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Lewis Hamilton edges closer to sixth world title after winning Mexican Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton’s wait for a sixth world title will go on to next weekend’s United States Grand Prix despite an impressive victory in Mexico on Sunday.

Hamilton produced an amazing effort to make his tyres last for 48 of the 71-lap race, but after Valtteri Bottas finished third, Hamilton – who needed his Mercedes team-mate to be fifth to be certain of the title – narrowly missed out on being crowned world champion here.


Lewis Hamilton celebrated in style

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The British driver now needs to finish only eighth in Austin to be absolutely sure of the championship that will move him to within one of Michael Schumacher’s record haul of seven.

Hamilton had looked out of contention to win at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, but his all-conquering Mercedes team pulled off a tactical masterstroke, stopping him eight laps later than pole-sitter Charles Leclerc and 14 laps before the Monegasque’s Ferrari team-mate, the second-placed Sebastian Vettel.

Leclerc’s early change for rubber ensured he would have to come in again – he did with 27 laps remaining.

Hamilton assumed the lead for the first time and somehow managed to get his wearing rubber to the chequered flag to claim a fine win.

Vettel finished second with Leclerc fourth. Alex Albon took fifth for Red Bull, one spot ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen who fell out of the mix after he suffered an early puncture following a banzai move on Bottas.

Although Mercedes’ tyre gamble proved a masterstroke, Hamilton had been on the radio to question his pit wall’s decision.

“It feels like we stopped way too early,” he said. Moments later, Hamilton voiced his concerns again. “We stopped too early. There is a long way to go on these tyres, man.”


Sebastian Vettel (left) and Valtteri Bottas (right) finished second and third, respectively

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Marcus Dudley, deputising for Hamilton’s regular race engineer Pete ‘Bono’ Bonnington, watching on TV back in Britain following a medical procedure, was the reassuring voice on the other end of the line.

“It is going to be difficult,” he said. “But we are on for a win if you can do this.” Chief strategist, James Vowles, echoed Dudley’s message. “Lewis, this is James, you can do it.”

They proved to be right. Indeed, Hamilton even had enough life in his tyres to attempt a late salvo for the fastest lap and a bonus point to make ninth good enough for the championship in Austin next weekend.

He could not quite manage it on an otherwise faultless afternoon for the Briton and his Mercedes team.

“What a job, guys,” yelled Hamilton on the radio. “Thank you so much for your hard work. That was a tough race, but what a fantastic job. That was for Bono.”

After hugging his Mercedes mechanics, Hamilton said: “Today is an incredible result. I have to say a huge thanks to my team.

“We came here thinking we were on the back foot, and knowing it would be a difficult race, but we pulled through. I kept my head down and it seemed like a long second stint.

“I don’t mind (that I have to wait for the championship). I love racing, and I will take it one race at a time.

“This has been a grand prix I have wanted to win for some time so I am incredibly humbled for this opportunity.”


Lewis Hamilton is closing in on another world title

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Hamilton lined up in third after Verstappen was controversially stripped of his pole. Bottas started in sixth after his Mercedes crew repaired his wrecked car from qualifying. It was touch and go as to whether the Finn would start the race – his car eventually repaired following 24 parts changes and more than seven hours of man power – just 30 minutes before the pit lane opened.

Hamilton roared away from his marks and took a nibble at Vettel on the 800-metre charge to the opening bend.

Vettel afforded Hamilton little to no room, and the Mercedes star was forced to back out. The stewards noted the incident but took no action.

Verstappen, who had started one spot behind Hamilton, then drew alongside the five-time world champion as they broke from 220mph for the first right-hander – but Hamilton had no desire to concede the place.

The Briton slid across the apex of the left-handed second bend, running on to the grass and taking Verstappen with him.

By the time Hamilton had recovered, he had dropped to fifth, but wasted little time in passing the McLaren of Carlos Sainz to move up to fourth.

Vettel was the last of the leaders stop for opening tyres on lap 37. Leclerc would lead, but when he came in for a second time, 10 laps later than his team-mate, Hamilton was promoted to the front.

From there, the reigning champion never looked back, crossing the line 1.7 seconds clear of Vettel.


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Lewis Hamilton: F1 star opens up on cryptic social media posts which claimed he felt like ‘giving up on everything’

Lewis Hamilton has opened up for the first time on social media posts he wrote last week stating he felt like ‘giving up on everything’.

Hamilton published the Instagram posts, in which he took aim at the state of the planet and agriculture farming, after the Japanese Grand Prix earlier this month.

He also encouraged his 13million followers to follow his lead and become vegan.


The message shared by Hamilton on Instagram

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There were worries for Hamilton’s mental health and well-being in the wake of his posts, and he admitted ahead of this weekend’s Mexican GP that he does have ‘a lot going on’ in his life right now.

