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Opinion: Alonso’s right, Lewis Hamilton belongs in F1’s highest echelon

Only Michael Schumacher has had more success in Formula 1. And Lewis Hamilton might yet haul him in. For DW's Mark Hallam, Hamilton's "greatest rival" Fernando Alonso summed up the Brit's place in the sport's history. It's been Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel vying for world championships in most of the last nine seasons. Hamilton now has five titles to Vettel's four, and the German's error-prone season doesn't bode well for Ferrari in 2019. Hamilton delivered a series of vintage performances this year: besting Kimi Raikkonen one-on-one in Ferrari's backyard in Monza, recovering from 14th on the grid to win on Vettel's home turf in Germany, delivering a qualifying lap for the ages to claim pole and later the win in Singapore, and looking imperious all weekendat Japan's technical and challenging Suzuka circuit. As Hamilton's form improved, Vettel's dropped off; a tight title race morphed into a bit of a walkover. But in many ways, Hamilton's career is better defined by its connection to another, less decorated rival — Fernando Alonso. Back in 2007, few would have given the rookie British driver any chance of keeping pace against a 26-year-old Alonso. The Spaniard was the 2005 and 2006 world champion — the youngest in the sport's history until Vettel came along — and the man who had just brought a decade of Michael Schumacher dominance to a shuddering halt. 'He showed talent from day 1' But, as Alonso himself said earlier this month, Hamilton "showed talent from day 1." He finished on the podium in his first ever grand prix and within six races, he'd picked up a pole position and a win. Most astonishingly of all, it took 10 races until Hamilton finally failed to finish in the top three. Hamilton became such a threat to Alonso in 2007 that the two really couldn't co-exist at McLaren. Team boss Ron Dennis didn't want to stifle Hamilton's fairy-tale rookie season, while Alonso felt he wasn't getting the team-leader treatment he'd been promised when signing up as the hottest property on the grid. An amusing commercial for team sponsor Santander — depicting Hamilton and Alonso racing to be first to get from the track to their hotel rooms, all to the tune of "Anything you can do, I can do better" — was just a little too on-the-nose. The uneasy alliance couldn't last. The upshot — virtually unthinkable 12 years ago — is Fernando Alonso retiring from F1 with just the 2005 and 2006 championships to his name, as Lewis Hamilton claims his fifth drivers' title. Probably Michael, Fangio, Senna, Prost, Lewis' Alonso, asked to rank his F1 top five, included the man who scuppered his shot at a spot among the most successful in the sport — choosing Michael Schumacher, Juan-Manuel Fangio, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Hamilton. It's extremely difficult to argue with this selection, despite other strong candidates. Perhaps Jim Clark had the potential to join this exalted company, but for his untimely death at Hockenheim in 1968. Some might argue for Fangio's great 1950s rival Stirling Moss, five times a championship runner-up. Niki Lauda won three titles despite his life-threatening crash, even while taking a four-year break from F1 in his prime. And a few could ask what might have been for the man from Oviedo, if Hamilton had never joined Alonso at McLaren. 'Arguably the greatest I've driven against' Hamilton himself hinted at this when Alonso announced his retirement from F1 earlier this season, saying Alonso was probably the best driver he'd ever competed against, and that he deserved greater success in the sport. Never shy of lacing his compliments with some criticism, the Brit also suggested Alonso perhaps wasn't as sly or as shrewd outside the cockpit as he was speedy behind the wheel. "It's not just about being a great driver it's also how you maneuver, how you play the game," Hamilton said. "Like a chess game, it's how you position yourself — all these different things that are also part of the package." In 12 seasons on the grid, Hamilton has shown this mix of pure pace and political guile. Moving to Mercedes from McLaren ready for the 2013 campaign seemed a bold if not suicidal career move at the time; six seasons and four world titles later, it looks like a stroke of genius. But to this day, the damage Hamilton did to Fernando Alonso's F1 legacy remains perhaps the best indicator of his impact on the sport.

