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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.

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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.”

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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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Hamilton wins a fourth British Grand Prix, Rosberg in disputed second

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton closed the gap between himself and Championship leader Nico Rosberg down to just 4 points by winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for the fourth time in his career, and may yet head to Hungary in a couple of weeks' time as the Championship Leader as the stewards mull over Mercedes giving Nico Rosberg advice over the radio on how to fix his gearbox issue, something that is currently banned by Formula One rules.

The race start was ruined by the weather with the drivers getting underway behind the Safety Car, with a bunch of cars then heading straight into the pits to switch from the full wets to the intermediates. That decision proved costly as an error from Pascal Wehrlein forced a period of the virtual safety car, allowing the leading quartet to head to the pits without any loss of time, immediately breaking up the pack into those competing for a podium finish and all the rest.

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Hamilton beats Rosberg to Silverstone Pole, Verstappen third

Another record breaking day for Lewis Hamilton saw the British driver pick up the 55th Pole Position of his career, his 6th of the 2016 season and his 4th at Silverstone, perhaps most crucially finishing ahead of Mercedes teammate and arch rival Nico Rosberg, as the Silver Arrows locked out the front row for the fifth time this season.

Both Lewis and Nico eclipsed the previous circuit record, set by Hamilton in 2013, but it the Britisher who was the quicker of the two, setting a time of 1:29.287 in his final run, good enough for P1 tomorrow. Incidentally, he had gone even quicker in Q2, wherein he set a time of 1:29.243. Rosberg's best time of the day was a 1:29.607 lap.

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Raikkonen commits to Ferrari for 2017 Formula One season

2007 Formula One World champion Kimi Raikkonen has been retained by Ferrari for the 2017 season, it was announced on Friday.

He will stay on as Sebastian Vettel's team-mate for a third season. The unexpected announcement is likely to have significant repercussions for the rest of the driver market.

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Mercedes pulls up Drivers for latest collision, no team orders imposed

The Mercedes Formula One team management has told its drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg that they will be free to race each other in the British Grand Prix but must not lose any more points through clashes.

The team's statement on Thursday came after current World Champion Hamilton and Rosberg crashed into each other on a late bend in the Austrian GP on July 3.

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