“Like everyone, I have up and down days”, said the Mercedes driver. “It is very difficult for people who watch on social media to be able to relate to certain individuals who live in a celebrity world. They have feelings.

“Some people care about that, some people care less, so it wasn’t the best feeling at that moment.

“I have great people around me, and I have had a lot of support from my family and friends. Fortunately I am not alone. There is a lot going on in my life at the moment.”

Hamilton was asked about his final remark, but refused to elaborate.

“There is a lot that goes on in our lives,” he added. “It is important not to hold things in. I am always open and very transparent with my feelings, whether people like it or not.

Andy Murray named in Great Britain team for Davis Cup finals for the first time since 2016

Andy Murray has been called into Great Britain’s squad for the revamped Davis Cup in Madrid.

Murray won the European Open title in Antwerp against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday, his first ATP title since March 2017 – in just his sixth singles tournament since having a hip resurfacing operation in January.


Murray is back playing top level tennis – nine months after fearing he would have to retire

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The Scot’s recall to the Davis Cup is his first since 2016, having helped Great Britain win the tournament back in 2015.

GB captain Leon Smith has named four of his five-man team, with Dan Evans, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski included alongside fit-again Murray.

Smith, who will name the team’s fifth player in the coming weeks, said in a press release: “I’m delighted to name our first four players to represent GB for the Davis Cup Finals.

“Dan is playing some of the best tennis of his career and firmly deserves his place back inside the world’s Top 50.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic to see Andy back competing again, headlined by his incredible win in Antwerp yesterday.

“Jamie and Neal have been gaining much momentum as a team with impressive semi-final runs at Cincinnati, US Open, Beijing and Shanghai.

“We are in a good positions with improved strength and depth in our team and will be naming the fifth player in the next couple of weeks.

“We are looking forward to bringing our best tennis to the group phase.”


Andy Murray celebrates his first title win since 2017

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The new-format Davis Cup will have a round-robin stage before the group winners and the next two top teams advance to the knockout stages.

The tournament takes place on the hard courts of La Caja Magica in Madrid from November 18-24.

The ties themselves will have two singles matches and one doubles, all of which will be best-of-three tie-break sets.

Great Britain are in Group E with Holland and Kazakhstan, who they face on November 20 and 21 respectively.


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Andy Murray breaks down in tears after winning the European Open – his first title since 2017

Andy Murray broke down in tears as he claimed his first ATP Tour title for more than two-and-a-half years at the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium.

The Scotsman was playing in just his sixth singles tournament since having a hip resurfacing operation in January and, all things considered, Murray had significantly exceeded expectations by making it all the way to the final.


Andy Murray breaks down in tears after winning the European Open

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There he faced his old rival Stan Wawrinka, who was in the ascendancy for the vast majority of the match.

But Murray dug in superbly, saving eight of the 12 break points he faced, including several at crucial times, and battled to a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory.

The last time he lifted silverware in singles came in Dubai in March 2017, so it was no surprise that the tears quickly flowed.

Lewis Hamilton: Formula 1 star assures fans he ‘hasn’t given up’ and is ‘still fighting’ after worrying Instagram posts

Lewis Hamilton has allayed fears over his mental health and wellbeing by assuring fans he ‘hasn’t given up’ and is ‘still fighting’ after a number of worrying posts on Instagram.

Hamilton sparked concern on Tuesday by writing on Instagram that he feels ‘like giving up on everything’, saying the ‘world is such a mess and people don’t seem to care’.


Hamilton is a sporting superstar, but there are concerns over his wellbeing

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Speaking about his concerns for the environment, he even told people to ‘go vegan’, claiming ‘it’s the only way to truly save our planet today’.

The Brit said he would take time to gather his thoughts and was offered much support on social media by fans, who feared for the Formula 1 star.

But the Brit has followed up his previous message with happier vibes, writing: “Good morning World. I just wanted to send a message of positivity to you.

“I hope your week’s been amazing and wishing you a great weekend.

“I appreciate all the positive vibes you’ve sent my way. I haven’t given up, I’m still right here fighting! #StillIRise.”


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Hamilton is on the verge of winning his sixth F1 title thanks to a brilliant season on the track, and while he may struggling with personal issues, his Mercedes team – who won the constructors’ championship at last weekend’s Japan Grand Prix – have said his comments are ‘not related to racing’.

Hamilton’s concerning social media message from earlier this week, posted on his Instagram Story, read: “Hey world. I hope everyone’s enjoying their day.

“I’m sad right now with the thought of where this world is going. Extinction of our race is becoming more and more likely as we over use our resources.

“The world is a messed up place. World leaders either uneducated or don’t care about the environment at all.

“Agricultural farming is the largest pollutant we currently have by over 50 per cent, far more than our travel industry combined.

