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Bahrain Grand Prix 2013: Lewis Hamilton 37 points clear of Jenson Button – Phil Duncan

The Chequered Flag: Hamilton streaks clear of Button as McLaren continue to struggle

with arguably the most complete package on the grid while a top-10 finish for Mercedes became as rare as a nun in a bikini. We mustn’t forget that in the final six races of last season, the Silver Arrows managed only one points-scoring finish when Michael Schumacher ended his F1 career with a seventh place at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

he’d gathered 43.

At the same stage this year, he is 10th in the championship with just 13 points. Unlucky for some. Unlucky for Button.

For his old sparring partner however, this season, in terms of points attained, ranks as a better start for Hamilton than both the 2010 and 2012 seasons.

Indeed with a total of 50 already on the championship table, the 2008 world champion has collated a bigger haul than the man who he replaced – that’s Michael Schumacher for those of you with a short-term memory – managed in 20 outings for the German manufacturer last season.

Off the pace: Button and McLaren have endured a slow start to the season

Promising start: Hamilton has already amassed more points than Schumacher did in his whole Mercedes career

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I cannot recall a time when Hamilton was so happy to finish fifth, but the British star knows Bahrain is Mercedes’ achilles heel, and the fact that he leaves the Gulf Kingdom with a decent haul of points after a troubled weekend, will provide him and his team with a major boost as Formula One heads back to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix in three weeks time.

We should make no bones about it, Hamilton can fight for this year’s title. But whether he will be able to rival Vettel, whose performance yesterday illustrated exactly why he is a triple world champion, remains to be seen.

The same however, probably cannot be said of Button. The McLaren is already beginning to look like a better-tamed beast than the unruly animal which was unleashed in Melbourne over a month ago. But that said, the British star is already 64 points behind Vettel.

Barcelona will provide the Woking-based team with the acid test; a poor weekend in Spain usually translates to a poor season.

And Button, who has finished on the Spanish podium only twice in 12 previous attempts, will want his focus in Barcelona to be on the sharp end of the pack and not banging wheels with team-mate Sergio Perez while fighting for the menial places as in Bahrain.

Flashpoint: Perez and Button were locked in battle

Flashpoint: Perez and Button were locked in battle

Organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix are already turning their attention to next season and the 10th anniversary of their hotly-disputed race.

‘We are looking at many options,’ Zayed Al Zayani, chairman of the event, told AUTOSPORT today.

‘A night race is one of them, but it is not the only one,’ he continued. ‘It is our tenth race and our tenth anniversary, so we want to do something different.’

It is also being suggested that the race could be moved to the opening weekend of the season. I for one hope this isn’t the case.

Australia should play host to every Formula One curtain raiser in my opinion, but I guess money will talk…

Five more years: Ecclestone is ready to sign a new deal with Bahrain

Five more years: Ecclestone is ready to sign a new deal with Bahrain

Driver of the Day

So close, yet so far. Paul Di Resta was on course to become the first Scottish driver on the podium in almost five years before he was overtaken by Romain Grosjean in the closing stages of yesterday’s race.

Nevertheless, it ranked as an impressive weekend for the 27-year-old who looks to have the bit between his teeth in his third season with Force India.

The Scot has made no secret of his desire to race for a bigger team, and after being snubbed by McLaren, what better way to bounce back than by doing your talking on the track.

Great Scot: Di Resta finished in fourth

Great Scot: Di Resta finished in fourth

Masters 2013: Bubba Watson sinks hole-in-one in practice round

Fun in the sun at Augusta as defending champion Watson sinks hole-in-one in Masters practice round… and he didn't cry!

By
Charlie Skillen

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16:47 GMT, 10 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:08 GMT, 10 April 2013

Bubba Watson is clearly in top form to defend his green jacket in style after getting a hole-in-one in a practice round today.

Last year's Champion was playing a practice round before the tournament starts tomorrow, and achieved a hole-in-one on Augusta's par 3 16th hole.

Watson's practice partner Scott Piercy described Watson's reaction: 'Arms in the air, big smile, like a little kid in the candy store,' he told the Chicago Tribune.

