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F1 Midweek: Can McLaren Turn Things Around?

Oscar Piastri, Mclaren Mcl60

Oscar Piastri shaking down his McLaren during Saturday practice in Bahrain (credit: McLaren media)

McLaren recently announced a major overhaul of its technical department, coming in the wake of a disastrous start to the season.  One of the casualties of the reworking was the departure of technical director James Key after four years with the team. Apparently, the “Key” to success was not “James.”  Key’s technical duties will be …

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F1 Midweek: Can Red Bull Run the Table?

F1 Grand Prix Of Bahrain

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 05: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 passes his team celebrating on the pitwall during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 05, 2023 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202303080779 // Usage for editorial use only //

Can Red Bull win every race this season? Short answer: no. Long answer: also no. Sure Red Bull’s dominance on Sunday (March 5) was overwhelming, but to suggest they can win all 23 races this season seems preposterous. Or “Insane in the Bahrain,” if you will. Don’t get me wrong, Red Bull’s domination in 2023’s …

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F1 Midweek: Thanks to Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen, It’s Time for New Rules of Engagement

Max Verstappen climbs over the car of Lewis Hamilton in a 2021 accident at Monza. (Photo: Mercedes/AMG/Formula 1))

Max Verstappen wound up atop Lewis Hamilton in this crash at the Italian Grand Prix, Monza, 2021 (Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

After another collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and a controversial penalty, perhaps Formula 1’s rules need to change.