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Formula 1 2018

USA GP Result

Valtteri Bottas wins the USA GP his first on the Circuit of the Americas. Lewis Hamilton 2nd another 1-2 for Mercedes.

However, all the focus in on Hamilton who won his 6th World Championship title. He is now only one behind ALL-TIME winner Michael Schumacher, who has 7.

Bottas was on pole and never really looked like he was going to lose the win. He drove a mature and careful race helped by the tyre strategy from the team. He did have to chase down Hamilton towards the end of the race but with newer tyres this wasn't too difficult.

Lewis Hamilton had a different tyre strategy to Valtteri Bottas, and it looked like he could win but his tyres were going off in the last 10 laps which allowed Bottas to overtake. However, he still had to drive hard to ensure that Max Verstappen didn't catch him. Luck was on his side as well with waved yellows on turn 11 meaning no overtaking. This stopped Max and meant that Lewis finished a great 2nd place.

Lewis Hamilton said he was "flying super-high" after winning his sixth drivers' title and was struggling to come to terms with his achievement. "It's beyond surreal that my life journey has brought me to this point in winning the sixth title," he said. "I don't know how I am supposed to feel right now."

So now its on to Brazil!!! What a season !

Race Results are:-

1. Valtteri Bottas

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Max Verstappen

4. Charles LeClerc

5. Alexander Albon

6. Daniel Ricciardo

7. Lando Norris

8. Carlos Sainz Jnr

9. Nico Hulkenberg

10. Sergio Perez

11. Kimi Raikkonen

12. Daniil Kvyat

13. Lance Stroll

14. Antonio Giovinazzi

15. Romain Grosjean

16. Pierre Gasly

17. George Russell

18. Kevin Magnussen

NC. Robert Kubica

NC. Sebastian Vettel

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Mexico GP Result

Lewis Hamilton won the Mexican Grand Prix with a controlled drive in a tactical fight with Ferrari to move towards another world title.

Hamilton will gain his 6th championship at the US Grand Prix as long as he doesnt have a disaster at that race.

Mercedes had a great race with a one stop strategy, Ferrari however have to answer questions over theirs.

The Italian team twice gave up the lead, first with pole position winner Charles Leclerc, who was pitted out of first position after 15 laps to stick to a two-stop strategy decided before the race, and Vettel took his strategy into his own hands to decide to do the same when Hamilton made his stop.

Ferrari had the chance to pit on the next lap and retain the lead, but Vettel suggested they "leave him to it", a decision that meant they would stop later and try to come back at Hamilton at the end of the race on fresher tyres. Vettel had tyres that were 14 laps fresher than Hamilton's for the climax to the race, but the reigning champion was more than capable of holding the Ferrari back.

So its all down to the US GP in Austin to see if Hamilton can shut down the F1 season.

Race Results are:-

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Valtteri Bottas

4. Charles LeClerc

5. Alexander Albon

6. Max Verstappen

7. Sergio Perez

8. Daniel Ricciardo

9. Pierre Gasly

10. Nico Hulkenberg

11. Daniil Kvyat

12. Lance Stroll

13. Carlos Sainz Jnr

14. Antonio Giovinazzi

15. Kevin Magnussen

16. George Russell

17. Romain Grosjean

18. Robert Kubica

NC. Kimi Raikkonen

NC. Lando Norris

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Japanese GP Result

Valtteri Bottas wins the Japanese Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton third behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, securing a Formula 1 record sixth straight World Championship double for Mercedes.

The result sealed the constructors' title with four races to go and it breaks the record set by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari from 2000 to 2004, and confirms this Mercedes team as the greatest in F1 history. Briton Hamilton leads Bottas by 64 points and needs to be 78 clear of the Finn to win his sixth drivers' title at the next race in Mexico. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: "It has never been done before and that's why it feels great. "It's F1, it's motor racing. Is it historic? I don't know. There are more important things out there but for us it feels great."

Mercedes again benefited from a sequence of errors by Ferrari. It started with both Ferrari's locking out the front row but with a near "jump-start" by Vettel allowed Bottas to storm past and take the lead into the first corner.

Then LeClerc side-swipped Max Verstappen, that led ultimately to Verstappens retirement, and damaged his front wing. He didn't come in to get it replaced and caused serious concern as he continued to driver around Suzuka showering carbon fibre across the track. He finally completed the race in 6th position, demoted to 7th with 5 sec penalty.

