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Hamilton ahead of Rosberg in Baku as rivals struggle

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) It was an unknown circuit but a familiar scenario in Friday practice for the European Grand Prix with Mercedes dominating its rivals as Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets ahead of teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg.

The bumpy, windy and low-grip Baku street circuit saw drivers regularly running up escape roads and clipping the walls, yet the hope of Mercedes' rivals that the unique layout would bring them back into contention seems in vain. Read More...

Rosberg concerned by tight confines of Baku circuit

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Formula One leader Nico Rosberg questioned whether its governing body has put entertainment ahead of safety by approving the layout for the inaugural grand prix on the street circuit of Baku.

The close proximity of walls in the narrow section that threads through the heritage-listed center of the Azerbaijan capital city was designed as a feature of the circuit to contrast the cutting-edge F1 cars with buildings that date to the 12th century. Read More...

F1 chief Ecclestone confused by human rights concerns

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Formula One commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone says he is confused by human rights groups criticizing the series for coming to the Azerbaijan capital Baku for this weekend's European Grand Prix.

Human rights organizations have long expressed concern about restrictions on political opposition, and corruption, under the government of Ilham Aliyev, who succeeded his father in 2003. Some rights groups have criticized F1 for going to the country, and others have urged the series to use the race to expose rights issues. Read More...

F1: Hamilton dedicates Canadian Grand Prix victory to Ali

MONTREAL (AP) When Lewis Hamilton first decided as a young child that he wanted to drive in Formula One, he had no black role models in the sport.

Instead, he found his inspiration elsewhere: boxer Muhammad Ali. Read More...

Hamilton takes pole for Canadian Grand Prix

MONTREAL (AP) Lewis Hamilton doesn't think he got every last millisecond from his Mercedes Silver Arrow in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday.

No matter, he'll be in good position to squeeze out every last bit of speed in the race on Sunday. Read More...

4-time Canadian GP winner Hamilton fastest in practice

MONTREAL (AP) Ever since his first career victory in Montreal as a Formula One rookie in 2007, Lewis Hamilton has taken a liking to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Four times he has arrived at the track on the Ile Notre Dame and earned the pole position. Four times he has taken the checkered flag as the winner - including last year, en route to his second consecutive Formula One championship. Read More...

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