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Vettel takes pole at Mexican GP as Hamilton settles for P3

Lewis Hamilton isn’t going to get the smooth-sailing title-clinching run he likely hoped for before this weekend at the Mexican GP. The championship leader will have to start from the second row of the grid on Sunday, after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel secured the 50th pole position of his career. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had hoped he put in a good enough time to take pole and become the youngest pole-sitter in the history of the Mexican GP, but Vettel had other plans. The German driver will do his best in the last three races to complicate matters for Hamilton, who in turn is seeking his fourth career F1 title. Hamilton… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton inches closer towards F1 title after US Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton won the 2018 US Grand Prix from pole position and put one foot in the door of his fourth F1 title. He is now 66 points ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel, who is still in it from a mathematical perspective. But there are only three races left. That’s a max of 75 points if one can win all three. The chances of Hamilton letting this title go are really slim. In fact, the only way the title doesn’t get clinched in the next race is if Hamilton finishes sixth or lower while Vettel wins the race. Hamilton has not finished lower than second place in his last… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton takes pole at 2018 US GP

Lewis Hamilton was able to secure pole position at the 2018 US GP, following a solid qualifying session that saw him post a time three-tenths of a second faster than rival Sebastian Vettel. Of course, getting pole by no means guarantees a win, and Vettel can still spoil the fun as long as he does not make any race-ending mistakes. Hamilton’s 1:33.108 was good for the new track record at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. It is his 11th pole this season, and the 72nd overall of his career. In addition, Hamilton moved to the top of the all-time front-row list with 117 total for his career. The… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton wins 2017 Japanese GP

Lewis Hamilton won a relatively tightly contested race at the 2017 Japanese GP, with the challenge coming from an unexpected source. With Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel having issues with his car, and eventually needing to retire, the coast was clear for Hamilton – but Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was not going to just hand the victory to the Brit. Hamilton had to keep Verstappen at bay for a while, and this led to some tyre management issues later on. Still, the points leader managed to pull through with the win. Thanks to the race win and Vettel’s retirement, Hamilton was able to extend his lead in the championship race to 39… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton takes first career pole in Suzuka

Lewis Hamilton achieved his first-ever career pole position at the Suzuka circuit, giving him an edge heading into the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix, where he expects another good battle with the Ferrari team. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was actually second-fastest in qualifying, but he will be slapped with a five-place grid penalty. This bumps Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel up to the front row. The Red Bulls qualified next, followed by Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari. Raikkonen, however, will also be given a five-place gearbox penalty. It was a record-breaking qualifying session for Hamilton, who shattered the track record of 1:28.95 held previously by Michael Schumacher. He had already been close… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton 2nd in Sepang as Verstappen wins Malaysian GP

Lewis Hamilton didn’t win the race, but it was kind of a win nonetheless. It was Max Verstappen who came home with the win at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Hamilton, however, still accomplished what he came to do–extend his lead over Sebastian Vettel in the championship race, with Hamilton finishing second in Sepang and Vettel down in fourth place. Vettel did manage to climb all the way to that spot from P19–an amazing feat no matter how you look at it–but you can rest assured this isn’t much of a consolation for the Ferrari driver. In addition, Ferrari lost Kimi Raikkonen to a turbo problem right before the race began…. Continue Reading »

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Hamilton takes Malaysian GP pole

Chalk up another pole position for championship leader Lewis Hamilton. The Brit struggled in the free practices but was amazing when it counted. Hamilton took his ninth pole of the season at the Malaysian GP qualifying session, which no doubt boosts his chances of adding on to his recently acquired lead in the drivers’ title standings. To add some more to Hamilton’s ‘luck’, his main title rival Sebastian Vettel failed to set a time after a power unit problem on his Ferrari. And the German driver just had an engine replacement after he encountered his own issues in the practices. He will be starting at the back of the field… Continue Reading »

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