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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.

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.

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.

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: Kimi Raikkonen puts Ferrari on top; Lewis Hamilton battles physical toll after test-day two

Formula One: Kimi Raikkonen puts Ferrari on top; Lewis Hamilton battles physical toll after test-day two

The greater speed afforded by radical rules changes showed when Raikkonen posted a best time of 1min 20.960sec for a lap at the Circuit de Catalunya circuit since 2013.

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.

Nico Rosberg wanted McLaren driver Fernando Alonso to replace him at Mercedes

Nico Rosberg wanted McLaren driver Fernando Alonso to replace him at Mercedes

The German marque has up Williams driver Valtteri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton`s new teammate for the forthcoming Formula One season.

Valtteri Bottas named Nico Rosberg's successor at Mercedes F1

Valtteri Bottas named Nico Rosberg's successor at Mercedes F1

The Stuttgart-based Mercedes were left scrambling round for a second driver when Rosberg dramatically retired on December 2 just five days following his drivers` title triumph.

Valtteri Bottas set to make switch to Mercedes, amid Claire Williams shake-up

Valtteri Bottas set to make switch to Mercedes, amid Claire Williams shake-up

Bottas, who has been at Williams since 2013, is the favourite to replace Rosberg as Lewis Hamilton`s team mate.

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.

Russian Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg on pole, Lewis Hamilton hit by more engine trouble

Russian Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg on pole, Lewis Hamilton hit by more engine trouble

The 30-year-old German clocked a fastest lap in one minute and 35.417 seconds.

F1: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg fastest but says defending champions have more to do

F1: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg fastest but says defending champions have more to do

It was the first time in 2016 testing that the world champions had led the timesheets at the end of the day.

Russian Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to claim pole in Sochi

Russian Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to claim pole in Sochi

Nico Rosberg overshadowed his Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton to claim pole position for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg on pole in Japan after Daniil Kvyat crashes

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg on pole in Japan after Daniil Kvyat crashes

Nico Rosberg put Formula One world champions Mercedes back on pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday after Red Bull`s Daniil Kvyat crashed heavily and brought qualifying to an early close.

Valtteri Bottas annoyed over 'Ferrari' rumours

Valtteri Bottas annoyed over 'Ferrari' rumours

Finnish racing driver Valtteri Bottas has expressed his disappointment over a speculation of replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari.

Sauber retain Felipe Nasr, Marcus Ericsson for 2016

Sauber retain Felipe Nasr, Marcus Ericsson for 2016

Sauber removed Brazilian Felipe Nasr and Sweden`s Marcus Ericsson from any speculation about their immediate Formula One futures by announcing on Thursday that both will race for them again next season.