One positive for Ferrari, if there is only one, is the straight line speed of their package. This is what held of Hamilton behind Vettel.

No matter what you think about the race this has so far been an exciting F1 season. The only remaining question is will Hamilton be Champion again or can his team mate Bottas catch him, as he is the only one who can. Hmmm we think it will most likely be Hamilton

Race Results are:-

1. Valtteri Bottas

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Alexander Albon

5. Carlos Sainz Jnr

6. Daniel Ricciardo

7. Charles LeClerc

8. Pierre Gasly

9. Sergio Perez

10. Nico Hulkenberg

11. Lance Stroll

12. Daniil Kvyat

13. Lando Norris

14. Kimi Raikkonen

15. Romain Grosjean

16. Antonio Giovinazzi

17. Kevin Magnussen

18. George Russell

19. Robert Kubica

NC. Max Verstappen

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Italian GP Result

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took another Formula 1 victory after holding off Valterri Botas's and Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes to win the Italian Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc's win is even more interesting in that it's the second time he has out driven Ferrari's No 1 Driver Vettel, to win a GP. Leclerc drove a mature and masterfull race holding off Lewis Hamilton or Valterri Botas.

Vettel in complete contrast drove in some respect like a beginner. After his spin through the Ascari chicane he seemed to come back onto the track without looking behind to see what other cars were coming. This meant he T-boned Lance Stroll. He seemed to have no explanation, but with his experience this should never have happened.

"Obviously I am not happy with it," he said. "I lost the rear and couldn't catch it. "I struggled a couple of times to get the car going. A couple of times I got the anti-stall and I struggled to get in the right direction as well so I couldn't see him. It was impossible to see the cars on the left. I was stuck also a bit on the kerb so that didn't help."

Some are questioning his desire the race in F1, his reply "No, not really, I haven't," he said. "I still love what I do but when you're not doing well when you know you can do well, you can't be happy."

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff advised against criticising Vettel too much. "Today is a bad race for him," Wolff said. "He had a spell of bad races. I'm just saying don't write him off because he is a four-time world champion and the difference between the great ones and the good ones is that the great ones are able to get up again. I have no doubt he can do that."

However, some might say there is little evidence of that at present

On another interesting spin Alonso is said to be looking for an F1 seat and has been talking to a number of teams. Will he be successful? watch this space!

Race Results are:-

1. Charles LeClerc

2. Valtteri Bottas

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Daniel Ricciardo

5. Nico Hulkenberg

6. Alexander Albon

7. Sergio Perez

8. Max Verstappen

9. Antonio Giovinazzi

10. Lando Norris

11. Pierre Gasly

12. Lance Stroll

13. Sebastian Vettel

14. George Russell

15. Kimi Raikkonen

16. Romain Grosjean

17. Robert Kubica

18. Kevin Magnussen

19. Daniil Kvyat

20. Carlos Sainz Jnr

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Belgian GP Result

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc finally took his maiden Formula 1 victory after holding off Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes to win the Belgian Grand Prix.

The 21-year-old has come close to wins twice before in his first season with Ferrari, his second in F1, but delivered under pressure at the classic Spa track. But he had to fight for it as Hamilton closed in to cross the line less than a second behind in a nail-biting finish. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was third, ahead of the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, who had a disappointing day - outclassed and out-paced by his team-mate. McLaren's Lando Norris suffered a bitter blow at the end. After a strong race in fifth place after starting 11th, he had a suspected engine failure on the final lap and dropped out of the points. That elevated Alexander Albon to fifth after a strong drive from 17th on the grid on his first outing for Red Bull. BBC Sport

Race Results are:-

1. Charles LeClerc

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Valtteri Bottas

4. Sebastian Vettel

5. Alexander Albon

6. Sergio Perez

7. Daniil Kvyat

8. Nico Hulkenberg

9. Pierre Gasly

10. Lance Stroll

11. Lando Norris

12. Kevin Magnussen

13. Romain Grosjean

14. Daniel Ricciardo

15. George Russell

16. Kimi Raikkonen

17. Robert Kubica

18. Antonio Giovinazzi

19. Carlos Sainz Jnr

20. Max Verstappen

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Hungarian GP Result

What a race!!! It looked like Max Verstappen had it all sewn up until Mercedes pulled the ultimate ACE, and brought Lewis Hamilton in for a quick change to the medium tyres with 20 laps to go. This left Red Bull with basically no option but to continue on hard until the end of the race. The tyres then started to go off with 9 laps to go and finally Hamilton overtook an ailing Verstappen to take the lead and eventually the race. Vertsappen came in after he was overtaken to take on new tyres to make sure he would finish in second place.

