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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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


Lewis Hamilton wins again in Canada, Vettel 2nd, Rosberg 5th

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton cut Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg's lead in the Drivers' Championship down to just 9 points after producing another battling display to win the Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who had picked up his first ever win in Formula One right here at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, celebrated his 45th victory today and his 5th in Canada. The Briton saw off the challenge of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, whose team let him down by needlessly forcing him into making an additional pit-stop, which cost the German in the end.


Hamilton beats Rosberg to Canadian GP Pole by 0.062 seconds

Lewis Hamilton secured the 53rd Pole Position of his career, beating Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 0.062 seconds to the best starting place on the grid for tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix. The front row lockout for Mercedes is the fourth time they have achieved that feat this season, a relative rarity considering how they are running away with the Constructors' Championship once again this year.

Amazingly enough Hamilton and Rosberg produced their quickest runs in their first flying lap in Q3, failing to improve their respective times in their second runs on the UltraSoft Pirelli tyre.


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