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F1 Midweek: Sebastian Vettel is Not Retiring After 2019, Nico Hulkenberg to Red Bull?

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Sebastian Vettel is falling behind his teammate (credit: FIA media)

Since the end of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, there has been speculation around the paddock. While rumors suggested that Red Bull reached out to Nico Hulkenberg‘s representatives to discuss the German leaving Renault to replace Pierre Gasly, that story was reported to be untrue after Gasly called Helmut Marko after hearing the rumor. It’s …

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F1 Midweek: The Season Story, Mercedes and Then…

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This past weekend featured one of the crown jewels of the racing calendar with Formula 1 hosting the Monaco Grand Prix. In what has become normative Monaco tradition, the race was more of a parade than it was a testament to outright competition. Aside from seeing whether or not Max Verstappen might go crazy and …

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Valtteri Bottas Comes Out on Top of a Wild Qualifying in Baku

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel congratulate Valtteri Bottas on his pole at the Azerbaijan GP (credit: FIA media)

The third Azerbaijan Grand Prix (fourth race at the track) has gotten off to an interesting start — with a drain cover coming loose and destroying George Russell’s car, some crashes and close calls in practice as well as two crashes in qualifying, but it’s Valtteri Bottas who persevered through the chaos to secure his …

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F1 Midweek: Sebastian Vettel Hints at Retirement After 2020

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Sebastian Vettel contemplating retirement? (credit: Getty Images)

The 2019 Formula One season is off and running as we are in the week for the Chinese Grand Prix, a significant one as this weekend marks the 1000 F1 GP. The math is a little hazy as there have been many races in the past that have counted as an F1 Grand Prix that …

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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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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!

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

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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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The Frontstretch 5: Really Bad Racing Calls

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1. Well, yeah, we messed up, but, just deal, OK? Former journeyman driver Brett Bodine is the current lead pace car driver for NASCAR. Ironic, considering his only Cup Series victory came about because of a pace car miscue. In a race at North Wilkesboro in 1990, Bodine had led 63 laps at one point …

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Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo Take Fastest Friday Practice Times in Hungary

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Sebastian Vettel kept his mind clear of the recent passing of Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne, as well as the huge error he made one week ago in Germany to set the fastest Friday practice time of the week in front of both Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest, …

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