Brawn: Hamilton has taken time to settle in

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Ross Brawn believes that Lewis Hamilton has taken time to settle in at Mercedes since joining the team at the beginning of the season, but now the Briton is comfortable his future is looking bright.

Hamilton claimed his maiden win for the team last weekend in Hungary and in doing so became the first driver to win a grand prix in all of his first seven seasons in the sport. Brawn is unconcerned by the time it took Hamilton to find his feet, believing that it is normal for there to be an adjustment period.

“When a driver of Lewis’s calibre joins a team, there is massive expectation but every driver takes a little time to settle in, to understand the nuances,” Brawn explained to the BBC. “It has taken a little while but I see great signs, particularly the last few races.”

Brawn also refused to estimate Hamilton’s prospects for the rest of the season, instead believing that he has the momentum to continue his winning streak after the summer break.

“[Hamilton] is starting to pick up momentum and move in the right direction, so we honestly don’t know where the limit is, because we are on a journey with Lewis and we don’t know where the limits are,” Brawn said.

Hamilton trails championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 48 points, but, with nine races left in the season and in this kind of form, it is difficult to rule the 2008 world champion out of the title fight.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.