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    Lewis Hamilton’s first race for Ferrari CONFIRMED in shock move from F1 chiefs… and it’s bad news for the Brit legend

    FORMULA ONE bosses have unveiled their calendar for the 2025 season – confirming the Australian GP at Melbourne will return as the opening race.This year’s race in Melbourne attracted a total attendance of 452,055 over the four days but it was third in the schedule behind the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian GPs.Lewis Hamilton’s first Ferrari race will be at the Australian GPCredit: RexIt means Lewis Hamilton will kick off his season with Ferrari at one of the tracks where he has struggled in the past.The seven-time world champion has won just twice at Albert Park during his F1 career.The 2025 season will mark the 75th anniversary of the FIA Formula One World Championship and will contain 24 races, kicking off in Australia on March 16th.Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “[Next year] will be a special year as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the FIA Formula One World Championship, and it’s that legacy and experience that allows us to deliver such a strong calendar.READ MORE IN F1″Once again, we’ll visit 24 incredible venues around the world, delivering top class racing, hospitality, and entertainment, which will be enjoyed by millions of fans worldwide.”We’re grateful to the FIA, our promoters, host city partners, and all the related ASNs for their commitment and support in delivering this schedule and securing what promises to be another fantastic year for F1.”I would also like to pay tribute to our F1 teams and drivers, the heroes of our sport, and our fans around the world for continuing to follow F1 with such incredible enthusiasm.”The Australian GP will come back-to-back with a race in China before a week break. There is then a gruelling triple-header taking in Japan, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.Most read in MotorsportCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSThe British Grand Prix will be held at Silverstone on July 6th while the season will finish in Abu Dhabi on December 7th.The race at the Yas Marina Circuit is the final race in another triple header that will see teams hauled from Las Vegas to Qatar and then on to Abu Dhabi.Greatest F1 track on Earth’ created featuring iconic parts from Silverstone, Spa and SuzukaF1 says the calendar will have “a better geographical flow of races” helping team’s lower the cost of logistics and the environmental impact.Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the FIA, added: “The 2025 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar, approved by the World Motor Sport Council, is a further illustration of our collective mission of meeting sustainability objectives through the regionalisation of events.”While our focus is on the overall stability of Formula 1, we also have a shared duty to the environment and to the health and well-being of travelling staff.”Formula One Management, under the direction of Stefano Domenicali, have produced a calendar which strikes a good blend of traditional circuits and modern venues.”We thank the host ASNs, the local organisers and the many thousands of FIA volunteers for their tireless efforts in making Formula 1 a truly global, mass audience spectacle as we prepare to celebrate the sport’s 75th year.” More

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    Horner brags bond with Geri Halliwell is ‘fantastic’ & Bernie calls their patch-up ‘peace in our time’ after sext storm

