Germany's Sebastian Vettel has once again won the world championship in Formula 1 racing, for the fourth time in a row. The Red Bull driver secured the title with three races still to go in the season.
Lewis Hamilton smashed the old record by Michael Schumacher to gain the inside track for Sunday's race in Suzuka. Lining up alongside him will be rival Sebastian Vettel, who needs a big performance to catch Hamilton.
After a number of rain delays, Lewis Hamilton powered through to his 69th career pole position, breaking Michael Schumacher's record in the process. The Briton is closing in on championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
New technical regulations, new owners, faster cars, and just maybe - with a little luck - a more competitive field than in recent Mercedes-dominated years: Here's what you need to know about the upcoming F1 season.
Formula 1's teams and the FIA have agreed to introduce a protective structure, known as a "Halo," for the 2018 season. It's designed to protect drivers' exposed heads, after a series of sometimes fatal accidents.
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