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'A remarkable life lived in Technicolor'

Niki Lauda, who has died aged 70, was a three-time Formula 1 world champion, non-executive chairman of the world champion Mercedes team, and one of the biggest names in motorsport. He was also a pilot and successful businessman, who set up two airlines and continued to occasionally captain their planes into his late 60s. But he will be remembered most ...

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Austrian F1 legend Niki Lauda dies at 70

Three-times Formula One world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family says. The Austrian took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and for McLaren in 1984. A family statement said he died peacefully with them by his side. Lauda was badly burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix, but recovered ...

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Alonso Indycar team boss leaves McLaren

McLaren have parted company with the man who was employed to run their Indycar programme. The departure of Bob Fernley comes less than 24 hours after Fernando Alonso failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. Alonso was driving a car run by McLaren, who set up a new team with Fernley at the helm specifically for this year’s event. The ...

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Chadwick joins Williams Formula 1 team

Jamie Chadwick, one of Britain’s leading female racing drivers, has joined the Williams Formula 1 team as a development driver. It is the same role that ex-racing driver Susie Wolff had for Williams from 2012-15, before her retirement. Chadwick, 21, is the only woman to win a British Formula 3 race and is driving in the new, all-female W Series ...

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Alonso fails to qualify for Indy 500

Fernando Alonso has failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 after a humiliating return to America’s biggest race for the McLaren team. The two-time Formula 1 world champion was fourth fastest of six drivers vying for the final three places on the grid on what is known as ‘Bump Day’. Alonso’s 227.353mph four-lap average was pipped by American Kyle Kaiser ...

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Runner-up Chadwick keeps W Series lead

Dutch driver Beitske Visser dominated the second race of the new W Series as Britons Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell finished second and third respectively. Visser led from start to finish in Zolder, Belgium, with Chadwick and Powell locked in a battle for second place until the last lap. Chadwick stays top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the ...

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Alonso could miss out on Indy 500 spot

Fernando Alonso is in danger of failing to make the grid for the Indianapolis 500 after setting the 31st fastest time on the first day of qualifying. The two-time Formula 1 world champion faces a shootout on Sunday with five other drivers for the final three places on the 33-car grid. If it rains as forecast, the shootout will be ...

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Formula 1 in Morocco GP talks

Formula 1 is in talks to hold a race in Morocco, according to commercial boss Sean Bratches. If the event comes off, it would be the first F1 race held in Africa since the 1993 South African Grand Prix. “We race on five continents and the last habitable continent that we don’t race in is Africa,” Bratches said. “We have ...

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Alonso unhurt after Indy practice crash

Ex-Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has emerged unhurt from a crash in practice for the Indianapolis 500. The 37-year-old Spaniard is making his second attempt at the event but the accident on Wednesday was the latest in a series of setbacks this year. Alonso said he had made a “mistake”, adding: “It was understeer and even if I lifted ...

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'Can Ferrari catch Mercedes? Sooner or later, yes'

As he sits in his office at the Spanish Grand Prix, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is the personification of calm. Which is something of an achievement in the circumstances. Binotto has just watched his cars get trounced by Mercedes in qualifying around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Ferrari nearly a second off the pace despite design improvements the team ...

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