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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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F1: Great Britain - Hamilton takes fourth British GP victory

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the pole, a record fourth at Silverstone, with teammate and driver championship points leader (by 11) Nico Rosberg lined up next door, the fifth Mercedes lockout of the season. An all-Red Bull second row featured Max Verstappen (P3) and Daniel Ricciardo (P4). Heavy clouds and rain were reported as the drivers took their seats for the tenth of 21 rounds this season. Race control decided to start the race behind the safety car. Brake and tire temperatures were both f...

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F1: Austria – Hamilton, Rosberg collide in final lap; Hamilton wins

Track-temperature on raceday was 50 deg. Cooler than it had been for qualifying. A combination of rain in Q3 and drivers’ inability to stay off the Red Bull Ring’s new curbs shuffled the starting grid away from what’s been typical in recent races. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won his fifth pole of the season. Teammate Nico Rosberg originally qualified second but lined up P6 due to a gearbox-replacement penalty. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) moved to the front row as a result, the...

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Formula 1: Canada – Hamilton wins second straight, Vettel P2

Mercedes locked down the front row, Lewis Hamilton on pole next to Nico Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) lined up third and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) fourth. Vettel passed Hamilton on the left going into Turn 1 to take the early lead, with Rosberg making a move on the right after a slow start from the pole-sitter. Rosberg was nudged off course by his teammate in the Turn 1 exchange and fell through the field. Vettel struggled with braking in the last corner of the first lap but retained th...

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F1: Monaco – Hamilton takes first win of season; beats Ricciardo, Perez

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) won the first pole of his career and Grand Prix of Monaco started behind the safety car for the first time in its history. Lined up on full-wet tires behind Ricciardo were driver championship points leader Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), his teammate Lewis Hamilton, and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The safety car came in to start Lap 8. The virtual safety car came out before the lap was complete, Jolyon Palmer (Renault) having crashed out in Turn 1.Green-flag racing re...

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F1: Bahrain – Rosberg takes fifth straight, Vandoorne scores in debut

Lewis Hamilton won pole, with Australia winner Nico Rosberg lining up second, the eighth-straight Mercedes front row lockout. Ferrari followed in Row 2, Sebastian Vettel ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, with Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) besting Valtteri Bottas (Williams) on Row 3. Romain Grosjean started P9 for Haas. Stoffel Vandoorne qualified 12th for McLaren in his F1 debut, filling in for Fernando Alonso following his crash in Australia. Vandoorne had only driven the car for the first time on Friday....

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