F1 owners say UK paywall TV deal they have inherited is detrimental to sport

• Formula One will be behind paywall between 2019 and 2024
• Managing director Sean Bratches: ‘free to air is critical’

Formula One’s new owners believe the UK television rights deal they have inherited from the previous management, led by Bernie Ecclestone, that will put it entirely behind a paywall from 2019 to 2024 is detrimental to the sport.

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Formula One Group puts the boot into its predecessor, Bernie Ecclestone

• F1 chief executive Chase Carey cites ‘short-term, deal of the day focus’
• Key people will all be in place by August, says Carey

Chase Carey, the chief executive of the Formula One Group, the new owner of the sport, has explicitly criticised the previous administration of Formula One, managed by Bernie Ecclestone on behalf of CVC Capital.

Carey was speaking at the FIA sport conference being held this week in Geneva and made it clear his organisation was addressing the shortcomings it had inherited.

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Simulators, e-gamers and robot-cars: the bold new horizons of motor sport | Giles Richards

Emphasis on simulator work in motor sport means more drivers will emerge from the gaming scene – if they can conquer problems over the lack of ‘fear of death’

When Lewis Hamilton looked to his future in Formula One in 2012 and decided to leave McLaren , the team with whom he had grown up and won his first world championship, it was roundly questioned at the time. After claiming two further titles later for Mercedes, the move was seen as inspired but predicting what is round the corner in motor racing has never been easy and, with F1 having just begun the process of reinvention under its new owners, the future is very much on the agenda.

Many sports have faced new challenges and opportunities because of the extraordinary changes technological advances have wrought in the past two decades. But that is true of F1 perhaps more than most, having stuck with a long outdated model that has increasingly failed to engage with a younger audience. If F1 and motor racing in general are to survive, doing so is crucial and it seems it is at the crossroads between the virtual world and the real that it is most likely to happen.

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Sim racing, robots and holograms: how technology is changing sport – video

Motor sport, and F1 especially, has always sought to explore new technologies and the latest innovations but how will these advances impact sport in the future? In the third of our Sport 2.0 films, we enter the world of driving simulators and drone racing. We also explore the concept of stadium holograms which could be used to replicate attending live sport

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Sebastian Vettel issues statement of intent with Canadian GP recovery | Giles Richards

German’s high-risk style yields benefits; Force India have bout of indecision; Fernando Alonso engine failure brings McLaren divorce from Honda closer

That Sebastian Vettel does not want to lose points to Lewis Hamilton is a given, what was impressive at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was just how committed he is to the task. Damage to the front wing on lap one was a major setback, coming back to finish fourth was a huge recovery and the manner he achieved it was a statement of intent. Having chased down and overtaken his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and while still looking for a podium place, passing the two Force Indias of Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon was paramount. Ocon was first and Vettel’s lunge down the inside of turn one, on the dirty line, was a breathtaking piece of bravado. He was losing downforce in the slipstream and was sliding – a risky manoeuvre but he made it stick and then scythed past Pérez on the final chicane. As damage limitation goes it was a masterclass. But what really stood out was his determination not to play the percentages. He knows he is in a nip and tuck fight with Hamilton for the championship and there was a chance a move could end his race but he went for it anyway. “Full risk, full on,” he said. “I wanted to get past, full stop.” Which is as good an attitude as can be hoped for from a title contender.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton hopes Canada GP result delivers ‘right hook’ to Ferrari

• Mercedes scored first one-two of season at Canadian Grand Prix
• British driver believes team has addressed some of the issues with car

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes will have left their Formula One title challengers Ferrari reeling after their performance at the Canadian Grand Prix. Hamilton took his sixth win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday, leading his team-mate Valtteri Bottas home in the first one-two for Mercedes this season. Both the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen had difficult opening laps and they could finish only in fourth and seventh, with Vettel’s lead in the world championship cut from 25 points to 12.

