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Mar 30

F1: Vettel Keeps Pressure On Mercedes Duo

Sebastian Vettel drives during the Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel drives during the Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Just a few weeks ago everyone was writing off Sebastian Vettel’s chances of winning a fifth Formula 1 championship in 2014, but his first podium of the year in Malaysia showed that he cannot be counted out yet.

Vettel lost out to Nico Rosberg at the start, but he kept his fellow German in his sights on his way to a reliable third place. It was the first time that he had logged a race distance in the RB10.

Mar 30

MotoGP: Bike Changes Helped Redding Beat Hayden In Debut

Scott Redding finished seventh in the MotoGP season opener at Losail International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Scott Redding finished seventh in the MotoGP season opener at Losail International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Scott Redding pulled off a highly impressive MotoGP™ debut in Qatar on Sunday, finishing his first premier class race as the leading Honda RCV1000R representative. It appeared as though earlier setup changes had paid off handsomely.

The Moto2 championship runner-up of 2013 and a title contender all season-long, Redding now joins the premier class with a GO&FUN Honda Gresini open bike. In being a rider of the new RCV1000R customer machine, he is using one of four in the field; the others are piloted by Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham plus Drive M7 Aspar riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Nicky Hayden, with the World Champion of 2006 having been the rider Redding has targeted on-track since the preseason.

Mar 30

F1: Ricciardo Hit With Bahrain Grid Penalty

Daniel Ricciardo will drop 10 positions on the Bahrain GP grid. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo will drop 10 positions on the Bahrain GP grid. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo has received a 10-place grid penalty for the Bahrain Grand Prix as part of the clampdown on unsafe releases from pit stops since last year’s incident at the Nurburgring, when a TV cameraman was injured.

Under a new rule introduced this year, drivers can get both a stop and go penalty in the current race and a grid penalty for the next event.

Mar 30

F1: Massa Stands By Decision To Ignore Team Orders In Malaysia

Felipe Massa finished seventh in the Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Felipe Massa finished seventh in the Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams driver Felipe Massa is standing by his decision to ignore team orders to let teammate Valtteri Bottas pass him in the closing stages of Sunday’s Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix, saying the team should recognize he has his own interests to pursue in the drivers’ championship.

Massa was repeatedly told to let Bottas past to enable the Finn to chase the McLaren of Jenson Button, but Massa refused to make way, and finished seventh and Bottas eighth, with Button holding on for sixth.

Mar 30

F1: Hamilton Leads Mercedes One-Two At Malaysian GP

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton broke his drought at Formula 1′s Malaysian Grand Prix and led a one-two finish for the Mercedes team on Sunday.

Hamilton beat teammate Nico Rosberg by 17.3 seconds at the Sepang International Circuit, with defending world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull third.

It was the first one-two by the Mercedes factory team since 1955, when it was a dominant force in the embryonic days of F1.