV channel and live stream

As per usual, Sky Sports F1 will have all the coverage from the race weekend.

Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app on their computer, tablet or mobile device. You can also purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass with NowTV for £8.99.

But, due to it being the British Grand Prix, Channel 4 will show the full race weekend.

That means it will be on a free-to-air channel, providing you have a valid TV licence. You will also be able to live stream online on All 4.

Lewis Hamilton has won four of the last five F1 championships
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British Grand Prix: What has been said?

Hamilton said: “Firstly congratulations to Valtteri he did a great job in qualifying, and I wasn’t good enough.

“It got a bit away from us, I sacrificed a lap in Q2 which would’ve helped us, and the second lap in Q3 just wasn’t that good. It’s a long race tomorrow and we’ve got a great crowd here so we’ll see what we can do.

“It’s the best grand prix of the whole year and that is because of the energy the people bring, and the tracks are brilliantly designed, but it’s the people that make this the best.”

Finland’s Bottas said: “It was very good again, it reminds you why you do this. It’s been pretty close all weekend and today with Lewis – it’s good to get a good lap and get pole.

“I knew the first lap was good but it wasn’t perfect and honestly I should’ve improved in the second run and I’m glad it was enough – it’s not easy to get a lap together.”