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Hamilton leads Bottas in stunning Mercedes 1-2 in Montreal, Vettel fights back to finish fourth

Lewis Hamilton took his 56th career victory, his sixth at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, and his third of the 2017 season at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday. Such was Hamilton's dominance in Montreal that he completed just the fourth Grand Slam of his career, claiming pole, the victory, fastest lap and leading every lap of the Grand Prix.

To make things even better for Mercedes, Lewis' teammate Valtteri Bottas came home in second to secure the Silver Arrows' first 1-2 of 2017. Daniel Ricciardo claimed third place for Red Bull, leaving title contender Sebastian Vettel in fourth ahead of his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen who finished way down in seventh place.

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Vettel wins Monaco Grand Prix, Raikkonen takes second

ferrari-170045_mon-media-featFerrari claimed a rare one-two at the Monaco Grand Prix with their presumptive nominee for the Drivers' Championship Sebastian Vettel finishing ahead of his Finnish teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel's win was his third of the season and his second at Monte Carlo, having won here last in 2011. Vettel's triumph was also the 44th of his career and his sixth with Ferrari.

Furthermore, victory in Monaco opened up his lead over Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton, who came in seventh place and stands at 104 points in the season's rankings, behind 1st place Vettel who has 129 points. Red Bull's Australian driver, Daniel Ricciardo, took third place behind the Ferraris.

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Kimi leads Ferrari front row lock out at Monaco Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen took pole in today’s qualifying at the Monaco street circuit, with a time of 1:12.178, while his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel was second, just 0.043 of a second slower. Tomorrow’s race will see the second all red front row of the season after the one in Russia. Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes will start tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix from P3, after finishing just 0.002s in a very tight-fought Qualifying session.

Bottas' Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton struggled for grip throughout the session and was eliminated in Q2 - after being unable to complete a lap that would have put him into Q3 owing to yellow flags for a crashed car.

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Lewis Hamilton edges Sebastian Vettel in thrilling Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes on Sunday won the Spanish Grand Prix following a titanic battle with Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari who finished in second place. Lewis' win was the 55th of his career, his second at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and second of the 2017 season. The result moves Hamilton to within six points of Vettel in the Drivers' Championship with the Briton on 98 points to the German's 104. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport meanwhile lead the Constructors' Championship by eight points from Ferrari, 161 points to 153.

This race was one of the best of what is already turning out to be quite a year for Formula One. A perfect getaway from second on the grid saw Sebastian Vettel move ahead of Lewis Hamilton and into the lead. Things did not go so well for his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen: at the first corner, he was tapped from behind by Valtteri Bottas and that pushed him into Verstappen which meant the Iceman had to pull over to the side of the track with a broken front left suspension.

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Valtteri Bottas wins Russian Grand Prix, Ferrari grab double podium finish

Valtteri Bottas took his maiden Formula One victory today after jumping the two Ferraris off the start, then edging out Sebastian Vettel in a nailbitting, race-long battle in Sochi. A front row lock-out in qualifying and both cars on the podium at the end of the race, courtesy of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finishing second and third respectively in a Russian Grand Prix that was settled in two moments; the start and the final lap.

There was a worrying moment with the need for an extra formation lap, when Fernando Alonso was forced to park his stop his car on track. At the start, Bottas managed to get ahead of Seb and Kimi, who did a good job of fending off Hamilton, in the long run down to the first turn. But the Safety Car was called out immediately following the Palmer-Grosjean collision.

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Vettel takes Pole in Russia, Hamilton down in fourth place

ferrari-A1G5699-media-featThe qualifying session in Sochi ended with an all-red front row for Scuderia Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix from first and second position respectively. Vettel's time was an excellent 1:33.194. while Raikkonen was just marginally behind at 1:33.253.

Ferrari's resurgence meant that the Silver Arrows had to make do with the second row of the grid with Valtteri Bottas claiming P3 with a time of 1:33.289, just 0.095s behind pole setter Vettel. Lewis Hamilton was undoubtedly disappointed at having to settle for P4, with his best time in Q3 being 1:33.767, marginally slower than what he was running in Q2.

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Sebastian Vettel wins engrossing Bahrain Grand Prix

ferrari-GP-bahrain-vettel-vittoria-media-featFerrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix, his second title of the three race old 2017 Formula One season on Sunday. Britain's Lewis Hamilton and Finn Valtteri Bottas, both with the Mercedes team, finished in second and third places, respectively. Kimi Raikkonen, also from Ferrari finished fourth, despite encountering a few difficulties. He fought back to finish just off the podium.

Hamilton's race was ruined by a five second time penalty for driving unnecessarily slowly in the pit lane as he battled Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull. Ricciardo ultimately finished in fifth place, an important result for Red Bull, for whom Max Verstappen registered a disappointing DNF.

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