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Charles Leclerc grabs fifth straight Formula 2 pole in Austria

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Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc continued his perfect pole position record in Formula 2 by topping qualifying at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on Saturday, extending his championship lead in the process.

2016 GP3 champion Leclerc stepped up to F2 – rebranded after operating as GP2 since 2005 – for 2017 and has immediately impressed in the series, enjoying a 42-point lead in the drivers’ championship heading into this weekend’s round in Austria.

Leclerc took his fifth pole in five races in Saturday’s qualifying session for Prema Racing, turning in a fastest lap of 1:13.396 to finish three-tenths of a second clear at the head of the field, as well as picking up two bonus points.

Leclerc finished ahead of MP Motorsport’s Sergio Sette Camara in P2, the Brazilian still doing enough to secure his first front row start in F2 despite spinning out on his final lap.

Leclerc’s Prema teammate and fellow Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco took third, while Alexander Albon qualified fourth upon his return from a collarbone injury.

Oliver Rowland’s hopes of cutting the gap to Leclerc in the championship were dealt a blow as he could only qualify fifth, with Honda youngster Nobuharu Matsushita taking P6.

McLaren junior Nyck de Vries was seventh ahead of Luca Ghiotto and Nicholas Latifi while Norman Nato completed the top 10.

F1: Lewis Hamilton re-signs with Mercedes, for a reported $52 million per year

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HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has finally signed a new contract with Mercedes.

After months of deliberation and stalling, the four-time F1 champion penned a new deal with Mercedes until 2020. No figures were given in a Mercedes statement on Thursday, but it is reportedly estimated at 40 million pounds ($52 million) per year.

Mercedes has won the past four drivers’ and constructors’ championships – with Hamilton clinching three of them – but this season is testing the Silver Arrows team.

Hamilton trails Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel by eight points, and Mercedes is 20 points behind Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.

The 33-year-old Hamilton has won 65 races – 44 of those with Mercedes – and secured 124 career podiums. He is the F1 record holder with 76 pole positions.