    SCANDAL-HIT Red Bull boss Christian Horner told his long-term pal Bernie Ecclestone that his marriage with Geri Halliwell is “fantastic”.The F1 legend, 93, has revealed that his embattled friend has patched-up his relationship and there is now “peace in our time” in the wake of the “sexting” saga.The Red Bull chief bragged his bond with Geri Halliwell is ‘fantastic’ despite the months-long ‘sexting saga’Credit: SplashSpice Girl Halliwell has remained fiercely loyal to Horner – putting on a united front in the paddockCredit: GettyEx-F1 chief Ecclestone revealed that the star-studded couple were going strong and time had healed issuesHe called Horner a ‘great healer’ – despite previously reportedly telling him he should resignCredit: AlamyHorner, 50, was cleared of misconduct towards a female colleague – allegations he had always denied – by an internal probe in February.His unnamed female accuser has lodged an appeal – which is said to be ongoing – after her complaints were dismissed and is said to be “determined for the truth to come out”.But four races into the 2024 season and the outwardly business-as-usual Horner appears to have weathered the storm.Ex-F1 chief Ecclestone, who is one of the sport’s most iconic and long-standing figures, told the Mail: “It’s peace in our time.read more on christian horner”And Christian informs me everything’s fantastic with Geri.” Horner’s Ginger Spice star wife Geri Halliwell, 51, has remained fiercely loyal to her man as the drama loomed large over the couple.As all eyes were fixed on the pair, she made a public show of support by kissing and hugging him in the paddock in Bahrain last month and again at Jeddah a week later.Ecclestone was best man at Horner and Halliwell’s wedding nine years ago and brought the former racing driver into the sport to head up the new Red Bull team in 2005.Most read in MotorsportThe Spice & Speed Empire: Christian and Geri Horner’s £50M JourneyHe revealed: “Max (Verstappen) seems likely to stay, and it’s like all wars in so much as people get over things and move on… after not too long everyone forgets.”However, Ecclestone’s support for Horner keeping his £8million-a-year role seemed to waver in February, when Horner was engulfed in the first stage of the scandal.Following news of a probe into the team principal’s alleged controlling and inappropriate behaviour, Ecclestone allegedly urged his friend to resign.Sources told F1 Insider that he warned his long-term pal that standing down would save him and his family from further damage.Yet, the billionaire businessman, who ran F1 for over four decades, said everyone is ready to move on now.He called Horner a “great healer” who was doing a “super job”. “He has Geri’s support, and the whole team is doing well,” he added, adding that a few weeks has made a “big difference”.Over the Easter weekend, Horner and Halliwell put on another united front in Buckinghamshire as they attended Point to Point races.The pair – estimated to be worth £90million – were all smiles as they swapped the high octane world of F1 for the racing fields at Kimblewick Races.Cheering on the riders with their three kids, they looked to be putting the turbulent months of allegations and grillings behind them.Ecclestone revealed Horner is ready to move on and has ‘Geri’s support’Credit: SplashF1 supremo Ecclestone is pictured on the grid with his pal Horner in 2013SCANDAL… LAP BY LAP
    FEBRUARY 5: A Dutch newspaper reports a female Red Bull employee has made serious allegations of “inappropriate, controlling behaviour” about Horner to parent company Red Bull GmbH.
    FEB 9: Horner is quizzed for nine hours by the lawyer hired by Red Bull to investigate.
    FEB 15: He denies the allegations and says they are a distraction for the team.
    FEB 15: F1 says it hopes the matter will be clarified at the earliest opportunity after a fair and thorough process.
    FEB 26: Red Bull’s engine partner Ford says it is increasingly frustrated by the team’s handling of the complaint.
    FEB 28: Horner is cleared of all wrongdoing. The employee is said to have the right of appeal.
    FEB 29: Horner says he is pleased the investigation is over.
    FEB 29: WhatsApp texts and pictures claimed to be between Horner and the employee are sent to journalists and F1.
    MARCH 1: Horner refuses to comment on what he calls “anonymous speculation from unknown sources”.
    MAR 2: Horner and wife Geri are pictured hand-in-hand, as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins the Bahrain Grand Prix. Horner says before the race: “It’s been very testing for my family but we are very strong and our focus is on this race.”
    MAR 3: Verstappen’s dad Jos, claims Red Bull is in “danger of being torn apart” if Horner stays in the job.
    But he denies being the source of the WhatsApp leak, saying: “It can’t go on the way it is. It will explode. He is playing the victim, when he is the one causing the problems.”
    MAR 6: Max Verstappen sides with his dad in the row.
    MAR 7: Horner says he wants to draw a line under the scandal and hails Geri’s support — as Red Bull suspends the employee.
    MAR 15: Horner’s accuser allegedly launches an appeal against the investigation that saw the Red Bull chief cleared & the sport’s governing body, the FIA
    MAR 17: Horner, Helmut Marko and Jos Verstappen agree to a ‘public ceasefire’.

