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Red Bull rising into the form expected when the season began

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Young "Mad Max" Verstappen had plenty to be angry about for the first half of the Formula One season. After his breakout season in 2016, this year had been little more than a rash of retirements, crashes and clashes with other drivers.

But a late burst over the last two races delivered his second career victory and a second-place. Those results have Red Bull rising and looking more like the fast and muscular team it was expected to be. Read More...

Verstappen extends deal with Red Bull through 2020

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Max Verstappen, the youngest winner in Formula One history and a driver most regard as a future champion, has agreed to stay with Red Bull through the 2020 season.

Red Bull announced the deal Friday before the start of practice at the U.S. Grand Prix. Red Bull had been eager to lock down their rising star for the long term before he could be poached away. Read More...

A long road back to F1 for New Zealand's Brendon Hartley

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Several years after thinking his Formula One career was over before it really even started, Brendon Hartley finds himself right back where he always dreamed he'd be: in the driver's seat and ready to race.

Hartley will make his F1 debut this weekend at the U.S. Grand Prix after a surprise call from Toro Rosso and a quick trip to Texas to meet the team. Read More...

Hamilton title chase returns to track he's dominated

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lewis Hamilton usually feels at ease in the U.S. And why not? It's pretty easy to be happy when he's usually finishing first.

Yet despite his commanding lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the chase for the Formula One championship, the Mercedes driver barely cracked a smile Thursday as he dismissed scenarios that he could clinch the title with a win and another Vettel collapse. Hamilton also fended off speculation that he might take a knee when the American national anthem is played before Sunday's race. Read More...

Alonso extends McLaren contract through 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has put an end to the uncertainty by extending his contract with McLaren to the 2018 season.

The two-time F1 champion's current three-year contract ends this year and the 36-year-old Alonso was considering his options with other teams, and even whether to continue in F1. Read More...

Hartley to drive for Toro Rosso at next weekend's U.S. GP

FAENZA, Italy (AP) Brendon Hartley will race for Toro Rosso at next weekend's United States Grand Prix as a replacement for Pierre Gasly.

Gasly has competed in the last two Formula One races after replacing Daniil Kvyat, but the Frenchman will be competing in the last race of the Super Formula Championship in Japan at the same time. Read More...

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