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F1 Midweek: Examining the Abu Dhabi GP Ending and What To Do Differently

2021 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton start overtakes Verstappen Peter Fox Getty

(Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images via Red Bull Content Pool)

This week we’ve got a roundtable discussion on the controversial ending to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that saw Max Verstappen benefit from race director’s Michael Masi strange decision-making process.  First calling off having lapped cars unlap themselves, then reversing the decision, then pulling in the safety car without the one-lap grace period all amounted …

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F1 Title Decided in 1-Lap Sprint, Mercedes Protests Results

Formula 1's Lewis Hamilton congratulates Max Verstappen after 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lars Baron Getty Images

(Photo: Lars Baron/Getty Images via Red Bull Content Pool)

Max Verstappen’s breakout Formula 1 title campaign ended on the top step of the podium under the Dutch flag after a controversial, but nail-biting, one-lap sprint to decide the championship. However, that sprint is now under protest from Mercedes. From the race’s start, Lewis Hamilton was on his usual form, maintaining a healthy lead over …

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2021 F1 Championship Drama Heads to Abu Dhabi

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Previews

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talk in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 09, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Antonin Vincent - Pool/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202112090231 // Usage for editorial use only //

Formula One’s long, competitive, controversial, and tense 2021 campaign will come to a close under the lights of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday (December 12). Championship protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will enter the weekend tied in points, with 369.5 apiece. This is a development nearly 50 years in the making, as …

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Hamilton and Verstappen Level After Tumultuous Trip to Saudi Arabia

2021 Saudi Arabia Formula 1 Max Verstappen Lewis Hamilton collide, Lars Baron Getty

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 05: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 collide during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on December 05, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202112050202 // Usage for editorial use only //

For only the second time in the history of Formula 1, the championship contenders will enter the final round of the season level on points. The points total for both drivers, after 21 races, sits at 369.5. Whoever finishes ahead of the other in Abu Dhabi will be the champion. The last time drivers entered …

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F1 Midweek: China’s Motorsport Conundrum, Pt. 2

2019 Chinese Grand Prix, Sunday - LAT Images

2019 Chinese Grand Prix, Sunday (credit: LAT Images/Mercedes AMG)

My first visit to China, in March of 2018, was a 10-day trip to Shanghai. Of those 10 days, seven were allocated to business meetings and interviews with foreigners who had founded or worked for various companies both in Shanghai and in other Chinese megacities. At that time, I had been to six NASCAR events …

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F1 Midweek: Where Are the Chinese Drivers?

2021 Italy F2 Theo Pourchaire Guanyu Zhou Christian Lundgaard podium Florent Gooden DPPI Alfa Romeo Racing

(Photo: Florent Gooden/DPPI via Alfa Romeo Racing)

With his deal to drive for Alfa Romeo in 2022, Shanghai’s Guanyu Zhou became the first full-time Chinese driver in Formula 1 when it was announced on Nov. 15. Zhou, currently in his third season of Formula 2, has four wins to his name and is a championship contender for 2021. He also won the …

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Fernando Alonso Stretches Strategy, Takes 3rd Place in Qatar

2021 Qatar Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton verstappen fernando alonso podium LAT Images

2021 Qatar Grand Prix, Sunday - LAT Images

More than 100 races after his last visit to the podium, Fernando Alonso and Alpine gambled on tyre strategy in Qatar to take home a third-place finish. Despite the magnitude of the result for Alonso and Alpine, he admitted he had been aiming even higher. “Finally we got it!” Alonso said. “Honestly, I thought to …

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Lewis Hamilton Takes Pole, Red Bull Down on Pace in Qatar

Lewis Hamilton wins pole in Qatar, LAT Images

(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

Lewis Hamilton made good work of Saturday’s (Nov. 20) qualifying session in Qatar to take his 102nd career pole position. Title rival Max Verstappen will start from second place, with Valtteri Bottas lining up third on the grid. Hamilton was quick to admit that his confidence wasn’t at a pole position level from the start …

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Slipstream Saturday: FIA Rejects Mercedes Appeal, F1’s Middle Eastern Presence Grows

2021 Qatar Grand Prix, Friday - LAT Images

Mercedes on track at the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix, Friday (credit: LAT Images / Mercedes AMG)

When the checkered flag falls on Sunday’s (Nov 21) Qatar Grand Prix, there will be only two races remaining in the 2021 Formula 1 season. In previous years, the title has been securely in the hands of Sir Lewis Hamilton by this point. However, Max Verstappen has been resolute in his aim to break Hamilton’s …

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Guanyu Zhou Confirmed to Alfa Romeo for 2022

2021 Italy F2 Theo Pourchaire Guanyu Zhou Christian Lundgaard podium Florent Gooden DPPI Alfa Romeo Racing

(Photo: Florent Gooden/DPPI via Alfa Romeo Racing)

Guanyu Zhou will partner with Valtteri Bottas at Formula 1’s Alfa Romeo team for the 2022 season, the team announced on Tuesday (Nov. 16). Zhou will be the first full-time Chinese-born driver in F1. “I dreamt from a young age of climbing as high as I can in a sport that I am passionate about …

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FIA Stewards Juggle Tough Choices and Tough Words in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton

(Photo: Jiri Krenek via Mercedes AMG F1)

After Valtteri Bottas failed to defend from Max Verstappen off the line at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, it was only a matter of time before Verstappen found himself confronted by the presence of Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton pushed himself past Sergio Perez on lap 19 of the 71-lap Grand Prix and set sail in pursuit …

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Lewis Hamilton Excluded from Qualifying, Max Verstappen to Start Sprint from Pole

Lewis Hamilton 2021 Spanish GP F1 Saturday car Formula 1 LAT Images Mercedes AMG

(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

Lewis Hamilton has officially been disqualified from Friday’s (Nov. 12) qualifying results due to a mechanical infraction that was discovered after the conclusion of qualifying. This exclusion means that Hamilton will start Saturday’s sprint race from last place, rather than starting on pole as he had earned by topping Friday qualifying. Hamilton’s penalty is the …

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