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Abu Dhabi GP: Max Verstappen top in first practice

Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in first practice at the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Dutchman, F1’s form man in the closing stages of the season, was 0.454 seconds quicker than Daniel Ricciardo, in his last race for the team. Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were third and fourth but using harder tyres than Red Bull. Ferrari, spending time testing parts for 2019, were seventh and eighth, Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull drivers were the only ones in leading teams to…

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Max Verstappen defends Esteban Ocon altercation at Brazilian Grand Prix

Esteban Ocon and Max Verstappen collided on lap 44 of 71 of the Brazilian Grand Prix when Verstappen was leading Max Verstappen has defended his “normal response” after he shoved Esteban Ocon when the Frenchman had denied him a likely win at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Verstappen, 21, was leading on lap 44 when backmarker Ocon tried to un-lap himself and the pair collided. The Dutchman spun and lost the lead to Lewis Hamilton, eventually coming second, before pushing Ocon in the chest three times after the race. “It could…

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Max Verstappen: F1 hoping to reinstate Dutch GP due to ‘the Max factor’

The grandstands at the Red Bull Ring in Austria have become a sea of orange in support of Max Verstappen Formula 1 is hoping to reinstate the Dutch Grand Prix in the wake of the growing popularity of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. The race was last held at Zandvoort, a seaside resort 20 miles from Amsterdam, in 1985 but could be revived for 2020. F1’s commercial managing director Sean Bratches said he was “very interested” in re-establishing the event. Bratches said he was having “productive conversations” and was “cautiously…

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Max Verstappen: Christian Horner defends Red Bull driver after push

The collision on lap 44 led to Verstappen angrily confronting Ocon post-race Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has defended Max Verstappen after he pushed rival driver Esteban Ocon, saying: “Drivers aren’t robots and we don’t want them to be.” Verstappen confronted Force India’s Ocon following Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix after a collision between the pair cost the 21-year-old Dutchman victory. Governing body the FIA has ordered him to do “two days of public service”. “I don’t think it got out of hand,” said Horner. “Through the irresponsible actions of…

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Lewis Hamilton wins after Max Verstappen collision in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton took a lucky win in the Brazilian Grand Prix after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen lost the lead in a collision with a backmarker. Verstappen was on course for a superb win when Force India’s Esteban Ocon left his car on the inside of the Red Bull at the Senna S and pitched it into a spin. The incident dropped Verstappen back to second place and although he came back at Hamilton he could not quite catch him. Verstappen remonstrated with Ocon in the driver weighing area afterwards and…

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Mexican GP: Verstappen fastest before breaking down

Listen to Final practice and qualifying on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 16:30 BST Red Bull dominated a quirky second practice session at the Mexican Grand Prix as champion-elect Lewis Hamilton was only seventh fastest. Max Verstappen was 0.153secs ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Renault’s Carlos Sainz 1.233secs back in third. Hamilton needs to finish seventh to tie up a fifth world title, and if Vettel does not win the race, the Briton will be crowned whatever result he achieves. Mercedes and Ferrari appear not to have got…

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Motor racing: Vettel blames Verstappen for costly collision

SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel blamed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on Sunday for a Japanese Grand Prix tangle that dealt a huge blow to the Ferrari driver’s fading Formula One title hopes. Formula One F1 – Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan – October 7, 2018 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the drivers parade ahead of the race REUTERS/Toru Hanai Vettel started eighth after a failed tyre gamble in qualifying, dropped to 19th after the incident before fighting back to sixth and 67 points behind winner and rival…

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Nicky Verstappen: Suspect held over Dutch boy’s 1998 death

Image copyright Netherlands Police Image caption Nicky Verstappen was found dead in the forest on a summer camp trip Dutch police investigating the disappearance and death of schoolboy Nicky Verstappen in 1998 say their prime suspect has been arrested in Spain. Jos Brech was identified as a suspect after the Netherlands’ biggest ever DNA harvesting operation, which included his relatives. It gave police a vital clue linking him to DNA on Nicky Verstappen’s clothes. Extradition proceedings for the former scout master are under way. “Jos B, 55, a suspect in…

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Belgian GP: Sebastian Vettel heads Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton

Follow live audio and text commentary of the second practice session on the BBC Sport website from 13:30 BST Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in first practice at the Belgian Grand Prix as the Formula 1 season restarted after its summer break. The Ferrari driver headed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and championship leader Lewis Hamilton, whose Mercedes was 0.318 seconds off Vettel’s pace. Hamilton leads Vettel by 24 points, with nine races left. Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was fifth, will start from the back because of engine penalties.…

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Horner blasts Renault after Verstappen retirement

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Red Bull boss Christian Horner blasted his team’s engine supplier Renault on Sunday after Dutch driver Max Verstappen retired from the Hungarian Grand Prix just five laps into the race. Formula One F1 – Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia – March 23, 2018 Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during the press conference REUTERS/Brandon Malone Verstappen’s expletive-laden reaction over the radio was largely bleeped out for the worldwide television audience but Horner expressed his dismay in a more measured but equally forceful…

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