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Charles Leclerc Leads the Ferrari Charge to Claim Pole at Spa

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Formula One is back after a dramatic summer break. Red Bull decided to replace the underperforming Pierre Gasly with a 12-race-old rookie, Alex Albon, over the experienced (both on the track and being sacked mid-season) Daniil Kvyat, putting Gasly back in Toro Rosso. With Honda bringing a new power unit this weekend, Albon will begin …

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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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Lewis Hamilton Benefits From More Ferrari Troubles to Take Germany Pole

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Formula 1’s German Grand Prix has seen temperatures upward of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, a condition that was trouble for Mercedes in Austria, but issues for Ferrari opened the front row as Lewis Hamilton took his fourth pole of the season and 87th of his career. Max Verstappen was second, getting on the front row for …

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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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Lewis Hamilton Wins British Grand Prix Victory as Mercedes Gets 1-2 Finish

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Lewis Hamilton Voices His Frustration (Photo: F1 Media)

The 2019 British Grand Prix wasn’t short of action. There were plenty of safety cars, accidents and penalties. But in the end, Lewis Hamilton was the first one to cross the line to win his record-breaking sixth victory in the British Grand Prix and 80th career victory. “I can’t tell you how proud I am …

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F1: Charles Leclerc Takes Second Pole in Austrian GP Qualifying

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In what seems to be an upset but should not be, Charles Leclerc drove his Ferrari to pole position on Saturday (June 29) at the Red Bull Ring. This kind of result is exactly what Ferrari and their fans have been expecting all season as the cars have been fast but unable to put things …

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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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5 Points to Ponder: A True Hero

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A Hero, Defined To many people, race car drivers are heroes, and it’s a thought echoed in the famous old Ernest Hemingway quote: “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” And yes, on some levels, what drivers do could be considered heroic. Only a minute few …

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Lewis Hamilton Wins Again At French Grand Prix

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The familiar view for other drivers of Lewis Hamilton (Photo: FIA Images)

In what looked like a stress-free drive, Lewis Hamilton earned his second straight French Grand Prix on Sunday (June 23) at Circuit Paul Ricard. The win was Hamiltonʻs sixth in the last seven races and extended his championship lead over his teammate Valtteri Bottas by 36 points. Hamilton made a clean getaway at the start, …

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Lewis Hamilton Earns Pole For French GP

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Lewis Hamilton Voices His Frustration (Photo: F1 Media)

Qualifying – The French Grand Prix In a result that shocked no one, Lewis Hamilton claimed his third pole position of the season at Circuit Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix. His total matches that of his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who looked like the favorite for the top starting position after pacing much of …

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F1 Midweek: Headlines for the Top 5 After the First Leg of the 2019 Season

Daniel Ricciardo on track at the Canadian Grand Prix back in 2019. (Photo: FIA Images)

Daniel Ricciardo on track at the Canadian Grand Prix (credit: FIA images)

Mercedes: Continuing Dominance What more can we say about Mercedes? They are dominating F1 yet again, but still finding a way to break new ground. Winning all seven races thus far in 2019 and five one-two finishes have the Silver Arrows staring a sixth constructors title in as many seasons. The Toto Wolff-led brigade has …

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F1 Midweek: The Stewards Flex Their Muscles Again

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Ferrari Has Appealed the Stewardʻs Decision (credit: FIA images)

The stewards overseeing the Canadian Grand Prix made one of their more controversial calls this past Sunday. On lap 48, as Lewis Hamilton stalked Sebastian Vettel, Vettel lost the rear end of his Ferrari, waggled, ran into the grass, then rejoined the track and managed to keep Hamilton behind.   The incident, at first, did …

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