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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...

  • Ecclestone reveals scant contact with new F1 bosses

    Former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone returned to the Formula One paddock last week, for the first time since he was ousted in January, and revealed how little involvement he has had with the new management. The 86-year-old, who ran Formula...

  • Bottas ends Hamilton's pole run in Bahrain

    Bottas ends Hamilton's pole run in Bahrain

    Finland's Valtteri Bottas took his first Formula One pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix to end Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's bid for a seventh in a row. Triple world champion Hamilton qualified alongside, a mere 0.023 slower than...

  • No Shanghai surprise but Ferrari confirm challenge

    No Shanghai surprise but Ferrari confirm challenge

    Lewis Hamilton may have taken the spoils in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix but Sebastian Vettel’s second-place finish provided clear evidence that Ferrari appear more than capable of taking the fight to the Briton’s Mercedes team. Vettel sprung...

  • Hamilton takes pole for Chinese Grand Prix, Ferrari second

    Hamilton takes pole for Chinese Grand Prix, Ferrari second

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix from pole position after setting the fastest time in qualifying. Sebastian Vettel will start second in his Ferrari, just 0.186 seconds slower than Hamilton's benchmark,...

  • Shanghai mist wipes out first day of China GP

    Shanghai mist wipes out first day of China GP

    The Shanghai weather all but wiped out the first two practice sessions for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix yesterday with poor visibility in the city forcing the grounding of the medical support helicopter. Drivers were only able to run for 22...

  • Malaysia to host final F1 race this year

    Malaysia will stage its final Formula One Grand Prix in October after the government and the sport’s commercial rights holders announced yesterday that their hosting agreement would end a year early. The Southeast Asian country has hosted a round...

  • Vettel tips Mercedes as favourites for Chinese GP

    Vettel tips Mercedes as  favourites for Chinese GP

    Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has tipped Mercedes as favourites to win the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday even after his victory in Formula One’s season-opening round in Australia. “I think Mercedes still has to be the favourite, obviously,”...

  • Alonso refuses to rule out move in 2018

    Alonso refuses to rule out move in 2018

    Fernando Alonso has ruled out quitting McLaren during this season – but believes the door is still open on a mouth-watering move to join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes in 2018. McLaren have endured a desperately disappointing start to the new...

  • Williams upbeat for F1 future

    Williams upbeat for F1 future

    Former champions Williams ex-pressed optimism for Formula One’s future under the sport’s new owners Liberty Media after the team reported a profit and increased revenues for 2016. The British-based team, who last won a race in 2012, finished fifth...

  • F1 overtaking in the spotlight after opener

    F1 overtaking in the spotlight after opener

    Formula One entered a bold new era in Sunday’s Australian season-opener with bigger tyres, faster cars and a winning Ferrari but the lack of overtaking is causing concern. “What overtaking?,” said Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa when the Williams...

  • Hamilton hopes for ‘best versus best’ duel with Vettel

    Hamilton hopes for ‘best versus best’ duel with Vettel

    The outcome in Melbourne on Sunday raised hopes of a genuine title tussle between the two dominant Formula One drivers of the past decade, even if overtaking opportunities were thin on the ground. The first Ferrari victory since 2015 made...

  • Five things we learned from Australian Grand Prix

    Five things we learned from Australian Grand Prix

    Sebastian Vettel’s victory at Albert Park underlined his and Italian team Ferrari’s title credentials for the new Formula One campaign. Here, PA Sport dissects five key talking points from the opening round of the season. 1. Ferrari really are the...

  • Hamilton, Vettel lock horns on eve of new F1 season

    Hamilton, Vettel lock horns on eve of new F1 season

    Ferrari, who have not won a title in more than a decade, are hotly tipped to take the assault to Lewis Hamilton’s all-conquering Mercedes team this season, after an overhaul of the sport’s technical regulations coupled with an encouraging winter...

  • Ferrari must take test results into first race, says Hakkinen

    Ferrari must take test results into first race, says Hakkinen

    Formula One team Ferrari have set expectations high after strong performances in testing and could pay a heavy price if they disappoint in the season’s opening race in Australia, according to retired double world champion Mika Hakkinen. Ferrari...

  • Watson blames Honda for McLaren struggles

    Watson blames Honda for McLaren struggles

    Former McLaren driver John Watson has labelled the turmoil at his old team as “truly depressing” and pointed the finger of blame at engine supplier Honda. McLaren are facing up to another season of bitter disappointment after a dour campaign of...

  • Rivals are closer, warns Mercedes team boss

    Rivals are closer, warns Mercedes team boss

    Formula One’s new rules are “just what the doctor ordered”, even if rival teams have become more competitive, according to Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff. The Austrian said in a preview for Sunday’s Australian season-opener in Melbourne that...

  • Lowe moves to Williams

    Lowe moves to Williams

    Paddy Lowe has joined the Williams Formula One team from champions Mercedes with immediate effect as chief technical officer and shareholder in the group, Williams announced yesterday. The team did not say how big a stake Lowe had taken or where...

  • F1 - McLaren 'considering options' with Honda

    F1 - McLaren 'considering options' with Honda

    McLaren say they are "considering options" with engine suppliers Honda amid media reports that the Formula One team have sounded out former engine partners Mercedes over a possible future supply following problems in testing. The BBC reported that...

  • Force India unveil new pink livery for 2017

    Force India unveil new pink livery for 2017

    British-based Formula One team Force India will race in pink this season after unveiling a radical new livery. The constructor, which operates out of Silverstone, has made the distinctive change to mark a new sponsorship deal. Force India, who...

  • Vettel insists Mercedes still top dogs

    Vettel insists Mercedes still top  dogs

    Sebastian Vettel insists Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes remain the team to beat despite the Ferrari driver setting the fastest time of pre-season Formula One testing in Barcelona. Ferrari have been reliable and quick this winter as they bid to bounce...

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