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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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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Spa – Toyota, Ferrari take 1-2s; G-Drive, Aston Martin also win

Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrids finished 1-2 at the 6 Hours of Spa, Sebastien Buemi (#8) outrunning Kamui Kobayashi (#7) to the checkered flag by just 1.992 sec. The #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid (Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard) finished third. The 1-2 finish was Toyota’s first in WEC competition since the 6 Hours of Shanghai in 2014. The #8 (Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson) also won the season opener at Silverstone.   Alex Lynn, Roman Rusinov, and Pierre Thiriet won...

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IMSA: COTA Qualifying – Cadillac, BMW, Porsche top the fields

Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi) took pole position for tomorrow’s Advance Autoparts Sportscar Showdown by 1.592 sec over the next fastest qualifier, Johannes van Overbeek in the #22 Extreme Speed Motorsports Nissan DPi. Only three cars make up the Prototype Challenge field for the event. James French took PC pole in the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry. BMW Team RLL put both its M6s in the Top 3 of the GT Le Mans grid. John Edwards (#24) took pole and Alexander ...

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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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WEC: 6 Hours of Silverstone – Toyota, Ford, Chinese open season with wins

Starting grid, Top 3 each class LMP1 #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez), #8 Toyota (Sebastian Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kaz Nakajima), #1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy) LMP2 #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07-Gibson (Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Alex Lynn), #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut A470-Gibson (Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes, M. Rao), #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07-Gibson (Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis, Thomas ...

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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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IMSA: 24 Hours of Daytona – Wayne Taylor Racing, Ford, Porsche win

An extended rain-induced caution period was in place with 8 hr 30 min remaining, the second of the race. Jordan Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi) led, followed by Marc Goossens (#90 VisitFlorida Racing Multimatic Riley-Gibson) and Felipe Albuquerque (#5 Action Express Racing Cadillac). Dirk Mueller’s #66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT circulated at the front of GTLM, with Mike Rockenfeller (#3 Corvette Racing C7.R) and Andy Priaulx (#69 Ford GT) following.  The overall leade...

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IMSA: 24 Hours of Daytona – Cadillac, Ford, Ferrari top qualifiers for 2017 kickoff

Daytona International Speedway hosts the start of the 2017 racing from Jan. 26-29, as competitors from all corners of the world and a variety of racing disciplines convene for the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona – the season-opening race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29 .   The Rolex 24 will see 55 competitors for the race’s 55th running. Twelve cars make up the Prototype class, with Daytona Prototype international (DPi) entrants f...

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