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Alfa Romeo-Sauber F1 Becomes Alfa Romeo Racing for 2019 — Is a Fifth Engine Coming?

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Sauber Alfa Romeo will become Alfa Romeo Racing for the 2019 F1 season (credit: SauberAlfaRomeo)

Last Friday (Feb. 1) the Alfa Romeo Sauber Formula 1 team announced it will be dropping the famous Sauber name that has been in the sport since 1993 and will rebrand as Alfa Romeo Racing for the 2019 season and moving forward. New name, same game! ⚡ We're excited to announce Sauber and Alfa Romeo …

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Maurizio Arrivabene Out As Ferrari Team Principal; Mattia Binotto in as Replacement


Maurizio Arrivabene is out at Ferrari after four difficult years (credit: FIA images)

On. Monday (January 7, 2019) Scuderia Ferrari announced on their website that Maurizio Arrivabene will leave the Prancing Horse as Team Principal and will be replaced by Technical Director Mattia Binotto. The move comes a little over four years after Arrivabene was named principal in the months leading up to Ferrari’s resurgent 2015 season, a …

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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 Midweek: Was 2018 Sebastian Vettel’s Last Chance at a World Title for Ferrari?


Sebastian Vettelʻs season has been peculiar (credit: F1 Media)

For the second year in a row, the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship has slipped through the grasp of Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari. In 2017, one could make the argument that Mercedes was altogether a faster car. Ferrari also didn’t give Vettel a clean shot with a seriously uncompetitive car at Monza, the car broke …

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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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F1 Midweek: Lewis Hamilton Can Clinch at Austin; and More

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Fernando Alonso on track at the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix (credit: F1 media)

We have reached a point in the Formula 1 season when the phrase “itʻs all over but the shouting,” seems wildly appropriate. Yes, there are four races to go on the schedule but should Lewis Hamilton win (yet again), Sebastian Vettel would need to place second to continue the Drivers title fight to the Mexican …

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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


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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