“I’m sad to see so many people, even close friends ignore what is happening daily.

“Education is key and we were taught that eating animal products was good for us but we’ve been lied to for 100s of years.

“Honestly, I feel like giving up on everything. Shut down completely. Why bother when the world is such a mess and people don’t seem to care.


The message shared by the F1 superstar on Instagram

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“I’m going to take a moment away to gather my thoughts. Thank you to those of you who do give a damn about the world.

“It’s taken me 32 years to understand the impact I am having on the world and I’m figuring out daily what I can do to play a better part.

“I want my life to mean something and honestly up until now my life’s had no meaning. Being a part of the issue is not meaningful.

“Being part of the solution is and I’m striving to do better.


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“I urge you, to do some research, find the compassion I know you have within you to recognise what you are contributing to in terms of what you eat which keeps the meat and dairy industry flourishing and therefore deforestation, animal cruelty, our seas and climate decaying on a daily basis.

“Go vegan, it is the only way to truly save our planet today. It can be done so quickly, all you have to do is put your mind to it.”

But it appears the 34-year-old is now in a better place.


Hamilton edged closer to another world title with victory at the Russia Grand Prix in September

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Hamilton is currently 64 points clear at the top of the F1 world championship standings with four races remaining, with the Mexico Grand Prix up next on October 27.

His sixth world championship would see the Brit take a step closer to Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles and further cement his reputation as one of the best ever drivers.


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Lewis Hamilton ‘can’t be compared’ to Formula 1 legends, says former world champion Jenson Button

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton may not be the best of friends, judging by the former Formula 1 world champion’s response to a question about his old team-mate on talkSPORT.

Button and Hamilton, by the former’s own admission in previous interviews, endured a sometimes frosty relationship during their three seasons together at McLaren.

Fresh from winning his only Formula 1 world title with the short-lived Brawn GP team in 2009, Button arrived at McLaren for the start of the 2010 campaign to complete alongside his fellow Brit.


Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button during their McLaren days

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Button has admitted in the past that their competitiveness perhaps drove a barrier between them during their time together, with arguments over team orders and their respective claims for another title.

A 23-year-old Hamilton had claimed his first championship title in 2008, but did not win again until he had moved to rivals Mercedes five years later. Button, meanwhile, failed to win again before retiring from F1 in 2017, although he did finish as runner-up to Sebastian Vettel in McLaren colours in 2011.

Since moving to Mercedes, Hamilton has of course dominated with four wins in six seasons with the Silver Arrows.

And he appears on course to win his sixth world championship – he is 64 points clear at the top of the standings with four races remaining – and take a step closer to Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles.


Hamilton edged closer to another world title by winning the Russian GP – he has nine race victories this season

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Button joined the Sports Breakfast on Thursday to chat about his new book, ‘How To Be An F1 Driver’.

And, asked if his fellow Brit is the best ever, Button said: “He’s very good.

“We were team-mates for three years so I could see first hand how good he is. His natural ability is fantastic.”

However, asked if it’s impossible to compare him to Jackie Stewart and the sport’s other icons, he added: “Yeah, you can’t compare.”

Button was then quickly asked if his former team-mate is ‘a nice guy’, to which he replied: “… so many questions!”

“He’s not then? Alright. Just say it, ‘no I don’t like him,” teased host Alan Brazil.

To which Button replied with a laugh: “Your words!”

Continuing his previous answer, he added: “You really can’t compare. He’s been in a team that has dominated Formula 1.

“I have loved watching F1 this year because Ferrari and Red Bull have had chances to win races and it’s been awesome to watch, but over a season the Mercedes team has been so dominant.

“He’s done a fantastic job as a driver, he’s done what’s been asked of him, but you can’t compare him to drivers of a different era. It was a different sport, even, back then.”


Button had hailed 23-year-old Verstappen

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Button also believes there’s a driver on the current F1 circuit who could become better than Hamilton and may be the fastest the sport has even seen: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

“I think he is the fastest driver that has ever driven an F1 car, I really do,” the Brit added about the ‘special’ 22-year-old.

The Dutchman has a total of seven race wins to his name, with six podium finishes this season.

“I think he is unbelievably fast,” Button said. “Previously to this year he made some mistakes, as you would expect from a young driver, but now he’s doing such a fantastic job.

“I really do think he is very special.”

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Lewis Hamilton: F1 star’s ‘why bother’ social media posts about ‘environmental issues and not related to racing’, say Mercedes

Mercedes remain uncertain over the reasons behind Lewis Hamilton’s concerning social media posts, but the F1 team say his ‘why bother’ comments are not to do with racing.

Hamilton sparked concern on Tuesday by writing on Instagram that he feels ‘like giving up on everything’ given the ‘world is such a mess and people don’t seem to care’.

The Brit said he would take time to gather his thoughts, and he was offered much support on social media by fans.


