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Fernando Alonso to make F1 comeback with titanium plates in his jaw

Fernando Alonso will make his Formula One comeback this season with titanium plates in his jaw. The double world champion had the plates inserted after a cycling accident in February, he revealed on the first day of testing in Bahrain. On track, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen headed the time sheets while Mercedes suffered a setback, […]

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Lewis Hamilton admits Mercedes struggles during pre-season testing

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that his Mercedes car is far from optimised with the new Formula One season just two weeks away. The world champion lost time on Saturday after a spin put him off track and he conceded that they had yet to find the car’s “sweet spot”. Mercedes have not enjoyed their usual […]

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No one can come close’: Murray Walker, the voice of Formula One, dies aged 97

For generations of British fans, Murray Walker, who died on Saturday at the age of 97, was, quite simply, the voice of Formula One. The affection with which he was held by the paddock and across the sport rose from an enthusiasm and often overlooked a dedication to his craft that has rarely been matched […]

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Murray Walker obituary

Seldom can any frontrank outside-broadcast commentator have had a longer span at the microphone, or a voice more distinctively identifiable with their sport, than motor racing’s Murray Walker, who has died aged 97. In British broadcasting lore John Arlott’s rural burr will always remain redolent of cricket’s roots in the village green, just as Dan […]

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A different animal’: Lewis Hamilton wary of improved Red Bull team

Lewis Hamilton has acknowledged Red Bull pose a real threat to his hopes of a record-breaking eighth Formula One world title this season. As the final day of testing concluded on Sunday Hamilton conceded Red Bull had enjoyed a strong three days in Bahrain and that their car and drivers were looking in good shape […]

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A bit dizzy’: Tao Geoghegan Hart out of Paris-Nice after landing on head in crash

Tao Geoghegan Hart was taken to hospital for checks after being left feeling “a bit dizzy” following the crash which ended his participation in Paris-Nice. The Giro d’Italia winner came off his bike on the descent of the penultimate climb, Mont Brouilly, around 19 kilometres from the end of the 187.6km fourth stage from Chalon-sur-Saone […]

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Suspicion stalked Sky but British public bought into success story

Few of those in European cycling’s professional milieu, long schooled in batting away doping suspicions, will be shocked by the findings of the Richard Freeman medical tribunal. Cycling, after all, has a long history of “dodgy doctors”, the most renowned of all being Michele Ferrari, Lance Armstrong’s infamous performance guru. In a sport long shadowed […]