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Opinion: Alonso’s right, Lewis Hamilton belongs in F1’s highest echelon

Only Michael Schumacher has had more success in Formula 1. And Lewis Hamilton might yet haul him in. For DW's Mark Hallam, Hamilton's "greatest rival" Fernando Alonso summed up the Brit's place in the sport's history. It's been Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel vying for world championships in most of the last nine seasons. Hamilton now has five titles to Vettel's four, and the German's error-prone season doesn't bode well for Ferrari in 2019. Hamilton delivered a series of vintage performances this year: besting Kimi Raikkonen one-on-one in Ferrari's backyard in Monza, recovering from 14th on the grid to win on Vettel's home turf in Germany, delivering a qualifying lap for the ages to claim pole and later the win in Singapore, and looking imperious all weekendat Japan's technical and challenging Suzuka circuit. As Hamilton's form improved, Vettel's dropped off; a tight title race morphed into a bit of a walkover. But in many ways, Hamilton's career is better defined by its connection to another, less decorated rival — Fernando Alonso. Back in 2007, few would have given the rookie British driver any chance of keeping pace against a 26-year-old Alonso. The Spaniard was the 2005 and 2006 world champion — the youngest in the sport's history until Vettel came along — and the man who had just brought a decade of Michael Schumacher dominance to a shuddering halt. 'He showed talent from day 1' But, as Alonso himself said earlier this month, Hamilton "showed talent from day 1." He finished on the podium in his first ever grand prix and within six races, he'd picked up a pole position and a win. Most astonishingly of all, it took 10 races until Hamilton finally failed to finish in the top three. Hamilton became such a threat to Alonso in 2007 that the two really couldn't co-exist at McLaren. Team boss Ron Dennis didn't want to stifle Hamilton's fairy-tale rookie season, while Alonso felt he wasn't getting the team-leader treatment he'd been promised when signing up as the hottest property on the grid. An amusing commercial for team sponsor Santander — depicting Hamilton and Alonso racing to be first to get from the track to their hotel rooms, all to the tune of "Anything you can do, I can do better" — was just a little too on-the-nose. The uneasy alliance couldn't last. The upshot — virtually unthinkable 12 years ago — is Fernando Alonso retiring from F1 with just the 2005 and 2006 championships to his name, as Lewis Hamilton claims his fifth drivers' title. Probably Michael, Fangio, Senna, Prost, Lewis' Alonso, asked to rank his F1 top five, included the man who scuppered his shot at a spot among the most successful in the sport — choosing Michael Schumacher, Juan-Manuel Fangio, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Hamilton. It's extremely difficult to argue with this selection, despite other strong candidates. Perhaps Jim Clark had the potential to join this exalted company, but for his untimely death at Hockenheim in 1968. Some might argue for Fangio's great 1950s rival Stirling Moss, five times a championship runner-up. Niki Lauda won three titles despite his life-threatening crash, even while taking a four-year break from F1 in his prime. And a few could ask what might have been for the man from Oviedo, if Hamilton had never joined Alonso at McLaren. 'Arguably the greatest I've driven against' Hamilton himself hinted at this when Alonso announced his retirement from F1 earlier this season, saying Alonso was probably the best driver he'd ever competed against, and that he deserved greater success in the sport. Never shy of lacing his compliments with some criticism, the Brit also suggested Alonso perhaps wasn't as sly or as shrewd outside the cockpit as he was speedy behind the wheel. "It's not just about being a great driver it's also how you maneuver, how you play the game," Hamilton said. "Like a chess game, it's how you position yourself — all these different things that are also part of the package." In 12 seasons on the grid, Hamilton has shown this mix of pure pace and political guile. Moving to Mercedes from McLaren ready for the 2013 campaign seemed a bold if not suicidal career move at the time; six seasons and four world titles later, it looks like a stroke of genius. But to this day, the damage Hamilton did to Fernando Alonso's F1 legacy remains perhaps the best indicator of his impact on the sport.

