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Open Wheel Wednesday: Fernando Alonso, Renault to Reunite For 2021


Fernando Alonso will once again greet F1 crowds from the grid in 2021 (Credit: McLaren)

After departing Formula 1 at the end of the 2018 season, Renault announced on Wednesday that the team were bringing back two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso for the 2021 season. Alonso, who won Renault’s the team’s first two titles in 2005 and 2006, will partner with Frenchman Esteban Ocon who joined the team this season. …

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Open Wheel Wednesday: Lewis Hamiltonʻs Frustration

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Lewis Hamilton Voices His Frustration (Photo: F1 Media)

Lewis Hamilton provides a vital voice in Formula 1 as its sole black driver. Regardless of his poles, wins and championships, Hamilton is in the unique position to provide perspective on a sport that runs worldwide. His recent Instagram postings indicate that he has taken his outspoken nature and directed his attention to the sport …

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F1 Midweek: Parting of Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari Shakes Up Silly Season

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

On Monday, news broke that Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel would part at the end of the 2020 season. With the announcement confirmed the next day by Ferrari, the game of musical chairs in Formula 1 revved to a high rpm. Vettel leaving Ferrari is big news in and of itself and deserves reckoning, but the …

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F1 Midweek: Storylines for 2020; Starting in Australia

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Coronavirus be damned! The Formula 1 season will go lights out this weekend at its customary starting track in Melbourne, Australia. Chatter that it might be canceled had surrounded the race, but with Ferrari en route, everything looks set to go on as usual. The ʻon with the showʻ attitude is a bit puzzling coming …

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F1 Midweek: Abu Dhabi Finale Means The Post-Season Blues are Starting Early

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The Formula 1 circus is heading to Abu Dhabi this weekend for the final 2019 Formula One Grand Prix of the year. I can’t help but ask, what’s the point? The World Driver’s Championship’s fate was sealed a long time ago, as was the Constructor’s title, which Mercedes clinched for what seems like the 100th …

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F1 Midweek: The Scrambled Order at Top, Finally

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

Welcome to another edition of the Formula 1 midweek.  The NASCAR season may have seen their final checkered flags but F1 has one more race to go, and if it goes anything like this past weekend’s race at Interlagos, Brazil, we can all enjoy a little more great theatre.   The Brazilian GP did not start …

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F1 Midweek: Lewis Hamilton is Ridiculously Good; Ferrari and Red Bull Scrap

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Lewis Hamilton in jubilation (credit: FIA Images)

Odds & Sods Here’s another round of the news that’s strewn about the headlines in the world of Formula 1. – If you’ve been following the sport at all, even just a little bit, then there’s no shock in mentioning that Lewis Hamilton won his sixth World Championship this past Sunday (Nov 3) at the …

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F1 Midweek: The Miami Grand Prix In Jeopardy; and more

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Odds & Sods Here’s a few storylines to digest as Lewis Hamilton awaits winning his sixth drivers title this weekend at Circuit of the Americas. – Surprise, surprise, the route to holding a Miami Grand Prix has found a roadblock.  As soon as the idea of hosting an F1 race in Miami started to circulate …

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F1 Midweek: Lewis Hamilton and the Need to Step Away

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Lewis Hamilton on track at Suzuka this past weekend (credit: FIA images)

Lewis Hamilton finished third in the Japanese Grand Prix this past weekend in Suzuka, Japan. Drivers not named Lewis Hamilton would be rather pleased with that result and might even regard it as something worth celebrating. Of course, as he has proven with regularity, Hamilton is not like most other drivers.   If anything, he continues …

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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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