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Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver will always bounce back – Nico Rosberg

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton finished fourth in Shanghai on Sunday Lewis Hamilton will bounce back from his dip in form in the past two grands prix, according to his former team-mate Nico Rosberg. The Mercedes driver followed his third-place finish in Bahrain with fourth in China last time out. Rosberg says they were just one of the four-time champion’s “typical phases”. “When it doesn’t go perfectly, he starts to lose that edge a little bit and a touch of motivation and then just struggles for a while,” Rosberg said. “You have…

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Daniel Ricciardo: Chinese GP win not enough on its own to stay at Red Bull

“We won at the weekend but we need to win regularly to show we can be title contenders,” Ricciardo said. Daniel Ricciardo says victory in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix is not enough on its own to convince him to sign a new deal with Red Bull. The Australian is out of contract at the end of 2018 and there are potential openings at Mercedes and Ferrari. He said: “I want to be with the best car; I think the weekend proved if I got the opportunity I can pull it…

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F1 bosses give themselves until end of May to agree on new engine rules

The FIA wants to introduce a simplified version of the current 1.6-litre turbo hybrids Formula 1 bosses have given themselves just over six weeks to agree on new engine rules for the 2021 season. Governing body the FIA reiterated at two meetings of senior figures on Tuesday its desire to introduce simplified version of the current 1.6-litre turbo hybrids. It has set a deadline of the end of May to finalise the new rules, which have yet to be agreed by manufacturers. So far, the four car companies who make…

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Lewis Hamilton is driving with ‘regret and frustration’ in 2018 – Jolyon Palmer

F1 driver Jolyon Palmer, who left Renault at the end of 2017, joins the BBC team this season to offer insight and analysis from the point of view of the competitors. Lewis Hamilton arrived at last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix saying he had been geeing up his team, emphasising that they needed a perfect weekend from everybody to try to eat into his points deficit to Sebastian Vettel after the Ferrari driver’s win in Bahrain. By Sunday, he had done exactly that – but because of the circumstances of a…

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Formula 1: McLaren ringing car changes to ‘close the gap’ after Shanghai

McLaren are set to bring in key updates after a disappointing start to the 2018 campaign McLaren say they are struggling to understand why their car lacks pace this season – especially in qualifying. Fernando Alonso is sixth in the championship after three points finishes. But both McLaren cars have qualified outside the top 10 at all grands prix. “We need to understand why we are slow in qualifying, why we are better in the race and why we are behind the other Renault teams,” racing director Eric Boullier said….

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F1 gossip: Ricciardo, Magnussen, China, Alonso, Vettel, Gasly

Daniel Ricciardo has been driving for Red Bull since the 2014 season Monday, 16 April Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Daniel Ricciardo is “absolutely at the top of his game” after winning the Shanghai Grand Prix. (F1i.com) Kevin Magnussen says he is hoping to stay at Haas in 2019 because the team “supports me 100%”. (Wheels24.co.za) Formula 1 is set to open an office in China, according to its director of strategy Yath Gangakumaran. (China.org.cn) Fernando Alonso says his brief contest with Sebastian Vettel in China wasn’t a “fair…

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Lewis Hamilton: I had no pace at Chinese Grand Prix

This is now Hamilton’s longest winless run since an eight-race drought after the 2015 US Grand Prix Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was “in no-man’s land” as he finished fourth at the Chinese Grand Prix and says he must work out why he was off the pace. The world champion cut the gap to title rival Sebastian Vettel from 17 points to nine after the Ferrari collided with Max Verstappen’s Red Bull. Verstappen’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo won but Hamilton was concerned not to be fighting for a race victory or pole. “I…

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Chinese GP: Max Verstappen believes he does not need to calm down

Max Verstappen finished behind Kimi Raikkonen in fourth place in China, but dropped to fifth overall with a 10-second penalty for colliding with Sebastian Vettel Max Verstappen admitted after an incident-packed Chinese Grand Prix that he needed to think about how to end a run of error-strewn races. The Red Bull driver, 20, lost a likely win with an over-optimistic move on Lewis Hamilton and then crashed into Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Verstappen admitted his mistakes, and apologised to Vettel after the race. Verstappen said: “I will analyse everything and put…

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Daniel Ricciardo wins Chinese GP after series of overtakes

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo took a sensational victory in the Chinese Grand Prix as a chaotic final 20 laps threw the championship wide open. Ricciardo drove beautifully to pass five cars after Red Bull chose to pit for fresh tyres in a safety-car period. Team-mate Max Verstappen stopped at the same time – but threw away his chances with two errors caused by over-optimistic driving. Lewis Hamilton finished a frustrated fifth, but was promoted back ahead of Verstappen, who was penalised for causing a collision with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The…

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Chinese Grand Prix latest: Ferrari deny breaking rules, plus more build-up

The Chinese GP is live on 5 live and the BBC Sport website at 07:10 BST Sebastian Vettel admitted to being “surprised” at the size of Ferrari’s advantage over the Mercedes cars in Chinese Grand Prix qualifying – but he said he would not be “if that gap disappears and it is a very tight race”. That remains to be seen, but it is beginning to become clear that perceptions of this season within Formula 1 need to change. Mercedes were expected to have an advantage at the start of…

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