Hamilton wins but Vettel blows it away

Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to victory in the Belgian Grand Prix to extend his Formula 1 world championship lead to 28 points. Lewis Hamilton made a decent start from pole while title rival Rosberg made a poor getaway and was swamped by Sergio Perez (Force India), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Valtteri Bottas

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Hamilton flies in final Spa practice

The reigning F1 world champion clocked a 1m48.984s to finished 0.498 seconds quicker than his title rival, who was fastest in both practice sessions on Friday. Ferrari proved to be Mercedes’ closest challenger at a gloriously sunny Spa Francorchamps, with Sebastian Vettel third and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen fourth. Sergio Perez set the fastest final

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Spa: Rosberg on top in FP1

Rosberg suffered an engine problem early on and did not record a time until halfway through the session but ended up 0.242 seconds quicker than Hamilton in second. Daniel Ricciardo underlined the step forward Red Bull have made with their car in recent races by taking third. The session was interrupted by a crash for

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Ferrari retains Kimi Raikkonen for 2016 season

Scuderia Ferrari has announced that Kimi Raikkonen will remain with the team for the 2016 Formula 1 season. Raikkonen rejoined Ferrari in 2014 on a two-year contract with the option for a third that has been exercised by the team. Speculation had been rife that Raikkonen could be replaced for 2016 by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, but this

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Big mess expected at Spa with start clampdown

Formula 1 engineers are concerned that the FIA’s mid-season clampdown on grand prix start procedures has not been properly thought through, and are predicting chaos when the new rules come in to effect at the forthcoming Belgian Grand Prix. Initially, the measure to put more onus on the actual drivers rather than the technology and

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Fernando Alonso believes that opening-up tyre choice would spice up the sport in future.

McLaren-Honda star Alonso, who scored his best result of the season in the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, thinks that drivers should be given the option to play their allocated tyres for the season differently at each track. Pirelli is planning a ‘wild card’ system next year, to create more flexibility of options to teams, but Alonso wants to go several steps further. “I

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