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Daniel Ricciardo sets F1 pulses racing with masterclass in China Grand Prix| Giles Richards

The Australian showed touches of real quality to win in Shanghai but Max Verstappen is still making mistakesDaniel Ricciardo’s skill at overtaking was never in doubt but his remarkable performance in China was confirmation of just how far he is willing…

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Sebastian Vettel leads front-row lockout for Ferrari in F1 Chinese GP

• Lewis Hamilton fourth behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas• Vettel secures 52nd career pole as he bids for 50th race winSebastian Vettel claimed pole for the Chinese Grand Prix, completing an all-Ferrari front row with his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in sec…

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Lewis Hamilton under pressure to close gap on Ferrari at Chinese Grand Prix

• Mercedes driver led Kimi Raikkonen in second F1 practice• ‘Ferrari are going to be hard to beat in Shanghai,’ says HamiltonFine margins make the difference in Formula One and, gratifyingly for the Chinese Grand Prix, the differential at the front of …

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Lewis Hamilton apologises to Max Verstappen after Bahrain F1 clash

• World champion clears air with Red Bull driver before Chinese GP• Hamilton called Verstappen a ‘dickhead’ after collision last SundayLewis Hamilton has apologised to Max Verstappen in the buildup to the Chinese Grand Prix after their clash at the las…

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Efforts to facilitate more F1 overtaking find the path blocked | Giles Richards

DRS, wing designs and downforce rules reduce overtaking in a sport which needs the spectacle to keep its audienceAfter two races of the new season that promise another battle between Mercedes and Ferrari, with Red Bull yet to show their real form, Form…

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Ferrari had pace all weekend in Bahrain and trusted star driver | Giles Richards

It was a fine race for Sebastian Vettel and his team, but Lewis Hamilton and Pierre Gasly also made their markThe Scuderia might have been fortunate to win in Melbourne but victory in Bahrain was anything but a fluke. The team had the pace all weekend …

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Lewis Hamilton says rapport with Mercedes must improve before China

• ‘We have to sit down and discuss the last two races,’ says Briton• Communication problems cost Hamilton in Bahrain and MelbourneLewis Hamilton has warned that he and his Mercedes team must improve communication after his third?place finish at the Bah…

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Sebastian Vettel wins in Bahrain after Kimi Raikkonen runs over mechanic

• German driver holds of Valtteri Bottas despite deteriorating tyres• Mechanic taken to hospital after collision with Raikkonen’s carSebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole after a tense tactical battle with Mercedes, who had tried an alt…

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Fernando Alonso: ‘No regrets – I’d make the same decisions 100 times’

He is happy now McLaren are allied to Renault but the 2005 and 2006 F1 champion has had a difficult decade. Still, he believes he has always made the right call given the situationFernando Alonso has so often presented a stern grimace for the past thre…

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Sebastian Vettel takes pole for resurgent Ferrari at F1’s Bahrain GP

• Vettel and Raikkonen lock out front of grid at Sakhir circuit• Lewis Hamilton fourth fastest but will start ninth after penaltySebastian Vettel qualified in pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix after a dominant performance for Ferrari, with his t…

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F1 teams give thumbs-up to cheaper, simpler and louder engines

• Liberty Media plans cost cap and balanced revenue distribution• Kimi Raikkonen tops second practice for Bahrain Grand PrixProposals for the future of Formula One including a cost cap and louder engines were received with general approval when present…

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Lewis Hamilton delays decision on F1 future until Liberty reveals plans

• World champion stalls on contract until hearing owner’s blueprint• ‘The cool thing is they’re looking into making it more of a spectacle’Lewis Hamilton says he is waiting for Formula One’s owner to reveal its plans before making any decision on conti…

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Expect Mercedes to step up in Bahrain and give F1 rivals a sterner test | Giles Richards

The misjudgments that hindered Lewis Hamilton in Melbourne are unlikely to be repeated in a Bahrain race that should tell us more about the credentials of Ferrari and Red BullIn Bahrain this weekend, Mercedes will be confident they have eradicated the …

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F1 2018: team-by-team guide to the cars and drivers for the season | Giles Richards

Lewis Hamilton is a strong favourite for a fifth title that would equal Juan Manuel Fangio but the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen could challengeCar F1-W09 Engine Mercedes Principal Toto Wolff Debut France 1954 GPs 168 Titles 4 2017 1…

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Red Bull’s Christian Horner: we’ve got F1’s most exciting driver pairing

In Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen the maverick team have a pair of drivers who showed at times last season that a return to the glory days of 2010-13 is not out of the questionFor all the teams bar one, the past four years of Formula One has prove…

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Daniel Ricciardo: ‘Being in the F1 title fight is the minimum I would ask’

The Red Bull driver has Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in his sights and says he has the tools to beat them in an even battleAlways suffused with conjecture and supposition, Formula One’s phoney war will end with the firing of engines in earnest a…

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FIA’s Jean Todt defends Halo F1 system from ‘childish’ Toto Wolff criticism

• Halo cockpit system has driver support says FIA president• Lewis Hamilton hopes to seal Mercedes deal before Australian GPThe president of the FIA, Jean Todt, has issued a robust defence of his organisation’s decision to impose the Halo cockpit prote…

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Mercedes confidence is an ominous sign after Barcelona F1 testing | Giles Richards

Mercedes look like being the team to beat again, while Ferrari and McLaren both have much work to doThe dominant force in F1 for the past four years, Mercedes appear to show no sign of relinquishing their stranglehold. Last year’s championship-winning …

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Jack Aitken’s fierce ambition makes Renault prodigy an F1 name to watch

The 22-year-old Londoner is Renault’s reserve driver for the 2018 F1 season but is waiting for his chance to seize a regular drive and confident he will get thereThere is an easy-going charm and good humour to Jack Aitken. An articulate, witty manner t…

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McLaren’s Zak Brown expects marked improvement with Renault engine

• Key opening test for MCL33 at Barcelona on Monday• Fernando Alonso looking for step forward after poor seasonAs Formula One prepares to take to the track for the first time in 2018 at the opening test in Barcelona on Monday, Zak Brown, the executive …