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Lewis Hamilton’s brother, Nicolas, to make racing return

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The younger brother of three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is to return to professional racing next weekend.

Nicolas Hamilton, 25, suffers from Cerebral Palsy, but managed to make his bow in racing back in 2011 when he entered the UK Renault Clio Cup Series.

Hamilton remained in the series for 2012, making 32 starts across the course of the two season while racing in a car with a modified cockpit.

Hamilton moved up one rung on the UK national motorsport ladder in 2015 when he secured a guest invite to race in the British Touring Car Championship, appearing in 12 races for the AmD Tuning team in an Audi S3.

Having made his last racing appearance in the BTCC at Silverstone in 2015, Hamilton announced on Wednesday that he would be returning to racing next weekend, re-joining the Clio Cup grid from its Oulton Park round for the remainder of the season.

“I’m looking for a way to continue developing my race craft in a championship I know is very, very competitive,” Hamilton said.

“The UK Clio Cup is just that and it gives me the right environment to prepare for a return perhaps to touring cars.

“The budgets are also sensible – contrary to popular belief I have to make this happen myself. It isn’t gifted to me on a plate and it’s why I’ve not raced since 2015 – I’ve been busy putting together the funding!

“Being a Hamilton has its pros but also its cons. It can help with networking but it can also mean people are quick to judge and the expectations can too be high. I am doing this for myself.”

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.