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Rosberg on pole in Russia as Hamilton's car fails again

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Formula One leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was 10th after another car failure ended his qualifying session early on Saturday.

With Rosberg leading the standings by 36 points, Sunday's race offers the German a chance to take the title race farther out of the defending champion's reach in just the fourth race of the season. Read More...

Formula One reaches deal on making engines cheaper

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Formula One bosses have reached a deal to make engines cheaper and more standardized starting next season, which will help smaller teams, the FIA said Friday.

The agreement on power units - the combination of turbocharged engines and a hybrid energy recovery system - also contains an "obligation to supply" provision to stop teams being left without a power unit supplier. Read More...

Hamilton tops 2nd practice in Russia as Vettel's car stops

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in Friday's second practice session for the Russian Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel stopped his Ferrari on the track and faces a grid penalty.

Ahead of qualifying on Saturday, both practice sessions were topped by Mercedes, underlining the dominance of a team which has been on pole for 39 of the last 41 races. Read More...

Hamilton expects tough challenge to make up gap on Rosberg

SOCHI, Russia (AP) With the gap widening, Lewis Hamilton faces an increasingly tense Formula One title defense as his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg grows more confident by the race.

Heading into this weekend's Russian Grand Prix, the three-time world champion is already 36 points behind Rosberg - who is seeking a seventh straight win after winning the first three races of this season and the final three of last year. Read More...

Russian driver Sirotkin joins Renault F1 team as test driver

PARIS (AP) Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin has joined the Renault Formula One team as a test driver and will participate in practice at the upcoming Russian Grand Prix.

Renault made the announcement on Tuesday.

FIA approves 25 test days for 2017 F1 tires

PARIS (AP) Motorsport's governing body has approved changes in Formula One's regulations to allow tire supplier Pirelli to carry out more testing ahead of the 2017 season.

The FIA's World Motor Sport Council says in a statement Wednesday that the changes will allow 25 car days of testing with current F1 cars fitted with 2017 tire sizes, in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Read More...