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    Lewis Hamilton blasts ‘it’s time for action’ after three-time world champion Nelson Piquet’s sick racial slur

    LEWIS HAMILTON says “the time has come for action” after Formula One legend Nelson Piquet used a racial slur when slamming the Brit’s driving.The Brazilian used a derogatory term in an interview that was given in November last year when speaking about the 2021 British GP.
    Hamilton has called for action after Piquet used a racial slur when slamming his drivingCredit: Splash
    Piquet has been condemned for his use of derogatory language
    Verstappen with Piquet’s daughter Kelly after his F1 world title winCredit: Getty
    Piquet, whose daughter Kelly is in a relationship with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, slammed Hamilton’s driving at Silverstone where he made contact with the Dutchman on an explosive first lap.
    Verstappen was sent hurtling in the barriers and taken to hospital for checks while Hamilton went on to win his home race for an eighth time.
    Piquet claims Hamilton was at fault and referred to him with the offensive term, which was initially missed by local Brazilian media.
    In response to Piquet, Hamilton slammed the former F1 driver calling for action, and says he has been “targeted” with abuse his “whole life”.
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    He tweeted: “It’s more than language.
    “These are archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport.
    “I’ve been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted my whole life.
    “There has been plenty of time to learn. Time has come for action.”
    Nelson Piquet, Max Verstappen and Kelly PiquetCredit: u/caboose979
    Former F1 champion Nelson Piquet with current star Max VerstappenCredit: @piquetjr
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    F1 has also responded in a statement in support of Hamilton saying: “Discriminatory or racist language is unacceptable in any form and has no part in society.
    “Lewis is an incredible ambassador for our sport and deserves respect. His tireless efforts to increase diversity and inclusion are a lesson to many and something we are committed to at F1.”
    Hamilton’s Mercedes team have also slammed Piquet, who won the world championship with Brabham in 1981 and 1983, and again with Williams in 1987.
    A statement from Mercedes said: “We condemn in the strongest terms any use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind.
    Max Verstappen and girlfriend Kelly PiquetCredit: Rex
    Valterri Bottas with former F1 champion Nelson Piquet in 2018Credit: Getty
    “Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to combat racism, and he is a true champion of diversity on and off track.
    “Together, we share a vision for a diverse and inclusive motorsport, and this incident underlines the fundamental importance of continuing to strive for a brighter future.”
    While F1 have been swift in their response, there is no indication yet what positive action will be taken.
    Outraged fans have urged them to ban Piquet from attending any future F1 events, challenging the sport to stand up to their “We Race As One” motto.
    Earlier this month, Hamilton was made an honorary citizen of Brazil after a bill was passed in Brazilian parliament.
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    ‘Same energy’ – Lewis Hamilton posts amazing skateboarding throwback of Mercedes star as kid ahead of British Grand Prix

    SEVEN-TIME Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has posted an amazing skateboarding throwback ahead of the British Grand Prix.Hamilton will be hoping to win his home GP for the second year running this weekend.
    Merc shared a skateboarding throwback which Hamilton re-sharedCredit: https://www.instagram.com/p/CfULGiVscSL/?hl=en
    Hamilton won last season’s British GPCredit: Splash
    The Brit has won eight times in his F1 career at Silverstone.
    But this season, Mercedes’ car is well off the pace of Ferrari and championship leaders Red Bull.
    The Silver Arrows have suffered with porpoising, leaving Hamilton with a bad back after Baku.
    Ahead of this weekend’s action, Hamilton has posted a throwback of him as a kid riding a skateboard.

    And it was accompanied by an updated picture of the 37-year-old showing off his tricks.
    The Instagram post was captioned: “Same energy.”
    Merc chief technical officer James Allison has said he’ll cry if Hamilton pulls off a win on home soil.
    But he has admitted it may need a Max Verstappen slip-up to happen.
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    He told Sky Sports: “Everyone in our factory doesn’t dare say it, but we are cautiously optimistic of having a more competitive weekend than some of those we’ve had of late.
    “I think some of the characteristics of this circuit will suit the car. 
    “We don’t have a car capable of winning from the front yet, but as long as we can get it tamed through Maggots, Becketts and around the faster corners, we have a decent chance of a competitive showing this weekend. 
    “Maybe if the Red Bull stumbles, who knows, but I’m hopeful of a better weekend.
    “I’d cry [if Mercedes find a win]. I’ve got my fingers crossed that we’ll have a creditable showing with a car that’s definitely on the mend.” More

