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Lewis Hamilton wins Portuguese GP for record 92nd F1 victory

PORTIMAO, Portugal — British driver Lewis Hamilton made Formula One history on Sunday, winning the Portuguese Grand Prix for a 92nd career victory to move one ahead of German great Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton finished nearly 25.6 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and 34.5 clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for his eighth win of another dominant season. He also took an extra point for the fastest lap to extend his huge championship lead to 77 points over Bottas with just five races left.

Hamilton won his first F1 race in 2007 and first title the following year. But his career really took off when he replaced the retired Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013. Hamilton has added five F1 titles and the runaway championship leader is now odds-on to equal Schumacher’s record of seven.

“I could only ever

Verstappen and Stroll collide in Portuguese practice

Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll collided in an eventful second practice for the first Portuguese Grand Prix in 24 years on Friday while Valtteri Bottas set the pace for Formula One champions Mercedes.

The afternoon saw two red flag interruptions, first when AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly pulled over with his car in flames, and then when Red Bull’s Verstappen and Racing Point’s Stroll smashed into each other.

There was plenty of swearing from Verstappen over the team radio after the impact as he tried to go through on the inside, including suggesting Stroll was blind.

“I was so surprised that he just turned in while I was coming up to him. I don’t know where I had to go,” said the Dutchman, who refused to apologize for his language. “It was just very unnecessary.”

Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer saw

Bubba Wallace will drive the No. 23 car for Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Picking the car number for Michael Jordan’s new NASCAR team was a slam dunk: Bubba Wallace will drive the No. 23 car when the team makes its debut next season.

Jordan named his team 23XI Racing — that’s pronounced twenty-three eleven — in honor of both his retired uniform number with the Chicago Bulls and the car number of his partner and three-time Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin.

Jordan and Hamlin announced last month they had formed a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver, a high-profile pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level.

“This is the start of the new adventure! So ready! #23XI,” Wallace tweeted Thursday.

Grosjean and Magnussen will leave Haas F1 at end of this season

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will leave the Haas Formula One team at the end of the season, the U.S.-owned outfit said on Thursday ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix. Both drivers had earlier posted messages on social media announcing their departures.

Frenchman Grosjean, 34, has been at Haas since 2016, with Dane Magnussen, 28, joining in 2017.

“We have a lot of good memories together — in particular our 2018 season when we finished fifth in the standings in only our third season. Romain and Kevin played a significant part in that success,” team boss Guenther Steiner said in a statement.

Magnussen tweeted that he was still working on his plans for the future and wanted to finish the last six races of the season on a high.

Grosjean posted a message saying “the last chapter is closed

Vanwall resurrected to make 1958 Formula One continuation cars

Successful but short-lived, England’s Vanwall has been unexpectedly resurrected to give five enthusiasts the rare opportunity to buy a 1950s Formula One car built in the 2020s. It could also develop more modern models.

Vanwall built neither vans nor walls; it was a racing team whose main claim to fame remains winning the first Formula One Constructors Trophy in 1958. It’s linked to several well-known personalities, including hugely successful race car driver Stirling Moss and Lotus founder Colin Chapman, but they all made a name for themselves elsewhere, after their stint at Vanwall. The team won nine Formula One races between 1954 and 1960, beating big-name rivals like Ferrari, but it then gradually faded into the pantheon of automotive history due partly to its founder’s failing health. An out-of-the-blue comeback staged in the 2000s failed to gain traction.


Kyle Larson reinstated to compete in NASCAR next season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyle Larson can return to NASCAR competition next season following a long suspension for using a racial slur while playing a video game.

He was suspended in April after he used the n-word while playing an online racing game in which viewers could follow along. He was dropped by his sponsors and fired by Chip Ganassi Racing.

Larson, who is half-Japanese, spent the last six months immersed in diversity programs that helped him gain an understanding of racial injustice. He did not apply for reinstatement until last week, and the clearance came Monday.

“The work I’ve done over the last six months has had a major impact on me. I will make the most of this opportunity and look forward to the future,” Larson said.

Larson has spent significant time with retired soccer star Tony Sanneh, whose