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F1 Midweek: Typhoon Issues for the Japanese GP and More

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Will McLaren be in trouble in 2020? (Credit: FIA images)

Odds & Sods We start off this week’s F1 Midweek with a note about the weather.   This coming weekend, Formula 1 returns to Suzuka, Japan for the Japanese Grand Prix.  There is, however, another visitor heading for the country, which would be super typhoon Hagibis. While rain usually makes F1 races more interesting, a typhoon …

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F1 Midweek: No Surprise with Vettel and Ferrari; and more

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This year will be Vettel's last with the Prancing Horse (credit: FIA Images)

Odds & Sods: This week we give a quick overview of the headlines of Formula 1 after the Russian Grand Prix.   – This past weekend brought more drama to the relationship between the Ferrari drivers of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.  Ross Brawn, who knows a thing or two about running a team and maintaining …

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F1 Midweek: The Quiet Storyline from Singapore – Alex Albon

Alex Albon (Photo: FIA Images)

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Check the headlines for Formula 1 and they tend to center on three main stories. The first ledes deal with Ferrari’s one-two performance, taking the win and the second place on the podium, a feat they had struggled to execute in the last, um, like nine years or something. (Not that bad, really, as their …

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F1 Midweek: The Singapore Grand Prix, the Revolution That Wasn’t

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This weekend highlights one of the more strikingly innovative races on the Formula 1 calendar. Announced in 2007 and developed over a year’s span, the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix ran in 2008. It marked dual firsts in being the first street circuit in Asia but more significantly was the first and only night race in …

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F1 Midweek: Ferrari & Sebastian Vettel in a Difficult Marriage

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Sebastian Vettel is falling behind his teammate (credit: FIA media)

The race this past Sunday looks to be the sign of change at Ferrari. At its home track for the Italian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc put his car on pole then titillated and frustrated Lewis Hamilton with a battle for first for nearly half the race before driving away with the win. That’s a pretty …

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F1 Midweek: Alex Albon Moving Up to Red Bull Brings Intrigue

Alex Albon (Photo: FIA Images)

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As Formula 1 begins its month-long summer break, the news that has rippled through the tranquil waters came in the form of Red Bull making a driver change. Pierre Gasly has been demoted to Toro Rosso beginning with the next race, the Belgian Grand Prix on September 1. The driver taking Gasly’s seat will be …

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F1 Midweek: The F1 Season Needed the German GP but It Wasn’t a Classic

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Valtteri Bottas bowing out of the German GP was a surprise (credit: FIA Images)

This past week’s Formula 1 race, taking place in Hockeheim, Germany, gave the season one of its most unpredictable and brightest moments of the year. The German Grand Prix was supposed to be a homecoming celebration for Mercedes, a chance for them to display their dominance in front of their home crowd and to further …

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F1 Midweek: Refueling, Daniel Ricciardo Highlight the Week’s Storylines

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Refueling One of the more intriguing things being floated about in the paddock is the return of refueling during races.  The sport eliminated refueling as part of the in-race element beginning with the 2010 season in a move predicated on safety.   The move came on the heels of a number of petrol related incidents in …

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F1 Midweek: Haas F1’s Disastrous Season

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Little has gone right for Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 this year (credit: FIA media)

This past Sunday brought a fair amount of drama from Silverstone as Lewis Hamilton earned his sixth British Grand Prix victory and Sebastian Vettel continued his tour de force implosion when he rear-ended Max Verstappen and took himself out of the points. The battles from the third position through 14th gave glimpses of wonderful competition …

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F1 Midweek: What Will Red Bull Do About Pierre Gasly?

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Pierre Gasly crashed the podium at Brazil (credit: Red Bull)

It’s been much publicized throughout the 2019 Formula 1 season that Red Bull has a decision to make about its driver lineup. For years, Max Verstappen has been linked with Mercedes as a potential future driver with there being a specific clause in Verstappen’s contract that could be triggered at the end of this season, …

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F1 Midweek: Red Bull/Honda Pairing Produces Promise

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The Red Bull - Honda pairing looks like it is starting to pay off (credit: FIA Images)

Lost amid the asininity in declaring the winner of Formula 1’s Austrian Grand Prix this past Sunday was the fact that the race produced a rare change in the pecking order for powerplants. With the win, Max Verstappen gave Honda its first moment in the spotlight, atop the podium, since the Bronze Age. Or something …

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F1 Midweek: The Trouble Facing F1

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Last Sunday, Formula 1 visited Circuit Paul Ricard in France in what turned out to be a rather dull race.  The reviewers felt the need to call out the matter, with The Telegraph perhaps the most harsh by headlining that “The French Grand Prix Was the Worst Race I Have Ever Seen,” while the BBC …

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