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    F1 star Lando Norris confirms romance with stunning Portuguese model Luisinha Oliveira while on holiday in Dubai

    FORMULA ONE fan favourite Lando Norris has confirmed stunning Portuguese model Luisinha Oliveira as his girlfriend whilst on holiday in Dubai.The 22-year-old is usually tight lipped when it comes to enquiries into his love life.
    Norris labelled Oliveira his ‘sunshine’Credit: INSTAGRAM: LANDONORRIS
    The 22-year-old model accompanied Norris in DubaiCredit: INSTAGRAM: LUISINHAOLIVEIRA99
    Fellow F1 driver Sainz expressed his delight over the news in Norris’ comments sectionCredit: INSTAGRAM: LUISINHAOLIVEIRA99
    The McLaren driver confirmed his romance with Oliveira on Instagram, sharing a picture of the couple kissing in the Dubai desert.
    Norris captioned the post ‘my sunshine’, sending his 4.7million insta followers wild.
    Happy fans took to the comments section to express their joy with the news.
    Fellow F1 driver and former Mclaren team-mate Carlos Sainz said on nice guy Norris and the 22-year-old Portuguese model: “It’s official.”
    One fan said: “Well this is just the cutest post I’ve ever seen.”
    Whilst another fan jokingly suggested Norris’ public post has left many with broken hearts.
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    They said: “And suddenly thousands of heartbreaks through-out the world all happened at the same time.”
    Oliveira could bring Norris good luck this year.
    The Brit finished sixth in the 2021 season and will be looking to climb his way up the driver standings.
    Norris is yet to win a race in F1 but maybe that’ll change this season.
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    Mercedes told they should have signed Lando Norris and NOT George Russell to partner Lewis Hamilton in 2022

    MERCEDES have been told that they would have been better off signing Lando Norris for next season than George Russell – had all drivers been available.The Silver Arrows have replaced Valtteri Bottas with Russell for the 2022 season.
    Lando Norris impressed in the McLarenCredit: PA
    George Russell will partner Lewis Hamilton next yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    The Brit, 23, has impressed in three seasons with Williams – even earning his first career podium.
    Team principal Toto Wolff opted to sign Russell for next season to partner Lewis Hamilton, having kept him on his radar for years as a former Mercedes youth driver.
    The F1: Chequered Flag podcast team, however, believe that in an ideal world Norris would have been a better option.
    Jack Nicholls said: “If I’m Mercedes and I have a free choice in that second seat alongside Hamilton, I think I’m picking Norris over Russell after this year.”
    Jolyon Palmer agreed: “I’m going with Jack on it, I’m going with Lando.
    “The way that he held off Lewis Hamilton at the end of that Sochi race until the strategy and the tyre choice got away from him, was unbelievable.
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    “For a guy that has never won a race, to have a seven-time World Champion breathing down his neck in a Mercedes…
    “Then it starts raining, and he’s still off the road a couple of times, scrabbling around, but keeping Hamilton, we all know how good he is in the wet, behind him.
    “It was really legendary stuff I think from Norris.”
    The McLaren star penned a new ‘multi-year’ contract back in May – making him unavailable to the likes of Mercedes.
    Norris grabbed four podiums in 2021, including a memorable second-place finish in Monza behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
    He finished sixth in the Driver Standings, being pipped to fifth by Carlos Sainz.
    Russell remarkably secured his first podium in a WilliamsCredit: Reuters
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    Lewis Hamilton retirement hint dropped by Mercedes in cryptic tweet suggesting Brit will NOT quit F1 ahead of new season

    LEWIS HAMILTON looks set to continue his Formula One career – after hints he would retire before the new season.The British hero, 36, missed out on a record-breaking eighth world championship on the last lap of the 2021 season.
    Lewis Hamilton appears set to continue in Formula One with Mercedes in 2022
    Max Verstappen overtook him in dramatic fashion after significant help from the safety car and race director Michael Masi to snatch his maiden title.
    And there were fears Hamilton would call it a day in the sport after the heartbreaking finale.
    Even former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone reckoned Hamilton’s time was up because he is ready to explore other ventures.
    Ecclestone said: “I don’t think he is coming back, I think he will not race next year.
    “His disappointment in Abu Dhabi was too great, and I understand him.
    “Now, tied for seven titles with Michael Schumacher, it is the perfect time for him to fulfil his dream and be a fashion entrepreneur.”
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    But Hamilton’s team Mercedes took to Twitter in the New Year – suggesting Hamilton is fired up and raring to go in 2022.
    They posted a photo of the Stevenage superstar wearing his race suit looking pensively into the light.
    The caption said: “Adversity causes some to break; others to break records.”
    Hamilton has not posted on social media since the Abu Dhabi GP more than three weeks ago and unfollowed everybody on Instagram.
    He has also been ignoring newly-elected FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem’s messages – and skipped the FIA end-of-season gala.
    But despite the radio silence, Ben Sulayem is confident Hamilton will be battling to reclaim the world title when the season starts in Bahrain in March.
    He said: “No, I don’t think he will quit.
    “I’ll ask your question: did Lewis declare that he’s not going to race? No. Exactly. Being a driver, you declare yourself, you don’t let the rumours talk.
    “I’m confident that Lewis will return. Lewis is a big part of motorsport, and of course of Formula One, the new era can add to Lewis’ wins and achievements, and also Verstappen is there.
    “I am very confident that you will see a very challenging Formula One season next year.”
    Max Verstappen clinched his first world title in dramatic fashion to pip HamiltonCredit: Getty More

