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Kristensen finds fresh motivation for Le Mans

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Tom Kristensen is not lacking for motivation as he prepares for a world endurance championship season that sees the great Dane targeting an unprecedented 10th Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar victory. The friendship of team mates, tragedy, a delayed tribute to a late father and a sense of history all play a part in the equation.

Formula One: Hamilton tops Bahrain practice times

Great Britain's 2008 Fomula One world champion Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time during the second day of testing Wednesday at the Sakhir circuit where he won the Bahrain Grand Prix at the weekend. Three of the five world champions still competing -- England's Jenson Button (McLaren), Finland's Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Germany's Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) -- did not take part in the testing which allowed certain stables to use their reserve drivers and Pirelli to test their new tyres.

Formula One: Hamilton tops Bahrain practice times

British driver Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time during the second day of testing on Wednesday at the Sakhir circuit where he won the Bahrain Grand Prix at the weekend. Three of the five world champions still competing -- England's Jenson Button (McLaren), Finland's Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Germany's Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) -- did not take part in the testing which allowed certain stables to use their reserve drivers and Pirelli to test their new tyres.

Formula One: Hamilton tops Bahrain practice times

British driver Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time during the second day of testing on Tuesday at the Sakhir circuit where he won the Bahrain Grand Prix at the weekend. Three of the five world champions still competing -- England's Jenson Button (McLaren), Finland's Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Germany's Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) -- did not take part in the testing which allowed certain stables to use their reserve drivers and Pirelli to test their new tyres.

Sirotkin needs bigger shoes for F1 testing

(Reuters) - Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin needed bigger shoes as he stepped up for a Formula One test with Sauber in Bahrain on Tuesday that gave him enough mileage to qualify for a super license. The 18-year-old reserve, being prepared by Sauber for a possible Formula One future, did 300km and 76 laps - more than a race distance - of the Sakhir circuit that hosted the country's grand prix on Sunday.

Hoy aims to compete in 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours race

LONDON (Reuters) - Six-times Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy is switching from two wheels to four with the aim of racing in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours Sportscar race. Nissan said on Tuesday that they would put the Scot, who is already a brand ambassador for them ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, through their advanced driver development programme.

Formula One still has a license to thrill

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Those who feared the wheels were about to fall off Formula One had better think again. The sport has come in for a fuel tank full of criticism lately, much of it self-inflicted, but Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix broke the negative spiral with a race that lit up the track in more ways than one. The cars were too quiet and not quick enough, likened ludicrously to golf buggies with cautious 'taxi drivers' more preoccupied with saving fuel and sparing the tires than overtaking.

Formula One still has a license to thrill

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Those who feared the wheels were about to fall off Formula One had better think again. The sport has come in for a fuel tank full of criticism lately, much of it self-inflicted, but Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix broke the negative spiral with a race that lit up the track in more ways than one. The cars were too quiet and not quick enough, likened ludicrously to golf buggies with cautious 'taxi drivers' more preoccupied with saving fuel and sparing the tires than overtaking.

Formula One: Todt dismisses rule changes

FIA president Jean Todt has promised to look into improving the sound of Formula One's new engines but dismissed a change in the rules demanded by some stables. Todt, the head of the world sport's governing body, said that those who were complaining about the lack of noise from the engines were more vocal than those in favour. But he said he was ready to meet with reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel who bluntly swore when asked about the sound of the new engine. "Vettel made a negative comment about the engine noise, but not on the engines," said Todt.

Bahrain sees bright future for night race

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrain believes its Formula One circuit has a bright future after the country's first floodlit grand prix turned out a thriller on Sunday. Sakhir Circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani told Reuters the decision to turn the 10th anniversary event into a night race was a statement of intent for the future of motorsport in the Gulf kingdom. "There's more to come," he said in an interview at the Sakhir desert circuit.
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