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Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, finished ninth on his ADAC Formula Four debut having made up 10 places from his starting position.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s first ever victory in Formula 1 after he took the paddock by storm – literally – in the torrential rain at the Portuguese Grand Prix in 1985.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s first ever victory in Formula 1 after he took the paddock by storm – literally – in the torrential rain at the Portuguese Grand Prix in 1985.
So what was the gesture all about, as Lewis Hamilton stood atop his race-winning Mercedes in Bahrain on Sunday night, mimicking swinging a baseball bat?
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to strengthen his overall lead in the Formula One standings with his third win in four races this season and 36th of his career.
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to strengthen his overall lead in the Formula One standings with his third win in four races this season and 36th of his career.
Lewis Hamilton’s domination of Formula One continued in Bahrain as the reigning world champion clinched his ninth victory in the past 11 races.
Lewis Hamilton is looking to continue his charge to a third world title at the Bahrain Grand Prix.Hamilton starts from pole position – his first in Bahrain British driver starts from front of the grid for fourth time in a rowSebastian Vettel starts in secondNico Rosberg in thirdHamilton finished four tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Nico Rosberg a further 0.147secs adriftHamilton leads championship on 68 points, 13 ahead of Vettel Follow the latest news below…
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton is looking to continue his charge to a third world title at the Bahrain Grand Prix.Hamilton starts from pole position – his first in BahrainBritish driver starts from front of the grid for fourth time in a rowSebastian Vettel starts in secondNico Rosberg in thirdHamilton finished four tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Nico Rosberg a further 0.147secs adriftHamilton leads championship on 68 points, 13 ahead of Vettel
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton is looking to continue his charge to a third world title at the Bahrain Grand Prix.Hamilton starts from pole position – his first in BahrainBritish driver starts from front of the grid for fourth time in a rowSebastian Vettel starts in secondNico Rosberg in thirdHamilton finished four tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Nico Rosberg a further 0.147secs adriftHamilton leads championship on 68 points, 13 ahead of Vettel
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton is looking to continue his charge to a third world title at the Bahrain Grand Prix.Hamilton starts from pole position – his first in BahrainBritish driver starts from front of the grid for fourth time in a rowSebastian Vettel starts in secondNico Rosberg in thirdHamilton finished four tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Nico Rosberg a further 0.147secs adriftHamilton leads championship on 68 points, 13 ahead of Vettel
Lewis Hamilton had never been on pole at the Bahrain Grand Prix before, whereas team-mate Nico Rosberg had occupied that position for the past two visits.
Lewis Hamilton had never been on pole at the Bahrain Grand Prix before, whereas team-mate Nico Rosberg had occupied that position for the past two visits.
Lewis Hamilton made it pole position for the fourth time in a row for the first time in his Formula One career with a storming performance in the desert in Bahrain.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in practice here yesterday, but both drivers said that they believe Ferrari’s long-run pace was “dangerous.”
A small mistake from Lewis Hamilton allowed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to gain the upper hand in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel believes Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are professional enough to avoid letting their rivalry affect their Formula One championship chances.
Lewis Hamilton said he didn’t know until arriving in Bahrain that there had been such a furore about him spraying a grid girl on the rostrum after winning last Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. The Twittersphere went into overdrive when, in the traditional way after the presentation of the trophies, Hamilton grabbed his bottle of bubbly and for a fleeting moment turned it on grid girl Liu Siying.
Lewis Hamilton has defended his podium antics after being criticised for spraying a Chinese model with champagne following his victory in Shanghai last weekend, claiming that it was a “fun thing”.
Jenson Button believes Nico Rosberg needs to employ different tactics if he is to topple Lewis Hamilton this season.
Lewis Hamilton says he does not fear retribution from his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Bahrain this weekend following their confrontation at Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team director, backed his world champion Lewis Hamilton by saying he had done nothing wrong in keeping his pace “slow” as the leader of the Chinese Grand Prix, despite the protestations of fellow team driver Nico Rosberg.
How fitting was it that a dull Chinese Grand Prix should end in anticlimax behind the safety car and that the real sparks came in the post-race press conference on Sunday as Nico Rosberg accused  his victorious team-mate Lewis Hamilton of spoiling his race.
Lewis Hamilton produced an exceptional display of race management to clinch his fourth Chinese Grand Prix victory.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from pole ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.Sebastian Vettel starts in third having won last time out in Malaysia.Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas line-up next to each other ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.Jenson Button starts 17th ahead of Fernando Alonso as McLaren-Honda continue to struggle for pace.Increased security will be at the circuit due to Friday’s unwelcome track invasion during practice.The Chinese Grand Prix begins at 7am BST.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from pole ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.Sebastian Vettel starts in third having won last time out in Malaysia.Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas line-up next to each other ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.Jenson Button starts 17th ahead of Fernando Alonso as McLaren-Honda continue to struggle for pace.Increased security will be at the circuit due to Friday’s unwelcome track invasion during practice.The Chinese Grand Prix begins at 7am BST.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from pole ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.Sebastian Vettel starts in third having won last time out in Malaysia.Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas line-up next to each other ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.Jenson Button starts 17th ahead of Fernando Alonso as McLaren-Honda continue to struggle for pace.Increased security will be at the circuit due to Friday’s unwelcome track invasion during practice.The Chinese Grand Prix begins at 7am BST.
