Austrian GP | Hamilton leads Verstappen in Red Bull Ring FP1

Lewis Hamilton sets the pace in opening practice at the Austrian Grand Prix.

With a time already three-tenths faster than 2016’s best offering, Lewis Hamilton laid down the pace in opening practice. Bettering the efforts of the opening pace-setter, Max Verstappen, as plenty of drivers found themselves spinning at the Red Bull Ring.

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Azerbaijan GP | Daniel Ricciardo wins contact heavy race Hamilton & Vettel lost

Daniel Ricciardo miraculously victorious at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

After qualifying in 10th when he crashed out of Q3, Ricciardo started the day immersed in the midfield before plummeting to the back with an early pit-stop. But after a storming drive while others crashed and retired, Ricciardo immerged victorious from Bottas and podium debutant Stroll having capitalised on the misfortunes of Hamilton and a frustrated Vettel.

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Canadian GP | Unchallenged victory for Hamilton, Vettel recovers

Lewis Hamilton wins the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Lewis Hamilton turns his sixth Canadian pole into his sixth Canadian win, as he dominates the race to lead a Mercedes one-two finish. Hunted by Ricciardo, as the Australian fends off the threat of Force India after Vettel goes from front to back.

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Monaco GP | Vettel tops FP2, Mercedes struggle

Second free practice at the Monaco Grand Prix topped by Sebastian Vettel from Daniel Ricciardo.

The Monaco Grand Prix weekend had eased into action with Lewis Hamilton posting what was the then fastest ever lap around the streets of Monte Carlo. But once the afternoon was underway, times continued to tumble with Sebastian Vettel lowering Daniil Kvyat’s benchmark. While the barriers began to claim their first victims in Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll – two drivers who were yet to ever lap the circuit.

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Bahrain GP | Vettel takes control as Hamilton’s penalised

Sebastian Vettel captures victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sakhir sunset leaves Sebastian Vettel to shine under the lights. With the German re-capturing the championship lead as Hamilton slowed to find himself in trouble. Pole-man Bottas may even have played the team game for Mercedes, but Hamilton’s error left him chasing the German controlling a race that ended with just 13 runners.

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Chinese Grand Prix | Hamilton wins as Verstappen storms to podium

Lewis Hamilton wins the Chinese Grand Prix.

With limited running on any of the Pirelli wet compounds, the start of the race emerged as a step into the unknown. But while Sainz took the risk of slicks, Verstappen stuck to the inters and began his charge. Hamilton meanwhile edged away smoothly to begin the race that took him to his first race of the year and level things up with Vettel in the drivers’ standings. 

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Chinese GP | FP1 stopped then topped by Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen tops first free practice for Red Bull at the Chinese Grand Prix.

With a thick layer of cloud smothering the Shanghai International Circuit, the red flags were out and the session was stopped for 40-minutes. But when the cloud lifted, Verstappen went fastest on the wet track. Edging Massa by 1.5-seconds before the cloud returned and closed the designated local hospital.

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