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Red Bull end speculation over their future in F1 by agreeing new engine deal

Red Bull will continue in 2016. Credit: PA

Milton Keynes-based Formula One team Red Bull have ended speculation over their future in the sport by agreeing a deal to continue with Renault engines.

There were fears that the team may walk away from F1 after they scrapped their previous contract with Renault.

However, they have now negotiated a new agreement which will see them use Renault engines again next season.

The power unit won't carry the name of the French car manufacturer though and will instead be sponsored by the luxury watch brand TAG Heuer.

The Swiss watchmaker have ended a 31-year relationship with McLaren to switch to Red Bull.

"TAG Heuer and Red Bull are two transcendent brands which have both a passion for racing and a drive to do things differently, and this unique collaboration is further evidence of that.

TAG Heuer has been an icon in the world of Formula One for many years and we're delighted that they've chosen to continue their association with the sport by teaming up with us.

Our shared values of innovation and a desire to stand out from the crowd make this one of the most exciting partnerships in F1. We are also pleased to see Renault confirm its long-term commitment to F1 and would like to thank them for their contribution to the team since 2007.

Their technical partnership with Ilmor gives us confidence, and we look forward to the 2016 season."

– Christian Horner, Red Bull Team Principal

Funeral to be held in Northamptonshire for IndyCar driver Wilson

Justin Wilson. Credit: PA

The funeral will be held in Northamptonshire today of Indycar driver Justin Wilson, who was killed in a race in America last month.

He spent his early career in the county and raced for several teams including the one in Milton Keynes which later became Red Bull.

Mr Wilson was struck on the helmet by flying debris from a crash in the closing stages at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, and succumbed to his injuries a little over 24 hours later.


Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton named as Invictus Games ambassador

Lewis Hamilton has been confirmed as the first ambassador for the Invictus Games Foundation. Credit: PA

Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton has been confirmed as the first ambassador for the Invictus Games Foundation.

The Foundation, which was established with the help of Prince Harry, say that they chose Hamilton because of his "focus, determination and talent."

He will act as a role model for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women and will actively promote the Foundation around the world.

“After meeting the Invictus team at BBC Sports Personality of the Year last year I was inspired by their mental strength and determination to overcome adversity and succeed, which encouraged me to get more involved with the Foundation.

I’m proud to be their first ambassador.”

– Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton stretches Championship lead with Canada triumph

Lewis Hamilton celebrates his win. Credit: PA

It was business as usual again for Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton last night after a couple of races without a win.

The Mercedes man put the disappointment of missing out in Barcelona and Monaco to take the chequered flag in the Canadian Grand Prix.

His teammate Nico Roserg finished second, while Valtteri Bottas completed the podium.

Current Formula One standings

  • 1.) Lewis Hamilton (MER) - 151
  • 2.) Nico Rosberg (MER) - 134
  • 3.) Sebastian Vettel (FER) - 108

It means Hamilton now has a 17 point lead at the top of the drivers' Championship heading into the next race in Austria.

Lewis Hamilton finally agrees bumper new contract with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton is staying at Mercedes. Credit: PA

Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton has finally agreed a new contract with Brackley-based Mercedes.

After months of speculation, he's now signed a three-year deal.

The World Champion will apparently pick up at least £25million a year.

That would make him the highest-paid British sportsman, ahead of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

Stevenage: Lewis Hamilton beats favourite McIlroy to land BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award

Lewis Hamilton lifts the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Credit: PA

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton's has been voted as the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

The Formula One world champion was presented with the award at a ceremony in Glasgow last night.

He beat golfer Rory McIlroy and runner Jo Pavey to the prize, claiming 34% of the votes.

Golfer Rory McIlroy was voted as runner-up. Credit: PA

“I am really, really taken aback. I am overwhelmed and feel so honoured.

When I was growing up in Stevenage, of course I wanted to be a racing driver and be the best in the world but I didn’t ever contemplate all the people who would support or follow me. I just wanted to be the best.”

– Lewis Hamilton, BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner


Hamilton urges McLaren to keep with Button

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton has urged former team McLaren not to ditch Jenson Button.

Hamilton has backed his former team mate after rumours McLaren look set to make a move for Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton, who partnered Button at McLaren for three years from 2010-2012, believes the decision should be a no-brainer decision for Group CEO Ron Dennis.

Jenson is better than most of the (current) drivers. He's a great driver, still one of the strongest drivers here, and he's had an amazing career. He's also a decent guy, so it doesn't correlate... If I had a team, I would want him in it because he's a great asset for any team, so I hope it's not the case (he is leaving).

– Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton, meanwhile, heads into Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix full of confidence.

"In these next two races I'm going to do everything I can, and whatever the result at the end, it is the way it is, but I will know I did everything I could."

Clear-the-air talks for Mercedes pair

All smiles: Hamilton and Rosberg before Sunday's Grand Prix Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg will hold clear-the-air talks following yesterdays Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton refused to give way to Rosberg on lap 51 despite team orders to do so - a decision backed by Niki Lauda.

Going into the break with eight races remaining, Hamilton now trails Rosberg by just 11 points.

Rosberg has made it clear he feels Hamilton was in the wrong said: "Lewis didn't let me by, although he was ordered to so, so that's obviously not good and we need to discuss that internally."

Hamilton: I won't crack under pressue

Lewis Hamilton on the podium Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton says his third place in the Hungarian Grand Prix proves he won't crack under pressure.

At the Hungaroring, a fuel leak caused a fire that wrecked his car, and given the damage and subsequent re-build he was forced to start from the pit lane.

A spin on lap one in wet conditions only compounded Hamilton's woes, yet in the face of adversity he again rose to third for the Brackley-based Mercedes team.

There was also controversy as he was asked to move aside for Rosberg at one stage, with the duo on different strategies.

Hamilton refused, which proved crucial as he managed to keep Rosberg behind him in the dying moments of the 70-lap race when the German was on a charge on fresh tyres.

"I saw one story that I would crack under the pressure, well these last two weeks have shown that's not the case, that I'm still in the fight and raring to go.

This break will be good for me now to re-energise, get fit, and with the car lighter (in the absence of the FRIC suspension system) I can maybe put some weight on and come back stronger, both physically and mentally."

– Lewis Hamilton
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