F1 LIVE: Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton reveals horrific racist abuse suffered at school

F1 LIVE: Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton reveals horrific racist abuse suffered at school

FILE: Hamilton recalls racial bullying and abuse during school years

Lewis Hamilton said he had bananas thrown at him and repeatedly called the “n-word” at school.

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion, who was born and educated in Stevenage, detailed racial abuse in the On purpose podcast, released on Monday. The 38-year-old, preparing for his 17th season in F1, said: “For me, school was the most traumatic and difficult part of my life.

“I was already being bullied when I was six years old. At that particular school, I was one of three kids of color and I was often thrown around by bigger, stronger, bullying kids.

“And the constant hitting, things thrown at you, like bananas, or people who would use the n-word so relaxed. People call you half-breed and don’t know where you stand. It was difficult for me.

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F1 news: F1 chiefs slam FIA boss Mohammed Ben Sulayem over ‘unacceptable’ claims

F1 chiefs have hit back at claims by FIA chairman Mohammed Ben Sulayem that a reported £16billion price tag for the sport’s commercial rights is “inflated”.

A Bloomberg report over the weekend suggested that the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) – chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – has filed an offer of more than $20bn (£16bn). sterling) to the owners of F1 Liberty Media for the commercial rights to the sport. .

Ben Sulayem, head of the sport’s governing body, took to social media to make his views known, insisting the alleged price was ‘inflated’ and that any potential buyer should ‘show due diligence’. common sense… not just a lot of money”.

Now, in the latest example of F1 and the sport’s governing body being at loggerheads, a letter seen by Sky News sent by F1 legal supremo Sacha Woodward Hill and Renee Wilm, legal and administrative director of Liberty Media Corporation, accused the FIA ​​and its president of “interfering with our [commercial] rights in an unacceptable way.

The letter, sent to F1 teams including Ferrari and Mercedes according to the Sky report, states that: “Formula 1 has the exclusive right to exploit the commercial rights of the FIA ​​Formula 1 World Championship.

“Furthermore, the FIA ​​has made an unequivocal commitment not to do anything which may prejudice the ownership, management and/or exploitation of these rights. We consider that these comments, taken from the official account of the President of the FIA ​​on social media, interfere with these rights in an unacceptable manner.”

The letter goes on to insist that Ben Sulayem had “exceeded the limits of the FIA’s mandate”, adding that “any potential buyer of the Formula 1 business is required to consult the FIA ​​is wrong”.

kieran jacksonJanuary 26, 2023 9:52 a.m.

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F1 news: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff sends warning to rivals ahead of new Formula 1 season

Toto Wolff insists his Mercedes team should not be deregistered until the new Formula 1 season.

After winning eight constructors’ titles in a row from 2014 to 2021, the Silver Arrows struggled last year with an underperforming car, finishing third in the championship behind Red Bull and Ferrari.

Despite struggling early in the season with rebounds and porpoises, Mercedes managed to secure a victory in the penultimate race of the season and there is great optimism that Wolff’s team can fight for it again. the title in 2023.

“Don’t write us off,” Wolff said The temperature Last week. “In this life, you never stop giving your all.”

Commenting on last year’s car, Wolff added: “We got the physics wrong. It’s not a myth. We have misinterpreted some regulations. We put too much emphasis on finding performance in a car that was supposed to roll on the ground, very low.

“But you can’t lower it so low, because it [the floor of the car] was hitting the ground. So we had to lift it, which changed things again. It sounds like a trivial explanation, but it’s the reality.

kieran jacksonJanuary 26, 2023 9:27 a.m.

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F1 News: Just Stop Oil protest risked ‘serious harm’ to F1 drivers at Silverstone, court told

Just Stop Oil protesters caused “an immediate risk of serious harm” to Formula One drivers and race marshals by swarming the track during last year’s British Grand Prix, prosecutors have claimed.

A Northampton Crown Court jury saw in-car footage of drivers Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon passing three men and two women who were seated and dragged off Wellington Straight at Silverstone last July.

Video recorded by Lewis Hamilton’s car driving past protesters shortly before the track invasion was also released during the Crown’s opening speech – along with video statements issued by five of the six defendants who are on trial.

David Baldwin, 47, Emily Brocklebank, 24, Alasdair Gibson, 22, Louis McKechnie, 22, Bethany Mogie, 40 and Joshua Smith, 29, all deny causing a public nuisance at the Northamptonshire circuit in July from last year.

Brocklebank, of Yeadon, Leeds; Gibson, of Aberdeen; Mogie, of St Albans; McKechnie, of Manchester; and Smith, of Lees in Oldham, took to the racing circuit during the protest.

Baldwin, of Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, was found in a car park with glue, cable ties and a Just Stop Oil banner and the Crown is said to have been ‘in the same boat’ with his co-defendants.

kieran jacksonJanuary 26, 2023 8:57 a.m.

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F1 news: When do F1 teams launch their 2023 cars?

The 2023 Formula 1 season kicks off on March 5 in Bahrain – and preparations are well under way ahead of the new campaign.

The 10 teams have had more than two months since the last race of 2022 in Abu Dhabi and are expected to unveil their new cars in the coming weeks, with pre-season testing taking place at the Bahrain International Circuit from February 23-25. .

Red Bull will be the first team to reveal its 2023 design next month, in New York no less, while all eyes will be on Mercedes’ W14 car after its bouncing and porpoising issues in 2022.

Meanwhile, Ferrari will be looking to produce a car capable of winning races again when it launches its 2023 model, while McLaren, Alpine and Aston Martin are all striving to improve this season.

Here are the launch dates for the 2023 cars in chronological order:

Haas – Tuesday, January 31 (livery launch only)

Red Bull – Friday, February 3 (New York)

williams – Monday February 6 (Launch of the livery, online)

Alfa Romeo – Tuesday, February 7 (Zurich)

Alpha Tauri – Saturday, February 11 (Livery launch, New York)

Aston Martin – Monday, February 13 (Silverstone)

McLaren – Monday 13 February (place to be confirmed)

Ferrari – Tuesday 14 February (location to be confirmed)

mercedes – Wednesday February 15 (Silverstone)

Alpine – Thursday 16 February (London)

kieran jacksonJanuary 26, 2023 8:45 a.m.

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F1 news: ‘I was thrown bananas’: Lewis Hamilton details racist abuse suffered at school

Lewis Hamilton said he had bananas thrown at him and repeatedly called the “n-word” at school.

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion, who was born and educated in Stevenage, detailed racial abuse in the On purpose podcast, released on Monday. The 38-year-old, preparing for his 17th season in F1, said: “For me, school was the most traumatic and difficult part of my life.

“I was already being bullied when I was six years old. At that particular school, I was one of three kids of color and I was often thrown around by bigger, stronger, bullying kids.

“And the constant hitting, things thrown at you, like bananas, or people who would use the n-word so relaxed. People called you half-breed and didn’t know where you stood. It was difficult for me.

“In my (secondary) school there were six or seven black kids out of 1,200 kids and three of us were constantly kicked out of the principal’s office. The director just told us about it – and me in particular.

kieran jacksonJanuary 26, 2023 08:30

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