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F1: Great Britain – Hamilton wins fourth-straight British GP, closes on Vettel

Lewis Hamilon (Mercedes) took pole, tying him with Jimmy Clark for most all-time (5) at Silverstone and moving him to within one of Michael Schumacher for the all-time F1 lead. The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel followed. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) lined up fourth following a five grid-spot penalty for Vatteri Bottas (Mercedes), Vettel’s left-front brakes were smoking on the grid. Verstappen passed Vettel through the first few corners. Daniil Kyvat took his Toro Rosso team...

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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: Monaco – Vettel brings Ferrari first Monaco win since 2001

Ferrari staged a front-row sweep in qualifying (Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Sebastian Vettel), locking down the top two spots on the Monaco grid for the first time since 2008. It was also Raikkonen’s first pole since 2008 and set a record for longest gap between P1 starts, 129 races. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) started third and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) fourth. Hamilton started P13 after failing to make the final round of qualifying. He entered the race trailing Vettel by 6 points for first p...

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F1: Spain – Hamilton, Vettel duel; Hamilton wins

Mercedes and Ferrari once again dueled for pole, Mercedes taking spots 1 and 3 (Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas) and Ferrari 2 and 4 (Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen). Vettel entered the race with a 13-point lead on Hamilton. Red Bull held down Row 3, Max Verstappen ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Fernando Alonso gave McLaren-Honda its highest qualifying position of the year, P7. Vettel took the lead at the start. Bottas punted Raikkonen into Verstappen, putting both the Ferrari and Red Bull out of...

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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: China – Hamilton wins, pulls even with Vettel in standings

Round 2 of the 2017 season kept the Hamilton-Vettel rivalry in place, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) starting on pole with Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) right next to him. Row 2 was also a Mercedes-Ferrari affair, Finns Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen starting next to each other. Starting conditions were wet but no longer rainy. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso, P11) was the only driver to start on slick tires, the rest of the field running on intermediates. Bottas challenged Vettel through Turn 1 but t...

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Well done, Nico!

Nico Rosberg retired yesterday at age 31 after winning his first Formula 1 world championship at the end of his 11th season less than a week earlier. He bested three-time world champion, and Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton on the way to equaling his father Keke’s one world title, claimed in 1982. I couldn’t be happier for him and his family. He and wife Vivian Sibold have a 1-year old daughter together. Assuming he’s saved anything (much less invested well) he has 10 lifetim...

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F1: Abu Dhabi – Rosberg world champion; Hamilton, not this time

The driver championship remained on the line at the start of the race, 12 points separating Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. A Rosberg podium finish would clinch the title. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) had already clinched third in the championship. The race was also the last Formula 1 contest for Jenson Button (McLaren-Honda) and Felipe Massa (Williams). Hamilton took the lead at the start, Rosberg slotting in P2, and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) passing Ricciardo to move into th...

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F1: Mexico – Hamilton wins, Verstappen loses

Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg started 1-2 on soft tires, with the Red Bulls piloted by Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo lined up 3-4 on supersofts. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) started fifth, also on supersofts, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen P6 on softs. Hamilton locked up his tires going into Turn 1 in the first lap and went through the grass but retained the lead. Rosberg followed, chased by Verstappen. A crash further pack in the field brought out the safety ca...

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F1: US Grand Prix – Hamilton wins fourth COTA out of 5

Lewis Hamilton took pole over Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg. Red Bull Racing made up Row 2, with Daniel Ricciardo starting P3 on supersoft tires (vs. the softs both in front of him and on teammate Max Verstappen’s car). The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen lined up in Row 3. Ricciardo pushed for second in Turn 1 and took it through the next turn at Circuit of the Americas. Ricciardo pitted during Lap 9 to take off the supersofts and change to softs....

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