    LEFTOVER DRAMAWhat started as Horner’s personal controversy quickly morphed into an power struggle within Red Bull in past weeks.Last month sources alleged that Horner agreed to a “public ceasefire” with senior management after emergency crunch talks.With the internal battles at the sports top constructor set to end after Horner, Jos Verstappen and Helmut Marko seemingly agreeing to stop their disputes, The Mirror reported.Verstappen Sr, 52, had been publicly backing the suspended female employee and called for Horner to be axed, accusing him of ripping the team apart.When asked if it was time to “draw a line” under the situation, as Horner insisted people do, Jos said: “I think it’s a bit too late for that now.”If that’s what he wants, fine, but I don’t think it will be possible.”The woman who accused Horner of controlling behaviour and harassment has also now lodged a complaint against him with the sport’s ruling body the FIA.She has been left feeling “very upset, angry, scared, intimidated and lonely” following the saga, a family friend told BBC Sport.The unnamed woman is said to be “determined for the truth to come out”.The unnamed colleague, who has been suspended from her job at the team’s base in Milton Keynes, has made three complaints over Horner’s conduct since the start of February, it is claimed.On March 7, the woman was suspended on full pay from Red Bull HQ amid claims her “honesty was called into question.”The reasons allegedly given to her were that she there were concerns about inconsistencies in the evidence she had provided.READ MORE SUN STORIESDrive to Survive chief James Gay-Rees also confirmed that Netflix was planning on referencing the allegations in next years instalment of the hit show.The scandal playing out again across out screens could potentially reopen old wounds for Horner and Halliwell as they attempt to move on from the drama.The glamorous couple are said to be worth £90millionHorner and Halliwell have allegedly patched-up their relationship after the ‘sexting scandal’A look at Christian Horner’s life and careerCHRISTIAN Horner is among the most well-known names in Formula One having helped build Red Bull into one of the biggest teams in the sport.
    1973 – Born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
    1991 – Wins a Formula Renault scholarship after impressing in karting races
    1993-1997 – Competed in a host of competitions including British Formula Three, British Formula Two, and Formula 3000
    1997 – Founded and developed the F3000 team Arden
    1999 – Retired from driving and continued developing the Arden team
    2005 – Appointed head of Red Bull team, becoming the youngest ever team principal at that time
    2009 – Wins his first races as team principal with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
    2010 – Wins the Constructors’ Championship and Drivers’ Championship with Vettel – the first of four doubles in a row
    2013 – Has a daughter with ex-wife Beverly Allen shortly before the couple split
    2014 – Gets engaged to Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell
    2015 – Marries Halliwell in Woburn, Bedfordshire
    2017 – Horner and Halliwell welcome their son
    2021 – Wins another Drivers’ Championship with Max Verstappen, beating Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the season
    2022-23 – Red Bull win the Drivers’ Championship and Constructors’ Championship two years in a row More

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    Toto Wolff drops biggest hint yet over Lewis Hamilton replacement with teenager a ‘very strong contender’

    TOTO WOLFF has dropped his biggest hint yet as to who will replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.It was revealed in February that Hamilton would be joining Ferrari in a shock move worth £100million.Wolff has dropped the biggest hint yet as to who will replace Lewis HamiltonCredit: RexIt ended an 11 year association between Hamilton and Mercedes which began in 2013.All eyes have been on who Mercedes will announce as Hamilton’s replacement with Carlos Sainz being the current favourite to take his place in an informal swap deal.Max Verstappen would also be in demand should he leave Red Bull amid the fallout of Christian Horner’s scandal.The rumour mill was also sent into overdrive after Wolff was pictured having breakfast with Fernando Alonso’s boss Flavio Briatore in February.READ MORE ON F1But Wolff has surprisingly named 17-year-old F2 driver Kimi Antonelli as the person in the “strongest position” to take over at Mercedes.Wolff told F1TV: “[Antonelli] is definitely a very strong contender. I want to see how his F2 season develops, but we will wait and see what happens with some of the other drivers in F1. I don’t doubt his raw speed, talent and ability.”We wouldn’t have supported him from go-karting until now if we didn’t believe that he has the potential to go into F1 and do so with Mercedes. Many young drivers have shown in the past that you can do that step.”My feeling at the moment is that I don’t want to rush [the decision], because Kimi is part of the ideas for next year and is very much in the strongest position, and that’s why we don’t need to rush into any other decision.Most read in MotorsportWolff has identified 17-year-old Kimi Antonelli as a potential Mercedes driverCredit: GettyCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERS”Obviously, some of the other top drivers are going to make a decision on what to do soon, but there’s a feeling that points me in a direction not to take the decision too quickly.”Wolff talking up the prospect of Antonelli joining suggests that a driver coming in would play second fiddle to George Russell but that could change.The richest Wags in F1 revealed with some earning thousands from InstagramAntonelli races for Formula 2 team Prema and competes with Ferrari’s own wonderkid Oliver Bearman.Wolff confirmed Mercedes would allow Antonelli to get some experience with a Formula One car later this month, saying: “We want to give him the feeling of what a really good car looks like. And then we are going to put him in the 2022 car to see what the difference is.”I’m really keen and happy to see [Antonelli] in a F1 car. He’s been with us since he was 11.”I have a picture of him standing next to me on the centre console as a baby boy in go karting and now to witness that development into a F1 driver is something that I’m really proud of.”Antonelli will undergo a two-day test on April 16 and 17 and will be desperate to boss Mercedes bosses. More

