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Se­bas­tian Vet­tel is right – the Fer­rari team is now much more of a threat to Mercedes-benz than it has been since the Ger­man car man­u­fac­turer prop­erly hit the front four years ago.

Only a poor de­ci­sion from the pit wall cost the four-time cham­pion a re­al­is­tic shot at vic­tory in last week­end’s grand prix, a win that would have surely sent the Scud­e­ria-mad Cana­dian fans into rap­tures. It would have been just what the sport needed, but an all-out, gloves-off fight be­tween Mercedes-benz and Fer­rari doesn’t seem so far away. Rather than moan and com­plain that the en­gine rules are un­fair (as some of the other top teams have done when things haven’t gone their way), Fer­rari has been hum­ble in its strug­gles and just said, plain and sim­ple, that it needed to get its head down and get bet­ter. It is a shame that it didn’t hap­pen in time to keep Fer­nando Alonso on board, but it is clearly hap­pen­ing now.

Fer­rari doesn’t, of course, lack for funds and that has made its fail­ure against Mercedes so hard to face, but it is now a much eas­ier team to sup­port than it was dur­ing the Michael Schu­macher years. The pranc­ing horse only has a few more small steps to take to en­gage Mercedes in bat­tle. That’s good for the team, good for Vet­tel and cer­tainly good for the sport as a whole. Matt James, Ed­i­tor

Le Mans 24 Hours

Race: Satur­day 1345-Sun­day 1445hrs Eurosport 1

Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship

Race: Sun­day 1100-1815hrs ITV4

V8 Su­per­cars

Race one: Satur­day 0715-0900hrs BT Sport 1 Race two: Sun­day 0430-0645hrs BT Sport 1

There was ac­tion aplenty at the Porsche Car­rera Cup at Oul­ton, taken by James Lo­max Tim Hall’s top shot from Shel­s­ley Walsh Howard Thomas’s ral­ly­ing pho­to­graph

Jack Mor­ris took this shot from Oul­ton Park Bri­tish GT ac­tion, by Ross Mcgre­gor

James Smee took this shot of World Ral­ly­cross

Mal Hughes’s shot of Sara Wil­liams

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