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Apr 19

F1: Vettel Hoping For Resurgence At Chinese GP

Sebastian Vettel sits sixth in the championship fight, 38 points behind Nico Rosberg (not pictured). (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel sits sixth in the championship fight, 38 points behind Nico Rosberg (not pictured). (Photo: Getty Images)

Given how he finished last season, Sebastian Vettel’s start to the 2014 Formula 1 campaign has been humbling, to say the least.

Last year, the German reeled off nine straight victories, matching the record set by Alberto Ascari in 1952 and `53, to capture his fourth consecutive World Championship with ease.

Apr 19

SportsCars: Toyota Takes Pole for Silverstone FIA WEC Season Opener

Kazuki Nakajima captured pole in the No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kazuki Nakajima captured pole in the No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid. (Photo: Toyota Racing)

Toyota has shown the first blood in the new-look LMP1 class, with the Japanese manufacturer claiming pole for Sunday’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Silverstone.

A late flyer by Kazuki Nakajima put the No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid on the top spot, thanks to Nakajima and co-driver’s Alex Wurz’s four-lap average of 1:42.774 in the intense 25-minute prototype qualifying session.

The Toyota’s average time narrowly edged out the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, qualified by Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval, by just 0.005 seconds.

Apr 19

MotoGP: Bridgestone Reflects On Results From Austin Race

Riders round the first corner on the first lap of the Grand Prix of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Riders round the first corner on the first lap of the Grand Prix of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

After the second staging of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the state-of-the-art track in Austin, Bridgestone have reviewed the weekend from a tire perspective, after another busy event for the premier class tire supplier.

Track conditions for the race at the Circuit of The Americas were dry, although much cooler than the practice and qualifying sessions. A peak track temperature of just 33°C was recorded during the 21-lap race. Masao Azuma, Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tire Development Department, reviewed the weekend, as follows:

Apr 19

F1: Ricciardo Impresses In Qualifying Once Again

Daniel Ricciardo was all smiles after qualifying second for the Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo was all smiles after qualifying second for the Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo continued to impress by earning second on the grid in a tricky wet qualifying session in China – pipping teammate Sebastian Vettel by half a second.

Ricciardo didn’t have an entirely perfect afternoon, but did the lap time when it mattered.

“I think that was very pleasing to do it at the end,” he said. “To be honest, I struggled a bit throughout the session, at least personally I didn’t feel like I was getting on top of the conditions, but then the last set of inters right at the end of Q3 we managed to get a bit more out of it and I put a good lap together, so pretty pleased to be on the front row.”

Apr 19

F1: Hamilton Masters Wet Conditions To Capture Pole Position In China

Lewis Hamilton drives during qualifying ahead of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton drives during qualifying ahead of Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton maintained Mercedes’ perfect record in qualifying this season, holding off the two Red Bulls to capture his third pole position of the campaign on Saturday at the rainy Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton broke the record for most poles by a British driver in Formula One and put himself in position for a third consecutive race victory on Sunday. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was about 0.6 seconds off the pace in second place, with teammate Sebastian Vettel qualifying third.

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