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Thursday 14 December 2017

Hamilton comes to terms with track

FORMULA 1: Lewis Hamilton arguably spent most of first practice wondering if gremlins had struck again before ultimately blitzing the new Korea International Circuit on its coronation day.

Other than the safety car, no other car had completed a lap of the latest hi-tech Formula One venue since the final layer of asphalt had been applied less than a fortnight ago.

Unsurprisingly, given such conditions, there were complaints early on from the drivers over the in-car radio relating to its slippery and dusty nature.

Ahead of Sunday's inaugural Korean Grand Prix, the first timed lap was eventually set by Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari who tip-toed around the 5.621-kilometre venue in two minutes and 20 seconds.

Come the conclusion of the 90-minute session, Hamilton had shaved 40 seconds off that time as he sat at the top of the timesheets.

SNOOKER: World champion Neil Robertson believes some players might need to be dragged in from the beach to play their matches when snooker's leading lights head to Brazil next summer.

The Brazilian Masters, the first world event to be staged in South America, will feature the top 12 ranked players and four wild cards. Robertson said: "It's unbelievable. It'll be great to go out there. It'll be interesting to see how keen the players will be on playing snooker rather than hanging out on the beach."

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