High fives: Bubba Watson (right) laps up the apprecation of the crowd after sinking a hole-in-one

High fives: Bubba Watson (right) laps up the apprecation of the crowd after sinking a hole-in-one

Mini-me: Watson takes out his driver during a practice round today ahead of defending his Masters title

Mini-me: Watson takes out his driver during a practice round today ahead of defending his Masters title

Turtle and the hare: Sergio Garcia attempts to chase some unwanted visitors back into the pond today

Turtle and the hare: Sergio Garcia attempts to chase some unwanted visitors back into the pond today

'That was really cool. To do it on 16 at the Masters, I'm sure it's something he’ll never forget. And I can tell my kids that Bubba Watson made a hole in one here, and I saw it.'

Watson's caddie, Teddy Scott, told the same paper: 'The crowd was obviously really into it. any time somebody makes a hole-in-one, if there's just four of you playing with your buddies, you're excited. So everybody was pumped and high-fiving. It was cool.'

Ready and waiting: Rory McIlroy plays a shot in today's practice round ahead of the Masters starting tomorrow

Ready and waiting: Rory McIlroy plays a shot in today's practice round ahead of the Masters starting tomorrow

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy

Face in the crowd: Scotsman Paul Lawrie hits a shot from the trees in a practice round today

Face in the crowd: Scotsman Paul Lawrie hits a shot from the trees in a practice round today

The amazing feat comes the day after the Masters Club Dinner in honour of Watson, a tradition started by Ben Hogan in 1952.

Fans leapt to Watson's defence over the menu he chose for the meal, which Sir Nick Faldo joked on Twitter was a 'happy meal'.

Posting a message to Watson, Faldo said: 'You had a year to decide on, grilled chicked, mashed potatoes, corn, macaroni & cheese!!!#HappyMeal #PlayLikeaChampion,' before quoting a Tweet from a fan which suggested diners got a toy prize if they cleaned their plates.

Happy meal: Sir Nick Faldo joked about the quality of Watson's Masters Club Dinner menu

Happy meal: Sir Nick Faldo joked about the quality of Watson's Masters Club Dinner menu

Hitting the target: Argentinean Angel Cabrera chips on the driving range before a practice round today

Hitting the target: Argentinean Angel Cabrera chips on the driving range before a practice round today

Watson broke down in tears in a press conference yesterday after a reporter asked him what he did with the green jacket he won last year.

He also famously cried on the shoulder of his mother Molly when he won the tournament after a play-off with Louis Oosthuizen, leading to the nickname 'Blubba.'

Suits you: Two Australian fans got in on the fun (above) while another fan proposed to his partner (below)

Suits you: Two Australian fans got in on the fun (above) while another fan proposed to his partner (below)

Proposal

Proposal

Tom Daley"s Olympic diving partner Peter Waterfield has a "Wayne Rooney" hair transplant

Daley's Olympic diving partner Waterfield has a 'Rooney' hair transplant
Waterfield, 31, says that with his Cockney accent and shaved head, people often mistook him for a thugDecided that a hair transplant was best way to soften his imageHad 4,200
individual hairs moved from the back of his scalp to the front

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17:17 GMT, 25 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:00 GMT, 25 January 2013

He wowed us all with his spectacular dives alongside Tom Daley at the Olympics and is the most successful diver in British Olympic history.

Yet despite his achievements over the last four Olympic games, Peter Waterfield has always had an image problem.

With a strong Cockney accent and a shaven head – done to disguise hair loss which has dogged him since he was teenager – he admits that many people mistook him for a 'thug.'

He badly wanted to soften his image and decided the obvious solution was a hair transplant.

Peter Waterfield (left) and his diving partner Tom Daley at this summer's Olympics

Team GB divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield

Peter (left) with his diving partner Tom Daley. He said he felt his baldness make him 'look like a thug'

Peter, 31, has a strong baldness gene in his family and both his brothers have lost their hair.

The father-of-two said: 'I started going bald when I was 18 which is when I got really serious about diving, although I've been told this had nothing to do with it.

'I had completely lost my hairline and the only way to cover it up was by shaving my head.

'I come from the East End of London and I would find that people could
sometimes be intimidated by my Cockney accent and my shaved head.

'I think some people wrongly got the impression that I was a bit of a thug – which could not be further from the truth.

'I am a loving family man who has dedicated my life to diving and helping others.'

