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Hamilton takes pole for first race of the season; Ferrari second

Hamilton takes pole for first race of the season; Ferrari second

Briton Lewis Hamilton took pole for Mercedes in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, edging Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel into second on the grid. Three-times champion Hamilton's new team-mate Valtteri Bottas will start third ahead of fourth-placed Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton's flying lap of one-minute 22.188 seconds set a new lap record at...

  • Sweary Vettel escapes FIA sanction after apology

    Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has escaped sanction after apologising to Formula One race director Charlie Whiting and the sport’s governing body for Sunday’s expletive-laden Mexican GP rant. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a...

  • Ferrari’s Vettel sees red and turns the air blue

    Ferrari’s Vettel sees red and turns the air blue

    Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel saw red and turned the air blue at the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday, before Formula One stewards promoted him to the podium and then dropped him off it again hours later. In a foul-mouthed tirade, heard by television...

  • Hamilton wins to cut Rosberg’s lead

    Hamilton wins to cut Rosberg’s lead

    Lewis Hamilton won the Mexican Grand Prix last night to cut Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg’s lead to 19 points and prevent the German taking his first title with two races to spare. The pole-to-flag victory was the triple world champion’s eighth...

  • Hamilton knows what is required as he targets title

    Hamilton knows what is required as he targets title

    Lewis Hamilton insists he will have to be in the form of his life at the remaining three races to stand any chance of overturning the deficit to Nico Rosberg and win the Formula One world championship. Hamilton, a winner in Austin last Sunday,...

  • Anything possible in F1 title race, says Hamilton

    Anything possible in F1 title race, says Hamilton

    Fresh from his 50th Formula One win, triple world champion Lewis Hamilton remains convinced anything is possible in the title race even if he could lose his crown as early as Sunday. Victory for the Briton’s Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in...

  • Hamilton haunted by failure even in triumph

    Hamilton haunted by failure even in triumph

    Fear and failure haunted Lewis Hamilton at the US Grand Prix on Sunday, even as he sped towards victory and membership of Formula One’s super-elite club of 50 race winners. When the triple world champion was informed that he had joined greats...

  • Hamilton cuts Rosberg’s lead

    Hamilton cuts Rosberg’s lead

    Lewis Hamilton turned in a commanding display to win the United States Grand Prix and complete the first leg of what would be a remarkable fightback in the Formula One World Championship race. Hamilton, who started from pole position, led...

  • Hamilton cuts Rosberg's lead with 50th win

    Hamilton cuts Rosberg's lead with 50th win

    Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton celebrated his 50th Formula One victory with a pole to flag US Grand Prix drive that cut Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg's overall lead to 26 points with three races remaining. The Briton's fourth win in five...

  • Vettel more focused on car than contract

    Vettel more focused on car than contract

    Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel put talk of a contract extension to one side yesterday and emphasised that his main priority was to help the team build a better car to take on dominant Mercedes. Formula One’s most successful and glamorous team have yet...

  • Duty calls for combative Lewis Hamilton

    Duty calls for combative Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton will be starring in the next ‘Call of Duty’ video game due out in November but the Formula One world champion has a real and more immediate fight on his hands in Texas this weekend. The Mercedes driver, returning to the US Grand...

  • Brawn blames lack of trust for Mercedes exit

    Former Mercedes principal Ross Brawn has blamed current bosses and shareholders Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda for a breakdown of trust that led to his departure from the now-dominant Formula One team in 2013. The 61-year-old Briton, who won the...

  • McLaren boss Ron Dennis says he is not stepping down

    McLaren group head Ron Dennis said he was “categorically” not stepping down after a report suggested he would be leaving his role as chief executive at the end of the year. The autosport.com website said Dennis, 69, would not have his current...

  • Germany’s Huelkenberg to race for Renault from 2017

    Germany’s Huelkenberg to race for Renault from 2017

    German Formula One driver Nico Huelkenberg will leave Force India and race for Renault in 2017 after signing a multi-year deal with the French manufacturer. “It has always been my dream to work for a manufacturer team. F1’s new regulations will...

  • Ex-chief engineer sees a ‘climate of fear’ at Ferrari

    Ex-chief engineer sees a ‘climate of fear’ at Ferrari

    Ferrari are suffering from a “climate of fear” with staff reluctant to take risks in case they are fired, according to the Italian Formula One team’s former chief engineer Luca Baldisserri. “Unfortunately, neither (chairman Sergio) Marchionne nor...

  • Rosberg rubbishes talk of Hamilton ‘meltdown’

    Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg poured scorn on suggestions that Mercedes team-mate and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton is in ‘meltdown’ mode after losing ground in the title battle. “It’s complete rubbish,” the German, winner of...

  • Rosberg keeps champagne on ice despite closing in on title

    Rosberg keeps champagne on ice despite closing in on title

    Nico Rosberg is refusing to get carried away by thoughts of celebrating a maiden Formula One title triumph at the end of the season, despite getting one hand on the championship crown with victory in the Japanese Grand Prix. The German eased to a...

  • Rosberg fastest on opening day of practice at Suzuka

    Rosberg fastest on opening day of practice at Suzuka

    World championship leader Nico Rosberg ended the opening day of practice for the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in a strong position after setting the pace in both sessions yesterday. The German set his fastest time of one minute, 32.250 seconds...

  • Mercedes identify cause of Hamilton’s engine blowout

    Mercedes identify cause of Hamilton’s engine blowout

    Mercedes have pinpointed the cause of the engine blowout that forced Lewis Hamilton to retire while leading the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix, and have put safeguards in place to avoid a repeat heading into this weekend’s race in Japan. The...

  • Mercedes promise ‘forensic’ examination of faulty engine

    Mercedes promise ‘forensic’ examination of faulty engine

    The faulty engine which robbed Lewis Hamilton of victory on Sunday has arrived back in England as Mercedes desperately attempt to resolve the mechanical problems which have derailed his title defence. Hamilton, who is currently in Tokyo ahead of...

  • Mercedes reap rewards on and off the F1 track

    Mercedes reap rewards on and off the F1 track

    Formula One world champions Mercedes are reaping the financial rewards of their track dominance, according to the team’s latest accounts. Figures published by Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd yesterday showed a loss after tax of £22.3 million ($28.50...

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