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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...

  • Bottas sets pace as Mercedes dominate Barcelona test

    Bottas sets pace as Mercedes dominate Barcelona test

    Valtteri Bottas ended the penultimate day of testing leading the way for Mercedes as rookie teenager Lance Stroll crashed out for the second consecutive day in Barcelona. Mercedes have been the class of the field this week and they reigned supreme...

  • Raikkonen on top

    Raikkonen on top

    Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari on top of the timesheets after the second day of Formula One’s pre-season testing yesterday but world champions Mercedes still led the way on kilometres covered. Raikkonen was a mere 0.023 faster than triple champion...

  • Hamilton, Mercedes set blistering pace

    Hamilton, Mercedes set blistering pace

    Lewis Hamilton set the pace for champions Mercedes on the opening day of Formula One’s first pre-season test yesterday with his new car gobbling up the laps with a hunger that others could not match. Hamilton, already favourite for a fourth title...

  • F1 relaxes social media rules for teams

    Formula One’s new owners signalled a break from the Bernie Ecclestone era yesterday by giving teams and drivers greater freedom to engage with fans on social media from inside the circuit confines. Ecclestone, ousted as the sport’s commercial...

  • Red Bull unveil car they hope will end Mercedes domination

    Red Bull unveil car they hope will end Mercedes domination

    Red Bull became the final of Formula One’s elite teams to reveal their car for the forthcoming championship season. The former world champions are hoping to take advantage of the change to the sport’s technical regulations and usurp Lewis...

  • This may hurt, says Hamilton as F1 gets back on the track

    Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton is expecting to feel the pain, no matter how much he has worked out over the winter break, when Formula One’s first pre-season test starts today. Aching backs and stiff necks are likely to keep the team physios...

  • Little fanfare as Ferrari present the new F1 car

    Little fanfare as Ferrari present the new F1 car

    Ferrari unveiled their new Formula One car, the SF70-H, yesterday with the minimum of fanfare after a disappointing 2016 season but plenty of hope among fans that the Italian team will return to winning ways. The online presentation for a car that...

  • McLaren look to brighter future

    McLaren look to brighter future

    McLaren trumpeted the dawning of a new era yesterday as they unveiled a striking orange and black Formula One car that harked back to the team’s 1960s roots and broke with the immediate past. The Honda-powered former champions have not won a race...

  • Mallya’s Force India aim to be a top three team

    Mallya’s Force India aim to be a top three team

    Force India set their sights on breaking into Formula One’s top three at the launch of their new car yesterday and hit back at suggestions that they lack the budget to match the manufacturers in a spending ‘arms race’. “If we did not dream big, we...

  • Teenager Norris signs for McLaren

    British teenager Lando Norris has been signed up by Formula One giants McLaren. Norris, who turned 17 in November, has been announced as part of the British team’s young driver academy, with a view to him forging a career in the sport. Born in...

  • Renault aims for fifth place in 2017 F1 championship

    Renault aims for fifth place in 2017 F1 championship

    Renault unveiled their 2017 Formula One car yesterday and said it targetted fifth place in the championship and possible podium finishes after struggling among the backmarkers last season. The former world champions, who returned as full...

  • Hamilton has ‘zero problems’ with Bottas

    Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton has clarified comments about not wanting to share data with Formula One team-mates and says he has “zero problems” with new Mercedes arrival Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton told a Facebook Live session with F1...

  • Sauber aim for return to midfield with new F1 car

    Sauber aim for return to midfield with new F1 car

    Sauber presented their new Formula One car yesterday, celebrating the Swiss-based team’s 25 years in the sport with golden lettering but little in the way of sponsorship branding on the blue and white machine. “The anniversary car for a new era,”...

  • Wolff and Lauda sign new deals at Mercedes

    Wolff and  Lauda sign new deals at Mercedes

    Toto Wolff and non-executive chairman Niki Lauda have both signed new long-term deals with Mercedes. Lauda, who began work with the Formula One team in 2012 and Wolff, who joined one year later, will stay with the champions until at least...

  • Mercedes name Allison as new technical director

    Mercedes have announced that James Allison will join the team from March 1 in the newly-created role of technical director. Allison, who previously won world championships with Ferrari and Renault, took a break from Formula One after the sudden...

  • Rosberg warns Bottas about Hamilton rivalry

    Rosberg warns Bottas about Hamilton rivalry

    Retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has warned his Mercedes replacement Valtteri Bottas not to expect an “easy ride” from team-mate Lewis Hamilton. The 31-year old said he would be happy to give the Finn some advice ahead of the...

  • Pirelli end tyre test a day early after Vettel crash in Fiorano

    Pirelli had to cut short a Formula One wet tyre test at Ferrari’s Fiorano track in Italy on Friday after four times world champion Sebastian Vettel crashed into barriers the day before. A Pirelli spokesman said the modified 2015 Ferrari had been...

  • Hamilton and Bottas will work well together – Wolff

    Hamilton and Bottas will work well together – Wolff

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is confident there will be no trouble between Lewis Hamilton and his new team-mate Valtteri Bottas this season. Bottas is set for his first campaign alongside Hamilton following Nico Rosberg’s decision to retire after...

  • Kubica to race Le Mans with ByKolles team

    Former Formula One driver Robert Kubica will make his Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar debut in June and compete in the full World Endurance Championship, the Germany-based ByKolles team announced yesterday. “After my time in rally I’ve been looking for...

  • Silverstone owners upbeat after Formula One ownership change

    The owners of British Grand Prix circuit Silverstone are confident Liberty Media’s takeover of Formula One will give them room to make a profit and stay on the calendar. British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) president Derek Warwick told Sky Sports...

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