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Wolff, Lauda renew deals at F1 champion Mercedes

BRACKLEY, England (AP) Two leading officials at Formula One team Mercedes have signed new contracts through 2020, concluding a busy offseason of activity at the world champions. Mercedes announced Monday that Toto Wolff, the head of motorsport, and Niki Lauda, the non-executive chairman, have renewed their deals. Wolff joined Mercedes from Williams in February 2013 and owns 30...
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February 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Hamilton thrilled with feel of new Mercedes F1 car

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) Lewis Hamilton was back on the track, testing out his new Mercedes car for the upcoming Formula One season. His verdict: ''It felt incredible.'' ''Yesterday was the first time seeing the car come together,'' said the 32-year-old Hamilton, who drove at Silverstone, ''it's the most detailed piece of machinery I've seen so far in Formula One.'' Hamilton...
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February 23, 2017  |  Discuss

Hamilton ready to get back on track with new Mercedes F1 car

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) With a new car beneath him and his biggest rival in retirement, Lewis Hamilton is ready to get back on the track. Hamilton, speaking at the launch of the new Mercedes car on Thursday, said the experience of losing to teammate Nico Rosberg last season has made him better. ''I feel I am stronger. I feel more complete as a driver,'' the 32-year-old Hamilton...
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February 23, 2017  |  Discuss

McLaren goes back to its roots to launch new era in F1

WOKING, England (AP) McLaren has gone back to its roots to launch a new era in Formula One. The British team unveiled its car for the season on Friday: The MCL32, in distinctive orange and black. Orange was the color of choice for founder Bruce McLaren in the 1960s. The team's first victory in F1 came in an orange car in 1968. Sponsorship deals meant McLaren's cars were red...
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February 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Alonso's McLaren struggles on first day of F1 tests

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) Troubled Formula One team McLaren has gotten off to a wretched start in preseason testing. Fernando Alonso spent most of the first day waiting to get back out of the garage after his car broke down following just one lap at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Monday. What the team identified as an ''oil system'' malfunction to its Honda-made engine kept...
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February 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Hamilton fastest midway through Day 2 of F1 testing

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton recorded the fastest time and the most laps through Tuesday's morning session of preseason testing. Hamilton's lap of 1 minute, 20.983 seconds was 0.782 seconds faster than the leading time he set during the opening day of Formula One testing at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya on Monday. As expected from the new regulations...
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February 28, 2017  |  Discuss

Ferrari challenges Mercedes on 2nd day of F1 preseason

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) Kimi Raikkonen edged Lewis Hamilton for the fastest time in preseason testing on Tuesday, a sign that Formula One could be regaining its competitive edge. Raikkonen pushed his Ferrari through a flying lap of 1 minute, 20.960 seconds on Day 2 of tests at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya. While the Finn barely beat Hamilton's earlier effort by a scant 0.023 seconds...
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February 28, 2017  |  Discuss

With Rosberg watching, Bottas sets fastest time in testing

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) With retired champion Nico Rosberg watching from the pits on Wednesday, Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time since layout changes were made at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya a decade ago. The display in preseason testing made another clear statement about Mercedes' potential in Formula One this season. Bottas, who replaced Rosberg after his surprise departure...
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March 01, 2017  |  Discuss

Back at the track, retired Rosberg shows no signs of regret

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Retired Formula One champion Nico Rosberg seemed to have a good time, and no regrets, on Wednesday at the track. Rosberg, who walked away from the series five days after winning the title with Mercedes last year, was at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya for the third day of preseason testing. ''For me it was cool because there was not one single moment where...
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March 01, 2017  |  Discuss

F1 drivers happy with the hurt dished out by faster cars

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Battered and bruised, Lewis Hamilton loves the punishment he is receiving from his more physically demanding Mercedes. Because if some extra soreness is the price for increased speed, then Hamilton and Formula One's other drivers say they are more than happy to pay it. ''I'm finding the car is much more physical to drive than in the past,'' Hamilton said...
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March 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Massa fastest as F1 preseason testing resumes in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Williams recovered from last week's problems and Felipe Massa set the fastest time in Formula One preseason testing on Tuesday. Massa had a time of 1 minute, 19.726 seconds as the cars returned to the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya for the final four days of testing before the 2017 season begins. Massa's lap was just a tad slower than Valtteri Bottas' fastest...
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March 07, 2017  |  Discuss

Bottas ahead again in F1 testing; Massa close behind

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time so far in Formula One's preseason testing, with Williams rival Felipe Massa close behind. Bottas had a lap of 1 minute, 19.310 seconds at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya on Wednesday, eclipsing his time from a week ago by nearly four tenths of a second. His lap last week had already been the fastest at...
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March 08, 2017  |  Discuss

