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Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix and takes over the World Championship as Rosberg registers DNF

Lewis Hamilton regained the lead of the Drivers' Championship today courtesy a lights to flag victory at the Singapore Grand Prix, benefiting greatly from an electronics failure which prevented Nico Rosberg from getting anything out of the race. The Red Bulls were also happy beneficiaries of Mercedes' struggles as Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo recorded a rare double podium this season, finishing just ahead of the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.

The big talking point though of the race was the damage to the electronics on board Nico Rosberg's car as the world championship leader coming into this race was late on the starting grid and then couldn't get his car off it for the formation lap. Rosberg finally started the race from the pits, but had virtually no acceleration of note and was only able to make up one place at the back of the field as his car struggled to get through the gears. When the Mercedes man finally came into the pits he was unable to restart the car after changing his steering wheel, and was forced to retire his car, thereby blowing his 22 point lead in the Championship.

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Hamilton snatches thrilling Singapore Pole from Rosberg's grasp

Lewis Hamilton snatched Pole Position away from his teammate Nico Rosberg for the 6th time this season, this time getting the better of this Mercedes mate by the narrowest of margins, just 0.007 seconds after a thrilling qualifying session in Singapore.

Hamilton, who trails Rosberg in the Drivers' Championship by 22 points heading into this Sunday's race, will start the Singapore Grand Prix from the best possible place on the grid and will hope to do better this week after his poor start at the Italian Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago. Hamilton though recovered from his sluggish start to win that race and cut Rosberg's lead in the Championship by 7 points.

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Alonso quickest in Friday Morning Practice at Singapore Grand Prix

The Scuderia Ferrari drivers ended the first free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix in first and seventh positions. Fernando Alonso set the benchmark time in 1.49.056, while Kimi Raikkonen’s best time was a 1.50.783.

The Spaniard and the Finn completed 16 and 19 laps respectively, working on set-up and beginning the evaluation of the Pirelli Soft tyre, a task that will be completed in the second session when they will also run the Supersofts.

The track is quite dirty and appears to be as bumpy as ever, especially in the first sector,while its temperature ran at 37 degrees.

Between Fernando and Kimi on the time sheet came the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, the two Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso. Vettel though could miss the second session after having suffered an engine failure.

Pascal Wehrlein named new Mercedes reserve driver

The Mercedes Formula One Team announced today the appointment of Pascal Wehrlein to the position of reserve driver.  After a successful early career in go-karts, Pascal (19, Sigmaringen, Germany) won the 2011 ADAC Formel Masters before graduating to Formula 3 in 2012. In his maiden season, he secured second place in the F3 Euroseries championship and claimed the title of best rookie.

For 2013, DTM with Mercedes-Benz beckoned and 18-year-old Pascal became the youngest driver in series history, continuing the long-standing Mercedes-Benz tradition of developing young driver talent.

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Hamilton beats Rosberg to win Italian Grand Prix

A couple of poor errors heading into turn 1 from German driver Nico Rosberg cost him the Italian Grand Prix as the World Championship leader missed the turn and had to ride an obstacle course, not once, but twice, allowing teammate Lewis Hamilton to overtake him on the track and cut the German's lead at the top of the Drivers' Standings to 22 points.

While most pundits will point towards the ill will brewing in the team as a result of the pair's collision in Belgium for which Rosberg was forced by Mercedes to take the blame, the reality on the track was that Rosberg made what seemed like two rudimentary racing errors and will perhaps be happy to put the Italian Grand Prix behind him and walk away still comfortably ahead in the World Championship. If there was any doubt remaining though about who the team was backing, appeared to be comfortably cleared with Toto Wolff grinning from ear to ear as Hamilton took over the lead from Rosberg.

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Williams announces Driver Line Up for the 2015 Season

Williams announced that it will be retaining the services of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas as the teams’ Race Drivers for the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship season.

Felipe joined Williams for the start of the 2014 season and secured the team’s first pole position since 2012 at the Austrian Grand Prix. A proven race winner with 11 wins and 36 podiums to his name, Felipe competed in his 200th Grand Prix at Silverstone in July and next year will be his 14th season in Formula One. Valtteri Bottas joined Williams in 2010 as a Test Driver and graduated to a race seat in 2013. He has secured four podium finishes so far this season and has matured into one of the sport’s most promising young talents, currently sitting fifth in the Drivers’ Championship.

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Mercedes lock out front row in Monza with Hamilton getting the better of Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the 2014 Italian Grand Prix with Nico Rosberg completing a front low lockout for the Mercedes team as they looked to bounce back from their debacle in Belgium last week. Today's result was the twelfth pole position for the team in 13 races, but only Hamilton's fifth and his first in 4 months after being regularly out qualified by his German teammate. Unsurprisingly, the top six qualifiers and 7 out of the top 10 today were all powered by Mercedes-Benz Hybrid Power Units.

Williams meanwhile locked out the second row of the grid with Valtteri Bottas qualifying third and Felipe Massa fourth. Such was their dominance today that Valtteri and Felipe were in third and fourth for all three qualifying sessions, and finished only a few tenths adrift of the top two Mercedes. Fans will be hoping that they will be able to give the Mercedes duo a run for their money tomorrow. The third row sees the McLaren pair of Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button.

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