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Formula One: Hamilton on pole for Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton put himself in line Saturday to win a third race in a row for the first time in his career when he convincingly took pole position for Sunday's Chinese grand prix. Under steady rain, the British Mercedes driver was untouchable as he powered to 1min 53.860sec, his third pole position in four races this season and more than half-a-second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Australian driver Ricciardo again out-qualified his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, who was third in 1:54.960.

Formula One: Hamilton says tyre rules deprive fans

Lewis Hamilton said F1 teams should be allowed more tyres Saturday after restrictions prompted some drivers to sit out final practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, meaning a raw deal for fans. Hamilton claimed a British-record 34th pole position and he did it without going out for a meaningful lap in final practice on Saturday morning as the rain teemed down in Shanghai.

Formula One: 'Clear-the-air' talks for Rosberg, Hamilton

World championship leader Nico Rosberg said that his Mercedes team would sit down on Thursday night and clear the air between him and Lewis Hamilton after their battle in Bahrain. Hamilton held off his clearly quicker team-mate over the final few laps to win his second race in a row after a ding-dong duel, during which Rosberg complained over the radio, "That's not on". Rosberg admitted to reporters on Thursday that it had "taken a while" to get over coming second to Hamilton but added he was fully focused on Shanghai this weekend "because I know I can win here".

Formula One: Hamilton, Rosberg put fizz back into F1

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought out a nail-biting desert duel in the Bahrain Grand Prix and then claimed they had put the fizz back into Formula One. The sport has been deluged with complaints this season that it has become a boring spectacle due to a raft of technical changes which have seen the classic throaty roars of F1 engines replaced by hush-hush hybrids. But on Sunday Hamilton edged his German teammate to take his first win at the Sakhir circuit and the 24th victory of his career, taking him level with the mark of Juan Manuel Fangio.

Formula One: Hamilton, Rosberg put fizz back into F1

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought out a nail-biting desert duel in the Bahrain Grand Prix and then claimed they had put the fizz back into Formula One. The sport has been deluged with complaints this season that it has become a boring spectacle due to a raft of technical changes which have seen the classic throaty roars of F1 engines replaced by hush-hush hybrids. But on Sunday Hamilton edged his German teammate to take his first win at the Sakhir circuit and the 24th victory of his career, taking him level with the mark of Juan Manuel Fangio.

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: Hamilton, Rosberg in complete control

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg put the all-conquering Mercedes team on course for a third successive victory on Saturday when the pair swept the board in practice for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton, who was fastest on Friday, clocked 1:35.324 with Rosberg, the current championship leader, repeating his second place from the previous day on 1:35.439 Although there was just a fraction between the two teammates, Sergio Perez, in a Force India, was half a second off Hamilton's pace in third.

Hamilton completes Bahrain practice sweep

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton completed a practice hat-trick on Saturday after lapping fastest in his Mercedes in the third and final session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. The Briton, who was top in both of Friday's sessions, completed 12 laps and was 0.115 seconds quicker than team mate Nico Rosberg as the pair finished one-two for the third practice in a row at the Sakhir desert circuit.

Formula One: Hamilton, Rosberg put Mercedes on top

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg hammered home Mercedes' early season dominance on Friday when they set the fastest times in opening practice for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton, the winner in Malaysia last weekend, clocked 1min 37.502sec to top the time charts with world championship leader Rosberg, who won in Australia, in second spot thanks to a time of 1min 37.733. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, a three-time winner at the dusty Sakhir circuit, was third-fastest with Nico Hulkenberg taking fourth place in a Force India.

Formula One: Hamilton on the rise after shining in Malaysia

Lewis Hamilton said his ability to rise from adversity had helped him claim a long-awaited win in Malaysia that installed him as championship favourite and put Mercedes back on top of Formula One. The tattooed and bejewelled Briton, 29, led wire to wire for his first victory at the steamy Sepang circuit in eight attempts. It was far from a classic race, but the win ended the 2008 world champion's eight-month barren streak and confirmed he is ready to challenge seriously for a second Formula One title.
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