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Former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone charged with fraud | Racing News – Times of India

LONDON: Former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has been charged with fraud over a failure to declare more than 400 million pounds ($477 million) in assets he held overseas to the British tax authority, prosecutors said on Monday. The Crown Prosecution Service said Ecclestone, 91, faced one count of fraud by false representation. "This follows a complex and worldwide criminal investigation by HMRC's Fraud Investigation Service," said Simon York, Director at the Fraud Investigation Service of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The first hearing in his case is due to be held on Aug. 22 at London's Westminster Magistrates Court. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; ...
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“A driver could have been in hospital, and you are going to cheer that?”: Lewis Hamilton

Formula one racing driver Lewis Hamilton has blasted the fans at the Austrian Grand Prix for cheering when he crashed in the qualifying race. The Mercedes driver veered out of control on Turn 7, crashing into the barriers, close to the stands packed with Dutch fans of his 2021 title rival Max Verstappen. The crash was severe enough to damage the car’s survival cell or monocoque, the last line of defence between the driver and the car. It’s built out of 6mm of exceedingly strong carbon fibre composite with a layer of penetration-resistant Kevlar. Lewis and George were showing good pace in qualifying before disaster struck for both drivers in Q3#AustrianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/QpVsx7mPhl — Formula 1 (@F1) July 8, 2022 Hamilton emerged unharmed but even as he was still in his vehicle, th...
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Carlos Sainz claims maiden F1 win in British Grand Prix | Racing News – Times of India

SILVERSTONE (United Kingdom): Carlos Sainz claimed his first Formula One victory in his 150th race on Sunday when he drove his Ferrari to a spectacular triumph in a furious and crash-hit British Grand Prix. The 27-year-old Spaniard, starting from his maiden pole position, resisted a charging Sergio Perez of Red Bull, who recovered from 17th, to take the flag by 3.7 seconds in front of a record 142,000 crowd at the high-speed Silverstone circuit. Home hero seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes took third, to claim a record 13th podium finish on home soil, an unprecedented total by any driver at a single event. Drawing on his fresher tyres in the closing stages, Hamilton resisted and passed Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari, who finished fourth ahead of two-time champio...
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Carlos Sainz takes first career pole at British Grand Prix | Racing News – Times of India

SILVERSTONE (United Kingdom): Carlos Sainz grabbed his maiden pole position on Saturday when he outpaced world champion Max Verstappen, who survived a spin in an exciting rain-hit qualifying for the British Grand Prix. The 27-year-old Spaniard clocked a best lap of one minute and 40.983 seconds to beat the Red Bull driver by 0.072 seconds in the closing minute of a tense session run in treacherous wet conditions. His first pole came ahead of what will be his 150th Grand Prix start in Sunday's race, just two weeks after he was a very close second to the Dutchman in a thrilling finish at the Canadian Grand Prix. In a topsy-turvy session that saw positions shuffled rapidly in the changing conditions, Charles Leclerc was third in the second Ferrari ahead of Sergio Perez of Red Bull and home...
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Lewis Hamilton calls for action after Nelson Piquet’s racist slur | Racing News – Times of India

LONDON: Lewis Hamilton said the "time has come for action" after being the subject of a racially offensive term used by three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet. Formula One and motorsport's governing body the FIA condemned the 69-year-old Brazilian, who made the comments during a podcast. "It's more than language," Hamilton tweeted. "These archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport. It’s more than language. These archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport. I’ve been surrounded… https://t.co/FcphRIKe5v— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) 1656416838000"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." In a separate tweet, Hamilton posted in Portuguese: "Let...
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Jehan Daruvala completes successful F1 test with McLaren | Racing News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Young Indian racer Jehan Daruvala made a successful Formula 1 test debut this week with eight-time constructors' winner McLaren and is now eligible for a Super Licence. The 23-year-old, who is aiming to become the third racer from India to race in Formula 1, drove the Woking-based team's 2021 race-winning challenger - the MCL35M - on Tuesday and Wednesday at Silverstone. The test was Jehan's first taste of F1 machinery and he chalked up over 130 laps combined over the two days, over twice the distance F1 drivers will cover during next weekend's British Grand Prix. The track time helped him earn enough points to apply for a Super Licence, which is needed to compete in Formula 1. Jehan, who ran trouble-free on both the days, currently races with Italian team Prema in the Formula 2...
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Max Verstappen wins Canadian Grand Prix to tighten grip on title race | Racing News – Times of India

MONTREAL: World champion Max Verstappen increased his lead in this year's Formula One title race on Sunday when he drove his Red Bull to a thrilling victory in a closely-fought Canadian Grand Prix. The 24-year-old Dutchman controlled a tactical race from pole position through three safety car interventions and resisted intense late pressure from Ferrari's Carlos Sainz to win by under a second. Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who on Friday declared his car as "undriveable", came home third for Mercedes to claim his second podium of a difficult season ahead of team-mate George Russell in fourth. UPDATED STANDINGSFollowing a post-race penalty in Canada, the tables look like this#CanadianGP #F1 https://t.co/Qglw1xz0CB— Formula 1 (@F1) 1655678131000It was Verstappen's first Canadia...
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Max Verstappen takes pole position for Canadian Grand Prix | Racing News – Times of India