Peter before the treatment. He has a strong family history of hair loss, which began when he was 18

Peter before the treatment. The purple line marks where the hair would be transplanted

Peter after the treatment, which involved moving 4,200 hairs from the back of his head to the top of his scalp to restore his hairline

Peter after the treatment, which involved moving 4,200 hairs from the back of his head to the top of his scalp to restore his hairline

The silver medallist lives in Southampton with his wife Tania, 30, and sons Lewis, 11, and Marshall, four.

He
added: 'I wanted to soften my whole image and make sure that I was a
little more approachable to strangers. The best way to do that was by
having a hair transplant.'

Peter had approximately 4,200 hairs moved from the back of his head to
the top of his scalp to restore his hairline at the Crown Clinic in
Manchester.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Peter had the same Follicle Unit
Extraction procedure as Wayne Rooney – moving 2,500 grafts (some 4,200
individual hairs) from the back of his scalp to the front.

During the procedure last month, around 1,500 grafts were transplanted to his hairline and a further
1,000 were transplanted to bolster his hair at the top of his scalp.

It will take around a year for the full benefits of the procedure to show as the transplanted hair grows back.

There has been 25 per cent rise in the number of men having hair transplants in
the last five years as the technology improves and high-profile stars
such as Wayne Rooney and the Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt have gone public to
show the benefits of the procedures.

Running in the family: Peter has a strong baldness gene in his family and both his brothers have lost their hair

Running in the family: Peter
has a strong baldness gene in his family and both his brothers have lost their hair

The procedure was carried out by hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak.

He has performed similar procedures on a string of
celebrities including Dr Christian Jessen from Embarrassing Bodies and
the model and TV presenter Calum Best.

Dr Shahmalak said: 'There are seven categories of male pattern baldness. Category one indicates no hair loss and seven is total hair loss.

'Peter ranked as a 5A – indicating substantial hair loss due to his family history. Like a lot of the men I have treated, he found that the
transplant significantly boosted his self-esteem.

'He looks and feels a lot younger, too. There is no doubt that a hair transplant can completely transform a man’s life.'

Peter said: 'I am so glad that I had it done – I feel so much more confident now. I am really looking forward to being able to grow my hair for the first time since I was a teenager and present a new image of myself to the world.'

He is now Peter is looking forward to competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 with Tom Daley, despite uncertainty over his funding.

He said: 'We are both really excited about the Commonwealth Games, and hopefully I can also go on and compete at a fifth Olympics in Brazil in 2016.'

THE PAINSTAKING PROCESS OF HAIR TRANSPLANTS

Hair transplantation is the only method that is guaranteed to overcome hair loss and regain hair. Medications can halt hair loss but they will not lead to the regrowth of lost hair.

There types of hair transplant. In both cases, transplantation can be done so well that often a barber or stylist cannot even tell that grafts have been placed. The transplanted hair is permanent and in nearly all cases will stay in place for the rest of the patient’s life.

The most popular and cost-effective method is called Follicular Unit Transplantation – popularly known as ‘strip harvesting’ – where hair follicles are removed in a ‘strip’ of skin from the back or side of the head and moved to the thinning areas at the top of the scalp.

The second technique – and the one Peter Waterfield had – is called Follicular United Extraction. It is more expensive than strip harvesting and is the procedure which was used on Wayne Rooney when he had his transplant in 2011.

The main difference is the hairs follicles are removed and transplanted individually as opposed to in one single strip.

It is more time consuming – and therefore more expensive – than strip harvesting. This method is particularly popular with men who like to keep their hair short because there is virtually no scarring.

In Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, individual follicles are extracted directly from the back or side of scalp, usually one at a time.

There will be some minor scarring – which looks like pin pricks – immediately after the operation but this disappears during the healing process which takes approximately 5-7 days after which any redness or slight swelling in the treatment area will have subsided.

FUE generally has a quicker patient recovery time and lower post-operative discomfort than strip harvesting.

Australian Open 2013: Jamie Baker loses to Lukas Rosol in first round

Baker's Aussie dream is over after Brit falls to Nadal's Wimbledon conqueror Rosol

By
Mike Dickson

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07:45 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:53 GMT, 15 January 2013

Jamie Baker was left to rue some missed opportunities as he fell in the first round of the Australian Open to the man who famously knocked Rafael Nadal out at Wimbledon last year.

