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Williams signs young British driver Russell for next season

GROVE, England (AP) George Russell will leave his role as reserve driver for Mercedes to take up a full-time seat with Williams in Formula One next season.

The British-based team said Friday it signed a "multi-year agreement" with the 20-year-old Briton. Read More...

First Japanese GP an emotional one for Sauber driver Leclerc

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Charles Leclerc's first appearance at the Japanese Grand Prix was an emotional one.

The Sauber driver was mentored through his junior racing years by Jules Bianchi, who died nine months after a horrific crash at the rain-hit Japanese GP in 2014. Read More...

Hamilton cruises to win at Japanese GP, closes in on title

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, claiming his fourth straight Formula One win and moving a step closer to a fifth world championship.

Starting from pole, the Mercedes driver was never seriously challenged and crossed the finish line 12.919 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was third, 14.295 seconds back. Read More...

Hamilton claims pole for Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel 8th

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Championship leader Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes and taking a step closer to securing his fifth Formula One title.

With rain threatening, Hamilton clocked a lap of 1 minute, 27.760 seconds to lead teammate Valtteri Bottas by 0.299. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was third. Read More...

Hamilton claims pole for Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel 9th

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Championship leader Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes and taking a step closer to securing his fifth Formula One title.

With rain threatening, Hamilton clocked a lap of 1 minute, 27.760 seconds to lead teammate Valtteri Bottas by 0.299. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was third. Read More...

Hamilton fastest in practice for Japanese Grand Prix

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Lewis Hamilton dominated practice for the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday, an early indication that the Formula One championship leader will be tough to beat in Sunday's race.

After leading the morning practice, Hamilton clocked a time of 1 minute, 28.217 seconds in Friday's second practice session, finishing 0.461 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was third fastest. Read More...

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