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SportLewis Hamilton's Mercedes finishes fastest in opening practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix as his car is adorned with the motif 'Danke Niki' following death of iconic figure Lauda

15:46  23 may  2019
15:46  23 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

'I will not give up a position to him again': Lewis Hamilton sends warning to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas

'I will not give up a position to him again': Lewis Hamilton sends warning to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas JONATHAN MCEVOY IN BARCELONA: The five-times world champion's rethink follows the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where he held back slightly against Bottas at the first corner. The upshot was that Bottas took the victory and a one-point championship lead while Hamilton brooded on how his approach had cost him a 76th career win.

Lewis Hamilton finished third in Monaco last year and was the last Mercedes driver to win this race - back in 2016. Lewis Hamilton was exempted from his media duties before the Monaco Grand Prix on Wednesday following the death of Niki Lauda . Hamilton was set to attend the official news

Lewis Hamilton has said he is determined to solve the problems that have stymied his bid for a fourth Formula One world championship after a difficult weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix . In Sochi, Hamilton also struggled for grip and both qualified and finished fourth while Bottas started

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes finishes fastest in opening practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix as his car is adorned with the motif 'Danke Niki' following death of iconic figure Lauda © Getty Images MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 22: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP signs autographs for fans in the Paddock during previews for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 22, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton finished fastest in the opening practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who withdrew from his media commitments on Wednesday in the wake of Niki Lauda's death earlier this week, was six hundredths clear of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished third. The Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel ended the opening running fourth and fifth respectively.

Bottas fastest in opening practice despite late oil leak

Bottas fastest in opening practice despite late oil leak Formula 1 championship leader Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time before suffering an oil leak on his Mercedes in the opening practice session ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. Bottas’ session started in shaky fashion, after he first blocked Max Verstappen at the chicane before initially struggling with understeer and then oversteer at the long right-hander Turn 12. Overcoming his balance issues, Bottas was able to dethrone Sebastian Vettel from the top of the timesheet with 30 minutes of the session remaining and became the first and only driver in FP1 to dip into the 1m17s. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix winner sealed top spot with a 1m17.

LEWIS HAMILTON was withdrawn from his Monaco Grand Prix press duties this afternoon in the wake of Lauda , 70, sadly passed away on Monday night following a battle with ill-health. The pair remained close friends and his death has hit Hamilton hard. The Brit is gearing up for the Monaco

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE (born 7 January 1985) is a British racing driver who races in Formula One for Mercedes -AMG Petronas Motorsport.

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes finishes fastest in opening practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix as his car is adorned with the motif 'Danke Niki' following death of iconic figure Lauda © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Lewis Hamilton finished fastest in the opening practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix

Mercedes are racing for the first time since Lauda, their non-executive chairman, died in Zurich on Monday night.

Their cars are adorned with the motif, 'Danke Niki', whilst team members are wearing black armbands.

Mercedes have struggled with the slow-speed nature of the Monte Carlo street Circuit in recent years - but Hamilton's early pace suggests they could be the team to beat.

The Silver Arrows head into Sunday's race having started the season with an unprecedented five one-two finishes.

Bottas fastest again, leads Mercedes one-two in FP2

Bottas fastest again, leads Mercedes one-two in FP2 Mercedes finished one-two in second practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, with FP1 pacesetter and Formula 1 championship leader Valtteri Bottas ahead of Lewis Hamilton. After topping the timesheet with his medium tyre run early in the session, Bottas was provisionally knocked down to third place after the Ferrari pair vaulted ahead on account of completing their soft tyre qualifying simulations first. On the soft tyre, Bottas failed to improve on his first sector time before recording a session best third sector en route to a timesheet topping 1m17.284s.

Lewis Hamilton had solid runs in both Friday practice sessions for the Mexican Grand Prix as he Hamilton will become the most successful British racing driver if he takes the title here at the This year’ s cars , however, with wider tyres and bigger wings, are expected to be much more driveable

His first World Championship was confirmed with a third-place finish at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza; Lauda ' s teammate Regazzoni won the A week before the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, even though he was the fastest driver on that circuit at the time, Lauda urged his fellow

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F1 pays respect to Lauda at funeral.
Formula 1 stars of past and present - including Lewis Hamilton - paid their respects to the great Niki Lauda at his funeral in Vienna on Wednesday. Hamilton, who raced to victory in the Monaco GP on Sunday in a helmet bearing Lauda's colours and name, escorted the coffin out of St Stephen's Cathedral, along with Alain Prost and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, among others.

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