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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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IMSA: 24 Hours of Daytona – Wayne Taylor Racing, Ford, Porsche win

An extended rain-induced caution period was in place with 8 hr 30 min remaining, the second of the race. Jordan Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi) led, followed by Marc Goossens (#90 VisitFlorida Racing Multimatic Riley-Gibson) and Felipe Albuquerque (#5 Action Express Racing Cadillac). Dirk Mueller’s #66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT circulated at the front of GTLM, with Mike Rockenfeller (#3 Corvette Racing C7.R) and Andy Priaulx (#69 Ford GT) following.  The overall leade...

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IMSA: 24 Hours of Daytona – Cadillac, Ford, Ferrari top qualifiers for 2017 kickoff

Daytona International Speedway hosts the start of the 2017 racing from Jan. 26-29, as competitors from all corners of the world and a variety of racing disciplines convene for the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona – the season-opening race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29 .   The Rolex 24 will see 55 competitors for the race’s 55th running. Twelve cars make up the Prototype class, with Daytona Prototype international (DPi) entrants f...

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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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IMSA: Circuit of the Americas – Qualifying

Prototype Ricky Taylor, #10 Wayne Taylor Motorsport Corvette DP – 1:58.712 Tristan Nunez, #55 Mazda Motorsports Prototype – 1:58.715 Joel Miller, #70 Mazda Motorsports Prototype – 1:59.120   Prototype Challenge (all Oreca FLM09-Chevrolet): R. Alon, #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports – 2:01.847 J. Gutierrez, #7 Starworks Motorsport – 2:02.272 Alex Popow, #8 Starworks Motorsport – 2:02.274   GT Le Mans: Ryan Briscoe, #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing ...

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WEC: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas preview

With the FIA World Endurance Championship’s fourth annual 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas now just 5 days away (Sept. 17) as part of Lone Star Le Mans weekend at COTA it seemed like a good time to dust off the tops of the season points standings in the various classes and provide a few notes regarding the season so far. A 6-hr race win scores 25 points, with 18 for second, and 15 for third, etc. Points are doubled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The COTA race is the first of four remaini...

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F1: Italy – Hamilton blows start, Rosberg wins

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the pole, his seventh of the season, outrunning teammate Nico Rosberg by roughly 0.5 sec. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen made held down Row 2 for Ferrari. Rosberg took the lead at the start, followed by Vettel and Raikkonen. Hamilton fell to sixth. Raikkonen pitted during Lap 16 (of 53), Vettel following one lap later. Hamilton led Vettel by 18.7 sec when he took his first stop to start Lap 26. Rosberg remained in the lead following his first pit stop, ahead o...

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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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