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The 27-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 driver from Hertfordshire needs a new gearbox for this weekend’s race in Shanghai.

As a result of his five-place grid drop, bookmakers William Hill have pushed him out to 4/1 from 2/1 to win the race, while McLaren teammate Jenson Button is the new 2/1 favourite (from 3/1) and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel 7/2.

Hamilton is still the 11/10 favourite to qualify fastest around the Shanghai International Circuit with Button 7/2 and Vettel 6/1.

Herts-born Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix last year.

The 2012 Chinese GP starts at 8am BST on Sunday.

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Welwyn Hatfield residents have demanded work be done to a perilous road after a string of recent crashes.

One Man, Two Guvnors, the hit stage comedy that made James Corden’s name on Broadway, has opened at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City. Maggie Blackburn reviews the Barn’s production, which runs until Saturday, January 28.

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An acclaimed pianist/composer returns to Welwyn Garden City this weekend to play some of his original compositions.

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A company director from Potters Bar is forming a flying task force to tackle the scourge of litter in and around his home town.

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