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Hamilton wins Bahrain thriller for Mercedes

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday after a duel with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in a floodlit night race full of overtaking and wheel-to-wheel battles. The win - in Formula One's 900th grand prix - was the Briton's second in a row, the 24th of his career and also a second successive one-two for a team in a class of their own and with two drivers free to race each other from start to finish.

Formula One abandons cost cap plan

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Formula One has abandoned plans to impose a budget cap in 2015 and will seek to reduce costs instead through regulation changes, FIA president Jean Todt said on Sunday. The governing International Automobile Federation announced last year that, with some teams struggling financially, it planned to introduce a cost cap for next season with an agreement scheduled for June 2014.

Formula One: Hamilton edges Rosberg in Bahrain thriller

Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after a thrilling wheel-to-wheel duel, taking him level with Juan Manuel Fangio on 24 career victories. Hamilton, who also won last weekend in Malaysia, finished 1.085sec ahead of Rosberg in another triumph for the Mercedes team who have won all three races this season. Sergio Perez in a Force India was third, a huge 24.067sec off the winner's time, to give his team just their second podium finish.

Formula One. Ecclestone hints at two more teams for 2015 - report

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has strongly suggested that two new teams are in line to join the Formula One circuit in 2015, it was reported Sunday. The 83-year-old revealed that an American team organised by Gene Haas, a partner in the flourishing Stewart-Haas NASCAR Racing team is well positioned to race in F1 but a deal is not yet concluded.

Formula One: New F1 rules 'unacceptable', change needed - Ecclestone

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone claimed on Sunday that this season's controversial new Formula One rules were "unacceptable" to fans and changes were needed. "I don't think the way things are at the moment are acceptable to the public," Ecclestone told www.autosport.com ahead of Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. "People buying tickets to come here expect to see what Formula 1 used to be," he said.

Ecclestone says F1 has agreed to two new teams

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Formula One has agreed to accept two new teams, including a U.S. entry proposed by NASCAR team owner Gene Haas, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday. "They will be accepted," the Briton told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix when asked about Haas's application. "We've also accepted another team as well. Whether they'll make it or not is another story. We are happy to have another couple of teams.

Rosberg grabs pole position in Bahrein; Alonso to start 9th

International Sports Desk, Apr 5 (EFE).- Germany's Nico Rosberg is poised to increase his lead in the Formula One drivers' standings after grabbing pole position for Sunday's Bahrein Grand Prix, the third race of the season. Rosberg recorded a fastest lap of 1:33.185 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir in the final round of Saturday's qualifying. He beat out second-place qualifier and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who had claimed pole position at the first two races of the 2014 F1 season: the Australian Grand Prix and the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rosberg grabs pole position in Bahrein; Alonso to start 9th

International Sports Desk, Apr 5 (EFE).- Germany's Nico Rosberg is poised to increase his lead in the Formula One drivers' standings after grabbing pole position for Sunday's Bahrein Grand Prix, the third race of the season. Rosberg recorded a fastest lap of 1:33.185 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir in the final round of Saturday's qualifying. He beat out second-place qualifier and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who had claimed pole position at the first two races of the 2014 F1 season: the Australian Grand Prix and the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Mercedes boss rejects talk of rule changes

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff has dismissed as 'absurd' suggestions that Formula One could rewrite its rules just because some teams have failed to make the most of new technology. Ferrari and champions Red Bull have been particularly vocal critics of the new V6 turbo era that has seen the pecking order overturned with Mercedes-powered teams enjoying a performance advantage.

Rosberg ends Hamilton's pole run in Bahrain

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg planted his Mercedes on pole position for the second year running in Bahrain on Saturday after a last-lap error cost team mate Lewis Hamilton his chance of a qualifying hat-trick. Rosberg, the Formula One championship leader, had been in Hamilton's shadow throughout practice but struck when it mattered in the floodlit evening session to secure his first pole since Monaco last May. His lap of one minute 33.185 seconds was 0.279 quicker than the Briton's best.
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