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  • Pursuit of Mercedes begins in Jerez
    Pursuit of Mercedes begins in Jerez

    Preparations for the Formula One season start in Jerez on Sunday with the first of three four-day testing sessions and with Mercedes looking to lay down an early marker for continued dominance. Mercedes, who will also use the Spanish track to launch their 2015 car on Sunday, cruised to the constructors' championship last season, whilst Lewis Hamilton edged out teammate Nico Rosberg for the drivers' title. A series of technical changes at the start of 2014 gave Mercedes a huge jump on their title rivals. Despite their success, Hamilton and Rosberg endured a frosty relationship last season with Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff at one point describing their battle as "two enemies competing for the world title".

  • Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight
    Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight

    Unbeaten fighter Floyd Mayweather dampened talk of a possible mega-fight agreement with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, a day after the Asian star's promoter said a deal was near. Mayweather posted a message on his Shots account that said in part "While they continue to lie about making the fight... I'm just going to continue to travel and explore the world on my private jet. Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the New York Post on Friday that he was optimistic a Pacquiao-Mayweather deal for a May 2 fight in Las Vegas would be completed in the next couple of days, with only a few final details to be settled between rival telecasters HBO and Showtime, the rights holders for Pacquiao and Mayweather respectively. Mayweather, who turns 38 on February 24, left England's Amir Khan hanging for months until announcing on his birthday last year that he would fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana instead.

  • Motor racing-Newey plays down Red Bull's title chances

    Red Bull may win races this season but they cannot realistically expect to mount a Formula One title challenge, according to their championship-winning designer Adrian Newey. "I think we should be realistic about our expectations for this year," the Briton, who has stepped back from his full time role as technical supremo at the former champions, said in an interview published by Red Bull. I think it's really a season that will be very much about trying to extract the most we can and build on it for the future." Red Bull won three races last year, to 16 for Mercedes, and relinquished both drivers' and constructors' titles they had held for four years in a row. The 2014 season featured the introduction of a new V6 turbo hybrid power unit, with Mercedes emerging as the pick of the field while Red Bull's partners Renault struggled with reliability and performance.

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