Hamilton chased and pushed Verstappen for pretty much all the race, putting him under intense pressure. This is exactly what the fans wanted to see.

It was a bold strategy by Mercedes with 20 laps to go but this time it paid off. What can we expect from Belgian? who knows! but whatever it is you can be certain Verstappen will want some form of pay back.

On to the Belgian GP 1st Sept 2019

Race Results are:-

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Max Verstappen

3. Sebastian Vettel

4. Charles LeClerc

5. Carlos Sainz Jnr

6. Pierre Gasly

7. Kimi Raikkonen

8. Valtteri Bottas

9. Lando Norris

10. Alexander Albon

11. Sergio Perez

12. Nico Hulkenberg

13. Kevin Magnussen

14. Daniel Ricciardo

15. Daniil Kvyat

16. George Russell

17. Lance Stroll

18. Antonio Giovinazzi

19. Robert Kubica

20. Romain Grosjean

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German GP Result

What a GP! Bad weather, spins and bad strategies gave us an interesting GP that was good to watch but not good for some teams, such as Mercedes or Alfa.

Max Verstappen wins with Vettel second, and Daniil Kvyat third.

Verstappen drove a flawless race throughtout all the bad weather and on track chaos. Red Bull made all the strategy calls correctly and Verstappen judged the conditions perfectly to take a well-deserved victory which made him look the class of the field - although even he had a big spin, one corner before the bend that took out Leclerc, Hulkenberg and Hamilton.

It was Lewis Hamiltons worst peformance in years, but it did leave his 2019 championship a couple of points more.

Who would have thought as Hamilton came into the pits for fresh tyres, Mercedes were about to embark on a series of errors so uncharacteristic for a team that had until then made everyone else in F1 look second rate this year?

On lap 20 Hamilton was in 12 place, then 5 laps later he spun on turn one and had to come into the pits. He then joined in last place. This should have been a great chance for Botas but he crashed at the same point! Then in a complete change Alfa were found to have made a technical infringement and both cars were removed from the points leaving Hamilton 9th!

On to the Hungarian GP in two weeks

Race Results are:-

1. Max Verstappen

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Daniil Kvyat

4. Lance Stroll

5. Carlos Sainz Jnr

6. Alexander Albon

7. Romain Grosjean

8. Kevin Magnussen

9. Lewis Hamilton

10. Robert Kubica

11. George Russell

12. Kimi Raikkonen

13. Antonio Giovinazzi

14. Pierre Gasly

15. Valtteri Bottas

16. Nico Hulkenberg

17. Charles LeClerc

18. Lando Norris

19. Daniel Ricciardo

20. Sergio Perez

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British GP Result

Lewis Hamilton wins a record 6th British GP at Silverstone. He is now the most successful British GP driver of all time, beating Jim Clark. He extends his lead to 39 points at the half way stage.

There was plenty of drama during the race, with Lewis Hamilton taking the lead after a safety car period which he never lost. Charles LeClerc and Max Verstappen had a "duel in the sun" for third place. However the fantastic driving from them was marred when Verstappen and Vettel clashed. Resulting in Vettel getting a 10 second penalty and 2 points on his Super License.

A great race, perhaps the best of the season lets see what comes next. However, the big question is Vettel and his continuous failure and errors. We wonder if Ferrari are beginning to ask questions about him, especially as his team mate LeClerc is doing much better. Watch this space!

On to the German GP in two weeks

Race Results are:-

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Valtteri Bottas

3. Charles LeClerc

4. Pierre Gasly

5. Max Verstappen

6. Carlos Sainz Jnr

7. Daniel Ricciardo

8. Kimi Raikkonen

9. Daniil Kvyat

10. Nico Hulkenberg

11. Lando Norris

12. Alexander Albon

13. Lance Stroll

14. George Russell

15. Sebastian Vettel

16. Robert Kubica

17. Sergio Perez

18. Antonio Giovinazzi

19. Romain Grosjean

20. Kevin Magnussen

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Austrian GP Result

Red Bull's Max Verstappen passed Charles Leclerc with two laps to go to win the Austrian Grand Prix. Albeit with controversy

The win was only confirmed three hours after the race finished following an investigation into whether Verstappen unfairly ran Leclerc off the track. Ferrari's Leclerc seemed in control of the race after Verstappen made a bad start to drop from second to seventh. But Red Bull pitted Verstappen 10 laps later than Leclerc and Verstappen fought up from fourth to take the win.

