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Mercedes pulls up Drivers for latest collision, no team orders imposed

The Mercedes Formula One team management has told its drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg that they will be free to race each other in the British Grand Prix but must not lose any more points through clashes.

The team's statement on Thursday came after current World Champion Hamilton and Rosberg crashed into each other on a late bend in the Austrian GP on July 3.

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Hamilton overtakes Rosberg on Final Lap to win Austrian Grand Prix

British driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix, ahead of Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Finn Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari in a thrilling finish on Sunday.

A vibrant final lap saw Hamilton overtaking team-mate Nico Rosberg, who until then was leading the race. The manoeuvre forced Rosberg to swerve and hit his team-mate's spoiler. In the end, Rosberg was relegated to the fourth position.

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Nikita Mazepin to drive at Silverstone test

Sahara Force India announced today that its development driver, Nikita Mazepin, will drive the VJM09 at the test session following the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. The 17-year-old Russian will drive both days of the test, which will take place on the 12th and 13th of July.

Mazepin, who was announced in his development role with the team in February, is currently competing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship with Hi-Tech Racing. He has already attended several Formula One events with the team this season and has begun an extensive simulator programme at the team’s Silverstone HQ.

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Rosberg quicker than Hamilton in Austrian Friday Practice

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg finished both sessions in P1 with Lewis Hamilton finishing both sessions in P2 in Friday Practice ahead of the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix. A time of 1:07:373 from Rosberg in the morning session saw him set a new fastest lap of the Spielberg circuit, an effort he was unable to replicate in the afternoon as some showers washed away the rubber laid down on the track.

Rosberg put in 62 laps over the course of the day to Hamilton's 53 with the Briton's best time being 1:07.730, also set in the morning. Both drivers ran the super soft and ultra soft compound tyres in the morning session. In the afternoon Nico ran the intermediate, super soft and ultra soft tyres, while Lewis ran the soft, intermediate and ultra soft.

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Rosberg wins European Grand Prix to open up 24 point lead

nico_rosbergDrivers' Championship points leader Nico Rosberg ended a three race winning drought to pick up his 5th win of the 2016 season, leading the first ever race at the Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan from start to finish completely unopposed. The triumph was also the 19th of his career, opening up a 24 point lead over his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, 141 to 117.

Lewis had a topsy turvy weekend that saw him recover from a P10 grid slot to eventually finish fifth, struggling with the energy output of his car for the better part of the race.

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Rosberg takes Pole at European Grand Prix, Hamilton 10th

Current Formula One Drivers' Championship points leader, Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, topped all three qualifying sessions to become the first Pole sitter at the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan today - his 25th career pole position and third of the 2016 season so far. The Formula One Gods, who have appeared to favour Rosberg's teammate Lewis Hamilton in the recent weeks, seemed to switch their allegiance once again as the Briton crashed in Q3, breaking his suspension after driving into the wall on Turn 11.

That means Lewis will start tomorrow's European Grand Prix from P10 ending his Q3 session without a flying lap being set. Tomorrow's race is definitely Rosberg's to lose, having used only 1 set of SuperSoft in each of the qualifying sessions, unlike Hamilton who needed 2 in Q2. Interestingly, Rosberg's Q2 time of 1:42.520 was more than a second better than Hamilton's while his Q3 run was actually slower than his Q2 effort, but still comfortably good enough for pole at 1:42.758.

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Hamilton dedicates Canadian GP win to Muhammad Ali

lewis_hamilton.jpgLewis Hamilton drove brilliantly to win his fifth Canadian Grand Prix and dedicated the victory to the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

With the win, Hamilton stormed back into contention for the Formula One drivers' title, reports CMC.

The Brit dedicated the victory to the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali, radioing his crew to say: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. That was for Muhammad Ali."

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