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    F1 Singapore Grand Prix: Date, UK start time, TV channel, live stream for HUGE Marina Bay Street Circuit race

    BRACE yourselves Formula One fans as the Singapore Grand Prix is making its long-awaited return – and the title race could be all but over.Covid restrictions forced F1 chiefs to make a logistical decision in cancelling both the 2020 and 2021 races at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
    Max Verstappen clinched victory at the Italian GPCredit: Reuters
    Lewis Hamilton has struggled all season and is yet to win a race in 2022Credit: Alamy
    But there’s no stopping the racers this time, especially Max Verstappen who is closing in on a second consecutive championship triumph.
    Charles Leclerc still has an outside chance of snatching the title despite trailing Verstappen by 116 points.
    However, Mercedes are having a nightmare of a season as Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are still chasing their first win of 2022.
    When is the Singapore Grand Prix?

    The Singapore Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 2.
    It is expected to get underway from 1pm UK time – 8pm local time.
    Marina Bay Street Circuit in Marina Bay, Singapore will be the allocated track for this race and it can host a whopping 90,000 supporters.
    Sebastian Vettel clinched first place on the podium when this race last happened in 2019.

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    Is the Singapore Grand Prix on TV and can I live stream it?

    The Singapore Grand Prix will be broadcasted LIVE on Sky Sports F1.
    Subscription members of Sky Sports can stream the entire action on the Sky Go app or Sky Sports website.
    Or the race will be available to NOW TV users via all mobile devices and tablets.

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    What is the Singapore Grand Prix FULL schedule?
    Friday September 30

    Practice One – 11am BST
    Practice Two – 2pm BST

    Saturday October 1

    Practice Three – 11am BST
    Qualifying – 2pm BST

    Sunday October 2

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    Fans all say the same thing as McLaren unveil colourful new ‘Future Mode’ livery and ‘cyberpunk’ Ricciardo and Norris

    FORMULA ONE fans love the look of McLaren’s colourful new livery for the next two races.The F1 giants unveiled their tweaked Future Mode car that will take to the tracks at the Singapore and Japanese Grands Prix as part of their deal with team sponsor OKX.
    McLaren unveiled their new colourful Future Mode livery model
    Fans praised McLaren for their new car ahead of the upcoming Grand Prix racesCredit: McLaren
    McLaren will show off their new car in the Singapore and Japanese racesCredit: McLaren
    The model will feature neon pink elements and cyberpunk-inspired engine illustrations alongside its traditional orange papaya colours.
    Fans took to social media to express their amazement with the new car that will soon be driven by both Daniel Ricciardo and British star Lando Norris.
    One F1 supporter tweeted: “Sexy.”
    Another posted: “A car that only looks good, everything else in shambles!”
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    A third wrote: “You can just taste the freshness.”
    This fan said: “Best livery in this year.”
    And that fan tweeted: “The only thing Mclaren could ace.”
    McLaren CEO Zak Brown is excited to have this car race in the next two GPs as part of an initiative to “break boundaries”.
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    Brown said: “We’re excited to celebrate our partnership with OKX through this bold and vibrant livery for the upcoming races in Asia.
    “McLaren and OKX are united in driving ahead and constantly striving to break boundaries, and the Future Mode campaign is an opportunity to champion these values together on our global stage.
    “It’s fantastic to be returning to race in Singapore and Japan, and these incredible circuits provide a fitting backdrop for us to celebrate our partnership vision together.” More

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    F1’s Valtteri Bottas sits naked in sauna with reindeer hat as Lewis Hamilton’s ex-team-mate prepares for Singapore GP

    FORMULA ONE star Valtteri Bottas has found a unique way to prepare for the Singapore Grand Prix.Bottas, 33, has been gearing up for Sunday’s race by sitting in a sauna naked with nothing but a reindeer hat on.

