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Alexander Rossi completes another positive race at Japanese GP

Alexander Rossi completed another strong race weekend with the Manor Marussia F1 Team, contributing to help notch up the team's tenth two-car finish of the season today in the 2015 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. On a relatively attrition-free day, in which all 20 cars were classified, Rossi ended the 53 lap race in 18th position, ahead of his team-mate Will Stevens in 19th place, and in a reversal of their starting positions.

Friday’s initial session in Japan proved challenging. Rain fell throughout the day, with conditions varying from damp to standing water, meaning that Full Wet tyres were the order for much of the two sessions. As a result, the team elected to complete just a handful of laps with each driver, to assess the baseline set-up of the MR03B at this circuit. The day ended with Alexander in P19, although lap times were largely unrepresentative.

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Hamilton takes controversial win over Rosberg at Japanese Grand Prix

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the Drivers' World Championship to 48 points over teammate Nico Rosberg as Mercedes bounced back from disappointing outing in Singapore to claim a dominant 1-2 finish at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Hamilton's win was the 41st of his career, bringing him level with the legendary Aryton Senna in fourth place in the all time winners list. Rosberg's second place finish made it the 8th time this season that Mercedes have grabbed the top two places this season and cements their place in the Constructors' World Championship with 506 points to Ferrari's 337.

The win though for Hamilton wasn't without controversy as the Briton, starting from P2, took the inside line into the first corner and forced Rosberg off the track, resulting in the German having to fightback from fourth place over the course of the race, and ending the Japanese Grand Prix as a contest as early as the first lap. Had the move taken place between two racers of different teams, the person at the receiving end would have surely rushed to the stewards to cry foul, but Mercedes chose to keep things inside the paddock and launched a staunch defence of Lewis' overtaking maneuver at the end of the race when the questions were inevitably raised.

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Mercedes back on form as Nico and Lewis lockout front row at Suzuka

It was very much business as usual for Mercedes at the Japanese Grand Prix as the Silver Arrows' lack of pace lasted just the solitary race, and the reigning Constructors' Champions were back to their imperious best in Qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix.

There was very little to separate the two Mercedes drivers as the Silver Arrows secured a 10th front row lockout of the season. Nico Rosberg took his second pole position of the season and his second consecutive pole in Japan. Lewis Hamilton claimed P2, just 0.076 behind Nico after a red flag brought the session to an early end without any driver completing a final flying lap, meaning times from the first run set the grid.

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Force India confirms Sergio Perez for 2016

Sergio Perez will remain in Sahara Force India colours next year with the 25-year-old Mexican confirmed for the 2016 season.

Since joining the team in 2014, Sergio has continued to build his reputation as one of the most exciting drivers on the grid. The extension gives both Sergio and the team valuable continuity moving forward and the opportunity to build on the success of the last two seasons.

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Alexander Rossi debuts at 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

Alexander Rossi made his Formula 1 race debut and contributed to the Manor Marussia F1 Team’s second best combined race result of the season in the 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. Alexander ended the gruelling night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in 14th position, with his team-mate Will Stevens crossing the line in 15th place.

The weekend began with a tough opening day of running on Friday, which saw track time shortened after a brief encounter with the unforgiving walls of the notoriously challenging street circuit. Despite the small set back, Alexander soon settled into the team and experienced a productive Free Practice 3 and Qualifying sessions under the spectacular Singapore lights. Earlier on Saturday, Alexander had looked to have the edge on his more established team-mate Will Stevens, the young Brit struggling to get to grips with the circuit in low-fuel trim and instead focusing on race preparation. As it turned out, the qualifying session became rather more of a shoot-out, with Alexander qualifying in 20th overall.

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Lotus F1 Team confirms Pastor Maldonado for 2016

Lotus F1 Team announced yesterday the continuation of its existing contract with Pastor Maldonado for the 2016 season. Pastor will continue as a race driver for his third year with the Enstone team after joining at the start of 2014.

Gerard Lopez, Chairman and Team Principal, Lotus F1 Team shared, “It’s a positive for the future of Lotus F1 Team that we are able to confirm publically that Pastor remains with us for next season. Everyone at Enstone will testify that Pastor is a terrific person to work with and we all know the performances he is capable of on track. Pastor joined us with a multi-year deal so this confirmation is a reiteration of our belief in him. We hope to be able to make further positive announcements regarding the team in the near future.”

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Vettel cruises to easy win at Singapore Grand Prix, Hamilton retires

Former world champion Sebastian Vettel picked up his third victory as a Ferrari driver, his fourth overall in Singapore and his 42nd of all time by producing a drive reminiscent of his glory days at Red Bull, taking a comfortable victory at the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore to reignite his slender hopes in the world championship and send a warning to the Mercedes team, which has dominated the last season and a half with consummate ease.

Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished in a creditable third place and his former Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo was second as Mercedes failed to pick up a podium for the second time this season.

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