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Williams Confirms Driver Line Up for 2016 Season

Williams Racing announced today that the partnership of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will be retained for a third season in the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Felipe joined the team for the 2014 season and has so far scored one pole position, at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix, and four podium finishes. His experience of more than a decade at the pinnacle of Formula One is a valuable asset to the team. 


Nico Hulkenberg inks new deal with Force India

Force India announced today the signing of a two-year contract extension with Nico Hulkenberg. It means Nico will race in the team’s colours until at least the end of the 2017 season, giving the team valuable stability in the years ahead.

Nico Hulkenberg shared, “I’m very pleased to finalise and announce my plans for the future. I know this team inside out and I feel at home here so it made perfect sense to make a long-term commitment. The progress the team has shown over the last two years has really impressed me and gives me confidence for the future. It’s a great group of people who are hungry for success and want to keep improving year-on-year. I think we have the important things in place going forward and I want to continue growing with this team as we move even further up the grid.”


Hamilton, Rosberg unstoppable at Spa, Vettel has late puncture

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton picked up his 6th win of the season in 11 races, leading the Belgian Grand Prix from start to finish to cement his place as the man to beat this season. Father-in-waiting Nico Rosberg seemed to have other things on his mind as he made a particularly poor start to the race dropping well down the field, but recovered to take 2nd place and stay just about within sniffing distance of his Mercedes teammate.

Former world champion Sebastian Vettel appeared to have third place in the bag, but a blown tyre late in the race cost him dearly, handing a podium finish to a delighted Romain Grosjean to give some cheer to a rather beleaguered Lotus team.


Hamilton takes 10th Pole of the season in Belgium

The fastest men in the world might have had a mid-summer break, but it appeared to be business as usual at Mercedes as the reigning Constructors' Champions dominated qualifying at the Belgian Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton storming to his 10th Pole Position in 11 races this season, and teammate Nico Rosberg locking out the front row of the grid, nearly half-a-second back.

In fact, such was Mercedes' domination that the top 5 cars in qualifying are all fitted with Mercedes engines with Valtteri Bottas in the Williams qualifying in third place. Bottas' teammate Felipe Massa didn't have quite as happy an outing, finishing 7th quickest today, but he and Daniel Ricciardo in the first non-Mercedes car will both move up a place as a result of a 5-place grid penalty handed to Sebastian Grosjean, who produced an excellent drive to finish in the top 4.


Vettel wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix with two Red Bulls also on the podium

A 69 lap charge around the Hungaroring ended in a win for Sebastian Vettel. The German took the lead right after the start, with a forceful move on the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Vettel saw his 30 second advantage wiped out when the Safety Car came out on lap 42. Seb kept his concentration, doing a good job of managing the final third of the race, to take the chequered flag in first place for his second win with Ferrari, his first ever in Hungary.

Kimi Raikkonen was very unlucky today. The Finn was lying second for much of the race, thanks to a great start and a determined overtaking move on Rosberg under braking for Turn 2. Kimi was right behind his team-mate for two thirds of the race, but his chance of a podium evaporated on lap 56 when a problem with his energy recovery system meant he had to retire.


Another front row lockout from Mercedes as Hamilton grabs Hungarian pole

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth Hungarian Grand Prix pole position and the 47th of his Formula One career, while his Mercedes teammate and closest championship challenger Nico Rosberg qualified second to complete a front row lockout for the Silver Arrows once against this weekend. Today's result means that Mercedes has now taken pole at all 10 Grands Prix thus far in 2015.

A delighted Hamilton, who produced an incredible 1:22.020 lap in Q3 shared after his qualifying run, "It's been a good weekend so far. I've generally had really good experiences here. I love the city, love the weather, love the track. It's such a great track to drive - grippy in these conditions and you really can throw the car around like a go-kart. It's great to be on pole - but me and Nico wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the fantastic work done by the team to give us this car. A big thanks to all of them. The work isn't done on a Saturday, of course. It's been a great start - in fact I can't remember having such a strong performance all the way through. But anything can happen on that run down to turn one and through the race. I'm feeling confident in myself, confident in the car and confident in Mercedes, so let's see how it goes."


Hamilton wins very entertaining British Grand Prix

lewis_hamilton.jpgReigning world champion Lewis Hamilton picked up a memorable win on his home track of Silverstone to extend his lead in the Drivers' Championship to 17 points over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who completed yet another 1-2 finish for the Silver Arrows. Lewis' win was the 38th of his career and fifth of the current campaign. It was also his third win at Silverstone, bringing him level with Jim Clark and Nigel Mansell for most wins by a British driver.


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