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F1 Midweek: Checking on 2021 New Driver Hires

Sergio Perez drives at the F1 Grand Prix of Spain, May 2021. (Photo: Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 09: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 09, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202105090420 // Usage for editorial use only //

With four races complete in the 2021 Formula 1 season, there is enough data to start checking on not only the teams that are performing well, but more importantly on the drivers that have switched seats. Consider this F1 column a way of checking on the new faces and places. Before touching upon the drivers, …

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F1 Review: Lewis Hamilton & Mercedes, the Perfect Marriage in Spain

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2021 Spanish Grand Prix, Sunday - Steve Etherington

The start of the Spanish Grand Prix portended Max Verstappen might equal Lewis Hamilton’s tally for Formula 1 race wins in 2021.  Verstappen powered by pole-sitter Hamilton into turn 1 and then pushed out to nearly a two-second lead. The power failure to Yuki Tsunoda’s Alpha Tauri brought out a safety car that looked like …

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F1 Review: Lewis Hamilton Wins, Lando Norris Solid & Fernando Alonso Surges

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M front on

Lewis Hamilton did it again in Portugal, cruising to his 97th Formula 1 win.  Max Verstappen tried to apply some pressure to the Briton but could never muster the pace to do so. Valtteri Bottas, the pole-sitter, finished third after a confounding drive. Sergio Perez earned the fourth spot with Lando Norris taking fifth. Charles …

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F1 Midweek: Lando Norris Leading McLaren Rise; Adieu to Canadian Grand Prix?

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M front on leaving corner.

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This past weekend, Lando Norris scored the second podium finish of his Formula 1 career. At Imola last year, the Brit secured an eighth-place finish, a result that at the time appeared satisfactory. But if there’s anything that is to be learned about Norris’s career thus far, satisfactory does not seem to be how it …

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F1 Review: Max Verstappen Wins, Lando Norris Impresses at Imola

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IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 18: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 18, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen won the Emilio Romagna Italian Grand Prix with a modicum of ease on Sunday (April 18).  Racing on the Imola track for the second year in a row, the once-dismissed circuit provided a great theater for action, one where Verstappen seemed to miss everything and cruise to the win. In reality, Verstappen appeared …

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F1 Midweek: Max Verstappen’s Slow Pace and More

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Verstappen out front in Bahrain (credit: FIA images)

The Formula 1 season is enjoying the first of its two weeks off before resuming in Italy on the weekend of April 18. That means the news cycle is slow and everyone is offering very little in the way of salvos or defenses. In fact, the past week has been dreadfully boring. After Sir Lewis …

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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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Lewis Hamilton Kicks off the 2021 F1 Season With a Win in Bahrain

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Sir Lewis Hamilton prevailed in a clean battle with Max Verstappen in the Bahrain Grand Prix (Sunday, Mar 28).  Hamilton earned his 95th win and kicked off the 2021 season with a win in his chase for an eighth championship. Verstappen appeared to have the advantage throughout the race, as his Red Bull consistently showed …

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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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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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Kyle Larson Won, But NASCAR Goes In Circles

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Kyle Larson celebrates Las Vegas victory (Nigel Kinrade Photography)

People lose their jobs all the time for all kinds of reasons.  Many of these firings are for good reasons – like perpetrating an upper decker in a small office bathroom or writing that the boss is a stupid orangutan in lipstick across a window.  These do not seem like positive workplace behaviors. To lose …

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McLaren on the Rise, Finishes Third in the Standings

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McLaren at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (credit: FIA images)

Sitting ten points behind third-place rival Racing Point, the McLaren team looked like a long shot to make its way to third in the constructor’s standings.  Racing Point had claimed victory with Sergio Perez at the Sakhir Grand Prix the previous week and its cars had been strong all year.  Even if Perez were starting …

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