MONTREAL: World champion and series leader Max Verstappen drove expertly in difficult wet conditions in his Red Bull on Saturday to secure pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix. In an intriguing and entertaining qualifying session, the 24-year-old Dutchman clocked a best lap in one minute and 21.299 seconds, beating nearest rival two-time world champion Fernando Alonso of Alpine by seven-tenths of a second. Verstappen will start his 150th race from the prime start place after claiming his 15th pole in pursuit of a 26th career victory. His pole ends a run of four in a row by title rival Charles Leclerc who starts Sunday's race from the back of the grid after taking a new power unit on his Ferrari. The 40-year-old Alonso put in a dazzling late lap to delight the crowd and outpace fell...
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Melbourne to host Australian F1 race until 2035 | Racing News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: The Australian Grand Prix will continue to be held in Melbourne until 2035 after race organisers announced a new 10-year agreement with Formula One on Thursday, beating off rival bids from Sydney and the Gold Coast. The race was first run in 1928 and has been held at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne since 1996. It attracted record crowds in April when it returned for a race won by the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc after missing out in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. "The race has always been a favourite for the fans, drivers and the teams, and Melbourne is an incredible and vibrant international city that is a perfect match for our sport," Formula One president Stefano Domenicali said in a statement. Organisers said that nearly 420,000 people attended over...
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‘Stay on it,’ Verstappen tells Leclerc after Baku heartbreak | Racing News – Times of India

BAKU: Max Verstappen spared no sympathy for Charles Leclerc after the Dutchman took advantage of a race-ending engine failure for his Ferrari Formula One rival to cruise to an unchallenged win in Azerbaijan on Sunday. "I would say shit happens, that's racing, you know?" Verstappen, who experienced the heartbreak of crashing out of the lead in Baku last year, told reporters. "It happened to me, it happened to many people in the past and unfortunately it's happening to Charles. "If I would be in the same situation, I would also be disappointed, I think that's very normal, but it's about how you come out of it." Verstappen's win on Sunday, his fifth from eight races this season, allowed him to open up a commanding lead in the overall standings. He is now 21 points ahead of Red Bull team ma...
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F1: Verstappen wins Spanish Grand Prix, takes world championship lead | Racing News – Times of India

MONTMELÓ (Spain): World champion Max Verstappen overcame a sequence of problems to lead his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez home and claim the lead in this year's title race on a bad day for Ferrari in Sunday's sizzling Spanish Grand Prix. His victory in a crushing Red Bull one-two was the 24th of his career and third in succession this season as he came home ahead of his Mexican partner with George Russell confirming Mercedes' revival by finishing third. Charles Leclerc, who had led the championship and dominated practice, set off convincingly from pole position until he was forced to retire his Ferrari with an engine failure. Beaten at the start, Verstappen was blown off the circuit and had technical problems, but he overcame them to produce a furious drive aided by his team-mate's ge...
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Charles Leclerc puts Ferrari on pole for Spanish Grand Prix | Racing News – Times of India

BARCELONA: Ferrari's Formula One championship leader Charles Leclerc performed under pressure with a late flyer after a spin to surge from 10th to pole position ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix. Main rival and reigning champion Max Verstappen, who had looked like taking the top slot for Red Bull, had to settle for second after a late problem wrecked his final effort. Ferrari's home hero Carlos Sainz secured third place on the grid for Sunday, with George Russell taking the fourth slot for a revived Mercedes team. Russell's team mate and seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton qualified sixth, behind Red Bull's Sergio Perez. "It was a very, very difficult session...because I did a mistake in the opening and then obviously I only had one lap," said Leclerc after his fourth pole in s...
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Formula E champion Nyck de Vries handed Williams practice slot | Racing News – Times of India

LONDON: Formula E champion Nyck de Vries will replace Williams' race regular Alex Albon in first Friday practice for this weekend's Spanish Formula One Grand Prix, the team said. Teams are obliged to run a young driver in two such sessions this season. De Vries, 27, is also a reserve for Mercedes who provide Williams with engines. While he has tested for Mercedes, the Friday session will be his first official outing in a Formula One car at a grand prix weekend. The Barcelona circuit is a familiar one from pre-season testing. "Preparation for the test is going well so far and the team have been incredibly supportive of me. I'm very much looking forward to the whole experience in Spain," the Dutchman said. De Vries beat Canadian Nicholas Latifi, Williams' other current driver, to the Form...
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Formula One’s jewellery ban is for right reasons: Grand Prix Drivers’ Association

