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F1 Review: Lewis Hamilton Wins, Red Bull Rises, and Sebastian Vettel Looks Lost

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The start of the 2021 F1 season in Bahrain (credit: FIA images)

The 2021 Formula 1 season is already being billed as a battle between defending champion Sir Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.  Hamilton, driving for Mercedes, the titan team of the past seven years, and holding seven championships is backed by confidence and his road-tested team. But Verstappen has been nipping at Hamilton’s heels for the …

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Max Verstappen Earns Pole for Bahrain Grand Prix; More F1 News

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Red Bull looks like the car to beat in Bahrain (credit: FIA images)

Max Verstappen will start from the pole for the 2021 Formula 1 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.  The battle the sport needs started to take form on Saturday (March 27) when Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton at the end of qualifying by almost four-tenths (0.388 secs). Hamilton will start second with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas sitting …

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Mapping Out the Formula 1 2021 Season for Top Competing Teams

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Lewis Hamilton holding the trophy for his British GP win and Driver of the Day award (Photo: Mercedes AMG)

Editor’s Note: This article on the 2021 Formula 1 season is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff.  The 2020 Formula 1 season can easily be described as a “do with what’s given” type of year. But now, the season …

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Covering the Grid for the Formula 1 Opener Bahrain Grand Prix

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Williams Racing with new livery in Bahrain (credit: FIA images)

The Formula 1 season will go lights out this weekend, this year starting in the unusual location of Bahrain. With the exception of three years – 2006, 2010, and 2020 – Australia’s Albert Park has hosted the inaugural race since 1996. The switch to Bahrain Grand Prix for 2021 comes on the heels of last …

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Fernando Alonso Involved in Cycling Accident

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Fernando Alonso was involved in a cycling accident in Switzerland, Alpine Formula 1 Team announced Feb. 11. According to the team’s Twitter page, “Fernando is conscious and well in himself and is awaiting further medical examinations tomorrow morning.” Alpine, formerly known as Renault, signed Alonso last July. Alonso is set to make his return to …

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Lewis Hamilton Drives Away from the Field, Fernando Alonso Back in the Car

Fernando Alonso in Indianapolis

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The Eifel Grand Prix, held last weekend at the Nurburgring in Germany, is one of the coldest races on record, but not nearly as cold as the 1978 Canadian GP (held on Oct. 8). The Canadian event has the distinction of coldest by being running in 5 degrees Celsius or 41 Fahrenheit. The Eifel GP …

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F1 Midweek: Renault Rebranding as Alpine F1, a History of the Brand

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Daniel Ricciardo (credit: Renault F1)

The second biggest news item coming out of Monza last week was the announcement that the Renault DP World F1 Team will be rebranding itself at the end of the 2020 season. Gone are the traditional killer bee black and yellow colors, and in comes the brand new blue, red and white Alpine F1 Team …

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Backmarker Blues: IndyCar Drivers Who Struggled At The 2020 Indy 500

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Zach Veach before the 2020 Indy 500. (Photo Credit: Joe Skibinski/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

The 2020 Indy 500 was a great race for Honda-powered NTT IndyCar Series entries like those of Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon. It was, however, a rough day for a lot of other drivers, nine of whom were knocked out of Borg-Warner Trophy contention via crashes. In this edition of Backmarker Blues, we take a …

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Indy 500 2020 Qualifying Analysis: Rows 8 to 11

Helio Castroneves during Indy 500 practice

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With the NTT IndyCar Series Indy 500 rapidly approaching this weekend, we at Frontstretch are breaking down the starting grid row by row to analyze who has the best shot at winning the race and who will have a grueling 200 laps in front of them. Today, we’re starting out by looking at the last …

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Oliver Askew Will Be The Rookie to Beat In 2020 Indy 500

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Oliver Askew (Photo: IndyCar Media)

Oliver Askew doesn’t race like an NTT IndyCar Series rookie. His current 12th place in the championship standings isn’t representative of the fact that Askew has been a key player in almost all of the races, except for a few where he’s been knocked out by contact. And while 2020 is fielding a strong rookie …

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2020 Will Be Fernando Alonso’s Best Shot at the Indy 500

Fernando Alonso in Indianapolis

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Next Sunday (Aug. 23) might be the last time Fernando Alonso can take a shot at the Indy 500. Thankfully, things have also lined up in such a way that, with the successful Arrow McLaren SP team, 2020 will be his best chance to win the race yet. Alonso made headlines in 2017 when, still …

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The 2020 Indy 500 Needed 33 Entrants More Than Ever Before

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Conor Daly at the 2019 Indy 500 practice (Photo: Matt Fraver/IndyCar Media)

When the 2020 Indy 500 takes place on August 23, it’s going to happen with a complete field of 33 entries. That’s what fans were hoping for in a turbulent 2020 season—but why is having a full group so important, particularly this year? And how did IndyCar get to the field of 33, anyway? Back …

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