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    Inside Lewis Hamilton’s close bond with brother Nicolas – including £70k gift before tragic slide into debt & addiction

    GROWING up in the shadow of a world-famous sibling cannot be easy – least of all when that person is Lewis Hamilton. But according to his half-brother Nicolas, 32, the seven-world Formula 1 champion has supported him and his career at every turn… except for financially.Lewis and Nicolas Hamilton have always been ‘super close’Credit: GettyWatching Lewis race as a youngster inspired Nicolas to get into motorsportCredit: instagramNicolas has been Lewis’s plus-one for many star-studded and glamorous eventsCredit: GettyRecently, the 32-year-old hit out at claims his career in the British Touring Car Championships (BTCC) was being “bankrolled” by Lewis, who is reportedly worth £270million.Nicolas also spoke out about developing an “all-consuming” gambling addiction in 2017 that lost him thousands of pounds and left him feeling suicidal. To pay off his debts, he was forced to sell his “pride and joy” – a midnight blue Mercedes C63 gifted to him on his 24th birthday by Lewis.Nicolas, who told The Times “gambling is no longer an issue” last week, has faced many struggles throughout his life.READ MORE ON SPORTAnd it’s been his brother Lewis who has helped him to overcome many of the obstacles, as we reveal. ‘Didn’t treat me differently’At 18 months old, Nicolas was diagnosed with spastic diplegia – a form of cerebral palsy that affects his balance and movement.Doctors predicted he would never be able to run or walk but today, the 32-year-old can walk unaided and no longer uses his wheelchair.His many achievements include becoming the first disabled racer to compete against able-bodied racers at the BTCC in 2015 and achieving a career-best at Donnington Park last year.Most read in MotorsportNicolas believes Lewis played a part in him becoming the person his it today and much of his sibling’s help dates back to their childhood. While most brothers often bicker, fight and have a friendly rivalry that wasn’t the case for the Hamilton brothers – instead, the youngster felt encouraged by Lewis.  Nicolas Hamilton gives fans a tour of his specially modified British Touring Car for the 2019 BTCC seasonHe recalled: “We used to go outside and play basketball. He didn’t treat me any differently, so we would still run races, which I obviously wouldn’t win. “It never upset me, it actually spurred me on to either run faster or become more mobile. I don’t think that was his plan but it was the effect he had on me. “It has never been ‘I want to be better than him, bigger than him’, and I don’t think he ever wanted to be bigger or better than me.”Bully planNicolas’s school years weren’t easy. He recalled bullies regularly “taking the mick” out of how he walked and mocking him for being in a wheelchair. Nicolas has cerebral palsy, which affects the movement in his lower bodyCredit: InstagramLewis gave his brother tips to stop bullies from picking on himCredit: InstagramMost weekends, Nicolas and his family watched Lewis’s races in the UK and EuropeCredit: InstagramHe told the Independent: “Kids did not want to be my friend. I was getting pulled back in my wheelchair and wasn’t able to fend for myself”.On In The Pink podcast, Nicolas said it was Lewis – who took up martial arts after being bullied at school himself – who came up with a plan to help.He recalled: “[Lewis] said, ‘If people are laughing at this wheelchair that you’re in, then why don’t we make it cool and do some cool things in it?’“He taught me how to do wheelies and stuff in the wheelchair, and I almost became like a Tony Hawk skateboarder in my wheelchair.“I started jumping stairs and trying to be cool. That helped me through it. It was a character-building moment, so I’m glad I went through it.”‘Planted seed’Nicolas spent “every weekend” travelling with his family to watch Lewis’s races around the UK and Europe when he was younger.”I became a real racing nerd,” he admitted. “I knew all the drivers and talked about karting all the time.” It seems spending so much time in the motorsport world rubbed off on Nicolas and would help to shape his future career. He taught me how to do wheelies and stuff in the wheelchair, and I almost became like a Tony Hawk skateboarder in my wheelchair.Nicolas HamiltonLewis encouraged Nicolas to go into racing at 18 after spotting how naturally talented he was on a simulator.Nicolas told The Times: “Lewis could see that I was good on a simulator. He planted the seed in my mind.” Nicolas became determined to stop using his wheelchair in his teensCredit: GettyAt 18, his talent for simulator work was recognised by LewisCredit: AlamyThe Hamilton brothers at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2011Credit: GettyBy then Nicolas had stopped using his wheelchair after spending time strength training so he could walk unaided. In 2011, he made his racing debut at the Renault Clio Cup in a modified car. But that year – had it not been for his sibling – could have been his last in motorsport.While competing on the Thruxton Circuit, in Hampshire, known for being the fastest in the UK, he had a terrifying crash. Nicolas lost control of his vehicle and struck a tyre barrier at 100mph. He was knocked out by the collision and had to be pulled out of his smoking vehicle by a marshal. Pretty much everyone presumes that Lewis bankrolls me in my motorsport career, that he pays for everything and provides endless opportunities because of his wealth and success in the sport, but it’s just not true.NicolasMany would have lost their nerve after such a terrifying incident but not Nicolas, who four years later became the first disabled driver to compete in the BTCC.He revealed it was his brother’s wise words that kept him racing. After the crash, Lewis advised him to take the corner again “as fast