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F1 Midweek: What the Australian GP May or May Not Have Shown

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Sebastian Vettel being Sebastian Vettel in Australia (credit: FIA media)

The Formula 1 season enjoyed lights out for the first time in 2019, with the season getting underway in Melbourne, Australia last weekend.  The race may not have featured a sterling amount of drama, or for some people, any at all.  There may be a lot to be gleaned from the race or nothing at …

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F1: Valtteri Scores Win in Season Opener in Melbourne

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Valtteri Bottas celebrates his Australian GP win (credit: FIA media)

Valtteri Bottas started second at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne’s Albert Park on Sunday (March 17) but edged teammate, and reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton, by the first turn to sprint out to what would become a dominating victory.  The win was the fourth of the Finn’s career and first since 2017. Hamilton finished second …

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F1: Lewis Hamilton Qualifies for the Australian GP Where He Ended in 2018


Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas celebrate the start of the 2019 season with a front row qualifying lock-out (credit: F1 media)

Lewis Hamilton starts where he left off from the 2018 season by claiming his sixth pole position at Melbourneʻs Albert Park. If you donʻt recall, Hamilton closed out last year by claiming pole and winning the race at Abu Dhabi to add an exclamation point to his fifth championship. After testing in Barcelona, it appeared …

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F1 Recaps: Toro Rosso Underwhelm, Renault Surprises

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Pierre Gasly will be a reserve driver next year (credit: FIA images)

Scuderia Toro Rosso – 9th in the Constructors Championship The beginning of the Formula 1 season brought some promise to the Toro Rosso team in preseason testing.  Having switched from a warmed-over Ferrari engine to Honda for the year – the same manufacturer that plagued McLaren for two seasons – Toro Rosso looked like they …

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F1 Recaps: Both Sauber and Haas F1 Overachieve

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Sauber – 8th in the Constructors Standings The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team has not been a good organization.  They finished last (10th) in the standings in the previous two years and offered no reason to believe that they might suddenly make a run up the standings in 2018.  This season, however, proved to go …

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F1 Midweek: Giving Thanks

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Lewis Hamilton Voices His Frustration (Photo: F1 Media)

With the Formula 1 season all but relegated to history, and the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, this moment seems rather apt for a capitulation of the things to be thankful for about the sport. While it is easy to go on a critical rant about the racing, the cars, the drivers, the leadership, the …

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F1 Midweek: Itʻs the Max Verstappen Show!


Esteban Ocon and Max Verstappen tussle in Brazil (credit: FIA Media)

This past Sunday, the Brazilian Grand Prix (Nov. 11) featured a rather rare event.  While the commonplace came to be with Lewis Hamilton winning and Mercedes clinching the Constructors Championship, there was a skirmish on track that manifested itself in the post-race weigh in and has continued to linger in the press.  For the first …

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F1: Max Verstappen Fumes, Lewis Hamilton Wins the Brazilian Grand Prix


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Sometimes fortune rolls a certain way.  Then sometimes fortune comes in the form of Esteban Ocon spinning out race leader Max Verstappen.  Lewis Hamilton found himself in the enviable position of being in second when Ocon and Verstappen collided, turned it into a five-second lead, and held on from there at Interlagos in Brazil.  Verstappen …

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F1 Midweek: Lewis Hamilton’s Excellence & More

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Lewis Hamilton Voices His Frustration (Photo: F1 Media)

Going into the Mexican Grand Prix last weekend, Lewis Hamilton needed only to finish seventh or higher and he would secure his fifth world drivers title. Barring a mechanical failure, that seemed like a pretty easy task, considering that when Hamilton has been forced to the rear of the grid he has managed to make …

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F1 Midweek: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Lewis Hamilton at the USGP

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The Circuit of the Americas track outside of Austin, Texas may have provided its best race yet this past weekend. With Kimi Raikkonen pipping Lewis Hamilton at the start, Formula 1 benefited from a surprise outcome, keeping intrigue in the titles but also providing a different storyline to the season. Raikkonen, age 39, has been …

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