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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...

  • Brawn calls for simpler and more competitive F1

    Ross Brawn has called for a simpler and more competitive F1 on his return to the sport. Brawn, who masterminded Michael Schumacher’s unprecedented run of success at Benetton and then Ferrari, brings to an end a three-year hiatus from the grid...

  • More to life than driving around in circles – Rosberg

    More to life than driving around in circles – Rosberg

    Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg said he was enjoying the freedom of retirement and could turn his focus to renewable energy now that he has left the racetrack. Interviewed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the former...

  • Silverstone says no decision on British GP until July

    Silverstone’s owners have dismissed as “speculative and wrong” recent media reports suggesting the British Formula One Grand Prix would be dropped after 2019. The British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) said that no decision on exercising a break...

  • Ecclestone casts doubt over his future role in F1

    Ecclestone casts doubt over his future role in F1

    Bernie Ecclestone has cast doubt over his long-standing Formula One reign after the sport’s governing body approved the sale of its commercial rights to Liberty Media. Chief executive Ecclestone, who turns 87 in October, has ruled Formula One for...

  • Bottas replaces Rosberg at Mercedes, Massa returns

    Bottas replaces Rosberg at Mercedes, Massa returns

    Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas will replace retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes this season, the Wiiliams team announced today. Brazilian Felipe Massa, who retired at the end of last season, has agreed a one-year contract...

  • Circuits upgraded to cope with faster F1 racers

    Formula One’s governing body is writing to every circuit on the calendar to advise them of specific measures that need to be carried out for safety’s sake due to faster cars and higher cornering speeds. The 2017 specification cars are expected to...

  • Renault part with F1 team principal Vasseur

    Renault part with F1 team principal Vasseur

    Formula One’s winter of change continued yesterday with Renault and team principal Frederic Vasseur parting company a day after champions Mercedes announced the departure of technical head Paddy Lowe. Although likely to be unconnected, with Lowe...

  • Hill urges government to help Silverstone keep British GP

    Hill urges government to help Silverstone keep British GP

    The man who brokered the last deal to save the British Grand Prix has called on the UK Government to back the event financially or risk losing one of the country’s best “shop windows”. Former Formula One world champion Damon Hill was president of...

  • Singapore fans want F1 race to continue

    Formula One fans in Singapore are keen for the race to remain there, despite negotiations bet-ween organisers and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone seemingly stalled, according to a survey conducted by British firm YouGov. The contract for the race...

  • Mercedes to ‘unveil the beast’ on Feb. 23

    Mercedes to ‘unveil the beast’ on Feb. 23

    Mercedes, Formula One’s dominant team who have yet to announce a replacement for retired world champion Nico Rosberg, will present their 2017 car at Silverstone on February 23. The Mercedes website (www.mercedesamgf1.com) said yesterday that the...

  • Pertamina drops sponsorship for Indonesia driver Haryanto

    Pertamina drops sponsorship for Indonesia driver Haryanto

    Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto has suffered a major setback in his bid to return to Formula One this season after state-owned energy company Pertamina announced it was ending its sponsorship. “This year there will not be a continuation of...

  • Formula One waits for Mercedes announcement

    Formula One waits for Mercedes announcement

    The time for talking is fast approaching as Mercedes start a new year with Formula One waiting for a big announcement about who is going to replace retired world champion Nico Rosberg alongside Lewis Hamilton. The team made clear before the...

  • Mercedes supremo Wolff calls for calm

    Mercedes supremo Wolff calls for calm

    Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has called for “calm” as the Formula One constructors’ champions look to build on their recent success without Nico Rosberg in 2017. Rosberg, 31, shocked the sport when he decided to retire just five days after being...

  • Bottas closer to Mercedes move amid Williams shake-up

    Bottas closer to Mercedes move amid Williams shake-up

    Formula One’s post-season shake-up took another spin this week with Williams announcing the departure of technical head Pat Symonds while Valtteri Bottas moved closer to Mercedes and Felipe Massa’s retirement looked to be coming to an...

  • Hamilton felt ‘disrespected’ by Mercedes criticism

    Hamilton felt ‘disrespected’ by Mercedes criticism

    Lewis Hamilton has claimed he felt “disrespected” after criticism from within his Mercedes team of the way he drove in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In a last-ditch bid to wrest the title from the clutches of team-mate Nico Rosberg, race...

  • Williams open to Bottas move to Mercedes team

    Williams open to Bottas move to Mercedes team

    Williams would be open to Valtteri Bottas joining Formula One champions Mercedes next season if a suitable replacement for the Finn can be found, deputy team principal Claire Williams said. “Williams has its own ambitions and we must always ensure...

  • Mercedes to take time on Rosberg’s replacement

    Mercedes to take time on Rosberg’s  replacement

    Mercedes will wait until the New Year before making any announcement on a replacement for retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg, with Finland’s Valtteri Bottas still the favourite. A team spokesman said yesterday that nothing was planned...

  • Renault F1 expect ‘good step forward’ next season

    Renault expect to make “a good step forward” in Formula One next season after building up staff numbers and investing in new equipment and facilities this year, team bosses said yesterday. “The change of regulations could mean quite a shake-up in...

  • Alonso dismisses Mercedes rumours

    Alonso dismisses Mercedes rumours

    Fernando Alonso has confirmed his commitment to McLaren amid speculation linking the two-time Formula One world champion to Mercedes. Alonso visited McLaren’s factory in Surrey on Tuesday during which he said his “only goal” was to remain at the...

  • Button and Coulthard confirmed for Race of Champions in Miami

    British drivers Jenson Button and David Coulthard have both been confirmed in the line-up for the forthcoming 2017 Race of Champions event in Miami. Button, Formula One world champion in 2009, recently retired from the sport but will take part in...

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