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Formula 1 2018

Spanish GP Race Results

Lewis Hamilton led Valtteri Bottas to yet another Mercedes one-two after dominating the Spanish Grand Prix. The world champion, who started second, passed Bottas into the first corner and eased away to an ultimately comfortable win, despite a late safety car. Ferrari used team tactics, yet again, but lost out to Red Bull's Max Verstappen for third. Poor performance for the Italian team on a weekend they hoped would make a step forward only emphasised the fact that Mercedes are in a league of their own this year. The championship fight is already seems to be one between Hamilton and Bottas.

Race Results are:-

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Valtteri Bottas

3. Max Verstappen

4. Sebastian Vettel

5. Charles LeClerc

6. Pierre Gasly

7. Kevin Magnussen

8. Carlos Sainz Jnr

9. Daniil Kvyat

10. Romain Grosjean

11. Alexander Albon

12. Daniel Ricciardo

13. Nico Hulkenberg

14. Kimi Raikkonen

15. Sergio Perez

16. Antonio Giovinazzi

17. George Russell

19. Robert Kubica

R. Lance Stroll

R. Lando Norris

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Azerbaijan ( Baku ) GP Race Results

Well its another 1-2 for Mercedes and they now are 4 straight 1-2's starting this year season, and a record! Valterri Bottas wins with Lewis Hamilton in second. Good to see at least Mercedes allow their driver to compete with no team orders. Bottas leads Hamilton in the drivers championship by just 1 point at this stage of the season. Still a long way to go!

What are Ferrari doing! Still making bad strategic decisions and at the moment do not seem to be any threat to Mercedes. As Vettel says: "We have the tools, we just need to put the package together. I don't think our car is slow. The Mercedes is very fast but it seems easier for them to click, us a bit more difficult." it seems to us what he is saying is the drivers are lacking and so is the teams strategic thinking. Unless they get their act together they will not be any threat to Mercedes this year which will be a shame as it makes the season quite boring, with only one real player in the championship(s)

Race Results are:-

1. Valtteri Bottas

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Max Verstappen

5. Charles LeClerc

5. Sergio Perez

7. Carlos Sainz Jnr

8. Lando Norris

9. Lance Stroll

10. Kimi Raikkonen

11. Alexander Albon

12. Antonio Giovinazzi

13. Kevin Magnussen

14. Nico Hulkenberg

15. George Russell

16. Robert Kubica

R. Pierre Gasly

R. Romain Grosjean

R. Daniil Kvyat

R. Daniel Ricciardo

Azerbaijan ( Baku ) GP

Azerbaijan gives us a promise of thrills and spills at the fastest street circuit on the calendar. but the mixture of tight corners among Baku's medieval city walls plus an exceptionally long straight through the boulevard along the Caspian Sea gives the circuit all the potential for drama.

Honda will have its first engine upgrade of 2019 for Red Bull and Toro Rosso at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Technical director Toyoharu Tanabe said a reason for its early introduction had been the finding of a "quality control issue" with the previous engine. This led to Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat retiring at the last race in China. Tanabe said the "spec two" engine's main benefit was "improved durability and better reliability" but also with a "slight improvement in performance". The upgrade could boost Red Bull's hopes of challenging for a win at the Baku street circuit, which includes what is effectively the longest straight on the calendar. However, it is also likely to mean grid penalties for both Red Bull teams later in the season.

Ferrari say they need better performance in Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Mercedes have scored one-twos in all three races and Sebastian Vettel is 31 points behind Lewis Hamilton. There has also been controversy over use of team orders to favour Vettel. "Off the back of three races that definitely didn't go the way we wanted, this is another important moment for us," team boss Mattia Binotto said. "We have prepared for it very well, analysing all the data we have acquired up until now, looking at areas where we can improve and working on adapting the car's set-up and the power unit management to the characteristics of the track." He added that Ferrari were introducing "a few updates as the first step in the development" of their car. Ferrari were outpaced by Mercedes at the races in Australia and China but had a performance advantage at the second race in Bahrain. The expectation is that the Baku street track may suit Ferrari's car more than China's Shanghai circuit.

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Chinese GP Race Results

Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory in the Chinese Grand Prix, the 1000th GP, to hold the championship lead for the first time in 2019.