    Valtteri Bottas posed naked inside a sauna with nothing but a reindeer hat onCredit: INSTAGRAM / BOTTAS
    Valtteri Bottas has found extreme ways to prepare for big Formula One racesCredit: INSTAGRAM / BOTTAS
    The Alfa Romeo driver shared a clip on Instagram showing him setting the temperature to 100 degrees Celsius and watering the coal.
    Bottas said: “Singapore prep for some. Finnish daily ritual for us.”
    The Finnish star also issued the following caption: “Some call it heat training but for others it’s just a daily ritual.”
    This is not the first time Bottas has found an extreme way to prepare for a big race.
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    The star driver did the same thing in May when he swum in the ice-cold waters of Aspen.
    Bottas has been enjoying a new lease of life ever since he left Mercedes for Alfa Romeo earlier this year.
    The 33-year-old revealed he almost quit F1 in 2018 while team-mates with Sir Lewis Hamilton.
    Bottas said: “At the end of 2018, I almost stopped, it was so close.
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    “Just because of the fact that I couldn’t understand and take the fact that I couldn’t beat Lewis in those two years.
    “I put so much pressure on myself. Towards the end of 2018, especially when I started to have the support role in the team, I really couldn’t take it, I really struggled. It was not fun.
    “The last four or five races of 2018 were more painful because you should enjoy F1 and it is pretty cool, but it wasn’t that at all.
    “So I had a good break between the two seasons and really had to think things through.” More

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    Ben Hunt: Max Verstappen’s rivals may have faltered… but he has been BRILLIANT on relentless charge to second F1 title

    MAX VERSTAPPEN can wrap up the Formula One title this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix – and there would still be five races to go, plus a sprint race in Brazil.Sure, last year’s title was decided under a cloud in Abu Dhabi – the outcome we know was botched by the former race director, Michael Masi.
    Max Verstappen can win the F1 Championship in Singapore this weekendCredit: Splash
    But there is no disputing Verstappen’s second title, for there have been moments of brilliance and skill, while Red Bull have been faultless.
    To use a football analogy. If Verstappen’s win in Abu Dhabi was F1’s equivalent to the ‘Hand of God’ goal – when Diego Maradona punched the ball past Peter Shilton in the 1986 World Cup quarter finals, then this year is surely like Maradona’s ‘Goal of the Century’ – his second goal where he dribbled past six England players, including Terry Butcher twice, before firing past Shilton for a second.
    Verstappen can win the title if he outscores Charles Leclerc by 22 points, Sergio Perez by 13 and George Russell by six in Singapore.
    If he were to do it there, it would be the earliest coronation in 20 years, and the second earliest in F1 history.
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    The biggest question is perhaps how has he managed to do so, in this new era with F1 cars supposed to be capable of racing much closer together.
    The answer is four-fold. Firstly, his rivals have all faltered, especially Ferrari who built the quickest car.
    Don’t agree? Well, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have taken 10 poles between them on the Saturday qualifying sessions when cars run at their top speeds.
    Verstappen ‘only’ has four and his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez has just one. Mercedes’s George Russell also has one.
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    Secondly, Lewis Hamilton – the only driver able to match Verstappen for talent – has not been in the running.
    It is increasingly looking like the Brit will end the season winless for the first time in his 16-year F1 career and the forensic examination into this season will require time to establish what has gone wrong.
    Thirdly, and fourthly, Red Bull and Verstappen have both been excellent. Consistency, decision-making and hardly making any mistakes have been the key to the team’s success this year.
    While the moaning about Abu Dhabi continues (and it definitely does on Twitter), there can be no debate about the outcome of this year’s championship, Verstappen has been brilliant.

    Silverstone review
    British GP bosses have apologised for the ticketing fiasco for the 2023 race.
    Fans were faced with surge pricing when the new ticketing system went online, as prices increased with demand.
    Tickets shifted so quickly as the same volume that took five months to sell last year were sold in just two days.
    Silverstone managing director, Stuart Pringle, has promised “a root and branch review” but that is no comfort for those fans who look set to miss out.

    Big step for Asia
    Singapore’s return to the F1 schedule marks a crucial step for the sport in Asia.
    The night race at the Marina Bay Circuit is the first in Asia since the Covid-19 pandemic.
    And I am expecting plenty of business activity in the paddock while teams will be updating liveries and sponsors as the weekend progresses.

