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TVS Racing wins Desert Storm 2019

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Adrian Metge.

Jaisalmer: A dominating performance from French rider Adrien Metge saw TVS Racing win the 2019 edition of Desert Storm here on Saturday.

Metge enjoyed a dream run in the rally, never once relinquishing his overall lead position across all stages despite the extreme heat.

The final stage, which spanned across 220 km, saw the riders brave a dust storm and navigate through the dunes of Jaisalmer.

While Metge claimed the top spot, teammate Abdul Wahid Tanveer impressed all by his performance across the rally, finishing on the podium with a consistent third place in the Group A (upto 450 cc category).

In the same category, TVS Racing’s R Nataraj finished at a commendable fourth place. Aishwarya Pissay finished at 16th spot.

Speaking after the race, Metge said: “I am delighted to have won Desert Storm 2019. Today was a short stage and I covered the route in good time as I have become familiar with the Jaisalmer terrain.

“There was a dust storm early in the stage but I kept my cool and put my A Game in motion to secure this win for TVS Racing. The support of the crew was fantastic throughout the rally and kept me going. I want to thank the entire TVS Racing team for their support.”

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Hamilton dedicates Monaco GP win to Niki Lauda

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Lewis Hamilton (centre) beat Sebastian Vettel (right) to win in Monaco.

Monaco: After earning a hard-fought win in the Monaco Grand Prix, British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton said he felt three-time world champion Niki Lauda, who died last week, was with him during the course of the race.

“When I was driving I thought, ‘what would Niki do?’ So I just kept going,” The Guardian quoted Hamilton, who started the race from pole position, as saying.

“I definitely felt like he was with me racing today. It was just incredible to see how much support there has been for Niki from across the world, how much respect and appreciation there is for him. As a driver my goal is to be one day as respected as he was. He left a great example and was a real hero to so many,” he added.

Lauda, who died on May 20, had played a key role in bringing Hamilton to Mercedes in 2013 and the two had become close friends.

With Sunday’s win, Hamilton strengthened his grip at the top spot of the 2019 driver standings. This was Hamilton’s third triumph in Monaco, following his successes in 2008 and 2016.

The Briton also admitted that it was the hardest race he has ever had.

“I think it is the hardest race I have ever had; it is in the top five.

“I appreciate a tough race. As an athlete you always want the toughest battles. I am going to enjoy my evening tonight. I can’t wait to call my dad and mum see what they thought of it.

“I will get a chance tonight to talk to Birgit to let her know how much I appreciate her and her support with Niki over these years,” the Mercedes driver added.

Ferrari’s German driver Sebastian Vettel came second ahead of Mercedes’ Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas after a five-second penalty sent Max Verstappen of the Netherlands (Red Bull) to the fourth spot.

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Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda passes away

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Niki Lauda who took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984. Photo: Twitter

London: Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda has passed away, his family has confirmed. He was 70.

The legendary Austrian, who took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984, died on Monday, nine months after undergoing surgery for a lung transplant, reports the BBC.

“(He was) a role model and a benchmark for all of us,” said his family in a statement.

“His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable, his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain a role model and a benchmark for all of us,” the statement added.

Lauda, whose famous rivalry with British F1 legend James Hunt inspired the Chris Hemsworth film ‘Rush’, will be remembered for his remarkable recovery and return to racing after being badly burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix.

By the time Lauda ended his racing career in 1985, with his last race coming in Adelaide, he had competed in 171 Formula One races, winning 25 of them and standing on the podium 54 times.

In January this year, he spent some 10 days in hospital while suffering from influenza.

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Hamilton pips Bottas to claim Spanish GP

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It was Lewis Hamilton's third won of the season. Photo, Text: formulaone.com

Barcelona: Lewis Hamilton claimed his third win of the season, as Mercedes stretched their current record of consecutive one-two finishes to an incredible five, in the Spanish Grand Prix.

After beating Bottas to the first corner, Hamilton then led the race throughout, to net his third Spanish Grand Prix win in a row.

The Mercedes duo were joined on an identical podium to 2018 by the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, with the Ferrari pair of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc fourth and fifth, Verstappen maintaining his record of having finished ahead of at least one Ferrari at every race this season.

Pierre Gasly was P6 in the second Red Bull, while a late-race Safety Car – after McLaren’s Lando Norris and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll clashed in the first corner sequence – set up a dramatic finish behind, with Kevin Magnussen eventually claiming a fine seventh place and his first points since Australia.

Haas team mate Romain Grosjean claimed his first point of the year by finishing P10, despite dropping from P8 in a dramatic final few laps after being passed by the McLaren of Carlos Sainz – who maintained his record of scoring at every Spanish Grand Prix of his career – and the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat, who finished P9.

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