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Slipstream Saturday: F1 Adds Another Questionable Race with Qatar Grand Prix

2021 Formula 1 Losail International Circuit

(Photo: Losail International Circuit)

Despite the outcry over F1 choosing to race in Saudi Arabia, this week F1 announced yet another race in the Middle East hosted by a country that has come under scrutiny for human-rights abuses. On November 21, F1 will visit Losail International Circuit for the first ever Qatar Grand Prix.

Slipstream Saturday: Lando Norris Takes Shock Pole in Wet Qualifying

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M front on

The rain arrived early in Sochi, cancelling the third free practice, and while the rain had stopped by the time qualifying got underway, the track was still damp, forcing the drivers to start qualifying on wet or intermediate tires. However, with around five minutes left in Q3, the track began to dry out, and Williams’ …

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F1 Slipstream Saturday: Valtteri Bottas Wins Sprint From 1st, Max Verstappen to Inherit Pole at Monza

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 11, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images via Red Bull Content Pool)

After announcing earlier this week that he will depart from Mercedes at the end of the year, Valtteri Bottas looked like he had a weight off his shoulders, zipping around Monza to claim first place in qualifying and then leading every lap of the sprint race to collect an extra three points for his championship. …

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Slipstream Saturday: Max Verstappen Surpasses George Russell to Take Pole at Spa

Max Verstappen celebrates winning the pole in Spa, Belgium; Formula 1 2021, rainy and wet conditions. Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images

(Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images, via Red Bull Content Pool)

In changeable conditions, Max Verstappen excelled to take pole position for Sunday’s (Aug. 29) 2021 Belgian Grand Prix for Formula 1 with a lap time of 1:59.765. However, it wasn’t Lewis Hamilton that the Red Bull driver had to beat to pole but George Russell, with the Williams driving looking incredibly comfortable in the wet. …

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Slipstream Saturday: Vettel’s Penalty Stands, Steiner Warns of Too Many Crashes

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Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, 2nd position, on the podium

Formula 1 is on its annual summer break, with the next race not until Aug. 29 when the Belgian Grand Prix is held at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. This allow the usual hectic buzz surrounding F1 to die down a little, and things have been fairly quiet since the teams left Hungary.  One of the questions …

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Slipstream Saturday: Lewis Hamilton Takes Hungary Pole

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(Photo: Steve Etherington via Mercedes AMG F1)

Pole position is crucial at the Hungaroring; the track is often compared to Monaco with twisty corners and a lack of overtaking opportunities. And this weekend it was Lewis Hamilton who snatched the pole with a flying lap of 1:15.419.  Mercedes and Red Bull had looked pretty evenly matched throughout qualifying, but in Q3 both …

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Slipstream Saturday: Max Verstappen Takes Pole Position in First-Ever Sprint

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(Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images via Red Bull Content Pool)

Formula 1 held its first-ever sprint qualifying today (July 17) which set the grid for the British Grand Prix tomorrow, and it was Max Verstappen who triumphed, swiping the lead from Lewis Hamilton into turn one and cruising to his fifth pole position this season and fourth in a row.  Hamilton and Verstappen have been …

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F1 Slipstream Saturday: Max Verstappen Takes 3rd Consecutive Pole Position

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 03: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 03, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

(Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images via Red Bull Racing)

Max Verstappen continued his string of incredible Formula 1 performances with the pole position at the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix. This was his third pole in a row and his fourth of the year, and the Red Bull driver was the first to dip into the 1 minute, 3-second range, setting a pole position lap …

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Slipstream Saturday: Max Verstappen Takes 2nd Pole in a Row in Styria

Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring on June 26, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Darko Vojinovic - Pool/Getty Images)

(Photo: Darko Vojinovic - Pool/Getty Images via Red Bull Racing)

Max Verstappen snatched pole position at the Styrian Grand Prix, taking first spot in qualifying for the second race in a row. The Red Bull driver was the only driver below a 1:04 lap time, putting in a blisteringly quick 1:03.841 run early in Q3. None of the other drivers could come close, with Mercedes’ …

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Slipstream Saturday: Max Verstappen Takes Pole in France

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Max Verstappen (Photo: Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images via Red Bull Racing)

The battle for pole position came down the wire in France, with Max Verstappen snatching his second pole of the year with an excellent lap around the Circuit Paul Ricard. The Red Bull driver was on provisional pole with a lap time of 1:30.3 before the drivers set out for their final runs, but put …

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