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Lewis Hamilton claims pole position for record 69th time

Lewis Hamilton is the new record holder. Credit: PA

Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton has broken Michael Schumacher's record for the most Formula One pole positions by securing top spot ahead of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes man took the 69th pole of his career at a rain-soaked Monza - finishing ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

However, Verstappen and his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo will now both start further down the grid after they were hit with engine penalties, meaning youngsters Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon will line up alongside Hamilton.

BREAKING: Silverstone triggers British GP release clause

Silverstone to trigger release clause

The owners of Silverstone, The British Racing Drivers’ Club, has formally triggered the break clause in its contract with Formula 1, now owned and managed by Liberty Media.

This means that unless a new contractual arrangement can be reached with Liberty, 2019 will be the last year that the British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone - the only viable venue for a British GP.

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New formula one car revealed - and its pink!

The new Force India VJM10 Credit: Force India

Motor racing and the Silverstone based Force India formula one team have revealed they'll be racing a pink car this season.

The VJM10 will race in pink, magenta and silver to mark the beginning of a long-term relationship with the Austrian-based water brand BWT.

The new colours will make their debut at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The partnership represents BWT’s first involvement in Formula One.

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Mercedes hope new Silver Arrow hits the mark

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas unveil the new Silver Arrow Credit: PA Images

The Formula One World Champions Mercedes unveiled their new car ahead of their latest assault on the championship.

The Brackley-based team's launch took place at Silverstone where both Lewis Hamilton and new team mate Valtteri Bottas got to give it a spin.

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Allison to become new Mercedes Technical Director

James Allison is joining Mercedes. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire-based Formula One team Mercedes has appointed James Allison as its new Technical Director.

The 48-year-old was part of title-winning teams Ferrari and Renault in the past, and will start work on March 1.

Allison will help fill the void left by Paddy Lowe who was placed on gardening leave in January ahead of a proposed move to Williams.

I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport.

It's a massive privilege to be given the trust of a position in a team that has done so spectacularly well in the past three seasons. I am really looking forward to playing my part in helping Mercedes go from strength to strength in the coming years.

– James Allison, Mercedes Technical Director
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Mercedes considering Alonso as Rosberg replacement

Mercedes are considering Fernando Alonso as a replacement for retiring world champion Nico Rosberg.

Alonso could replace Rosberg following the champion's retirement. Credit: PA

But two-time championship winner Alonso is about to enter the final year of his three-year deal with McLaren, meaning Mercedes may have to look elsewhere.

"You have to consider Fernando," Mercedes boss Toto Wolff told Sky Sports' F1 Special: Nico The Brave show.

"He is a driver I respect a lot. He combines talent, speed and experience. It's all there.

"But he is in a contract with McLaren-Honda at the moment and we just need to weigh all the other options up."

Mercedes face a race against time to bring in a new driver alongside Lewis Hamilton, with pre-season testing due to begin in February.

Rosberg made his surprise announcement last week, just five days after sealing the drivers' championship.

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