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Rosberg takes another Pole at Hungarian GP, Vettel second

Championship Leader Nico Rosberg took pole position in his Mercedes during qualifying at the Hungaroring this afternoon, while a fuel leak and subsequent fire saw his nearest competitor and teammate Lewis Hamilton eliminated in Q1 without setting a time. Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix from the first row of the grid after a really long time, benefiting from the weather as well as the friendly layout of the Hungaroring to get his Red Bull into second place. Rosberg was comfortably ahead of Vettel in his last run, nearly half a second clear of his German compatriot.

Valtteri Bottas qualified third with Felipe Massa sixth after another strong qualifying session for the Williams team. Valtteri challenged Vettel for second, while Felipe struggled with traffic in Q3.

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Hamilton struggles in Hungary as car catches fire

Lewis Hamilton's hopes of narrowing the gap to his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the 2014 Drivers' Championship suffered a major blow today as he failed to register a timed lap at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who trails Rosberg by 14 points in the race for the World title, saw his Mercedes light up from the rear end and was forced to retire from today's qualifying session. Rosberg meanwhile was electric once again at the head of the field and secured his 6th pole position of the season.

Hamilton will start tomorrow's race from 21st and second last place and will once again be on a drive of damage limitation for the second race running.

Rosberg extends Championship lead with easy win in Germany

Nico Rosberg took a dominating home victory at the German Grand Prix to extend his lead in the World Championship over his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to 14 points. Hamilton drove an admirable race, finishing in third position gaining 17 places from his starting place on the grid. Valtteri Bottas made it three successive podium finishes for Williams by taking an excellent second place, quelling the challenge of the on-rushing Hamilton with a little help from Jenson Button.

For Rosberg though it was a happy homecoming as the young German took his fourth win of 2014 and the team's ninth in ten races, taking a lights to flag victory in commanding fashion. He shared after the race, "Wow, what a great day after so many great events for me this week! I came here hoping for a win and it worked out perfectly. My Silver Arrow was so dominant, thanks to the team for this fantastic car. Before the race I was worried that without the FRIC system the gap in the race would be smaller. But we were again the quickest out there. I did a two stop strategy, which was difficult to manage at the end of the stints as the tyres were almost gone. I'm so happy for Mercedes; it was the first win for many many years in Germany. Thanks for the support here at Hockenheim, the fans were amazing to me."

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Nico Rosberg agrees contract extension with Mercedes

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The Mercedes Formula One Team announced today that it has signed a multi-year contract extension with Nico Rosberg. Nico joined the team when the Silver Arrows returned to the sport in 2010 and is currently in his fifth season with Mercedes.

Since then Nico has taken six victories, 17 podium finishes and eight pole positions with the Silver Arrows since 2010. He currently leads the Formula One Drivers' World Championship by four points.

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Caterham F1 Team Launches Development Driver Program With Nathanaël Berthon

GP2 race winner Nathanaël Berthon has today been confirmed as one of the drivers in Caterham F1 Team’s new Development Driver Program. The Development Driver Program will give up-and-coming racing drivers the opportunity to embed themselves in Caterham F1 Team’s on and off-track operations, helping to prepare them fully for the step up to Formula One.

Nathanaël already has F1 experience, having driven in the 2011 young driver test at Abu Dhabi for HRT. Since 2012 he has been competing in GP2, winning the GP2 sprint race in Hungary in 2013 when he was with Trident Racing, and now competing in the 2014 season with Venezuela GP Lazarus.

Christijan Albers, CEO, Caterham F1 Team: “We are very pleased to welcome Nathanaël into our Development Driver Program. He is an exciting young talent with a proven track record in the feeder series for F1 and as he already has F1 experience he fits very neatly into our team. We will work closely with him to help him reach his full potential and are all excited about seeing him continue to grow as a driver, in and out of the cockpit.”

 

Hamilton has perfect day at Silverstone as Rosberg registers first DNF

After a horrific Saturday at Silverstone, it turned out to be a happy homecoming for Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix with the Mercedes driver having an ideal race, winning it, while his closest competitor in the race for the Drivers' Championship, teammate Nico Rosberg was forced to retire due to a gearbox failure. The net effect for Hamilton is that he has now closed the gap to Rosberg to just 4 points and will once again be the favourite to clinch another world title.

As far as Sunday's race is concerned it got off to a horrific start with Kimi Raikkonen suffering a terrifying accident, hitting the barriers at an incredible 47G. The Ferrari driver also took out Felipe Massa in the Williams on his way off the track and it is rather fortunate that Raikkonen walked away bruised and not badly hurt.

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Rosberg quickest in rain-stricken Silverstone Qualifying, Hamilton 6th

Drivers' Championship leader Nico Rosberg took pole position in a bizarre qualifying session at the British Grand Prix where rain played complete havoc with the time sheets. 4-time reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel came in second while Britain's Jenson Button grabbed a rare third place for McLaren. The other 'Nico', Force India's Nico Hulkenberg will line up on the second row of the grid alongside Button. Lewis Hamilton meanwhile took a poor decision to pit on a drying track and paid for it dearly, dropping down to 6th place in qualifying. This is the eighth time in nine races this season that Mercedes has claimed pole position.

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