Only Michael Schumacher has had more success in Formula 1. And Lewis Hamilton might yet haul him in. For DW’s Mark Hallam, Hamilton’s “greatest rival” Fernando Alonso summed up the Brit’s place in the sport’s history. It’s been Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel vying for world championships in most of the last nine seasons. Hamilton now has five titles to ... Read More »

Lewis Hamilton crowned 2017 Formula One champion after Mexico GP

He didn't win the Mexican Grand Prix, but his ninth-placed finish was enough to secure Lewis Hamilton an historic fourth Formula One championship. Sebastian Vettel drove superbly, but fell short. It didn't go as planned, but Lewis Hamilton's ninth-placed finish at the Mexican Grand Prix was enough to make him Britain's first four-time Formula One world champion. "It doesn't feel real. It is not the kind of race I wanted, 40 seconds behind, but I never gave up. That is what is important and in my heart. I am grateful for today," Hamilton said. Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen won the race comfortably ahead of Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton joins Vettel and Alain Prost as a four-time champion. Only two drivers have achieved more - Michael Schumacher (seven) and Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio (five). Hamilton has now won more world championships than Sir Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda and Ayrton Senna. On the first corner, Hamilton's worst fears came true as a collision with Sebastian Vettel dropped both drivers to the back of the field. Hamilton's tire was punctured and Vettel's car needed a new nose. Vettel drove brilliantly to finish fourth from 19th, but he fell short of the top-two finish he needed to keep Hamilton from celebrating. The Briton diligently worked his way back into ninth, constantly checking on Vettel and his progress. Although ninth proved somewhat anti-climatic for Hamilton, it didn't stop the 32-year-old from celebrating his record-breaking title. Hamilton had to turn things around this season after Vettel took the lead in the early part of the season. After finishing fifth and fourth, Hamilton's stunning win at the British GP restored his belief. Winning at Ferrari's home track in Monza might have been the turning point though. Vettel finished third as Hamilton took charge in the championship, leading by just three points. Once Hamilton had established a 34-point lead in Malaysia, Vettel's retirement after four laps in Japan left Hamilton on the home straight. And in Mexico, he crossed the finishing line as world champion for a fourth time. The 2017 season still has two races left, in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Relive the Mexican GP below: — Neymar even sent a message over the radio to Hamilton to congratulate him. He is the first Briton to have won four titles - a really stunning achievement. All eyes on him now. — "Thank you to everyone on this team for all the fantastic work. God bless you," Hamilton says over the radio, with a wavering voice. He hardly has time to get out of his car before F1 reporters jump into action. Talk about not having a chance to enjoy his moment of history. LEWIS HAMILTON IS YOUR 2017 F1 CHAMPION! FINAL LAP — Verstappen takes the win! Sebastian Vettel with a great driver, but his fourth place finish means Lewis Hamilton, who crosses the line in ninth, is the 2017 F1 Champion! It is Hamilton's fourth Formula One title! 69/71 — A proper battle there, but Hamilton does take him in the end and with three laps remaining, Hamilton is into ninth and can feel pretty safe about the title now. He won't win it by winning in Mexico, but I'm not sure he'll care by the end of it. Verstappen close to his third ever race win, Bottas and Raikkonen the others on the podium. 67/71 — Alonso making life difficult for Hamilton to pass. Old dog, same tricks it seems. 66/71 — If Hamilton wins, he will have won as many title as Vettel and Alain Prost, and one more than Jackie Stewart. It would be one almighty achievement. But he has to get there first. His car appears to be cooling the car, or his brakes, because he is driving differently. Not finishing would be a disaster... I think we might be set in these positions. Verstappen to win ahead of Bottas and Raikkonen. Vettel in fourth, Hamilton in 10th. 63/71 — Sainz pits and looks out. Hamilton keeps checking back to make sure where Vettel is and how he's doing. He's very calm, considering he's also driving a vehicle at considerable speed. He's on the verge of winning the title and that must be clearer now as we approach the final few laps. 62/71 — Vettel asks how far ahead Raikkonen is. He's told he's 23 seconds ahead. "Mama mia" is the German driver's response. "That's a bit too much." Is this the end of the charge? It's a massive gap to close and only has 10 laps to do it in. 60/71 — Vettel with the fastest lap, again. Verstappen a huge 17.5 seconds ahead of Bottas in second. Vettel takes Ocon and now makes fourth. It might well be forgotten as Hamilton will likely win the championship, but what a driver this is from Vettel. Ericsson's car on fire as he pits to sort problem. That's his race done. 58/71 — Hamilton asks what position he needs. He's told Vettel is fifth and needs second and won't make it. That is where we are, although no one has told Vettel beause he is still driving like he can finish second. 