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Lewis Hamilton wins rain curtailed Japanese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship over teammate Nico Rosberg to 10 points by winning a rather wet Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. The race was called off early after a second red flag, and ended under a sombre cloud after an accident which saw Jules Bianchi car hit an already stationary Adrian Sutil's car, leaving the Marussia driver in need of urgent medical attention.

The race began behind the Safety Car in wet conditions, then was suspended at the end of lap two. The race resumed at 15:25, once again behind the Safety Car, which then pitted at the end of lap 9. From this point, the race ran uninterrupted on a wet track in mixed weather conditions. The race was brought to a premature end by a red flag on lap 44 after an accident for Jules Bianchi at Turn 7.


Rosberg takes Pole ahead of Hamilton in Suzuka as Typhoon threatens Japanese Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton second, to complete a front-row lockout for the team. Mercedes also claimed a fourth consecutive front-row lockout this afternoon in Suzuka. Valtteri Bottas qualified third for the sixth time this season with Felipe Massa fourth after a strong qualifying session for Williams too, with the manufacturer locking up the second row of the grid. Valtteri and Felipe were third and fourth throughout all three sessions, closing the gap to the Mercedes pair ahead.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who is reportedly leaving Scuderia for McLaren at the end of this season, was fifth fastest, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull. The McLaren duo of Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button reserved the fourth row of the grid for themselves ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and his possible future Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen.


Vettel to leave Red Bull, Kvyat named 2015 replacement

Sebastian Vettel has announced that he will be leaving Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the end of the 2014 season. Since joining the team in 2009, Sebastian, together with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, has scored 38 wins, 44 poles and eight World Championships, including four Drivers’ titles and four Constructors’.  If you include Sebastian’s success at Red Bull’s second team, Scuderia Toro Rosso, the Red Bull total increases to 39 wins and 45 poles.

Red Bull has chosen to fill the vacancy internally using their next generation of Red Bull racers. The Red Bull Junior Programme has developed some proven talents in recent times, including Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, who has excelled in the RB10 and become a three-time Formula One race winner in his first season with the team.

Red BUl Racing announced that Daniel will be joined in the team for 2015 by another rising star from the Junior Programme, Daniil Kvyat.

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.


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.


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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