Formula One is right to ban jewellery from the cockpit but the governing FIA could have enforced the rule in a less confrontational way, according to Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) chairman Alex Wurz. Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and the FIA were in a standoff at this month’s Miami Grand Prix over piercings the Mercedes driver has raced with for years and said he could not remove. read more Hamilton has been told to take them out by the Monaco Grand Prix on May 29 but has said he has no intention of doing so. read more “It is a rule for the right reasons,” former Benetton, McLaren and Williams driver Wurz, who is heavily involved in driver safety and education, told Reuters. “I would have probably liked a slightly different approach of how to deliver the message. “I ...
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Formula One teams strip off the paint to go faster | Racing News – Times of India

LONDON: Formula One teams seeking to go faster have been stripping paint from the cars they revealed with pride before the season started. McLaren, Aston Martin and Williams were among those at last weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola with notable expanses of raw, black carbon fibre replacing previously liveried areas. New rules for 2022, with the introduction of larger wheels and an increased use of standard parts, have left some struggling to get down to a new minimum weight limit of 798kg. Every excess 10kg translates into about 0.3 seconds of lost time per lap. "With the halo, the bigger tyres, the longer cars, we were all overweight. I think all but maybe one team," McLaren boss Zak Brown told Reuters. "When you’re overweight you do everything you can to save anything you ...
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Max Verstappen wins Emilia Romagna Formula 1 Grand Prix | Racing News – Times of India

IMOLA: World champion Max Verstappen rekindled his title defence on Sunday with an accomplished victory ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez in a dominant one-two triumph for Red Bull at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. In a rain-affected race, the pole-sitting 24-year-old Dutchman came home more than 16 seconds ahead of his team-mate as Charles Leclerc and Ferrari endured a disappointing day in front of passionate home support at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Leclerc, who started second on the grid, finished sixth after making a poor start and spinning in the closing laps while running third, allowing Lando Norris to take the final podium place for McLaren. George Russell produced a stirring drive for Mercedes to come home fourth after starting 11th, fending off Valtteri Bottas's Alfa Ro...
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Verstappen takes pole in wet and chaotic Imola qualifying | Racing News – Times of India

IMOLA (Italy): Formula One world champion Max Verstappen put Red Bull on pole position in a wet and crash-interrupted Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying on Friday to secure top slot for the first sprint of the season. The pole was his first of the 2022 campaign. Ferrari's championship leader Charles Leclerc, thwarted by a late stoppage, will line up alongside the Dutchman on the front row for Saturday's 100km race to decide who starts first in Sunday's main grand prix at Imola. Verstappen goes into the Formula One record books as the pole setter for the weekend, however, regardless of where he starts on Sunday. The winner of the sprint will take eight points instead of the three available at each of last season's three such weekends. Leclerc has a 34 point lead over Mercedes' George R...
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Charles Leclerc ready to feel the fervour of the Ferrari fans | Racing News – Times of India

IMOLA: The massed ranks of Ferrari fans will be hoping to celebrate a triumphant homecoming at Imola on Sunday after Charles Leclerc's early season domination raised expectations to the highest levels in years. The Monegasque has taken 71 of a possible 78 points and Imola, a circuit named after team founder Enzo and son Dino, offers a scoring bonanza as the first sprint race of the campaign as well as first European round. This year the winner of Saturday's 100km sprint will take eight points, which means Leclerc could collect a maximum 34 -- including a bonus for fastest lap -- instead of the previous best available 29. The Ferrari driver's current lead over Mercedes' George Russell is also 34 points after three of a scheduled 23 races, meaning that even if Leclerc draws a blank he is ...
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Serena Williams, Lewis Hamilton join Broughton’s bid to buy Chelsea | Football News – Times of India

Former tennis world number one Serena Williams and seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton have joined Martin Broughton's bid to buy Premier League club Chelsea, a source close to the bid told Reuters on Thursday. Former Liverpool chairman Broughton's consortium includes World Athletics President Sebastian Coe and wealthy investors from around the world, who the group says all want to maintain Chelsea's top status. Private equity veterans Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who own sport teams including the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers, are also backing Broughton's bid. Williams and Hamilton have pledged an estimated 10 million pounds ($13.06 million) each to the bid. Reuters have reached out to Broughton and Williams' representatives for comment. Willia...
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Sebastian Vettel fined 5,000 euros for track scooter ride | Racing News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Four-times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel was fined 5,000 euros ($5,420.50) on Friday for riding a scooter around the Australian Grand Prix circuit after his Aston Martin broke down in first practice. It was not quite the return to action the German had expected after missing the first two races of the season due to contracting COVID-19. Vettel had managed a few laps but his car soon stopped with smoke billowing out the rear. After getting out, the German grabbed a fire extinguisher off a track marshal and gave the car a spray. Session over, he then rode along the track back to the pits on a motor scooter with his helmet perched on the top of his head, at one point waving at fans with both hands. This is the most iconic end to a practice session we can remember 😅...