Only Michael Schumacher has had more success in Formula 1. And Lewis Hamilton might yet haul him in. For DW’s Mark Hallam, Hamilton’s “greatest rival” Fernando Alonso summed up the Brit’s place in the sport’s history. It’s been Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel vying for world championships in most of the last nine seasons. Hamilton now has five titles to ... Read More »

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton aims to clinch title with a win in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton heads into the Mexican Grand Prix with an excellent chance of clinching the drivers' title with two races to spare. However, Sebastian Vettel is determined to battle to the bitter end. The British Mercedes driver goes into the third-last race of the season on Sunday needing only to finish in fifth place or better to clinch his fourth F1 drivers' championship. The now 32-year-old Hamilton has come a long way since 2008, when he was overjoyed at winning his first F1 title – by finishing fifth in the last race of the season. At this stage of his career, he won't be satisfied with the bare minimum. "I plan to win. I'm not here for anything else but No. 1," Hamilton told a Wednesday press conference in Mexico City. "I was just thinking about it as I was walking in here. It is true that I only need to finish fifth. But I thought, I think to myself, 'How would I feel if I was to finish fifth and win the world championship?' It wouldn't feel great." However, far from being overconfident, Hamilton said that despite his 66-point advantage over his closest rival, Ferrari's German driver, Sebastian Vettel, he was prepared for a tough contest. "It's going to be difficult, I think ... a lot closer between Red Bull and Ferrari and us," he said. "But I love that. And so I'm hoping that if I'm able to drive like I did in the last race, last week, I think it could be a good weekend." 'It's not over' For his part, Vettel, who by finishing second in Austin stopped Hamilton from clinching the title last weekend, has not given up hope of coming from behind to claim his fifth drivers' championship. "It's not over," Vettel said. "It's not in our hands as much as we'd like, but we want to win the last three races." However, as Vettel and his Ferrari team are well aware, even if he were to win all three, he would still need Hamilton to stumble for him to have a chance at the title. Assuming Hamilton does clinch it on Sunday, he will join some elite company, equaling the four career drivers' championships won by both Vettel and Alain Prost. Only Michael Schumacher (seven) and Juan Manuel Fangio (five) have won more career titles. Difficult time for host nation Apart from the possible crowning of a new champion, this weekend's event will also provide Mexican F1 fans with a welcome distraction from the September 19 earthquake that caused much destruction and claimed the lives of more than 200 people. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez became a staging area for relief supplies in the aftermath of the 7.1 magnitude quake and Mexican driver Sergio Perez, who was in his hometown of Guadalajara when it struck, quickly donated $165,000 (€140,000) to victims. This weekend, Rodriquez is to wear a special helmet with a map of Mexico and the earthquake zone depicted on top with the phrase "Todo Mexico Unido! (All of Mexico united!)" "It's been a very tough couple of months for my country. What happened was horrible, but it was amazing to me not just how Mexico responded but the whole world," Perez said on Thursday. A total of more than 300,000 spectators are expected to attend practice and qualifying, followed by Sunday's race.

Lewis Hamilton heads into the Mexican Grand Prix with an excellent chance of clinching the drivers’ title with two races to spare. However, Sebastian Vettel is determined to battle to the bitter end. The British Mercedes driver goes into the third-last race of the season on Sunday needing only to finish in fifth place or better to clinch his fourth ... Read More »

Formula One: What has to happen for Lewis Hamilton to win the title in Austin

Lewis Hamilton can win a fourth driver's title on Sunday, which would draw him level with Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost. Vettel can still stop Hamilton, but the Briton holds a lead of 59 points. Lewis Hamilton stands on the verge of a fourth world title with four races to go in the Formula One season. All eyes will be on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday, with only Sebastian Vettel being the only driver with a realistic chance of halting the Mercedes driver's charge towards glory. In order for Hamilton, who leads Vettel by 59 points, to clinch the championship this weekend he must outscore the German by 16 points and teammate Valtteri Bottas by just three points. Hamilton will become the drivers' champion if he wins the race and Vettel finishes sixth or lower. If the Briton finishes second, he will need to rely on Vettel finishing ninth or lower and Bottas failing to win. If Hamilton finishes third, he cannot win the title in America and will be forced to wait at least another week, with the Mexico Grand Prix to be held on October 29. In the constructors' championship, Ferrari must outscore Mercedes by 17 points if they are to maintain their slim hopes of winning. Mercedes currently have a commanding 145-point lead over Ferrari, meaning a Mercedes win in Texas would secure victory. Hamilton coy on 'take a knee' In the lead up to Sunday's race, there has been some media speculation about whether Lewis Hamilton could go down to one knee in support of the ongoing protests by National Football League players against racial injustice. However, he has refused to confirm whether or not he intended to 'take a knee' in sympathy in Texas. The Briton, the only black driver to have won the Formula One championship, has said that he was focused on winning the race rather than the widespread protests in the United States. "I don't plan to let all the BS pull me down," Hamilton said. "I've worked hard to be here today and I have feelings about the whole situation, but at the moment I have no plans to do anything." He added: "I know a lot of people in America so I get to speak to a lot of black and white people that live here. I get quite a good view of what's happening here and I get opinions from the Americans about the movement, which I think is pretty huge. "You've seen I've posted about it because I respect it highly and I find the movement that Colin Kaepernick started awesome. I'm very much in support of it. "But I'm here to win. That's really at the top of my priorities at the moment so I'm not really focused on anything else."

