Esteban Ocon vows to end rift with Sergio Pérez ahead of Italian Grand Prix

• Force India enforced code of conduct after team-mates clashed in Belgium
• ‘I hope we will just move on. My target is to be world champion’

Whatever happens at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, a safe bet would be that the two Force India drivers, Esteban Ocon and Sergio Pérez, are going to be playing very nicely indeed with one another, such has been the fallout after they twice collided in Belgium.

In the wake of the spat when Ocon accused his team-mate of trying to “kill me” the pair have had to endure the sort of scrutiny usually reserved for championship contenders. For Ocon in particular, the experience will have been instructive.

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Lewis Hamilton shines in Monza wet to break all-time F1 pole record

• Englishman’s 69th pole in 201st start surpasses Michael Schumacher
• Poor day for Sebastian Vettel, with championship leader seventh fastest

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Italian Grand Prix and in doing so claimed the record number of Formula One pole positions, which he had shared for the past week with Michael Schumacher. Hamilton did so in exceptionally difficult conditions and a after a delay of over two and a half hours, caused by heavy rain at the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza.

Hamilton had the car under him for the conditions and his skill in the wet was once again on display. He was followed by the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in second and third, who exploited the conditions but will not benefit, with both drivers taking grid penalties. The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel struggled, however, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively, but will start from fifth and sixth.

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Jamie Chadwick: British teen hoping to be first female F1 driver in 40 years

The Bath driver dreams of following Lella Lombardi into motor racing’s elite but says she expects no favours en route to the big time

Were a seat in Formula One decided on personality, Jamie Chadwick would stand every chance of becoming the first woman to race in the sport since Lella Lombardi last did so at the Austrian Grand Prix in 1976. Making it demands much more than warmth and wit, however, and fortunately the sprightly 19-year-old is backing her attempt to end the drought with talent and unwavering determination.

Chadwick sees herself simply as a racer but much as she would like to, ignoring her gender is impossible in a male-dominated sport. In 2016 the sport’s then impresario, Bernie Ecclestone, dismissed women as being physically incapable of driving an F1 car and said they would not be taken seriously behind the wheel.

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Daniel Ricciardo: ‘I look at Seb or Lewis and think: “If only I had your car”’

Australian outdrove Sebastian Vettel when they were team-mates at Red Bull. Now he just wants to be competitive, he tells Giles Richards

“That lucky bugger,” is how Daniel Ricciardo describes his former Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, but the usual chasm-wide grin belies any malice. It is a light-hearted riposte to a serious predicament that sees the Australian, in his fourth season with the team, again unable to challenge for the Formula One world championship while Vettel, who won four titles for Red Bull, is once more at the sharp end of the fight with a resurgent Ferrari.

Ricciardo’s upbeat attitude is more than just that of a typically good-humoured Aussie. He has learned to deal with disappointment and emerge the better man for it.

Related: Vettel on thin ice after Hamilton run-in while Ricciardo restores Red Bull fizz | Giles Richards

Related: Lewis Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix to narrow gap in F1 title race

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Lewis Hamilton fully expects to renew his F1 deal with Mercedes

• Three-time world champion to sign ‘towards end of the year’
• ‘It is good for Sebastian Vettel he has signed with Ferrari’

Lewis Hamilton has made it clear he expects to renew his contract with Mercedes, ending speculation that he may have been considering joining Ferrari. The British driver’s contract is up at the end of 2018.

Speaking before Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, the three-times world champion said that his decision was made easier when Sebastian Vettel signed an extension with Ferrari for a further three years at the last round in Spa.

Related: Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s epic battle makes Monza unmissable | Giles Richards

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s epic battle makes Monza unmissable | Giles Richards

Formula One’s title rivals are expecting a fight to the finish, which may take its toll on the drivers but is exactly what fans and everyone else wants

Lewis Hamilton is a driver who wears his heart on his race suit but after victory at Spa his usual exhilaration was tempered by a somewhat cold detachment. In the Ardennes there was a steely acknowledgement that he had won only a minor battle in what promises to be a long fight.

Hamilton knows how tough this season’s title fight is going to be. He does so due to the competitiveness Ferrari showed in Belgium on what was expected to be a Mercedes track and because of how title rival Sebastian Vettel extracted everything from his car. For Hamilton it was a cause for caution but for the rest of us it was exactly the start the second half of the season needed and makes this weekend’s meeting at Monza unmissable.

