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The Bahrain GP

1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1h38m42.743 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                   3. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes       4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault           5. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes       6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault           7. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes09. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault13. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault15. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari17. Jenson Button         McLaren-MercedesRetirements    Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        40 laps    Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          39 laps    Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        33 laps    Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      18 laps    Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          17 lapsDrivers' standings: 1. Nico Rosberg       61   2. Lewis Hamilton     50   3. Nico Hulkenberg    28   4. Fernando Alonso    26   5. Jenson Button      23   6. Sebastian Vettel   23   7. Kevin Magnussen    20   8. Valtteri Bottas    18   9. Sergio Perez       16  10. Daniel Ricciardo   12  11. Felipe Massa       12  12. Kimi Raikkonen     7  13. Jean-Eric Vergne   4  14. Daniil Kvyat       3  

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Pastor Maldonado has been penalised three times for his collision with Esteban Gutierrez during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Maldonado had just left the pits when he hit the Sauber driver, flipping Gutierrez over and forcing him out of the race.

The stewards gave Maldonado a ten second stop-go penalty during the race and two further penalties.

Maldonado will also take a five-place grid penalty for the next race in China. And he has had three penalty points added to his licence.

The stewards also handed two more penalty points to Jules Bianchi for his contact with Adrian Sutil during the race, giving him a total of four for the season so far.

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2014/04/06/maldonado-given-three-penalties-gutierrez-collision/

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NASCAR's Gene Haas granted Formula 1 entry for 2015 season

Gene Haas has secured a Formula 1 team entry for the 2015 season.

The American NASCAR team owner confirmed on Friday that he had been informed by the FIA his application to join the F1 grid had been successful.

It comes after a lengthy evaluation process to ensure that Haas had the financial means and necessary infrastructure to commit to the sport.

In a statement, Haas welcomed the FIA decision, although knew that the granting of the entry marked only the start of a huge effort to get on to the grid.

"Obviously, we're extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula 1 licence by the FIA," he said.

"It's an exciting time for me, Haas Automation and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula 1.

"Now, the really hard work begins. It's a challenge we embrace as we work to put cars on the grid.

"I want to thank the FIA for this opportunity and the diligence everyone put forth to see our licence application come to fruition."

Haas is hoping to announce further details about his F1 operation next week.

The success of the Haas entry comes just a few years after the efforts of another American team, USF1, failed to come off.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone suggested in last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix that Haas may not be the only team that gets an entry for 2015, although he declined to reveal any more details.

Autosport

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Ferrari: Stefano Domenicali quits as boss of F1 team

Stefano Domenicali has resigned as the team principal of Ferrari with immediate effect.

The Italian team have struggled at the start of the current season and have failed to register a podium finish in the opening three races.

Domenicali had been in charge since taking over from Jean Todt in 2008 but the 48-year-old will now be replaced by Marco Mattiacci.

The next F1 race is the Chinese Grand Prix on 20 April.

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Ferrari has named Marco Mattiacci as its new team principal after Stefano Domenicali resigned from the role.

Domenicali has stepped down following a poor start to the new season having been team principal since 2008. In that time, Ferrari has won just once constructors' championship and missed out on the drivers' title at the final race on two occasions.

Mattiacci replaces Domenicali having previously been the CEO of Ferrari North America, becoming team principal with immediate effect. Having thanked Domenicali for his work, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said Mattiacci was keen to take control.

“I want to wish good luck to Marco Mattiacci, a manager who knows the value of the company and he enthusiastically accepted this challenge,” Montezemolo said

http://www.crash.net/f1/news/202234/1/mattiacci-is-new-ferrari-team-principal.html

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Red Bull lose Ricciardo appeal

(Reuters) - Formula One team Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix has been rejected by the International Court of Appeal, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said on Tuesday.

"The Court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the Decision No56 of the Stewards by which they decided to exclude Infiniti Red Bull Racing's car No3 from the results of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix," The FIA said in a statement.

Australian Ricciardo finished second in his home race last month, his debut for the world champions, but was disqualified hours later when stewards ruled his car had breached new fuel flow regulations.

No further sanction against Red Bull was announced.

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Chinese GP

Hamilton claimed his third pole position of the 2014 Season

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m53.860s

2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m54.455s +0.595s

3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m54.960s +1.100s

4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m55.143s +1.283s

5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m55.637s +1.777s

6. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m56.147s +2.287s

7. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m56.282s +2.422s

8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m56.366s +2.506s

9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m56.773s +2.913s

10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m57.079s +3.219s

11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m56.860s +2.831s*

12. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m56.963s +2.934s*

13. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m57.289s +3.260s*

14. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m57.393s +3.364s*

15. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m57.675s +3.646s*

16. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m58.264s +4.235s*

17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m58.988s +3.472s**

18. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m59.260s +3.744s**

19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m59.326s +3.810s**

20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 2m00.646s +5.130s**

21. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 2m00.865s +5.349s**

22. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault

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Chinese GP

Results

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h36m52.810s

2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +18.686s

3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +25.765s

4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +26.978s

5. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +51.012s

6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +57.581s

7. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +58.145s

8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +1m23.990s

9. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +1m26.489s

10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1 lap

11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap

12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault +1 lap

13. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap

14. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault +1 lap

15. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes +1 lap

16. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap

17. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault +1 lap

18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari +1 lap

19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps

20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault +2 laps

Retirements:

Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 27 laps

Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 4 laps

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Flag error shortens Grand Prix in Shanghai

The Chinese Grand Prix was cut short because of an error with the chequered flag, which was waved a lap early.

