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    ‘Left big scars’ – Lewis Hamilton driven to succeed after suffering racism hell as young go-karter, Merc chief reveals

    LEWIS HAMILTON’S mental strength can’t be questioned after the harrowing racism he suffered as a young go-karter, reveals Mercedes principal Toto Wolff.The Brit, who turned 37 on Friday, hasn’t been heard from since last season’s controversial finale in Abu Dhabi.
    Lewis Hamilton suffered disgusting treatment as a young karterCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    British hero Hamilton regularly stands up for equalityCredit: Getty
    Hamilton’s future in the sport has been questioned with retirement rumours rife.
    He is expected to come back stronger given his previous experiences, as Wolff explained while speaking to Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
    The Austrian, 49, said: “As a child he was insulted on the go-kart track.
    “White parents forbade their children to interact with him; that definitely left big scars on him too.
    “For him, racing was the valve to show everyone, and it still is.”
    Hamilton has often used his public platform to fight racial prejudice.
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    He has called on Formula 1 to address diversity issues within the sport.
    While he has also ploughed £20million into launching his own Mission 44 foundation, which aims to support young people from under-represented backgrounds.
    Hamilton believes that fighting for these worthwhile causes has helped his racing.
    He told Sky Sports in October: “So now it’s the work that I’m doing in the background and then I’m turning up and I’m enjoying this job. Is it helping me race? I think so.
    “It’s like my new drive and I feel like it’s giving me more longevity because it’s a lot of work we have to do. I feel like it also gives my life real purpose. Racing is not a purpose, it’s something you do.”
    Hamilton has also repeatedly stood up for the LGBTQ+ community, most recently wearing a rainbow helmet in Qatar and Saudi Arabia – countries in which homosexuality is a criminal offence.
    Hamilton has regularly donned a rainbow helmetCredit: AFP
    Toto Wolff is in contact with HamiltonCredit: Getty
    SunSport understands that Mercedes ARE in contact with Hamilton, despite his public silence.
    It is also understood that he feels that by saying nothing, he is shifting the focus on to the FIA and keeping the pressure firmly on their investigation.
    In the aftermath of FIA race director Michael Masi’s fudging of the rules that led to Max Verstappen beating Hamilton to last year’s title, Wolff gave his thoughts on the seven-time champion’s future.
    He told RacingNews365: “I would very much hope that Lewis continues racing, because he’s the greatest driver of all time.
    “We will be working through the events over the next weeks and months.
    “I think as a racer, his heart will say, ‘I need to continue’, because he’s at the peak of his game.
    “But we have to overcome the pain that was caused upon him on Sunday, also because he is a man with clear values, and it’s difficult to understand that that happened.”

    Hamilton is expected to carry on this yearCredit: Alamy More

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    F1 star George Russell and girlfriend Carmen Montero Mundt relax in St Barts as he prepares to partner Lewis Hamilton

    GEORGE RUSSELL is making the most of his holiday in the Caribbean before a career-changing move to Mercedes to team up with Lewis Hamilton next season.Russell, 23, and partner Carmen Montero Mundt were spotted strolling arm-in-arm on a romantic walk on a St Barts beach.
    George Russell and his partner Carmen Montero Mundt stroll along a beach in St BartsCredit: IMP/Backgrid/EliotPress/MEGA
    The British racer is enjoying a relaxing off-season before he joins the Mercedes team.Credit: IMP/Backgrid/EliotPress/MEGA
    Girlfriend Carmen hugs Russell on their vacationCredit: IMP/Backgrid/EliotPress/MEGA
    The pair were spotted relaxing on the Caribbean island before March’s F1 2022 seasonCredit: IMP/Backgrid/EliotPress/MEGA
    Chilling out on the private beach of the luxurious Eden Rock hotel during the island’s holiday season, Carmen wore a one-piece swimsuit as she hugged the ex-Williams driver.
    The pair have reportedly been together since 2020, with the beauty believed to work at a City investment firm.
    Russell was confirmed as Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate towards the end of last season.
    He replaces Valtari Bottas, with the Finnish veteran joining Alfa Romeo Racing.
    Russell achieved his first and only F1 podium with Williams at the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix.
    But the Norfolk-born racer is hoping to be in the thick of the championship race next season.
    There is huge excitement around Mercedes combining the two British drivers, despite them being at separate ends of their careers.
    However, there are fears that Hamilton may be considering retirement.
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    Having cancelled all media duties, Hamilton has not spoken publicly since he missed out on winning the title on the final lap in Abu Dhabi.
    On the move to Mercedes to pair with Hamilton, Russell has previously stated: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t absolutely buzzing.
    “It’s a huge opportunity and one I want to grab with both hands.
    “But I’m under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge, it’s going to be a steep learning curve.”
    The F1 season officially kicks off with the first race of the season in Bahrain in mid-March.
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    Lewis Hamilton shocked he has never raced for Ferrari during epic F1 career and admits ‘it’s not really been possible’

