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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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Mercedes rue missed Melbourne chance but Red Bull and McLaren have hope | Giles Richards

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen showed Red Bull can be a force while Fernando Alonso gave McLaren reason to be cheerfulThe Mercedes team will leave Australia ruing their failure to gain a season?opening victory that was there for the taking but the…

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Formula One: Lewis Hamilton claims pole position for Australian Grand Prix

Hamilton’s performance leaves rivals reelingKimi Raikkonen to be in second place on the gridLewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, with a dominant performance in Melbourne that left his rivals reeling as he and Mercedes pro…

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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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Grid penalties for new car components to be a thing of past after Monza’s near farce

Nine F1 drivers took penalties accruing 150 places at the Italian Grand Prix while Ferrari prepare for a dogfight against Mercedes – McLaren merely seek a solution

Long bemoaned by fans, the application of grid penalties for replacing power unit components and gearboxes reached almost farcical levels at Monza. Nine drivers took penalties accruing 150 places and changing the qualifying results to such an extent that Lewis Hamilton on pole and Romain Grosjean, who crashed in the first session, were the only drivers to have retained their original positions. Such was the scale of the movement, Kevin Magnussen, who was knocked out in Q1, found himself in the top 10.

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F1: Italian Grand Prix – live!

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There’s a serenity about Lewis Hamilton these days, which hasn’t always been in evidence. He treats setbacks with equanimity – well, relatively speaking and some of the time – seems to have twigged that a race is only a race – and generally seems pretty chuffed with existing.

This can only help his racing. He has all the speed, wit and daring that he’s always had, but perspective never did anyone any harm, and it particularly suits him. His performance in qualifying for this race was majestic, and though the weather forecast suggests that it will not rain, thus giving the rest a chance, he looks set to move back to the top of the drivers’ championship – any win will do it.

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‘I am a man of my word,’ says Lewis Hamilton after giving up podium place

• Sebastian Vettel eases to Hungarian Grand Prix victory in Ferrari one-two
• Hamilton hands third place to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas

The Hungarian Grand Prix could yet stand as one of the defining moments of the 2017 Formula One season.

Under the unyielding sun of a Budapest summer the two title protagonists, who have been equally unforgiving on track in a battle that has swayed gloriously between them, finally showed their hands as to how that fight would proceed in the second half of the season.

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Vettel on thin ice after Hamilton run-in while Ricciardo restores Red Bull fizz | Giles Richards

Vettel is on the brink of missing the British Grand Prix, Ricciardo and Verstappen are transforming Red Bull’s outlook and Stroll is proving his critics wrong

There was clear disappointment for Lewis Hamilton after his charge in Baku ended in him dropping a further two points to his title rival Sebastian Vettel but, moving on from it and the acrimonious exchanges between the pair, the British driver emerged looking the stronger and more rounded. It was the loose headrest that had actually cost him the win and he took it on the chin and did not apportion blame. “I know the team will be devastated about the issue with the headrest,” he said. “We all feel that pain but it’s on me to gather my thoughts and try and lead through this adversity.”

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Lewis Hamilton challenges Vettel to sort it ‘face to face’ after Baku ‘disgrace’

• War of words ensues after German rams Briton in Azerbaijan GP
• Ferrari driver hit with 10-second penalty for double collision

Lewis Hamilton has branded his Formula One world championship rival Sebastian Vettel a disgrace after the German deliberately drove into him at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Hamilton demanded that, if they are to clash, they should do so like “men” outside the car.

Hamilton’s Mercedes was leading the race in Baku and was behind the safety car just before the restart when Vettel’s Ferrari hit him from behind. An angry Vettel, believing Hamilton had braked deliberately and sparked the collision, then drew level and swerved into the side of the British driver’s car.

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Lewis Hamilton challenges Vettel to sort it ‘face to face’ after Baku ‘disgrace’

• War of words ensues after German rams Briton in Azerbaijan GP
• Ferrari driver hit with 10-second penalty for double collision

Lewis Hamilton has branded his Formula One world championship rival Sebastian Vettel a disgrace after the German deliberately drove into him at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Hamilton demanded that, if they are to clash, they should do so like “men” outside the car.

Hamilton’s Mercedes was leading the race in Baku and was behind the safety car just before the restart when Vettel’s Ferrari hit him from behind. An angry Vettel, believing Hamilton had braked deliberately and sparked the collision, then drew level and swerved into the side of the British driver’s car.

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Daniel Ricciardo wins in Baku after Hamilton and Vettel clash on track

• Vettel, who seemed to turn into Briton’s car, finishes fourth; Hamilton fifth
• Valtteri Bottas overtakes Lance Stroll just before finish to take second

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo took the flag at an incident-packed Azerbaijan Grand Prix but, as his team celebrated their first victory this season, attention was firmly focused on Lewis Hamilton and his championship rival Sebastian Vettel who clashed on the track.

What has been a friendly and respectful relationship between the two drivers this season may well have come to a rancorous conclusion as Vettel appeared to deliberately drive into Hamilton after the pair hit one another behind the safety car. Vettel’s Ferrari finished in fourth, ahead of Hamilton’s Mercedes in fifth, with Valtteri Bottas, who staged a remarkable recovery, chasing down Williams’ Lance Stroll at the very last to take second, although the Canadian claimed his first podium in third.

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F1: Spanish Grand Prix – live!

