The Sport Matrix: Monday 29 July 2013


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Hungry Hamilton savours debut Mercedes victory

Lewis Hamilton won his first race in a Mercedes at the 10th attempt yesterday, winning from pole at the Hungaroring with Kimi Raikkonen second and champion Sebastian Vettel in third place.

The Briton, right, dominated the race to take his fourth success on the track, equalling Michael Schumacher’s record and moving clear of Ayrton Senna. His success also continued the recent form of British drivers at the race, with six of the last eight Hungarian races being won by either Hamilton or a compatriot.

“This is probably one of the most important wins of my career with my new team,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting this. Driving for Mercedes is a real privilege and I’m very proud to be part of the team and hope there are more wins to come.” MORE

Weirwolf of London returns in style

David Weir brought a fitting end to the Anniversary Games weekend at the Olympic Stadium, powering home to take the T54 invitational mile yesterday by over 10 seconds. Elsewhere, there was also success for Hannah Cockroft, Libby Clegg and Richard Whitehead. MORE

Panesar and Tremlett recalled

England have recalled bowlers Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett for this week’s third Ashes Test, dropping Steve Finn. James Taylor has also been restored for the Old Trafford match, as cover for injury doubt Kevin Pietersen. MORE

Hull FC secure Wembley date

Hull FC surprisingly beat holders Warrington 16-12 to secure their place in next month’s Challenge Cup final. They will play Wigan on 24 August at Wembley, following the Warriors’ hammering of London Broncos.

Ennis-Hill in race to make Moscow

Jessica Ennis-Hill faces an anxious 12 days as she bids to prove her fitness for next month’s World Championships. The 27-year-old heptathlete will be assessed this week and has said she will not travel to Russia unless she is physically capable of competing for gold. MORE

Phillips takes world crown in Auckland

Briton Liam Phillips has been crowned BMX world champion after beating Marc Willers and Luis Brethauer in Auckland. “It feels amazing,” said the 24-year-old, who won every race on his way to the final. “This is the end product of so much hard work.” MORE

Hoy: Don’t quit while we’re ahead

Sir Chris Hoy has called for further investment in British sport to maintain the feelgood factor reignited by the Anniversary Games. “The danger that comes with success is complacency,” the cyclist said. “The only thing that can guarantee further success is investment.” MORE

Elusive Kate maintains form

Elusive Kate registered the fourth Group One success of her career with a fine performance at Deauville yesterday. She was an emphatic winner of the Prix Rothschild, taking her fourth win in five visits to the Normandy resort. MORE

Opinion: Dave Hadfield

Even those who have argued a London club is so important that it should be propped up even without fans and victories are finding it harder to argue a case following London Broncos’ recent dire displays.

Bale battles for Tottenham exit

Gareth Bale was last night at loggerheads with Tottenham Hotspur over his wish to move to Real Madrid. The Welsh forward’s stance appears to have changed over the weekend, with reports suggesting a Real offer of £86m for the player had been turned down by Spurs. MORE

Daley falls out of medal positions

Tom Daley slipped out of bronze position with two dives to go as he finished sixth in the 10-metre platform at the World Championships in Barcelona. The 19-year-old had a torn right triceps, which had needed a local anaesthetic.