Formula 1 Racing

Hamilton’s decision stunned race engineer Bonnington

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In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton’s long-time race engineer was stunned by the news of his decision to leave Mercedes.

In brief

Mercedes to discuss Bonnington’s future

Bonnington has been the voice in Hamilton’s ear throughout his tenure at Mercedes, during which time he has won six world championships. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff described his surprised reaction to the driver’s decision to leave for Ferrari at the end of the year.

“As much as I have spoken with Bono already, when I told him, he said, ‘is it April the 1st?’” said Wolff.

Asked whether Bonnington might accompany Hamilton to Mercedes he said: “This is a discussion which everyone needs to have in the months to come.”

Barnard and Bohra win in FRMEC

Taylor Barnard and Nikhil Bohra won the first two of three races in the Formula Regional Middle East Championship third round in Dubai yesterday.

Barnard won from pole position in race one, holding off Tuukka Taponen throughout the race to win by half a second, with Rafaek Camara third.

In race two, Bohra took the lead at the start and led home Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak to take his second race win at Formula Regional level. Brando Badoer finished third.

Rafael Camara will start from pole position for today’s third and final race of the weekend.

Bilinski extends FROC lead with comeback win

Roman Bilinski took his fifth win from the opening seven races in the Formula Regional Oceania Championship at New Zealand’s Hampton Downs circuit on Saturday.

The M2 driver had to work hard for his latest win, however, storming from 14th on the grid to finish just ahead of Liam Sceats in a wet-to-dry race.

Bilinski now holds a lead of 35 points over Sceats with two more races today.

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