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Vettel reprimanded for anthem absence

SUZUKA, Japan: Sebastian Vettel’s Sunday could not get much worse after engine problems at the Japanese Grand Prix all but killed off his title hopes, but Formula One stewards reprimanded him anyway for missing the national anthem before the race. The German failed to turn up on time for the Japanese anthem, an understandable absence given the commotion around his car as mechanics hurried to fix a sparkplug problem. The non-driving reprimand for the rules breach, as opposed to one handed out for something that happened…

Hamilton cruises to dream win in Belgium

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS: Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton celebrated a dream Belgian Grand Prix victory on Sunday to stretch his lead over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to 28 points with eight races remaining.

Vettel hit Formula One for four

LONDON: Sebastian Vettel was on such a record roll in 2013 that by the time Formula One rocks up for next year's season-opener in Australia it will be almost eight months since anyone else won a grand prix. Even allowing for an August shutdown and three month winter break, that single statistic highlights just how demoralizing a year it has been for all those trying to beat Red Bull's quadruple world champion. The cheeky-faced 26-year-old, soon to be a father, could have clinched his employers fourth successive…

Vettel on pole for Brazilian Grand Prix

SAO PAULO: Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position for the season-ending Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix after a rain-hit qualifying session at Interlagos on Saturday. The 26-year-old German, more than ever in a class of his own, made his 45th career pole - and ninth of the season - look all too easy as he swept round a rain-soaked track with a time of one minute 26.479 seconds. Nico Rosberg joined his compatriot on the front row for Mercedes, but the 0.623 second gulf between his time…

Vettel sets record with U.S. Grand Prix win

TEXAS: Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel won the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday and became the first driver to take eight consecutive victories in a single Formula One season. Starting from pole, the 26-year-old German was again in a class of his own, taking the chequered flag 6.2 seconds clear of Frenchman Romain Grosjean in a Lotus. Vettel's Australian team mate Mark Webber finished third. The champion, who clinched his fourth straight title in India last month, is now one step away from equaling compatriot…

Webber keeps Vettel off Abu Dhabi pole

ABU DHABI: Mark Webber seized pole position for the floodlit Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday with Red Bull team mate and quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel making a rare error and having to settle for second best. The pole, with Webber approaching the end of his Formula One career this month, was the Australian's 13th in 12 years and second in three races. "Mark did a very good lap so congratulations to him," said Vettel, who is chasing his seventh win in a row after wrapping up a fourth successive title with…