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Slipstream Saturday: Max Verstappen Takes Pole in France

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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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Slipstream Saturday: Charles Leclerc on Azerbaijan Pole as Several Drivers Crash Out

Charles Leclerc salutes the crowd in Monza.

Charles Leclerc salutes the Monza crowd (Photo: FIA Images)

After the heartbreak of the May 23 Monaco Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc has redeemed himself in Azerbaijan. The Ferrari driver had been on pole for the 2021 edition of Monaco but battered the barriers at the end of qualifying, sustaining damage that prevented him from starting. Leclerc had no such problems this time out around …

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Slipstream Saturday: Fernando Alonso Proposes Rules Shakeup For Monaco

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The Monaco Grand Prix last weekend was one of the most exciting races around the streets of Monte Carlo in recent years. This was in part due to Lewis Hamilton’s uncharacteristic struggles, which left him down in seventh in qualifying and unable to improve his position in the race while title rival Max Verstappen dashed …

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Indianapolis 500 Winners Seek A Repeat Victory

Scott Dixon qualifying at Indianapolis

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Every IndyCar driver wants to win the Indianapolis 500, maybe even more so than the overall championship. The build up to the most coveted race of the year began last week when drivers hit the track for practice, getting back up to speed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before qualifying over the weekend. With the …

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Slipstream Saturday: Charles Leclerc on Pole, Crashes Car in Monaco

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With passing opportunities few and far between at the Circuit de Monaco, qualifying around the streets of Monte Carlo is critical, and Charles Leclerc’s pole position puts him in prime position to secure victory in tomorrow’s race. However, Leclerc’s fate took a sharp turn at the end of qualifying — he crashed coming out of …

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Slipstream Saturday: Calendar Changes and Aerodynamic Controversy

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Millions of people have been vaccinated and businesses are reopening their doors, but the coronavirus still looms large, challenging Formula 1’s organizers as they plot a 23-race calendar for the globetrotting series. Just two weeks ago, the Canadian Grand Prix had to be cancelled for the second year in a row, with the event replaced …

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Rookies Jimmie Johnson, Scott McLaughlin & Romain Grosjean Adapt to Life in IndyCar

Jimmie Johnson competes in his first IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park

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One of the biggest storylines coming into the 2021 IndyCar season was the influx of drivers joining the championship after successful careers in other major series, creating an unusually old and experienced rookie class. Scott McLaughlin left the Supercars Championship after collecting three straight titles to compete for Team Penske, 1o-year Formula 1 veteran Romain …

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Slipstream Saturday: Lewis Hamilton Takes His 100th F1 Pole Position

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After being denied by his teammate Valtteri Bottas last time out in Portugal, Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula 1 driver ever to reach 100 pole positions. His best lap time of 1:16.741 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was just 0.03 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen’s quickest effort. The top three’s best qualifying times came …

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Slipstream Saturday: Valtteri Bottas Beats Lewis Hamilton For Portuguese Grand Prix Pole

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(Photo: Wolfgang Wilhelm/Mercedes AMG F1 Media)

The gap from Red Bull to Mercedes during qualifying runs in practice on Friday was just 0.05 of a second, with Lewis Hamilton predicting a close battle for pole position at this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix. But come Saturday, the fight for first ended up just being between the two Mercedes drivers, with Valtteri Bottas …

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IndyCar’s 1st Oval Race Brings Driver Lineup Changes

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The NTT IndyCar Series can trace its roots to the early 1900s, when the American Automobile Association first started sanctioning events in 1902 and held the first American open-wheel racing season in 1905. Back then, the schedule consisted solely of dirt-track ovals, some of which were actually horse racing facilities. Paved oval tracks eventually joined …

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Colton Herta Dominates in St. Petersburg; Josef Newgarden Second

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After being taken out by a spinning Josef Newgarden at Barber Motorsports Park last weekend, Colton Herta needed to jumpstart his IndyCar championship hopes. He did so with a commanding drive to victory in Sunday’s (April 25) Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  The Andretti Autosport driver started on pole position and was the class …

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