Ferrari came up short in the battle with Mercedes for qualifying supremacy at today’s Chinese Brand Prix, Lewis Hamilton taking his 41st pole position and his third of the season. But even Ferrari being considered a threat to the hitherto unbeatable Anglo-German cars following Sebastian Vettel’s win in Malaysia is another big step forward for the Prancing Horse.
Lewis Hamilton’s love of the Shanghai International Circuit continues to show no bounds as the reigning Formula One champion again claimed pole position for the race.
Amid all the excitement about whether Ferrari can once again take the fight to Mercedes in tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix here, Formula One received a brutal reality check yesterday that demands immediate action from the governing body, the FIA, to prevent a repetition.
Concerns over security at China’s Shanghai International Circuit have been raised after a ‘fan’ ran across the track during the second practice session.
Safety concerns at China’s Shanghai International Circuit have arisen after a man ran onto the track during second practice without authorisation, dashing between cars on the start/finish straight before scaling the pit wall and heading into the pits.
Lewis Hamilton has described his ongoing contract issues as “a pain in the backside” as the reigning Formula One world champion has become mired in paperwork.
The Malaysian Grand Prix answered one of Formula One’s key questions for the season ahead: could Ferrari win again? And it did so emphatically as Sebastian Vettel consummated his new relationship with the famed Scuderia, for which his hero Michael Schumacher drove, at only the second attempt last weekend. With third place on his first run, in Australia a fortnight earlier, the German is only three points adrift of the title leader Lewis Hamilton.
When it was announced last year that 17-year-old Max Verstappen would be joining the Red Bull junior stable at Toro Rosso, former world champion Jacques Villeneuve dismissed the idea, suggesting the teenager would be way out of his depth.
World champions Mercedes conceded the better car won when they were usurped by a resurgent Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix but felt that poor balance and strategy were also to blame for the rare reversal.
Sebastian Vettel showed again that form is temporary and class permanent when the four times world champion put in a faultless display to record his first victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday and end a 34-race run for the Italian manufacturer without victory.
Ferrari are back as Sebastian Vettel ended the famous marque’s 34-race drought without a victory by taking a well-deserved chequered flag in Malaysia.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from the front after securing his 40th pole of his career.Sebastian Vettel qualifies ahead of Nico Rosberg as Ferrari threaten to challenge Mercedes.Rosberg suffers disappointing Saturday as he loses ground on championship rival Hamilton.Rosberg triggers bizarre press conference spat with Hamilton as he poses as a journalist.17-year-old Max Verstappen equals his father Jos’s best ever qualifying position in sixth.McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso start down in 17th and 18th respectively.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from the front after securing his 40th pole of his career.Sebastian Vettel qualifies ahead of Nico Rosberg as Ferrari threaten to challenge Mercedes.Rosberg suffers disappointing Saturday as he loses ground on championship rival Hamilton.Rosberg triggers bizarre press conference spat with Hamilton as he poses as a journalist.17-year-old Max Verstappen equals his father Jos’s best ever qualifying position in sixth.McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso start down in 17th and 18th respectively.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from the front after securing his 40th pole of his career.Sebastian Vettel qualifies ahead of Nico Rosberg as Ferrari threaten to challenge Mercedes.Rosberg suffers disappointing Saturday as he loses ground on championship rival Hamilton.Rosberg triggers bizarre press conference spat with Hamilton as he poses as a journalist.17-year-old Max Verstappen equals his father Jos’s best ever qualifying position in sixth.McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso start down in 17th and 18th respectively.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from the front after securing his 40th pole of his career.Sebastian Vettel qualifies ahead of Nico Rosberg as Ferrari threaten to challenge Mercedes.Rosberg suffers disappointing Saturday as he loses ground on championship rival Hamilton.Rosberg triggers bizarre press conference spat with Hamilton as he poses as a journalist.17-year-old Max Verstappen equals his father Jos’s best ever qualifying position in sixth.McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso start down in 17th and 18th respectively.
The press conference equivalent of road rage broke out after final qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix here, in which Nico Rosberg appeared to block his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton has drawn first blood in this season’s psychological battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after the latter’s bid to upstage the Briton backfired.
Lewis Hamilton continued his unbeaten start to the season as he secured pole position for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, with his team-mate and main championship rival Nico Rosberg having to make do with third after a disappointing final session.
Where Fernando Alonso had caused confusion on Thursday, Formula One ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone shot from the hip yesterday. While praising Lewis Hamilton as “the best world champion we’ve had,” he spoke candidly of the sport’s current difficulties.
Bernie Ecclestone has suggested next year’s German Grand Prix could also fall by the wayside just days after this season’s race was officially dropped from the Formula One calendar.
Renault could yet quit Formula One if the French manufacturing giant feels it is not getting value from the sport.
Lewis Hamilton bounced back from a troubled first practice ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix to lead the way at the end of the day.
The world of Formula One is used to the strange and bizarre, having seen cheat and spy scandals, driver contractual disagreements and even Lewis Hamilton’s dog Roscoe attending races in recent years. However, championship contender Nico Rosberg has trumped the lot.