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Women back on the grid at Monaco GP, but in a different role

MONACO (AP) Women will make a return of sorts to the Formula One grid at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, although not in the previous "grid girls" role now discarded.

Instead of women standing in front of each car, holding up the driver's race number, men and women representing watchmaker Tag Heuer will take photos of the drivers for social media purposes. There will be a man and a woman for each driver and they will also report fans' comments back to drivers. Read More...

Red Bull's hopes of Monaco pole boosted by strong practice

MONACO (AP) With its slow straights and tight corners, the Monaco Grand Prix offers Red Bull a strong chance to secure pole position for the first time this season.

That impression was reinforced on Thursday, as Daniel Ricciardo topped the first two practice sessions ahead of his teammate Max Verstappen. In sunny conditions, the Australian driver finished a fraction ahead of Verstappen in both runs on the tight 3.4-kilometer (2.1-mile) street circuit. Read More...

Uncertainty about when Hamilton will sign his new contract

MONACO (AP) Although Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes management are not saying precisely what is holding up his new deal, others think they know.

Hamilton's contract runs out this year.

Bottas urging Hamilton to clear up Mercedes future and sign

MONACO (AP) Valtteri Bottas is urging Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to sign a new contract, even though his own future is uncertain.

Bottas needs to convince Mercedes to give him a new deal for next year. Hamilton, meanwhile, is stalling on signing a new one even though an offer is in place. Hamilton was again asked about his contract situation on Wednesday, and maintains he's in no hurry. Read More...

Ferrari looking to get back on track in F1 at Monaco GP

MONACO (AP) For Ferrari to win in Formula One, it needs to stop gifting points to Mercedes.

Things could start to change at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix. Ferrari dominated the race last year, securing a 1-2 finish as Sebastian Vettel beat Kimi Raikkonen. Read More...

Mercedes driver Bottas fastest in F1 testing in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas had the fastest lap on the final day of Formula One testing in Barcelona on Wednesday.

Bottas had a time of 1 minute, 16.904 seconds at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, just ahead of Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi. Read More...

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