as he could as if nothing had happened”. Sports car giftCurrently, Nicolas is on a break from the BTCC while trying “to find half a million pounds” to fund his racing career. For now, he is working as a developer for driving games and a motivational speaker.He explained Lewis has been supportive of his racing dreams but has “never put a penny into my motorsport”. I don’t go to his races anymore. I haven’t for a long time… To see Lewis I would have to take a lot of time away from my life.NicolasIn Nicolas’s memoir, Now That I Have Your Attention, he wrote: “I know pretty much everyone presumes that Lewis bankrolls me in my motorsport career, that he pays for everything and provides endless opportunities because of his wealth and success in the sport, but it’s just not true; it is also something that I would never want or accept.”While Nicolas says his brother hasn’t financed his career in any way, he has splashed out on his sibling.Nicolas had to sell the Mercedes C63 (above) that Lewis gave him for his birthdayCredit: instagramLewis describes himself as his brother’s ‘No1 fan’Credit: Instagram / @lewishamiltonFor his 24th birthday, Lewis gifted him a midnight blue C63 Mercedes – thought to be worth around £70,000.Nicolas recalls: “We went out to the car park and he said, ‘Wow, look at that car, that’s so cool.’ It was a midnight blue C63 Mercedes. “I think I described it as ‘amazing’ and then he held out the key and said, ‘Happy birthday.’ I was gobsmacked. I remember him saying, ‘It’s insured, it’s ready to go, just drive it home.’”The gift was Nicolas’s “pride and joy” but in 2017, he was forced to sell it to pay off a tax bill that he couldn’t afford due to blowing thousands of pounds on gambling.‘No1 fan’ In recent years, Nicolas has admitted he has been unable to follow his brother as he races around the world but remains his “No1 fan”.He said: “I don’t go to his races anymore. I haven’t for a long time… To see Lewis I would have to take a lot of time away from my life.”In 2020, when Lewis secured his 92nd career win, which surpassed the record of legendary racer Michael Schumacher, his sibling gushed with pride online.He wrote: “Although I was not there, I live your emotions with an immense amount of pride! I am speechless, but always knew you had it in you.“I’m so grateful to have you as my brother… Here is to many more victories to put that record out of reach! Love always, your number 1 fan.”The siblings regularly share throwback photographs celebrating each other’s achievements – often with the hashtag #HamBrothers, in reference to their surname.Undercover spectatorLewis covered up to avoid being a distraction at Nicolas’s race last yearCredit: InstagramNicolas achieved a personal best while Lewis watched on (left) from the sidelinesCredit: InstagramWhen Lewis isn’t on the racetrack, he has sneaked in trips to watch his sibling race but chooses to keep a low profile. The F1 champion has been known to cover up to avoid diverting attention from his sibling’s achievements. Last year, when Nicolas achieved a personal best finishing sixth at Donnington Park, Lewis was watching from the sidelines in a long black coat with his hood up, a hat and a dark facemask.Gushing with pride, Lewis later said: “He got sixth in the race and I was just standing in the crowd just watching as a fan. I was so excited!“And no one knew that I was there actually, I was just jumping up and down trying to support him.”Lewis was unable to spend time with his brother in the pitlanes after the race but fuelled his confidence in a touching call afterwards.WHO COULD REPLACE HAMILTON AT MERCEDES? Mercedes will have a vacant seat for 2025.
    Here, SunSport’s F1 correspondent Ben Hunt looks at FIVE potential candidates who could replace him and partner George Russell in the Silver Arrows.
    Oscar Piastri – McLaren have sewn up Lando Norris to a new long-term contract that should (in theory) put him out of Mercedes’ reach. However, they are yet to tie down his teammate Piastri, 22. The Aussie has an excellent record and won the Formula 3 and Formula 2 titles before spending a year on the sidelines with Alpine and getting his chance in F1 with McLaren. He impressed on his debut season last year and has the potential to be a world champion.
    Daniel Ricciardo – The experienced driver’s future remains in doubt as he bides his time at Red Bull’s B-team. Ricciardo would be low-hassle and offer some stability but by that time he would be 35. It seems unlikely that they would opt for him at this point in his career, but if he has a good season this year, he could come into the reckoning.
    Kimi Antonelli – You may not have heard of the Italian, but he is mustard. Still only 17, he has won at all the junior categories and has been part of the Mercedes young driver programme since 2019. This season he has been promoted from F4 to F2, where he has been tipped to shine. A good debut season in F2 could sway Mercedes into taking a risk on him for 2025. Antonelli and his family are close to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.
    Mick Schumacher – Wolff has always been so incredibly supportive of Schumacher and spoken highly of him, that you’d at least expect him to come into consideration. He knows the team from his role as reserve driver and consequently would get up to speed. But speed is also the problem. He was shocking at Haas and if he really was THAT good, he’d still be driving in F1.
    Alex Albon – A more-sensible choice would be the London-born Albon. A great guy who is also very quick. He has a fantastic relationship with Russell and would be the low-maintenance quick partnership similar to Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas that swept to successive titles. Albon would take little convincing to join from Williams and Mercedes would not need to pay him half of the £50million they were dishing out to Hamilton.

