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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...

  • Verstappen – most overtakes in 2016

    Verstappen – most overtakes in 2016

    Red Bull’s Max Verstappen made the most overtaking manoeuvres last season, and more than any Formula One driver since such data was first collected in 1983, figures issued by tyre supplier Pirelli showed. Pirelli said the 19-year-old Dutchman, who...

  • Lowe could follow Rosberg out of Mercedes team

    Lowe could follow Rosberg out of Mercedes team

    Technical head Paddy Lowe could be about to follow newly-retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg out of the door at dominant Mercedes. The motorsport.com website reported multiple sources “with good knowledge of the situation” indicating...

  • Mercedes runs job ad for a F1 driver with ‘proven track record’

    Mercedes runs job ad for a F1 driver with ‘proven track record’

    Mercedes posted a tongue-in-cheek job advertisement yesterday as they seek a replacement for newly-retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg. The notice, similar in format to the usual automotive vacancies, was published in Britain’s...

  • Ricciardo vows to unlock ‘hidden Honey Badger’

    Ricciardo vows to unlock ‘hidden Honey Badger’

    Daniel Ricciardo is ready to “unlock the hidden Honey Badger” when he starts training for next season’s new-look Formula One. The Australian, nicknamed after the cuddly but ferocious animal, finished third overall this year, the best of the rest...

  • Mercedes have to consider Alonso, says Wolff

    Mercedes have to consider Alonso, says Wolff

    Fernando Alonso would be on the list of possible replacements for retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes despite his contract with McLaren, according to team boss Toto Wolff. "You have to consider Fernando," the Austrian told...

  • Vettel clear he is staying at Ferrari

    Vettel clear he is staying at Ferrari

    Sebastian Vettel has made clear his future is with Ferrari as Mercedes look to replace newly-retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg for next season. Ferrari failed to win a race this year and Vettel’s name has been one of those mentioned...

  • Mercedes to sign Rosberg replacement before the end of the year, says Lauda

    Mercedes to sign Rosberg replacement before the end of the year, says Lauda

    Mercedes expect to have signed Nico Rosberg’s replacement before the end of the year and are looking for someone “better” than the current Formula One world champion. The team’s non-executive director Niki Lauda was as surprised as everyone else...

  • French Grand Prix to return in 2018 – Ecclestone

    The French Formula One Grand Prix is set to return in 2018 after a 10-year absence, the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said yesterday. “Yes, I think it will happen,” the 86-year-old Briton told Reuters when asked about French media...

  • Rosberg announces shock retirement, days after winning title

    Rosberg announces shock retirement, days after winning title

    Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world championship with Mercedes. "From the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own...

  • Hamilton one of the best, but no friend – Rosberg

    Hamilton one of the best, but no friend – Rosberg

    Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg hailed Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton as one of the greatest drivers of all time yesterday but ruled out forging any friendly ties with the Briton as long as they raced each other. Rosberg, who lost out...

  • Hamilton one of the best, but no friend - Rosberg

    Hamilton one of the best, but no friend - Rosberg

    Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg hailed Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton as one of the greatest drivers of all time today but ruled out forging any friendly ties with the Briton as long as they raced each other. Rosberg, who lost out to...

  • Wolff still pondering Hamilton tactics

    Wolff still pondering Hamilton tactics

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is still pondering how to deal with Lewis Hamilton’s driving tactics in the season-ending Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but has accepted it was something the three-times world champion needed to do. Wolff had warned...

  • Rosberg will further raise his game next year, says father

    Rosberg will further raise his game next year, says father

    Nico Rosberg will only get better next season now he has finally won a Formula One title, according to his father and former world champion Keke. “I don’t know if the dynamic changes, but a happy man performs better than an unhappy man,” the Finn...

  • Red Bull chief Horner brands Mercedes ‘naive’

    Mercedes have been branded “naive” by Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, as they weigh up whether to punish Lewis Hamilton for defying team orders. Hamilton’s Mercedes team were angry with his tactics in the title-deciding Abu Dhabi GP...

  • Stirling Moss regains unwanted F1 record

    Nico Rosberg’s first Formula One championship has had the side-effect of returning an unwanted accolade – the most successful grand prix driver never to win the title – to Britain’s Stirling Moss. Until Sunday, Rosberg had carried that dubious...

  • Hamilton on pole for F1 title showdown, Rosberg second

    Hamilton on pole for F1 title showdown, Rosberg second

    Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix with Mercedes team mate and championship favourite Nico Rosberg joining him on the front row. Rosberg has a 12-point lead and will be champion if he finishes...

  • Hamilton fastest in practice

    Hamilton fastest in practice

    Lewis Hamilton landed an early psychological blow ahead of Formula One’s Abu Dhabi title showdown by lapping faster than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in both practice sessions yesterday. The Briton, 12 points behind the championship favourite...

  • Decisive day looms for Hamilton and Rosberg

    Decisive day looms for Hamilton and Rosberg

    Lewis Hamilton feels he faces “pretty impossible odds” going into Formula One’s Abu Dhabi title-decider while Mercedes team-mate and rival Nico Rosberg says he will treat Sunday’s race like any other. Both are being disingenuous, of course.

  • Button ready for ‘emotional’ race

    Button ready for ‘emotional’ race

    Jenson Button admitted he is braced for a “hugely emotional” weekend ahead of what could be the last race of his World Championship-winning F1 career. Button, who will not be racing in the sport next season, brings to an end a run of 17...

  • McLaren need a title sponsor – Zak Brown

    McLaren need a title sponsor – Zak Brown

    McLaren need a title sponsor after years without one, the Formula One team’s new executive director Zak Brown said yesterday. In an interview with motor-sport.com and autosport.com – part of the Motorsport Network media group of which he is also...

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