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Lewis Hamilton struggles as Sebastian Vettel on pole in China

Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix is live on 5 live and the BBC Sport website at 07:10 BST Sebastian Vettel snatched a last-gasp Chinese Grand Prix pole position from Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen as Lewis Hamilton struggled. Raikkonen was the quicker Ferrari going into the final runs but a scrappy final sector and a superb one from Vettel gave the German pole by 0.087 seconds. Mercedes lacked performance – Hamilton was 0.58secs off pole and fourth behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton now must prevent losing more ground to Vettel in the…

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Chinese GP: Sebastian Vettel top as Lewis Hamilton struggles

Chinese GP qualifying is live on 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website Sebastian Vettel headed a Ferrari one-two in final practice at the Chinese Grand Prix as Mercedes struggled. Lewis Hamilton had a scrappy session, featuring a number of errors including a huge 540-degree spin, and was fifth, a second off the pace of his title rival. Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third, but 0.743 seconds off Vettel. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fourth. Daniel Ricciardo suffered a major engine failure in his Red Bull. Ricciardo’s Renault…

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Lewis Hamilton edges Kimi Raikkonen in Chinese Grand Prix practice

Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix is live on 5 live and the BBC Sport website Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton edged Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari by just 0.007secs in second practice at the Chinese GP. Hamilton made a couple of small errors on his fastest lap but the times suggest another close battle between Mercedes and Ferrari for the race win. There was just 0.108secs between Hamilton and title rival Sebastian Vettel in fourth, with Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes third. Hamilton is 17 points behind Vettel, who has won the first two races. The world…

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Chinese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton dominates first practice

Second practice is live on 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website Lewis Hamilton dominated first practice at the Chinese Grand Prix as he seeks to bounce back from losing the first two races of the season. Despite a spin in Turn 10, it was the best possible start to the weekend for Hamilton, who was in scintillating form on a track where he has often excelled. The world champion ended the session 0.359 seconds quicker than Kimi Raikkonen, despite using harder tyres. Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was…

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Chinese Grand Prix: Hamilton expects strong Ferrari challenge in Shanghai

Always in the spotlight – Lewis Hamilton was swarmed by the media as he arrived in Shanghai Chinese Grand Prix on the BBC Dates: 13-15 April Venue: Shanghai International Circuit Coverage: Practice and qualifying on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; race on BBC Radio 5 live. Live text commentary, leaderboard and imagery on BBC Sport website and app. Lewis Hamilton thinks the Shanghai circuit will make it difficult for him to take his first win of the year at Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton has won five of the…

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Chinese Grand Prix: Can Mercedes continue their recent dominance in Shanghai?

Almost 150,000 people attended the weekend of the Chinese Grand Prix in 2017 Chinese Grand Prix on the BBC Dates: 13-15 April. Circuit: Shanghai International Circuit. Coverage: Practice, qualifying and race across BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online. Live text commentary, leaderboard and imagery on BBC Sport website and app. It is two wins out of two for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the start of the 2018 Formula 1 season. But there is no need for world champion Lewis Hamilton or Mercedes fans to be distraught as the…

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Chinese Grand Prix: Predict your podium top three in Shanghai

Sebastian Vettel has a 17-point lead in the drivers’ championship over rival Lewis Hamilton Chinese Grand Prix on the BBC Dates: 13-15 April Venue: Shanghai International Circuit Coverage: Practice and qualifying on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; race on BBC Radio 5 live. Live text commentary, leaderboard and imagery on BBC Sport website and app. In the Chinese year of the dog Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has shown his bite in the opening races of the season. Round two in Bahrain produced a thriller as Vettel clung on to win…

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McLaren in management restructure after poor start to season

Zak Brown has been appointed chief executive office of McLaren Racing McLaren have restructured the management of their Formula 1 team after performances at the start of this season fell short of expectations. Fernando Alonso is fourth in the championship but McLaren have failed to match Red Bull’s pace. Executive director Zak Brown has been put in formal charge of the F1 programme with a new title of chief executive officer of McLaren Racing. Eric Boullier, racing director, now reports directly to Brown. The move formalises a structure that was…

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Jolyon Palmer: Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas have contrasting emotions

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. Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas will be heading to the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend with contrasting emotions after their intense battle for victory in Bahrain on Sunday. Vettel produced a masterclass in race management and composure in his Ferrari to take his second win in succession this season, eking out his soft tyres for 39 laps. Mercedes’ Bottas,…

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F1 gossip: Hamilton, Verstappen, Williams, Mercedes, Sirotkin

Tuesday, 10 April Hamilton (right) said after the Bahrain Grand Prix that Vertsappen (left) needed to have more “respect” Max Verstappen has shrugged off Lewis Hamilton’s criticism of him following the Bahrain Grand Prix and defended his move on the four-time world champion that led to the pair colliding.(Ziggo Sport via Autosport) Hamilton says he and his Mercedes team must improve communication after his third‑place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix. (Guardian) The Briton will meet senior members of his team before the Chinese Grand Prix to discuss the issue,…

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