Lewis Hamilton overtook his team mate Valterri Bottas off the line and controlled the race from the front.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took third, after the team ordered team-mate Charles Leclerc to let him by in the opening laps. The decision led to Leclerc losing fourth place to Max Verstappen's Red Bull. And Ferrari's young driver - in his third race for the team - questioned the decision over team radio, saying: "But I'm pulling away." Ferrari will face questions about the wisdom of their approach to the race - and to team orders in general.

It was Hamilton's 75th career victory, and it came on a weekend on which he had struggled throughout practice but pulled a lap out of the bag to grab a front-row spot, which proved the foundation for his win.

Race Results are:-

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Valtteri Bottas

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Max Verstappen

5. Charles LeClerc

6. Pierre Gasly

7. Daniel Ricciardo

8. Sergio Perez

9. Kimi Raikkonen

10. Alexander Albon

11. Romain Grosjean

12. Lance Stroll

13. Kevin Magnussen

14. Carlos Sainz Jnr

15. Antonio Giovinazzi

16. George Russell

17. Robert Kubica

R. Lando Norris

R. Daniil Kvyat

R. Nico Hulkenberg

Chinese GP Qualifying

Valtteri Bottas fended off team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a tight battle for pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix as Mercedes out-paced Ferrari.

Valterri Botas was the quickest but Lewis Hanilton closed the gap to just 0.023 seconds as he found the performance from his car.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third 0.301 seconds off the pace with Carles Leclerc just 0.017 seconds behind him.

So its a Mecredes front row follwed by Ferrari, the the Red bulls of Verstappen and Gasly.

Chinese GP Practice

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas headed Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by just 0.027 seconds in second practice at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen's Red Bull was third fastest, 0.221secs off the pace despite running wide at the final corner. Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes was fourth, 0.707secs off, while Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren's Carlos Sainz made it five teams in the top six.

Leclerc split the McLarens, with British rookie Lando Norris eighth, ahead of Renault's Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull's Pierre Gasly.

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Bahrain GP

Hamilton wins Bahrain GP!!!

Lewis Hamilton wins the Bahrain GP after Vettel spins out and Leclerc has engine problems after leading the GP and with a real chance of winning for Ferrari

In the green room after the Bahrain Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton turned to Charles Leclerc, from whom the world champion had inherited victory when the Ferrari driver suffered an engine problem in the closing laps. "You drove great this weekend, man," Hamilton said. "You really drove fantastic. You've got a long old future ahead of you. I know it sucks in this moment but you've got a long, long way to go."

Leclerc finished 3rd behind Hamilton and Bottas BUT really should have been the winner, but for a gruel bit of motorsport luck. His engineer radioed him regarding the MGU-H a key part of the engines hybrid system. The only real error he made during the race was at thw start! other than that he drove a faultless race. He is a great talent and will surely drive to wins in his career.

Leclerc completely outshone Vettel who spun whilst fighting with Hamilton for position. Something Vettel needs to do is calm down and drive within himself, as he can surely do, then wins will come given the performance of the car package he now has at Ferrari.

Race Results are:-

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Valtteri Bottas

3. Charles LeClerc

4. Max Verstappen

5. Sebastian Vettel

6. Lando Norris

7. Kimi Raikkonen

8. Pierre Gasly

9. Alexander Albon

10. Sergio Perez

11. Antonio Giovinazzi

12. Daniil Kvyat

13. Kevin Magnussen

14. Lance Stroll

15. George Russell

16. Robert Kubica

R. Nico Hulkenberg

R. Daniel Ricciardo

R. Carlos Sainz Jnr

R. Romain Grosjean

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Australian GP

Valtteri Bottas wins Australia GP!!!

Valtteri Bottas dominated the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after overtaking world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The Finn took the lead at the start from Hamilton, who made a slow getaway from pole position, and even took the new bonus point for the fastest lap. Hamilton was left far behind, and had to concentrate on holding off Red Bull's Max Verstappen for second place. Verstappen passed Sebastian Vettel for third on a sobering day for Ferrari. "Why are we so slow?" Vettel asked his team at two-thirds distance. "We don't know at the moment," came the reply. It was an exchange that summed up Ferrari's entire weekend.

