British world champion Lewis Hamilton is the last of a dying breed of Formula One drivers from less privileged backgrounds and the sport will never see his like again, says his father Anthony Hamilton.
In Abu Dhabi this weekend Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will – metaphorically at least – touch gloves like a couple of heavyweights as the bell chimes for the final round. The Mercedes duo’s slugfest for the Formula One world championship has endured for eight months and 20 rounds and the Yas Marina Circuit has got what it paid for: the decider.
It does not rain much at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit but there is a strong feeling that everyone could be on full wets this weekend.
Bernie Ecclestone says Singapore won't extend its deal to host the Formula 1 when the deal runs out in 2017.
The fall of Ron Dennis, one of the great beasts in the Formula One jungle, has been confirmed. The chairman and chief executive of the McLaren Group – but, more than that, the image and personality of one of the biggest and most successful of F1 teams – was told by his fellow shareholders he must give up his position.
Even before he had left Brazil Lewis Hamilton struck an early psychological blow against his rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Lewis Hamilton insisted he could still become world champion for a fourth time after fulfilling a lifetime ambition by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix to cut Nico Rosberg’s lead to 12 points going into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
Nico Rosberg may pretend he does not think about winning the Formula One world championship but the thought probably occurred to the Mercedes driver at least half a dozen times as he strolled through the paddock at Interlagos on Friday.
The future of Ron Dennis – one of Formula One’s most dominating figures – was the subject of intense speculation on Friday night with reports that a consortium of Chinese investors had tabled a £1.65bn takeover bid for his McLaren team.
Indonesian racer Rio Haryanto will test for the Caterham squad at Silverstone next week.
Lewis Hamilton dominated track time as Formula One’s eight-day testing season got under way but Sebastian Vettel was half a second faster in his Ferrari at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Mercedes took another one-two in Russia – not something that the team, who claimed their last two constructor titles here in Sochi, will be in anyway disappointed with – but this was not quite the well-oiled machine that delivered those titles.
The heat haze, an almost overwhelming sultriness that had layers of torrid air shimmering above the freshly laid asphalt at the Sepang International Circuit, was not wholly responsible for the moving picture here on Friday.
Jenson Button views the Formula One title race with the wistful gaze of the non-contender. He is in 15th place with 19 points, 269 behind the leader, Nico Rosberg. He was a champion once, in 2009, and with 300 races behind him his opinion is meaningful as Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton do battle over the final races of the season, starting with Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton says his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg is “not really German”.
It was a head-scratcher, that’s for sure.
Lewis Hamilton believes his season will only improve after his win at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, having narrowed the gap in the title battle with his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, from 43 points to nine in the space of just two races.
The most exciting driver in Formula One and almost certainly a future world champion.
Nico Rosberg has announced his shock retirement from Formula One five days after becoming world champion, saying that by winning the title he has “climbed my mountain” and is going out at the peak.
In terms of extracting the most from himself, Nico Rosberg.