F1 finally admits concern over woman jailed for Bahrain Grand Prix protests

• Najah Yusuf jailed for three years over 2017 protests
• F1 says it is making ongoing enquiries in Bahrain

Formula One chiefs have admitted for the first time that they are “concerned” that an activist who protested against the Bahrain Grand Prix on Facebook was jailed for three years by the country’s authorities.

F1 has traditionally been reluctant to intervene on politics and human rights cases but has made a rare exception in the case of Najah Yusuf, who claims she was beaten, sexually abused and imprisoned following a series of posts in April 2017 that were critical of the race and the regime.

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Max Verstappen would have won race if he had let Esteban Ocon through | Giles Richards

The feisty Dutchman cost himself victory in Brazil and caused a lot of trouble by not letting the Force India driver unlap himself

Young, feisty, uncompromising, unapologetic and talented – we already knew that about Max Verstappen but it turns out he is sweary too and not adverse to being a tad fighty. If he is auditioning as a role model for teenage rebels, this wild one may as well be fitted for his “What’ve you got?” leathers now.

Yet for all the uproar and condemnation of his altercation with Esteban Ocon at the Brazilian Grand Prix, the incident, a moment of public emotion increasingly rare in F1, should be the least of his regrets after Sunday’s race.

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Mercedes tribute to ‘exceptional’ Lewis Hamilton after F1 constructors’ title win

• Toto Wolff thanks driver after fifth constructors’ title in a row
• Hamilton salutes ‘best moment I’ve had with this team’

The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has said that without Lewis Hamilton they would not have enjoyed the remarkable success that culminated in a record-equalling fifth constructors’ championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s win at Interlagos, having already secured his fifth drivers’ title, ensured Mercedes continued its complete dominance as a manufacturer, unbeaten since the turbo-hybrid era began in 2014.

Since then, the team has won five consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles. Hamilton has four with Nico Rosberg taking one in 2016. Victory in Brazil ensured they have equalled Ferrari’s record, achieved with Michael Schumacher between 2000 and 2004. One more constructors’ championship will match Ferrari’s six, the Scuderia having also taken the team title in 2009.

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Lewis Hamilton benefits from Max Verstappen’s bad luck in Brazil

• Dutchman calls Esteban Ocon ‘an idiot’ after costly move
• Hamilton: “This is what we’ve worked for every single day”

With his fifth title already secured, Lewis Hamilton had been explicit he wanted to end the season strongly. Yet while he did the take the win at the Brazilian Grand Prix this was an almost unexpected victory that had turned on a moment. Max Verstappen had put in a superb drive only to be denied the top step after a clash left his chances spiralling away as Hamilton swept into the lead to ensure Mercedes clinched their fifth consecutive world constructors’ championship.

The win was far from one of the relentless dominance Hamilton has displayed in the second half of the season but he and the team did not allow it to dampen their ardour for a remarkable achievement.

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Brazilian Grand Prix: F1 – live!

4.40pm GMT

This race is Kimi Räikkönen’s 150th – and penultimate – race for Ferrari, before joining Sauber. Only two other drivers have achieved that milestone with a single team, Michael Schumacher, of course, and David Coulthard. The Finn will start from fourth on the grid, alongside his countryman Bottas on the second row. As for Hamilton, it could be a special victory, one that would push Mercedes to the brink of the constructors’ championship. “The Brazilian Grand Prix is so hard to win,” he says. “I’ve not had as much success here as I would have hoped.”

4.19pm GMT

1 Hamilton 2 Vettel
3 Bottas 4 Räikkönen
5 Verstappen 6 Ericsson
7 Leclerc 8 Grosjean
9 Gasly 10 Magnussen
11 Ricciardo 12 Pérez
13 Hülkenberg 14 Sirotkin
15 Sainz 16 Hartley
17 Alonso 18 Ocon
19 Stroll 20 Vandoorne

4.10pm GMT

Lewis Hamilton may already have a fifth world title in the bag, but after racking up pole No 82 in Interlagos, he has his eyes on a second career win in Brazil. It is a strange thing to say, but Hamilton has never tasted victory in the race immediately after taking home the title on the four previous occasions. For Hamilton, it is of course already a case of job done but the focus shifts to the team and ensuring Mercedes wrap up the constructors’ championship. To do so in Brazil seems a big ask given Ferrari’s pace of late, with Mercedes needing to outscore the Italians by 20 points. But with plenty still at stake, red mist descended over Sebastian Vettel in qualifying with the German fined €25,000 after failing to adhere to the stewards’ instructions at the weigh bridge. Vettel starts alongside Hamilton on the front row. Nevertheless Toto Wolff, the Mercedes principle, is billing Ferrari as favourites. “They are on the more robust tyre for the race and they have a disadvantage at the start but a big advantage over the first 10 or 15 laps, which in our models show them as the favourite to win,” he said. More than capable of playing the role of underdog then is Hamilton, who will be whizzing round the circuit wearing an Ayrton Senna-inspired helmet. Lovely stuff.