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    Canelo Alvarez poses for picture with Max Verstappen as boxing and F1 champions link up at party

    CANELO ALVAREZ posed next to Max Verstappen as the sporting champions linked up. Dutchman Verstappen is still celebrating his controversial first Formula One title-winning season.
    Canelo Alvarez pictured with Max Verstappen
    Meanwhile Mexican Canelo, a four-division boxing champ, was widely voted Fighter of The Year for his standout 2021.
    The sporting stars were believed to have met at a party in Miami, where they were snapped together.
    It comes just weeks after Verstappen, 24, pipped Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, 36, to the 2021 F1 title – in dramatic and disputed fashion.
    The pair went into the final race of the season at Yas Marina LEVEL on points, with Hamilton seemingly coasting to victory with five laps left.
    But a late Safety Car after a Nicholas Latifi crash cued the most incredible finish, with Verstappen controversially overtaking Hamilton with one lap left.
    Mercedes protested the result on two counts, but were rebuffed by F1 chiefs and chose not to appeal the decision.
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    For Canelo, 31, his run to the undisputed super-middleweight title was, well, far less disputed.
    In the space of 11 months, he beat Callum Smith, 31, Avni Yildirim, 30, Billy Joe Saunders, 32, and Caleb Plant, 29.
    But in an unprecedented move, Canelo is now braced to move up more than TWO STONE and two divisions to cruiserweight.
    He had a request accepted by the WBC to challenge their cruiserweight champion, with the boxer eyeing a title in his FIFTH weight class.
    Max Verstappen with his F1 titleCredit: PA
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    Lewis Hamilton ‘sells incredibly rare Pagani Zonda supercar he once crashed for £8.5million’

    LEWIS HAMILTON has made a healthy £7million profit after selling his rare Pagani Zonda supercar for £8.5m.The 36-year-old purchased the vehicle for £1.6m with the motor specifically made for the seven-time Formula One world champion.
    Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has sold his Pagani Zonda for £8.5millionCredit: Car Scoops
    Hamilton once crashed the rare supercar in 2015 in Monaco ahead of the Brazilian Grand PrixCredit: Splash
    And according to Italian magazine Quattroruote, the British icon has now parted ways with the Pagani Zonda 760 LH.
    The one-off car, which boasts a purple exterior, was personally ordered from Horacio Pagani by Hamilton seven years ago.
    They state that Hamilton has decided to cash in on the vehicle for ethical reasons, with the Mercedes star keen to drive electric cars in the future.
    The Zonda 760 LH is capable of reaching 217mph, and can go from 0-60mph in less than three seconds.
    Hamilton once famously crashed the whip into three parked cars in 2015 in Monte Carlo ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
    He revealed that the accident was a result of heavy partying and a lack of sleep that caused him to lose control.
    Hamilton has made almost £7m profit after buying the vehicle for £1.6mCredit: Rex Features
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    The Arsenal fan remarked: “It was a result of heavy partying and not much rest for a week and a half.
    “I am a bit run down. I have been non-stop and trying to fit training in at the same time and not getting a lot of sleep.”
    Hamilton has also stated that despite his love for the car, he hated getting behind the wheel of it initially.
    He said: “The Zonda is terrible to drive!
    “It’s the best-sounding car I own, but handling-wise it’s the worst.”
    Hamilton suffered heartache last month when he was controversially robbed of a record eighth world title after Max Verstappen won the 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi.
    He has since unfollowed everyone on Instagram following the race in the United Arab Emirates with ex-F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone declaring he will retire from the sport. More

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    Lewis Hamilton was ‘lucky a few times this season’ despite controversial 2021 F1 title loss to Max Verstappen, say Honda

