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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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Lewis Hamilton Plays Perfect Strategy to Steal 6th Spanish Grand Prix Victory

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(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

After clinching his record smashing 100th career pole Saturday, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes proved why they have been the most dominant team in F1 over the last decade. Using a perfectly executed two stop strategy, Hamilton ran down Max Verstappen to win his sixth career Spanish Grand Prix. Despite dominating the race, Verstappen was left …

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

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(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

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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F1 Midweek: Nicholas Latifi Quietly Proving His Worth at Williams

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While it’s obvious that George Russell is the start driver at the Williams team, second driver Nicholas Latifi is making a strong case for the first driver promotion once Russell leaves the team. I know what people are going to say, “Oh Latifi is a pay driver, just like Mazepin” and before leaving those comments, …

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5 Points to Ponder: Milestone Moments

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1. Next Gen We’ll get our first “official” look at the Next Gen car this Wednesday as all three OEMs, Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, reveal their own unique looks for the 2022 Cup season. The Gen-7 car project, delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is designed primarily to lower costs for teams …

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

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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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Lewis Hamilton Claims Second Consecutive Portuguese Grand Prix Win

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(Photo: Jiri Krenek/Mercedes AMG F1)

It was another picture perfect day in Portugal, and another perfect day for Lewis Hamilton. After a questionable mistake nearly cost him a podium last week, this week the 7-time F1 world champion was unbeatable. Dominating the second half of the race, Hamilton came across the line nearly 30 seconds ahead of second place to …

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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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Callum Ilott Relishes First Crack at F1 with Alfa-Romeo

Callum Ilott at the Portuguese Grand Prix, April 2021.

(Photo: Antonin Vincent/DPPI)

For 2020 F2 Vice Champion Callum Ilott, it seems like he was pretty much ripped off for this season. While 2020 champion Mick Schumacher, 3rd place finisher Yuki Tsunoda AND 5th place finisher Nikita Mazepin were all promoted to F1 this year, it seems the same thing was destined for the runner-up Ilott. Linked to …

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Turkey Takes Canada’s Place on 2021 Formula 1 Schedule

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Formula 1 will head to Turkey this season, replacing the Canadian Grand Prix due to COVID-19 restrictions, F1 announced Wednesday, April 28. F1 teams and personnel wouldn’t be able to enter Canada unless they quarantined for 14 days, forcing the league to make other arrangements. However, the Canadian GP will run in 2022, signing a …

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How to Stop Gambling: Guide For Formula One Fans

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Sebastian Vettel (Photo: Scuderia Ferrari Press Office)

Editor’s Note: This article on Formula One gambling is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff. Gambling had already marked its footprint into traditional sports like football, rugby, boxing, basketball, baseball, horse racing and many more before entering into the …

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