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Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas tops final Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice, Sebastian Vettel suffers problems

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas tops final Azerbaijan Grand Prix practice, Sebastian Vettel suffers problems

Hamilton, who is 12 points behind Vettel in the championship standings, finished four tenths of a second behind Bottas.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton hopes Mercedes 'diva' performs in Baku heat

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton hopes Mercedes 'diva' performs in Baku heat

Referring to this year`s `new era` car, Wolff admitted it had posed challenges for the team and the drivers with its contrary and temperamental nature: happy and triumphant one week, sulky and unresponsive the next.

Formula One set for maiden triple-header in 2018 as FIA approves 21-race calendar

Formula One set for maiden triple-header in 2018 as FIA approves 21-race calendar

Formula One has not had three races on successive weekends before, due to logistical reasons, although it has been mooted.

Monaco Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel's win fires up Ferrari fans

Monaco Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel's win fires up Ferrari fans

Vettel is doing better, by comparison, with three wins and three second places, and makes a plausible argument when he says Ferrari could have won every race this year had everything gone to plan.

Valtteri Bottas seeks to double up in Barcelona after maiden F1 title at Russian Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas seeks to double up in Barcelona after maiden F1 title at Russian Grand Prix

Another Bottas win would not be a surprise at a venue that has a habit of producing more different winners than anywhere else - if he is successful, he will be the 11th different winner in as many years.

Russian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel out to break Mercedes' 'lap lead' streak

Russian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel out to break Mercedes' 'lap lead' streak

Mercedes, who still look faster over a single lap in qualifying, have done plenty of homework since then but recognise they have a battle on their hands.

Fernando Alonso sees Indianapolis 500 as the biggest task for Formula One drivers

Fernando Alonso sees Indianapolis 500 as the biggest task for Formula One drivers

The McLaren driver, who will miss the showcase Monaco Grand Prix to race at the famed Brickyard on May 28 for the first time, has no experience of Le Mans either but indicated that would have to wait until after Formula One.

More problems for McLaren as another Honda engine fails during Bahrain test

More problems for McLaren as another Honda engine fails during Bahrain test

McLaren have produced a promising chassis this season but have been unable to show its potential because of Honda`s failure to deliver a reliable engine.

Bahrain Grand Prix: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton takes blame for five-second penalty

Bahrain Grand Prix: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton takes blame for five-second penalty

The Mercedes team called in both Bottas and Hamilton and the latter slowed in the pit lane ahead of Ricciardo to avoid having to wait behind Bottas in the pits.

Bahrain Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton relishes friendly fight with rival Sebastian Vettel

Bahrain Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton relishes friendly fight with rival Sebastian Vettel

Vettel has been just as generous as Hamilton in heaping praise on his rival and the pair have so far served up one win each amid much mutual back-slapping and respect.

Chinese Grand Prix: Max Verstappen makes Lewis Hamilton take notice after podium charge

Chinese Grand Prix: Max Verstappen makes Lewis Hamilton take notice after podium charge

Verstappen ran as high as second behind Hamilton and fended off late-race pressure from team mate Daniel Ricciardo to finish third and give Red Bull their 100th podium place.

Formula One: Mercedes on red alert as Toto Wolff backs Lewis Hamilton

Formula One: Mercedes on red alert as Toto Wolff backs Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton, who busied himself with a spot of scuba diving this week, has previously won four times in China but the triple world champion will be mindful of his sluggish start to the 2016 campaign.

Australian GP: Lewis Hamilton calls for more women in 'dude' dominated paddock

Australian GP: Lewis Hamilton calls for more women in 'dude' dominated paddock

Hamilton won 10 of 21 races last season, including the last four in succession, but was still runner-up behind German champion Rosberg, who has been replaced by former Williams driver Valtteri Bottas.

End of an era: 86-year-old Bernie Ecclestone replaced as Formula One chief by Chase Carey

End of an era: 86-year-old Bernie Ecclestone replaced as Formula One chief by Chase Carey

Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei said Carey, 62, would lead the business from now on and thanked Ecclestone for his "tremendous success" in transforming Formula One into a $1 billion business.

Michael Schumacher's health  remains private matter: Manager Sabine Kehm

Michael Schumacher's health remains private matter: Manager Sabine Kehm

Schumacher suffered a serious ski accident on December 29, 2013 in the French Alps, after which he spent several months in a coma in a hospital.

Nico Rosberg's successor's name not to be announced before January 2017: Mercedes

Nico Rosberg's successor's name not to be announced before January 2017: Mercedes

The delay will ramp up speculation about who will take the vacant seat alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes following world champion Rosberg`s shock retirement earlier this month.

Lewis Hamilton hails 'champion' Nico Rosberg's 'well-deserved' title

Lewis Hamilton hails 'champion' Nico Rosberg's 'well-deserved' title

The three-time world champion Briton took to Twitter on Wednesday to ease any lingering tension between the two men.

Lewis Hamilton finds support in Red Bull chief Christian Horner in Mercedes row

Lewis Hamilton finds support in Red Bull chief Christian Horner in Mercedes row

Hamilton`s gamesmanship was questioned by his employees after he twice rejected team instructions to speed up as Rosberg came under threat from Ferrari`s Sebastian Vettel.

Negotiations are ongoing on with Singapore for long-term deal: Bernie Ecclestone

Negotiations are ongoing on with Singapore for long-term deal: Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone has described Formula One`s first night race, which started in 2008 and snakes past Singapore landmarks, as a "crown jewel" of the sport.

Bernie Ecclestone says Singapore wants to drop F1 race: Report

Bernie Ecclestone says Singapore wants to drop F1 race: Report

Ticket sales have dropped in Malaysia as well, with TV viewership the lowest this year. Authorities and organisers of the Kuala Lumpur Grand Prix are considering halting the race after the contract ends in 2018.