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Mar 10, 2015

Motor racing-Merhi to race for Manor Marussia F1 team

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) – Spaniard Roberto Merhi will make his Formula One race debut in Australia this weekend after the revived Manor Marussia team named him in their lineup for the season-opener.

The team said the 23-year-old, who will partner Britain’s Will Stevens in Melbourne, would compete in the opening rounds of the season.

Mar 9, 2015

Eto’o collects award for stance against racism

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o called for racist football fans to feel the full weight of the law as he returned to London on Monday to collect an award for his stance against intolerance.

The Cameroonian striker, who has been singled out for racial abuse during his career, said he had been shocked by video footage last month showing a group of Chelsea fans preventing a black man boarding a metro train in Paris.

Mar 9, 2015

Soccer-Eto’o collects award for stance against racism

LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) – Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o called for racist soccer fans to feel the full weight of the law as he returned to London on Monday to collect an award for his stance against intolerance.

The Cameroonian striker, who has been singled out for racial abuse during his career, said he had been shocked by video footage last month showing a group of Chelsea fans preventing a black man boarding a metro train in Paris.

Mar 8, 2015

Motor racing-Hamilton feeling ‘stronger than ever’

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is going into the new season mentally stronger than ever after learning to keep his personal and professional life apart.

Hamilton won 11 of the 19 races last year on his way to a second title. However, he and on-off girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger have separated since she watched him win the Abu Dhabi season-ender and title last November.

Mar 8, 2015

Hamilton feeling ‘stronger than ever’

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is going into the new season mentally stronger than ever after learning to keep his personal and professional life apart.

Hamilton won 11 of the 19 races last year on his way to a second title. However, he and on-off girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger have separated since she watched him win the Abu Dhabi season-ender and title last November.

Mar 6, 2015

McLaren play down Alonso memory loss

LONDON (Reuters) – McLaren have confirmed Fernando Alonso suffered temporary memory loss in a testing crash last month but played down media reports that the double world champion forgot he was a Formula One driver.

Spain’s El Pais newspaper had reported on Thursday that the driver told doctors testing his recall when he regained consciousness: “My name is Fernando, I race karts. I want to be a Formula One driver.”

Mar 6, 2015

Motor racing-McLaren play down Alonso memory loss

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – McLaren have confirmed Fernando Alonso suffered temporary memory loss in a testing crash last month but played down media reports that the double world champion forgot he was a Formula One driver.

Spain’s El Pais newspaper had reported on Thursday that the driver told doctors testing his recall when he regained consciousness: “My name is Fernando, I race karts. I want to be a Formula One driver.”

Mar 6, 2015

Smaller F1 teams face another hard road

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One stands accused, ahead of a new season set to generate even more revenues for the billionaire sport, of burying its head in the sand about a looming cost crisis.

Some of the smaller teams are still fighting for survival, with Caterham now gone, even as double world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes negotiate a new deal that few others could afford.

Mar 6, 2015

Team prospects for 2015 Formula One season

LONDON (Reuters) – The Formula One season starts in Melbourne on March 15 with the Australian Grand Prix. The following details the team prospects (listed in 2014 championship order. Prefix numbers are those the drivers will have on their cars):

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MERCEDES

44-Lewis Hamilton (Britain)

6-Nico Rosberg (Germany)

Hamilton starts the season as favourite for a third championship, with Rosberg again his main rival. Champions Mercedes look the team to beat again, and their car seems both reliable and quick with others playing catch-up. Managing the two drivers in the heat of battle could be their biggest difficulty.

Mar 6, 2015

Vettel’s Ferrari story is sure to be red

LONDON (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel makes his Ferrari race debut in Australia next week but the four-times Formula One world champion has been enjoying the perks of the job already.

As the 27-year-old German told Ferrari principal Maurizio Arrivabene after arriving at Maranello from rivals Red Bull: “Finally, I can buy one.”

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