Lewis Hamilton is building an empire, and F1 is just the start

The gardens of the Tokyo Prince Hotel are heaving with people. Polite conversation mixes with a hip-hop beat as waiters move their way through the crowd topping up champagne flutes. As a group of cameramen position themselves around the hotel’s swimming pool, the iconic red and white Tokyo Tower provides the backdrop. The party has been going for a couple of hours, but the main event is just about to start. The red and blue strip lighting around the pool dims and the music stops. A soft, commanding voice informs…

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Sebastian Vettel must focus on ‘marginal gains’ to beat Lewis Hamilton, says Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg thinks Sebastian Vettel needs to step back and reanalyse his mental approach to race weekends if he wants to beat Lewis Hamilton to the Formula One championship in 2019. Vettel looked to be well-placed for a fifth world title earlier this year but a series of mistakes have handed the initiative to Hamilton, who can wrap up the championship at Austin’s U.S. Grand Prix this weekend. Rosberg beat Hamilton to the title in 2016 when the pair were teammates at Mercedes, before he retired at the end of…

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Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene – Sebastian Vettel will win title with Ferrari sooner or later

Team boss Maurizio Arrivabene is sure Sebastian Vettel will win a championship with Ferrari at some point in the future and has compared the four-time world champion with Michael Schumacher. Vettel is on the brink of being ruled out of this year’s title race and needs to finish within eight points of Lewis Hamilton at this weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix to keep his slim championship hopes alive. A series of mistakes and missed opportunities have seen the Ferrari driver go from being the title favourite ahead of F1’s summer break…

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Stoffel Vandoorne confirms Formula E move in 2019

McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne has confirmed he will race in Formula E next year for the Mercedes-affiliated HWA Racelab team. Vandoorne has driven the last two seasons for McLaren in Formula One but lacklustre performances alongside Fernando Alonso will see him replaced by F2 driver Lando Norris next year. With very few spaces available on the F1 grid in 2019, Vandoorne’s options were limited and he has now confirmed he will join the all-electric series in 2019. “Today, a new racing series, a new challenge and a new team for…

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Toto Wolff – Mick Schumacher has what it takes to be one of the greats

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has tipped Mick Schumacher for greatness after the son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher secured the European Formula 3 title at the weekend. Schumacher took the title with one race left to run after a sensational second half of the season propelled him from ninth in the championship in mid-July to a dominant 57-point victory by season’s end on Sunday. The overall victory means he can now qualify for an F1 superlicence, but he is more likely to make the step up to F2…

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Steve Torrence races to 4th straight win to open NHRA playoffs

CONCORD, N.C. — Steve Torrence raced to his fourth straight Top Fuel victory to open the NHRA playoffs on Sunday in the Carolina Nationals. Torrence beat defending series champion Brittany Force with a 3.703-second run at 329.67 mph. The first Top Fuel driver to win the first four races of the Countdown to the Championship, he has nine victories this season and 25 overall. “It’s been truly unbelievable for us to go out and accomplish what we’ve done,” Torrence said. “We’re in the middle of this thing, and it’s truly…

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Aric Almirola advances in NASCAR playoffs with Talladega win

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Aric Almirola capped an absolute Stewart-Haas Racing rout at Talladega Superspeedway with an overtime victory that earned him an automatic berth into the third round of NASCAR’s playoffs. Almirola was part of the four-car SHR contingent that was untouchable all weekend at Talladega. The four Fords swept qualifying, won every stage of Sunday’s race and used teamwork to pull away from the field. SHR had the race in control until a caution with three laps remaining sent it into overtime. Then the fuel pressure light on Kurt…

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Tommy Johnson Jr. tops Funny Car qualifying at NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway

CONCORD, N.C. — Tommy Johnson Jr. powered to the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car on Saturday in the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Johnson raced to his second straight No. 1 qualifier and the 17th of his career. He had a 3.873-second pass at 329.10 mph in a Dodge Charger in the final session. “We’ve got a really, really good race car right now and the guys are doing such a great job,” Johnson said. “You can just see it in their confidence. We’ve had a good…

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Michael Shumacher’s son Mick claims European Formula Three title

Mick Schumacher, the 19-year-old son of seven-times Formula One world champion Michael, won the European Formula Three title at Hockenheim on Saturday with a race to spare. Second place in the day’s second race was enough to secure the German’s first junior championship with an unbeatable 347 points. It also qualifies him to race in Formula One next season, although there are few vacant seats available and the next obvious step would be Formula Two. Previous winners of the series, which has evolved over the years, include four-times F1 world…

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Michael Schumacher’s son Mick claims European Formula Three title

Mick Schumacher, the 19-year-old son of seven-times Formula One world champion Michael, won the European Formula Three title at Hockenheim on Saturday with a race to spare. Second place in the day’s second race was enough to secure the German’s first junior championship with an unbeatable 347 points. It also qualifies him to race in Formula One next season, although there are few vacant seats available and the next obvious step would be Formula Two. Previous winners of the series, which has evolved over the years, include four-times F1 world…

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