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Mercedes hail Hamilton F1 title win

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team have joined a flurry of Twitter tributes after the British driver won his second world Formula 1 world title.

Big names from around the sporting world also paid tribute to Hamilton on Twitter, including tennis star Andy Murray, former England striker Ian Wright and golf legend Greg Norman.

Hamilton gets ready for F1 title showdown

Lewis Hamilton only need second place to take the title Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton is preparing for a Formula 1 title showdown with longtime rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, in Abu Dhabi this afternoon.

Although Rosberg is currently in pole position, Hamilton will only have to come second to secure the title.

The 29-year-old, who is originally from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, is currently 17 points clear of the German and could be set to win his second drivers' title.

Ecclestone: Government 'recognises' F1 potential

Bringing the F1 Grand Prix to London is a step in the right direction, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said, after the coalition announced new powers for local authorities.

Bernie Ecclestone. Credit: PA

Mr Ecclestone, however, cautioned: "The news is good, but I don't know whether you'd have street racing because it's not cheap to put on something that's safe. Street racing is bloody expensive.

"But if they ever get it together then we'll see what happens. At least it's a good sign, a step in the right direction."

Mr Ecclestone went on: "What's good about it is the Government recognises Formula One as not just a motor sport, but being powerful, good for the country and that it brings in money."

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F1 race could be brought to London under new move

The prospect of an F1 Grand Prix on the streets of London has moved a step closer after the coalition announced new powers for local authorities.

Local authorities could bring F1 Grand Prix race to the streets of London Credit: PA

Town halls will be able to sign off major motor races on public roads for the first time, instead of needing to get specific approval from Parliament.

Unveiling the move as he opened Williams' new F1 engineering facility in Oxfordshire, David Cameron said it would mean "more races, more events, more money coming into our country".

A spokeswoman for London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "The Mayor is already backing the FIA Formula E championship race in Battersea Park next year and thinks Formula 1 itself is a fantastic event that any city would feel privileged to host

"He is always interested in projects that attract jobs and bring growth".

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PM hails move which could bring F1 to streets of capital

A Formula One Grand Prix on the streets of London may have moved a step closer after the Government announced new powers for local authorities to stage motor races on public roads.

David Cameron walks past a Nissan GTR Nismo car during a visit to Williams F1. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

David Cameron unveiled the move as he opened Williams' new F1 engineering facility in Oxfordshire, saying it would mean "more races, more events, more money coming into our country".

He said: "We're going to change the rules so that local councils are able to make the decision so you don't have to have a private member's Bill through Parliament, which we think will be great news for British motor sport."

The Prime Minister also hailed the F1 industry, saying it was "an amazing success story, eight of the 11 teams based here in the United Kingdom, 41,000 people working in the industry in the Oxford area alone, working for about 4,300 companies".

London Mayor Boris Johnson has signalled he is ready to support the idea of a Monaco-style Grand Prix on the streets of the capital.

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