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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 »

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 »

Rosberg pips Hamilton for pole position in Japan Formula One GP

The German has clocked the fastest lap in Saturday's qualifying round, beating his Mercedes teammate by just over one-hundredth of a second. The German leads the World Championship by 23 points with five races to go. Nico Rosberg will start from pole position at Sunday's Japanese Formula One Grand Prix. The German pipped his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton, by just over one-hundredth of a second to clock the fastest lap time during Saturday's qualifying round. Hamilton will start alongside Rosberg in second position, while Kimi Raikkonen locked down third place in his Ferrari. After winning last week's Malaysian GP, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will start in sixth, behind his teammate Max Verstappen. Rosberg clocked his fastest lap at 1 minute and 30.647 seconds on the 5.8-kilometer (3.6 miles) long Suzuka Circuit, just .013 seconds faster than his teammate and championship rival. With five races remaining this season, Rosberg enjoys a 23-point lead over Hamilton, after the Brit was forced to retire in Malaysia due to engine failure. This is the German's 30th career pole position and his eighth this season. However, experience tells Rosberg that there will be no room for complacency on Sunday. The last two years, he has qualified in pole position in Japan, but on both occasions was beaten to the finish line by Hamilton. The Japanese Grand Prix starts at 5 a.m. UTC on Sunday.

The German has clocked the fastest lap in Saturday’s qualifying round, beating his Mercedes teammate by just over one-hundredth of a second. The German leads the World Championship by 23 points with five races to go. Nico Rosberg will start from pole position at Sunday’s Japanese Formula One Grand Prix. The German pipped his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton, by just ... 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 »

F1: Rosberg cruises to Belgian Grand Prix victory, Hamilton third

Nico Rosberg returned to winning ways with a serene victory at an otherwise chaotic Belgian Grand Prix. The German’s Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton started from the back but managed third behind Daniel Ricciardo. Rosberg’s debut win in Belgium and his sixth of the season narrowed the gap to championship leader Hamilton to nine points with eight rounds remaining. The German triumphed in the first four races of the year, before Briton Hamilton won six of the last eight. “It’s been a great weekend, very happy of course,” Rosberg said. “And of course congrats to Lewis. Last to third must have been some drive.” Uphill Sweep Rosberg started from pole at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit and was leading when the race was temporarily halted after nine laps following a high-speed crash by Renault’s Kevin Magnussen. The Dane lost control of his car as he crested the fast uphill sweep of the Eau Rouge corner and slammed violently into the barriers. Magnussen limped away from the mangled wreckage and was taken to a clinic for medical checks. Renault later said he had a small cut on an ankle but looked to be okay otherwise. There had been a chaotic start to the race in which Red Bull's Max Verstappen, second on the grid, and the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel collided at the first corner. German Vettel eventually finished sixth, with Raikkonen of Finland ninth, while Verstappen was 13th, much to the disappointment of thousands of the Dutchman's fans thronging the circuit. Incredible Race Hamilton, who had incurred multiple grid penalties over the weekend for extra engine part changes, avoided the carnage at the start and gained places when the race was restarted after Magnussen’s smash. “I just want to say a big thanks to everyone,” Hamilton said. “Just an incredible race. I think today I was on it, I was sharp. They predicted I would get eighth so that's a big bonus to come out here with three new engines and only a 10-point penalty." Big Lie Verstappen had a couple of run-ins with Raikkonen after the restart and later dismissed the Finn's criticism of his driving at Spa as "a big lie". "I was defending my position - if someone doesn't like it that's their problem," Verstappen said. "It's ridiculous. It's good TV if someone is moaning, but especially after (the first corner) when they do something like that I'm not going to give up my position easily." Verstappen's Red Bull team mate Ricciardo was delighted with his second-place finish having also made the podium in the previous two races in Germany and Hungary. The Australian is third in the driver standings on 151 points, with Hamilton on 232 and Rosberg on 223. The teams now head to Monza for next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg returned to winning ways with a serene victory at an otherwise chaotic Belgian Grand Prix. The German’s Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton started from the back but managed third behind Daniel Ricciardo. Rosberg’s debut win in Belgium and his sixth of the season narrowed the gap to championship leader Hamilton to nine points with eight rounds remaining. The ... Read More »

