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Happiness Is: Crickets, Compounds & Hungary

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A reader noted that last week Happiness had posted information about the wrong Formula One grand prix. I made the error and corrected the column as soon as I saw the response, but it says something about fans of motorsports. You could call it being keen-eyed and passionate. The focus here isnʻt to note a …

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Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen Top F1 Practices in Germany

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Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen proved Friday (July 20) that their Red Bulls could match the top two teams by leading the two practice sessions in preparation for Sunday’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. Ricciardo had to make an engine change before the opening session. Verstappen also had to deal with a slight problem with …

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Pace Laps: Beating the Heat at Chicagoland Speedway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Aric Almirola’s Stellar Run Derailed Lost in the excitement of the race finish in which Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson used every inch of the track – and each other – in an epic last-lap battle is Aric Almirola’s stellar run. For the first time since Daytona, the driver of …

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Patient Sebastian Vettel Captures Canadian Grand Prix Pole

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Sebastian Vettel proved Saturday afternoon (June 9) at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal that patience is a virtue. The German forgot his troubles from the day before, posting a fastest lap of 1:10.764 to take the pole for Sunday’s Formula One Canadian Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes took second, while Max Verstappen, who had dominated this …

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Max Verstappen Avoids Media Critics, Takes Friday Practice Sessions in Canada

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Max Verstappen silenced his critics following statements of head-butting anyone who criticized his driving by taking both Friday practice sessions in preparation for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. The Dutchman set the best time of the day in the second session by 0.130 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi …

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Red Bull Launch RB14 Challenger in England

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Becoming one of the only real challengers for the Formula 1 World Championship along with Ferrari and Mercedes, the Red Bull Racing Team launched their RB14 challenger Monday morning (Feb.19) at their factory in Milton Keynes, England. The car itself did not show its original colors of yellow, dark blue or red, but had a …

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Slipstream Saturday: F1 Changes & the Singapore GP

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This weekend marks what is loosely the Asian swing of the Formula 1 schedule as the series races at night in Singapore.  With seven races remaining this season, this race sits as an interesting one for the all the teams.  It’s a situation of having one foot in the room and one foot out the …

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Pace Laps: Kes Rolling; Fast Jack Beckman; Hamilton Cruises & More

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Brad Keselowski hitting on all cylinders to start the summer- Though it may have come by fuel mileage, Keselowski wound up in victory lane again on Saturday evening in Kentucky. It was his third win in six tries at the newly repaved 1.5-mile racetrack. Adding the XFINITY Series, he has won at least one race …

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Slipstream Saturday: Monaco. What Else Needs Be Said.

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One of the axioms of modern Formula 1 racing is that engineers are the ones pulling all the levers and that the driver is, in many ways, a hindrance to their perfection.  In their labs, the collection of minds develop what they see as the best possible outcome from the resources they have – and …

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4 Burning Questions: What Will Teams Do with Lug Nuts in Dover?

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What Will Teams Do Next with Lug Nuts? Just weeks removed from the new lug nut policy set in place by NASCAR, which states each car should have all five lug nuts secured in a safe manner, we’ve already found our first naughty boys and girls. Following last week’s win at Kansas Speedway, Kyle Busch‘s …

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Slipstream Saturday: Monaco in the Rear View, 2015 Canadian GP Up Next

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Two weeks ago, the Monaco Grand Prix featured one of the all-time best examples of the fastest car not winning the race.  Lewis Hamilton raced out from P1 and never looked back, gapping his teammate, and essentially making the rest of the field look like they were doing something completely different, like racing big wheels. …

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