56/71 — Can anything stop Vettel? He dives inside Stroll at Turn 1 and he has fifth spot. What an effort this is. In doing so he delivers a new lap record, as you do. 54/71 — Kudos to Fernando Alonso. Up into 9th from an 18th-placed start. Hamilton takes Vandoorne to move into 11th. Vettel closing in on Stroll now. The German is driving to the limit. Unless anything dramatic happens with the top two (Verstappen and Bottas), it looks like this epic drive will be in vain for Vettel. 52/71 — What a move! Vettel sneaks in to take Perez, who doesn't close the door through the chicane. The Ferrari driver is into 6th now. 49/71 — Over the radio, Hamilton is told he is forecasted to finish 8th. At the moment, he is 12th. Vettel still in 7th. Feels like everyone has found their spot a bit now, other than Hamilton who continues to make moves gradually. 45/71 — Gasly holding Hamilton at bay... But not for long. He passes and is now into 13th. Both drivers at the top of the standings driving superbly. 42/71 — Worth remembering, Hamilton will be world champion if it stays like this - and will do so by picking up no points. Vettel needs to make up 15 seconds to keep his charge toward second going. Big ask. Verstappen out in front by 10 seconds. Comfortable. 40/71 — Vettel is up into eventh after taking Magnussen. What drama we have here. Hamilton is doing his best to fight back but he's clearly concerned about Vettel's charge. Hamilton sails past Wehrlein to take 14th. Verstappen is on the way to winning his third F1 race. Leading and in charge - and at 20 as well. 37/71 — Hamilton around 29 seconds behind Vettel. The Briton can't believe he is that far back. 15th for the Mercedes driver, Vettel into 8th. The German still needs a top two spot remember. 36/71 — So, how fast can Hamilton go now? Bottas delivers a new fastest lap, then Raikkonen delivers an even faster one (1:20.649). Verstappen's lead is up to 9.1 seconds. His to lose now... Verstappen ahead of Bottas and Raikkonen. 34/71 — Hamilton and Vettel pit, so do the top three (Verstappen, Bottas and Raikkonen). All plans to take them to the end of the race. Hamilton opts for super-softs. 33/71 — Hartley's car is warm. Virtual Safety Car (VSC) is on. Hartley is out of his car and it is doused. Hartley is out. Time for box mayhem with VSC... 32/71 — Perez passes Magnussen, who pits, and the home crowd roars with delight! Vettel up into 8th after passing Alonso. This is going to be quite the finish. Approaching the halfway stage. Vettel just delivered the fastest lap (1:20.698). 30/71 — Hamilton up to 18th, but only because of the retirement. "Is anyone else making it through?" he asks. Vettel is and he is told that - sure that won't go down well. However, moments later, Hamilton takes Sainz and is up into 17th. Long time left yet. Verstappen still leads, but worried about his front left tire. 27/71 — Hulkenberg was well placed, but his car is now off the track! Renault's problems continue. Shame for Hulkenberg, but was told over the radio that the car was no longer safe and he had to get out! 12/71 — No investigation will be made into the incidents between Verstappen, Vettel and Hamilton at the start. That's that then (don't think it will be). Fifth-placed Perez holding off Raikkonen. 9/71 — Ricciardo is out with a turbo issue. 8/71 — Hamilton asking over the radio whether Vettel hit Hamilton's back-right tire on purpose. The Mercedes team say they don't know, and no does know other than the German driver. On viewing though, it did look like he could have got out of the way... 6/71 — Ricciardo is in the box, and drops down to last. Hamilton working hard but still in 19th. Vettel up to 16th. Five cars in the pits early on there. Blimey. 4/71 — Can't believe how fortunate Verstappen was in all that mess. He probably deserves some after his season, though. Massa pits with a puncture, Wehrlein also in. 2/71 — I can barely keep up with what is happening. Verstappen leads from Bottas and Ocon. Hamilton at the back in 20th, Vettel in 18th. Lap 1/71 — And we're off! So much drama I can barely type. Verstappen pushes Vettel in the second chicane, Hamilton tries to take advantage. Vettel loses some of his nose, Hamilton has a flat tire. Wow. Both box, both get replacement parts. Hamilton going to need some drive now... — There's 890 meters between the pole position and the first corner. Plenty of space for an overtake early on... Lights out approaching! — Crowd in Mexico is quite excited. Lots of costumes linked to the Day of the Dead which begins on October 31. The warm-up lap has started... — Just 15 minutes to go until the start of the race and while clouds are in the sky, it is dry at the moment. If Lewis Hamilton wins this, or even does to win the championship, is it time to start the conversation about the greatest British athletes of all time? Certainly an argument that Hamilton has had to work for this title more than any one before... — So with Vettel on pole, Hamilton will have some work to do if he wants to win the race. If you want more on how qualifying for the Mexican GP went, give this a click. — So, what a moment it could be for Lewis Hamilton tonight. He could become the first ever Briton to win four drivers' championship titles. Sebastian Vettel will be trying to stop, and from pole position too. Here's what you need to know about how Hamilton can win the title tonight:

He didn’t win the Mexican Grand Prix, but his ninth-placed finish was enough to secure Lewis Hamilton an historic fourth Formula One championship. Sebastian Vettel drove superbly, but fell short. It didn’t go as planned, but Lewis Hamilton’s ninth-placed finish at the Mexican Grand Prix was enough to make him Britain’s first four-time Formula One world champion. “It doesn’t feel ... Read More »

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton aims to clinch title with a win in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton heads into the Mexican Grand Prix with an excellent chance of clinching the drivers' title with two races to spare. However, Sebastian Vettel is determined to battle to the bitter end. The British Mercedes driver goes into the third-last race of the season on Sunday needing only to finish in fifth place or better to clinch his fourth F1 drivers' championship. The now 32-year-old Hamilton has come a long way since 2008, when he was overjoyed at winning his first F1 title – by finishing fifth in the last race of the season. At this stage of his career, he won't be satisfied with the bare minimum. "I plan to win. I'm not here for anything else but No. 1," Hamilton told a Wednesday press conference in Mexico City. "I was just thinking about it as I was walking in here. It is true that I only need to finish fifth. But I thought, I think to myself, 'How would I feel if I was to finish fifth and win the world championship?' It wouldn't feel great." However, far from being overconfident, Hamilton said that despite his 66-point advantage over his closest rival, Ferrari's German driver, Sebastian Vettel, he was prepared for a tough contest. "It's going to be difficult, I think ... a lot closer between Red Bull and Ferrari and us," he said. "But I love that. And so I'm hoping that if I'm able to drive like I did in the last race, last week, I think it could be a good weekend." 'It's not over' For his part, Vettel, who by finishing second in Austin stopped Hamilton from clinching the title last weekend, has not given up hope of coming from behind to claim his fifth drivers' championship. "It's not over," Vettel said. "It's not in our hands as much as we'd like, but we want to win the last three races." However, as Vettel and his Ferrari team are well aware, even if he were to win all three, he would still need Hamilton to stumble for him to have a chance at the title. Assuming Hamilton does clinch it on Sunday, he will join some elite company, equaling the four career drivers' championships won by both Vettel and Alain Prost. Only Michael Schumacher (seven) and Juan Manuel Fangio (five) have won more career titles. Difficult time for host nation Apart from the possible crowning of a new champion, this weekend's event will also provide Mexican F1 fans with a welcome distraction from the September 19 earthquake that caused much destruction and claimed the lives of more than 200 people. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez became a staging area for relief supplies in the aftermath of the 7.1 magnitude quake and Mexican driver Sergio Perez, who was in his hometown of Guadalajara when it struck, quickly donated $165,000 (€140,000) to victims. This weekend, Rodriquez is to wear a special helmet with a map of Mexico and the earthquake zone depicted on top with the phrase "Todo Mexico Unido! (All of Mexico united!)" "It's been a very tough couple of months for my country. What happened was horrible, but it was amazing to me not just how Mexico responded but the whole world," Perez said on Thursday. A total of more than 300,000 spectators are expected to attend practice and qualifying, followed by Sunday's race.