    Nicolas recalled: “He was like, ‘You drove f***ing amazing’ and for him to say that to me, it means so much. “After all these years of me watching him from the sidelines, him having success and that sort of stuff, now he’s watching me. It’s full circle.”Lewis regularly says how “incredibly proud” he is of his brother, who he lists as his inspiration, and praises him for being “such a great voice” for those with cerebral palsy.The F1 champ said: “He’s obviously racing in a series and a sport where there is not a lot of access… there is no access for people who particularly are disabled. And he stands for so much.“It’s been difficult – he’s been fighting to try and make up for the disability he has with his legs and it’s a continuous fight.”READ MORE SUN STORIESAnd the feeling is mutual, with Nicolas saying: “I could talk about him forever because my life has revolved around him – but not through hateful eyes, just pure pride. I’m his biggest fan.”Nicolas Hamilton’s memoir, Now That I Have Your Attention: 7 Lessons In Leading A Life Bigger Than They Expect, is out now.Nicolas details his gambling addiction and other struggles in his memoirCredit: Instagram More

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    I went through a period where I hated my life but now I wouldn’t change it for the world, says Lewis Hamilton’s brother

    LEWIS HAMILTON’S brother admits going through a period where “I hated life” — but now “wouldn’t change it for the world.”Nicolas Hamilton, 32, is the half-brother of Formula One legend and Mercedes ace Lewis.Lewis Hamilton’s half-brother Nicolas has opened up over his struggles with his disabilityCredit: Instagram / @lewishamiltonNicolas lives with a form of cerebral palsyCredit: GettyHe lives with a form of cerebral palsy and made history as the first disabled driver in the British Touring Car Championship.Hamilton will now lift the lid on his incredible racing career in his new memoir Now That I Have Your Attention.The book also reveals all about how he frittered away thousands on gambling in a six-month binge, leaving him depressed and suicidal.He was even forced to sell a gift from Lewis, a Mercedes C63, to settle a large tax bill.READ MORE IN F1And Hamilton has also explained his struggles with his disability, admitting there was a time when he “hated life” because of it.But after becoming one of the country’s most sought-after motivational speakers, he now wouldn’t “change it for the world.”Nicolas said: “I went through a period where I hated life. I hated my condition. I didn’t understand why I was the way I was and why I was given my condition and why I couldn’t be like my friends, who were all able bodied. “But now I wouldn’t change it for the world and I’m so grateful to have it. I try to always play with the cards I’ve dealt in the best way possible. Most read in MotorsportBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKER”I strive every day to overcome any barrier that comes in front of me. It could be the smallest or the biggest barriers, but I tackle them each the same.“The only person that can tell me I can’t do things is me.”Lewis Hamilton reveals why he turned down Top Gun 2 role despite begging Tom Cruise for a part in movie Nicolas became the first disabled driver on the British Touring Car ChampionshipCredit: AlamyHe now wouldn’t change his disability ‘for the world’Credit: AlamyNicolas has been supported through his journey by LewisCredit: InstagramThe siblings have a strong bond with each otherCredit: GettyNicolas was born two months premature and spent his first six weeks in intensive care.He was then diagnosed at 18 months with spastic diplegia, affecting balance and muscle movement his lower body. Doctors even predicted he would never be able to walk or run.And Nicolas continued: “I would say I’m a very resilient person. I never take ‘no’ as an answer and I believe that the only person that can tell me I can’t do things is me. “So regardless of what people say, I make my own decisions and I thrive off negative criticism. If someone told me I couldn’t do something, I’d do my utmost to prove them wrong. “On life with a disability, Nicolas explained: “I would say with my condition, I’ve been a great problem solver, over the years; always trying to find ways of getting out of situations or overcoming certain obstacles. “It could be the most difficult of obstacles to the simplest of obstacles such as maybe carrying a bowl of cereal to your desk and not spilling it. “I think I have many qualities. I don’t like talking about myself, believe it or not, even though I am a speaker, and I have to talk about myself. But I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved, and