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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: Abu Dhabi – Rosberg wins third straight to close 2015

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) won the Brazilian Grand Prix two weeks ago. He started on pole and led the entire race; the same for teammate Lewis Hamilton in second, and more or less the entire top part of the grid. Interlagos might be a fun circuit to drive, and a beautiful one to watch cars turn laps on, but riveting competition is not its forte. I love this form of this sport, but Brazil scored one for the haters. Rosberg and Hamilton topped qualifying again at Yas Marina. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)...

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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: United States – Hamilton wins race and 2015 championship

Nico Rosberg qualified on the pole in wet conditions, beating out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who started P2. Red Bull locked down Row 2, Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Daniil Kvyat, and Force India Row 3, Sergio Perez besting Nico Hulkenberg. The two Ferrari drivers—Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen—started back in the pack due to 10-grid spot penalties for using their fifth engine of the season. Hamilton needed to outscore Vettel by 9 points to clinch the 2015 driver championshi...

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F1: Russia – Hamilton, Vettel joined by Perez/Force India on podium

Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole position. Mercedes came into the race needing to score 3 more points than Ferrari to clinch the constructor’s championship. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas qualified third. Most drivers were expected to stop just once on the low-abrasion Sochi circuit. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) started P4. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) took third from Bottas through the first few corners. A safety car came out following a spin and collisions at the ba...

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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: Italy – Hamilton wins; Ferrari, Williams follow – tire inflation investigated

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) came into the race with a 28-point lead on teammate Nico Rosberg, and 67 points on Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari). Each Formula 1 race awards 25 points for a win. Ferrari split the Mercedes duo in qualifying at its home track, Hamilton taking the pole, followed by Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Vettel, and Rosberg. All the frontrunners started on soft tires. Raikkonen stalled at the start. Hamilton held the lead, followed by Vettel, and Felipe Massa (Williams). Hamilton’...

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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: Hungary – Vettel wins, Red Bull 2-3  #JB17

All the front runners began the race on soft tires. Mercedes (Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg) locked down Row 1 again, followed by Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Felipe Massa (Williams) lined up out of place on the grid and aborted the first start, forcing another formation lap to avoid overheating and dropping the race distance from 70 laps to 69. Hamilton dropped to P4 at the start, jumped by both his teammate and the two Ferraris (Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen). The Fe...

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