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F1: Bahrain – Hamilton wins again, Raikkonen closing at end

Ferrari managed to close the qualifying gap on Mercedes, Sebastian Vettel starting on the outside of Row 1 next to Lewis Hamilton, who claimed his fourth-straight pole to start the 2015 season. Row 2 was another Mercedes-Ferrari (Nico Rosberg-Kimi Raikkonen) split, with Williams locking down Row 3 (Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa). Massa, however, couldn’t fire his car initially and started from pitlane. Raikkonen and Vettel both made it past Rosberg at the start. Hamilton built a 1.5-sec l...

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F1: Australia – Hamilton wins, Rosberg P2; Ferrari, Vettel return together

Fernando Alonso (McLaren) was not on the grid, having suffered an accident and concussion during testing in Barcelona. Valtteri Bottas was also sidelined, suffering an injury during qualifying. The McLaren-Honda pairing struggled mechanically in both pre-season testing and practice/qualifying at Melbourne. Kevin Magnussen, substituting for Alonso, had an engine failure during the formation lap. Jenson Button started last on the grid. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) started on pole, qualifying 0.6 sec...

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F1: Abu Dhabi - Hamilton takes win, crown; Williams double podium

Dominance. Mercedes came into the season's final race of 19 having locked out the front row 11 times and won 17 poles. They succeeded in turning this great starting positions into 11 1-2 finishes and 30 podiums, both records. This translated to both an already clinched manufacturers’ title and  a 17-point Lewis Hamilton lead on teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ championship standings with 50 points awarded to the winner of race, twice the normal bounty. Rosberg won the seas...

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F1: Brazil – Rosberg wins, cuts Hamilton lead to 17; Massa home podium

Nico Rosberg took pole ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, with Williams locking up Row 2 (Felipe Massa, P3; Valtteri Bottas, P4). The Top 3 remained intact through the start and opening lap. Massa came in during Lap 6 to get off his soft tires and onto mediums. Rosberg came in two laps later to do the same, with Hamilton following on Lap 9. Hamilton came out right behind Rosberg. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) and Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), both of whom started the race on the harder com...

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F1: Russia – Mercedes 1-2 seals constructors’ title, Bottas P3 #ForzaJules

Lewis Hamilton won his seventh pole of the season, beating out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg who made his eighth straight front-row start. The team needed just 25 points to clinch its first manufacturers’ championship with four races to go. Hamilton led Rosberg by 10 points coming into the race and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) by 73. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) lined up third on the grid, with Jenson Button (McLaren) next door. The 3.6-mile Sochi Autodrom, laid out through much of former s...

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F1: Japan – Mercedes 1-2, Vettel third; Bianchi airlifted out

As Typhoon Phanfone approached Japan, the course at Suzuka was completely wet. All practices and qualifying were held in dry conditions. Lewis Hamilton led his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 3 points coming into the race. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) was in third place, 60 points back. The field started behind the safety car. Only two laps needed to be completed for half points to be awarded, 40 laps (of 53) for full points. Rosberg started on pole, with Hamilton next door. Valtteri Bottas an...

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F1: Spa – Ricciardo wins second straight; Rosberg, Bottas trail

Photo: Red Bull Racing   Rain at the start of qualifying gradually dissipated as the sessions occurred, but the overall outcome didn’t change much, an all-Mercedes front row of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton outpacing the rest of the field by roughly 2 sec. Rosberg entered the post-summer break race with an 11-point lead over his teammate, who was in turn 60 points ahead of Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) ran another 16 points back. The next two rows of the ...

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F1: Hungary – Ricciardo wins, Alonso P2, Hamilton pits-to-podium

Photo: Red Bull Racing Fire and water. Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes burst into flames during the first round of qualifying Saturday and rain greeted he and rest of field, including pole-sitting teammate, Nico Rosberg on Sunday. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) started next to Rosberg on Row 1. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) and Vettel’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo made up Row 2. Hamilton started from pit row for the first time in his F1 career. He came back the prior weekend from starting P20 t...

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F1: Germany – Rosberg goes wire-to-wire in first home win, Bottas P2 again

Photo: Mercedes AMG Petronas   Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) started from pole in The Formula 1 Grand Prix of Germany and led from beginning to end to take his first career victory at home. Valtteri Bottas (Williams-Mercedes) started and finished second. Rosberg’s teammate Lewis Hamilton, however, might have had the most impressive drive of the day, starting P20 after a Q1 suspension failure and subsequent transmission replacement before advancing 17 spots to take the third spot on the po...

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F1: Austria – Mercedes 1-2; Rosberg tops Hamilton, Bottas third

“Holy shit!” the words that leapt out of my mouth, sitting in a pleasantly dark, cool room by myself when Felipe Massa took pole position -- his first since Brazil 2008 – over his Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas, creating the first all-Williams Row 1 since 2003. P2 was Bottas’ highest qualifying position in his 2 years of competition. My simple expletive exclamation followed other expressions of more general pleasure I managed to keep in my head regarding Formula 1&rsqu...

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