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Max Verstappen takes pole for Brazilian GP with Lewis Hamilton in third

Dutch driver secures his second pole position of the season
Ferraris Sebastian Vettel qualifies in second spot

Max Verstappen took pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix, claiming the top spot for Red Bull with a superb lap to deny Ferraris Sebastian Vettel who was second. Lewis Hamilton was in third.

Ferraris Charles Leclerc was in fourth but will receive a 10-place grid penalty for taking a new engine. Valtteri Bottas was fifth for Mercedes in front of Red Bulls Alexander Albon.

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Charles Leclerc storms to Singapore F1 GP pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton

• Sebastian Vettel pipped by duo after seeming set for pole
• Max Verstappen on second row of grid at Marina Bay

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took his third successive Formula One pole position, with Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes joining the youngster on the front row for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Leclerc’s teammate Sebastian Vettel, who was fastest after the first flying laps in the final session of qualifying, made mistakes on his last effort and qualified third with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fourth.

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Penalty shunts Max Verstappen to back of grid for Italian Grand Prix

•Engine penalty is boost to Lewis Hamilton’s title prospects
•Red Bull driver is Briton’s closest rival other than Valtteri Bottas

Lewis Hamilton’s unrelenting march to a sixth world championship has been given another boost after it was revealed Max Verstappen will start this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix from the back of the field.

Verstappen is Hamilton’s closest non-Mercedes challenger for the title, 87 points adrift of the Briton. But just days after he crashed out on the opening lap of the Belgian Grand Prix, it emerged that an engine penalty will demote the Dutchman down the grid for Sunday’s race in Monza.

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Lewis Hamilton’s best year yet on cards while Albon has a huge chance | Giles Richards

A sixth world title – one shy of Michael Schumacher’s record – is odds-on for the Briton but elsewhere there’s all to play for, especially in F1’s midfield and for Alexander Albon

Having enjoyed his best opening 12 races, Lewis Hamilton is in position to seal his sixth world championship with his most successful season. That the title, which will move him above Juan Manuel Fangio and behind only Michael Schumacher, is in his grasp is beyond doubt. He has already won eight races, to lead his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by 62 points, and Hamilton usually only improves on the run-in. Last year he won four of the first five races after the summer break; nine races remain, starting with this weekend’s Belgian grand prix, and with four more victories he will have surpassed his previous best of 11 in a season. Hamilton has been explicit in insisting he is taking nothing for granted yet he is in the form of his life and motivated as never before. Closing out the championship by leaving the opposition scattered and reeling will be his target as Schumacher’s record seven titles looks eminently reachable next season.

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Red Bull promote Alexander Albon to replace Pierre Gasly for rest of F1 season

  • British-born Thai driver promoted from sister team Toro Rosso
  • Pierre Gasly has scored only 63 points to Max Verstappen’s 181

Red Bull have promoted Alexander Albon to race alongside Max Verstappen for the remainder of the F1 season. The move means Pierre Gasly has returned to race for Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso, alongside Daniil Kvyat.

Albon, the runner-up in last year’s Formula 2 Championship, has impressed in his first season in F1. The 23-year-old British-born Thai driver has scored 16 points from 12 races, with his best result a sixth-placed finish in the rain-affected German Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel react to thrilling Hungarian GP – video

Lewis Hamilton overtook Max Verstappen near the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix to earn his 81st Formula One race victory and extend his championship lead.

Mercedes made a strategic gamble with around 20 laps to go to bring Hamilton in for a second tyre change, while Red Bull decided to keep Verstappen out on track in the hope he could defend on a difficult track for overtaking. 

The much quicker tyres helped Hamilton swallow up Verstappen's 20-second lead and he finally got past the Red Bull on lap 67 of 70. Sebastian Vettel finished in third place for Ferrari, ahead of his teammate Charles Leclerc and McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr.

Hamilton is now only 10 wins behind seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher's record of 91. 

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