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Formula One: Vettel suffers Bahrain Q2 KO

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was eliminated in the second qualifying session on Saturday for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The German star was only 11th fastest in his Red Bull which ruled him out of the final top-10 shootout for Sunday's third round of the world championship. Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were the top two qualifiers into the deciding session. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button. dlo/dj/nr

Vettel, Franklin take top honors at Laureus Sports Awards

Kuala Lumpur, Mar 26 (EFE).- German auto racer Sebastian Vettel and American swimmer Missy Franklin were named the 2013 athletes of the year at Wednesday's Laureus World Sports Award ceremony in the Malaysian capital. The 26-year-old Vettel was honored as Sportsman of the Year for winning his fourth consecutive Formula One drivers' championship, while Franklin, 18, was recognized for her record-shattering performance at the World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, where she won six gold medals.

Vettel, Franklin take top honors at Laureus Sports Awards

Kuala Lumpur, Mar 26 (EFE).- German auto racer Sebastian Vettel and American swimmer Missy Franklin were named the 2013 athletes of the year at Wednesday's Laureus World Sports Award ceremony in the Malaysian capital. The 26-year-old Vettel was honored as Sportsman of the Year for winning his fourth consecutive Formula One drivers' championship, while Franklin, 18, was recognized for her record-shattering performance at the World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, where she won six gold medals.

Formula One: More testing woe for Red Bull, Hulkenberg quickest

World champions Red Bull endured another frustrating pre-season testing session after last month's Jerez ordeal at Bahrain's Sakhir circuit on Wednesday behind Force India's Nico Hulkenberg. Sebastian Vettel's all-conquering team missed out on the first five hours of the opening day of the second series of testing before the 2014 season begins in Melbourne on March 16. When the German world champion finally got their RB10 out on the circuit it lasted only 14 laps, his session brought to a premature end with an unspecified breakdown.

F1 bosses taken aback by double points storm

By Alan Baldwin JEREZ, Spain (Reuters) - Formula One may have to 'revisit' a controversial rule change awarding double points for the final race of the season because of the backlash from fans, according to Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff. "I think obviously the shitstorm we got afterwards was something which was not expected," the Austrian told reporters at pre-season testing in southern Spain when asked about the decision.

Formula One: Double points finale up for debate - Mercedes chief

Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff believes a controversial plan to award double points for the final race of the Formula One season in Abu Dhabi could still be overturned due to widespread disapproval. Wolff was part of a meeting of team bosses who gave the proposal the green light at a meeting in Geneva last week.

Vettel takes fourth successive F1 title

GREATER NOIDA, India (Reuters) - Germany's Sebastian Vettel became Formula One's youngest four-times world champion on Sunday after winning the Indian Grand Prix for Red Bull. Red Bull also took the constructors' championship for the fourth year in a row. The victory from pole position was the 26-year-old's sixth in a row and completed a hat-trick of wins in India where no other driver has ever won since the race made its debut in 2011.

Formula One: Dominant Vettel seizes world title

Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth successive world title and the constructors' trophy for Red Bull with a superlative victory in the Indian Grand Prix on Sunday. Pole-sitter Vettel pitted early to change his soft tyres but then roared through the field to win 30 seconds ahead of Mercedes's Nico Rosberg, with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean third. The 26-year-old German becomes the youngest man to win four straight titles, with Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher the only other drivers to achieve the feat.

Formula One: Vettel says Formula E 'not the future'

Formula One dominator Sebastian Vettel gave short shrift Saturday to the new, electric Formula E series, saying it would be far too quiet and was "not the future". Five teams have already been signed for the planned field of 10 to race electric cars in city centres around the world, starting in Beijing next September. "I don't like it at all, I think it's not the future," Vettel said at the Indian Grand Prix, where victory on Sunday will give him a fourth consecutive drivers title.

Vettel no fan of Formula E

By Amlan Chakraborty GREATER NOIDA, India (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel gave a planned new electric series a firm thumbs-down on Saturday, saying silent motor racing left him cold. The FIA-sanctioned Formula E championship is due to start next year with 10 teams racing in 10 city centers around the world.
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