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    Ben Hunt: Calls for Lewis Hamilton to quit F1 are a joke… and Brit is ready to prove doubters wrong at Silverstone

    YOU will have to excuse me, I have only just managed to stop laughing at some of the talking heads calling on Lewis Hamilton to RETIRE.That’s Hamilton, who just ten races ago was denied a record eighth world title due to a hugely controversial decision we now know to have been incorrect.
    Lewis Hamilton showed he’s not giving up yet with an against-the-odds podium in CanadaCredit: Getty
    Hamilton can proves the likes of Jackie Stewart wrong at SilverstoneCredit: Getty
    The same Hamilton who went from 19th place on lap one to finish fifth in Barcelona and also the one who, only nine days ago, was on the podium in Montreal.
    It is with some audacity that Sir Jackie Stewart is also quoted as saying: “Lewis is in that group of the Ayrton Sennas and the Alain Prosts — or even the Jackie Stewarts, maybe.”
    That’s Hamilton with seven world titles to his name, not three like Stewart and Senna, or even Prost with four.
    With my sides sewn back up, they were promptly split open again when former F 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone claimed: “Lewis doesn’t seem bothered about losing, I don’t think he’s doing anything.
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    “I don’t think he cares much. He’s not prepared to put the effort into winning that he did.”
    They do say that opinions are like — well, you know what — and  everyone has one but these  ‘hot takes’ are laughable.
    If they had actually spoken to Hamilton inside the last three or four years, they would know that — while this season has been a struggle — there is no suggestion from Hamilton or Mercedes that he is thinking of quitting.
    Sure, he’s not happy he cannot fight for wins — why would he be?
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    But to speculate over a perceived lack of work-rate must be some sort of joke.
    Whatever their beef is with Hamilton, we can all agree that he’s not going to listen to their advice.
    At 37, he still has plenty more years in F 1 ahead of him — if he so wishes.
    He still has the pace and, I can assure you, he has the same commitment to helping his team get to the front of the grid.
    When we first got to see Mercedes’ problems with their new car, I predicted it would not be until the British GP — coming up this weekend — that they finally got their act together.
    I hope I’m correct — and Hamilton silences those urging him to call time on his glorious career.

    QUART OUT
    MOTOGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo has been dealt a blow for August’s British Grand Prix after being hit with a penalty.
    The Frenchman crashed twice in ten laps before retiring from the Dutch TT at the weekend.
    He has now been punished with a long lap penalty to serve at Silverstone for causing Sunday’s Assen accident with Aleix Espargaro.
    Fabio Quartararo has been penalised after two quick crashes in HollandCredit: Getty
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    THE BTCC season keeps on delivering as Yorkshireman Dan Lloyd enjoyed a fairytale weekend by winning two races at his home circuit Croft.
    Lloyd, who was taken to hospital for precautionary checks just two weeks ago following an accident at Oulton Park, took the chequered flag twice in his Hyundai. Gordon Shedden, who drives for Halfords Racing with Cataclean, won the final race of the day.

    SILVERSTONE claims this weekend’s British GP race  attendance figures will be the biggest EVER.
    Tickets for Sunday’s F1 clash sold out in January and there will be a crowd of 142,000 — the circuit’s highest attendance.
    Over 400,000 fans are expected over the weekend, where action includes F1, F2, F3, W Series and the Porsche Super Cup.

    GOODWOOD’S Festival of Speed was another record-breaker, this time as former F1 driver Max Chilton set a new record for the hillclimb.
    Chilton, 31, piloted the McMurtry Speirling — the electric 1000bhp rocket that has special fans to suck the car to the ground — to a time of 39.08sec across the 1.16-mile course.

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    DAN BEWLEY has vowed to ride in his PANTS if he wins speedway’s British Grand Prix in Cardiff on August 13.
    The Cumbrian, 23, was  top Brit with a third straight semi in Saturday’s fifth round  in Gorzow.
    He said: “Anders Thomsen won in Gorzow and rode  in his pants to celebrate winning. I’ll do the same if I win in Cardiff.” More

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    Lewis Hamilton’s chances of winning British Grand Prix dismissed by former Mercedes F1 team-mate Nico Rosberg