Lewis Hamilton can win a fourth driver’s title on Sunday, which would draw him level with Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost. Vettel can still stop Hamilton, but the Briton holds a lead of 59 points. Lewis Hamilton stands on the verge of a fourth world title with four races to go in the Formula One season. All eyes will be ... Read More »

Bottas seals first ever F1 win in Russian Grand Prix

Mercedes pilot Valtteri Bottas has won the Russian Grand Prix ahead of German driver Sebastian Vettel, who had started in pole. The duo delivered an enthralling race after Bottas took the lead on the first lap. In a spectacular opening lap, Mercedes pilot Valtteri Bottas got off to the perfect start to take an immediate lead. Ferrari had held the top two positions on the grid, but four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen were surprised as third-placed Bottas overtook them straight away. Read: What you need to know about F1 in 2017 Bottas held on to the lead in a dramatic end to the race. With ten laps to go, Vettel began to close the gap and with fresher tires in blistering heat, looked to set to strike.But when Bottas, lapped Felipe Massa, Vettel was slowed down trying to squeeze back past. Ferrari took second and third as Raikkonen kept Bottas' Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at bay as the former champion missed out on a podium place. Four cars failed to even make it lap seven. Williams' Lance Stroll spun on the first lap, causing a crash that also took out Jolyon Palmer and Romain Grosjean, who came to blows over the incident. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also had to retire with engine trouble. And former World Champion Fernando Alonso had to pull out of the race before it had even started after his McLaren broke down on the formation lap. It meant the two-time champion has yet to finish a race in four attempts this season.

Mercedes pilot Valtteri Bottas has won the Russian Grand Prix ahead of German driver Sebastian Vettel, who had started in pole. The duo delivered an enthralling race after Bottas took the lead on the first lap. In a spectacular opening lap, Mercedes pilot Valtteri Bottas got off to the perfect start to take an immediate lead. Ferrari had held the ... Read More »

Flawless Nico Rosberg gets back to winning ways in Azerbaijan

After finishing off the podium in the last three races, Nico Rosberg won the Europe Grand Prix, his fourth race win of the season. The Mercedes driver reopened the gap on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Nico Rosberg led from pole to flag in the inaugural Azerbaijan Grand Prix to extend his lead at the top of the drivers' championship to 24 points. The Mercedes driver followed up a flawless qualifying session on Saturday with an emphatic drive to end a run of three races without a podium place. "It has been an amazing day and an amazing weekend - it has been spectacular," Rosberg said after the race. "You created a great track; it was really exciting racing. Qualifying went all to plan. It was awesome. No concerns, we went flat out." Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finished just under 16.6 seconds behind Rosberg in second, his second consecutive runner-up place. Force India driver Sergio Perez finished third partly due to Kimi Raikkonen's five-second penalty for crossing the pit-lane entry line. With victory, the German has reasserted his dominance over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the standings, with the Briton finishing fifth after experiencing technical problems throughout the race. Rosberg had missed the podium in Spain, Monaco and Canada the last three weeks and allowed Hamilton back into the championship race despite winning his first four races.

After finishing off the podium in the last three races, Nico Rosberg won the Europe Grand Prix, his fourth race win of the season. The Mercedes driver reopened the gap on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Nico Rosberg led from pole to flag in the inaugural Azerbaijan Grand Prix to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to ... Read More »