Lewis Hamilton heads into the Mexican Grand Prix with an excellent chance of clinching the drivers’ title with two races to spare. However, Sebastian Vettel is determined to battle to the bitter end. The British Mercedes driver goes into the third-last race of the season on Sunday needing only to finish in fifth place or better to clinch his fourth ... Read More »

Bottas seals first ever F1 win in Russian Grand Prix

Mercedes pilot Valtteri Bottas has won the Russian Grand Prix ahead of German driver Sebastian Vettel, who had started in pole. The duo delivered an enthralling race after Bottas took the lead on the first lap. In a spectacular opening lap, Mercedes pilot Valtteri Bottas got off to the perfect start to take an immediate lead. Ferrari had held the top two positions on the grid, but four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen were surprised as third-placed Bottas overtook them straight away. Read: What you need to know about F1 in 2017 Bottas held on to the lead in a dramatic end to the race. With ten laps to go, Vettel began to close the gap and with fresher tires in blistering heat, looked to set to strike.But when Bottas, lapped Felipe Massa, Vettel was slowed down trying to squeeze back past. Ferrari took second and third as Raikkonen kept Bottas' Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at bay as the former champion missed out on a podium place. Four cars failed to even make it lap seven. Williams' Lance Stroll spun on the first lap, causing a crash that also took out Jolyon Palmer and Romain Grosjean, who came to blows over the incident. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also had to retire with engine trouble. And former World Champion Fernando Alonso had to pull out of the race before it had even started after his McLaren broke down on the formation lap. It meant the two-time champion has yet to finish a race in four attempts this season.

Mercedes pilot Valtteri Bottas has won the Russian Grand Prix ahead of German driver Sebastian Vettel, who had started in pole. The duo delivered an enthralling race after Bottas took the lead on the first lap. In a spectacular opening lap, Mercedes pilot Valtteri Bottas got off to the perfect start to take an immediate lead. Ferrari had held the ... Read More »

Lewis Hamilton claims pole position for Chinese Formula One Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has smashed Michael Schumacher's long-standing record in qualification for the Grand Prix in Shanghai. He was closely tailed by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on Saturday qualified in pole position for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai, setting a new track record. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who won the Australian Grand Prix, will start second in Sunday's race, qualifying just 0.186 seconds slower than Hamilton's benchmark. Hamilton's Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas came third. Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in the other Ferrari. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was hit by an "engine software issue" during first qualifying and his last lap was halted prematurely after Sauber's Antonio Giovinazzi crashed. The stoppage prevented Giovinazzi taking part in Q2, during which Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Fernando Alonso (McLaren) and Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) were eliminated. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren), Romain Grosjean (Haas), Jolyon Palmer (Renault) all exited in first qualifying but finished ahead of Verstappen. Only Esteban Ocon (Force India) will start behind the young Dutch driver on the grid. Hamilton's time of 1.31.678 was the fastest time set at the Shanghai circuit. It was the 63rd pole of his career and the sixth consecutive time he qualified first on the grid dating back to last season. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Felipe Massa (Williams), Nico Huelkenberg (Renault), Sergio Perez (Force India), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and Lance Stroll (Williams) completed the top 10. The weather in Shanghai was fine for racing after fog grounded the medical helicopter for most of Friday, causing second practice to be cancelled. The governing body FIA arranged for a police escort to clear traffic for an ambulance on Sunday meaning the race can definitely proceed even if the helicopter cannot fly.

