F1 LIVE: Lewis Hamilton reacts after Nelson Piquet’s racist remarks resurface

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F1 is back at silverstone this weekend for the British Grand Prix after a weekend off after Montreal, where Max Verstappen tightened his grip on the championship.

Verstappen is now 46 points ahead of his closest challenger, his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, who is three points higher than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after nine races. The Dutch world champion already has six race wins to his name this season and a win at Silverstone would only cement his place as repeat champion in anticipation. But Verstappen has bad memories of Silverstone that linger in his head after a controversial collision with Lewis Hamilton last year he sent it into the barriers at high speed.

Hamilton has won seven of the past eight British Grands Prix, but the chances of him repeating the trick seem slim after such a difficult season, with Mercedes lagging far behind the pace of Ferrari and Red Bull. “I think we can learn a lot this weekend and make improvements,” he said after Canada. “I really hope I move to Silverstone… It’s such an important race for us and for me, so I just want to get into a fight with this guy. I think we’re probably better in medium and high corners. speed than in low speed corners but we have bounce so I don’t know what it will be like through Copse and all those places.”

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When is the British Grand Prix this week?

Hamilton won last season’s race, after crashing into Verstappen at a memorable moment on the opening lap in a Copse corner. It was the Briton’s eighth win on home soil.

Here’s everything you need to know about the timing of this year’s Grand Prix

Kieran JacksonJune 28, 2022 2:42 PM

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Lewis Hamilton calls for action after Nelson Piquet’s racist remark

Lewis Hamilton has called for action after comments in which Nelson Piquet used racist language to describe him resurfaced.

But in a tweet on Tuesday, Hamilton responded, saying it was time for this “archaic mindset” to change — adding that he’s been “targeted by these attitudes all my life”.

Ben BurrowsJune 28, 2022 13:32

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When and where is the next race?

The reigning world champion’s lead at the top of the championship standings is now 46 points away from teammate Sergio Perezwho did not finish in Montreal.

Lewis Hamilton finished third – only his second podium of the season – while fellow British teammate George Russell came home fourth. Both the Silver Arrows and Ferrari – with Charles Leclerc after having a month to forget, he will do everything he can to get back on the podium this weekend.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Kieran JacksonJune 28, 2022 12:54 PM

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Fernando Alonso ‘could have five World Cup titles’, says Gerhard Berger

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso could have won five titles had he been in a stronger car, says ex-F1 driver Gerhard Berger.

The Spaniard, who turns 41 next month, qualified on the front row last time in Montreal after a blast from the past in his Alpine. He won two World Championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006 and Berger praised Alonso’s ability in a recent interview.

“He’s a brilliant driver,” Berger said Motorsport Magazine† When asked if he could take home the championship if he was in a Red Bull or Ferrari, the Austrian was clear: “Yes! I am 100% sure!

“I have to say that with his talent Alonso could have five world titles for me. After McLaren he closed the doors a bit because if he was in a Mercedes he would have five world titles.”

Fernando Alonso could have won five world titles if he had been in a stronger car, says ex-F1 driver Gerhard Berger.

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Kieran JacksonJune 28, 2022 12:05 PM

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Christian Horner backs Mercedes to be “strong” at Silverstone

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Mercedes will be strong at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend.

The constructors’ champions have struggled in the first nine races of this season, with the porpoises of the 2022 cars hampering the performance of both seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and new kid on the block George Russell.

Still, Horner – whose Red Bull team leads the Constructors’ Championship by 76 points – believes the Silver Arrows will bounce back and backed Ferrari to challenge as well.

Asked by Autosport if he thought Mercedes would be a factor at Silverstone, Horner replied: “Certainly, I think they will be strong at Silverstone.

“I see no reason why they shouldn’t be. Paul Ricard, same thing. I think Ferrari will also be fast at Silverstone. It could be a more challenging track for us due to the nature of this layout. It’s unbelievable that we’ve put together a run of six race wins [but] Silverstone could be the most challenging.”

Christian Horner believes Mercedes will be strong at Silverstone this weekend

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Kieran JacksonJune 28, 2022 11:17 am

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Lewis Hamilton: Nelson Piquet convicted of racist comments about Mercedes F1 driver

Formula 1 and Mercedes have condemned racist language used by three-time world champion Nelson Piquet to describe Lewis Hamilton

The interview, which took place in Portuguese in November, discusses Hamilton’s victory over last year’s win British Grand Prixwhen the seven-time champion collided with the then champion leader Max Verstappen in the opening round.

The Dutchman spun out and crashed into the guardrail, causing a commotion at Red Bull as Hamilton plunged back into the championship race.

Still, Piquet, 69, believed Hamilton crashed into Verstappen on purpose and twice used the term ‘neguinho’ to describe the Mercedes star.

Kieran JacksonJune 28, 2022 10:38

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Formula 1 ‘racing towards’ its goal of decarbonising the sport by 2030

Formula One says it is “speeding towards” its goal of decarbonizing the sport by 2030 after announcing a new branding to enhance the environmental effort of the sport British Grand Prix further.

In 2019, it was announced that F1 was aiming for net-zero as efforts to improve sustainability were ramped up.

That also includes a plan to have 100 percent renewable fuels by 2026, when the next era of hybrid engines is introduced.

The development of the fuel is likely to have an impact on the transport sector, while F1 has also revealed other ambitions for the sport’s return to Silverstone this weekend.

Kieran JacksonJune 28, 2022 10:15 am

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Lewis Hamilton insists Silverstone is ‘so important’ to Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has won seven of the past eight British Grands Prix but the chances of him repeating the trick seem slim after such a difficult season, with Mercedes lagging far behind the pace of Ferrari and Red Bull.

“I think we can learn a lot this weekend and make improvements,” he said after Canada.

“I really hope I move to Silverstone… It’s such an important race for us and for me, so I just want to get into a fight with this guy. I think we’re probably better in medium and high corners. speed than in low speed corners but we have bounce so I don’t know what it will be like through Copse and all those places.”

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Kieran JacksonJune 28, 2022 09:50

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F1 News LIVE

But can home heroes Lewis Hamilton and George Russell move to the front row as Mercedes pursue an exciting comeback this season?

Kieran JacksonJune 28, 2022 09:40

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