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F1: Spain – Red Bull’s Verstappen youngest-ever winner at 18

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) came into the race on a 7-contest winning streak and carrying a 43-point lead on teammate Lewis Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) was third in the point standings (-57) followed by Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). The starting grid at Circuit de Catalunya had Hamilton on pole, followed by Rosberg, Ricciardo, and Max Verstappen: newly elevated to the team in a swap that saw Daniil Kvyat relegated to Toro Rosso. Hamilton and Rosberg took each other out as Hamilton tried to re...

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F1: Russia – Rosberg wins seventh straight

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) took pole by 0.706 sec, teammate (P10) Lewis Hamilton having made it to the final round of qualifying before a power unit failure sidelined him early in the session. Ferrari continued to suffer reliability issues, Sebastian Vettel getting a five grid-spot penalty for a transmission change to line up seventh. Russian Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) qualified eighth. Rosberg came into the race having won six-straight and carrying a 36-point lead in the driver standings. Valtteri ...

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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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F1: Mexico – Rosberg, Hamilton, Bottas finish 1-3

Newly crowned 2015 Champion Lewis Hamilton started on the front row, next to pole-sitting Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. The lockout was Mercedes thirteenth of the season, a new F1 record. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) started third and Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) fourth. All started on soft tires. Rosberg, Hamilton, and Kvyat ran 1-3 out of Turn 1, Vettel suffering a Lap 1 puncture. He pitted and put on mediums. By Lap 15 of 71, Rosberg led Hamilton by 1.8 sec. Lap 21 saw the gap expanded to 2.6 sec...

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F1: Japan – Hamilton returns to the top; Rosberg, Vettel follow

Lewis Hamilton came into the race after DNF-ing in Singapore with a 41-point lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the driver championship; Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) another 8 points back. Vettel had won 4 times in 6 starts at Suzuka. Rosberg won the pole, with Hamilton starting P2. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) was next on the grid, followed by Vettel. Rosberg dropped to P4 through the first series of turns after dueling Hamilton for the lead. Vettel ran second, Bottas third. The yellow ca...

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F1: Singapore – Vettel wins, followed by Ricciardo; Hamilton DNF

Sebastian Vettel took his first pole as a Ferrari driver, breaking Mercedes streak of 23 straight, the second longest ever in F1. Hamilton and Rosberg occupied Row 3, P5 and 6 respectively. Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen lined up third. Mixed into the front of the gird was Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo qualifying on the front row (the constructor’s first Top 3 start of the year) and Daniil Kvyat starting next to Raikkonen. Alexander Rossi made his F1 race debut, the first American t...

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F1: Belgium – Mercedes 1-2, Grosjean-Lotus take third

 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) entered the race with a 21-point lead on teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ standings. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) was 42 points back, followed by Valtteri Bottas (Williams, -125), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari, -126), and Felipe Massa (Williams, -128).  Hamilton and Rosberg once again locked down the front row, but were followed by Bottas, Sergio Perez (Force India), and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). A new start procedure was in place for Spa and all remai...

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F1: Austria/Silverstone – Mercedes’ wins continue

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton (both Mercedes), and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) led the first lap in Austria, Rosberg taking P1 from Hamilton on the start. which also saw the race’s first caution; Further back, Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (McLaren) collided, bringing out the race’s first caution. Green-flag racing resumed on Lap 7 (of 71). Rosberg’s lead over Hamilton measured 2+ sec during Lap 20. Vettel was another 7+ sec back. By Lap 30 the gaps had stretched ...

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F1: Canada – Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2, Bottas takes third

Mercedes locked down the front row at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Lewis Hamilton on pole and Nico Rosberg next to him. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) started third and Valtteri Bottas (Williams) fourth. These four held their positions at the start. Raikkonen pitted from third on Lap 27 (of 70). He spun at Turn 10 during his out lap. Bottas came in one lap later, with Rosberg setting fastest lap of the race. Hamilton came in from the lead during Lap 29. Rosberg followed the next lap, c...

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F1: Spain – Rosberg wins; first of season, first at Spain

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) beat teammate Lewis Hamilton, who started P2, for pole for the first time this season. It was Hamilton’s 13th consecutive front-row start. 67% of F1 Grand Prix at Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya have been won from pole, 92% from the front row. Row 2 consisted of Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Valtteri Bottas (Williams). The surprise of qualifying came from Toro Rosso, which put its two rookie drivers on Row 3: Carlos Sainz Jr. (20-years old) P5 and Max Verstappen (17...

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