Vettel starts strong, Rosberg and Hamilton reclaim F1 season-opener

Sebastian Vettel leapt off the line into the lead, while the Mercedes faltered at Melbourne's Australian Grand Prix. But Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton recovered to finish first and second, followed by Vettel's Ferrari. Nico Rosberg continued his winning run from the end of 2015 at Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, winning the 57-lap race ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. "Yeah! Awesome, guys, awesome. Great start to the season," Rosberg yelled down the team radio after crossing the line to claim the first 25 points of the 2016 season. Sebastian Vettel, who blasted by the Silver Arrows off the line, had to settle for third position in the end. He was pressuring Hamilton for second in the closing laps, but ran wide late on, ending his push to split the Mercedes at Albert Park. Vettel's early advantage - especially over Hamilton, who dropped down to seventh place from pole position - was eroded at around the one-third mark. A huge crash involving McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Haas F1's Esteban Gutierrez led to the race being stopped for around a quarter of an hour - cancelling out the early lead Vettel had built on track. Alonso had sought to overtake Gutierrez around the outside into Turn 3, but caught the rear end of the Haas, launching himself into the wall. The Spaniard was quickly out of his crumpled car, despite the dramatic-looking damage. "It was a scary moment, a scary crash," Alonso said after getting the medical all-clear. "For the safety of those cars is why I'm alive - and the safety wall. I think it was a racing thing and sometimes we forget we are going 300 kilometers an hour." Mercedes one-stop, as new tires show longevity Vettel lost his running-mate Kimi Räikkönen early on, with the Finn pulling into the pits with his Ferrari engine in flames. This put Nico Rosberg on his countryman's tail, but Lewis Hamilton's difficult first lap left him back in seventh. He quickly climbed to fifth but was then frustrated behind Max Verstappen's Toro Rosso. Hamilton later said that a light collision with Rosberg at the first corner better explained his poor opening lap than the wheel-spinning getaway. "The actual start wasn't shocking, wasn't the worst, it was at turn one when Nico ran me off. I lost most ground then but I'm just grateful I was able to recover," the reigning champion said after the race. After the restart, Vettel retained his lead and continued to keep Nico Rosberg in check. However, it soon emerged that the Ferrari might be on a different strategy to the Mercedes. In Vettel's first stop, he elected a second set of super-soft tires, meaning he was obliged to stop at least once more to run a different compound of rubber. The Mercedes, however, took the harder medium tire compound for their second stints - meaning they could run to the end if the tires survived the distance. Neither Hamilton nor Rosberg would stop again, meaning that Vettel dropped from the lead to third position on making his second pit stop. Despite some fast early laps on fresh boots, Vettel only gradually hauled in Hamilton in second, then ran wide and lost his chance for a last-gasp bid to pass. 'This is like a win' - sixth on debut for Haas F1 Home favorite Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for Red Bull, with Williams' Felipe Massa fifth. Next up, however, came a finish few could have predicted. Romain Grosjean, driving the sole remaining Haas car after Gutierrez and Alonso crashed, placed sixth on the US outfit's very first F1 race. "Guys, listen to me. This is a win for us. This is just like a win for us," Grosjean, audibly overjoyed, said over the team radio. "I don't even know where I finished!" Angry Verstappen collides with teammate Force India's Nico Hülkenberg led the train of cars seeking to attack Grosjean, with the second Williams of Valtteri Bottas next in line in eighth. The final two points-paying positions went to Toro Rosso, who might have hoped for more based on their performance in qualifying and the early laps in Melbourne. Teenager Max Verstappen had run in fourth early in the race, and clearly became upset that pit strategy later placed him behind his teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. late in the race, believing he was faster than the Spaniard, Verstappen, angrily radioed in to his team - calling it a "joke" (he prefaced this with an adjective we cannot print) that he was stuck behind Sainz. A couple of laps later, Verstappen sought to take matters into his own hands and pass Sainz at the lap's penultimate corner; the pair collided and Verstappen spun, but both were able to continue despite the contact. 2016 drivers' championship standings (21-race season) Rosberg 25 Hamilton 18 Vettel 15 Ricciardo 12 Massa 10 Grosjean 8 Hülkenberg 6 Bottas 4 Sainz 2 Verstappen 1

Sebastian Vettel leapt off the line into the lead, while the Mercedes faltered at Melbourne’s Australian Grand Prix. But Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton recovered to finish first and second, followed by Vettel’s Ferrari. Nico Rosberg continued his winning run from the end of 2015 at Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix, winning the 57-lap race ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. ... Read More »