1221335-25479745-640-360.jpgReuters

Lewis Hamilton was shown the chequered flag at the end of lap 55 - one lap before it was supposed to have been displayed.

F1's regulations state that if the chequered flag is shown early, then the race will be deemed to have finished the lap before.

Article 43.2 of F1's sporting regulations states: "Should for any reason the end-of-race signal be given before the leading car completes the scheduled number of laps, or the prescribed time has been completed, the race will be deemed to have finished when the leading car last crossed the line before the signal was given."

That means that the Chinese GP was declared to have finished on lap 54 of the 56 that actually ran.

Speaking about the chequered flag incident, Hamilton said: "That was very strange. I was thinking 'am I seeing things?'

"I looked up, I was coming across the line expecting to do another lap and all of a sudden I looked for a split second and I saw the flag.

"I lifted for a second and I saw there was no one on the wall, so then I just kept going.

"I did lose a second or so. I asked the team, they said no, so I just kept going.

"Very, very strange. It was good to do another lap."

The changed distance did not alter any of the points-scoring positions but it did result in Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi being relegated to 18th, having pulled off a late move on Jules Bianchi's Marussia for 17th.

Autosport

http://au.eurosport.com/formula-1/chinese-grand-prix/2014/flag-error-shortens-chinese-gp_sto4220435/story.shtml

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Hamilton, Alonso and Riccardo, the class drivers today; all showed up their team mates and got great results for their teams today.

Amazing Rosberg is still WDC leader after these four races really!

To the prat with the chequered flag: YOU HAD ONE JOB. Incredibly lucky the only thing that cock-up affected was the fight for 17th.

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Hamilton, Alonso and Riccardo, the class drivers today; all showed up their team mates and got great results for their teams today.

Amazing Rosberg is still WDC leader after these four races really!

To the prat with the chequered flag: YOU HAD ONE JOB. Incredibly lucky the only thing that cock-up affected was the fight for 17th.

I agree. Riccardo is showing that Vettel isn't so good.

Hamilton was unlucky for having abandoned the first race. If he doesn't overcome Masssa's bad luck, he should take the title this year.

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Jean-Eric Vergne has been handed a 10-place grid penalty for the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana Pirelli 2014 after the right-rear wheel came off his Toro Rosso at Turn 1 during Friday’s second practice session in Barcelona.

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http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2014/5/15802.html?utm_source=Twitterfeed&utm_medium=Twitter-F1&utm_campaign=Latest+Headlines

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Spanish GP Qualifying

1.  Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m25.232s 2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m25.400s  +0.168s 3.  Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m26.285s  +1.053s 4.  Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     1m26.632s  +1.400s 5.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m26.960s  +1.728s 6.  Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m27.104s  +1.872s 7.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m27.140s  +1.908s 8.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m27.335s  +2.103s 9.  Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     1m27.402s  +2.170s10.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault                                            11.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m27.685s  +1.597s12.  Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m28.002s  +1.914s13.  Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m28.039s  +1.951s14.  Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.280s  +2.192s15.  Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes16.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault                           17.  Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.563s  +1.799s18.  Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1m29.586s  +2.822s19.  Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1m30.177s  +3.413s20.  Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m30.312s  +3.548s21.  Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1m30.375s  +3.611s22.  Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault

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Epic....if he's doing this on purpose it's not good for the nerves, but he always seems to have something in reserve for Q3.

Special mention to Big John getting that Lotus to P5 and really showing up Crashtor.

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Sebastian Vettel drops to 15th on Spanish GP grid after gearbox change

Starting Grid after Vettel and Vergne penalties

1.  Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             2.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             3.  Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     4.  Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    5.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        6.  Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              7.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              8.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     9.  Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes   10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes11.  Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes12.  Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault  13.  Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari      14.  Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes    15.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault    16.  Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari      17.  Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari    18.  Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari    19.  Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault    20.  Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault    21.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ren

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Results - GP Spain

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h41m05.155s

2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +0.636s

3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +49.014s

4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +1m16.702s

5. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +1m19.293s

6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +1m27.743s

7. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +1 lap

8. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault +1 lap

9. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +1 lap

10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +1 lap

11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap

12. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap

13. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes +1 lap

14. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1 lap

15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault +1 lap

16. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap

17. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap

18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps

19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps

20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault +2 laps

Retirements:

Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 34 laps

Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 24 laps

Drivers' championship:

1. Lewis Hamilton 100

2. Nico Rosberg 97

3. Fernando Alonso 49

4. Sebastian Vettel 45

5. Daniel Ricciardo 39

6. Nico Hulkenberg 37

7. Valtteri Bottas 34

8. Jenson Button 23

9. Kevin Magnussen 20

10. Sergio Perez 20

11. Kimi Raikkonen 17

12. Felipe Massa 12

13. Romain Grosjean 4

14. Jean-Eric Vergne 4

15. Daniil Kvyat 4

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