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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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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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F1: Italian Grand Prix – live!

11.29am BST

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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F1: Hungarian Grand Prix – live!

12.43pm BST

F1 managing director Ross Brawn is enjoying the sunshine on the grid, and he’s excited for this grand prix. “Ferrari have come back again here – [their form] is circuit dependent I think, because I understand there’s no great change to cars. It doesn’t look like Mercedes had a great qualifying but what’s great is we don’t know who’s going to win.”

12.39pm BST

Sky Sports’ F1 team are depleted today. Martin Brundle is in Belgium I hear while Paul di Resta has stepped up to replace the unwell Felipe Massa for Williams. Quite a switch from commentary box to cockpit. In Brundle’s stead, Ted Kravitz will take on The Grid Walk.

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Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen claim Ferrari front row at Hungarian GP

• Vettel takes pole position ahead of team-mate Raikkonen in Budapest
• Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton can only manage fourth on the grid

Sebastian Vettel headed a Ferrari one-two for the Hungarian Grand Prix, putting in a fine lap to take pole in front of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying. The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was in third but Lewis Hamilton could manage only fourth on the grid, his attempt to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 68 pole positions denied after he could not quite find the balance of the car he was happy with.

This is Vettel’s second pole position of the season, having taken the top spot in Russia and it is the third time he has claimed pole in Hungary, having done so twice before for Red Bull in 2010 and 2011. The German’s 48th career pole is Ferrari’s third this year after Raikkonen also took pole in Monaco and while the Scuderia are still generally behind Mercedes over the single lap discipline, they have proved that they can take advantage on tracks where power is not such a prominent factor.

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F1: Spanish Grand Prix – live!

1.34pm BST

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

1.33pm BST

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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Valtteri Bottas stuns Vettel and Hamilton to win F1’s Russian GP

• Finn claims first chequered flag in 80th GP, fourth race for Mercedes
• Sebastian Vettel second, Kimi Raikkonen third, Lewis Hamilton fourth

Valtteri Bottas claimed his first Formula One victory, taking the flag at the Russian Grand Prix after a tense final few laps as he was chased down by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished in second. Kimi Raikkonen took the final podium place with Lewis Hamilton able to claim only fourth, struggling with the temperature and performance of his car in Sochi.

Related: F1: Russian Grand Prix – live!

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Lewis Hamilton admits he ‘just wasn’t quick enough’ after Vettel takes pole

• World champion back in fourth after Ferrari seal front row lockout
• ‘I’ve been struggling in the last sector … it’s been tough to utilise the tyres’

Lewis Hamilton admitted that he did not have the pace to match his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel after the German and his team brought Mercedes’ dominance in qualifying to an end with a front row lockout for the Russian Grand Prix, their first since the 2008 race in France. The performance demonstrated definitively the resurgence of the Scuderia that has ignited the new Formula One season.

Related: Sebastian Vettel takes pole for F1’s Russian GP in Ferrari lockout

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F1: Nico Rosberg pips Lewis Hamilton to Japanese Grand Prix pole

  • Mercedes teammates go one-two as German claims 30th career pole
  • Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to start third on grid with Sebastian Vettel 7th

Lewis Hamilton continued to be second best to his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg here on Saturday as he won pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix.

It was the third time in a row that he had won pole here – though Hamilton won the race in 2014 and 2015. But this time it was so close, with Rosberg edging home by just 0.013s ahead of his great rival.

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Daniel Ricciardo rules out Ferrari move and commits F1 future to Red Bull

• Australian extends contract to end of 2018 season
• Reports suggested Ricciardo may replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has conclusively ruled out any move to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari in the near future after recent speculation that he could be switching to join his former team-mate Sebastian Vettel at the Scuderia. Ricciardo has confirmed he is signed to Red Bull until the end of the 2018 season and that he will be racing for the team next year, confident that under the new regulations in 2017 they will be able to challenge at the front.

Related: F1 team bonus payments could be more equal, says Bernie Ecclestone

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Five things we learned from Lewis Hamilton’s Canadian Grand Prix success

Max Verstappen has put Monaco behind him, Hamilton’s relationship with Nico Rosberg has not improved but he is on good terms with Sebastian Vettel

Monaco could not have been much worse for Max Verstappen, he finished in the wall three times in Monte Carlo, the third, in the race, ending his afternoon. Worse still that final crash was virtually identical to his first, suggesting he was failing to learn from his mistakes. It had been a sobering weekend after the elation of a debut F1 win in the previous round in Spain, and in Montreal the Mercedes’ executive director, Toto Wolff, stirred things further. “Max Verstappen acts more like a teenager. In the car he’s extremely good but, when you interact with him, he’s a kid,” he said. Already doubtless banned from a night on the cider, hanging around outside the chippy trying to impress girls with the moves on his BMX after Monaco, this will have stung. His reaction was a drive of exceptional maturity to hold off the charging Nico Rosberg at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Verstappen defended fourth from Rosberg for several laps toward the end of the race with all the skill of a seasoned pro and was so successful that eventually a frustrated Rosberg was forced into a spin. “Monaco was a tough weekend for him,” said Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner. “But the way he has bounced back here, the confidence he has had, throwing the car around, was great. It was a pretty mature drive for somebody that Mr Wolff said was not quite as mature as he thought. He looked pretty mature to me when he was fending off his very experienced driver.”

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F1 Spanish Grand Prix: five things we learned from Barcelona

Max Verstappen on course to be one of the greats, Kimi Raikkonen motoring and motivated for new Ferrari deal while financially troubled Sauber show spirit

We already knew Max Verstappen was precociously good – now we know he’s going to be one of the greats. He was faster than his vastly more experienced team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for most of qualifying and then won on his Red Bull debut to show everyone that the Milton Keynes-based team are back in business. He has looked totally at ease from the moment he stepped up from the junior Toro Rosso team earlier this month. Now we know why he was fast-tracked straight from Formula Three.To be a Formula One race winner at 18 is incredible. It also means that, starting so young, all the records could fall to him. He could still be driving in 20 years.