Related: Lewis Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix to narrow gap in F1 title race

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Lewis Hamilton’s racecraft of champions kept Sebastian Vettel at bay | Giles Richards

Mercedes’ title hopeful was in sublime form in Spa, while the Force India row rumbled on and Max Verstappen had another bad day for Red Bull

Lewis Hamilton was open about how hard the win in Belgium had been, hounded to the flag by Sebastian Vettel. His defence on the opening lap with Vettel almost alongside him going down the Kemmel Straight and into Les Combes was textbook but the second time after the safety car restart was positively sublime. He admitted he had been lucky in selecting the wrong power mode before the last corner which kept Vettel close to him – an advantage in denying him the car lengths he needed to gain momentum and get a good tow. Then he followed it with the racecraft of champions – only using 90% of throttle going down to Eau Rouge to keep Vettel tucked up under his rear wing, then finally applying maximum beans through Eau Rouge – where at the top Vettel had no room to propel himself and could only pull out alongside. Then Hamilton topped it with an absolute masterclass on the brakes into Les Combes. On cold rubber, with his title rival parallel with him and the race in the balance his touch was simply glorious.

Related: Lewis Hamilton warns Mercedes must improve to beat Ferrari for F1 title

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Lewis Hamilton warns Mercedes must improve to beat Ferrari for F1 title

• British driver closes gap on Vettel to seven points in championship
• Honda hint Fernando Alonso deliberately pulled out of Belgian GP

Lewis Hamilton has said that he and his Mercedes team will have to put in the maximum effort in improving and developing their car if they are to take the Formula One world championship. The British driver won the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday but warned that the Ferrari of his championship rival Sebastian Vettel, who leads the title race by seven points, will be hard to beat in the remaining eight races.

Hamilton won from pole in Spa, but on a track characterised by high-speed, fast corners and low downforce the Mercedes was expected to be dominant as it had been at the similar Silverstone. However, Vettel, who started from second on the grid, was able to stay right with Hamilton throughout the race and on two occasions – both on the Kemmel Straight going into Les Combes – was able to mount a challenge to pass Hamilton. The gap between the two drivers was rarely more than 1.5 seconds for almost all of the 44 laps.

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Lewis Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix to narrow gap in F1 title race

• Mercedes driver beats world title rival Sebastian Vettel into second
• Briton’s fifth win of season puts him within seven points of German

Lewis Hamilton opened the second half of the Formula One season in the exact way he would have wanted with a win from pole position for Mercedes at the Belgian Grand Prix, beating his world championship rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, into second place. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was in third, with the sister Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen fourth and the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas fifth.

It is the three-times world champion’s fifth win of the season, putting him one ahead of Vettel, while crucially his 58th career victory on the occasion of his 200th grand prix has brought him to within seven points of Vettel in the world championship.

Related: F1: Lewis Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix – as it happened

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F1: Belgian Grand Prix – live!

12.41pm BST

The pit lane has been open for a short time, and the usual frolics are already taking place on the grid – David Coulthard is interrupting other broadcasters interviews etc, except there is no rain this weekend. Toto Wolff reckons “the sun will be a factor” this afternoon, noting the track is “heating up” when the sun’s out in Spa. Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen seems to still be having a few vibration issues with his Ferrari. Lights out will be upon us in just 20 minutes.

12.32pm BST

Sebastian Vettel will start from second on the grid, behind Lewis Hamilton, and asked whether there was ever any doubt he would not renew his contract with Ferrari, his answer was, er, revealing. After a painful, agonising long pause, the German says “honestly I did not think about it much”. More on that deal here:

Related: Sebastian Vettel signs three-year deal with Ferrari to end speculation

12.27pm BST

Mick Schumacher has been speaking after an emotional couple of commemorative laps. He got up out of the Benetton, to thank the crowd and soak up the applause coming back at him in the process.

12.12pm BST

1 Hamilton 2 Vettel

3 Bottas 4 Raikkonen

10.19am BST

If Saturday was a good day for Lewis Hamilton, then he will be hoping Sunday can round off what would surely prove the perfect weekend. Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 Formula 1 pole positions in Spa, amid a stunning backdrop of the Ardennes mountain range, beating Sebastian Vettel’s qualifying lap by 0.242secs. After the numbers had been crunched as such, Ross Brawn read a message on behalf of Schumacher’s family. “His wife Corinna said that Michael always believes records were there to be broken, and they want to offer their congratulations.”

It was a special day for Hamilton but even more fitting is the sight of Schumacher’s son, Mick, whizzing around Spa on the 25th anniversary of his dad’s first win there. The 18-year-old will drive a 1994-spec Benetton to commemorate his father’s first win, all the way back in 1992. Mick has previously raced on the track in Formula 3, in which he is currently 11th in the European Championship, having moved up from Formula 4 this season. “There was not the slightest bit of doubt for me that I wanted to do this,” said Schumacher, who is wearing an especially designed helmet, half of which is his and the other half his father’s, for the two demonstration laps.

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