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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.

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 team mates braced for future friction

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have made clear that friendship has its limits and theirs is likely to be tested to the full this year as they fight for the Formula One title. The two have been friends and rivals since their early teens, racing go-karts together and following each other through the junior series with both winning the GP2 titles in successive years for the same ART team.

Rosberg eyeing more wins before grid catches up

By Patrick Johnston SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - A beaming Nico Rosberg predicted he and Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton will be battling for victory in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix with their swift adaptation to the new regulations leaving the opposition trailing. The German driver overtook pole sitter Hamilton before the first turn of the season opening race in Melbourne two weeks ago to go on and grab the first chequered flag of the V6 turbocharged engine era.

Formula One: Reliability fears temper Mercedes win

Nico Rosberg said Mercedes would have to work hard to improve the reliability of their new F1 car despite his emphatic win in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. While Rosberg was dominant in his fully functioning W05, his pole-sitting team-mate Lewis Hamilton lasted only four laps before a misfiring cylinder ended his race. World champion Sebastian Vettel was also an early retiree after power problems in his Red Bull, underlining this year's unpredictability as teams grapple with new hybrid technology.

Formula One: Rosberg says new Mercedes is car of his dreams

Nico Rosberg raved about his "unbelievably quick" Mercedes on Sunday after dominating the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with a start-to-finish win. The German, whose father, Keke, won the 1982 world championship, powered away from third on the grid to give Mercedes the opening race of the new season by almost 25 seconds. Rosberg fourth win, and his first since Silverstone last year, came as his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, pulled out after just a few laps with cylinder trouble.

Rosberg in high speed blowout

(Reuters) - Pirelli assured Formula One teams that next year's tyres would be safe after Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg escaped unhurt from a high speed blowout during private testing in Bahrain on Thursday. "Just spun at full speed 320km/h on Bahrain straight cause my tyre blew up without warning," the German said in a tweet that was later deleted. "Thanks to that need to get some toilet paper now."

Formula One: Rosberg tops second practice for Mercedes

Nico Rosberg made the most of a limited supply of tyres on Friday when he topped the times for Mercedes in both free practice sessions for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix. The 28-year-old German, who had led a Mercedes one-two ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the morning, was fastest again, outpacing both Red Bulls in the final minutes of another rain-hit session in the afternoon. For Rosberg it was confirmation of his merit among the top drivers, many of whom were left frustrated by the lack of available suitable Pirelli tyres in the conditions.

Formula One: Rosberg hits out at 'dangerous' Perez

Nico Rosberg hit out at Sergio Perez's "dangerous" driving and said he was glad the Mexican suffered a puncture while he was overtaking him at the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday. Rosberg had earlier picked up a drive-through penalty for a pit-lane incident with Perez, but he felt a late swerve and clash as he passed the McLaren later in the race was overly aggressive. "Perez was not right with what he did. Definitely dangerous," grumbled Rosberg, who finished the race in eighth.
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