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Hamilton plays down Mercedes form

Lewis Hamilton has brushed off claims that his Mercedes team are in a league of their own going into the new season. Hamilton, on slower tyres, was second fastest on day two of the second pre-season test, behind Valtteri Bottas. ...

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I can win third world title – Alonso

Fernando Alonso still believes he can win a third World Championship despite the struggles faced by his McLaren-Honda team. The Spaniard, 34, won his second title in 2006 with Renault and has come close three times since – in 2007 ...

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Rosberg fastest in Barcelona testing

Nico Rosberg set the pace as world champions Mercedes continued their ominous form on the first day of the final Formula 1 pre-season test. The German was 0.207 seconds quicker than Williams driver Valtteri Bottas. There was encouragement for struggling ...

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Sauber's Ericsson confident of success

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson says the team can take a “step forward” this season despite competition “becoming fiercer”. Swede Ericsson, 25, begins his second season with the team after finishing 18th in the drivers’ standings last year with nine points. “This ...

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Formula 1 gossip

Monday, 29 February Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Formula 1’s new qualifying format will swiftly be figured out by all the teams. (Autosport) Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen admits he made “too many mistakes” last season but says he has ...

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Qualifying format changes delayed

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says the introduction of a new elimination qualifying format will be delayed until the fifth race of the season. He said the software controlling the new system would not be ready for the start of ...

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Mercedes' testing incredible – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has praised his Mercedes team’s “incredible” performance in the first Formula 1 pre-season test. The Briton and German team-mate Nico Rosberg produced record mileage in their new car in Barcelona, leaving rivals stunned at its consistency. “I’ve never ...

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'Amazing' Mercedes already ahead

Formula 1 pre-season testing reached its halfway point in Barcelona on Thursday evening and one thing is abundantly clear – Mercedes are once again in formidable shape. Rivals were awestruck by the amount of mileage the team were able to ...

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Mercedes 'yet to show their hand'

Nico Rosberg has admitted his Mercedes team had not shown their hand so far in pre-season testing in Barcelona. The German and team-mate Lewis Hamilton have done more laps than anyone but not come close to setting the fastest times ...

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Changes have little effect – Hamilton

World champion Lewis Hamilton says planned changes to qualifying for this season will not have much effect. A new elimination-based system will be introduced as long as the teams do not find any major problems when they study it in ...

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