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New championship leader as Hamilton wins from pole in Monza  

There were so many grid penalties handed out ahead of the Italian Grand Prix that barely anyone started where they qualified. The potential for chaos was there, with out of position drivers throughout the field, but unfortunately it didn’t quite come to pass. Lewis Hamilton led from pole position and was comfortable throughout the race to take the victory, with Bottas second and Vettel third. That promotes Lewis into the lead of the title battle for the first time this year.

Hamilton on pole, as Stroll impresses in washed out Monza qualifying  

The rain really hit hard in Italy on Saturday, with only 16 minutes of running for final practice in the morning, and a heavily delayed qualifying after an initial run ended with Grosjean in the wall. After just a handful of tentative laps, the Haas crashed which brought out the red flags, followed by a two and a half hour delay.

Toro Rosso suffer engine trouble during Italy practice  

First practice in Italy was relatively quiet. The Mercedes pair were comfortably fastest, with a full second over Ferrari who were next in line. The track was quite slippery and drivers were pushing to find the limits, and that only got worse as the expected rain came down with just 15 minutes of the session left to go.

Hamilton converts pole to win in unspectacular Spa race  

Hamilton was worried about the condition of his tyres and had to lead through a safety car restart, but he dealt with the pressure from Sebastian Vettel and converted his pole position into another race victory. Vettel got alongside the Mercedes a couple of times but didn’t have the power in his Ferrari engine to muscle through, settling for second place. Daniel Ricciardo finished on the podium, after Bottas dropped back in the final stages and Räikkönen was penalised for failing to slow down during yellow flags.

Hamilton equals pole positions record at Spa  

Lewis Hamilton never really looked troubled as he soared to pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix, equalling the record held by Michael Schumacher for pole positions - 68. The qualifying session remained dry, but the conditions didn’t help Felipe Massa who has been having a difficult weekend. Both Williams drivers dropped out in Q1, and Massa also has a grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags in FP3.

Sebastian Vettel remains at Ferrari for 2018 alongside Kimi  

Just a few days after Ferrari confirmed they’re retaining Kimi Räikkönen for the 2018 season, the Scuderia have announced a contract extension with Sebastian Vettel as well. The German driver has secured a three year deal with the Italian team, which will see him race in red until the end of the 2020 season.

Felipe Massa crashes out of practice in Spa on F1 return  

Felipe Massa was back in the car for Williams after sitting out the Hungarian Grand Prix due to illness. After a summer break of recovery, Massa was back fit and fighting, but crashed out of FP1 just 16 minutes in. The driver was uninjured but the car was damaged and required a chassis change, that meant Massa had to miss FP2 in its entirety.

McLaren extend contract with Stoffel Vandoorne for 2018  

It is Stoffel Vandoorne’s home race this weekend in Belgium, and there is good news and bad news for the young driver. The good news is that he’s been re-signed at McLaren for an undisclosed period of time. Chief Zak Brown said: “Let me put it this way, when we signed Stoffel, we intended that he would race for us for a significant number of years, and that remains our firm intention.”

Kimi Räikkönen confirmed at Ferrari for 2018  

Ferrari released one of the shortest press statements in motorsport today confirming their continued partnership with Kimi Räikkönen for the 2018 season, or as they call it, their “technical and racing agreement.” It’s unusual timing for the announcement, as they would usually want to create headlines around the Italian Grand Prix, which is only about ten days away.

Formula One launches eSports virtual championship  

With the growing popularity of eSports - championships of online gamers competing against each other for high prizes - Formula One have jumped right on the bandwagon. This isn't something you'd have seen F1 doing in years of old, but this year Formula One will run their first eSports world championship, running through the final months of the year.

Robert Kubica drives 2017 Renault during Hungary two-day test  

Just before the summer break officially kicks in, the Hungaroring played host to two days of mid-season testing, featuring young drivers, current drivers, and, of course, Robert Kubica. All eyes were on the Pole as he continues to test out whether he might be able to make an F1 return, and his fourth fastest on the second day, Wednesday, was a good sign. He completed 142 laps, as well, so fitness not an issue either.

Ferrari score double podium in Hungary as Red Bull drivers fall out  

The top five drivers in Hungary finished in the same order they started in, but that result belies some pretty tense racing. It was your traditional Hungarian race, without much in the way of overtaking, but it got off to a dramatic start when Max Verstappen took out his teammate Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap. Ricciardo retired from the race, bringing out the safety car, whilst Verstappen was handed a 10 second penalty to be taken at his one and only pit stop.

Sebastian Vettel scoops Hungarian pole position in Ferrari 1-2  

There were two talking points heading into qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix – the first being Paul di Resta’s sudden opportunity to get behind the wheel of an F1 car. He managed to finish 19th, and within seven tenths of a second of teammate Lance Stroll. Both Saubers dropped out in Q1, both Williams and Kevin Magnussen, who set exactly the same lap time as Sergio Pérez but missed out due to the Force India crossing the line before him.

Paul di Resta steps in to Hungary qualifying for unwell Felipe Massa  

Williams have had to call upon the skills of their reserve driver Paul Di Resta, stepping in for Felipe Massa who has fallen ill during practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The statement from Williams said: “Felipe visited the medical centre and hospital for precautionary tests on Friday, after feeling unwell and dizzy during FP2."

Daniel Ricciardo leads Friday practice at the Hungaroring  

Daniel Ricciardo led both Friday practice sessions for Red Bull in Hungary, but Mercedes and Ferrari were never too far behind, giving hopes that this weekend’s race might see three teams battling for the win. It was a scrappy day for some, however, with several crashes. Celis Jr and Giovinazzi were taking their Friday driver opportunities, but Giovinazzi managed to crash into the barriers. Romain Grosjean also crashed, making it a doubly bad start for Haas.

Sauber set to continue with Ferrari power after Honda deal collapse  

One day after confirming they would not be going ahead with their technical partnership with Honda, the Sauber F1 Team have revealed they will continue with Ferrari power. The team currently use Ferrari’s engines, and have been partnered with the Italian manufacturer since the late 1990s. Their current partnership involves them running last year’s engine but the new deal looks set to run “the latest power unit specification as of 2018.”

Sauber confirm technical partnership with Honda will not go ahead  

The Sauber team continue to go through plenty of changes as they adjust to life under new management, and now they’ve revealed that previous plans to partner with Honda for engines for the 2018 season and beyond have now been cancelled. Their statement was relatively brief, but brand new team principal Frédéric Vasseur has expanded on what has been going on.

FIA push through halo head protection device for 2018  

The FIA have revealed some findings from a meeting between the FIA, team representatives, and the strategy group, and they’ve decided to go ahead with the halo device for enhanced cockpit protection, despite the fact the majority of reports about the device have revealed little support. In February, the FIA admitted opinion from the drivers was split 50/50, but now they say it’s the way forward.

Hamilton closes the championship gap to 1 point with Silverstone win  

Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory in front of the home crowd at Silverstone, and with Sebastian Vettel finishing seventh, he has closed the gap to the championship leader to just a single point. Vettel suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap which dropped him down a handful of positions, whilst Kimi Räikkönen also had a tyre failure one lap before that. Kimi managed to finish third, though, so still getting on the podium, with Bottas taking that crucial second position.

Hamilton takes pole position in front of Silverstone home crowd  

Lewis Hamilton was comfortably quickest around the Silverstone track as he secured his fifth British GP pole position. He was half a second up on next best Kimi Räikkönen, who in turn had a couple of tenths on Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas was fourth, with a five place gearbox penalty to take.

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