Lewis Hamilton collects champion’s trophy and aims for more

Lewis Hamilton looked forward to more success with Mercedes after collecting his fifth Formula One world champion’s trophy at the governing FIA’s gala awards on Friday. Britain’s most successful racing driver, and only the third man to win at least five titles, also won a media vote for personality of the year — denying Red Bull rival Max Verstappen a fourth in a row. “It does feel incredible,” the 33-year-old told the audience gathered in the Grand Hall of the St Petersburg Philarmonia, after FIA president Jean Todt had handed…

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Alexander Rossi replaces Graham Rahal for Team Penske endurance races

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Alexander Rossi has replaced fellow IndyCar driver Graham Rahal at Acura Team Penske for the IMSA sports car endurance events. Rossi will share the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 DPi with full-time Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. Rahal had been the co-driver for those events last season but said on social media Friday that he’s too big to properly fit in the car. Rahal is listed at 6-foot-2 and posted a post-workout photo last month…

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Reynolds leads Erebus Bathurst 12-hour bid

Supercars star David Reynolds will spearhead Erebus Motorsport’s return to the Bathurst 12-hour endurance race in 2019. Reynolds will join Luke Youlden and amateur driver Yasser Shahin to contest the Pro-Am class in a Mercedes AMG GT3 in the February race at Mount Panorama. Reynolds and Youlden paired up to win the Bathurst 1000 Supercars race in 2017 in an Erebus car. The pair looked set to repeat that success at this year’s race before Reynolds suffered debilitating cramps with just 26 laps to go. A heartbroken Reynolds lost the…

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Renault puts figure on power deficit to Ferrari and Mercedes

7:45 AM ET ESPN staff Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul says there is no reason why his team should still be lagging behind Mercedes and Ferrari in terms of engine power next year. Renault has struggled to match the power output of its rivals since the start of turbo-hybrid era in 2014 and customer team Red Bull, which will switch to Honda power next year, often criticised the French manufacturer for its lack of power. Abiteboul believes the gap in performance between Renault’s power unit and the class-leading Ferrari and Mercedes…

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Daniel Ricciardo underestimated stress of Renault move decision

Daniel Ricciardo admits the stressful process which led to him leaving Red Bull to join Renault for 2019 may have affected his preparation for some of the races leading up to the summer break. Ricciardo stunned the F1 community in August when he announced his decision to move to Renault, having spent several months weighing up his options in the final year of his Red Bull contract. In the months leading up to August’s summer break, Ricciardo and Red Bull’s performances dropped off after a brilliant start to the season…

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Fernando Alonso to be powered by Chevrolet in Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS — Fernando Alonso will be powered by Chevrolet for his second attempt to win the Indianapolis 500. Alonso is entering the race with McLaren, which had a 70 percent win rate from 1968 to 1970 when partnered with Chevrolet that included 23 consecutive victories. The IndyCar Series currently has only two engine providers, Chevrolet and Honda, but McLaren has a strained relationship with Honda. The Honda problems made it difficult for McLaren to find a partner for Alonso’s latest attempt to win the “Triple Crown of Motorsports.” Alonso was…

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Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 to be powered by Chevrolet, not Honda

McLaren has confirmed it will use Chevrolet engines to power its Indianapolis 500 entry with Fernando Alonso next year. Fernando Alonso and Jimmie Johnson swapped rides for a day in Bahrain and quickly got the bug for each other’s vehicles. But will either man pursue it any further? Fernando Alonso is leaving F1 with just two world titles to his name and he only has himself to blame. ESPN charts three different paths the Spaniard could have taken to the bounty of records and titles his talent deserved. 1 Related…

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Formula One plans to give fans data teams don’t have in TV broadcasts

Formula One will use artificial intelligence to better explain racing to fans during broadcasts of events in 2019, using some data not available to the teams themselves. F1 has entered into a partnership with Amazon Web Services to provide new graphics using its Sagemaker tool. Broadcasts used several new graphics in the 2018 season and bosses plan to increase this further next year. While F1’s motorsport director Ross Brawn wants to give fans access to some of the data available to teams on the pit-wall, he also believes AI can…

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Formula One plans to give fans data teams do not have have in TV broadcasts

Formula One will use artificial intelligence to better explain racing to fans during broadcasts of events in 2019, using some data not available to the teams themselves. F1 has entered into a partnership with Amazon Web Services to provide new graphics using its Sagemaker tool. Broadcasts used several new graphics in the 2018 season and bosses plan to increase this further next year. While F1’s motorsport director Ross Brawn wants to give fans access to some of the data available to teams on the pit-wall, he also believes AI can…

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F1 ‘hopeful’ of new deal with Silverstone

Formula One’s commercial boss Sean Bratches remains hopeful a new deal can be struck with Silverstone over the future of the British Grand Prix, but says a race on the streets of London remains the ideal scenario. The future of the British Grand Prix has been uncertain ever since Silverstone activated a break clause last year that made the 2019 race the last of its current contract. The circuit has made clear that it wants to keep hosting the race but was not able to continue on the terms of…

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