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Lewis Hamilton moves to Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton has signed the deal that will take him from McClaren to Mercedes, replacing Michael Schumacher who has disappointed in his comeback spell with the German firm.

Hamilton, the world champion driver who joined McClaren as a 13-year-old karter, has recently found life with the team rather suffocating and yearned for pastures new. He will team up with old-time karting friend Nico Rosburg.

He will make the move next season on a 3-year deal worth up to £60 million.The team captain Martin Whitmarsh, believes Lewis has made a big mistake and will not find success as he has at McLaren. “I have faith and belief in this team,” he said, “Whether you measure it over the last four races, four years or 40 years, we’re a fantastic team.”

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Lewis Hamilton wins in China

Lewis Hamilton in China Lewis Hamilton won the penultimate Grand Prix of the season with a comfortable run from pole.

With his only possible rival, Felip Massa, second, he inched his lead to seven points with only the finale at Massa’s home track in Brazil to come.

This was a much more sensible performance by Hamilton, obviously playing it by percentage advantage now, instead of the wild and woolly driving we’ve become used to in previous outings.

In Brazil, he needs to maintain this attitude. A rush of blood to the head and a collision with another opponent leaving Massa to glide to a win or podium finish, would be more than Hamilton fans could bear.

We shall see.

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Lewis Hamilton secured pole position in today’s qualifying for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix, the penultimate of the season.

His only rival for the title, Felipe Massa, was third. Hamilton needs to beat him by six points to win the championship in Shanghai. A trip to Massa’s home territory, Brazil, for the final showdown would possibly be a spinetingler too far for the edgy Englishman.

After a disappointing first lap Hamilton’s second was immaculate as he lapped in 1m 36.203s. He led outgoing world champion, Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen for pole position by 0.342s.

“I came here in a good frame of mind,” Hamilton said. “And we’ve been competitive all weekend. I lost a lot of time on my first qualifying run, following a big oversteer moment at turn eight, but my second felt almost perfect.”

If Hamilton succeeds, it will be 50 years to the day since Mike Hawthorn became Britain’s first world champion by taking second place in the 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix in Casablanca.

How they will start on the grid:

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren 1min 36.303secs
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:36.645
3 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:36.889
4 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 1:36.927
5 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren 1:36.930
6 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:37.083
7 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:37.201
8 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:37.685
9 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:37.934
10 Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.885
11 Nelson Piquet Jr. (Bra) Renault 1:35.722
12 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:35.814
13 Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:35.937
14 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda 1:36.079
15 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams 1:36.210
16 David Coulthard (Gbr) Red Bull 1:36.731
17 Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams 1:36.863
18 Jenson Button (Gbr) Honda 1:37.053
19 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India 1:37.730
20 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India 1:37.739

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Sebastian Vettel wins at Monza as Hamilton loses appeal

Sebastian Vettel A near faultless performance in the Italian Grand Prix by 21-year-old German, Sebastian Vettel, made him the youngest race winner in Formula One history.

In very wet conditions, Vettel followed his debut pole position with a maiden race win after an astonishing weekend.

Behind him, Felipe Massa was sixth in his Ferrari, and drivers’ leader Lewis Hamilton seventh for McLaren, with the gap now just one point between them.

Heikki Kovalainen, in his McLaren-Mercedes, was second and Robert Kubica, driving a BMW Sauber, came third.

Over the team radio Vettel said, “I can’t believe it. I am lost for words. It is amazing.”

The weather caused chaos, as it did in qualifying. The race began behind the safety car. The race director announced that extreme wet tyres were compulsory because of the worsening conditions.

Lewis Hamilton, who started 15th on the grid, gained one place within seconds of the safety car pulling away as Sebastien Bourdais, starting from fourth, failed to get away.

It was Hamilton who led the way as he scythed his way past David Coulthard in the Red Bull, then Giancarlo Fisichella in his Force India before taking Raikkonen.

Amazingly, on lap 22 Hamilton was up to second and closing in on leader Vettel.

On a one-stop strategy, Hamilton remained on extreme wet tyres as more rain was forecast, but it was not heavy enough. He eventually had to change strategy and dropped back to seventh.

As forecast by Jackie Stewart, Hamilton lost his appeal against the 25-second penalty handed down by the stewards in Belgium and remains just a single point in front of his only realistic challenger this season, Felipe Massa.

Unlike last year, the Englishman looks faster than his rival and has the better package to drive.

Drivers’ Championship Table

1 Lewis Hamilton GB 78
2 Felipe Massa Bra 77
3 Robert Kubica Pol 64
4 Kimi Räikkönen Fin 57
5 Nick Heidfeld Ger 53
6 Heikki Kovalainen Fin 51
7 Fernando Alonso Spa 28
8 Jarno Trulli Ita 26
9 Sebastian Vettel Ger 23
10 Mark Webber Aus 20

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Lewis Hamilton beaten in Belgium by stewards

Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton’s run of bad luck continues. After producing a sizzling performance to take the the Belgian Grand Prix, he was later denied it because of a technical infringement on one of the chicanes.

The officials — who seem to have it in for him — reduced his placing from 1st to 3rd, leaving main rival Felipe Massa only two points adrift in the title race.

The moment of truth came as Hamilton attempted to overtake Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari at the Bus Stop chicane three laps from the finish. The leaders entered the chicane side by side as their tyres touched. As a result Hamilton cut across the inside of the chicane and emerged in the lead. Following the rules, he braked to allow Raikkonen to pass him, before going at him again and overtaking on the inside.

Raikkonen then took Hamilton again but crashed on the penultimate lap due to running on dry tyres on a wet track.

Two hours later, after Hamilton had celebrated his victory with champagne on the podium after one of Formula One’s classic races — his fifth win of the season — he was told that instead of an eight-point lead over Felipe Massa in the drivers’ championship, his advantage had been cut to two points.

The McLaren team intend to appeal against the 25-second drive-through penalty imposed on their driver. A strong suspicion remains that they always comes off second-best in a dispute with Ferrarl.

Positions in the Drivers’ Championship
1 Lewis Hamilton GB 76
2 Felipe Massa Bra 74
3 Robert Kubica Pol 58
4 Kimi Räikkönen Fin 57
5 Nick Heidfeld Ger 49
6 Heikki Kovalainen Fin 43
7 Jarno Trulli Ita 26
8 Fernando Alonso Spa 23

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