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Monday 29th March 2021

Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix after Verstappen forced to give up lead

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton held off Max Verstappen's Red Bull for victory in an extraordinary finish to the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen actually took the lead from Hamilton with four laps to go but handed the position back because he had overtaken by running off the track.

The move - an order from race control - cost the Red Bull driver the victory. Verstappen never quite got close enough again to challenge Hamilton.

It was a remarkable climax to a tense and thrilling strategic battle that bodes well for an epic season between the two men.

Verstappen complained over the radio about being ordered by his team to hand the lead back, but was told they had no choice.

The drivers had been referred by the race director before the race to a rule that says they cannot not leave the track and gain a lasting advantage, and that officials can give them the "opportunity to give back the whole of any advantage gained by leaving the track".


Murray Walker: Formula 1 broadcasting legend dies at 97

Legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died at the age of 97.

Walker commentated on his first grand prix for the BBC at Silverstone in 1949 and became a full-time F1 commentator in 1978.

He became synonymous with F1 through his commentary, first with the BBC and then ITV, before retiring in 2001.


Red Bull to take over Honda's engines from 2022

Red Bull's Formula 1 teams will continue to use Honda's engines after the Japanese company quits the sport at the end of this season.

Red Bull has concluded a deal to buy Honda's F1 engine technology and will run the engines until 2024.

The drinks giant has set up a new company to maintain the engines at its technology base in Milton Keynes.

The move has been made possible by a decision by F1 bosses to freeze engine development from 2022-24.

The move is aimed at giving Red Bull flexibility and independence before the introduction of a new engine formula into F1 in 2025.


Hamilton wins seventh Formula 1 title

Lewis Hamilton clinched a seventh World Championship and became the most successful racing driver ever with a masterful victory in the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Mercedes driver equalled Michael Schumacher's achievement in terms of titles, after already surpassing the German's number of race wins last month.

Victory at a treacherously wet and slippery Istanbul Park track in a topsy-turvy race was the 94th of the 35-year-old Briton's career.


Hamilton breaks Schumacher's win record at the Portuguese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton passed Valtteri Bottas to take a commanding victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix and break Formula 1's all-time win record.

Hamilton dropped to third in a manic first two laps that ended with McLaren's Carlos Sainz leading, but fought back to crush Bottas' hopes.

After both Mercedes passed Sainz, Hamilton tracked Bottas before taking the lead on lap 20.

From there, Hamilton dominated to take his 92nd career Grand Prix victory.