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Hamilton takes pole at British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position at the 2017 British Grand Prix, boosting his bid for a fourth consecutive win at his home race. The two Ferrari cars are right behind him, however. Kimi Raikkonen will start the race at P2, while Sebastian Vettel is in P3. Valtteri Bottas qualified in P4 but will start the race in P9 instead. An unscheduled gearbox change dropped him five spots on the grid. In addition, Hamilton had been investigated for an incident between himselfaas and the Haas of Romain Grojean. After a review by the stewards, however, it was deemed that no further action would be required. With Hamilton still trailing Vettel… Continue Reading »

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Bottas wins Austrian GP but Hamilton fails to make podium

Valtteri Bottas won the 2017 Austrian GP from pole position, holding off a late-race surge from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to ensure that Mercedes would win the race this time. Vettel’s second-place finish, however, means that he pulls a bit farther away from Lewis Hamilton. The Brit could only finish in fourth place after a five-place grid penalty was slapped onto him. The win nets Vettel six more points over Hamilton in the drivers’ standings. Vettel’s lead is now 20 points; he has 171 points to Hamilton’s 151. However, with Bottas’ second career win, he is now within striking distance of his Mercedes teammate thanks to a total of 136 points… Continue Reading »

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Bottas 2nd while Hamilton struggles in Azerbaijan GP

The Azerbaijan GP was certainly a very wild and chaotic race. Valtteri Bottas drove his Mercedes to second place right at the last possible moment heading into the chequered flag, ahead of Lance Stroll’s Williams car and behind the race winner, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Bottas went behind Stroll’s slipstream at the final straight and overtook just ahead of the chequered flag. It was a fitting finish to the very wild race which saw yellow flags, a red flag, and a lot of contact between cars. It was surely disappointing to lose second place for Stroll, but Williams can’t be that sad about achieving the team’s first podium this season…. Continue Reading »

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Monaco GP: Bottas 4th, Hamilton 7th as Ferrari grabs 1-2

Sebastian Vettel took home the race win at the 2017 Monaco GP, at the head of a Ferrari 1-2 finish. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas finished in fourth place and Lewis Hamilton was able to get to seventh despite starting from P13. Overall, though, this was a loss for Mercedes as Ferrari managed to get father ahead in the standings. With the win, Vettel is now 25 points ahead of Hamilton for the lead in the driver’s standings. Scuderia Ferrari also moved past Mercedes in the team standings. Ferrari has taken a 17-point lead thanks to the 1-2 finish. With the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in second place, Red Bull Racing’s Daniel… Continue Reading »

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Monaco GP qualifying: Mercedes struggles

Lewis Hamilton’s struggles continued from practice to qualifying, limping to P14 on the grid at the Monaco GP. “I was devastated after the session,” said Hamilton. He said he couldn’t even get out of his car. At one point, he almost crashed. He also struggled consistently with his car’s tyre set up. So he could only watch as a crash dashed what would be his final attempt to get into P3. There, the Ferrari drivers would end up on top after a tightly fought session. Kimi Raikkonen took pole position, followed by Sebastian Vettel. Not all was lost for Mercedes, though, as Valtteri Bottas was able to come in third… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton takes the victory at the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took home the win at the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix, thereby breaking a streak of 10 different winners by becoming the sole repeat winner in the last 11 years. Hamilton not only scored his second victory of the season, he also recorded his second hat trick this year as he started from pole and also set the fastest lap in the race. This is the British driver’s 12th career hat trick, which puts him in second all-time behind Michael Schumacher who recorded 22. It is also Hamilton’s 55th career victory. Only three current drivers have won twice in Spain–the other two being Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso. Sebastian… Continue Reading »

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Spanish Grand Prix: Hamilton takes pole ahead of Vettel

Lewis Hamilton edged out Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to take pole position at the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix. It was close as it could be, with the Mercedes prevailing by only 0.051 seconds after setting a time of 1:19.149 versus 1:19.200 for the Ferrari. The other Mercedes car of Valtteri Bottas qualified in P3, while the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen took P4. The two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, respectively, occupy the third rowyin   . McLaren had a surprising performance from hometown hero Fernando Alonso, who took P7 in qualifying. The Mercedes cars completed one run apiece in Q1 and Q2, then made two runs in… Continue Reading »

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