    LEWIS HAMILTON has no chance of winning the British Grand Prix despite Mercedes making improvements to his car.That’s the opinion of Hamilton’s ex-Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who reckons his former team’s performance is miles behind rivals Red Bull and Ferrari.
    Nico Rosberg doubts Lewis Hamilton will be able to win at Silverstone ahead of Red Bull and FerrariCredit: Getty
    Mercedes have made some upgrades to their cars but Rosberg isn’t convinced it will be enough for Hamilton tp clinch victory over his rivalsCredit: AFP
    Mercedes have had a difficult start to the F1 season thus far.
    Hamilton’s yet to win a race and languishes in sixth spot in the F1 rankings.
    While his Mercedes compatriot George Russell fares slightly better in fourth.
    However, the Mercedes duo have a mountain to climb if they’re to catch up with Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez who occupy first and second place respectively, with Ferrari ace Charles Leclerc in third.
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    And Rosberg, 37, doubts Hamilton or Russell’s resurgence will begin at Silverstone on July 3.
    He said to Sky Sports, via the Mirror ahead of the epic race: “No they can’t win, no way.
    “They’re still too far away from performance of Ferrari and Red Bull. They’re still miles away.”
    Rosberg’s fears were shared by Mercedes’ technical director Mike Elliot who revealed his team are lagging behind Red Bull and Ferrari going into the race.
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    He said: “We will be bringing new bits to Silverstone, we will be trying to push the car forward, trying to get some pace from the car we’ve got or from the package we’ve got as well as the new bits we are going to add to it.
    “I think at the same time though we have to be honest with ourselves and say that at the moment we are just a little bit behind those front runners in Ferrari and Red Bull. And in a normal race I think it is going to be tough.
    “I think Silverstone will be a circuit that suits us a little bit better, like Barcelona did, but maybe it will be just a little bit difficult. Whatever happens we will push as hard as we can.
    “Our drivers will push as hard as we can because we want to get back to winning. We want to win for the team, we definitely want to win and we want to win for you, the fans, so let’s see what happens.”
    But Hamilton hopes Mercedes can get back to winning ways at Silverstone despite Rosberg and Elliot’s concerns.
    The 37-year-old said a few weeks ago: “I hope by the time we get to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone we will have the car as we want it – to be able to fight with Ferrari and Red Bull.
    “It would be nice if we can give them a run for their money at our home race.” More

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    Toto Wolff ‘is fed up’ with Lewis Hamilton and F1 legend ‘does not care and is not trying’, slams Bernie Ecclestone

    TOTO WOLFF is fed up with Lewis Hamilton this season.That’s according to Bernie Ecclestone, who also hints that seven-time champ Hamilton may even step away from Mercedes.
    Hamilton ‘doesn’t care’, thinks former chief EcclestoneCredit: AP
    The Brit tycoon claims that Toto Wolff is ‘fed up’ of the racing legendCredit: Reuters
    The former chief of F1 has questioned whether the 37-year-old still has the drive to succeed.
    And he claims team principal Wolff is losing his patience with the superstar.
    Ecclestone told the Daily Mail: “Toto is getting a bit fed up with Lewis. I don’t think he’s trying, do you? Let’s put it another way, Lewis doesn’t seem bothered about losing. 
    “It’s not like him. He has a competitive nature but he’s taking losing a bit easy for my liking. 
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    “I don’t know what he is doing dressing up in all those funny clothes. Has he a deal to it? Is it to get noticed? Maybe that’s it.
    “I don’t think he is actively helping George Russell. I don’t think he’s doing anything. I don’t think he cares too much. He’s not prepared to put the effort into winning that he did.
    “Lewis might sell his position to Toto: ‘This is how much I am getting, I’ll step down and give me half of what I would get’. 
    “Toto can go and do one of his magic deals, offer someone less money and keep £20m. 
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    Lewis Hamilton relaxes with beloved vegan bulldog Roscoe as Mercedes star heads out for dinner in Hollywood

    LEWIS HAMILTON has shared a picture of himself with his beloved dog Roscoe.The Mercedes star has been hanging out in Hollywood prior to returning home for the British Grand Prix next weekend.
    Lewis Hamilton poses with vegan bulldog RoscoeCredit: https://www.instagram.com/lewishamilton/
    The Brit loves playing with his beloved palCredit: https://www.instagram.com/lewishamilton/
    Hamilton, 37, went out for an early dinner at Cecconi’s in West HollywoodCredit: BackGrid
    Hamilton, 37, enjoyed some down time with his pal Roscoe, an adorable vegan bulldog.
    He took to social media to share some pictures of himself with his much beloved pet.
    The seven-time Formula 1 world champion beamed from ear to ear as he played with Roscoe outside.
    Donning blue jeans, an orange t-shirt and a bucket hat, Hamilton appears to be having a lovely time chilling out Stateside.
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    As well as playing with Roscoe, Hamilton grabbed an early dinner alongside a pal at Cecconi’s restaurant in West Hollywood.
    Such was his enjoyment of the food, that he brought some more home in a doggy bag.
    While Hamilton is one of the world’s most beloved athletes, Roscoe has built up quite a fanbase of his own.
    In fact, he has 474,000 followers on Instagram.
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    His description on the site reads: “I’m a vegan bulldog that loves to travel, play ball and get attention from all the girls, especially when they rub my bum. I like frisbee and tennis.”
    Sharing pictures of the two together, Hamilton wrote: “Back by popular demand.”
    Roscoe could make an appearance at Silverstone, having accompanied Hamilton at the British GP last year.

