Luke Slater

Journalist, writer and proofreader

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Writer and journalist: sport, food and drink, music, culture.

Online F1 writer for The Telegraph.

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Why Charles Leclerc has proven himself worthy of a 2019 Ferrari seat

Coming into F1 as the 2017 F2 champion and a Ferrari academy driver, hopes that the young Monegasque driver would impress were high. He was expected to outperform his more experienced Swedish team-mate Marcus Ericsson. In 2017 Sauber finished bottom of the constructors' championship with just five points.

The Last Bite: Northumberland's Ancient Kipper Smokehouse

Welcome back to The Last Bite , our new column documenting the survival of traditional food establishments in a ramen-slurping, matcha latte-sipping, novelty cafe-obsessed world. As cities develop and dining habits change, can the dive bars and defiantly untrendy restaurants keep up?

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Composed Monaco Grand Prix victory shows why Daniel Ricciardo is in F1's top class

It is perceived wisdom in F1 that there is a holy trinity, if you will, of today's drivers. They are the three multiple world champions on the current grid. They are the very best, three all-time greats: Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. 145 wins and 10 world championship titles between them.

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What's up with Williams? Analysing the F1 great's struggles in 2018

Williams are one of Formula One's most successful teams. In fact, the third most successful team in the sport's history, behind Ferrari and McLaren. Nine constructors' championships, seven drivers' championships, 114 wins and countless podiums. Those are the bare facts. Their glory days challenging for titles are gone.

Gastropubs Are Killing London Darts Culture

The Queen's Head is a classic East End boozer. Built in the 1830s, it was in this Grade II-listed Limehouse pub that the Queen Mother famously pulled a pint of Young's. A framed commemorative letter from Clarence House is proudly displayed at the bar.

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McLaren's winless streak stretches to 100 races - where did it all go so wrong?

Interlagos. Brazil. 2012. That was the last time a McLaren driver legitimately stood on the top step of a Formula One podium. Jenson Button had just completed the last of his 15 career Grand Prix victories. It was also Lewis Hamilton's last race for the team he grew up a part of, and with whom he won his first championship.

This Tiny Island Is Still Making Mead the Medieval Way

Mention the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and a few things come to mind: the Viking raiders in 793 AD, the , and a precarious causeway crossing . But this tidal island, situated a mile off the north Northumberland coast, has also become renowned for the production of one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world: mead.

Meet Daddy Bao, the Veteran Restaurateur Who Really Knows His Buns

"It's an Asian taco, isn't it?" says Frank Yeung of gua bao, the steamed buns after which he named his South London restaurant: Mr. Bao. "I just love them," he continues. "There are loads of places doing chicken satay or the Japanese yakitori-style, or sushi or ramen.

Christmas Pork Pies Are a Big Thing in Yorkshire

An unassuming industrial unit behind Doncaster College is where some of England's most successful pork pies are made. As a setting, it isn't especially glamorous, but who wants glamour from a pork pie? One man who does is Roger Topping of Toppings Pies, the pie manufacturers based in the unassuming unit.

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