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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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Bahrain GP: Hamilton, Bottas finish in podium but Vettel secures win

The 2017 Bahrain GP was surely fruitful for Mercedes. The team did, after all, see Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finish in second and third place, respectively. However, it’s disappointing for the team to see Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari take home the race victory. Bottas started from pole and managed to hold off Vettel at the start, but eventually finished 20 seconds out of the top spot. Hamilton made a play for it late in the game but could not catch Vettel, who took the victory 6.6 seconds ahead of Hamilton to take the lead in the drivers’ standings. This was a very tactical race, and Vettel made the correct calls…. Continue Reading »

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Bottas takes pole ahead of Hamilton for Bahrain GP

Valtteri Bottas recorded his first-ever pole position in Formula One, winning a thrilling bout with his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for the right to lead the starters at the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix. This makes for the team’s first front-row lockout this season. Bottas became just the fifth Finn to win a pole position in F1. The other four? Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen, and Heiki Kovalainen. That is certainly some good company. When Bottas jumped Hamilton for the Q3 lead, Hamilton subsequently could not improve upon his own time after losing some time in the first sector of the track. He has to settle for P2, but he… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton dominates Chinese GP

Lewis Hamilton capped off a fairly dominant race weekend by winning the 2017 Chinese GP, ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, in a race that could have gone either way were it not for certain events. The win puts Hamilton with Vettel in a tie for the drivers championship points lead. Mercedes, meanwhile, takes the lead in the team standings over Ferrari. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen stole the show with an incredible drive, going from P16 all the way to seventh right in the first lap. He had to duel with his teammate Daniel Ricciardo near the end, but eventually took the last spot on the podium. Hamilton led… Continue Reading »

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Chinese Grand Prix qualifying: Hamilton takes pole; Bottas in third

Lewis Hamilton made the most of the dry track at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday, taking pole position to fend off Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas took the other Mercedes car to P3. It sure looks like Hamilton and Vettel will be the duel to watch this season, with Vettel taking first blood when he won the opener at Australia a couple of weeks ago. With his sixth straight pole position, Hamilton is closing in fast on the all-time leaders. His 63 career poles is just 2 behind Ayrton Senna for second place. Meanwhile, he needs only 6 more to surpass Michael Schumacher for the all-time best mark. On… Continue Reading »

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