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F1 Midweek: Refueling, Daniel Ricciardo Highlight the Week’s Storylines

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Refueling One of the more intriguing things being floated about in the paddock is the return of refueling during races.  The sport eliminated refueling as part of the in-race element beginning with the 2010 season in a move predicated on safety.   The move came on the heels of a number of petrol related incidents in …

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F1 Midweek: Haas F1’s Disastrous Season

Little has gone right for Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 this year (credit: FIA media)

This past Sunday brought a fair amount of drama from Silverstone as Lewis Hamilton earned his sixth British Grand Prix victory and Sebastian Vettel continued his tour de force implosion when he rear-ended Max Verstappen and took himself out of the points. The battles from the third position through 14th gave glimpses of wonderful competition …

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F1 Midweek: What Will Red Bull Do About Pierre Gasly?

Pierre Gasly crashed the podium at Brazil (credit: Red Bull)

It’s been much publicized throughout the 2019 Formula 1 season that Red Bull has a decision to make about its driver lineup. For years, Max Verstappen has been linked with Mercedes as a potential future driver with there being a specific clause in Verstappen’s contract that could be triggered at the end of this season, …

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F1 Midweek: Red Bull/Honda Pairing Produces Promise

The Red Bull - Honda pairing looks like it is starting to pay off (credit: FIA Images)

Lost amid the asininity in declaring the winner of Formula 1’s Austrian Grand Prix this past Sunday was the fact that the race produced a rare change in the pecking order for powerplants. With the win, Max Verstappen gave Honda its first moment in the spotlight, atop the podium, since the Bronze Age. Or something …

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F1 Midweek: The Trouble Facing F1

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Last Sunday, Formula 1 visited Circuit Paul Ricard in France in what turned out to be a rather dull race.  The reviewers felt the need to call out the matter, with The Telegraph perhaps the most harsh by headlining that “The French Grand Prix Was the Worst Race I Have Ever Seen,” while the BBC …

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F1 Midweek: Headlines for the Top 5 After the First Leg of the 2019 Season

Daniel Ricciardo on track at the Canadian Grand Prix back in 2019. (Photo: FIA Images)

Daniel Ricciardo on track at the Canadian Grand Prix (credit: FIA images)

Mercedes: Continuing Dominance What more can we say about Mercedes? They are dominating F1 yet again, but still finding a way to break new ground. Winning all seven races thus far in 2019 and five one-two finishes have the Silver Arrows staring a sixth constructors title in as many seasons. The Toto Wolff-led brigade has …

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F1 Midweek: The Stewards Flex Their Muscles Again

Ferrari Has Appealed the Stewardʻs Decision (credit: FIA images)

The stewards overseeing the Canadian Grand Prix made one of their more controversial calls this past Sunday. On lap 48, as Lewis Hamilton stalked Sebastian Vettel, Vettel lost the rear end of his Ferrari, waggled, ran into the grass, then rejoined the track and managed to keep Hamilton behind.   The incident, at first, did …

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F1 Midweek: Sebastian Vettel is Not Retiring After 2019, Nico Hulkenberg to Red Bull?

Sebastian Vettel is falling behind his teammate (credit: FIA media)

Since the end of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, there has been speculation around the paddock. While rumors suggested that Red Bull reached out to Nico Hulkenberg‘s representatives to discuss the German leaving Renault to replace Pierre Gasly, that story was reported to be untrue after Gasly called Helmut Marko after hearing the rumor. It’s …

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F1 Midweek: The Season Story, Mercedes and Then…

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This past weekend featured one of the crown jewels of the racing calendar with Formula 1 hosting the Monaco Grand Prix. In what has become normative Monaco tradition, the race was more of a parade than it was a testament to outright competition. Aside from seeing whether or not Max Verstappen might go crazy and …

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F1 Midweek: Niki Lauda Passes Away; Should Fernando Alonso Cut Ties with McLaren?

Niki Lauda dead at 70 (credit: FIA images)

Monday night (May 20), the racing community was saddened with the news that three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda had passed away at the age of 70. Lauda had been suffering from numerous of health problems over the past two years. He was notably missing in the paddock at a number of races last …

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