Lewis Hamilton longing for Budapest F1 love affair to continue

• Briton chasing victory No6 at favourite Hungaroring circuit
• Hamilton fifth fastest as Daniel Ricciardo tops practice times

Silverstone is Lewis Hamilton’s home track but there is little doubt that the hot, dusty bowl of the Hungaroring is a circuit he enjoys like no other. With five wins here, Hamilton is the most successful driver to have raced in Budapest and both he and Mercedes are fired up to make it one more. His confidence is high and reflected in the strength of the relationship with the team, with whom he admitted he expected to see out the rest of his career.

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Max Verstappen among drivers to speak out against halo cockpit safety system

• FIA has announced head-protection device will be mandatory from 2018
• ‘It’s not just the looks, I don’t think it is necessary,’ says Red Bull driver

Several Formula One drivers have spoken out strongly in opposition to the introduction of the halo cockpit protection system in the lead-up to the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.

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Hungarian Grand Prix pivotal for F1 frontrunners and backmarkers | Giles Richards

Mercedes and Ferrari have identified the last race before the summer break as crucial but there will also be scrutiny for those not caught up in the title battle

Only one race remains before Formula One takes its annual rest for the summer – a break that after the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend may weigh heavier on some shoulders than others. The next few days will be potentially as instructive in the fight for the world championship as any we have seen thus far. Only a sliver separates Lewis Hamilton from Sebastian Vettel at the top of the table but Budapest has more import than just who will hold the lead when racing returns at Spa at the end of August.

The gap between Mercedes and Ferrari has been close all season. From the moment the Scuderia hit the ground running at testing we saw a proper fight at the front. But with new regulations it was also clear that victory would not necessarily go to the swiftest at the start of the season but the team who could develop their car most effectively to its end.

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FIA defends decision to enforce F1 halo cockpit protection device for 2018

• FIA has received opposition from fans, teams and leading drivers
• Device is designed to further protect drivers from head injuries

The FIA has strongly defended its decision to enforce implementation of the halo cockpit protection device for the 2018 Formula One season. The sport’s governing body has received opposition from fans, the teams and criticism from leading participants in the sport but on Saturday rigorously championed its position on safety grounds.

The halo device will be introduced next season and is designed to further protect drivers from head injuries. The decision to implement it was announced after an F1 strategy group meeting last Wednesday where it is understood only one team supported it use. Some drivers have been opposed to to its introduction from its inception. Lewis Hamilton originally described is as the “worst-looking modification” in F1 history. However he subsequently supported it after an FIA presentation demonstrated that the device increased the chances of surviving an incident by 17%.

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F1 confirms controversial halo device will be mandatory for 2018 season

• Cockpit safety device will be required in all F1 cars next year
• Move has been made to reduce injuries from flying debris

Formula One cars will look radically different next season after the sport’s governing body confirmed the controversial cockpit safety device known as the halo is to become mandatory.

Following a meeting of the sport’s major players in Geneva yesterday, the FIA revealed it has given the go-ahead to introduce the concept next year.

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Silverstone shines and Ricciardo dazzles while Wolff walks a fine line | Giles Richards

The British GP provided plenty of talking points, not least some stellar drives from the Red Bull team and another clumsy intervention from Daniil Kvyat

The chief executive of the Formula One Group, Chase Carey, has now experienced his first British Grand Prix and will have an understanding of the passion for the sport in the UK. 345,000 fans were at Silverstone over the weekend and they created an atmosphere that is unmatched, their enthusiasm makes for a selling point that the media company that now owns F1 ought to appreciate. But the circuit cannot assume that will be the case nor that the new owners feel obliged to accommodate them.

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How Bahrain uses sport to whitewash a legacy of torture and human rights abuses | David Conn

Campaign groups argue that Bahrain’s association with glamour sport is used to ‘launder’ a more wholesome image for the country

The cyclist Sonny Colbrelli secured prominent exposure for the name of his Bahrain Merida team early in the Tour de France, heading the group sprint at the end of the second stage in Liège before finishing a creditable sixth. The team’s leader, Ion Izagirre, crashed out on the first day, but Bahrain Merida has already established itself on the world tour, after star signing Vincenzo Nibali competed through three spectacular weeks in May to claim a third place finish in the Giro d’Italia.

The cycling team, launched in January with an estimated £13.7m budget by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, a son of the ruling King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, is the latest venture which will help promote the autocratically ruled, troubled country through an association with globally televised sporting events.

According to experts appointed by the UN, Bahrain forces used “excessive, lethal force to disperse peaceful protestors”

Bahrain’s harnessing of sport has helped deflect attention from reports of tortured detainees and death sentences

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Lewis Hamilton focused on title race amid questions over his future in F1

• Driver’s contract with Mercedes expires at end of next season
• ‘In terms of contracts I can’t really say what is going to happen’

Lewis Hamilton has said he is focused on winning his fourth Formula One world championship rather than his long-term future in the sport, after he drove to a dominant victory in Sunday’s British Grand Prix. He won at Silverstone with an inch-perfect run from pole to flag, while his title rival Sebastian Vettel suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap and could finish only in seventh. Vettel had enjoyed a 20-point lead in the championship but now the British driver trails him by a single point.

Hamilton has won two of his three world championships with Mercedes, in 2014 and 2015 and has a contract with the team that runs until the end of the 2018 season. This year’s car is at the front of the field again and proved at Silverstone that it is developing very strongly. Hamilton would not confirm his plans for beyond next year but his obvious pleasure behind the wheel suggests he is in no hurry to stop racing.

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Lewis Hamilton proud to rank among F1 greats after British Grand Prix win

• ‘I couldn’t imagine matching Jim Clark and Ayrton Senna,’ says driver
• Sebastian Vettel vows Ferrari will come back strong in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton has said he finds it difficult to comprehend being counted among the greats of Formula One after his win at the British Grand Prix on Sunday. His victory at Silverstone took him level with Jim Clark and Alain Prost on five wins at the race and his pole on Saturday put him two clear of Ayrton Senna and just one short of Michael Schumacher’s record.

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Lewis Hamilton delivers driving masterclass to win British Grand Prix

• Mercedes driver slashes deficit at the top of drivers’ standings to one point
• Title rival Sebastian Vettel seventh after puncture on penultimate lap

Lewis Hamilton delivered exactly what an ecstatic home crowd had demanded with a masterclass at the British Grand Prix, leading from pole to flag, untroubled out front by his rivals. Late drama for Ferrari when they endured punctures at the death cost the Scuderia hugely. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was in third and Hamilton’s title rival Sebastian Vettel could manage only seventh after his tyre disintegrated on the penultimate lap. Hamilton’s team‑mate Valtteri Bottas put in a very strong run to come from ninth on the grid to second. Crucially Hamilton has now closed the deficit to Vettel in the Formula One world championship to just one point – a 19-point swing.

Having already matched Jim Clark’s record of five poles at the British Grand Prix, Hamilton has now also equalled Clark and Alain Prost’s record of five wins at the race. His qualifying lap was half a second quicker than both the Ferraris, the largest advantage in the single lap discipline any driver has enjoyed this season and they proved unable to match him on the Sunday.

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