Lewis Hamilton has smashed Michael Schumacher’s long-standing record in qualification for the Grand Prix in Shanghai. He was closely tailed by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on Saturday qualified in pole position for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai, setting a new track record. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who won the Australian Grand Prix, will ... Read More »

Formula One: Sebastian Vettel stuns Lewis Hamilton to win season-opening Australian Grand Prix

Germany's Sebastian Vettel produced a scintillating drive in his Ferrari to win the first race of the new Formula One season. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was on pole but couldn't live with Vettel in a thrilling race. New cars, new rules, new owners - and a shake-up to the familiar order. The new Formula One season started with a bang as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel produced a superb drive to win in Melbourne. More to follow. Australian Grand Prix - as it happened: Lap 57/57 That really was a wonderful performance by Vettel and Ferrari, who will feel they can challenge Mercedes this year after that. Vettel was almost 10 seconds clear of hamilton in the end. Hamilton was a mere 1.2 seconds ahead of Bottas in third.

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel produced a scintillating drive in his Ferrari to win the first race of the new Formula One season. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was on pole but couldn’t live with Vettel in a thrilling race. New cars, new rules, new owners – and a shake-up to the familiar order. The new Formula One season started with a bang ... Read More »

Formula One team Manor Racing goes into adminstration

Formula One motor racing could lose one of its 11 teams after it was announced that Manor Racing had gone into administration. This comes just weeks before the 2017 season is to open with the Australian Grand Prix. FRP Advisory - the company that has been appointed as the administrators of Just Racing Services Ltd. (JRSL), which operates Formula One team Manor Racing - said on Friday that new investors would have to be found in a very short period of time if the team is to compete in the 2017 season. "The team's participation will depend on the outcome of the administration process and any related negotiations with interested parties in what is a very limited window of opportunity," a statement issued by one of the joint administrators, Geoff Rowley, said. "During recent months, the senior management team (of JRSL) has worked tirelessly to bring new investment to the team to secure its long term future, but regrettably has been unable to do so within the time available," Rowley added. "Therefore, they have been left with no alternative but to place JRSL into administration." He also noted that the company had paid all of its 212 staff at their headquarters in the English town of Banbury through the end of last year and that no workers had been laid off. Manor have a history of financial trouble. British businessman Stephen Fitzpatrick rescued the team after it had gone into administration between the 2014 and 2015 seasons when it was still known as Marussia. "It was imperative that the team finish in 10th place or better in 2016," Fitzpatrick said. "For much of the season we were on track. But the dramatic race in Brazil ended our hopes of this result and ultimately brought into doubt the team's ability to race in 2017." It was the team's only point of the season that German driver Pascal Wehrlein earned by finishing 10th at the Austrian Grand Prix that had put Manor in the financially lucrative 10th position in the constructors' standings for much of the 2016 campaign. The news that Manor has gone into administration will only fuel speculation that the 22-year-old driver will soon move to the Swiss outfit Sauber. The first pre-season testing is set to begin at the end of next month and the season starts in Australia on March 26.

