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Alonso To Contest The Indy500

Fernando Alonso will miss this season's Monaco Grand Prix to contest the Indy500.

The Spanish driver will swerve the Monaco showpiece to race in the Indy500 in a McLaren car, powered by Honda and run by the Andretti Autosport team.

Alonso has raced in 275 Grand Prixs, winning 32 of them and becoming a two time Formula 1 World Champion. He is the first Formula 1 driver to swap Monaco for the Indy since Jim Clark in 1965.

McLaren will reveal who will replace the Spaniard to race at Monaco in due course.

 

Hamilton Strikes Back In F1 Duel With Vettel
Roy Brindley
The Sportsman Reporter
The first three retirements in last weekendā€™s Chinese Grand Prix boasted just four previous Formula 1 race starts between them. Ā Lance Stroll never saw aā€¦
Hamilton Wins In Shanghai

Lewis Hamilton has won the Chinese Grand Prix, his fifth title in Shanghai.

Sebastian Vettel finishes in second place ahead of Max Verstappen in third.

Second F1 China Practise Called Off

A disappointing day for F1 fans as the second China GP practise has been called off.

This is due to poor visibility, meaning the safety helicopter could not operate.

Lewis Hamilton tweeted his feelings and also did his best to cheer up the crowd who will not see any action today, by handing out signed caps and taking pictures with the loyal fans.

How Did He Manage This!

Motorsport is notoriously dangerous and the riders are unbelievably skilled.

Victor Rodriguez was in a chasing pack when his bike wiggled and he remarkably stayed on.

See this incredible piece of racing below.

Vettel's Only Getting Started
Roy Brindley
The Sportsman Reporter
Before the Australian Grand Prix pundits were making much about the likelihood of the race winner going on to become the World Champion at theā€¦
Ferrari's Speed Gives Vettel First Win For Two Years

The much talked about speed of the Ferrari car ahead of the F1 season opener in Melbourne came to fruition on Sunday as Sebastian Vettel outpaced Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes to win on Sunday.

Hamilton was in pole position and took an early lead but it was clear that Vettel's Ferrari had more speed and the German eventually wound up winner, his first victory since 2015.

Hamilton Takes Pole In Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton confirmed his superiority in practice by taking pole position for the Melbourne Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Brit took pole by 0.268 seconds from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel who completes the front row.

Qualifying top 10

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:22.188
  2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1:22.456
  3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 1:22.481
  4. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:23.033
  5. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 1:23.485
  6. Romain Grosjean (Haas) 1:24.074
  7. Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:24.443
  8. Carlos Sainz Jr (Toro Rosso) 1:24.487
  9. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) 1:24.512
  10. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) DNF

Check out what our F1 contributor Roy Brindley thinks ahead of the 2017 season...

Roy Brindley
The Sportsman Reporter
Eight days of pre-season testingĀ in BarcelonaĀ are complete and the start of the 2017 Formula 1 circus is now just days away. It gets underway atā€¦
Hamilton Dominates First Practice As Ferrari Fail To Fire

Lewis Hamilton put in the fastest time in first practice of the first Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne today.

The Brit was just over half a second quicker than Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in second.

Much of the talk in the build up to the first race of the season was the speed of the Ferrari car but that was far than evident on Friday.

Roy Brindley
The Sportsman Reporter
Eight days of pre-season testingĀ in BarcelonaĀ are complete and the start of the 2017 Formula 1 circus is now just days away. It gets underway atā€¦
All Eyes On Melbourne As F1 Season Gets Underway
Roy Brindley
The Sportsman Reporter
Eight days of pre-season testingĀ in BarcelonaĀ are complete and the start of the 2017 Formula 1 circus is now just days away. It gets underway atā€¦
Hamilton Says Ferrari Are Favourites
Lewis Hamilton stokes the fire ahead of the new season

Lewis Hamilton has claimed that Ferrari are title favourite for the upcoming Formula One season.

"I see Ferrari being quickest," he told BBC Sport. "They are definitely favourites."

This claim comes despite Mercedes dominating the sport for the past three seasons.

Ferrari's Sebastien Vettel still believes that Mercedes are ahead claiming: "We will do our best to keep up."

The season starts this weekend in Australia and it appears the mind games have started already!

British Formula One World Champion John Surtees Dies Aged 83

John Surtees, former F1 and motorcycle world champion, has died aged 83.

He was the 1964 Formula 1 world champion. A statement on his foundation’s Facebook page said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our husband and father, John Surtees CBE.

"John, ā€Ŗ83, was admitted to St Georges Hospital, London in February with an existing respiratory condition and after a short period in intensive care he passed away peacefully this afternoon. His wife, Jane and daughters, Leonora and Edwina were by his side.

"John was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He was also one of the true greats of motorsport and continued to work tirelessly up until recently with The Henry Surtees Foundation and Buckmore Park Kart Circuit.

"We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind and loving man as well as celebrate his amazing life. He has set a very real example of someone who kept pushing himself at his peak and one who continued fighting until the very end.

"We would like to thank all the staff at St George’s Hospital and The East Surrey Hospital for their professionalism and support during this difficult time for us. Thank you also to all of those who have sent their kind messages in recent weeks."

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