Reuters Formula One correspondent. Any views expressed are my own, not those of my employer.

Boxing: After headguards, vests next on Olympic hit list — LONDON Male boxers will step into the ring without headguards at the Rio Olympics for the first time since the 1980 Moscow Games, and their vests could be next on the hit list. With the lines between amateur and professional increasingly blurred, another distinctive difference between the codes -- the red or blue singlets worn by Olympic boxers -- is being questioned.

The tale of the taper — LONDON Boxers have the tale of the tape, Olympic swimmers have the tale of the taper. Their path to peak performance is a tale of fortitude, stamina, sheer hard work -- and also body shaving to transform the hairy men in briefs into smooth-skinned warriors of the pool.

Peaty ready to end Britain's long wait — LONDON Adam Peaty is the talk of British swimming as he heads for his first Olympic Games in Rio but at home the discussion is different. The confident 21-year-old, the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke world record holder who won three golds at last year's world championships in Russia, has a house rule: No talking about swimming.

Fast swimmers make fast pools, but science lends a hand — LONDON To those who dip into swimming only when the Olympic Games come around, it may seem odd to hear a pool described as 'fast' when it looks much like any other large rectangle filled with water.

'Better than Beijing' is Britain's main medal target — LONDON Britain is unlikely to improve on the home haul of 65 medals in London four years ago and the main target for next month's Rio Olympics is 'better than Beijing', UK Sport said on Thursday. The high performance sports agency said its target was to come home with at least 48 medals.

Red Bull would vote against 'halo' safety device — LONDON Red Bull would oppose the introduction of a proposed 'halo' cockpit protection device in Formula One next season if it comes to a vote, team principal Christian Horner has said. Former champions Red Bull had the device installed on their car at the start of the sport's second in-season test at Silverstone on Tuesday, becoming the second team to try it out after Ferrari.

The booing needs to stop, says Hamilton — LONDON Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has urged fans to be more sporting after boos were heard for the second race in a row at Silverstone on Sunday. In Austria a week before it was Hamilton, now winner of four of the last five races, who was subjected to jeers and whistles after a last lap collision with Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

Force India target fourth, switch focus to 2017 car — SILVERSTONE, England Force India principal Vijay Mallya hailed a big step forward for his Silverstone-based Formula One team on Sunday even if their main focus of development has shifted to next year's car. Mexican Sergio Perez and German Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth and seventh in the British Grand Prix for the team's best result at the circuit just over the road from their factory.

Rosberg has lead slashed to one point after penalty — SILVERSTONE, England Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg had his advantage over Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton cut to one point after the German was demoted from second to third place in the British Grand Prix on Sunday. Race stewards imposed a 10-second penalty on the driver for receiving help from his team via radio transmissions, in breach of the regulations.

Formula One's radio rule is rubbish, says Horner — SILVERSTONE, England Formula One rules that prevent teams giving information to drivers over the radio need a rethink, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said on Sunday after Mercedes fell foul of stewards. "I think the rule is rubbish," he said, speaking to reporters before Silverstone stewards imposed a 10-second post-race penalty on championship leader Nico Rosberg at the British Grand Prix.
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Jul 23, 2016

@f1bastard Well, I don't want to be pessimistic but there were a few long faces.

Jul 23, 2016

Heatwave in England, rain in Hungary. What is going on? Does anyone need pictures of sunshine? #F1

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