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    Quartararo concern
    Could Fabio Quartararo be having a wobble?
    The MotoGP champ has seen his advantage in the title race sliced to just 18 points.
    Perhaps more worrying for his Yamaha team is his comment that he says he’s “not enjoying riding a bike in a race for a long time”. More

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    Daniel Ricciardo reveals stunning girlfriend Heidi Berger ‘eliminates stress’ after F1 contract woes

    FORMULA ONE star Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that his girlfriend is helping with the stress of his contract situation with McLaren.The Aussie has had a disastrous year and he has been dropped by his team for the 2023 season and replaced by Oscar Piastri.
    Daniel Ricciardo is 14th in the F1 standings this seasonCredit: The Mega Agency
    Daniel Ricciardo has admitted he is in love with Heidi BergerCredit: https://www.instagram.com/heidiberger_/?hl=en
    Heidi Berger is the daughter of a former F1 legendCredit: https://www.instagram.com/heidiberger_/?hl=en
    Heidi Berger’s mum is model Ana CorvoCredit: Instagram
    Daniel Ricciardo stunning girlfriend is an aspiring actressCredit: Instagram
    She has attended lots of races to cheer her boyfriend onCredit: Instagram
    Berger has 88.3k followers on InstagramCredit: Instagram
    She has been helping Daniel Ricciardo deal with his contract disappointmentCredit: Instagram
    Daniel Ricciardo pictured with girlfriend Heidi BergerCredit: Instagram
    Ricciardo’s contract is up meaning he could not be on the grid next year.
    The popular 33-year-old has opened up about the situation on the Fitzy & Wippa Podcast and said how his girlfriend Heidi Berger is assisting him.
    Ricciardo was asked if he was in love and he replied: “Yeah mate, I’m in love, I got a good thing going, so yeah. I’ve got a good balance in life right now.”
    “I think love eliminates stress, yeah absolutely.
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    “I honestly don’t know yet. When I say I don’t know, like I don’t have a contract yet for next year. Could it still happen? It could.
    “I’m not getting too caught up in next year, like of course I want to race, I want to be on the grid, I want to be competing.
    “But I’m not seeing next year as all or nothing. I also think 2024 is something I need to be aware of and look at.
    “So that could be a year off but I would still very much be in the mindset of getting back on the grid for 2024.”
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    Ricciardo’s partner Berger is an aspiring actress and daughter of ex-F1 star Gerhard Berger.
    Her father won 10 Grand Prix’s meanwhile Ricciardo has been victorious on eight occasions.
    The Austrian drove for the likes of Ferrari and Ricciardo has admitted he was an idol saying: “When I was young, I mean I’ve followed F1 since I was a kid and I had a Berger hat.
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    “It’s funny, I talk about it with him. He still goes to quite a few races he still has an interest in the sport and he still does some business with it.
    “Any ex-sportsman, anyone who’s been through it — I just love speaking to them and gaining knowledge and insight through their experience there’s so much wisdom.” More

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    ‘I wish it was about pure quality’ – Lewis Hamilton pleads for more equality in F1 cars as Red Bull and Ferrari dominate

    LEWIS HAMILTON has pleaded for more equal cars in Formula One.That’s after seeing Red Bull and Ferrari dominate Mercedes this season.
    Lewis Hamilton wants cars to be more equal in Formula OneCredit: Alamy
    The Mercedes ace has struggled to keep up with Red Bull and FerrariCredit: The Mega Agency
    Hamilton has struggled to keep up with Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc in 2022.
    The seven-time F1 world champion has failed to win a single race this year.
    And Hamilton is currently sixth in the rankings, 167 points behind leader Verstappen.
    Most of the Brit’s problems stem from his poor Mercedes car, which has let him down on several occasions this term.
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    As for Verstappen, he has encountered hardly any issues in his speedy Red Bull vehicle.
    And Hamilton is desperate for a more even playing field in future F1 terms.
    That will stop certain manufacturers from running away in the title race.
    And it would also allow the individual quality of drivers to shine through.
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    Hamilton said: “While we do worry about things we can’t control, you have to try to learn not to.
    “I do watch other sports and I wish that it was just the pure ability that I have that makes all the difference.
    “So it’s definitely tough. But I don’t like the word ‘tough’ because I’ve just been in Africa and I’ve seen kids that have nothing, so nothing is ever really that tough.
    “I wouldn’t say it hurts. We all know what it could be.
    “We would love to be in that battle fighting, and I wish that all the cars were a lot closer and we were all having a much better battle closer to the front.” More

