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Ricciardo secures first ever Formula One pole in Monaco

Daniel Ricciardo secured the first pole of his Formula One career with an incredible lap in qualifying for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

Ricciardo took pole ahead of Rosberg and Hamilton. Credit: PA

Championship leader Nico Rosberg will join the Red Bull driver on the front row with his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who has not won at the principality since 2008, only third on the grid.

Ricciardo's emphatic lap marked the first pole position for Red Bull since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton already trails Rosberg by 43 points, and the fraught defence of his championship crown took another dramatic twist after another engine failure prevented the Briton from posting a quick lap until the closing moments of qualifying.

Hamilton emerged for Q3 - the final phase of qualifying - but was told to stop at the end of the pit-lane with a fuel leak issue before his car was recovered by his Mercedes mechanics.

18-year old Verstappen wins Spanish Grand Prix

Verstappen took advantage of a first-lap collision between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Credit: PA

Max Verstappen took advantage of a jaw-dropping first-lap collision between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to become Formula One's youngest-ever winner of an incredible Spanish Grand Prix.

Eighteen-year-old Verstappen showed maturity beyond his tender years on his Red Bull debut to fend off the challenge from Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who at 36 is twice as old as the Dutchman.

The tone was set for a race that will live long in the memory after pole-sitter Hamilton lost control of his car and crashed into Rosberg at turn three, taking both Mercedes drivers out of the grand prix in one swoop.

Niki Lauda, Mercedes' non-executive chairman, instantly apportioned blame to Hamilton describing the world champion's actions as "too aggressive".

Hamilton and Rosberg, yet to comment on the incident, will now report to the stewards with the opening-lap incident under investigation.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel crossed the line in third to complete the podium. Daniel Ricciardo, who led the opening phase of the race, was forced to pit on the penultimate lap with a puncture.

Hamilton and Rosberg collide at Spanish Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg's car is carried off the track. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are out of the Spanish Grand Prix after they collided on the opening lap.

Hamilton, starting from pole position, lost the lead to Rosberg and in attempting to pass his Mercedes team-mate he ran on to the grass at turn three.

The world champion then lost control of his car, spun, and crashed into Rosberg. Both drivers ended up in the gravel trap at turn four with Hamilton holding his head in his hands.

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Rosberg on pole in Russia as Hamilton suffers engine failure

Nico Rosberg (centre) celebrates his pole in Russia. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton's troubled defence to his Formula One title took another twist on Saturday after an engine failure prevented him from battling for pole position for Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, already under investigation from the stewards for failing to negotiate a block placed in the run-off area at turn two, is set to start only 10th.

And to make matters worse for the triple world champion, Nico Rosberg, whom he trails by 36 points in the race for the title, claimed pole to leave him as the overwhelming favourite to seal his fourth victory from as many grands prix this season.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel qualified second, but his five-placed grid penalty promotes the Williams of Valtteri Bottas on to the front row with Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) third.

Lewis Hamilton on top in Russia GP final practice

Lewis Hamilton on track in Sochi. Credit: PA

World champion Lewis Hamilton edged out his in-form title rival Nico Rosberg in final practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

The Briton posted a best lap of one minute and 36.403 seconds - the fastest ever seen at the Sochi Autodrom - in the final moments of the session ahead of qualifying later on Saturday.

Rosberg, 36 points clear of Hamilton heading into the fourth round of the championship, was just 0.068 seconds slower than his Mercedes team-mate.

Sebastian Vettel, who will serve a five-place grid penalty after changing his gearbox, was next up for Ferrari, albeit more than half-a-second adrift of Hamilton's best lap.

Kimi Raikkonen placed fourth with the Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas fifth and sixth respectively.

Rosberg celebrates China win with a Burger King

Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix, his third win in a row. Credit: PA

Nico Rosberg celebrated winning the China Grand Prix and moving 36 points clear of Lewis Hamilton with a Burger King as Red Bull team principal Christian Horner predicted Formula One's championship leader would soon have cause to celebrate a new Mercedes contract, too.

Rosberg's brilliant start to the season reached new heights on Sunday after he extended his unbeaten streak to three races in 2016, and six in as many grands prix stretching back to last year.

The German posted a video to his social media accounts in which he toasted his third victory at the fast-food restaurant ahead of his flight to Berlin for Monday night's Laureus Sports Awards where he will be joined by Hamilton and Mercedes bosses' Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda.

Rosberg is out of contract at the end of the year, but Horner does not envisage the 30-year-old leaving the sport's all-conquering team.

"I think Nico is doing a great job and I can't see him at any other team than Mercedes next year," Horner told Press Association Sport.

Formula One drivers split restaurant bill 18 ways

Formula One drivers may be among the best paid sportsmen in the world, but that did not stop them from splitting the bill 18 ways following their dinner in Shanghai on Wednesday night.

Lewis Hamilton, who last year signed a £100million three-year contract with Mercedes, said he picked the restaurant - an Italian called The Kitchen - and laid down the deposit for a meal which all but four of the grid attended.

Nico Rosberg tweeted the above picture of the dinner. Credit: ‏@nico_rosberg

But when it came to who picked up the bill, he claimed his offer to pay was shot down by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

"It was a little bit silly really, ridiculous because someone said, 'Let's share the bill', so 18 drivers shared a bill which is just insane," Hamilton said with a smile.

"It probably wasn't really that expensive. I did say 'why don't I just get it now, or two of us get it now, and then the next time someone else gets it'.

"And they are like 'no, no, no. I want to pay individually'.

"We all got a receipt, 18 receipts, 18 credit cards, it was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. I have never seen anything like that before."

Asked who made that suggestion, Hamilton replied: "I am pretty sure it was Nico."

When Hamilton's version of events was then put to his Mercedes team-mate, Rosberg said. "Really? Interesting. From what I can remember, the hidden agreement usually is that the world champion pays, but that might just be my opinion."

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