    Hamilton also threw a birthday party for his pooch last year, giving him plenty of treats.
    He will be hoping to have more to celebrate at Silverstone next weekend, after a positive week at the Canadian GP last time out.
    The Silver Arrows ace picked up just his second podium of the season, driving well to secure third position behind Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.
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    LEWIS HAMILTON and George Russell have been handed a boost in the development of their struggling Mercedes car.The Silver Arrows have been significantly slower than both Red Bull and Ferrari in the opening nine races of the 2022 F1 season.
    Mercedes have failed to keep pace with Red Bull and Ferrari in the opening nine racesCredit: Getty
    Hamilton secured his second podium of the season last weekendCredit: Splash
    Russell and Hamilton sit fourth and sixth in the drivers standings, while Mercedes are more than 100 points adrift of Red Bull in the constructors championship.
    But they are now seeing some of the benefits of not leading the pack as the teams are allocated time to test their cars.
    Aerodynamic testing is currently capped by FIA regulations.
    But as a result of Mercedes slipping down the grid, The Mirror have reported that they are no longer the most restricted team when it comes to this form of testing – with Red Bull and Ferrari leapfrogging them.
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    The slight shift in testing time means the reigning constructors champions can use this to improve their current car or even focus on developing next season’s model.
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    The next race on the 2022 calendar is the British Grand Prix – with the Silverstone weekend kicking off on July 1.
    And Mercedes’ technical director Mike Elliott has confirmed the team will be bringing upgrades to the circuit.
    He said: “We will be bringing new bits to Silverstone, we will be trying to push the car forward, trying to get some pace from the car we’ve got or from the package we’ve got as well as the new bits we are going to add to it.
    “I think Silverstone will be a circuit that suits us a little bit better, like Barcelona did, but maybe it will be just a little bit difficult.
    “Whatever happens we will push as hard as we can. Our drivers will push as hard as we can because we want to get back to winning.
    “We want to win for the team, we definitely want to win and we want to win for you, the fans. So let’s see what happens.” More

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    VALTTERI BOTTAS has revealed he almost quit Formula One in 2018 while teammates with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.The Finnish driver took over from world champion Nico Rosberg for the 2017 season as he prepared to compete against Hamilton – who at that time had three world titles to his name.
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    Bottas managed three victories in his first season with Mercedes and came third overall behind Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
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    And as criticism came from all corners about Bottas’ performance, he has now admitted he considered leaving the sport.
    Speaking to Motor Sport Magazine, he 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.”
    He continued: “The human mind is strange in a way that sometimes you go into dark places.
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    “You lose the joy in things and I just completely lost the joy of F1 and racing in F1. I was almost angry at F1.
    “It’s weird, but I just needed some time off, and think of the big picture and then I realised that ‘OK, it’s actually a pretty cool sport and I still have great opportunities ahead of me’. So I would be silly not to take them.
    “I decided to go on a break in South America somewhere and just try not to think about F1 at all, and just try to find the will and the joy for the sport and the motivation.
    “I found it, it was like a click. Probably [in] mid-January, I decided ‘OK, let’s do this. I can still do it’. So I managed to get myself together and I found the joy of driving again.”
    In 2019, Bottas regained his mojo, finishing second overall behind Hamilton and winning four Grands Prix.
    “Immediately, the results were much better than in 2018,” he said. “2019 was probably my best season so far, especially against Lewis.
    “I won quite a few races, and especially until halfway through the season, I was sometimes even leading the championship, so it was a pretty, pretty strong year.
    “But then just Lewis’ consistency and performances overall, for the whole season, I couldn’t match.”
    Bottas finished second again in the 2020 season with two victories to his name.
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    Now with Alfa Romeo – after being replaced at Mercedes by George Russell – he has already managed seven top 10 finishes from nine races this season and sits eighth in the drivers championship. More