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F1 Midweek Slipstream: Sly Mercedes & Silly Season Continues

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Lewis Hamilton leading Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian Grand Prix (credit: getty images)

While the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crowd was juiced this weekend for the retro paint schemes and the visit to Darlington Raceway, Formula 1 held one of its more intriguing races of the season at a mecca of speed. The Italian Grand Prix, held at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, just north of Milan, is known …

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F1 Midweek Slipstream: Ferrari Overtaking Mercedes; More ahead of the Italian GP

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Sebastian Vettel on track (credit: Getty Images)

It looks like a change is coming. Many fans of Formula 1 would cry: Finally!  For the past four years, Mercedes has won both the Constructor’s and Driver’s championships. They’ve done so with outright pace, a remarkably stable chassis program, and cunning. To avow that the Silver Arrows have been dominant is a rather difficult …

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F1 Midweek: Daniel Ricciardo’s Move, Force India & Silly Season

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Daniel Ricciardo (credit: Getty Images)

The big news that surprised the Formula 1 world last week came in the form of Daniel Ricciardo announcing he would be switching to the Renault factory team for the 2019 season. Ricciardo had been thought to be re-upping with his current team, Red Bull.  In fact, most of the rumors had made it seem …

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Happiness Is: The Glen, Gluck & Financials

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Denny Hamlin, when not staring at his dash clock (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The regular season now consists of five remaining races.  That’s right, you should congratulate yourself on making it through 21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races already this season — at times, it hasn’t been easy. Of course, making remarks like that would just seem to add to the notion that the season is too long …

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Slipstream Saturday: Whither Ferrari, Force India Woes, & Hungarian GP

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Ferrari logo outside the factory in Maranello (credit: Getty Images)

This weekend, Formula 1 is ripping around the Hungaroring, the final race before the series takes a four-week break.  With this race, the series will have been in action for five out of the past six weekends, which for F1 is rough schedule.  The sense in the garage is that the break is much needed …

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Happiness Is: Crickets, Compounds & Hungary

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PJ1 Trackbite - the saving grace for NASCAR? (credit: PJ1)

A reader noted that last week Happiness had posted information about the wrong Formula One grand prix. I made the error and corrected the column as soon as I saw the response, but it says something about fans of motorsports. You could call it being keen-eyed and passionate. The focus here isnʻt to note a …

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Happiness Is: Track Length, Kenseth & Germany

#78: Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing, Toyota Camry Auto Owners Insurance Leads The Field Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

The Cup race at Kentucky (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

No fluff this week, just happiness. Enjoy. Letʻs get happy.   Happiness Is…Distance.  The adage is that distance makes the heart grow fonder. Thatʻs a positive spin on the problems that distance can bring in any relationship. Of course, distance can also encourage a wandering eye and dissolution of the relationship, that one where distance …

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Happiness Is: Numbers

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Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The major motorsport shows were all on stage this past weekend as NASCAR, Formula 1 and IndyCar all played around, made some noise and laid some rubber — with a little bit of carnage included. Combined, all three provided an interesting, disparate and engaging display of racing and culture. That seems like a pretty good …

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Slipstream Saturday: The British Grand Prix, the Last Stop on the Triple Header

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Lewis Hamilton (Credit: Getty Images)

The British Grand Prix marks the end of the much ballyhooed Triple Header.  The past three races have been the first time in the sportʻs history that the series has run on three consecutive weekends.  The takeaway seems to be that, well, it really wasnʻt all that different for any of the races than it …

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Happiness Is: Fireworks, Family Fracas & Roots

#42: Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Credit One Bank Spins After Contact With #18: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Skittles Red White & Blue Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

Kyle Busch & Kyle Larson at Chicagoland, 2018 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The Fourth of July gave many people a midweek summer respite, a chance for food, fun, family (however you consider it), and likely fireworks of some sort.  For those who are able to enjoy taking the rest of the week off, cheers. For everyone else whoʻs back at the grind, do what you can. The …

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Slipstream Saturday: The Austrian Grand Prix

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The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria (credit: Getty Images)

Welcome to the second race in the Formula 1 Triple Header.  The travel from Le Castellet, France, to Spielberg, Austria, is not too bad for a back-to-back weekend schedule, tallying around 700 miles.  Usually, the series would break and everyone would recuperate for the next stage of the worldʻs leading racing circus. Instead, teams will …

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