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Formula One boss faces bribery charges in German trial

Formula One magnate Bernie Ecclestone faces bribery charges when his trial begins in Munich on Thursday in a case which threatens to end his reign. The 83-year-old denies charges of bribery and abetting breach of trust in relation to a $44 million payment he made to former German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, which was linked to the sale of Formula One's rights in 2006. The 256-page indictment against the octogenarian billionaire leaves the impression he wanted to protect his empire at all costs.

Red Bull to throw everything at Mercedes

By Alan Baldwin (Reuters) - Champions Red Bull believe they can pick up the pace and take the fight to dominant Mercedes now that Formula One is heading back to Europe after the first four 'flyaway' races in Asia and the Middle East. Team principal Christian Horner kept calm after Mercedes chalked up their fourth victory in a row, and third successive one-two finish, in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton.

Formula One: Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes?

A clean-sweep for Mercedes including a Lewis Hamilton hat-trick has left the rest of Formula One wondering whether they can keep up this year, even after only four races. The opening exchanges have all been won by Mercedes, who have dropped just 18 points so far -- after a broken spark plug forced Hamilton out of the season-opener in Melbourne. Since then, Mercedes have enjoyed three consecutive one-two finishes with 2008 world champion Hamilton leading team-mate Nico Rosberg, the winner in Melbourne, home on each occasion.

Motor racing: Webber finishes third in Silverstone debut

Australian ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber finished third in his world endurance championship debut on Sunday in a rain-shortened 6 Hours of Silverstone race. Webber, sharing driving duties in a Porsche with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, saw Toyota take the top two places on the podium. Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi won the race which was eventually red-flagged 38 minutes before the scheduled finish as heavy rain left standing water on the track.

Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix

Shanghai, Apr 20 (EFE).- British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday in Shanghai, taking the fourth race of the year on the F1 circuit. Hamilton's teammate, Germany's Nico Rosberg, finished in second place, while Spain's Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) ended up in third place. The British driver won his third straight race in Shanghai, finishing 18 seconds ahead of his teammate and cementing Mercedes's dominance in the early part of the season.

Formula One: Hamilton seals first F1 hat-trick

Lewis Hamilton sealed his first hat-trick of Formula One wins and led Mercedes to their third straight one-two finish at the Chinese Grand Prix as the team tightened their grip on the season Sunday. The former world champion got away smoothly from pole and was rarely troubled as he finished 18 seconds ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso third. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo outran his team-mate and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel for fourth spot, with the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg coming home in sixth.

Formula One: Chinese Grand Prix results

Results from the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday: 1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 294.164 kilometres in 1hr 33min 28.338sec (average speed 188.824km/h) 2. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) at 18.062 3. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Scuderia Ferrari) at 23.604 4. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull Racing) at 27.136 5. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull Racing) at 47.778 6. Nico Hülkenberg (GER/Force India) at 54.295 7. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) at 55.697 8. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Scuderia Ferrari) at 1:16.335

Formula One: Massa calls for probe into disastrous pitstop

Felipe Massa called for his Williams team to investigate the disastrous pit stop which cost him a chance of a strong finish in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, won by Lewis Hamilton. Massa got a flying start off the grid but he banged wheels with eventual third-place finisher and his former Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso before turn one. From being sixth at the first round of stops, the Brazilian dropped to the back of the field after his team battled to remove and replace a stubborn left rear wheel, losing over a minute.

Formula One: Hamilton seals first F1 hat-trick

Lewis Hamilton sealed his first hat-trick of Formula One wins and led Mercedes to their third straight one-two finish at the Chinese Grand Prix as the team tightened their grip on the season Sunday. The former world champion got away smoothly from pole and was rarely troubled as he finished 19 seconds ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso third. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo outran his team-mate and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel for fourth spot, with the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg coming home in sixth.

Formula One: Vettel denies ignoring team orders

World champion Sebastian Vettel denied sparking another Red Bull team orders row after he appeared to ignore an instruction during the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. Vettel grumpily replied, "Tough luck" when told to yield to his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who was closing fast in fifth, after the first round of pitstops. Ricciardo eventually passed two laps later and finished fourth, 21 seconds ahead of Vettel in fifth. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was the winner.
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