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Hamilton pips home-favorite Vettel for pole position in Germany

Lewis Hamilton produced a stellar final flying lap as the British ace piped crowd-favorite Sebastian Vettel to claim pole position in Nurburgring for the German GP. Vettel despite his best efforts had to settle for 2nd place right alongside the Mercedes ace on the front-row of the starting grid tomorrow as Mark Webber qualified in 3rd place to make it a good day at the office for Red Bull.

The second row is an all Lotus one as Kimi Raikkonen will line up in 4th place ahead of his teammate Romain Grosjean.

However, the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso decided to shun qualifying gains for a better strategy in the race as they qualified on the long-lasting medium tyres in 7th and 8th places respectively as Daniel Ricciardo out-qualified both of them in 6th place. Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg rounded off the top 10.


Vettel beats Rosberg to head final practice session in Germany

Sebastian Vettel produced a clinical lap to head the timesheets at the end of a gripping final practice session in Nurburgring for the German GP. Vettel saved his best for the last as the German set a stunning 1:29.517 s lap, over six-tenths clear of compatriot Nico Rosberg.

Mark Webber rounded off the top 3 in a good session for Red Bull whilst the Ferrari duo of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa completed the top 5 positions.

Kimi Raikkonen finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean as the trio finished very close to one another. Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Sutil rounded off the top 10.


Classy Rosberg snatches victory at Silverstone as Vettel suffers mechanical failure

Nico Rosberg took an excellent victory in an incident-packed British Grand Prix at Silverstone as the German took maximum advantage of incidents ahead of him to finish on the top step of the podium. Mark Webber, in his final British Grand Prix produced the drive of the day as after dropping outside the top 10 by the first corner, the gritty Aussie executed a calculated assault to climb up the field to finish in an excellent 2nd place, just 0.7 s shy off the race winning Mercedes.

Fernando Alonso proved for the umpteenth time that when the going gets tough, he gets going, as the Spaniard capped an excellent race on the final step of the podium in 3rd place to eat into Vettel’s championship lead. Vettel was cruising to victory until his gear-box gave up on him on Lap 42, as the Red Bull driver registered a rare DNF.


Hamilton cruises to scintillating Silverstone pole ahead of Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton romped to a classy pole position in Silverstone as, the local-hero drove a magnificent final flying lap to qualify four-tenths up on his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the British Grand Prix. It could not have been scripted better as Hamilton on his home-turf notched up yet another pole position for the Silver Arrows this season and Nico Rosberg had absolutely no answer to Hamilton’s final lap.

Rosberg however, made it yet another 1-2 for Mercedes in qualifying this season, whilst the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber qualified on the second row in 3rd and 4th places respectively.


Mercedes to the fore at Silverstone as Rosberg leads Hamilton in dominant final practice session

Mercedes demonstrated exactly why they are hot-favorites for claiming yet another pole position this season in Silverstone, as Nico Rosberg led crowd-favourite Lewis Hamilton in a gripping final practice session for the British Grand Prix. The Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber are likely to be the German marquee’s stiffest competition in qualifying as the duo finished the session in 3rd and 4th places respectively.

Romain Grosjean capped an incident-free session in 5th place ahead of big-guns such as Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen who completed the session 7th and 8th fastest respectively.


Mercedes, Red Bull in the fray as Rosberg tops British GP practice

Nico Rosberg topped the charts for Mercedes on a cold and damp afternoon at Silverstone in free practice for the British Grand Prix. The Mercedes, true to recent form took the top spot on one lap pace, trailed by the Red Bull duo of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

The German driver, who took pole position in three races preceding Canada and famously won the Monaco Grand Prix, was fastest with a 1:32.248s lap, three tenths of a second up on Webber.  The Australian has always been strong on the fast sweeps of the Northamptonshire track- his lap of 1:32.547 a tenth and a half quicker than three-time world champion teammate Vettel, who posted a 1:32.832 best.


Félix da Costa and Sainz Jr to feature at Silverstone Young Driver Test

Infiniti Red Bull Racing announced today that Red Bull Junior Team drivers António Félix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Junior will be taking part in the Young Driver Test set for 17-19 July at Silverstone in the UK. Antonio will be at the wheel for the first two days of the test, with Carlos completing the team’s running at the Northamptonshire circuit on day three.

No stranger to F1 machinery, Portuguese racer Félix da Costa took part in last year’s Young Driver Test at Yas Marina, where he put Red Bull Racing on top of the timesheet on his second day. Earlier this season, he filled the role of reserve driver for Infiniti Red Bull Racing, while regular reserve Sébastien Buemi was on duty at other series (he was racing at the World Endurance Championships during the Chinese Grand Prix and Le Mans testing while we were at the Canadian Grand Prix).


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