The message shared by the F1 superstar on Instagram

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Hamilton, who on Sunday edged closer to a sixth world championship by finishing third at the Japanese Grand Prix, also wrote about the impending ‘extinction of our race’ and urged his followers to become vegan to save the planet.

Mercedes have since commented on the social media posts, with the Brackley-based team saying they believe the posts were about environmental issues rather than possibly referring to Hamilton giving up on racing.

“I think he was referring to environmental issues and not anything related to racing,” a Mercedes spokesperson told Germany’s SID news agency. “However, I’m not sure.”

Lewis Hamilton: F1 star sparks concerns for his wellbeing with Instagram post saying: ‘I feel like giving up on everything’

Lewis Hamilton posted a cryptic message on his Instagram page on Tuesday that has sparked concerns over his wellbeing.

The five-time Formula One world champion wrote ‘I feel like giving up on everything’ in a message he shared to his 13.1million followers.


Hamilton is a sporting superstar, but there are concerns over his wellbeing

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The full post read: “Honestly, I feel like giving up on everything. Shut down completely.

“Why bother when the world is such a mess and people don’t seem to care.

“I’m going to take a moment away to gather my thoughts.

“Thank you to those of you who do give a damn about the world.”


The message shared by the F1 superstar on Instagram

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It is unclear what prompted Hamilton’s emotional post, but it left fans offering their messages of support to the 34-year-old.

On Sunday, Hamilton finished third at the Japanese Grand Prix to edge closer to a sixth F1 world championship.

But the Brit, who narrowly avoided being struck by debris from Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari during the race, was unhappy to miss out on victory, criticising his Mercedes team over their strategy.


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Japanese GP: Incredible onboard footage shows Lewis Hamilton’s instant reaction to avoid Charles Leclerc’s front wing and potential serious injury

Lewis Hamilton was lucky to avoid a potential serious injury as a result of damage to Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari during Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Leclerc has been penalised by the FIA for staying out on the track with a damaged car after a second corner clash with Max Verstappen at Suzuka broke the left front endplate of his car.

The part dragged along the ground for the opening lap before breaking off before Leclerc was pitted, with Ferrari deciding to keep the Monegasque out despite the issue.


Leclerc and Verstappen clashed at turn two with the former damaging his car

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When the endplate broke off, it flew through the air and struck Hamilton’s Mercedes, with the Brit chasing Leclerc. The debris smashed Hamilton’s right side mirror and broke it off the car, while other pieces of Leclerc’s Ferrari ended up Lando Norris’ front brake duct.

Things could have been much, much worse for Hamilton, however, as the debris only narrowly avoided striking the centre of his car – and possibly even the driver himself had the endplate not been stopped by the halo.

In fact, Hamilton only avoided a potentially serious injury – similar to the one suffered by Felipe Massa when he was struck in the head by a suspension spring in 2009 – by reacting quickly enough to turn his Mercedes slightly.

Onboard footage from the car shows just how quickly he managed to react to avoid the debris. You can watch the footage below…

Hamilton fumed on team radio after being struck by the endplate.

“How he’s not been given a warning flag I don’t know,” he said. “Lost a wing mirror.”

Leclerc was after the race hit with a 15-second time penalty as punishment for not pitting to replace the damaged front wing.

Lewis Hamilton furious with Mercedes’ strategy in Japanese Grand Prix as ‘f***-up’ forces him to wait for World Championship

Lewis Hamilton has accused Mercedes of costing him a shot at victory in the Japanese Grand Prix, forcing him to wait to claim a sixth World Championship.

Hamilton will move to within one title of Michael Schumacher’s record if he wins in Mexico a week next Sunday and Valtteri Bottas, who on Sunday claimed his first triumph since April, finishes fifth or lower.

However, the Briton’s chances of sewing up the championship for a third successive year in Mexico City would have been greater but for a questionable strategy decision – one which Hamilton described on the radio as a ‘f***-up’ – as he finished third.


Lewis Hamilton remains on course to win the drivers’ championship

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For the second time in three races, the championship leader was aggrieved to have lost out on strategy. In Singapore, he claimed his pit wall’s failure to react to an early stop by Sebastian Vettel robbed him of an easy win.

Here, Hamilton’s argument was three-fold. First, he lost 10 seconds to Bottas after being kept out on old tyres for three more laps than his team-mate.

Then, Hamilton believed he would have been better off changing to the most durable hard rubber.

And, when he was not, the Englishman thought he should have been told to manage his tyres, not blitz them in trying to catch Vettel, who like Bottas, was on an obvious two-stop strategy. Hamilton finished half a second behind the Ferrari driver.

“That was just a f***-up,” said Hamilton complaining to his race engineer, Pete Bonnington. “How have I lost that much time? I am basically out of the race.”