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Thousands expected in Vienna to pay respects to F1 legend Lauda

Vienna - Thousands, including Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, are expected to throng Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral Wednesday to mourn the giant of the sport, Niki Lauda, who died on May 20 at the age of 70.

F1 legend Niki Lauda dies at 70

Vienna - Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said on Tuesday, triggering an outpouring of praise for a man whose track victories and comeback from a horrific crash enthralled race fans worldwide.

Former F1 champion Niki Lauda dies at 70

Vienna - Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said in a statement released to Austrian media early Tuesday.

'Senna Day' held in Brazil on 25th anniversary of F1 great's death

S - The Interlagos racing circuit held a 'Senna Day' to celebrate the life of Formula One great Ayrton Senna on Wednesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Brazilian's death.

Amnesty accuses Bahrain of using F1 to 'sportwash' image

Dubai - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Bahrain of using this weekend's Formula One race to "sportwash" its image, amid an intense crackdown on political dissent in the Gulf kingdom.

Nobel laureate Murad urges Iraq to probe fate of abducted Yazidis

Baghdad - Nobel laureate and former jihadist captive Nadia Murad called on Iraq Wednesday to create a special team to investigate the fate of other members of her Yazidi minority kidnapped by the Islamic State group.

Vettel continues to outpace Hamilton, but gap shrinks

Monaco - Sebastian Vettel outpaced championship-leading title rival Lewis Hamilton by just eight-hundredths of a second to keep Ferrari on top in Saturday’s third free practice for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

Leclerc relieved as tyre-smudged halo helps prevent injury

Francorchamps - Charles Leclerc admitted that a tyre-smudged halo head-protection device on his Formula One car had saved him from serious injury in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

Sainz replaces Alonso at McLaren

London - Spaniard Carlos Sainz will drive for McLaren in next season's Formula One championship, filling the vacuum left by the retirement of Fernando Alonso, the team announced on Thursday.

Niki Lauda in 'very satisfying' state after operation

Vienna - Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda is in a "very satisfying" state four days after undergoing an emergency lung transplant following an infection, Vienna's general hospital said on Monday.

Formula One legend Niki Lauda undergoes successful lung transplant — hospital

Vienna - Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda has undergone a lung transplant following an infection picked up on vacation, Vienna's general hospital announced Thursday.

Opportunity knocks for Ricciardo in new F1 season

Melbourne - Daniel Ricciardo faces a pivotal year in his Formula One career with expectations of a much-improved Red Bull performance and mounting speculation over where he will drive next season.

Driven to perfection: can anyone stop F1 champ Hamilton?

Melbourne - A refreshed and hungry Lewis Hamilton has declared he's ready to take the new Formula One season by the scruff of the neck -- which is bad news for his long-suffering rivals.

Formula One: F1 eyeing two more street races in Asia

Shanghai - Formula One is looking to stage two more street races in Asia as part of a drive to win new fans, one of the sport's most senior officials told AFP on Tuesday.

Michael Schumacher's children in blackmail threat

Berlin - A blackmailer threatened to kill the children of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher unless paid 900,000 euros ($1 million).

Michael Schumacher health to stay private, manager says

Berlin - The condition of stricken Michael Schumacher will remain private, his manager said on Saturday, nearly three years after the Formula One legend suffered serious head injuries while skiing.

Rosberg v Hamilton — race by race

Abu Dhabi - Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Formula One world championship on Sunday after a season-long duel with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Champion Rosberg, happy to be 'bland bombshell'

Abu Dhabi - Nico Rosberg realised a dream and silenced his critics Sunday when he emulated his father Keke’s achievement and claimed his maiden Formula One drivers’ championship.

Lorenzo eyes victory in Yamaha farewell

Valencia - Three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo looks to end his nine-year Yamaha career, and his stormy relationship with superstar teammate Valentino Rossi, with victory at the season-ending Grand Prix of Valencia on Sunday.

Rosberg set to deliver Hamilton knockout blow

S - Nico Rosberg may not want to talk about it, but he is poised to join an illustrious club if he can complete a hat-trick at the Brazilian Grand Prix and secure his maiden world championship.

Chastened 'Budgie Nine' back in Sydney after F1 stunt

Sydney - Several of the nine Australian men who sparked outrage after stripping off at the Malaysian Grand Prix returned home Friday, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying they were lucky to escape without charge.

Malaysia frees Australia's 'Budgie Nine' after F1 stunt

Sepang - Nine Australian men who provoked anger in Malaysia by donning skimpy swimwear bearing the Muslim country's national flag at a Formula 1 race were released without charge Thursday.

Nine Australians arrested over Malaysia-flag underwear at grand prix

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian police have arrested nine Australian men who stripped down during Sunday's Formula 1 Grand Prix race to reveal underwear bearing a Malaysia-flag print.

Nico Rosberg wins Italian Grand Prix

Monza - Nico Rosberg pounced on a poor start by his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza and cut his championship lead to just two points.

F1 boss Ecclestone's pilot held for mother-in-law kidnap

S - Brazilian police arrested Monday the alleged mastermind behind the kidnapping of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law, a helicopter pilot who worked for the British billionaire's family, officials said.

F1 rulers leave global audience confused and fed up

Hockenheim - Formula One's rule-makers took another U-turn on Saturday when they agreed a compromise on track limits at the first corner of the Hockenheim circuit.

Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil: reports

S - The mother-in-law of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped for ransom in her home city of Sao Paulo, Brazilian media reported Tuesday.

Hamilton, Rosberg crash out in Barcelona clash

Barcelona - World championship leader Nico Rosberg and his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton collided and retired in a sensational crash on the opening lap at Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Motorsport boss Todt wants road deaths to be seen as 'pandemic'

Davos - The head of Formula One's ruling body, Jean Todt, said Friday he was lobbying the rich and powerful to support his mission to have road accident deaths considered a "pandemic".

Pope prays for Schumacher recovery

Vatican City - Pope Francis prayed for racing legend Michael Schumacher on Thursday as he offered his backing for a Formula One-led road safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of children killed by cars.
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