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Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton beats championship leader Sebastian Vettel to win thriller

Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton beats championship leader Sebastian Vettel to win thriller

It was his second win in five races this year and the 55th of his career and it brought him within six points of Vettel in the title race. The German now has 104 points and Hamilton has 98.

Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton resists Sebastian Vettel to claim pole at Circuit de Catalunya

Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton resists Sebastian Vettel to claim pole at Circuit de Catalunya

Hamilton clocked a best lap of one minute and 19.149 seconds to stay ahead of Vettel, who clocked 1:19.200, by the narrowest of margins after the German had required a rapid engine change shortly before the session began.

Russian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas claims maiden F1 win for Mercedes ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel

Russian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas claims maiden F1 win for Mercedes ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel

The Finnish driver, starting from third place on the grid, grabbed the initiative at the start by powering past both Ferraris and into the lead while his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton struggled home fourth.
 

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.

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.

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.

Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari loses power and 'shut down'

Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari loses power and 'shut down'

 

Vettel shares the leadership of this year`s world championship with three-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes after two races.

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.

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.

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.

Sebastian Vettel names his 2017 Ferrari F1 car as 'Gina'

Sebastian Vettel names his 2017 Ferrari F1 car as 'Gina'

The 2017 F1 season is slated to begin with Australian Grand Prix from March 26.

Formula One: Valtteri Bottas fastest for Mercedes as Lance Stroll crashes out on day three testing

Formula One: Valtteri Bottas fastest for Mercedes as Lance Stroll crashes out on day three testing

Canadian rookie Lance Stroll got back into the Williams after an early spin on Tuesday damaged the car and ended his first day of testing, completing 98 laps.

Formula One: Fernando Alonso sad and disappointed by McLaren's testing issues on opening day

Formula One: Fernando Alonso sad and disappointed by McLaren's testing issues on opening day

McLaren have not won a race since 2012 and the last two seasons, the first of a renewed relationship with the Japanese carmakers, have been fraught with under-performance and unreliability.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton pips Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in opening Barcelona testing

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton pips Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in opening Barcelona testing

The Spanish two-time former world champion eventually mustered 29 laps in front of his home supporters -- albeit a mammoth three seconds slower than Hamilton.

DON'T MISS: Photos of stunning Ferrari SF70H F1 car

DON'T MISS: Photos of stunning Ferrari SF70H F1 car

Named Ferrari SF70H, it will be driven by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari switch was a mistake: F1 legend Gerhard Berger

Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari switch was a mistake: F1 legend Gerhard Berger

It is observed that if Ferrari does not considerably improve its performance in 2017, the German driver might consider switching to Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel not replacing Nico Roseberg at Mercedes, will stay put at Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel not replacing Nico Roseberg at Mercedes, will stay put at Ferrari

Earlier on Sunday, Mercedes non-executive team chairman Niki Lauda said that he expected Nico Rosberg's replacement to be announced before the end of the year.