F1's 2019 changes haven't done teams' research 'justice' - Renault
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Renault chief technical officer Bob Bell believes overtaking-oriented Formula 1 aero rules set to be introduced in 2019 do not "do justice" to the research undertaken by teams.

A number of regulation changes for 2019 were approved by the F1 commission at the final opportunity last month, and include a simplified front wing and brake duct as well as a wider and deeper rear wing.

These were initially proposed by F1's R&D team but outfits were then invited to conduct own research, the...
Bottas fastest as Barcelona test comes to an end
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On the second and last day of testing at Circuit de Catalunya, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was fastest in another very busy day for the team. Antonio Gionivanazzi was second fastest for Ferrari, and topped even more laps, going round 148 times and therefore the most active driver of the day.

As the Mercedes driver set his best time on super soft tyres, Giovinazzi used the hyper softs that are set to be used in Monaco. Lando Norris for McLaren third fastest using the soft tyres.

"It was...
Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix to stretch lead in F1 title race
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After four races to open the Formula One season that have at times ebbed and flowed with a glorious unpredictability, it is not entirely surprising that it should be the sport’s long-standing test track that should return a flawless and dominant processional victory for Lewis Hamilton. But it was a win his team identified as crucial to his self-belief and confidence for his title defence.
For the British driver and Mercedes this was the controlled and perfectly orchestrated race they have...
Five reasons this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix is a must-watch
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The 2018 Formula One season has already delivered uncertainty and drama by the bucket-load. Bahrain and particularly China were fantastic races with unpredictable results, stunning overtaking, flying carbon fibre, defensive and strategical masterclasses and, above all, excitement.

Given pre-season testing form and the first grand prix in Melbourne, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton again looked clear favourites for both titles.

Mercedes, though, have had the second-quickest car in the last two...
Intrigue surrounds extra paddle on Vettel's F1 steering wheel
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Ferrari is at the centre of fresh Formula 1 technical intrigue with the appearance of a mystery new paddle on Sebastian Vettel's steering wheel.
The new element, which features only on the German's car and is not being used by Kimi Raikkonen, has fuelled speculation about what the team could be using the paddle for.

Ferrari tried to keep the presence of the paddle a secret, but it was spotted after Vettel's pole position lap at the Bahrain Grand Prix when he...
Massive over-reaction to Hamilton’s winless start
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It’s over. The season is done. The World Championship has been lost and retirement beckons for an unhappy Lewis Hamilton.
That is what some quarters of the media will have you believe after just three races where Hamilton and Mercedes have been missing from the top step of the podium.

Given the events of the last four years, we are programmed for Mercedes dominance. But, with a potential changing of the guard on the horizon, there is clearly a glitch in the system for some who have...
Driver ratings from the Chinese Grand Prix
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Which drivers excelled at the Shanghai International Circuit and who had a weekend to forget? Our driver ratings from the Chinese Grand Prix…

Daniel Ricciardo: Funny how Formula 1 works out. From two minutes away from not being able to take part in qualifying after his engine went pop, to winning the Chinese Grand Prix in emphatic style with a late surge after the Safety Car.

After four DNFs in his last six races, we have not been able to see Ricciardo at his very best – but...
Daniel Ricciardo opens up on how Red Bull contract changes with Chinese Grand Prix win
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DANIEL RICCIARDO admitted he has strengthened his bargaining position with Red Bull by winning the Chinese Grand Prix.

Ricciardo started sixth after a miraculous engine rebuild saw him only just squeak into qualifying at all. But the Australian pitted behind the safety car while the leaders stayed out and found himself on fresh rubber in the closing stages of the race.

Ricciardo sliced through the field to claim the sixth victory of his career in impressive fashion. The 28-year-old is in...
Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese GP after series of overtakes
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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo took a sensational victory in the Chinese Grand Prix as a chaotic final 20 laps threw the championship wide open.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who finished second, is only five behind the Briton, and Ricciardo a further three behind the Finn.
DANIEL Ricciardo left everyone with their jaws on the floor at the Chinese Grand Prix after surging ahead of the pack with three stunning overtakes.
The Aussie F1 ace left Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and...
Vettel snatches pole from Raikkonen
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Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth career pole in China after pipping Kimi Raikkonen by 0.087 seconds at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Raikkonen was on provisional pole once again heading into the final flying laps of Q3, but Vettel went quickest of all in the third and final sector to bag the 52nd pole of his career.

Mercedes were outpaced and outclassed by the Scuderia, but Valtteri Bottas got the better of Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrows duo will line up P3 and P4...
FP2: Hamilton pips rivals in Shanghai
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Lewis Hamilton continued to set the pace at the Shanghai International Circuit as just a tenth separated the top four in China.

Hamilton finished top of the pile with a 1:33.482, but Kimi Raikkonen was only 0.007 seconds off the pace in P2 and Bottas just 0.33 seconds back in P3.

Sebastian Vettel was also in close quarters in P4 and just a tenth behind his major title rival.

Max Verstappen was cut a little adrift in P5 by being three tenths off Hamilton's pace, while Nico...
Ricciardo: I’d have ‘definitely gone’ for Vettel overtake
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Daniel Ricciardo has said he would have "100 per cent" gone for an attempted overtake on Sebastian Vettel at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas opted not to try and squeeze past the race leader in the dying stages of a thrilling race at the Bahrain International Circuit, with one pundit suggesting the Finn "bottled" the opportunity to win.

If he was in that situation, Ricciardo said he would have had no hesitation in launching an attack on his former team-mate.

"I definitely...

Championship standings

POS Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Sebastian Vettel
3 Valtteri Bottas
4 Kimi Raikkonen
5 Daniel Ricciardo
Red Bull
POS Team Points
1 Mercedes 153
2 Ferrari 126
3 Red Bull 80
4 Renault 41
5 McLaren 40

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