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Lap 21/66: It’s Hamilton, and he’s switched to medium tyres. Hamilton emerges eight seconds behind Vettel…

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Lap 20/66: “Rear tyres are the weak point” says Hamilton, as he goes sliding into the straight. Vettel is reporting the same issue on much newer tyres. A Mercedes is about to come in, but which one?

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Daniel Ricciardo: ‘If there is friction with Max at Red Bull, that’s part of the game

Amiable Australian knows he may have to be ruthless with teenage team-mate Max Verstappen if Red Bull are in with a shout of the F1 title this season

Daniel Ricciardo smiles – as he usually does – and accepts this season may be different from the last. In 2016, with his Red Bull fighting for scraps behind the dominant Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, there was harmony in his partnership with Max Verstappen, the team’s thrilling but raw new driver.

Now with a car that could prove far more competitive, the Australian driver is aware the fight between him and his team-mate, which starts on Sunday at his home grand prix, could turn the atmosphere within Red Bull a good deal more ruthless.

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Daniel Ricciardo rules out joining Mercedes next Formula One season

  • Australian to stay put as Mercedes seek Nico Rosberg replacement
  • Ricciardo will see out the remainder of his two years with Red Bull

Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo has ruled out filling the “damn good” seat at Mercedes next season, saying he is committed to Red Bull for the next two years.

Mercedes are on the lookout for a new driver to team with Lewis Hamilton following the shock retirement of world champion Nico Rosberg and the team were rumoured to be interested in luring Ricciardo their way, but the 27-year-old says he’s staying put at Red Bull.

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F1 2016: from Rosberg and Verstappen to Ferrari, the season’s best and worst | Paul Weaver

Mercedes dominated the season with 19 wins from 21 races, while Max Verstappen and Jolyon Palmer enjoyed breakthrough years. Rio Haryanto, less so

In terms of extracting the most from himself, Nico Rosberg. No driver worked harder than the champion in 2016, both with his team and with himself –changing his diet, his sleeping patterns, his gloves, turning his mobile phone off for two weeks and emptying his mind of all distractions. Daniel Ricciardo was also superb and consistent. Everyone knows that Lewis Hamilton is the best driver out there. But apart from those technical issues he failed to always get the best from himself, was way off form in Singapore and took a long time to get over his issue with bad starts.

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Christian Horner bullish about rise of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo

With Red Bull having secured second place before the final F1 race, Horner expects his pair to close the gap on Mercedes next season

Christian Horner is one of the few people in these parts not preoccupied by Sunday’s title tussle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Instead, the Red Bull principal wants to celebrate the performances of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo this season, and few could blame him: Ricciardo will finish third in the drivers’ championship and the sensational Verstappen, who wowed everyone in the last race in Brazil, could be fourth.

Horner says he has never seen a driver as good as Verstappen at his age. “He surprises us continually,” he said. “From his first race in the car to his performance in the last race in Brazil, he’s been absolutely fantastic.

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Hamilton’s troubles continue as Rosberg wins Japanese F1 Grand Prix

  • Nico Rosberg leads from start to finish as Mercedes’ driver extends lead
  • Lewis Hamilton recovers from horror start to limit championship losses

There was no happy ending for Lewis Hamilton’s troubled weekend in Suzuka. He lost out once again to teammate Nico Rosberg, who won Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix to extend his lead over the world champion to 33 points with four races to go.

It was Rosberg’s ninth victory of the season as he closes in on his first Formula One world championship and Hamilton had to be content with third place behind Max Verstappen.

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Hamilton’s troubles continue as Rosberg wins Japanese F1 Grand Prix

  • Nico Rosberg leads from start to finish as Mercedes’ driver extends lead
  • Lewis Hamilton recovers from horror start to limit championship losses

There was no happy ending for Lewis Hamilton’s troubled weekend in Suzuka. He lost out once again to teammate Nico Rosberg, who won Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix to extend his lead over the world champion to 33 points with four races to go.

It was Rosberg’s ninth victory of the season as he closes in on his first Formula One world championship and Hamilton had to be content with third place behind Max Verstappen.

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Daniel Ricciardo wins Malaysian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton’s engine blows

• Red Bull take rare one-two as Max Verstappen finishes second
• Nico Rosberg fights his way to third for 23-point championship lead

Lewis Hamilton’s world championship hopes went up in flames at the Sepang International Circuit on Sunday. The world champion was closing in on a well-deserved victory after totally dominating the weekend in Kuala Lumpur – and the win would have seen him regain his lead in the race for the Formula One title.

But then fire burst out of the back of his Mercedes on the 41st of the 56 laps and he had to retire. “No! No! No!” he screamed in frustration as he pulled off the track. Then he held his head in his hands. On the pit-wall Toto Wolff, the team’s head of motor sport, did exactly the same thing.

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Nico Rosberg wins F1 Singapore Grand Prix to lead F1 world championship

• German’s eighth win of season takes him ahead of Lewis Hamilton
• Daniel Ricciardo finishes second with Hamilton third

Nico Rosberg took the win at the Singapore Grand Prix and in doing so took a palpable step forward in his attempt to win his first Formula One world championship, as he turned the tables on his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, who could only finish in third. Rosberg drove an on-rails race that turned into tense finale as a charging Daniel Ricciardo on fresh rubber chased him down but did not quite have enough to convert second place into the lead.

Related: F1: Singapore Grand Prix – live!

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