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Lewis Hamilton slashes deficit at top of F1 championship with Canadian GP win

• Briton led throughout after qualifying in pole position
• Championship leader Sebastian Vettel finishes fourth

Lewis Hamilton has slashed the deficit to rival Sebastian Vettel in the Formula One championship after a flawless lights-to-flag victory in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

On the 10th anniversary of his very first victory in the sport here, Hamilton romped to his sixth win at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to move to within 12 points of Vettel in the title race.

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F1: Canadian Grand Prix – live!

6.40pm BST

Sir Patrick Stewart is the centre of attention on the grid, with all the usual pre-race rigamarole going on. He plugs a movie or two, and that’s that. Niki Lauda’s there too. “It is going to be very exciting and I hope that Lewis can do it,” Lauda says.

6.29pm BST

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is the setting for today’s race, named after the late Ferrari racing driver. Despite its name and history, as well as Ferrari’s swashbuckling record in Canada – they have won here on 11 occasions – their last win on this track came in 2004. Sebastian Vettel, who starts alongside Lewis Hamilton on the grid, has every chance of changing that. “I expect a close race,” the German says.

6.17pm BST

“When I was going into qualifying I had not even thought about equalling Ayrton,” Hamilton says. Mercedes’ boss Toto Wolff says the wind in Montreal is “very gusty, and it makes a huge difference” despite some lighthearted jokes about English weather.

Related: Lewis Hamilton claims Canada F1 GP pole to match Ayrton Senna’s 65

3.11pm BST

Lewis Hamilton’s in the driving seat for this one. The Mercedes driver produced a stunning lap to earn pole in Montreal, and Ayrton Senna’s helmet in the process. The 30-year old helmet was a gift from the family of the three-time champion after Hamilton equalled his record of 65 poles on Saturday. It is all promising for Hamilton who has won in Canada on five occasions.

Hamilton finished the session 0.330 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel, with Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, taking third spot on the grid. Vettel, though, still leads the way in the drivers’ championship by 25 points before lights out this evening. Kimi Raikkonen will start from fourth, Max Verstappen from fifth and Daniel Ricciardo from sixth.

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Lewis Hamilton claims Canada F1 GP pole to match Ayrton Senna’s 65

• Only Michael Schumacher with 68 has more poles than Mercedes driver
• Championship leader Sebastian Vettel second for Ferrari, Valtteri Bottas third

Lewis Hamilton, who struggled badly in qualifying at Monaco, delivered the perfect riposte by securing pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix. The Briton needed a strong performance to ensure he is in the best position to take the fight to his Formula One world championship rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, and did so with a mighty qualifying run that beat the German into second place. Over a session when there was little to choose between the two teams, Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, was in third, with the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in fourth.

Hamilton’s second hot lap in Q3, a flawless and almost breathtaking run and the fastest recorded at the circuit, secured pole and allay some of the concerns of the team, who have been working to better understand their car’s performance. He needs to make the best of it on Sunday, however. Hamilton trails Vettel by 25 points in the drivers’ championship, with the British driver having two wins to Vettel’s three, while Ferrari lead Mercedes by 17 points in the constructors’ championship.

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Lewis Hamilton edges out Sebastian Vettel but F1 focuses on financial gulf

• Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel show pace at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
• Williams’ Paddy Lowe bemoans ‘gulf of spending’ between top teams and rest

The fight between Mercedes and Ferrari remains finely poised at the front of the Formula One grid as Canada hosts round seven of the season this weekend. Certainly there was little to choose between them in practice on Friday at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with Lewis Hamilton edging out Sebastian Vettel in the morning and Kimi Raikkonen ahead of the British driver in the afternoon but, behind them the gulf to the midfield teams remains a chasm.

It is in danger of becoming even more pronounced. The Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe has warned that the spending differential to the top teams is greater than ever and the sport’s senior management addressed the issue in Canada. Williams are currently in sixth place in the constructors’ championship. They have a quick car but they and their contemporaries on the grid are still two seconds off the pace of the leaders, not a gap that can be bridged while the financial disparity remains so drastic.

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