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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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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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F1: Japan – Rosberg tops Verstappen, Mercedes takes title

Mercedes came to Japan looking to clinch its third consecutive constructors championship. Nico Rosberg held a 23-point lead on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg started on pole, followed by Hamilton. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo occupied Row 2. Verstappen passed Hamilton for second at the start. Sergio Perez (Force India) took third from him in the first corner. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) passed Perez for P3 during Lap 3. Rosberg held a 5.7-sec lead on Versta...

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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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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: Hungary – Hamilton wins, takes championship lead

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) carried a 4-point lead on teammate Lewis Hamilton coming into the race on won pole, Hamilton starting next to him on the front row. Red Bull locked down Row 2, Daniel Ricciardo besting Max Verstappen. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) started P5 and Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso) P6. McLaren-Honda held Row 4, Fernando Alonso ahead of Jenson Button. Track temperature at the start was 120 deg F, with the Top 10 runners all on supersoft tires. Ricciardo moved into P2 on the outside...

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