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Russian Grand Prix: Championship leader Sebastian Vettel on pole in rare Ferrari one-two

Russian Grand Prix: Championship leader Sebastian Vettel on pole in rare Ferrari one-two

The four-time world champion led the way outpacing Raikkonen by 0.059 seconds with another Finn, Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes, third fastest with less than tenth of a second separating the top three.

Motor racing: Lewis Hamilton stunned as teen driver has legs amputated post horrific crash

Motor racing: Lewis Hamilton stunned as teen driver has legs amputated post horrific crash

The 17-year-old Monger was injured in a collision with a car being driven by Finland`s Patrik Pasma which appeared to have stopped on the track.

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: Sebastian Vettel triumphs as Lewis Hamilton pays penalty

Bahrain Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel triumphs as Lewis Hamilton pays penalty

Vettel now leads the title race with 68 points ahead of Hamilton on 61.

Bahrain GP: After Valtteri Bottas takes pole, Lewis Hamilton relishing three-way battle

Bahrain GP: After Valtteri Bottas takes pole, Lewis Hamilton relishing three-way battle

Ferrari`s Sebastian Vettel, the four-time champion who won the opening race in Australia and had been on the front row for the first two races, was third fastest after dominating Friday practice.

Bahrain Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas ends Lewis Hamilton run for first career pole

Bahrain Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas ends Lewis Hamilton run for first career pole

Bottas clocked a best lap of one minute and 28.769 seconds in the final seconds and it was, as Hamilton admitted, too good for him to beat. Hamilton had clocked 1:28.792.

Bahrain Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel puts Ferrari on top in Friday practice

Bahrain Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel puts Ferrari on top in Friday practice

The four times world champion lapped 0.400 faster than Red Bull`s Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the afternoon and then pipped Mercedes` Valtteri Bottas by 0.041 under the evening floodlights.

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 World Championship: Lewis Hamilton wins fifth Chinese Grand Prix of F1 career

Formula One World Championship: Lewis Hamilton wins fifth Chinese Grand Prix of F1 career

It was the 54th F1 victory for Hamilton, who beat German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) into second place, and Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who took third place.

Chinese Grand Prix: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton romps to pole position

Chinese Grand Prix: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton romps to pole position

Hamilton jumped onto the pit wall to soak in the adulation of the crowd after clocking the fastest lap of one minute, 31.678 seconds to capture his fourth Chinese pole in five years.

Mercedes galvanised after Ferrari defeat, says Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes galvanised after Ferrari defeat, says Lewis Hamilton

The bitter rivalry between the former childhood friends meant Mercedes` management often had to walk a fine line, managing the pair`s unravelling relationship while reassuring them that they were being treated equally.

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 Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel shocks Lewis Hamilton to win season opening race

Australian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel shocks Lewis Hamilton to win season opening race

Finland`s Valtteri Bottas completed the podium on his debut for Mercedes.

Australian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton on pole in season opener with record lap

Australian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton on pole in season opener with record lap

Hamilton in a Mercedes clocked a record lap of one minute 22.188 seconds to take his 62nd career pole and sixth in Australia into Sunday's race in Melbourne.

Lewis Hamilton posts fastest time in 1st practice at F1 opener

Lewis Hamilton posts fastest time in 1st practice at F1 opener

The new regulations for 2017 allowed for wider tires with more grip and durability, greater aerodynamics, bigger fuel loads and increased downforce.

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.

F1 Season 2017 Preview: Lewis Hamilton still the man to beat; Mercedes eye another title

F1 Season 2017 Preview: Lewis Hamilton still the man to beat; Mercedes eye another title

Mercedes have won 51 of the last 59 races, and all but two of 21 last year.

Formula One: Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen makes splash as Lewis Hamilton sits tight on last testing day

Formula One: Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen makes splash as Lewis Hamilton sits tight on last testing day

Raikkonen`s best time of 1min 20.872 came late in the day in Barcelona as the track dried out after trucks dumped water on the surface overnight and again during the lunch break.