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F1: Lewis Hamilton Qualifies for the Australian GP Where He Ended in 2018

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Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas celebrate the start of the 2019 season with a front row qualifying lock-out (credit: F1 media)

Lewis Hamilton starts where he left off from the 2018 season by claiming his sixth pole position at Melbourneʻs Albert Park. If you donʻt recall, Hamilton closed out last year by claiming pole and winning the race at Abu Dhabi to add an exclamation point to his fifth championship. After testing in Barcelona, it appeared …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Thief of Joy

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One: 199 Not Out On September 4, 2005, Kyle Busch won his first ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in the Sony HD 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Coincidentally, it was first race I ever watched when I discovered NASCAR through my then day job in advertising (which is a whole other story). This …

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Lewis Hamilton on Pole for 2018 Formula One Finale in Abu Dhabi

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The final Formula One race weekend of the 2018 season in Abu Dhabi is one filled with goodbyes. Many drivers like Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne, Marcus Ericsson and Esteban Ocon will almost certainly leave the sport until at least 2020. With no championship to decide, we also anticipate the beginning of a new season in the spring. …

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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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5 Points to Ponder: Time to Crown a Champ, Plus Elliott Sadler’s Last Hurrah

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ONE: Championship Weekend So, this is it, then. One more race for all the marbles. 267 laps and 400 miles on the progressive banking of the mile-and-a-half Homestead-Miami Speedway to determine the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have made the Championship 4 four times out of a possible …

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F1: Max Verstappen Fumes, Lewis Hamilton Wins the Brazilian Grand Prix

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Sometimes fortune rolls a certain way.  Then sometimes fortune comes in the form of Esteban Ocon spinning out race leader Max Verstappen.  Lewis Hamilton found himself in the enviable position of being in second when Ocon and Verstappen collided, turned it into a five-second lead, and held on from there at Interlagos in Brazil.  Verstappen …

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Champion Lewis Hamilton Grabs Grand Prix of Brazil Pole

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Lewis Hamilton Voices His Frustration (Photo: F1 Media)

It was a very interesting qualifying session for round 20 of the Formula One season at Interlagos in Brazil. The rain came and went, there were drips of controversy for a couple of the top drivers, but through it all Lewis Hamilton, fresh off of winning his fifth World Championship in Mexico secured his tenth …

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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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5 Points to Ponder: Beware the Ides of “Mart”

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ONE: A Dish Served Cold For the second time in five races in the 2018 playoffs, Martin Truex Jr. was denied a win on the very last lap of the race. Predictably his immediate post-race reaction was hotter than his glowing brake rotors. “He may have won the battle, but he ain’t winning the damn …

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Max Verstappen Wins in Mexico as Lewis Hamilton Becomes a 5-Time World Champion

Lewis Hamilton celebrating his 2014 Russian GP win (credit: AP)

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The Formula One Mexican Grand Prix proved an interesting mix of tight racing and strategy. Max Verstappen dominated his way to the second win of the season for the young Dutch driver. It was the fifth win of his career. But while Verstappen won the battle, it’s Lewis Hamilton who won the war. Hamilton finished fourth, …

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Red Bull Gives Daniel Ricciardo Wings as the Aussie Steals Pole from Teammate Verstappen in Red Bull Front Row Lock Out

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Daniel Ricciardo may have a new power unit supplier next year (Credit: Getty Images)

As the Formula One Mexican Grand Prix weekend kicked off, all eyes were on Lewis Hamilton as he needs to finish seventh or better to become a five-time F1 World Champion. Eyes were also on the Renault powered engines, as the high altitude and track layout of the Mexico circuit suited Red Bull and made …

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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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