Lights out: 5.10pm (GMT)

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Lewis Hamilton takes Brazilian F1 GP pole as he bids for 10th race win

• Champion can maintain recent season average of 10 wins
• Sebastian Vettel second fastest but may face penalty

Having sealed his fifth title at the last meeting Lewis Hamilton followed it with a further statement of authority by taking pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix with a peerless lap at Interlagos. Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari was in second but faces a potential penalty that may cost him his place. Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was in third.

Hamilton put in two sparkling laps, in the final session, neither of which could be matched and he took pole with a track record time of 1min 7.281sec.

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Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton gears up to deliver definitive blow to Ferrari

• Mercedes aim to complete double with F1 constructors’ title
• Ferrari team principal admits they ‘lacked the habit of winning’

With the drivers’ championship wrapped up by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, the Brazilian Grand Prix presents the chance for a final, definitive blow to Ferrari. If they take the constructors’ title at Interlagos it would be a fifth consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ double for Mercedes, equalling the record held by the Scuderia.

It would be a remarkable achievement and noticeably one from which Ferrari intend to learn. This weekend represents a chance to begin building toward next season and their attitude seems to reflect an acknowledgment they must step up to match Mercedes and Hamilton.

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Sports quiz of the week: Wayne Rooney, City v United and Formula 1

Who scored? Who stripped? Who is out of action?

Wayne Rooney is likely to win his final England cap later this month. His first game for England ended in a 3-1 defeat to Australia. Which other young striker made his international debut that night, scored England’s only goal of the game and never played for his country again?

Rickie Lambert

Francis Jeffers

David Nugent

James Beattie

Where are England playing New Zealand at rugby this weekend?

Bradford and Bath

London and Leeds

Manchester and Cardiff

Wigan and Sheffield

When it comes to the Manchester derby, what makes Ernest Mangnall unique?

He scored for both sides in the derby in 1935 (a fine header for United and a scrappy own goal for City)

He is the only man to have managed both clubs

He is the only player to have been sold from one club to the other

He is the only United player who has gone on to manage City

If it was Singapore in 2008, United Arab Emirates in 2009, South Korea in 2010 and India in 2011, where will it be in 2020?

South Africa




Why will Aldershot Town have to do without midfielder James Rowe for the next few months?

After winning Britain’s Got Talent with his ukulele playing, he “wants to concentrate on music for a while”

He has stepped away from football for a few months to star in a pantomime

He has gone to Buenos Aires “to watch the Copa Libertadores final and check out Argentina”

He was injured by a bottle of Ribena

The Women’s World Twenty20 begins this weekend. Who are the hosts and reigning champions?




West Indies

Bradley Stoke Town FC signed a new player this week. What is he called?

Donald Trump

Obama Barracks

Michel Barnier

Bradley Stokes

Huddersfield’s victory on Monday night means that every team in the Premier League has won a game this season. Who scored Huddersfield’s winner?

A Huddersfield player

A Newcastle player (on loan from Chelsea)

A Cardiff City player (on loan from Liverpool )

A Fulham player (on loan from Manchester United)

Fernando Ovelar scored a goal for Cerro Porteño against Club Olimpia in the Paraguayan Superclásico this week. What is unusual about Ovelar’s goal?

He was the referee

He is also the club’s owner

He is just 14 years old

He played the first half for Olimpia but was signed for Cerro Porteño at half-time

Who is the only player to have scored at Anfield and the Etihad this season?

David Silva

Danny Ings

Callum Wilson

Wesley Hoedt

Zeki Celik was shown a yellow card for stripping Neymar of which item of clothing in Lille’s defeat to PSG?

A hat

A snood

A necklace

A glove

Who said: “I wanted to do something different. I want to give the people what they want – blood, sweat and tears. I can do it all”?

José Mourinho

Tony Bellew

Floyd Mayweather

Wayne Rooney

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You’ve done well there. Give yourself a thumbs up. Enjoy the weekend

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You are a credit to yourself. Have a cracking weekend. You’ve earned it

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Lewis Hamilton unimpressed by plans to add more races to F1 calendar

• World champion worried about short gap between seasons
• ‘I’m not going to be here if it gets to 25 races, that’s for sure’

Lewis Hamilton has expressed his concern over the expansion of the Formula One calendar after the announcement of a race in Vietnam in 2020. The newly crowned world champion, who took his fifth title at the last round in Mexico, also said he had no plans to concede a victory to his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

On Wednesday Formula One confirmed a new grand prix in Hanoi, which will be a street race. This season is the second time the F1 calendar has been at its longest, with a total of 21 races. The sport’s owner Liberty Media has expressed a desire to expand it further and the Dutch media have reported that a race at Zandvoort is increasingly likely.

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Hanoi hosting the Vietnam Grand Prix fits the bill for F1’s owners | Giles Richards

Liberty wants to expand Formula One to ‘destination cities’ but it will need to win over teams who want a reduced season

The Communist-ruled republic of Vietnam and Formula One might not be the most likely of bedfellows. Yet confirmation that the country’s first grand prix will take place on the streets of Hanoi in 2020 is of little surprise given F1’s global expansion over the past two decades.

F1’s owner, Liberty Media, wants new markets to expand their fanbase. Vietnam, like so many other modern F1 venues, is angling for the prestige and worldwide audience that influences investment and tourism long after the chequered flag is waved. It is a simple equation then, but one at which Liberty at least is going to have to really work.

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