Vettel becomes first driver to sample Sochi

Sebastian Vettel has become the first Formula 1 driver to do a full lap of the Sochi Autodrom circuit ahead of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in October. Vettel, who is an ambassador for Infiniti, drove an Infiniti Q50 Hybrid car around the 5.853 kilometre circuit fresh from taking fifth place in the Belgian Grand

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Daniel Ricciardo declares title hunt now on

Daniel Ricciardo has declared himself in the hunt for the 2014 world championship. Before the title war between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg exploded in Belgium, no one would have bet against a dominant victory for one or the other of the silver-clad duo. But as their personal battle spilled into on-track carnage

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Fry: Start procedures need to be improved

Ferrari engineering guru Pat Fry says the team will need to “learn to improve” its procedures in light of Fernando Alonso’s start grid dramas in Belgium. Alonso qualified on the second row at Spa-Francorchamps, but picked up a five-second stop/go penalty for his first stop as his mechanics were still working on his car after

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Kimi leaves Spa disappointed

Despite posting his best result of the season at Spa on Sunday, Kimi Raikkonen will leave Belgium disappointed not to have finished at least on the podium. After starting in eighth place, the Finn finished in front of his team-mate Fernando Alonso for the first time this season on Sunday to finish fourth on at

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Alonso feels podium finish was possible

Fernando Alonso felt a podium finish would have been possible in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix without his start grid drama. The Ferrari driver was given a five-second stop/go penalty for his first stop as mechanics were working on his car after the signal to clear the grid, an issue that the team later attributed to

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Hamilton: Rosberg admits he hit me deliberately

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg admitted in a post-race meeting that he hit him deliberately during Sunday afternoon’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Hamilton picked up a left-rear puncture when Rosberg tagged the back of his car at Les Combes on the second lap of Sunday afternoon’s race. Rosberg finished second and extended

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Magnussen drops 6 places after penalty

Kevin Magnussen has been moved down to 12th in the final classification for the Belgian Grand Prix after being given a 20-second time penalty. The McLaren driver had the time added to his finishing position after the stewards ruled he “forced car 14 (Fernando Alonso)  off the track between turns four [Raidillon] and five [Les

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