Formula One motor racing could lose one of its 11 teams after it was announced that Manor Racing had gone into administration. This comes just weeks before the 2017 season is to open with the Australian Grand Prix. FRP Advisory – the company that has been appointed as the administrators of Just Racing Services Ltd. (JRSL), which operates Formula One ... Read More »

Formula One: Rosberg secures debut world title ahead of Hamilton

مرسیڈیز ٹیم کے جرمن ڈرائیور نیکو روز بیرگ فارمولا ون موٹر ریسنگ کا امسالہ ٹائٹل اپنے نام کرنے میں کامیاب ہو گئے ہیں۔ دبئی گراں پری میں دوسرے نمبر پر آنے والے روزبیرگ پہلی مرتبہ یہ اعزاز حاصل کرنے میں کامیاب ہوئے ہیں۔ متحدہ عرب امارات میں ستائیس نومبر بروز اتوار منعقد ہونے والی دبئی گراں پری میں پہلے نمبر پر برطانوی ڈرائیور لوئیس ہیملٹن رہے جبکہ نیکو روز بیرگ دوسری پوزیشن حاصل کرنے میں کامیاب ہوئے۔ تاہم اس سیزن کے دوران مجموعی پوائنٹس کی بدولت روزبیرگ کو اس ریس میں صرف وکٹری اسٹینڈ پر ہی آنا تھا، جو انہوں نے کر دکھایا۔ فارمولا ون ریسنگ، ریکارڈو نے ملائیشین گراں پری جیت لی رواں سیزن میں روزبیرگ کی مسلسل چوتھی کامیابی سنگاپور گراں پری، نیکو روز بیرگ آگے نکل گئے رواں سیزن کے آخری ریس کے اختتام پر روزبیرگ کے مجموعی پوانٹس 385 ہو گئے جبکہ انہی کی ٹیم کے ساتھی ڈرائیور ہیملٹن کے پوائنٹس 380 رہے۔ اس ریس میں ہیملٹن پر یہ الزام بھی عائد کیا گیا کہ انہوں نے ’گندے ہتھکنڈے‘ استعمال کیے۔ ہیملٹن کی اس سیزن میں یہ دسویں کامیابی تھی۔ روزبیرگ نے ریس کے بعد کہا، ’’یقینی طور پر یہ میرے کیریئر کی بہترین ریس نہیں تھی اور میں اس سے زیادہ لطف اندوز نہیں ہوا۔‘‘ تاہم انہوں نے کہا کہ وہ خوش ہیں کہ وہ امسالہ چیمیئن شپ کا ٹائٹل اپنے نام کرنے کے قابل ہو گئے ہیں۔، ’’یہ مرحلہ میرے لیے سخت اور اعصاب شکن تھا۔‘‘ روزبیرگ اب جرمنی کے ایسے تیسرے ڈرائیور بن گئے ہیں، جنہوں نے فارمولا ون کا ٹائٹل جیتا ہے۔ اس سے قبل مشہور زمانہ جرمن ڈرائیور میشائل شوماخر اور سباستیان فیٹل اس ٹائٹل کو جیت کر اپنے ملک کا نام روشن کر چکے ہیں۔ دبئی گراں پری میں تیسرے نمبر پر آنے والے فیراری ٹیم کے جرمن ڈرائیور فیٹل اس سیزن میں پوائنٹس ٹیبل پر چوتھے نمبر پر رہے جبکہ تیسری پوزیشن ریڈ بل ٹیم کے آسٹریلوی ڈرائیور ڈینئل ریکارڈو کے پاس رہی۔ گراں پری کے سلسلے میں ایک ریس جیتنے والے ڈرائیور کو پچیس پوائنٹس ملتے ہیں جبکہ دوسرے نمبر پر آنے والے کو اٹھارہ اور تیسری پوزیشن حاصل کرنے والے ڈرائیور کو پندرہ پوائنٹس دیے جاتے ہیں۔ اس سال اس سیزن میں مجموعی طور پر اکیس ریسیں منعقد ہوئیں۔

Nico Rosberg secured his debut Formula One world championship at a tense season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Second place was enough for the German to pip Briton and Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton to the title. Hamilton started from pole position and claimed victory, his 10th of the season and fourth in a row, in a nail-biting conclusion to the ... Read More »