German emissions scandal threatens to engulf Mercedes, BMW

German auto giant Daimler has made legal threats against an environmental group after it tested diesel cars. The results appeared to show that Mercedes and BMW models are also cheating on emissions tests. The environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and German state broadcaster ZDF presented the results of nitric oxide tests they had conducted on two Mercedes and BMW diesel models. They appeared to show similar discrepancies between "test mode" and road conditions that hit Volkswagen earlier this year, triggering one of the biggest scandals in German automobile history. In response to the report released on December 15, a law firm representing Daimler, which owns Mercedes, sent a letter to the DUH that read, "Should you in any way present the accusation that my client manipulated its emissions data, we will act against you with all necessary sustainability and hold you responsible for any economic damage that my client suffers as a result." In defiance of another threat by the Schertz law firm, the DUH published the threatening letter in full on its website. "We have been massively threatened two more times, demanding that we take down the letter - we have told them we won't," DUH chairman Jürgen Resch told DW on Wednesday. "For me it's a very serious issue, because in 34 years of full-time work in environmental protection, and dealing with businesses, I have never experienced a business using media law to try and keep a communication - and a threatening letter at that - secret. "How are we supposed to do our work as a consumer and environmental protection organization when industry forbids us from making public certain threats it makes?" an outraged Resch added. "I think the threat itself is borderline legal coercion." Dirty diesel - on the road In a short documentary broadcast on December 15, ZDF tested three diesel cars - a Mercedes C200 CDI from 2011, a BMW 320d from 2009, and a VW Passat 2.0 Blue Motion from 2011 - and showed that all three produced more nitric oxide on the road than they did in an official laboratory test. "The measurement results show that the cars behave differently on the test dynamometer than when they are driven on the road," said the laboratory at the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland, which carried out the tests. The discrepancies researchers found were not small - while all three cars kept comfortably below the European Union's legal nitric oxide limit (180 milligrams per kilometer) in the lab, they all went well over the standard on the road, where the BMW recorded 428 mg/km (2.8 times its lab result), the Mercedes hit 420 mg/km (2.7 times its lab result), and the VW Passat reached 471 mg/km (3.7 times its lab result). No technical explanation Daimler did not respond to a request for comment from DW, but company spokesman Jörg Howe told the "taz" newspaper that the company could not verify the test result and pointed out that the cars had already been used. "No one can rule out that they weren't damaged or manipulated by a third party," he said. He also said outside temperatures, road surfaces, and wind could all have played a part in the discrepancy. A spokesman for BMW denied to ZDF that it used any kind of manipulative device. These answers did not wash with the DUH or with other experts. "I would expect discrepancies in the nitric oxide measurements, but not on this scale," Kai Borgeest of the Center for Automobile Electronics and Combustion Engines at Aschaffenburg University told ZDF. "Technically it is conceivable that the other manufacturers tested used 'power down' installations in different ways - in other words software functions that recognize the test cycle. That would be illegal." Resch of the DUH went even further. "Neither BMW nor Mercedes can explain to us how these massive discrepancies came about," he told DW. "Talking about the wind or that there were more people in the car could maybe explain a 3 percent difference - we've got 300 percent. These discrepancies can't be technically justified." Government silence Amidst all this new scrutiny, the German government is maintaining a stony silence. In response to a DW request, the Transport Ministry did not offer any other explanation for the test discrepancies. "The federal automobile authority [KBA] is currently carrying out tests on the affected Volkswagen diesel models as well as other major manufacturers of diesel cars ... the tests are taking place both on the 'roller' and on the street," the ministry said in a brief statement. The KBA said it could not comment as its press spokesman was not in the office. The lack of explanations is beginning to irk the environmental groups. "We haven't heard anything from the KBA about Mercedes. We haven't even got a confirmation from the German authorities that they have received our report," said Resch. "Interestingly enough - the EU Commission, the European Parliament, some foreign governments are all highly interested in our tests. "And we haven't had to take anything back, content-wise," he added. "In all the years, every single line of our statements are all still there unchanged - and you can bet that Renault, BMW, VW, Mercedes did everything they could to find a false statement or to claim that our measurements were wrong. They haven't done that." The new battle with Daimler is just the latest in the DUH's long campaign to try and get the German government to control emissions on German carmakers. "In February 2011, we named the VW Passat with extremely high nitric oxide emissions - that was whistleblower information that, of course, we could only show to the authorities," he said. "For over eight years, every year we've made a scandal of it. That's why we desperately need federal agencies that have the courage to investigate these things. "Now we're handicapped by this existence-threatening pressure - because a lawsuit would mean our insolvency," Resch said. "That does make me pretty angry, to be obstructed like this."