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Rising Ferrari offer growing threat to Mercedes’ relentless F1 hegemony

Despite a disappointing start to the season and not having won the Shanghai Grand Prix since 2013, through Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen the Scuderia look a team capable of denting Mercedes’ dominance

There has been something approaching serenity in Mercedes’ comfortable dominance of the start of the Formula One season, Lewis Hamilton’s problems notwithstanding. But there is a red sandstorm beginning to blow up as the threat from Ferrari grows by the day.

It has been a disappointing start to the season for the Scuderia. Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish in the opening race in Melbourne last month, because of a problem with his turbo charger, and engine failure struck Sebastian Vettel when he was on his warm-up lap in the next race in Bahrain. Then, on Saturday, the warmth of the previous days disappeared, which did not suit Ferrari in qualifying – Raikkonen was still third, just ahead of Vettel, but both drivers made mistakes on the final lap.

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Jean Todt clashes with Bernie Ecclestone over F1 engine

• FIA president Todt wants Ecclestone to keep grievances private
• Todt wants evening grands prix ‘so people can go to the beach’

Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt, two of the biggest names in Formula One, have clashed over the former’s criticism of the sport’s 1.6-litre V6 power unit.

Ecclestone, the chief executive of the Formula One Group, described the engine introduced last year as “a shitty product”. But Todt, the president of the ruling body, the FIA, says: “If he has some complaints, which may be right, it’s something we should address internally and not make it public. All the credit and money he has got, he deserves it, but I would hope he will be more positive about the product [in the future].”

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Formula One: Five things we learned at the Austrian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg has been as good as his word, Toto Wolff makes case for younger generation, Nico Hulkenberg posts another reminder and Kimi Raikkonen’s race looks almost run

1. Nico Rosberg has sharpened up his racing skills, as he promised. The German regularly beat Lewis Hamilton in qualifying last year but said he had to become stronger in race days. This year Hamilton has beaten Rosberg 7-1 in qualifying, and still has the edge when it comes to wheel-to-wheel action. But Rosberg is now clearly a more committed adversary on Sunday afternoon and he surprised the world champion in Austria by jumping him just after the start.

2. It is peak season for trashing Formula One with the most critical voices being the sport’s CEO Bernie Ecclestone and a list of highly-regarded drivers. But in Austria the sport showed signs that it was ready to fight back. The crowd at Spielberg on Sunday was only 57% of last year’s attendance but it should be remembered that in 2014 it was a holiday weekend. And in the Mercedes motorhome an hour before the race Toto Wolff, the team’s motorsport director, made an impassioned defence of his sport, telling us all that despite some of what the old drivers are saying, the modern cars are still very difficult to drive. Other teams, frightened of losing more sponsorship, are also in punchy mood.

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Kimi Raikkonen fumes at Ferrari team for qualifying blunder at Austrian GP

• Raikkonen set to start in 14th after being knocked out in first session
• Ferrari driver claims he was given wrong information by his team

Kimi Raikkonen blamed a lack of communication for his early exit from qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver was knocked out in the first session at the Red Bull Ring having been caught out in preparing for a final quick lap. He vented his frustration over the radio when he was informed he had dropped out, said: “How the fuck did that happen?”

Related: Lewis Hamilton takes pole at Austrian Grand Prix ahead of Nico Rosberg

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Lewis Hamilton comfortable with Mercedes amid Ferrari speculation

• Hamilton: ‘I feel more comfortable than I did in last year’s car’
• Ferrari deny discussions with driver, whose contract ends this year
• F1: five things we learned from the Bahrain Grand Prix

As Formula One completes its opening flyaway rounds and enters a short break before the next race in Barcelona on 10 May, Lewis Hamilton – who has won three of the four races thus far – believes his car has even greater potential than last year, when he won the world championship for the second time.

Yet even with such machinery beneath him it has not stopped speculation about a move to Ferrari, who have responded by denying there have been any discussions.

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Lewis Hamilton comfortable with Mercedes amid Ferrari speculation

• Hamilton: ‘I feel more comfortable than I did in last year’s car’
• Ferrari deny discussions with driver, whose contract ends this year
• F1: five things we learned from the Bahrain Grand Prix

As Formula One completes its opening flyaway rounds and enters a short break before the next race in Barcelona on 10 May, Lewis Hamilton – who has won three of the four races thus far – believes his car has even greater potential than last year, when he won the world championship for the second time.

Yet even with such machinery beneath him it has not stopped speculation about a move to Ferrari, who have responded by denying there have been any discussions.

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F1: five things we learned from the Bahrain Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg needs to up his game with Kimi Raikkonen showing – like Sebastian Vettel – he’s in no mood to settle for third places this season, while Bernie Ecclestone needs to retain Monza on the F1 calendar
• Hamilton cruises to victory to extend drivers’ championship lead
• Ferrari deny plans to sign Hamilton in place of Raikkonen

Nico Rosberg badly needs to take the fight to team-mate Lewis Hamilton. But he needs to do it on the track to reach a position of strength in their psychological battle having been left behind in that regard after his accusations of selfishness at the Chinese Grand Prix. Most importantly he needs to start this process with qualifying. He has been outqualified by Hamilton at every race this season and, more significantly, twice by Sebastian Vettel. He admitted he made a misjudgment in Bahrain, not doing a hot sighting lap as Hamilton did in Q2 and then could not push on used tyres in his first run in Q3. Having his nose ahead on the grid must be the first step in forcing Hamilton to come at him rather than vice versa.

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