Red Bull relegate Daniil Kvyat, promote teenager Max Verstappen

Teenager Max Verstappen will take Daniil Kvyat's place at Red Bull, with the Russian bounced back to junior team Toro Rosso. This follows two high-profile Kvyat incidents involving Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull announced on Thursday they had promoted 18-year-old Max Verstappen from their junior Formula One team Toro Rosso with immediate effect. He is taking the place of Daniil Kvyat, who Red Bull has dropped back to the junior outfit. "Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent," Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said as part of the announcement. "His performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing." Verstappen became the youngest drivier in Formula One history last season when he made his debut at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. He has already drawn interest from racing giants Ferrari and Mercedes, a factor that may have influenced Red Bull's decision to promote him - hoping to keep the Belgian hotshot from jumping ship to a rival at the end of the season. Vettel crashes not the reason, says Helmut Marko Kvyat's demotion comes after he crashed into Sebastian Vettel twice on the first lap of Sunday's Russian Grand Prix. The two impacts forced Vettel to retire; the former Red Bull ace launched an expletive-ridden tirade over in-car radio when stricken at the side of the track. In China, also, Vettel had taken Kvyat to task at the podium ceremony, accusing the Russian of forcing him into a collision with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Räikkönen. However, Vettel later conceded, having watched the replay footage, that he had overreacted to a legitimate overtake by Kvyat - who made no contact with Vettel. Red Bull's driver development program head, Helmut Marko - seen as a driving force in the two team's hiring and firing policies - told specialist website motorsport-total.com that the decision was not based on Kvyat's recent misadventures. "Primarily, this was a bid to take some pressure off Daniil," Marko said. "He has fallen well short of his performances last year. On average, he's been three to five tenths of a second slower than [teammate Daniel] Ricciardo. Last year, they were neck and neck." Red Bull promoted Kvyat at the beginning of the 2015 season after Vettel made his move to Ferrari. The 22-year-old Russian driver had bested his teammate Daniel Ricciardo last season, but he has been second best to the Australian so far this season. "But what was even more difficult was that he was very incosistent, had lots of ups and downs," Marko said of the relegated Russian. "Sometimes things were working, as we saw in China, but he had put himself under such pressure that these form swings became automatic. The crash in Sochi was a response of the internal pressure he'd put on himself. It did not come from us." Kvyat now returns to Toro Rosso, where he made his F1 debut, after two podium finishes with Red Bull. "Dany will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is already familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential," said Horner.

Teenager Max Verstappen will take Daniil Kvyat’s place at Red Bull, with the Russian bounced back to junior team Toro Rosso. This follows two high-profile Kvyat incidents involving Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull announced on Thursday they had promoted 18-year-old Max Verstappen from their junior Formula One team Toro Rosso with immediate effect. He is taking the place of Daniil Kvyat, ... Read More »

Hamilton closing in on Formula One title

In a drama-filled Russian Grand Prix, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton clinched his ninth win of the season and looks set to defend his driver's title. His teammate and rival, Nico Rosberg, was forced to retire early. Lewis Hamilton triumphed at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday and took a massive step towards clinching the Formula One driver's championships with teammate Nico Rosberg retiring. Despite starting from the pole position, the German Rosberg was forced out of the race in the early stages due to throttle problems. Having started behind his Mercedes teammate on the grid, Hamilton was left to coast to victory and looks set for a successful defence of his driver's crown, holding a 66-point lead with just 100 points left to race fo. Drama throughout in Sochi In a race with two Safety Car interventions, several accidents and a number of retirements, Spaniard Carlos Sainz who had crashed heavily in his Toro Rosso on Saturday, was passed fit to start from the back of the grid, rose to 10th and retired after spinning off in the closing laps. An opening lap multi-car collision caused the first Safety Car. The second came after 12 laps when Romain Grosjean crashed heavily in his Lotus, but climbed out of the wreckage unhurt. Another crash came on the final lap involving Finns Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas of Williams as they battled for third. That mishap handed the position instead to Sergio Perez who claimed only the third podium in the Force India team's history. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel came in second. This ninth win of 2015 moved Hamilton up to 302 points in the drivers standings with Vettel overtaking Rosberg, the former four-time champion now placed second on 236 points, with Rosberg on 229. Hamilton can clinch the title in the United States Grand Prix on October 25 if all of the results go his way in Texas. The constructors's title though, was decided in the aftermath of Sunday's race, when officials determined that Raikkonnen had been at fault in the collision with Bottas and handed him a 30-second penalty. This dropped Raikonnen's placing in the Russian Grand Prix from fifth to eighth, and the loss of points in the constructors' standings meant that Mercedes have won their second successive title with four races to spare.

In a drama-filled Russian Grand Prix, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton clinched his ninth win of the season and looks set to defend his driver’s title. His teammate and rival, Nico Rosberg, was forced to retire early. Lewis Hamilton triumphed at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday and took a massive step towards clinching the Formula One driver’s championships with ... Read More »

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