    LEWIS HAMILTON has admitted his surprise at never making the move to Ferrari.As the grandest name of Formula One over the decades, the Scuderia have previously employed legends including Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio and Fernando Alonso.
    Lewis Hamilton remains under contract with Mercedes until 2023Credit: PA
    The F1 legend opened up on his relationship with Ferrari back in SeptemberCredit: Splash
    But British star Hamilton has never stepped into the famous red overalls, and has not even been close to doing so.
    Links did emerge last year but the legend, who has recently fuelled retirement talk after missing out on the F1 title to Max Verstappen last month, remains under contract with Mercedes until the end of 2023 and has described a switch to the Prancing Horse as ‘never really possible’.
    Speaking to Sky Italia back in September, via GPToday, he noted: “For years, whenever I come to Monza and see the fans, I hear them saying, ‘Come to Ferrari!’.
    “It warms my heart but it’s pretty amazing that I’ve never driven for Ferrari after so many years.
    “Because it’s a dream for everyone, a goal to be achieved.
    “It’s never really been possible and I will never quite know exactly why.
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    “I wish them the best and in the near future I will just have to stop them from winning the world championship instead [laughs].
    “I have a couple of Ferraris at home that I can drive, but not the F1 Ferrari.”
    Hamilton was signed to McLaren from a young age and raced for six years with the British team, winning the 2008 world title.
    McLaren’s decline coincided with old team-mate Fernando Alonso joining Ferrari and a renewal of their fiery relationship was not on the cards.
    In 2013, he replaced Michael Schumacher at Mercedes and will now hopefully be vying for a record eighth F1 title crown. More

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    Lewis Hamilton’s silence over retirement should be taken seriously but Mercedes ARE in contact with F1 star over future

    LEWIS HAMILTON will celebrate his 37th birthday today – not that we are expecting to hear too much from the seven-time F1 champ.Since he missed out on winning the title in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton has not spoken publicly other than in a very short post-race interview.
    Lewis Hamilton has so far refused to speak about his futureCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    A controversial safety car call gifted Max Verstappen victory in Abu DhabiCredit: Getty
    He cancelled his usual media duties while his Mercedes team lobbied against Max Verstappen’s controversial victory at the Yas Marina Circuit, which allowed the Dutchman to win his first world title.
    Their two challenges to overturn the race result failed and a week later Merc boss Toto Wolff confirmed the team would pull their legal threat altogether.
    Instead, Wolff said the team would put their faith into the sport’s governing body, the FIA, to investigate the actions of the stewards and race director, Michael Masi.
    Crucially, Wolff also hinted that he was unsure whether Hamilton would now return to honour his two-year deal with his team for this and next season.
    So where does that leave us?
    SunSport understands that Mercedes ARE in contact with Hamilton, which would imply he is not yet ready to quit.
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    However, the fact he has not spoken publicly – about any matter, not just the race in Abu Dhabi, for he also failed to acknowledge his knighthood ceremony – SHOULD still be taken with significance.
    There is a distinct feeling that while he was gracious in defeat to Verstappen, there is the nagging feeling of injustice as Masi fudged the rules.
    To use Hamilton’s words, who radioed his team on that final lap, saying ‘this race has been manipulated’.
    He clearly feels that by saying nothing, he is shifting the focus on to the FIA and keeping the pressure firmly on their investigation.
    Let’s remember. Firstly, Mercedes believe that, should they have taken it to court, they’d have won and it was a joint decision between the team and Hamilton not to pursue it.
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    Hamilton was gracious in defeat at Yas Marina CircuitCredit: Getty
    Secondly, in the past the FIA have had a history of hushing up their investigations. In 2019 a detailed look into Ferrari’s engine resulted in a controversial private settlement between the two parties with the FIA’s findings kept a secret.
    Finally, there is a new president of the FIA, Mohammed ben Sulayem. 
    Not only that, he has been a prominent voice and condemned Hamilton’s failure to attend the organisation’s gala dinner in Paris just before Christmas.
    Neither Hamilton or Wolff attended the event with the Austrian saying his no-show was in support of his driver, who was left ‘disillusioned’ by events in Abu Dhabi.
    Having lost the race in controversial circumstances and then taken a further kicking from the organisation will surely hurt and it is more of a surprise to see Mercedes and Hamilton biting their tongues.
    Hamilton’s image is being plastered across F1’s social and digital adverts to promote the 2022 season and the reality is we don’t know for sure if he will even return.

