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Pirelli blames tire problems on debris

MONZA, Italy (AP) Formula One tire supplier Pirelli blamed debris on the track and prolonged usage for a "highly unusual number of cuts" to the rubber at the Belgian Grand Prix, which was marred by frightening tire deterioration on the cars of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.

Pirelli released findings Thursday from its investigation into the incidents two weeks ago, with practice at the Italian GP beginning Friday. Read More...

Renzi to Ecclestone: 'Leave Monza alone'

MONZA, Italy (AP) Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has a message for Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone: "Leave Monza alone."

"That's what we're going to tell Ecclestone. Formula One doesn't rely solely on money. It's also about the (history)," Renzi told Italian radio after Ecclestone's latest warning on the Italian Grand Prix's future. Read More...

Massa, Bottas signed again by Williams

MONZA, Italy (AP) Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will pair for a third consecutive season as Williams' Formula One drivers, the team announced Thursday.

Massa and Bottas currently sit fifth and sixth, respectively, in the drivers' standings. Read More...

Tire deterioration a concern at Monza

With Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes dominating Formula One, the real drama at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix could come from frightening tire deterioration on a Monza circuit that features the highest speeds in the sport.

Two weeks ago at the Belgian GP, the right rear tire of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari was torn to shreds at 320 kph (200 mph) in the penultimate lap. That came two days after the same thing happened to Nico Rosberg in practice, prompting the Mercedes driver to demand action from tire supplier Pirelli before Monza. Read More...

Hulkenberg extends Force India deal

LONDON (AP) Force India sayst German driver Nico Hulkenberg has extended his contract by two years, meaning he will race for the Formula 1 team until 2017.

The 28-year-old Hulkenberg said in a statement Tuesday that "I feel at home here so it made perfect sense to make a long-term commitment" and that "the progress the team has shown over the last two years has really impressed me and gives me confidence for the future." Read More...

Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday from pole, easily holding off Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and padding his lead in the Formula One championship standings.

The defending champion finished two seconds ahead for his sixth victory of the season in 11 races. Read More...