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Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1 is a ‘billionaire boys’ club’



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Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1 has become a “billionaire boys’ club”.

The seven-time champion told Spain’s AS newspaper it would not be possible for him to break into the sport from his background if he tried to do so now.

“Growing up in a normal working class family, there is no way I could be here – the guys you are fighting against have that much more money,” he said.

“We have to work to change that to make it more accessible, for the rich and for people with more humble origins.”

The Mercedes driver was raised on a council estate in Stevenage in Hertfordshire, while his father Anthony worked several jobs to fund his junior career before he was picked up by McLaren and Mercedes aged 13.

They funded the rest of his career as he made his way through the ranks to F1.

Of the current grid, Canadians Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi and Russian Nikita Mazepin, who have all joined F1 in recent years, are the sons of billionaires.

And both Max Verstappen, Hamilton’s title rival this year, and Mick Schumacher, who made his debut in 2021, are the sons of former F1 drivers.

Hamilton and Mercedes have set up a foundation to try to attract more people from an ethic minority background into motorsport, and he has set up commission to look into why minorities are under-represented.

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What Deontay Wilder’s Arbitration Ruling Means for Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury



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Leicester boss Rodgers happy bringing through teen prospect Tawanda Maswanhise



Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is happy bringing through 18 year-old prospect Tawanda Maswanhise.

Rodgers included the 18-year-old in his matchday squad for the win at Manchester United to give him an idea of what’s required to be a Premier League player.

Maswanhise has athletic pedigree as the son of a former sprinter, Jeffrey Maswanhise representing Zimbabwe in the 400m at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games.

“He’s a young player I like,” Rodgers said of the 18-year-old. “I’ve seen him playing for the Under-18s. He’s quick, he’s direct. He’s got a lot of strengths and he’s got a lot of potential, but a lot of work to do.

“Bringing in young players, like we’ve done with Luke before, it gives them the experience.

“To feel the preparation, to sit on the bench, to see the quality of the players, it gives him a flavour of the level and preparation he needs to be here. That was the idea.”

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Fury v Wilder: Third fight signed for 24 July at Las Vegas venue



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23 May 2021

WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has signed his contract to face Deontay Wilder on 24 July.

Fury, 32, looked set to finalise a fight for all four world titles against Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.

But the all-British affair fell through when Wilder’s team won an arbitration hearing stating the American had a right to a third fight with Fury.

Fury attended Josh Taylor’s win over Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas on Saturday, where he signed his fight contract.

“He’s getting seriously smashed to bits,” Fury said. “I’ll give him another shoulder injury, another bicep injury, another leg injury.

“One round, you’re going. I have got your soul, your mojo, everything. I own you.”

Fury signed less than seven days since he appeared on social media stating he had agreed to face Joshua in August.

But Wilder, 35, refused to take any money in order to step aside and let Fury pursue the Joshua fight.

Joshua is now expected to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk in August, with a fight with Fury mooted should both still hold their world titles later this year.

Fury beat Wilder to end his reign as WBC champion in Las Vegas in February 2020, 14 months after the pair drew in Los Angeles.

A venue has not yet been formally announced for their third contest but Fury’s team said Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas was already reserved for the fight date.

The stadium, completed in 2020, holds 65,000 and is home to the Las Vegas Raiders NFL franchise.

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