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Newly-crowned world champion Rosberg quits Formula 1 to leave empty seat at Mercedes

Nico Rosberg yesterday announced he was retiring from grand prix racing with immediate effect – just five days after being crowned Formula 1 world champion.

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Lewis Hamilton congratulates Nico Rosberg on the podium after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit

Hamilton is backed by Horner

Mercedes have been branded “naive” by Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, as they weigh up whether to punish Lewis Hamilton for defying team orders.

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Nico Rosberg celebrates winning the Formula 1 drivers title at the expense of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton accused of ‘dirty tricks’ as he loses his title to Nico Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton could face disciplinary action from Mercedes after he ignored team orders at the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Formula One Japanese Grand Prix winner Damon Hill  and runner-up Michael Schumacher exchange some words on the podium.

Rosberg follows in Hill’s footsteps as famous son crowned world champion

Damon Hill knows only too well how Nico Rosberg will feel this morning after the German emulated his Finnish father Keke’s feat of winning the Formula 1 crown in 1982.

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Mercedes' Nico Rosberg celebrates winning the Formula One world championship with wife Vivian and the Mercedes team.

Emotional Rosberg crowned champion of world

Nico Rosberg admitted that beating his long-term rival Lewis Hamilton to the world championship made his maiden Formula 1 title triumph all the more satisfying.

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Nico Rosberg v Lewis Hamilton for the Formula 1 world title (Graphic: Graeme Bandeira)

Hamilton wary of Rosberg forcing him out of title race

A fired-up Lewis Hamilton refused to rule out the prospect of title rival Nico Rosberg deliberately taking him out of the season-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and feels he would be the moral victor in this year’s championship.

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McLaren Honda's Jenson Button, right. Picture: David Davies/PA

Jenson Button has an eye on passing his final chequered flag in Abu Dhabi

Jenson Button expects the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to be his last in Formula 1 as he prepares to bring the curtain down on his world championship-winning career.

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Sam Tordoff. Picture: Dennis Goodwin.

Tordoff quits the BTCC to pursue ‘new challenges’ in motorsport

AFTER missing out on lifting the British Touring Car Championship by just two points this year, Rawdon’s Sam Tordoff has announced he is to quit the series to pursue “new challenges” within motorsport.

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, sprays champagne over the face of teammate Nico Rosberg, of Germany, at the podium of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Hamilton refusing to throw in the towel as he steps up mind games with Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton has conceded it is now unlikely he will stop Nico Rosberg from winning the Formula 1 title after claiming his rival is “doing all he has to do” to get over the finish line and seal his maiden championship.

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix Picture: AP/Ricardo Mazalan.

Down to the wire: Lewis Hamilton beats rain and Rosberg to set up title climax in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton delivered a wet-weather masterclass at a chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix to take the championship battle into the final race of the season.

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Only way is up for Knaresborough speedster Dan Linfoot after finishing fourth in British Superbikes

Only way is up for Knaresborough speedster Dan Linfoot after finishing fourth in British Superbikes

NOrth Yorkshire rider Dan Linfoot says the only way is up after securing his best finish in the British Superbikes series.

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Sam Tordoff on the podium.

Tordoff considering his motor racing future despite stellar season

LEEDS racer Sam Tordoff would be forgiven for having sleepless nights when reflecting on this year’s British Touring Car Championship.

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Lewis Hamilton, left, talks with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Picture: AP/Eric Gay

Lewis Hamilton retains title hope ... but is ready to accept second-best

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to take his likely defeat to Nico Rosberg in the title race “like a man” as he turned on the charm offensive in the United States.

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Nico Rosberg celebrates at Suzuka flanked by second-placed Red Bull's Max Verstappen, left and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, right, of Britain, who finished third.

Lewis Hamilton shoulders the blame after being left on the blocks at Suzuka

Lewis Hamilton admitted he was at fault for the horror start in the Japanese Grand Prix which leaves the Formula 1 championship out of his control.

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes boss shrugs off F1 sabotage claims

Mercedes have hit back at claims of foul play by insisting “anyone with an ounce of 
intelligence” knows they would not sabotage Lewis Hamilton’s car.

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leaves his car after an engine failure during the Malaysian Grand Prix. Picture: AP/Brian Ching

Hamilton forced to backtrack over harsh comments

Lewis Hamilton dramatically turned on his Mercedes team by appearing to hint at a conspiracy theory after his bid for a fourth championship was hit by another engine failure.

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Sam Tordoff with his father John, CEO of JCT600, and the MD of GardX with the 2016 BTCC Team champions trophy. PIC: Dennis Goodwin

Motorsport: Tordoff pipped for title after dramatic last day’s racing

YORKSHIRE’S Sam Tordoff narrowly missed out on lifting the British Touring Car Championship title after a dramatic finalé at Brands Hatch.

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Sam Tordoff.

There’s no pressure on me in Brands Hatch final says Tordoff

Leeds driver Sam Tordoff will be going all out to lift the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title at Brands Hatch tomorrow.

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Dan Cammish with his trophies.

Champion Cammish eyeing up switch to touring cars

After claiming his third national title in four years, Morley’s Dan Cammish has set his sights on the British Touring Car Championship. Lee Sobot reports.

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Sam Tordoff. Picture: Dennis Goodwin.

Motorsport: Yorkshireman Tordoff 11 points clear going into final round

Sam Tordoff will enter the final round of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch next month with an 11-point lead following yesterday’s penultimate round at Silverstone.

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