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F1 Midweek: Team Orders & the Russian GP

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Lewis Hamilton comforts Valtteri Bottas after the 2018 Russian GP (credit: F1 images)

The most recent Formula 1 race at Sochi, Russia (Sept. 30) should be a reminder of how disappointing the sport can get at times.  For those who follow on a consistent basis, the common letdown is that one manufacturer is so good that everyone else on the grid is trying to sort out who will …

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F1 Midweek: Team Alliances Changing the Grid & More

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

The news that leads off this week’s grand prix pertains to Sauber. The Alfa-Romeo Sauber team announced this week that Antonio Giovinazzi will be joining Kimi Raikkonen for the 2019 season. That means that the team will be starting, in essence, anew. Charles Leclerc, currently with the team, had already been announced to be moving …

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F1 Midweek: Hamilton’s Singapore Masterclass & More

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Lewis Hamilton leading the Singapore GP (credit: F1 images)

This past weekend in Singapore, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes did what they have been doing for much of the past four-and-a-half years – put on a clinic. The Formula 1 race on the streets of Yas Marina was supposed to allude to the kind of close-quarters racing where outright speed doesn’t matter, as it does …

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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

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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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