Leclerc had already fought off one pass by Verstappen on the previous lap, when the Red Bull got inside the Ferrari at turn three but Leclerc held on around the outside and out-accelerated him up to Turn Four. But on the next lap, with two to go, Verstappen again dived up the inside, and this time he ran Leclerc off the road on the exit. On the incident with Leclerc, he said: "It's hard racing or we have to stay home. If those things are not allowed in racing then we have to stay home." Leclerc said: "The race was good. At the end I had a bit more [tyre] degradation than I thought so Max came back. "On the incident, I will let the stewards decide. I was on the outside, like the lap before - which was perfectly fine, he left a car space - but he didn't on that lap and he pushed me wide so I didn't have the chance to fight back. It's a shame." After both drivers were called before the stewards, the FIA, after lengthy deliberation, confirmed the result would stand. A statement read: "In the totality of the circumstances, we did not consider that either driver was wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident. We consider that this is a racing incident."

Next Stop the British GP at Silverstone!

Race Results are:-

1. Max Verstappen

2. Charles LeClerc

3. Valtteri Bottas

4. Sebastian Vettel

5. Lewis Hamilton

6. Lando Norris

7. Pierre Gasly

8. Carlos Sainz Jnr

9. Kimi Raikkonen

10. Antonio Giovinazzi

11. Sergio Perez

12. Daniel Ricciardo

13. Nico Hulkenberg

14. Lance Stroll

15. Alexander Albon

16. Romain Grosjean

17. Daniil Kvyat

18. George Russell

19. Kevin Magnussen

20. Robert Kubica

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French GP Result

Another Win for Lewis Hamilton! Will he be caught in the 2019 title race? It seems his team mate is the only possible candidate but even he is dropping behind!

Lewis Hamilton led the race from the get go and continued under no pressure to win the French GP, ahead of Valterri Bottas who held off an attack from Charles LeClerc, with blistered typres causing him handling issues.

This win means Hamilton now leads his team mate by 39 points, a win and 5th place!

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari took fourth and fifth and the only minor irritation for Hamilton was that Vettel managed to steal the point for fastest lap, by virtue of a late pit stop for fresh soft tyres.

Sebastian Vettel commented, "Getting the Fastest lap was straight forward - it's not the first time we've seen it. It was quite tight at the end, we seemed to have a problem with charging the battery in the last lap, otherwise it should've been a straightforward race. "We know it's straightforward in terms of speed - we are fast on the straights and not so much in the corners. "This weekend, the biggest aim was to close the gap as much as possible and we failed. We have to understand why some of the bits we brought didn't work and hopefully we can try again and the track layout in Austria next week will go our way. "The track here is very hot, and the more grip you have, the more you can look after your tyres and that seems to be favouring Mercedes more than us."

Race Results are:-

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Valtteri Bottas

3. Charles LeClerc

4. Max Verstappen

5. Sebastian Vettel

6. Carlos Sainz Jnr

7. Kimi Raikkonen

8. Nico Hulkenberg

9. Lando Norris

10. Pierre Gasly

11. Daniel Ricciardo

12. Sergio Perez

13. Lance Stroll

14. Daniil Kvyat

15. Alexander Albon

16. Antonio Giovinazzi

17. Kevin Magnussen

18. Robert Kubica

19. George Russell

20. Romain Grosjean

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Canadian GP Result

Another Win for Lewis Hamilton! In a controversy filled race Hamilton beats Vettel and moves further ahead in the drivers championship.

Lewis Hamilton took his fifth victory in seven races this year - only after Sebastian Vettel, was handed a five-second penalty for dangerous driving.

Was Vettel "robbed", as he claimed? Was the penalty the biggest issue when Vettel ran wide at Turn Three, skipped over the grass and impeded Hamilton as he rejoined? These questions will reverberate in Formula 1 for some time to come, regardless of the outcome of the appeal Ferrari lodged on Sunday evening.