German auto giant Daimler has made legal threats against an environmental group after it tested diesel cars. The results appeared to show that Mercedes and BMW models are also cheating on emissions tests. The environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and German state broadcaster ZDF presented the results of nitric oxide tests they had conducted on two Mercedes and BMW diesel ... Read More »

Formula One: Rosberg wins season finale in Abu Dhabi

Although the title was long decided, Nico Rosberg reminded Lewis Hamilton that he's not far behind in the final race of the 205 Formula One season. The excitement has already started to build for the new season. Nico Rosberg won the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday with his teammate and world champion Lewis Hamilton finishing in second. It was Rosberg's first ever hat-trick of wins, the 30-year-old German adding to success in Mexico and Brazil for his sixth victory of the season. "Austin (the US Grand Prix) was the low point of my season, since then I've come back a lot stronger," Rosberg said in his podium interview. "I'm really excited about how the season went. Next year could start tomorrow for me - I don't need a holiday," added Rosberg. The German, who started on pole position, posted a winning time of one hour, 38 minutes, 30.175 seconds with Hamilton 8.271 seconds behind and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen claiming third, 19.430 adrift. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who started 15th, finished in fouth behind Raikkonen, who took only his third podium appearance of the season. "It's always tough to race Lewis, he's one of the best out there, so it's even better to win against that opposition," Rosberg added. Hamilton's hopes of a 44th career victory in car 44 on the 44th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates were dashed. The win was the 16th in 19 races for Mercedes though. Hamilton, who clinched the title in Texas last month with three races to spare, could not catch Rosberg after an attempt at a different strategy failed to produce the desired result. Hamilton had asked over the team radio with 15 laps to go whether he could go to the end having made only one pitstop to Rosberg's two but was left in no doubt that such a move would not work. He then pitted on the next lap.

Although the title was long decided, Nico Rosberg reminded Lewis Hamilton that he’s not far behind in the final race of the 205 Formula One season. The excitement has already started to build for the new season. Nico Rosberg won the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday with his teammate and world champion Lewis Hamilton finishing in second. It ... Read More »

Hamilton closing in on Formula One title

In a drama-filled Russian Grand Prix, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton clinched his ninth win of the season and looks set to defend his driver's title. His teammate and rival, Nico Rosberg, was forced to retire early. Lewis Hamilton triumphed at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday and took a massive step towards clinching the Formula One driver's championships with teammate Nico Rosberg retiring. Despite starting from the pole position, the German Rosberg was forced out of the race in the early stages due to throttle problems. Having started behind his Mercedes teammate on the grid, Hamilton was left to coast to victory and looks set for a successful defence of his driver's crown, holding a 66-point lead with just 100 points left to race fo. Drama throughout in Sochi In a race with two Safety Car interventions, several accidents and a number of retirements, Spaniard Carlos Sainz who had crashed heavily in his Toro Rosso on Saturday, was passed fit to start from the back of the grid, rose to 10th and retired after spinning off in the closing laps. An opening lap multi-car collision caused the first Safety Car. The second came after 12 laps when Romain Grosjean crashed heavily in his Lotus, but climbed out of the wreckage unhurt. Another crash came on the final lap involving Finns Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas of Williams as they battled for third. That mishap handed the position instead to Sergio Perez who claimed only the third podium in the Force India team's history. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel came in second. This ninth win of 2015 moved Hamilton up to 302 points in the drivers standings with Vettel overtaking Rosberg, the former four-time champion now placed second on 236 points, with Rosberg on 229. Hamilton can clinch the title in the United States Grand Prix on October 25 if all of the results go his way in Texas. The constructors's title though, was decided in the aftermath of Sunday's race, when officials determined that Raikkonnen had been at fault in the collision with Bottas and handed him a 30-second penalty. This dropped Raikonnen's placing in the Russian Grand Prix from fifth to eighth, and the loss of points in the constructors' standings meant that Mercedes have won their second successive title with four races to spare.

In a drama-filled Russian Grand Prix, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton clinched his ninth win of the season and looks set to defend his driver’s title. His teammate and rival, Nico Rosberg, was forced to retire early. Lewis Hamilton triumphed at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday and took a massive step towards clinching the Formula One driver’s championships with ... Read More »

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