what I’ve overcome. “I’m a very solid human. It’s not always been that easy: I’ve had a lot of ups and downs but I think generally I would say resilience is everything for me and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and hopefully, there’s more to come from me in the future.”I would say mental health is a trial-and-error situationNicolas HamiltonReflecting on his mindset, Nicolas added: “Mental health, I believe, is everything. The way I like to think about it is that life is 90 per cent mental and 10 per cent physical. It doesn’t really matter how physically fit you are and how strong you are if you’re not there mentally. “If you don’t believe in yourself mentally, then I personally believe that you’re never going to achieve your full potential. Now I would say mental health is a trial-and-error situation. “It’s all about working out what works for you. Sometimes what people tell you would work, sometimes it doesn’t and what works for others doesn’t necessarily work for you personally. “How I go about to try and build myself mentally is trying to find ways that I know helped me and stay true to my vision, to my desire. “Also I think what a key thing of overcoming a bit of mental toughness and struggles is going through failure as well. I think failure is also very key. You’ve got to learn how to fail before you can succeed. That is how I feel. READ MORE SUN STORIES“And so with every failure I have, I feel like it only gets stronger and stronger and my, have I had a lot of failures. And I think that’s sort of what’s made me who I am today. “But it’s a never-ending journey and with every day that goes past, you learn something new about yourself.”YOU’RE NOT ALONEEVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide
    It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
    It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
    And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
    Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
    That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
    The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
    Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
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    F1 world champion selling £1.8million supercar that is one of only seven ever made – and will teach you how to drive it

    MIKA HAKKINEN will teach someone to drive his limited edition supercar – if they can find the estimated £1.8m to buy his McLaren at auction.The two-time F1 champ has enlisted the help of international auction house Bonhams to sell his motor.This McLaren supercar could be yours for just £1.8mCredit: mediadrumimagesIt boasts a top speed of 217mphCredit: mediadrumimagesThis particular model is one of only SEVEN madeCredit: mediadrumimagesThe stunning model is one of just seven VP prototypes ever created with interest expected to be extremely high.Built in 2013, the McLaren P1 Coupe Validation Prototype 3 road car is expected to sell for between £1.3m and £1.8m in Monaco in May.The luxury automobile can rocket from nought to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 217 mph.And one lucky buyer will get more than they bargained for.READ MORE F1 NEWSThat’s because the Flying Finn himself is throwing in a day of exclusive driving lessons for the winning bidder.Hakkinen’s car, used for durability testing, is the only one to head for sale.The P1 was his first road-going custom McLaren and he even picked out the black colour scheme, featuring orange accents in the team’s signature shade.Hakkinen no longer drives for the iconic racing team, but he has served as an ambassador for the brand since 2017.Most read in MotorsportBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERAnd the Finnish ex-racer is no stranger to headlines.The 55-year-old created a buzz from the moment he started racing in the sport’s junior categories.Hakkinen recovered from serious injuries to emerge as one of Michael Schumacher’s greatest rivals in the 1990s.He became McLaren’s lead driver after Ayrton Senna left for Williams-Renault in 1994.Formula One legend Sebastian Vettel says it would ‘depend on the package’ and ‘the car’ for him get behind the wheel again He became a top challenger for Schumacher when the team recruited Adrian Newey OBE – the current Red Bull chief technical officer. Newey oversaw the new McLaren MP4-13-Mercedes – which proved all-conquering during 1998.Newey is also one of the most successful designers, winning twelve Constructors’ Championships with three different teams.That includes being the brains behind three-time champion Max Verstappen’s current RB18.Hakkinen was crowned world champion in 1998 and again in 1999. More

