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Hamilton dominates Italian GP at head of Mercedes 1-2

No one can touch Lewis Hamilton right now. The Mercedes driver won the 2017 Italian GP in dominant fashion, and his teammate Valtteri Bottas took care of business and helped secure a 1-2 finish for the team. This makes it back-to-back wins for Hamilton—his first in 2017. More importantly, it puts him in the drivers’ championship race lead for the first time this season. Sebastian Vettel will have to come from behind if he wants to win the championship. As we’ve seen this season, it’s just hard to beat Mercedes while you’re trailing. The two Ferraris struggled mightily in qualifying, but proved that pace still very much holds the key… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton wins Belgian GP; Bottas fifth

Lewis Hamilton proved unstoppable at the Belgian GP, taking the win despite a tremendous challenge put forth by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The other Mercedes car of Valtteri Bottas finished in fifth place. Hamilton owned F1’s first weekend back from its mid-season break. He took his 68th career pole position in qualifying, tying Michael Schumacher’s record. Then he led for most of the rice after taking the lead off the line. There was a restart, but he was able to fend off Vettel and retain the lead. “The Ferrari was very strong today and they put on a fantastic fight,” Hamilton said. “We were both pushing every single lap and there… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton takes pole at Belgium, matches Schumacher record

Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix—his 68th—and in doing so, has tied the Michael Schumacher record for most poles in a career. Hamilton will start ahead of Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel, who headed into the mid-season break still leading the drivers’ championship race. After the race, F1 managing director Ross Brawn relayed a congratulatory message straight from the Schumacher family. “I think and pray for Michael all the time,” Hamilton said. “I’ve had the privilege of racing with him and always admired him and still do.” In order to achieve the pole position, Hamilton had to overcome a hurdle Mercedes had been facing all weekend. Ferrari… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton gives up podium spot for Bottas as Ferrari takes 1-2 at Hungarian GP

Heading into the summer break, Lewis Hamilton would find himself still trailing in the Formula 1 championship race. The Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen took care of business, taking a 1-2 finish at the 2017 Hungarian GP, allowing Vettel to take a 14-point lead heading into the month-long break in Formula One action. A surging Hamilton asked the team to pass teammate Valtteri Bottas in order to chase down the leading Ferrari cars, but he promisede to give back the spot if he failed to overtake. True to his word, the Brit gave up third place with several seconds left to the chequered flag. Hamilton held on to fourth,… Continue Reading »

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Hamilton wins 2017 British Grand Prix to tie record

Lewis Hamilton won the 2017 British Grand Prix for a record-tying fifth time as Ferrari met with bad luck at the end of the race, helping the Mercedes driver close in considerably on Sebastian Vettel’s lead in the points. Hamilton is now only 1 point behind Vettel, thanks mainly to a race in which he went unchallenged, and also in part to a front left tyre issue that held back the Ferrari driver with just one lap remaining. Kimi Raikkonen suffered the same fate a few laps earlier and was forced to enter the pits. What looked like two Ferraris splitting the Mercedes cars ended up in a 1-2 finish for the Silver… Continue Reading »

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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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