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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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Mercedes take disciplinary action against Rosberg for Hamilton incident

The war for the Formula One Drivers' Championship is heating up inside Team Mercedes with drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton called in for an emergency meeting today to discuss the incident between the pair at the Belgian Grand Prix. Rosberg had inadvertently hit Hamilton in the race, causing the Briton a tyre-puncture, which allowed the German to extend his lead in the standings to 29 points.

Mercedes released the following statement as a result of their meeting today...

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Ricciardo wins exciting Belgian Grand Prix as Rosberg and Hamilton collide

The Formula One season restarted after its mid-term break in controversial fashion with Mercedes' lead duo clashing with each other early in the Belgian Grand Prix and costing the team a near certain victory if not a probable 1-2 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. As the race developed, Australia's Daniel Ricciardo latched onto another opportunity to pick up an incredible race win, becoming the first Aussie winner of the Belgian Grand Prix in over 50 years.

Nico Rosberg, who lost his front wing in his collision with Lewis Hamilton, was never more unpopular on the podium as he recovered to grab second place in what was eventually a rather creditable drive, but the young German was at the receiving end of plenty of stick from the British drivers' fans as Hamilton suffered a tyre puncture due to the racing incident and eventually retired late in the race from 16th place after struggling to make up time over the rest of the field having suffered the problem in the worst possible place on what is an incredibly long lap at Spa.

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Rosberg beats Hamilton to Spa pole, Vettel 3rd

Spa-Francorchamps served up a deluge of rain and hail in the build-up to qualifying but a thrilling session went ahead on time today for the Belgian Grand Prix. Drivers and teams were initially presented with a wet but drying track, before rain returned during the session. Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton completing a Silver Arrows front row lockout. Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo were 3rd and 5th respectively for Red Bull Racing with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso sandwiched between them.

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Alexander Rossi to make Formula One debut at Spa

The Marussia F1 Team will provide Alexander Rossi with the opportunity to make his Grand Prix debut at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps. Alexander will race alongside Jules Bianchi, substituting for Max Chilton while contractual issues are resolved.

Alexander joined the Team as Reserve Driver last month, the announcement coming at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He has taken part in a number of Friday morning Free Practice 1 sessions with his previous team but this weekend will see him ‘racing’ a Formula 1 car for the first time.

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