Nico Rosberg looking to take decisive step towards F1 title at Austin

On Sunday, Nico Rosberg will be looking to take a major step towards becoming the third German to win the Formula One title. He will also be looking to erase an unpleasant memory from last year's race. After 11 years on the Formula One circuit, 31-year-old Nico Rosberg has never been closer to realizing his goal of winning the driver's championship. The Wiesbaden native goes into Sunday's race in Austin, Texas with a 33-point lead over his British teammate and bitter rival, Lewis Hamilton. If he wins both in Austin and in Mexico one week later and Hamilton finishes fails to finish second in either one, the title will be his. Hamilton though, will like his chances of beating Rosberg in Austin. It is one of his favorite circuits, having taken the checkered flag in three of the four races held at the circuit. "America has always been a good hunting ground for me. I've been out here for a week already, so I'm looking forward to fighting again," the Briton told reporters at a press conference in the Lone Star state. Bitter memory Last year's contest saw him nudge Rosberg off on the first turn. The German then ran wide while leading late in the race, allowing the Briton to overtake him and win the race. The race is possibly best remembered for an incident shortly bore the two teammates headed to the winner's podium, when Rosberg angrily threw his second-place cap back at Hamilton. Rosberg's frustration may have been what sparked an increase in his performance, though. He won the final three races of 2015 and the first four of 2016, before a midseason dip allowed Hamilton to temporarily seize the lead in the drivers' standings. Rosberg though, soon returned to form, putting himself in the comfortable position he finds himself now. Ahead of the 2016 US Grand Prix the son of Finland's 1982 drivers' champion, Keke Rosberg, is determined not to let his teammate get the better of him this time. "Last year this race obviously didn't work out so great for me," he said. "So I'm looking forward to getting back out there and doing my best to get it right this time." 'Starting from scratch' He also said Hamilton's dominant record in Austin was no cause for concern. "With the car that I have, I can win on any track against Lewis. This weekend, for me, we're just starting from scratch," he said. "He's going to be fully motivated as always, of course. He's going to be at his best. It'll be exciting and that's it," added Rosberg. Looking to 'make the most' of his chance For his part, Hamilton, who has been hampered by mechanical problems this season, said he had by no means given up on winning another title. "We've got four races left to make the most of it and that's exactly what I plan to do," he said. "It's just about hitting every race weekend as hard as I can, going all out for every win and seeing what happens from there." Should Rosberg prevail in the end, he will become the third German drivers' champion after Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, and just the second son of a title-holder (after Damon Hill) to win F1's top honor.

On Sunday, Nico Rosberg will be looking to take a major step towards becoming the third German to win the Formula One title. He will also be looking to erase an unpleasant memory from last year’s race. After 11 years on the Formula One circuit, 31-year-old Nico Rosberg has never been closer to realizing his goal of winning the driver’s ... Read More »

Formula One: Rosberg wins in Italy to reduce gap to two points

A strong qualifying session from Hamilton left the Englishman in prime position to extend his Championship lead, but disaster struck and German teammate Rosberg benefitted. Nico Rosberg reduced the gap in the Formula One Championship to just two points after winning the Italian Grand Prix by over 15 seconds. Lewis Hamilton had been leading the Championship by nine points ahead of the race and following a strong qualifying session yesterday, it seemed as if the defending champion would extend his lead on one of the calendar's most iconic tracks. However, disaster struck for Hamilton when a slow start saw him drop to sixth and allow Rosberg and a host of other cars to overtake. Clean air Rosberg was left with the fortuitous position of clean air on a track of relatively few corners, and with Mercedes having the power advantage the German was able to accumulate a lengthy lead that he never lost. Hamilton battled back after his poor start to take second spot on the podium, with Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari taking third. With this triumph in Monza, Rosberg celebrated his second win in succession and his seventh of the season. The victory also prevented Hamilton completing a hat-trick of Italian wins, a feat achieved only by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950s.

A strong qualifying session from Hamilton left the Englishman in prime position to extend his Championship lead, but disaster struck and German teammate Rosberg benefitted. Nico Rosberg reduced the gap in the Formula One Championship to just two points after winning the Italian Grand Prix by over 15 seconds. Lewis Hamilton had been leading the Championship by nine points ahead ... Read More »

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