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Ricciardo launches mixed defence of former teammate Vettel

Formula one Azerbaijan Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo on Monday said that Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was passion driven following the incident that took place with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel came from behind to hit Hamilton twice in the race on Monday. The former was given a 10-second stop-go penalty and three penalty points for the foul show. Red Bull driver Ricciardo shared his view on this incident and also said the German should think before he does something.

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Ricciardo wins in Azerbaijan as Vettel and Hamilton duke it out for crucial points

In the most amazing race of the season so far and possibly in the history of the sport, Sebastian Vettel took a fourth place which sees him extend his Drivers’ Championship lead to 14 points over his nearest rival, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

The race itself was won by Australia's Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull with the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas coming in second. Lance Stroll of Williams finished third at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to become the youngest rookie to secure a Formula One podium, and the first Canadian to do so since 2001.

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Rossi Fast, But Victim of More Bad Luck in Road America

After some mechanical troubles in qualifying, Alexander Rossi knew he needed a bold plan to move up the charts from P15 on the grid. Racing at Road America, one of his favorite tracks and where he won 10 years ago in Formula BMW, Rossi was the fastest on the course many times this weekend. However, bad luck struck at inopportune times.

“I love this track and we had a really strong race car all weekend,” said Rossi. "We were fastest in the first practice, but the bad luck started in the Saturday morning pre-qualifying practice with lots of mechanical gremlins. We didn’t get a good qualifying run, so we had to get creative with race strategy.”

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Valentino Rossi wins Dutch MotoGP

Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi won the Dutch TT (Tourist Trophy), the eighth event on this season's motorcycle Grand Prix calendar, on Sunday. 38-year-old Rossi finished with a time of 41:41.149, averaging 169.9 kph.

Octo Pramac Racing's Danilo Petrucci of Italy took second place and Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez of Spain, finished in third place.

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Johann Zarco secures pole position in Assen qualifying

French Monster Yamaha rider Johann Zarco secured pole position for the first time in his career with a stunning performance in the second round of qualifying for the Dutch TT (Tourist Trophy) on Saturday.

Zarco posted a best time of one minute 46.141 seconds in Q2 at the TT Circuit here to narrowly beat out Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who clocked 1:46.206.

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Aaroh Ravindra dominates National Rotax

Aaroh Ravindra (Team Rayo Racing)from Mumbai, exceeded all expectations to win the Senior final of the FMSCI National Rotax Karting Championship at Shamirpet, Hyderabad.  The Vice Champion JK Tyre IndiKarting National Series Champion overcame multiple issues in practice & the heats to put up a stellar drive & finish on top eventually.

An unfortunate DNF in heat 2 meant that Aaroh had to start in sixth place for the pre final. A good start & some fantastic racing saw the nineteen year old Mumbai youngster make his way up the order to win the pre – final ahead of Bangalore based Rayo Racing team mate – Danesh Vakharia. 

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F3 Podium for Jehan Daruvala in Hungary

Sahara Force India Academy Racer, Jehan Daruvala notched up his 2nd F3 podium with a strong drive to third place in Race 1. The Hungaroring Formula 1 Circuit hosted the fourth round of the FIA F3 European Championship along with the DTM racing series.

Jehan’s weekend began in the best possible way with the Indian Rookie on top of the time sheets in the first practice, with a lap time of 1:36.073. Practice session 2 saw Jehan drop to fourth on the time sheets. Qualifying for Race 1 was under tricky conditions due to rain and Jehan showed tremendous improvement in his wet weather skills to qualify in fourth. Incredibly, he posted the same laptime of 1:50.224 as Jake Hughes, who posted his laptime slightly before Jehan & would therefore start ahead of Jehan. Up ahead Maximillian Gunther from Germany earned pole position. 

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