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Best-Educated Formula 1 Drivers

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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 educated drivers in Formula 1 is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff. Formula 1 drivers have become the modern-day heroes of car racing because of their ability to control their aerodynamic vehicles at high …

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Jenson Button Signs with SMP Racing for 2018-19 WEC Season


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SMP Racing announced Friday (April 27) that 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button will drive the team’s No. 11 BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 prototype in a partial schedule during the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Series.  As a result, he will debut along Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov at Le Mans in June. …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Win the 101st Indianapolis 500?

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski)

Who Will Win the 101st Indianapolis 500? A day of nostalgia, distinction and a frenzy of emotion is now upon us. The 101st Indianapolis 500 is sure to be another one for the ages after a jam-packed month of testing, practice runs and qualifying attempts. Like always, Sunday is a momentous occasion that couldn’t be easier …

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Slipstream Saturday: The Battle for the Title in Abu Dhabi, Farewells & More

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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton ahead of the 2016 finale at Abu Dhabi (credit: Getty Images)

This Sunday marks the end of the 2016 Formula 1 season.  Mercedes earned the manufacturer’s championship, the one that matters with regard to handing out the prize money, long ago and never looked to be pressured for the title.  The driver’s championship, however, is a little more tight, though something to be determined between the …

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Slipstream Saturday: Monaco. What Else Needs Be Said.

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Monaco, 2016, Getty

(Photo: Red Bull)

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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Slipstream Saturday: Viva Mexico as F1 Returns

Lewis Hamilton celebrating his 2015 championship (Getty Images)

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Just three races remain on the 2016 schedule, but this week is a surprising challenge as the Mexican Grand Prix returns after a 23-year absence. It is the second time that the Mexican version of the race has rejoined the calendar after a long absence, and it seems like one that is long overdue. The …

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Slipstream Saturday: Formula 1 Racing Stateside

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(Photo Credit: Sutton Images)

The weather looks to be one of the big stories surrounding the United States Grand Prix this weekend, which really isn’t surprising with Hurricane Patricia bringing a belting of rain to the area. More on Patricia to come, but it’s time to return to the continued soap opera that is the relationship between Red Bull, …

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Slipstream Saturday: F1 Returns to Russia

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

(Photo Credit: AP)

Five races remain in the  Formula 1 season as the series races in Russia this weekend. Mercedes can lock up the constructors’ title at the Russian Grand Prix, something that merely feels like a done deal at this point, because if they don’t take care of it at Sochi, surely they will In Austin, Texas …

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Slipstream Saturday: The Tire Topic and Monza Preview

Kimi Raikkonen on track during practice for the 2015 Belgium Grand Prix


After the race at Spa, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, delivered a tirade attacking Pirelli and the tires teams were forced to use. Vettel, who had been holding down third in the race, suffered a failure at a high speed portion of the track, bringing severe concern for his safety while also hurting his result. Those …

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Slipstream Saturday: Formula 1 Returns to Action

Nico Rosberg during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 21, 2015 in Spa, Belgium. (Credit: Getty Images)

(Credit: Getty Images)

And we’re back.   Formula 1 returns from its self-imposed summer shutdown to emerge in Belgium. This respite in the calendar encourages everyone to take a moment and get away from the pressure cooker world of the sport. During this time the team factories are shut down and everyone scatters. Lewis Hamilton provided the headlines …

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Slipstream Saturday: Remembering Jules Bianchi & Continuing the Show

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Photo Credit: AFP

This week, funeral services were held for Jules Bianchi. The promising driver suffered an accident at Suzuka last year, losing control in the wet and hitting a crane that had moved on track to recover a car that had slid off in the same area a few laps prior. The circumstances are, for the purposes of …

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Slipstream Saturday: Changes Are Coming; Silverstone Up Next

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Two weeks ago, Nico Rosberg scored a surprising win at the Austrian Grand Prix, making a statement after his teammate Lewis Hamilton had cruised to victory in Canada. The surrounding sense in the sport pushed the notion that with Hamilton’s win, his recovery from losing at Monaco was complete and that he would begin to …

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