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Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton knighted days after Abu Dhabi GP heartbreak
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Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton knighted days after Abu Dhabi GP heartbreak

Hamilton was recognised in the New Year Honours list for services to motor sport, and was knighted by the Prince of Wales at the Windsor Castle

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Verstappen deserves maiden title but FIA’s inconsistencies dampen celebrations
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Verstappen deserves maiden title but FIA’s inconsistencies dampen celebrations

Apart from being entertaining, the race in Abu Dhabi was mired in controversy, with the FIA’s interference in the race leaving a bad taste in one’s mouth

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: ‘Just insane’, Max Verstappen reacts to being crowned F1 world champion
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: ‘Just insane’, Max Verstappen reacts to being crowned F1 world champion

The Red Bull driver beat Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in a thrilling title showdown at the Yas Marina circuit to become the first Dutch racer to win the Formula One championship.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole as epic title battle gears up for thrilling showdown
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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole as epic title battle gears up for thrilling showdown

Verstappen goes into the season-closing race level on points with Hamilton, who took second in qualifying to join the Red Bull driver on the front row.

Formula 2: Jehan Daruvala wins second race of the season in Abu Dhabi; Oscar Piastri crowned F2 champion
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Formula 2: Jehan Daruvala wins second race of the season in Abu Dhabi; Oscar Piastri crowned F2 champion

Felipe Drugovich put Daruvala under tremendous pressure for the major part of the 23-lap race, but the Indian pulled away towards the end to cross the chequered flag two seconds ahead of Brazil's Drugovich.

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton ‘more relaxed than ever’ as title battle with Max Verstappen intensifies
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Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton ‘more relaxed than ever’ as title battle with Max Verstappen intensifies

Hamilton, eyeing an unprecedented eighth world title, trails Verstappen by eight points with just two races left — on the streets of Jeddah on Sunday and at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next weekend.

Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton disqualified from qualifying; Max Verstappen fined for touching rival car
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Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton disqualified from qualifying; Max Verstappen fined for touching rival car

Verstappen was fined 50,000 euros by stewards after video taken from the grandstands at Interlagos showed him touching the rear wing of rival Hamilton's car.

Formula 1: Jackie Stewart says a title for Max Verstappen will be 'good for motorsport'
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Formula 1: Jackie Stewart says a title for Max Verstappen will be 'good for motorsport'

Verstappen leads Hamilton by 19 points heading into Sunday's Brazil Grand Prix and the Dutchman looks increasingly capable of denying the Briton the title for the first time since 2016.

Formula 1: Max Verstappen dominates Lewis Hamilton in Mexico Grand Prix practice
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Formula 1: Max Verstappen dominates Lewis Hamilton in Mexico Grand Prix practice

Red Bull's Sergio Perez, racing in front of his home fans at the spectacular Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, was fourth at 0.570sec behind his teammate.

MotoGP 2021: 'Grazie Vale!' — Rossi retirement tour brings fans to his home town
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MotoGP 2021: 'Grazie Vale!' — Rossi retirement tour brings fans to his home town

Rossi announced in August that he would retire after the season-ending race at Valencia on 14 November.

Formula 1 heads into unknown with drivers' championship finely balanced
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Formula 1 heads into unknown with drivers' championship finely balanced

With six of the 21 rounds to race, Max Verstappen of Red Bull has retaken the lead in the drivers' championship by six points over reigning champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.

Turkish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops times in both practice sessions
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Turkish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton tops times in both practice sessions

This season’s narrow championship leader led the first session ahead of title rival Max Verstappen and the second from Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who drove impressively in both.

Formula 1: Max Verstappen says finishing 2nd to Lewis Hamilton 'won't really change his life'
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Formula 1: Max Verstappen says finishing 2nd to Lewis Hamilton 'won't really change his life'

The Dutchman, who is two points adrift of seven-time champion Hamilton ahead of this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix, told reporters he enjoyed his job, always does his best for Red Bull and would still feel good even if he finished second.

MotoGP: Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia pips Marc Marquez at Aragon to claim maiden victory
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MotoGP: Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia pips Marc Marquez at Aragon to claim maiden victory

This was Bagnaia's debut success in the premier category after 10 wins combined in Moto2 and Moto3.

Formula 2: After Sprint Race victory, Jehan Daruvala finishes fifth in Monza Feature Race
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Formula 2: After Sprint Race victory, Jehan Daruvala finishes fifth in Monza Feature Race

Daruvala, who had sealed his second Formula 2 win with a dominating drive in the second sprint race on Saturday, was sluggish from second and clocked 56:41.936.

Formula 1: Valtteri Bottas grabs pole for Italian GP Sprint after beating teammate Lewis Hamilton
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Formula 1: Valtteri Bottas grabs pole for Italian GP Sprint after beating teammate Lewis Hamilton

Bottas’ final flying lap saw him beat Hamilton by .096 seconds in a qualifying session that set the grid for Formula One's second-ever sprint, which will determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s main race.

Formula 1 2021: Alpha Tauri retain Yuki Tsunoda, Pierre Gasly for 2022 season
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Formula 1 2021: Alpha Tauri retain Yuki Tsunoda, Pierre Gasly for 2022 season

Tsunoda has impressed in his rookie season, winning 18 points with a best finish of sixth at the Hungarian Grand Prix while Gasly has been with Alpha Tauri since joining in 2017, except for a short stint with sister team Red Bull in 2019.

Formula 1 2021: Valtteri Bottas to race for Alfa Romeo next season with George Russell joining Mercedes
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Formula 1 2021: Valtteri Bottas to race for Alfa Romeo next season with George Russell joining Mercedes

The 32-year-old Bottas has spent the past five seasons alongside seven-time world champion Hamilton at Mercedes, winning nine Grands Prix and claiming 17 pole positions in 92 starts with the team.

MotoGP 2021: Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi announces decision to retire at end of season
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MotoGP 2021: Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi announces decision to retire at end of season

Rossi told a press conference ahead of this weekend's Styrian Grand Prix that he will call it a day, 12 years on from his last MotoGP title.

Formula 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton shrugs off boos and accusations to grab Hungarian GP pole ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen
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Formula 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton shrugs off boos and accusations to grab Hungarian GP pole ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen

Hamilton, who is aiming for his 100th Grand Prix victory and his ninth in Hungary, will be joined on the front row by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas with Verstappen starting third alongside his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.