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F1 Midweek: Is Mercedes Really Done With 2021?

Lewis Hamilton 2021 Spanish GP F1 Saturday car Formula 1 LAT Images Mercedes AMG

(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

The Formula 1 season is nine races old, and the battle that many followers of the sport had longed for has arrived – and seemingly passed. But, as the Tower of Power might appreciate, Red Bull came to play at the Bahrain Grand Prix to open the season. Max Verstappen took the pole and provided …

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F1 Midweek: Why No F1 Driver Should Join the Alpine Driver Academy

Daniel Ricciardo (credit: Renault F1)

When joining the Formula 1 feeder systems, usually a young driver academy picks a prospect up or a driver is able to bring enough backing to find a place. Sometimes they get lucky and join the Red Bull, Mercedes or Ferrari academy, other times they’re unlucky and get stuck with Williams or Alfa Romeo. While a …

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F1 Midweek: Big Decision at Mercedes, Pirelli Failures, Williams Shake-Up

George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing. Monaco Grand Prix, Thursday 20th May 2021. Monte Carlo, Monaco.

The Formula 1 silly season is beginning to gain more energy and attention, which seems kind of funny for a market that appears rather limited this year.  While last year brought on many changes, both expected and surprising, there does not appear to be the same kind of movement. Last year, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, …

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F1 Midweek: The Pursuit of the Mercedes Killer

Verstappen out front in Bahrain (credit: FIA images)

With Max Verstappen becoming the first non-Mercedes driver to lead the championship standings since Sebastian Vettel in 2019, Formula 1 fans have been foaming at the mouth to see what team will eventually end the Mercedes dominance of the Hybrid era. F1 has always been a sport of domination, with only two different teams and …

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F1 Midweek: Max Mosley’s Extensive Influence

(Photo: ©Rolex/Jad Sherif)

For 16 years, Max Mosley lorded over Formula 1, working in concert with his friend and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Together, the two ruled the sport, with Mosley holding the position of FIA President and overseeing on-track matters while Ecclestone was in charge of television rights, promotion and expansion. Mosley died, age 81, on Monday …

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F1 Midweek: Drivers Excited for Return to Monaco After 2020 Absence

Lewis Hamilton drove an efficient race on his way to his third Monaco GP win (credit: FIA Images)

It’s been two years since Formula 1 last raced in the Principality of Monaco, due to the 2020 Grand Prix being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the most famous grand prix in F1 is back, and the drivers could not be more excited. For some, it’s the return of an old friend. For …

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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 Midweek: Nicholas Latifi Quietly Proving His Worth at Williams

Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing car, Williams Media

(Photo: Williams Media)

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

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M front on leaving corner.

(Photo: McLarenF1 media)

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 Midweek: Changing of the Guard? Lewis Hamilton vs. George Russell

George Russell (credit: Williams F1)

Since 2014, Mercedes has been the dominant team in Formula 1. Winning every single driver’s and constructor’s championship for the last seven years, most F1 fans have grown accustomed to seeing the Silver Arrows at the front on race weekends. However, one area where the team has struggled has been with its young driver program. …

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