Gibbs, Penske, Allison among NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Championship team owners Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske as well as the late Davey Allison are among five new nominees for the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. NASCAR announced the additions Wednesday. Three-time Late Model Sportsman and 1956 Modified champion Red Farmer and 2000 NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte also are new to the 20-person nomination class. They...
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March 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Vettel sets fastest preseason lap for Ferrari

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel recorded the fastest preseason time during the second-to-last day of Formula One testing on Thursday. Vettel pushed his Ferrari to a lap of 1 minute, 19.024 seconds, bettering his mark from earlier in the day that already was faster than that clocked by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas on Wednesday. Bottas' previous leading...
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March 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Ferrari's Vettel tops Mercedes for fastest time at F1 tests

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel recorded the fastest preseason lap during the second-to-last day of Formula One testing on Thursday. Vettel pushed his Ferrari to 1 minute, 19.024 seconds, bettering his mark from earlier in the day, which was faster than that clocked by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas on Wednesday. Vettel, however, said he has learned from...
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March 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Former Formula One champion John Surtees dies at 83

LONDON (AP) John Surtees, who won the 1964 Formula One championship and was the only man to win world titles on both two and four wheels, died Friday. He was 83. The British driver's family said in a statement that Surtees died Friday afternoon after being treated for an existing respiratory condition. Besides winning the F1 title for Ferrari, Surtees also won 500cc motorcycle...
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March 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Trailer For ‘McLaren’ Documentary Features Interview With Mario Andretti

When it comes to larger-than-life figures in Formula One, Enzo Ferrari probably is the first name that springs to people’s minds. There’s another person, though, whose story is very similar to Ferrari’s, and arguably has made just as lasting an impact on racing: Bruce McLaren. Universal Pictures released a trailer in February for “McLaren,” a new documentary that tells...
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March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Hamilton's F1 title bid might prove harder without Rosberg

PARIS (AP) Lewis Hamilton's bid to regain his Formula One title might actually prove harder without Nico Rosberg around. Rosberg retired days after becoming the 2016 world champion and finally getting the better of Hamilton, ending their acrimonious rivalry at Mercedes just as he got the upper hand. With Rosberg gone, a key factor this season - starting Sunday with the Australian...
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March 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Beginner’s guide to F1: Everything you need to know heading into 2017 season

There’s always lots of anticipation ahead of a new race season, but even more so this year, as we begin a new era of Formula One.After three years of Mercedes-AMG Petronas being the only real championship contenders, the powers that be introduced sweeping regulation changes for 2017. The FIA hope the new rules will increase fan interest by creating faster cars, and by potentially...
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March 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Hamilton ready to get 'down and dirty' after Ferrari's win

Most F1 drivers would be pleased with a runner-up finish to begin the 2017 season, but Lewis Hamilton isn’t like most F1 drivers.The Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver watched Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel coast to a P1 finish at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, as Hamilton finished nearly 10 seconds behind, good for P2.. And even though it was a strong day for Mercedes...
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March 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Honda's F1 engineers were laughably overconfident entering season

Honda has a reputation for reliable engines in its road cars, so some might have assumed it would be able to make significant gains before the 2017 Formula One World Championship began. Its engineers apparently also thought so, though the improvements they expected to see were too large.Honda F1 technical chief Yusuke Hasegawa revealed Wednesday he and his team thought — with...
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April 05, 2017  |  Discuss

Hamilton again expects stiff challenge from Vettel in China

SHANGHAI (AP) — Three-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton finds himself in an unfamiliar position just one race into the new season — facing a stiff challenge from a driver other than former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. With Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel earning a surprising and emotional victory at the Australian Grand Prix last month, Hamilton will now try to reassert...
Via MyNorthwest.com
April 05, 2017

Hamilton Edges Vettel to Chinese GP Pole

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton powered towards the 63rd pole position of his career in Shanghai, edging out Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just under two tenths of a second, with the German claiming second spot on the grid ahead of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas by just 1000th of a second. Hamilton was the first to make a move in Q1 setting the early pace with a time of 1:33...
Via Motorsports Tribune
April 08, 2017

Lewis Hamilton wins Chinese GP ahead of Sebastian Vettel

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April 09, 2017

McLaren’s Alonso to miss Monaco GP to race at Indy 500

WOKING, England (AP) — McLaren says Fernando Alonso will race for the team at the Indianapolis 500 and miss the Monaco Grand Prix. McLaren will be racing in the famous race in the United States for the first time in 38 years. The Indy 500 and the Monaco GP both take place on May 28. McLaren says the Monaco GP will be the only Formula One race Alonso will miss. The British-based...
Via MyNorthwest.com
April 11, 2017
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