A number of F1 regulations apply to this sort of incident. One says: "Should a car leave the track the driver may re-join, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any lasting advantage." The question here being, did Vettel gain a lasting advantage by doing what he did? Another says: "Manoeuvres liable to hinder other drivers, such as deliberate crowding of a car beyond the edge of the track or any other abnormal change of direction, are strictly prohibited." And another: "It is not permitted to drive any car unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers at any time."

Vettel being Vettel threw another tantum! was it justified? opinions vary but according to the rules, above, he should have been penealised. Of course he will have his opinion and of course he raged over the radio "You need to be an absolute blind man to think you can go through the grass and then control the car. I was lucky I didn't hit the wall. Where the hell am I supposed to go? This is a wrong world I tell you. This is not fair." When told to calm down by the ferrari team boss he replied "I am not staying calm. This is not fair. It is not fair. I'm angry, and I have the right to be angry. I don't care what people say."

Hamilton said: "The Ferraris were really quick. I just had to put him under pressure and force a mistake because they were so quick on the back straight that even if I got close into Turn 10 he would just pull away. And he made a mistake. "Ultimately the rules say when you go off you have to come back on in a safe manner and I was alongside and I had to back off to avoid a collision and I guess that's why they made the decision." Asked whether he would have preferred to race on without Vettel receiving a penalty, Hamilton said: "If you try to force a guy into a wall, are you saying you shouldn't get a penalty for that? I was going to crash with him, so I had to brake. "I was just driving the normal line so I shouldn't have been in that position of being close to crashing. It was his responsibility to avoid that, but it ended up being mine. So because of that I lost a chance of passing. "I won. Of course I want to do it on the track. Even after I knew he had a penalty, I was pushing and thinking maybe I would get another chance. But I was just sliding around and he was too quick on the track." Later, after watching the incident again, he said: "I watched the replays. It was obviously very close. What I can say is, if I was in the lead and made a mistake and went wide, I would probably have done the same thing, because it happened so quick and you are just trying to hold your position. "I would have tried to squeeze him, too, and that is ultimately what happened. My opinion on that has not shifted. "If you did not have that rule, I would have kept it lit and we would have crashed. One way or another it was going to go badly."

Race Results are:-

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Charles LeClerc

4. Valtteri Bottas

5. Max Verstappen

6. Daniel Ricciardo

7. Nico Hulkenberg

8. Pierre Gasly

9. Lance Stroll

10. Daniil Kvyat

11. Carlos Sainz Jnr

12. Sergio Perez

13. Antonio Giovinazzi

14. Romain Grosjean

15. Kimi Raikkonen

16. George Russell

17. Kevin Magnussen

18. Robert Kubica

19. Alexander Albon

20. Lando Norris

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Monaco GP Race Result

Lewis Hamilton held off Max Verstappen, and survived a late collision with the Red Bull driver, to win a nail-biting Monaco Grand Prix. The world champion was left struggling with the tyres on his Mercedes after fitting softer rubber than the Dutchman at pit stops during an early safety-car period. Britain's Hamilton repeatedly complained that he was not going to be able to make the tyres last to the end but by careful management held on to take his fourth win of 2019.

Verstappen dropped from second on the road to fourth in the results because of a five-second penalty, promoting Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to second and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas to third.

There was some drama in the pits when Vertsappen was punish for an unsafe release, when all the leaders pitted on lap 12 when a safety car was deployed to clear debris laid down by Charles LeClerc's Ferrari.

Race Results are:-

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Valtteri Bottas

4. Max Verstappen

5. Pierre Gasly

6. Carlos Sainz Jnr

7. Daniil Kvyat

8. Alexander Albon

9. Daniel Ricciardo

10. Romain Grosjean

11. Lando Norris

12. Kevin Magnussen

13. Sergio Perez

14. Nico Hulkenberg

15. George Russell

16. Lance Stroll

17. Kimi Raikkonen

18. Robert Kubica

19. Antonio Giovinazzi

R. Charles LeClerc

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Monaco GP Practice

Lewis Hamilton out-raced Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes dominated second practice at the Monaco Grand Prix. Hamilton was just 0.081 seconds ahead of the Finn. Red Bull's Max Verstappen, second behind Hamilton in first practice, missed much of the second as a result of a water leak and ended up sixth. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third fastest - but a massive 0.763secs off the pace. Team-mate Charles Leclerc was 10th, struggling with car set-up.

Ferrari still having problems! Maybe they can sort it for the race.

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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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