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said the driver was ‘disillusioned’Credit: Alamy
    I suspect it is likely that he will but for the meantime the attention should be shifted from his silence and on to the FIA and the details of their findings into their own failures.
    The outcome in Abu Dhabi left a sour taste, even for the most staunch Verstappen fan, who ultimately deserved his championship title.
    Mercedes – and Hamilton – want answers and not see the matter brushed under the carpet as in some of the previous years.
    Despite withdrawing their legal challenge, they don’t want this matter simply to go away unchallenged.
    So, for the meantime, Hamilton will remain quiet on the subject of the FIA and their subsequent findings.
    After all, his silence is already speaking volumes on how he feels about it. More

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    Brad Pitt to star in new Hollywood F1 movie made by Apple with Top Gun and Tron director Joseph Kosinski directing

    BRAD PITT is set to star in a major new Formula One film.It’s understood that the movie will be produced by Apple after they won a bidding war to beat Paramount, MGM, Sony, Universal, Disney, Netflix and Amazon.
    Pitt has starred in motorsport productions beforeCredit: GETTY IMAGES
    The movie, which has yet to be given a title, will see Pitt cast as a driver who comes out of retirement to mentor a young racer as his team-mate.
    Top Gun: Maverick and Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is believed to be heading the project.
    Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who also co-produced the NASCAR action-drama Days of Thunder starring Tom Cruise, is said to be producing alongside Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment company.
    The Hollywood film comes after the 2013 hit-movie Rush starring Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda.
    F1 has also been riding on a wave of the back of a hugely successful fly-on-the-wall Netflix’s docuseries Drive to Survive.
    Pitt is a huge motorsports fan and had previously been part of a project that resulted in the Matt Damon and Christian Bale film, Ford v Ferrari movie that grossed over £200million.
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    Pitt also narrated Mark Neale’s 2015 MotoGP movie Hitting The Apex, and was the honorary starter of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.
    Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is already being connected with a role in the movie having made brief appearances in the Cars animated franchise and Zoolander 2.
    In an interview in 2019, Hamilton said: “I don’t know if I am ever going to be good at movies, but I’ll give it a try.” More

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    ‘Move on’ – Lewis Hamilton’s Red Bull rival chief insists Max Verstappen IS deserving F1 world champ despite controversy

    RED BULL boss Christian Horner has claimed it’s time for F1 to move on from the title fiasco that saw his man Max Verstappen crowned champion.The Dutchman pipped Mercedes superstar Lewis Hamilton to victory on the final lap of the season at a hugely controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
    Christian Horner soaked up the champagne with Max VerstappenCredit: Splash
    Meanwhile Lewis Hamilton hinted at retirement in Abu DhabiCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Hamilton had been on course for a record eighth world title before a shock safety car decision gifted his rival the chance to overtake for the win.
    Furious Merc bosses immediately appealed the decision and later snubbed the annual trophy ceremony where Verstappen claimed his gong.
    But now Horner has told GPFans: “People in this business have such very short memories
    “We’ve even forgotten what happened (earlier in the year). It was such a long racing season.
    “Max is absolutely a deserving world champion. When you look at the championship as a whole, of course, the events in Abu Dhabi drew an awful lot of comment but that happens in sport.
    ‘We had a lot of bad luck last year, we got fortunate with a safety car, we made the right strategic calls, great strategy, great teamwork and great execution by Max, and we won the race.
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    “Time will move on. Max is a very deserving world champion, we are incredibly proud of that, and the history books will always show he is the 2021 world champion.”
    The motorsport world is still holding its breath over whether or not Hamilton will return to the track after the horror of Abu Dhabi.
    The 36-year-old hinted at retirement in his post-race interview at Yas Marina Circuit.
    But Mercedes set the rumour mill spinning on Tuesday with a cryptic tweet that suggested the Brit was readying himself for another title tilt this year. More