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    Premier League approached by Netflix to film tell-all ‘Formula 1: Drive To Survive’ style documentary

    THE PRODUCERS of Netflix’s popular series ‘Formula 1: Drive To Survive’ have approached the Premier League over producing a similar documentary for them.Box To Box Films – the company behind Drive to Survive – want to add the Premier League to their portfolio of sports they cover in tell-all and exclusive behind-the-scenes documentaries.
    The Premier League have been approached over a ‘Formula 1: Drive To Survive’ style documentaryCredit: AP
    Since DTS began airing F1 has seen a boom in popularity, with record viewing figures in 2021Credit: Getty
    According to The Times, clubs were informed of the idea earlier this week and talks will now take place ahead of the potential project.
    F1 has seen a massive boom in popularity since the series began to air on Netflix in 2019.
    It gave viewers an insight into an otherwise exclusive world where driver’s personalties only shone through in press conferences and on track.
    Last season’s dramatic title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen saw record viewing figures and attendances at a number of races across the season.
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    This included the Silverstone Grand Prix – where the attendance record was again broken this year as 142,000 attended race day – and the season finale in Abu Dhabi which saw a whopping 108.7 million viewers tune in.
    In a potential collaboration between the Premier League and Box To Box it is hoped a similar impact can be felt.
    English clubs have already allowed Amazon to produce behind-the-scenes documentaries including Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Crystal Palace.
    Of course, the Premier League is far larger market than F1 and it is already close to bursting in a domestic sense.
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    Consequently, league chiefs have turned their attention internationally, which is viewed as having the biggest growth potential for the English top flight.
    Such a move is likely to also benefit likely streaming platform Netflix, after they lost 200,000 subscribers following a price hike in April. More

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    Lewis Hamilton wears £3,000 designer pink outfit before showing off ripped abs ahead of Singapore Grand Prix

    LEWIS HAMILTON showed off a £3,000 designer pink outfit before revealing his ripped abs ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.The seven-time world champion, who performed the school run to collect his niece and nephew earlier this week, is currently enduring a miserable season.
    Lewis Hamilton is the face of Valentino’s new Pink CollectionCredit: Instagram

    The F1 legend then showed off his ribbed abs by posting a selfie on InstagramCredit: Instagram
    He is now in South East Asia for the Singapore Grand Prix aiming to secure his first win of the campaign after a disastrous start.
    However, away from the F1 track, he is enjoying being the face of Valentino’s new Pink Collection.
    And he has shared a number of snaps of himself wearing their designer gear onto Instagram.
    One of them shows the legendary racer crouched down in a £2,233 pink single-breasted wool coat and decked out with £875 Nappa Leather low-top sneakers in the same colour.
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    It is not the first time that the 37-year-old Hamilton has shown his love for pink.
    Last month he turned heads when he wore a pink knitted balaclava at Spa track.
    He then later shared a selfie of himself topless in front of the mirror, revealing his incredible physique, as he continues to get ready for the start of practice today in Singapore.
    However, Hamilton did recently admit that he fears Mercedes will not be able to top the podium this season.
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    Hamilton said: “We have to be realistic. That Red Bull is almost unbeatable.
    “It’s going to take some real doing to beat that car.
    “Performance-wise we have not caught them, and we don’t have upgrades coming to enable us to overtake them.
    “So it’s going to take some fortune going our way to win.
    “It’s not impossible, because we could have beaten them in Budapest.
    “But Max [Verstappen] is generally chilled at the front, so you can never tell their true pace.” More