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Formula 1: Italy - Vettel wins third of last four, Alonso P2

Photo: Getty Images/Mark Thompson Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber made it an all Red Bull front row in Monza. More remarkable, however, was the success of Nico Hulkenberg in nailing down P3 for Sauber and the lack of same for Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who failed to make it to Q3 for the first time in 67 races after winning four straight poles. Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso did their best to keep the Tifosi at bay by putting their Ferraris on the grid at P4 and P5. Both Toro Rossos and both...

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F1: Belgium – Vettel wins, extends season points lead

Photo: www.formula1.com The end of Formula 1’s 25-day summer break means a return to the 4.4-mile, 19-turn forested thrills of Spa Francorhamps for the Belgian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing-Renault) led the chase for his fourth consecutive championship by 38 points over Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus-Renault) coming into the race. The oft-changing weather at Spa during grid formation was cloudy but dry. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the pole, with Vettel starting next to him, the ...

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Formula 1 2013 - Hungary: Hamilton takes first win of year

Photo: DPPI/Francois Flamand Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won his third straight pole to start at the front of the field in Hungary, the last Formula 1 race before the series summer break. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) took the second slot, with Romain Grosjean (Lotus) out-qualifying teammate Kimi Raikkonen for the second time in three races to start third on the grid. Daniel Ricciardo (P8, Toro Rosso), competing with Raikkonen to succeed Mark Webber at Red Bull, started in the Top 10 for the four...

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Formula 1 2013 - Canada: Vettel notches first Montreal win

Photo: Red Bull Both practice and qualifying saw on-and-off rain, with some of the heaviest reserved for Saturday’s qualifying sessions. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) failed to make it out of Q3, but kept his car in one piece. Felipe Massa (Ferrari), however, had his third hard crash in the past two events, his back end breaking loose during Q2 and sending him into a wall. In the end, the front row was locked down by a pair of the usual suspects, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilto...

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Formula 1 2013: Monaco Grand Prix: Rosberg dominates

Photo: Reuters Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton locked down the front row of the gird during qualifying, putting a definitive point on a week which had seen Mercedes consistently the fastest make in the field. It was Rosberg’s third straight pole and followed his posting the fasted times in each of the week's practice sessions. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber (Red Bull) started P3 and P4. Hamilton got off the line fastest but Rosberg held the inside line going into Turn 1 to r...

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Formula 1 2013: Spanish Grand Prix - Ferrari 1, 3; Kimi takes second

Photo: Sky Sports Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) came into the race weekend with momentum, having won two of the three previous races. But in order to take the top step on the podium again he was going to have to overcome recent history at Circuit de Catalunya, where the last 12 race winners have come from the front row of the field. Mercedes locked down positions 1 and 2 (Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton respectively), the second time the manufacturer has done so since its return in 2010. Vettel...

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Formula 1 2013: Bahrain Grand Prix - Vettel wins, Lotus ascendant

Photo: Getty Images Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) took pole position, the second of his career and the first back-to-back Mercedes P1 starts since 1956, Lewis Hamilton having started from the front in China. Force India, meanwhile, acquitted itself very well by locking down Row 3 (Paul di Resta P5, Adrian Sutil P6), its best-ever qualifying effort. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) and Ferrari teammates Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were sandwiched between in P2, 3, and 4 respectively. Massa was the sol...

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Formula 1 2013: Chinese Grand Prix - Alonso wins, Raikkonen P2

  Photo: AFP Lewis Hamilton won his first pole since moving to Mercedes during the off-season, joined on the front row by Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus). Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) qualified third and fourth respectively. Tire wear was a theme throughout practice and qualifying, with the soft option tires degrading in as quickly as 3 laps but being substantially faster when new. This wear rate saw both Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull, P9) and Jenson Button (McLaren, P8) go o...

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Formula 1 2013: Malaysian Grand Prix – Vettel wins, Webber not happy

Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) won the season’s opening round in Australia, and starts seventh on the grid in Malaysia today for Race 2. Defending 3-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) won his second straight pole, followed by the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. In the run up the race both rain and rapid tire degradation featured prominently in conversation.   Most teams took to the track on intermediate tires, with rain on parts of the course and sunshine on o...

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Formula 1 2012: Brazilian Grand Prix - Button takes race, Vettel the title

Photo: SPEED TV The 2012 Formula 1 season started off with unprecedented parity, seven different drivers winning the first seven races. From Fernando Alonso’s (Ferrari) late June victory at the European Grand Prix, however, Ferrari, Red Bull, and McLaren reintroduced their stranglehold at the top, Kimi Raikkonen’s (Lotus) win in Abu Dhabi at the start of the month marking the only exception to their hegemony. Red Bull locked up the constructor’s championship last week at t...

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