Playing on a far outside court in the enormous shadow of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the 26-year-old Scot led in both the first and second sets before he became overpowered by the athletic figure of Czech Lukas Rosol 7-6, 7-5, 6-2 in a shade over two hours.

Having typically battled hard to make it through the qualifying event it was a disappointing outcome for the British No 2 but winning those three preliminary matches still makes it a decent start to the season for the world No 246.

Over and out: Jamie Baker lost at the first hurdle to Lukas Rosol at the Australian Open

Over and out: Jamie Baker lost at the first hurdle to Lukas Rosol at the Australian Open

Against 75th ranked Rosol, who played like Godzilla back in June to beat the stricken Nadal in five sets, he had to rely on his counterpunching skills from the back of the court but they served him well early on as his opponent started to get frustrated.

Baker broke for 6-5 in the opener when he played a clever chip-and-charge manoeuvre that brought an error from Rosol. Trying to serve it out, however, he allowed three break points against him and on the last one hit a forehand into the net.

The Briton, an off season training partner of Andy Murray in Miami, was always behind in the tiebreaker as Rosol threw caution to the wind and hit out to take it 7-5, having built up a 6-3 lead.

Cruise control: Rosol knocked Rafael Nadal out at Wimbledon and was in no mood to be shocked himself

Cruise control: Rosol knocked Rafael Nadal out at Wimbledon and was in no mood to be shocked himself

The second set was also a story of Baker not being able to capitalise on his lead as he went ahead 4-1 and 5-3 and again was unable to close it out. Rosol reeled off four games and Baker’s fighting spirit was sapped, with daylight between them in the third.

Consolation for the Scot is the 18,000 first-round loser’s money and a boost from his wins last week.

Having fought more than his fair share of injuries he is at least heading in the right direction.

West Ham owner David Gold says crazy spending in the Premier League has to stop

West Ham owner Gold says crazy spending in the Premier League has to stop… as Hammers weigh up move for Chamakh

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UPDATED:

10:39 GMT, 21 December 2012

West Ham co-owner David Gold says the crazy spending in the Premier League has to stop and has predicted next month’s transfer window will have lowest amount of money spent for some years.

The Hammers chief has said that fans need to realise that their dreams of a big signing in the window often does not make good business sense.

Gold – who was previously chairman at Birmingham before taking over at Upton Park with partner David Sullivan in 2010 – used the example of Portsmouth as a warning of what can happen when spending gets out of control.

Warning: West Ham joint chairman David Gold says it is time for the crazy spending to stop

Warning: West Ham joint chairman David Gold says it is time for the crazy spending to stop

Writing for Sports Direct News, he said: ‘We have to put a lid on the crazy spending which has seen so many clubs coming to the edge and I believe there's a new reality coming in at last.

‘Personally I believe this will be the lowest spending window ever and that's a good thing. We really can't, must not go on as we have been.

‘For every Manchester United there's a Portsmouth and whilst I understand what supporters mean when they talk about signings ‘taking us to the next level’ it isn't an argument that makes a great deal of economic sense.

Falling on bad times: Portsmouth have fallen into League One after years of financial struggle

Falling on bad times: Portsmouth have fallen into League One after years of financial struggle

Hammer time Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh could be heading to Upton Park in January

Hammer time Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh could be heading to Upton Park in January

‘For what they are really saying is that a couple of big signings would move them from perhaps tenth to eighth place or ninth to seventh. That's an argument which if repeated in other businesses would see the people responsible sectioned.’

Meanwhile, Arsenal reject Marouane Chamakh could join Sam Allardyce at Upton Park in January.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looks set to allow Chamakh to leave the club next month with former club Bordeaux also interested.

According to Goal.com West Ham are keen to explore the option of a loan move until the end of the season.

And Arsenal will also listen to offers for Andrey Arshavin, Andre Santos, Johan Djourou, Sebastien Squillaci and Emmanuel Frimpong in the January window.

Graeme McDowell gets engaged to Kristin Stape

G-Mac finds perfect playing partner as Ryder Cup star gets engaged to Kristin Stape

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09:31 GMT, 22 November 2012

Old romantic Graeme McDowell hit the heights in Dubai as he proposed to his girlfriend on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab.