    LEWIS HAMILTON had his own share of the luck last season despite the safety car shocker that robbed him of the F1 title.That’s according to engine-maker Honda, whose units powered Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to victory in the Abu Dhabi finale.
    Lewis Hamilton congratulated Max Verstappen in Abu DhabiCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Mercedes superstar Hamilton had been on track for a record eighth championship at last month’s Yas Marina shoot-out.
    But a controversial safety car decision gave Verstappen clear air to leapfrog his rival and claim his first drivers’ title.
    Now Honda F1 boss Masashi Yamamoto has pointed to incidents such as the red flag at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as moments that went Hamilton’s way earlier in the season.
    He told Japanese outlet Autosportweb: “Lewis made a mistake, went off the track and lost a lot of time.
    “However, the red flag allowed his car to be repaired and he was able to make up the lost lap time.
    “Lewis has been lucky a few times this season and this was one of them.”
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    Merc bosses and F1 pundits were up in arms at the call by race director Michael Masi to allow a handful of lapped cars through before resuming racing in Abu Dhabi.
    Hamilton even hinted at retirement as fuming team principal Toto Wolff compared the controversy to Maradonna’s notorious Hand of God.
    The pair later shunned the FIA ceremony that saw Verstappen officially crowned world champion.
    The 36-year-old Hamilton has so far remained tight-lipped about his future and recently set the rumour mill spinning after unfollowing EVERYONE on Instagram. More

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    Max Verstappen relaxes on holiday in Miami with stunning girlfriend Kelly Piquet after amazing F1 title win

    MAX VERSTAPPEN relaxed in Miami with his stunning girlfriend Kelly Piquet after his incredible Formula One title win.The Dutchman won the F1 title in spectacular but controversial fashion, beating rival Lewis Hamilton on the final lap following controversy with a safety car.
    The F1 champ strutted along a sun-kissed Miami beachCredit: MEGA AGENCY
    Girlfriend Piquet wore a slick black swimsuitCredit: MEGA AGENCY
    Verstappen enjoyed Miami alongside his girlfriend and familyCredit: MEGA AGENCY
    The 24-year-old was also voted driver of the year by his peers, landing the award ahead of Hamilton.
    Verstappen and girlfriend Piquet walked down the beach and even got into the sea for a swim.
    Piquet wore a black one-piece swimsuit, whereas Verstappen went for a more casual look.
    The Red Bull man wore a white t-shirt, patterned shorts and a cap.
    F1 will be back in late March this year with Bahrain hosting the season opener.
    Miami will also host a race after signing a 10-year contract.
    Verstappen also jumped into the sea for a swimCredit: MEGA AGENCY
    The 33-year-old looked stunning as she joined her boyfriend in the oceanCredit: MEGA AGENCY
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    The track will be 5.41km long, have 19 corners, three straights and will race around the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.
    Silverstone – where Verstappen and Hamilton collided – will take place on July 3.
    And Monza falls on September 11 – both will be looking to avoid a repeat of last season which saw Verstappen’s car land on top of Hamilton’s Merc. More

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    Max Verstappen’s F1 title win ‘even sweeter’ as he beat a ‘fit and hungry’ Lewis Hamilton, claims Mark Webber

    MARK WEBBER claims Max Verstappen’s F1 title win was ‘even sweeter’ as he beat a ‘fit and hungry’ Lewis Hamilton.Verstappen secured a controversial win in the season’s final race at Abu Dhabi to lift his first-ever Formula One crown.
    Mark Webber has lauded Max Verstappen’s win over ‘fit and hungry’ Lewis HamiltonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    The Red Bull ace overtook Hamilton on the final lap following a safety car decision.
    And Verstappen has since been widely lauded for ending the Mercedes ace’s domination of the sport.
    It now remains to be seen if the pair go at it again next season, with Hamilton tipped to retire.
    But former Red Bull man Webber believes there was nothing holding the Brit back at Abu Dhabi, insisting Verstappen beat Hamilton in his prime.
    Webber declared: “He (Verstappen) was watching F1 for a long time, he saw Lewis dominating the sport and was like, ‘I want a piece of that’.
    “He’s not overwhelmed by individuals, he doesn’t play people on their reputations, he doesn’t drive on their reputations.
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    “He just sees it as ‘this is my turf, I’m a racing driver and I’m going to make my presence felt’, which he does extraordinarily well.
    “So I think for him to know he went against Lewis, there was no real attrition.
    “Yes he had the puncture in Baku, the shunt in Silverstone which was Lewis’ fault, Max was a bit out of order in Saudi I felt.
    “So they’ve had their trials and tribulations but ultimately he knows he’s beaten a hungry Hamilton, a fit Hamilton.”
    Webber now believes Verstappen can go on to emulate Hamilton’s era of domination, adding: “The maturity Max’s showed for his age when he came into the sport, he has biblical levels of confidence and feel, at the highest level. These cars are not easy to get on top of early.
    “Through karting and F3, Red Bull took the risk, and he is right up there in terms of what Red Bull stands for to compete and race hard.
    “Verstappen has captivated a nation. Look at the Dutch Grand Prix this year. That was phenomenal for the sport, a new benchmark for that.
    “These [drivers] come along once every 10 years. Verstappen is absolutely phenomenal, and the sport should be embracing him.” More