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Rosberg beats Hamilton to Hockenheim Pole

Hometown favourite Nico Rosberg took a very popular pole position today, his second at the Hockenheim Circuit and 27th of his career in Qualifying for tomorrow's German Grand Prix. Nico's Mercedes teammate and Championship leader Lewis Hamilton completed a seventh Silver Arrows front row lockout of the season taking P2.

It was a fortunate front row for the Briton after the stewards opted to penalize the Mercedes team but not Hamilton for an unsafe release from the pits earlier in the day. Mercedes were fined €10,000 for the indiscretion, but Hamilton escaped without censure.


Nico Rosberg: "I'm not counting points"

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg has admitted his disappointment after falling behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the first time this season in the world championship race, but insisted the battle is far from over.

Hamilton took a six-point lead in the standings following his victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, passing Rosberg on turn one of the first lap before cruising to victory, reports Sky Sports on Monday.


Lewis Hamilton wins fifth Hungarian F1 GP

British driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, beating teammate Nico Rosberg of Germany to become the new leader of the Formula One World Championship. Starting in second position, behind Rosberg in pole, Hamilton was able to overtake his teammate on the opening lap and cruised to the race win at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest.

The win is Hamilton's fifth in Budapest, his previous record of four wins being shared with German legend Michael Schumacher. It was also the 48th of his career.


Rosberg pips Hamilton to Hungary pole

Nico Rosberg produced a fantastic yet controversial late lap to snatch Pole Position at the Hungaroring from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton as the German side produced their sixth front row lockout of the 2016 season. Rosberg's pole was the 26th of his career, his second at the Hungaroring Circuit and fourth of the 2016 season so far.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton looked on course for yet another pole position, but yellow flags due to an error by Fernando Alonso forced the Briton to abort his final quick lap. Rosberg, who was also affected by the yellow flags, took advantage of being ahead of Hamilton on the track and slowed down at the appropriate place before stepping on the accelerator to set a 1:19.965 lap, the sole sub 1 minute 20 second lap of the day.


Nico Rosberg extends contract with Mercedes

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team announced today that they have signed a two-year contract extension with Nico Rosberg for the 2017 and 2018 Formula One seasons.

Nico has been a core member of the Silver Arrows since the team returned to the sport in 2010 and has played a crucial role in the team's success in that time. He has scored 19 Grand Prix wins and 25 pole positions so far with Mercedes-Benz and is currently leading the Drivers' World Championship.


Pierre Gasly does another 103 laps for Red Bull on Wednesday

In-season testing for 2016 drew to a close today at Silverstone, with Pierre Gasly posting just over a century of laps of the British circuit. The 20-year-old Red Bull Junior spent the morning session carrying out aerodynamic work on medium compound tyres. After a period of rain in the afternoon Pierre undertook further evaluation work of test parts before rising to P3 late in the session with a lap of 1:31.429 set on soft compound tyres.

“I’m really happy about today,” said Pierre. “We got more than 100 laps, which was really good. A lot of mileage on the medium tyres, a lot of long runs in which I could really get attuned to the car. We tested many things for the team, which was the most important thing and I tried to give really good feedback and to get the best out of all those laps, because it’s not every day you get the chance to drive a Formula One car, especially with Red Bull. We put on a set of softs on at the end and we managed to do a pretty good lap, so all in all it was a really, really good day.”


Pierre Gasly has strong outing for Red Bull at Silverstone

Just two days after a thrilling British Grand Prix, Formula One’s final in-season test of the year got underway at Silverstone today and fresh from a superb GP2 race win over the weekend, Red Bull Junior Programme driver Pierre Gasly made the step up to Formula One machinery, piloting the RB12 across 44 laps of the Northamptonshire circuit. The Frenchman finished in P11 for the day after being delayed by electronics issues in the dry morning session and conducting the bulk of his running in frequently damp afternoon conditions. Early in the morning the team also tested the latest version of the Halo head protection device.

“This morning we didn’t run much but in the afternoon on the inters and the wets we did some good work. It’s always good to get some running in the wet and hopefully it will give them some good information on the car,” said Pierre afterwards.


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