Mercedes came to Melbourne thinking they were at best level with Ferrari on pace - and could be as much as half a second a lap behind. But they dominated the weekend from the off, while Ferrari struggled, and were lost for answers as to why.

Bottas made a clean sweep of the race and was comfortably able to grab the extra point that has been introduced this year for the driver who sets the fastest lap, underlining his performance by fending off Hamilton's own attempt to snatch the point.

Race Results are:-

1. Valtteri Bottas

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Max Verstappen

4. Sebastian Vettel

5. Charles LeClerc

6. Kevin Magnussen

7. Nico Hulkenberg

8. Kimi Raikkonen

9. Lance Stroll

10. Daniil Kvyat

11. Pierre Gasly

12. Lando Norris

13. Sergio Perez

14. Alexander Albon

15. Antonio Giovinazzi

16. George Russell

17. Robert Kubica

18. Romain Grosjean

19. Daniel Ricciardo

20. Carlos Sainz Jnr

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Formula 1 2019 News

Lewis Hamilton top in Australia practice

Lewis Hamilton headed a Mercedes one-two in second practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas by 0.048 seconds but the two were 0.8secs clear of the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly. Ferrari, who appeared to have the quickest car in pre-season testing, were fourth with Sebastian Vettel. The suspicion is that the Italian team were hiding their true pace before qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

Vettel was 0.8secs slower than the Mercedes on both short, qualifying-style runs and longer race-style runs, which is completely contradictory to their form in testing, when all their rivals felt Ferrari were ahead.

Vettel on the fastest 'soft' tyre was only very slightly faster than team-mate Charles Leclerc on the slowest 'hard'. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth quickest - just 0.099secs behind his former Ferrari team-mate Vettel. That margin added to the suspicion that Ferrari might have been playing games because the margin between Vettel and Raikkonen was smaller than it was on average between them when they were team-mates. So for Raikkonen to be that close in a car that will undoubtedly be slower only emphasised the point that Ferrari can find plenty more time.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo were seventh and eighth, closely matched after the Australian had a tricky day with a number of delays, first due to a technical problem and then the need to adjust his seat to reduce discomfort in the car. Leclerc was only ninth fastest, ahead of the Haas of Romain Grosjean. British novice Lando Norris was 18th fastest in his McLaren, 0.6secs and four places behind team-mate Carlos Sainz. For Williams, it looks like being a long season. British rookie George Russell and team-mate Robert Kubica, returning after eight years away following the rally crash that left him with life-changing injuries, were 19th and 20th. Russell was 0.2secs ahead of the Pole - but they were nearly two seconds slower than Norris. The other rookie, British-born Thai Alexander Albon, had a difficult first day. He crashed lightly in the first session, went off track twice in the second, and ended the day 0.7secs slower than team-mate Daniil Kvyat, who was 11th with Albon 17th.

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Formula 1 2019 News

Formula 1 starts this weekend with the Australian GP, in Melbourne

Formula 1 is set to change its scoring system this year by giving a point to the driver who sets the fastest lap in a grand prix. The move is part of a bid to make F1 more appealing and increase audiences. Bosses of F1 discussed the idea after fan surveys threw it up as one of many proposals that might add extra interest to races. It is expected to be officially confirmed before the season-opening race in Australia next weekend.

The move has been approved by the FIA's world motor sport council (WMSC), a key legislative body, but still needs to be signed off by two further bodies - the strategy group of leading teams, F1 and FIA, and the F1 Commission, a body on which the FIA, teams, sponsors and circuits have representation. The driver with the fastest lap will only be awarded the point if he also finishes in the top 10. Approval is expected to be a formality, especially as the idea was initially discussed by the strategy group and approved before going to the WMSC. It will be the first time a point has been awarded for the fastest lap since the first decade of the F1 World Championship between 1950-59. The feeling is that the change might add extra interest towards the end of a race, when the action can tend to die down following the conclusion of all the pit stops.

Bosses accept there could be negatives to the idea - such as a championship being decided by a fastest-lap point, or a title contender's team-mate, who is not in championship contention, setting a fastest lap to disadvantage a rival from another team. But the feeling was that all teams and drivers would be aware of this issue and any of them could choose to take action. The idea was one of many that were put to fans in surveys conducted by F1 last year. The feedback was that it was an idea worth discussing and F1's senior stakeholders concluded it should be adopted.

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