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Lewis Hamilton faces uphill struggle in Russian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton will have it all to do to win today’s Russian Grand Prix as he qualified only fourth while title rival Sebastian Vettel secured his first pole position in nearly two years.

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Sebastian Vettel celebrates victory with a dance on the podium. Picture: Lars Baron/Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel holds off Lewis Hamilton to win in Bahrain

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel held off a tremendous late charge from Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton to win the Bahrain Grand Prix yesterday and take the overall lead in the Formula One title race.

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Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas celebrates after taking the pole position at the end of the qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Picture: Getty Images

Valtteri Bottas beats Lewis Hamilton to the pole

Valtteri Bottas sprung the biggest surprise of the season so far after he beat Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain to secure the first pole position of his career. Hamilton appeared set to claim his seventh pole on the spin, and 64th of his career, before Bottas – the man who has replaced champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes this season – edged out his teammate with the final throw of the dice.

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Fernando Alonso will miss this year's Monaco Grand Prix after it was confirmed by McLaren that he will compete at the blue-riband Indianapolis 500 event instead. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Fernando Alonso to miss Monaco Grand Prix for Indy 500

Fernando Alonso will miss this year’s Monaco Grand Prix after it was confirmed by McLaren that he will compete at the blue-riband Indianapolis 500 event instead.

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates his first victory of the new season. Picture: Getty.

Lewis Hamilton in complete control at Chinese Grand Prix

A dominant Lewis Hamilton delivered a crushing victory at the Chinese Grand Prix to join title rival Sebastian Vettel at the summit of the Formula One championship.

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Lewis Hamilton at Shanghai International Circuit, where heavy rain is forecast to hit Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix. Picture: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton fears China downpour will rain on his parade

Lewis Hamilton fears a swift return to the Formula One winners’ circle could be 
scuppered by the heavy rain forecast to hit Sunday’s 
Chinese Grand Prix.

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The Project eRally team, based in Fife, has created a prototype from a Renault Zoe EV. Picture: Contributed

Scots racing team creates UK’s first electric rally car

It’s a sport associated with revs, noise and litres of burning fuel - but one group of Scots motorsports devotees has sought to “future proof” car rallying for the next generation with the UK’s first electric competitive car.

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Claudine Bloom and Andy Twort present a cheque to Chrisetta Mitchell and Zena Stewart from The Leanne Fund. Picture: Contributed

Epic rally raises cash for Lewis Cystic Fibrosis charity

A SCOTS charity set up to raise funds for young people affected by Cystic Fibrosis has been boosted by car rally drivers who took an epic challenge from Peking to Paris.

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Ecurie Ecosse notched up consecutive wins at Le Mans in the 1950s. Picture: TSPL

Ecurie Ecosse plots historic return to Le Mans

ICONIC Scots racing team Ecurie Ecosse has confirmed a 2017 return to the Le Mans circuit where they registered a brace of famous victories precisely 60 years ago.

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Lewis Hamilton is confident he has got what it takes to win the Formula One world championship despite Sebastian Vettel romping to victory at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Lewis Hamilton: I want to win the world title more than ever

A determined Lewis Hamilton has said he wants to win the world title more than ever before, and claimed his hunger has doubled this season as he prepares for a battle royale with Sebastian Vettel.

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Sebastian Vettel, right, and Lewis Hamilton embrace after the Australian  Grand Prix. Picture: AP.

Lewis Hamilton relishes rivalry as Vettel wins Australian GP

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he is braced for a tougher rivalry with Sebastian Vettel than Nico Rosberg in what he believes will be the “best against the best” battling it out for this year’s Formula One crown.

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Mercedes Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest lap ever recorded at the Australian circuit.  Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton on pole and sets new Melbourne record

Lewis Hamilton is predicting a tight championship battle, despite clearing the first hurdle to victory at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix by securing a brilliant pole position.

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Fans take selfies with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton who was fastest in practice ahead of the Australian Grand Prix. Picture: William West/AFP/Getty Images

‘Unbeatable’ Lewis Hamilton puts the brakes on Ferrari

If Carlsberg did grand prix departs, it would probably look something like Melbourne, the perfect spot to kick off anything.

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Lewis Hamilton speaks ahead of Sunday's Australian Grand Prix. Picture: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton ready for battle with Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel traded verbal blows as the battle to win this year’s Formula One crown began with words.

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Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the  2017 Ferrari SF70H during Formula One winter testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. Picture: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Tantalising signs the Ferrari horse is set to prance again

It was a deliciously provocative lap, the only one in the 1:18s, more than half a second quicker than Mercedes’ best, and one that the world of 
Formula One hopes might presage the return to prominence of Ferrari.

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Canadian driver Lance Stroll struggled in the opening week of winter testing in Barcelona.

F1 new boy can fulfil potential says Villeneuve

Only one driver in the history of Formula One has been younger on debut, and, with respect to 18-year-old Canadian Lance Stroll, Max Verstappen might just be in a category all his own.

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The pace of the new Ferrari, above, has given three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton plenty to think about.  Picture:  PA

Melbourne first test of F1’s new era

Liberty Media hope faster cars will increase competition and end Mercedes’ porcession to another title, writes Conor Matchett

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British former Formula 1 and motorcycling world champion John Surtees has died aged 83. Picture: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Motorsport mourns two and four-wheel world champion Surtees

John Surtees, the only man to win the Formula One and motorcycle grand prix titles, has died aged 83.

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Lewis Hamilton tests the new 2017 season Mercedes at Silverstone. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton: I won’t miss Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he will not miss Nico Rosberg and has drawn a line under last season’s championship defeat to his long-term rival.

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Sahara Force India drivers Sergio Perez, right, and Esteban Ocon unveil their new VJM10 car at Silverstone. Picture: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton slams ‘outdated’ F1 and fears less overtaking

Lewis Hamilton has accused Formula One of being “outdated” and has called on its new owners to breathe fresh life into the sport.

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