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F1: Spain – Hamilton, Vettel duel; Hamilton wins

Mercedes and Ferrari once again dueled for pole, Mercedes taking spots 1 and 3 (Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas) and Ferrari 2 and 4 (Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen). Vettel entered the race with a 13-point lead on Hamilton. Red Bull held down Row 3, Max Verstappen ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Fernando Alonso gave McLaren-Honda its highest qualifying position of the year, P7. Vettel took the lead at the start. Bottas punted Raikkonen into Verstappen, putting both the Ferrari and Red Bull out of...

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F1: Russia – Bottas takes career-first win

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) out-qualified teammate Lewis Hamilton to start third on the grid in Sochi, lined up behind the Ferraris of pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Bottas split the Ferraris at the start and passed Vettel for the lead going into Turn 2. The lead didn’t change hands for the rest of the race, but Vettel did close to inside 1 sec during the final laps, forcing the Finn to work for his debut victory. Bottas’s win came 81 races into his career. Vettel...

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F1: Bahrain – Vettel wins, retakes championship lead

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) won the first pole of his F1 career, teammate Lewis Hamilton lining up next to him. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) lined up in P3 aside Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Row 3 was also a Ferrari-Red Bull affair: Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Max Verstappen. Vettel took second from Hamilton on the start, Verstappen moving up to fourth and Felipe Massa (Williams) up to P6 as Raikkonen fell through the ranks. Bottas, still in the lead, reported the beginning of problems with his rear ...

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F1: China – Hamilton wins, pulls even with Vettel in standings

Round 2 of the 2017 season kept the Hamilton-Vettel rivalry in place, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) starting on pole with Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) right next to him. Row 2 was also a Mercedes-Ferrari affair, Finns Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen starting next to each other. Starting conditions were wet but no longer rainy. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso, P11) was the only driver to start on slick tires, the rest of the field running on intermediates. Bottas challenged Vettel through Turn 1 but t...

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F1: Australia – Vettel takes first win since 2015, Ferrari championship lead

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) earned his fourth straight Australian Grand Prix pole. The balance of Top 6 qualifiers were Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), and Romain Grosjean (Haas’s best qualifying position ever). Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), who crashed out in the first round of qualiftyin, stopped on track during warmup laps with a gearbox problem. He started the race, but three laps into it. The front four maint...

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F1: Abu Dhabi – Rosberg world champion; Hamilton, not this time

The driver championship remained on the line at the start of the race, 12 points separating Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. A Rosberg podium finish would clinch the title. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) had already clinched third in the championship. The race was also the last Formula 1 contest for Jenson Button (McLaren-Honda) and Felipe Massa (Williams). Hamilton took the lead at the start, Rosberg slotting in P2, and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) passing Ricciardo to move into th...

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F1: Mexico – Hamilton wins, Verstappen loses

Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg started 1-2 on soft tires, with the Red Bulls piloted by Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo lined up 3-4 on supersofts. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) started fifth, also on supersofts, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen P6 on softs. Hamilton locked up his tires going into Turn 1 in the first lap and went through the grass but retained the lead. Rosberg followed, chased by Verstappen. A crash further pack in the field brought out the safety ca...

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F1: US Grand Prix – Hamilton wins fourth COTA out of 5

Lewis Hamilton took pole over Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg. Red Bull Racing made up Row 2, with Daniel Ricciardo starting P3 on supersoft tires (vs. the softs both in front of him and on teammate Max Verstappen’s car). The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen lined up in Row 3. Ricciardo pushed for second in Turn 1 and took it through the next turn at Circuit of the Americas. Ricciardo pitted during Lap 9 to take off the supersofts and change to softs....

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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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