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    ‘That wasn’t on my 2024 bingo card’, say fans as Max Verstappen’s dad Jos prepares for debut in new sport this weekend

    MAX VERSTAPPEN’S dad Jos is set to make his British Rally Championship debut this weekend.The former Formula 1 star is on the entry list for the Rallynuts Severn Valley race in Wales.Jos Verstappen is set to make his British rally debut this weekendCredit: PAVerstappen crashed his car while racing in Spain last yearCredit: YouTube @diegoracingvideoHe will compete on British gravel for the first time in a Skoda Fabia RS Rally2 with regular co-driver Renaud Jamoul.And Verstappen – who has spoken out on the Christian Horner sext scandal – will be hoping for a better debut than he managed in Spain last year when he was involved in a high-speed crash.He drove the same car he intends to use this weekend but lost control as he crashed into a barrier on the side of the road.It resulted in the front of the Red Bull sponsored vehicle being heavily damaged.READ MORE IN SPORTBut the 52-year-old did not suffer any injuries and is now preparing to return to the driver’s seat – a move which has surprised some.One fan reacted to the news saying: “Jos Verstappen competing in the British Rally Championship wasn’t on my bingo card for 2024 but life’s full of surprises.”Another added: “That’s actually so cool.”Verstappen is no novice to rally cars, having raced in the Belgian Rally Championship while also making his World Rally Championship debut at the Ypres Rally in 2022.Most read in MotorsportCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSHe also spent nine years in F1 from 1994-2004 and competed in 106 races.Verstappen failed to win any of his races but did finish on the podium twice.Watch moment Christian Horner & Max Verstappen’s dad Jos have ‘heated’ exchange as team ‘torn apart’ by sext row More

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    Ferrari chief snaps at reporter over Lewis Hamilton question and issues blunt response about F1 rival

    FERRARI chief Fred Vasseur shut down a reporter’s question about Lewis Hamilton following the Japanese Grand Prix.Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc earned the Scuderia third and fourth place at the Suzuka Circuit on Sunday.Lewis Hamilton will leave Mercedes for Ferrari at the end of the seasonCredit: GettyFerrari chief Fred Vasseur dismissed a question about Hamilton and Carlos SainzCredit: AlamyHamilton, 39, will replace Sainz at the end of the season as the seven-time champion makes the switch from Mercedes.That is despite Sainz enjoying his best start to an F1 season, winning in Australia and earning two more podiums.And Ferrari team principal Vasseur, 55, was quizzed again at the weekend about the decision to get rid of the Spaniard for Hamilton. However, he was quick to dismiss the question as he simply said: “We have the same question each weekend.READ MORE IN F1″Do a copy paste of my reply of last week. Next one.”Hamilton has endured a torrid start to his final season with Mercedes, finishing ninth in Japan to take his points total to just 10 after four races.Following another disappointing showing, one reporter asked whether the Brit is jealous of Ferrari as they clearly have a quicker car.To which he replied: “Do you have any better questions?”Most read in MotorsportCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERS🏁 Complete F1 2024 race calendar – details on every Grand Prix and start time this year 🏁 Hamilton then walked off without taking any further questions, but did discuss his car’s performance in another interview.He said: “The car is never what I hoped it would be. It’s never what we hoped it would be.My brother Lewis Hamilton was earning £24m a year while I sat crying in filthy room eating pot noodles as gambling debts forced me to flog Mercedes he gave me”I got some damage I think in the first stint at the restart with Charles [Leclerc] and I had massive understeer, like huge, huge understeer. “So that’s why I decided to let George [Russell] by, because he seemed quicker and I just couldn’t turn the car.”It took us two stints to finally dial more and more wing in to make up for that loss. Last stint, I was better, but it was too late, I had 10 seconds to regain.”Hamilton’s Mercedes colleague George Russell finished seventh in Japan and now has a 14-point lead over his team-mate. Next up is the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 21.Sainz has secured three podiums in four races so far this seasonCredit: Splash More