Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton led Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes one-two ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in first practice at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton was 0.367 seconds clear of the Finn and 0.511secs ahead of Vettel, who leads the championship by one point. Haas driver Romain Grosjean had a heavy crash at the 180mph first corner
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McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has left the team, saying it is “the right time to step down” amid a wider restructure of their leadership. McLaren have had a disappointing start to 2018, struggling to qualify in the top 10 having started the season with ambitions of competing with Red Bull. Former Indycar champion Gil
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The Formula 1 season will start a week earlier next year after Australian Grand Prix organisers announced a 15-17 March date. F1 has started on the final weekend in March for the past few seasons, to benefit from time-zone changes and increased European audiences. The earlier date will help with fixture congestion in the mid-summer
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The 2018 Formula 1 season continues in Silverstone, Great Britain from Friday, 06 July to Sunday, 08 July. BBC Sport has live coverage of practice, qualifying and the race across BBC Radio 5 live, and BBC Sport online, plus live digital coverage on the BBC Sport website and app – including audience interaction, expert analysis,
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