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Formula 1 2012: Indian Grand Prix - Vettel goes wire -to-wire for third straight race

Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel are poised to pull away from the pack as the 2012 Formula 1 season nears its climax. The Grand Prix of India marks the third straight race in which Vettel and his teammate Mark Webber start 1-2 on the grid, with Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) holding down third. Vettel won the inaugural Indian Grand Prix last year, leading start-to-finish and setting fastest lap. To win again in 2012 would mark a fourth consecutive victory for the first time in the young German’s al...

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Formula 1 2012: Korean Grand Prix - Red Bull 1-2

Red Bull again! Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel occupied the front row for the start of the Korean Grand Prix, in pole and P2 respectively, marking the second consecutive week Red Bull locked down the front row in qualifying. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) started third and fourth respectively. Vettel got Webber at the start, taking P1 before the first corner. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) took out Jenson Button (McLaren) during the first lap, with Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) al...

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Formula 1 2012: Japanese Grand Prix - Vettel wins, but Kobayashi steals the show

Just when it looked like Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) was going to make a run at Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Red Bull had a return to 2011 form, with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber locking down the first two spots on the grid, unveiling a new double-DRS system in the process. It was Vettel’s fourth pole in four starts at Suzuka. As bad as this might be for Hamilton’s driver’s championship prospects, it’s even worse for McLaren constructor’s hopes, Red Bull entering the...

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Formula 1 2012: Singapore Grand Prix – Role reversal; Vettel wins, Hamilton DNF

McLaren and Williams, two of the great marquees of modern Formula 1, yet two names not often said in the same breath over the past few years. Qualifying for the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix bracketed the two perfectly, however, Lewis Hamilton taking poll for McLaren while Pastor Maldonado drove his Williams to P2. Hamilton’s run was consistent with his recent performances, including both poll and the victory at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago. Maldonado’s stood out a little bit mor...

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Formula 1 2012: Italian Grand Prix - Hamilton bests Ferrari, Red Bull DNF

  Photo: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren vs. Ferrari. It is one of the greatest continuous rivalries in sport, right up there with Yankess vs. Dodgers, Michigan vs. Ohio State, or any of the other greats. Monza, site of the Italian Grand Prix, is Ferrari’s home circuit. But that didn’t stop Lewis Hamilton from taking pole, with his McLaren teammate Jenson Button joining him on the front row in P2. Right behind them on the starting grid was the first Ferrari, piloted not by...

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Formula 1 2012:  Belgian Grand Prix - Button start-to-finish

Photo: Getty Images. Qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps showed that the month-long summer break hadn’t done a thing to dampen the 2012 Formula 1 season’s competitiveness. Bottom, middle, and top; surprises were evident everywhere. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) failed to make it out of Q1, while Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) mired in Q2. And at the top? Jenson Button (McLaren) won his first pole in 61 races (Monaco 2009). Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) became the first ...

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Formula 1 2012: Hungarian Grand Prix - Hamilton start-to-finish

The Formula 1 series moved from Germany to Hungary, running on back-to-back weekends heading into its month-long summer break. Practice and qualifying in Hockenheim was marked by rain, with the race occurring in dry weather. This situation was reversed in Budapest, with dust making the track slippery during qualifying and a 100% chance of rain forecast for the race. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) snagged the pole, with Romain Grosjean (Lotus) qualifying on the front row for the first time in P2 and S...

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Formula 1 2012: German Grand Prix - Alonso wins his third

Photo: Getty Images Another rainy weekend was waiting for the Formula 1 2012 teams in Hockenheim, Germany, for the German Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) prevailed to take poll position, with Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) second, and Mark Webber (Red Bull) third. Webber, however, was assigned a five-spot grid penalty for a gearbox change, ceding P3 to Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) in his home race. Schumi was joined on the second row by fellow German Nico Hulkenberg (Force India). Schumach...

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Formula 1 2012: British Grand Prix - Aussie Grit and Ferrari Rising

Photo: Red Bull/Getty Images It was a sloppy weekend at Silverstone, site of the 2012 British Grand Prix. Friday practice was wet. Rain also interrupted qualifying, but after more than 3 hr a starting grid was established featuring Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) at P1, Mark Webber (Red Bull) at P2, and Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) continuing his resurgence at P3. Other qualifying notables included Pastor Maldonado (Williams) at P7, Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) at P9, and Jenson Button (McLaren) fa...

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Formula 1 2012: Monaco Grand Prix

Photo: LAT Images And the 2012 count continues; five races and five winners from five teams, Williams’ Pastor Maldonado being the most recent following his triumph in Spain. An eventful qualifying in Monaco set up the distinct possibility of a sixth new winner. Michael Schumacher took his first pole since 2006, but had to surrender it due to a 5 grid-spot penalty stemming from a collision in Spain with Maldonado’s Williams teammate Bruno Senna, leaving Mark Webber (Red Bull) in th...

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