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F1: Austria – Bottas wins, pole to checkers; Vettel second, Ricciardo third

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) earned his second career pole. Championship-leader Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) started second, followed by teammate Kimi Raikkonen. The two Red Bulls were next, Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Max Verstappen, with Romain Grosjean (Haas) slotting in at P6. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) lined up P8 after a five grid-spot penalty for changing his gearbox. Ricciardo moved up to third and Grosjean fourth through the first series of corners, Verstappen after a terrible start and Turn ...

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F1: Canada – Mercedes 1-2, Ricciardo third

Mercedes and Ferrari occupied the first two rows of the grid, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), driver-standings leader Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) qualifying in that order. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) passed everyone but Hamilton at the start, with Bottas retaining third but Vettel dropping to fourth and Raikkonen to sixth. The safety car came out as both Felipe Massa (Williams) and Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) left the track violently in Turn 3 of ...

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F1: Russia – Bottas takes career-first win

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) out-qualified teammate Lewis Hamilton to start third on the grid in Sochi, lined up behind the Ferraris of pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Bottas split the Ferraris at the start and passed Vettel for the lead going into Turn 2. The lead didn’t change hands for the rest of the race, but Vettel did close to inside 1 sec during the final laps, forcing the Finn to work for his debut victory. Bottas’s win came 81 races into his career. Vettel...

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F1: Bahrain – Vettel wins, retakes championship lead

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) won the first pole of his F1 career, teammate Lewis Hamilton lining up next to him. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) lined up in P3 aside Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Row 3 was also a Ferrari-Red Bull affair: Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Max Verstappen. Vettel took second from Hamilton on the start, Verstappen moving up to fourth and Felipe Massa (Williams) up to P6 as Raikkonen fell through the ranks. Bottas, still in the lead, reported the beginning of problems with his rear ...

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F1: Australia – Vettel takes first win since 2015, Ferrari championship lead

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) earned his fourth straight Australian Grand Prix pole. The balance of Top 6 qualifiers were Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), and Romain Grosjean (Haas’s best qualifying position ever). Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), who crashed out in the first round of qualiftyin, stopped on track during warmup laps with a gearbox problem. He started the race, but three laps into it. The front four maint...

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F1: Belgium – Rosberg wins, Ricciardo follows; Hamilton P21 to P3

The summer break ended with intrigue and accomplishment. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg won pole at Spa-Fracorchamps, while grid penalties put his championship-leading teammate on the back row of the field. With a race win worth 25 points and 19 points separating the two, the implications were clearer. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) lined up next to Rosberg, at 18 years-old becoming the youngest driver ever to start on the front row of a Formula 1 grid. Verstappen was the only driver in the Top 5 to st...

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F1: Germany – Hamilton wins; Red Bull 2-3 passes Ferrari

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) tallied his fifth pole of the year and 27th of his career. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) lined up next to him, carrying a 6-point lead in the driver championship over his teammate. Red Bull held down Row 2, Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Max Verstappen, with Ferrari sweeping Row 3, Kimi Raikkonen besting Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) lined up P7 and Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) P8. Verstappen jumped to fourth on the start, with Ricciardo also passing Rosberg for t...

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F1: Europe - Rosberg wins inaugural Azerbaijan race

A temporary street circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan, is home for the return of the Grand Prix of Europe. Championship points leader Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) started on pole, with Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) qualifying P2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) posted an identical time to Ricciardo, but the Red Bull did it first and Vettel lined up third, teammate  Kimi Raikkonen started next door. Rosberg held the lead through Turn 1, followed by Ricciardo and Vettel. The running order remained in place at ...

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F1: Monaco – Hamilton takes first win of season; beats Ricciardo, Perez

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) won the first pole of his career and Grand Prix of Monaco started behind the safety car for the first time in its history. Lined up on full-wet tires behind Ricciardo were driver championship points leader Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), his teammate Lewis Hamilton, and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The safety car came in to start Lap 8. The virtual safety car came out before the lap was complete, Jolyon Palmer (Renault) having crashed out in Turn 1.Green-flag racing re...

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F1: Australia – Rosberg wins fourth straight to start 2016

Mercedes picked up where it left off in 2015, locking down the front row with Lewis Hamilton on pole and Nico Rosberg next to him. Ferrari occupied Row 2, Sebastian Vettel ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) started fifth and Felipe Massa (Williams) sixth. A second formation lap ran after Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) brought his car to a stop just short of the starting grid. Vettel and Raikkonen moved into P1 and 2 at the start, Rosberg claiming third as Hamilton dropped to sixth. V...

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