McDowell, taking part in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship this week, went down on one knee to pop the question to long-time partner Kristin Stape.

The Northern Irishman – solid as a rock when closing out a US Open or the final match of a Ryder Cup, admitted to a bit of a wobble 700ft above the UAE.

Two for tee: Graeme McDowell and Kristin Stape will get married in 2013

Two for tee: Graeme McDowell and Kristin Stape will get married in 2013

He said: 'She had no idea what was going on and was shocked and stunned. I even found myself getting a little bit emotional. It was a very special location, looking out over Dubai.'

McDowell met American Stape when he contacted her interior designer business to decorate his Orlando home and the couple are set to get married at the end of 2013.

World No 1 Rory McIlroy, McDowell's friend and fellow countryman, will also be celebrating this week as he is officially crowned the winner of the Race to Dubai.

McIlroy tweeted: 'Congrats to my good friend @Graeme_McDowell on his engagement to the lovely @kristinstape! Delighted.'

Port Vale exit administration

Port Vale exit administration after 1.25m takeover is finalised for League Two promotion chasers

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UPDATED:

20:42 GMT, 20 November 2012

On song for promotion: Micky Adams has guided Port Vale to second in League Two

On song for promotion: Micky Adams has guided Port Vale to second in League Two

Port Vale are out of administration after Paul Wildes' takeover of the npower League Two club was finalised.

Supported by his business partner Norman Smurthwaite, Wildes' Alchemy Investment Group's 1.25million bid was approved by administrators Begbies Traynor on Tuesday.

The deal, which has also been approved by the Football League, sees the Valiants come out of administration, eight months after entering in March.

In a statement on the club's website, Wildes, who was named as the preferred bidder last month after Keith Ryder's summer-long bid ended, said: 'I would like to thank the Port Vale supporters, once again, for their ongoing patience and support.

'It has been a long process but we are delighted to have finally taken over the club and look forward to a long and successful association.

'As I have previously stated, our intention is to develop the club both on and off the field.

New dawn: Port Vale have exited administration after a 1.25m takeover was agreed

New dawn: Port Vale have exited administration after a 1.25m takeover was agreed

'On the pitch we're continuing to support [manager] Micky Adams and the squad as they push for promotion. Off the pitch we have made some key appointments to ensure the immediate and ongoing success of the club.'

Wildes will become club chairman and Smurthwaite has been named as chief executive, with Mike Aspinall taking up the role of operations director.

Financial director Robin Anderson will take responsibility for finance and IT departments and the club is also planning to appoint a commercial director.

Barcelona break with tradition by cashing in on Messi & Co with Qatar Airways shirt deal

Barcelona break with tradition by cashing in on Messi & Co with Qatar Airways deal

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11:46 GMT, 20 November 2012

Barcelona have sparked controversy by turning their back on 112 years of history with their latest shirt sponsorship deal.

The Spanish giants have agreed for Qatar Airways to be emblazoned on their famous scarlet and blue shirts from the beginning of next season.

Major attraction: Barcelona star Lionel Messi

Major attraction: Barcelona star Lionel Messi

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The Doha-state run airline will replace current sponsors The Qatar Foundation, who provide funding for health and education projects and will revert to the club's official human development partner.

The move is part of Barcelona's five-year deal with Qatar Sports Investments worth 125 million

But it has angered some fans as it will be the first time a corporate logo will appear on the shirts.

For years, Barcelona refused to follow their European rivals and have a shirt sponsor.

They finally relented in 2003 by allowing the children's charity UNICEF, to occupy their famous shirts.

In 2010 The Qatar Foundation, another charitable organisation, became the first brand to be allowed on the shirts.

Sandro Rosell, president of Barcelona, has welcomed Qatar Airways as 'an ambitious brand with global aspirations, always committed to achieving the utmost excellence in its field'.

Centre of attention: Messi training in Moscow for Tuesday's Champions League tie

Centre of attention: Messi training in Moscow for Tuesday's Champions League tie

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, added: 'We are delighted to form this alliance with FC Barcelona, the biggest football club in the world. Qatar Airways has been voted best airline in the world for two consecutive years and will work with FC Barcelona on activities of benefit both to fans and passengers, offering tangible rewards to both organisations.'

