Formula 1

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel set the pace as Mercedes struggled in second practice at the Mexican Grand Prix. Vettel was 0.614 seconds quicker than the fastest Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, with Hamilton a further 0.349secs adrift. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was second, 0.115secs behind Vettel, with Vettel’s team-mate of Charles Leclerc third. Mercedes’ pace suggested Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton carries the scars of being racially abused as a child, says his Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. Wolff says Hamilton, who could win a sixth world title in Mexico this weekend, is motivated by the abuse. The Briton was F1’s first black driver and has spoken about hoping to increase diversity in the
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Renault have criticised their Japanese Grand Prix disqualification as “not proportionate” and “inconsistent”. But the team will not appeal against the penalty for using a driver-aid system to avoid “investing further time and effort in a sterile debate”. Renault’s brake-bias adjustment system contravened rules dictating that the car must be driven alone and unaided. The
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Renault have been disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix for having an illegal driver-aid system on their car. Officials found that Renault’s brake-bias adjustment system contravened rules dictating that drivers must drive the car alone and unaided. Renault drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg have therefore been disqualified from sixth and 10th places at the
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