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JACK GAUGHAN IN JEDDAH: There was a young lad, who could only have been eight, knocking a ball about with his brother not far from the historic Al-Balad, Jeddah’s old town, on Tuesday afternoon. Dusty car bonnets took a beating, the child nervously fidgeting each time his control deserted him in an unmistakable way that … Read more

Owners of England's WAGS World Cup cruise ship being investigated for 'slave labour'

EXCLUSIVE: Georgina Irwin (top left), Lucia Loi (top right), Anna Modler (bottom left) and Sasha Attwood (bottom right) are among the England WAGS set to stay on MSC World Europa.

Wolff says radio access to Masi should be restricted

LONDON: Radio access to Formula One race director Michael Masi (pix) should be limited to prevent anyone lobbying for their team or putting pressure on him, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said on Thursday. The final race of the season in Abu Dhabi last Sunday saw both Red Bull Boss Christian Horner and Wolff talking to … Read more

Max back behind the wheel with golden shoes

ABU DHABI: Max Verstappen donned golden shoes as he got back behind the wheel for tyre testing in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday after winning the Formula One world championship for Red Bull. The 24-year-old Dutch driver, who beat Mercedes’ seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton controversially in Sunday’s season-ending race, completed 124 laps of Yas … Read more

Verstappen says Mercedes boss texted congratulations

ABU DHABI: Formula One world champion Max Verstappen took stock of his new status on Monday and revealed that Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, despite threatening to appeal, had texted his congratulations. The 24-year-old handed Red Bull their first title since 2013 in Abu Dhabi on Sunday when he overtook Mercedes’ seven times world champion … Read more

Hamilton and Verstappen take a step into the unknown

QATAR: Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen take their title battle into the unknown this weekend as Qatar hosts a Formula One grand prix for the first time at a track better known for two-wheeled thrills. The last of three races on successive weekends from Mexico via Brazil, Qatar also starts a final run of three … Read more

Hamilton on crest of a wave ahead of new Qatar challenge

DOHA: Fresh from arguably his greatest triumph, Lewis Hamilton (pix) will be on the crest of a wave this weekend as he seeks another momentous victory over Max Verstappen at the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix. Just days after the most spectacular win of his career at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, the 36-year-old, a keen … Read more

Hamilton clarifies comments about Bottas, Perez

MEXICO CITY: Seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton (pix) moved yesterday to defuse comments he made about Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after Sunday’s Mexico City Grand Prix. The Briton, who trails Red Bull rival and Mexico race winner Max Verstappen by 19 points with four races remaining, took to … Read more

Brawn wants pole awarded on Friday

MEXICO: Pole position should be awarded to the fastest Formula One driver in Friday qualifying on those weekends when a Saturday sprint race is held, according to the sport’s managing director Ross Brawn (pix). The subject has been much debated after a trial of the sprint format this season at three grands prix, with six … Read more

The statistics are stacking up in favour of Verstappen

LONDON: One retirement could change everything but the statistics are stacking up for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen as he seeks to deny Lewis Hamilton a record eighth Formula One championship this season. Sunday’s US Grand Prix victory at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas was the 24-year-old Dutch driver’s eighth from 17 of 22 races, compared … Read more

F1 benefiting from cost cap and rule changes, says Brawn

LONDON: Formula One fans are seeing the benefits of this year’s cost cap and the new rules coming for 2022, the sport’s managing director Ross Brawn said on Tuesday with the championship battle on a knife-edge. Mercedes’ seven times champion Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen have traded the lead repeatedly since March with … Read more