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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: 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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USCC: Circuit of the Americas – Nick Tandy interview

Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber, and Nico Hulkenberg drove to overall victory at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans despite none of them having prior LMP1 experience. Tandy: “When Porsche announced a third car for Le Mans, they needed three drivers for it. It was clear that you can’t just take three guys who are doing another series full-time, because they’ve got their own job. So it had to be made up of guys from different areas of our sport. At the end of the day Porsche picked the three...

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USCC: Virginia – Porsche 1-2 in GTLM, Ferrari tops GTD

Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia (#3 Corvette Racing C7.R) led the GT Le Mans standings coming into Virginia International Raceway, 4 points ahead of Dirk Werner and Bill Auberlen (#25 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE), and 5 points up on Patrick Pilet (#911 Porsche North America 911 RSR). Pilet, however, had won the last two consecutive races. The #62 Risi Competitizione Ferrari 458 Italia (Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer) won at VIR each of the past two years and started third on the grid today, wit...

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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: Austria/Silverstone – Mercedes’ wins continue

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton (both Mercedes), and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) led the first lap in Austria, Rosberg taking P1 from Hamilton on the start. which also saw the race’s first caution; Further back, Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (McLaren) collided, bringing out the race’s first caution. Green-flag racing resumed on Lap 7 (of 71). Rosberg’s lead over Hamilton measured 2+ sec during Lap 20. Vettel was another 7+ sec back. By Lap 30 the gaps had stretched ...

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FIA WEC: 24 Hours of Le Mans – Hulkenberg, Bamber, Tandy win for Porsche

Photo:  Guenole Trehorel / ACO Porsche and Audi ran strong through the night, the #19 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid leading the way with Nick Tandy at the wheel holding a 1-lap lead over Mark Webber in the #17 sister car.  The #9 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro driven by René Rast held third. Marcel Fässler’s #7 Audi was running second in the early hours of the morning but lost part of its engine cover, and the place, after having to make a slightly longer stop t...

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FIA WEC:  24 Hours of Le Mans – Porsche, KCMG, Corvette, SMP mid-race leaders

Four LMP1 factory teams – Audi, Toyota, Porsche, Nissan -- lined up for the tri-color for the first time since 1999. Porsche took the first three places on the grid, led by Neel Jani (#18, with Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas). Mark Webber, Brendan Hartley, and Timo Bernhard followed in the #17 and Formula 1’s Nico Hulkenberg, Nick Tandy, and Earl Bamber in the third Porsche factory P1 entry. The #8 Audi (Loic Duval, Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis) was the first non-Porsche and the first ...

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F1: Canada – Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2, Bottas takes third

Mercedes locked down the front row at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Lewis Hamilton on pole and Nico Rosberg next to him. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) started third and Valtteri Bottas (Williams) fourth. These four held their positions at the start. Raikkonen pitted from third on Lap 27 (of 70). He spun at Turn 10 during his out lap. Bottas came in one lap later, with Rosberg setting fastest lap of the race. Hamilton came in from the lead during Lap 29. Rosberg followed the next lap, c...

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