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    ‘Let’s f*** s*** up!’ – Watch F1 champ Verstappen and boxing king Canelo get crowd going at Miami New Year’s Eve party

    PARTY animals Max Verstappen and Canelo Alvarez whipped a Miami crowd into a frenzy from the DJ booth.The F1 champ and boxing’s pound-for-pound king ushered in the New Year at a party in the Sunshine State.
    Max Verstappen was first up on the mic in MiamiCredit: TikTok @alemarrufogg
    Canelo soon followed with his own rallying cryCredit: TikTok @alemarrufogg
    The superstars then ventured into the New Year’s Eve partyCredit: TikTok @alemarrufogg
    Red Bull star Verstappen first grabbed the mic and yelled ‘let’s f*** s*** up!’
    Pal Canelo then drew screams of delight as he screamed ‘let’s f****** party!’.
    The pair linked up after Verstappen jetted to Florida to celebrate his maiden drivers’ title with girlfriend Kelly Piquet.
    The Dutch racer narrowly pipped Britain’s Lewis Hamilton to the championship in a dramatic season finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
    The pair went into the final race of the season LEVEL on points, with Mercedes superstar Hamilton seemingly coasting to victory with five laps to go.
    But a late safety car after a Nicholas Latifi crash cued the most incredible finish, with Verstappen controversially overtaking his Merc rival with one lap left.
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    Meanwhile, Mexican Canelo was widely hailed as the fighter of the year for his standout 2021.
    In just 11 months he beat Callum Smith, 31, Avni Yildirim, 30, Billy Joe Saunders, 32, and Caleb Plant, 29.
    Now the 31-year-old is preparing to move up more than TWO STONE and two divisions to cruiserweight.
    He saw a request to challenge WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu accepted by boxing officials as he eyes a title in a FIFTH weight class. More

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    Lewis Hamilton’s bitter rival Max Verstappen facing 2022 race ban if he oversteps line after getting 12 penalty points

    MAX VERSTAPPEN could be slapped with a race ban if he continues his high-risk style of driving.The Red Bull star, 24, picked up seven penalty points in 2021.
    All eyes will be on Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton next yearCredit: PA
    The duo were involved in some terrifying crashesCredit: Alamy
    Only 12 can be picked up in a 12-month span before triggering a one-race ban.
    The first of those seven penalty points won’t come off his record until September, meaning 16 Grands Prix in which Verstappen will have to be on best behaviour.
    He picked up his first world championship in the most controversial of fashions last month – when much maligned decisions by FIA race director Michael Masi handed him glory.
    His victory came after a series of tussles with Lewis Hamilton throughout an exciting 2021 season.
    They first clashed at Silverstone in July, when the Brit was deemed to be at fault for a collision that saw Verstappen hospitalised.
    Hamilton shook off a ten-second penalty to still come out on top that day.
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    But further battles were to come.
    Verstappen was then the man in the wrong at the Italian Grand Prix in September when his Red Bull terrifyingly landed on top of Hamilton’s Mercedes – with only the vehicle’s halo preventing a potentially catastrophic injury.
    This incident saw the Dutchman pick up his first two penalty points of the year and he was slapped with a three-place grid penalty for the following race in Russia.
    Two more points followed in Qatar as Verstappen failed to respect double-waved yellow flags in qualifying.
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    And his remaining three points were all picked up in Saudi Arabia for a series of misdemeanours while chasing Hamilton.
    He was first penalised for leaving the track and gaining an advantage, before later braking in a fashion deemed to have caused a collision with the seven-time champion while supposedly being made to give his place back.
    Rumours of retirement have swirled around Hamilton, 36, since the season’s controversial culmination in Abu Dhabi.

    The Mercedes star has been radio silent on social media.
    But the team itself has hinted that their star man WILL be back this year to compete for a record eighth world championship.
    He will be joined by George Russell, following the departure of Valtteri Bottas.
    Some observers, however, feel that the Silver Arrows will wish they’d have been able to sign McLaren star Lando Norris instead.
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