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Lewis Hamilton takes pole in Monza

Hamilton celebrates his pole position. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton extended his dominance of the Italian Grand Prix into a third successive year by claiming an emphatic pole position ahead of his championship rival Nico Rosberg.

The triple world champion, who is bidding to become the first driver since Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1950s to secure a hat-trick of consecutive wins at Monza, was incredibly nearly half-a-second faster than Rosberg.

In securing the 56th pole of a career Hamilton also joined his great hero Ayrton Senna and the aforementioned Fangio to claim a record five poles at the so-called Temple of Speed.

Sebastian Vettel, in front of the partisan Italian crowd, will start from third on the grid with his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen alongside him on the second row.

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Massa announces retirement from Formula One

Felipe Massa is retiring. Credit: PA

Felipe Massa has announced he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old Brazilian broke the news at a press conference ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.

Massa began his grand prix career in 2002 with Sauber before he moved to Ferrari in 2006 and latterly Williams.

He missed out on the championship to Lewis Hamilton by one point in 2008 at the final race of the season in his native Brazil.

"I managed to achieve many of my dreams and I am very proud of my career," an emotional Massa said.

Hamilton stretches Championship lead in Germany

Lewis Hamilton is now 19 points clear. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton will head into Formula One's summer break with a 19-point lead over title rival Nico Rosberg after cruising to victory in Sunday's German Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who has now won six of the last seven races, started from second, but a poor start by Rosberg enabled the defending champion to take the lead at turn one.

Pole-sitter Rosberg slumped to fourth off the start-line, and his torrid afternoon took another twist when he was hit with a five-second penalty for an overzealous pass on Max Verstappen.

The German finished behind both Red Bull drivers, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen completing the podium places.

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Nico Rosberg secures pole for Hungarian Grand Prix

Rosberg will line up first on the grid on Sunday. Credit: Reuters

Nico Rosberg snatched pole position from his championship rival Lewis Hamilton for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix with his final throw of the dice in a dramatic qualifying session.

Hamilton, who is just one point adrift of Rosberg in the title race, appeared on course to secure pole, but, courtesy of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, had to abort his final timed run after Fernando Alonso spun ahead of him in his McLaren.

It allowed Rosberg, who was further behind his Mercedes team-mate on the track, to improve on his time with his very last lap to secure pole. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will line up on the second row for Red Bull.

Hamilton secures pole for British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton takes the plaudits for his pole position. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton gave an emphatic performance in front of his home crowd to secure pole position for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who trails his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 11 points in the championship, had his first lap deleted by the stewards for exceeding track limits. But the fired-up Briton returned to the Silverstone circuit to set an even quicker time to leave Rosberg trailing in his wake.

Rosberg will line up alongside his team-mate on the front row for Sunday's race but he was one third of a second slower than Hamilton.

Red Bull secured the second row with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo third and fourth on the grid.

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