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Hamilton congratulates Rosberg on F1 title win with retro photo tweet

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Lewis Hamilton has congratulated Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on his Formula 1 drivers’ championship win by sharing a retro photo on Twitter.

Hamilton lost out to Rosberg in the title showdown in Abu Dhabi last Sunday, falling five points short in the standings to miss out on a fourth crown.

Despite Hamilton’s on-track tactics in the decider being brought into question, the Briton was graceful on the podium after his defeat, shaking hands with Rosberg twice.

On Wednesday, Hamilton took to Twitter to share a photo of him and Rosberg from their karting days, the pair having been teammates long before their time together at Mercedes.

In the wake of his title win, Rosberg reflected on a career spent largely on the same grid as Hamilton, much of it playing catch-up on-track.

“It feels like I’ve been racing him for ever and always he’s just managed to edge me out and get the title even when we were small in go-karts,” Rosberg said.

“And he’s just an amazing driver and of course one of the best in history so it’s unbelievably special to beat him because the level is so high and that makes this so much more satisfying for me.

“I took the World Championship away from him which is a phenomenal feeling. It’s been a great year as well, for sure he drove at an extremely high level, he’s done some incredible racing so he’s been a very very tough competitor.”

Montreal Mayor cancels Formula E’s planned season four finale

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New Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has cancelled the FIA Formula E Championship’s planned season four finale, which was set for two races on July 28 and 29, 2018, citing what was termed a “financial fiasco.”

Plante was elected to replace Denis Coderre in the role, and didn’t follow Coderre’s support of the event.

She announced the news today citing financial and logistical challenges she didn’t feel the city could overcome.

Via a report in the CBC, Plante’s administration estimated a potential cost of up to $35 million would needed to be paid by the city’s taxpayers for the event’s second running. Additionally, a nonprofit organization reportedly owes creditors some $9.5 million.

Plante revealed details today in a series of messages posted on Twitter, which you can see in order below.

A Formula E spokesperson supplied a statement of the surprise news to e-racing365.com:

Formula E’s fourth season underwent one calendar change with a return to Punta Del Este, Uruguay replacing a cancelled race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whether a replacement can be sourced for this race weekend will now remain to be seen.