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Jun 20, 2015

Motor racing-Hamilton wants title more than any records

SPIELBERG, Austria, June 20 (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton can equal a 45-year-old Formula One record in Austria this weekend but the double world champion says the only thing he really wants is a third title.

The Mercedes driver has now led at least one lap of the last 16 races and Sunday’s race could see him equal the record of 17 successive races led, set by fellow-Briton Jackie Stewart between 1968 and 1970.

Jun 20, 2015

Button to collect 25 place grid penalty

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) – McLaren’s Jenson Button will have a 25 place grid penalty — on a grid of only 20 cars — after having a change of power unit ahead of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The penalty, Button’s second in a row after a 15 place drop in Canada, will translate in part into time penalties during the race due to the impossibility of the Briton dropping any further than 20th.

Jun 20, 2015

Motor racing-Button to collect 25 place grid penalty

SPIELBERG, Austria, June 20 (Reuters) – McLaren’s Jenson Button will have a 25 place grid penalty — on a grid of only 20 cars — after having a change of power unit ahead of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The penalty, Button’s second in a row after a 15 place drop in Canada, will translate in part into time penalties during the race due to the impossibility of the Briton dropping any further than 20th.

Jun 19, 2015

Ricciardo understands Mateschitz’s frustration

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) – Australian Daniel Ricciardo says he can understand the frustration of Red Bull’s billionaire owner Dietrich Mateschitz whose team have been leading a chorus of criticism about the state of Formula One.

Winners of four successive drivers’ and constructors’ titles between 2010 and 2013, Red Bull have fallen behind as engine supplier Renault struggle to find performance and reliability.

Jun 19, 2015

Motor racing-Ricciardo understands Mateschitz’s frustration

SPIELBERG, Austria, June 19 (Reuters) – Australian Daniel Ricciardo says he can understand the frustration of Red Bull’s billionaire owner Dietrich Mateschitz whose team have been leading a chorus of criticism about the state of Formula One.

Winners of four successive drivers’ and constructors’ titles between 2010 and 2013, Red Bull have fallen behind as engine supplier Renault struggle to find performance and reliability.

Jun 19, 2015

Pirelli, Michelin only bidders for F1 tyre contract

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) – Current suppliers Pirelli have tendered for the next three-year Formula One tyre contract from 2017 with Michelin their only rivals, Pirelli’s motorsport head Paul Hembery said on Friday.

“We did tender, yes, and there are two people that tendered,” the Briton told reporters ahead of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Jun 19, 2015

Motor racing-Pirelli, Michelin only bidders for F1 tyre contract

SPIELBERG, Austria, June 19 (Reuters) – Current suppliers Pirelli have tendered for the next three-year Formula One tyre contract from 2017 with Michelin their only rivals, Pirelli’s motorsport head Paul Hembery said on Friday.

“We did tender, yes, and there are two people that tendered,” the Briton told reporters ahead of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Jun 19, 2015

Motor racing-Vettel quickest in Austrian GP practice

SPIELBERG, Austria, June 19 (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was first and last in Austrian Grand Prix practice on a Friday that team principal Maurizio Arrivabene will not forget in a hurry after nearly being run over by Felipe Massa.

Vettel completed only four laps in the morning session before pulling over with a gearbox problem but he did 28 in the afternoon and ended the day with the fastest lap of one minute 09.600 seconds.

Jun 19, 2015

Alonso faces time penalties as well as grid drop

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) – McLaren’s Fernando Alonso faces a time penalty in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix as well as starting from the back of the grid as a result of exceeding his engine allocation for the season.

The governing FIA said on Friday that the Spaniard would start with a new engine, his fifth in eight races, as well as his fifth turbocharger and fifth MGU-H (motor generator unit-heat) component.

Jun 19, 2015

Motor racing-Alonso faces time penalties as well as grid drop

SPIELBERG, Austria, June 19 (Reuters) – McLaren’s Fernando Alonso faces a time penalty in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix as well as starting from the back of the grid as a result of exceeding his engine allocation for the season.

The governing FIA said on Friday that the Spaniard would start with a new engine, his fifth in eight races, as well as his fifth turbocharger and fifth MGU-H (motor generator unit-heat) component.

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