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Hamilton secures pole for world championship decider

Lewis Hamilton will start on pole. Credit: PA

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's all-important Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on pole after a dominant display in qualifying.

The 31-year-old finished more than three tenths of a second ahead of his Mercedes teammate Rosberg who will join Hamilton on the front row.

Milton-Keynes Red Bull complete the top three, with Daniel Ricciardo lining up in third.

Despite Hamilton's performance, Rosberg remains the big favourite to win the world championship title tomorrow.

If the German finishes third or above he will be crowned champion, regardless of what Hamilton does.


Force India driver Hulkenberg agrees Renault switch

Nico Hulkenberg will move to Renault. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire-based Force India have confirmed German driver Nico Hulkenberg will move to F1 rivals Renault next season.

The 29-year-old has been part of the team for the last five years, but has decided to end his contract in order to "explore fresh opportunities".

Force India will now have to find a replacement, with Manor Racing's Esteban Ocon and Pascal Wehrlein likely to be among the targets.

Everybody at Sahara Force India wishes Nico well as he embarks upon a different path in Formula One.

Having spent five years with us, Nico has become a great friend and contributed a huge amount to the team’s success.

He’s an outstanding driver, who has scored more points for this team than anybody else.

While it’s true we will miss Nico, we respect his decision to explore fresh opportunities and it would be wrong to stand in his way.

– Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director

Furious Hamilton 'wants answers' after engine blowout

Lewis Hamilton was not amused after the race. Credit: PA

Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton couldn't hide his anger with his Mercedes team after an engine failure denied him the chance to win the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hamilton was cruising to victory before his engine blew up with just 15 laps remaining to hand the win to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Nico Rosberg finished third to stretch his lead at the top of the drivers' championship to 23 points, and after the race a clearly agitated Hamilton appeared to accuse those in charge at Mercedes of favoritism.

"Someone doesn't want me to win this year," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"My question is to Mercedes. We have so many engines made for drivers, but mine are the only ones failing this year.

"Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable.

"We are fighting for the championship and only my engines are failing. It does not sit right with me."

Stevenage's Hamilton on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton celebrates securing pole position in Malaysia. Credit: PA

Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton will start on pole for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix.

The grid has a familiar look to it, with Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg starting second and Max Verstappen from Milton Keynes-based Red Bull in third.

Hamilton secured a fastest lap of 1:32.850 to qualify fastest - four tenths of a second ahead of Rosberg.

It's the third successive year he's been on pole in Malaysia and a win tomorrow would close the gap on Rosberg in the Drivers' Championship who currently holds an eight point advantage.


Verstappen: 'To come into a new team and to win a race is perfect'

Max Verstappen says he's still pinching himself after making history for Milton Keynes-based Red Bull yesterday.

The 18-year-old became the youngest ever winner of a Formula One race at the Spanish Grand Prix - beating the previous record by more than two years.

Watch an interview with Max Verstappen from Red Bull Media.

'I didn't expect it at all': Verstappen on his F1 win

"I didn't expect it at all', says Red Bull driver Max Verstappen on his F1 win.

The 18-year old, who only passed his driving test last September, has shocked the world with his victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Verstappen posted an interview on his Facebook page showing off his trophy. He spoke about the 'incredible race' and said that it was an 'amazing feeling'.

Click below to watch his reaction

Sporting stars congratulate youngest ever F1 winner

Max Verstappen with his winning trophy Credit: Max Verstappen, Twitter

Sporting stars, including big names from the world of F1 past and present have been offering their congratulations through social media to Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.

The 18-year old has become the youngest ever winner of a Formula One race after winning the Spanish Grand Prix.

What makes his achievement even more spectacular is the fact he only passed his driving test last September.

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