Rosell also stressed that 'after sharing two fantastic years with Qatar
Foundation, we are delighted to be continuing our relationship by
welcoming them as our official Human Development Partner.'

A Qatar Foundation spokesperson said: 'When we started this fantastic journey with FC Barcelona, our objective was to work closely with the club, the team and the supporters to promote awareness of Qatar Foundation on an international scale. This has been a huge success.

'In fact, the first two years of the collaboration have surpassed our expectations and we are looking to deepen and strengthen our relationship with FC Barcelona and its supporters around the world in our continued role as a proud partner of the club.'

No logo: Rivaldo (right) in 2002

No logo: Rivaldo (right) in 2002

First step: Ronaldinho in UNICEF sponsored shirt in 2007

First step: Ronaldinho in UNICEF sponsored shirt in 2007

A big deal for Barca

When the Qatar Foundation agreed to become the new shirt sponsors at Barcelona, the club certainly did not make the concession on the cheap.

For the Catalan giants, who famously withstood commercial pressure for a shirt sponsor until 2011, agreed a 125m deal over five seasons that would see the non-profit making government-backed organisation of the Middle East state receive global exposure in return.

It was not a move that was free of controversy. Opponents highlighted Qatar's poor human rights record and argued whether it was right that Barcelona should be promoting such an organisation.

However, it appears that the goalposts have now been moved within two years of that orginial announcement. It would appear that Barcelona's members – who voted originally to accept the deal – are being weaned off the concept of the club promoting a quasi-charitable cause for one that is purely commercial.

Barcelona are able to do this because the contract was signed with the Qatar Sports Investment group – a company who have the power to change the name on the shirt in the third year of their agreement.

A clause in the contract has seen them to do just that. Barcelona will not receive any more money for the sleight-of-hand which has seen Qatar Airways take over the role as shirt sponsors next season, save for the 25m chunk that has already been agreed between the parties.

However, the deal remains the most lucrative in world football, outstripping Bayern Munich's 23m with Deutsche Telecom and those agreed with English football's Manchester United, (Chevrolet) Manchester City, (Etihad Airways) and Liverpool. (Standard Chartered).

Unites States Grand Prix 2012: Ferrari bend rules with Felipe Massa gearbox change

Ferrari bend rules to seal Alonso advance after hitting their own driver with five-place penalty

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22:38 GMT, 18 November 2012

Ferrari bent the rules and rode their luck to keep Fernando Alonso's title challenge alive by the slenderest of margins with one race remaining.

The team broke the seal on Felipe Massa's gearbox before the race to incur a five-place grid penalty, thus promoting his tem-mate Alonso to seventh on the grid, and the clean side of the track.

The Spaniard, who made the most of the dubious tactic to catapult himself to fourth place by Turn One, said: 'We know our championship is still alive thanks to the first lap. It was not possible to challenge these two guys – they were too far ahead but this podium, after a difficult weekend, is like a victory for us. Only Sebastian is in a better position than us so we should be proud of ourselves.'

Podium finish: Alonso finished third after making three places off the start-line

Podium finish: Alonso finished third after gaining three places off the start-line

Fortune then favoured the brave when Mark Webber was forced to retire on lap 17 with yet another alternator issue, a failure which moved Alonso into third.

Even a tardy pit stop was not enough to end Alonso hopes as Lewis Hamilton did his former McLaren sparring partner a huge favour by grabbing the lead from Sebastian Vettel on lap 42 before fending off the German.

Recovery drive: Massa started in 11th after Ferrari changed his gearbox

Recovery drive: Massa started in 11th after Ferrari changed his gearbox

Delighted at earning a victory for McLaren before departing for Mercedes next season, Hamilton said: 'I am so happy. It has been a long, long time since we had a win. It gives me a huge amount of satisfaction to be able to beat Red Bull and Sebastian. They were incredibly strong but we were able to do it. It was very difficult to get past. I knew that lap was going to be our chance so I turned the engine up and I got past. I rubbed the car and said, “Come on baby, we can make it”. To finish on a high is really special. Hopefully we can go to Brazil with the same pace.'

Vettel needs to finish inside the top four to be guaranteed of a third successive world title in Brazil next weekend.

He said: 'We have been very quick in Brazil in the last few years and we have increased the lead in the championship so I think we are in a very good position.'

England v Fiji – win tickets

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