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Slipstream Saturday: Lewis Hamilton Earns Pole, to Start 11th After Penalty

Lewis Hamilton

(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1 Media)

A wild P3, Q1, and Q2 on a somewhat wet racetrack ended with a more ho-hum Q3 at the Turkish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton qualified on the pole but will start the race in 11th after a 10 place grid penalty due to the Mercedes team installing a new internal combustion engine to their power …

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

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(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: Aston Martin Stays the Course, Red Bull Make Excuses and Schumacher

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Action, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, GP2114a, F1, GP, Italy Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21 (credit: Aston Martin Media)

With Formula 1 taking the weekend off before returning in Sochi, Russia, the news cycle has been somewhat quiet. That, of course, does not mean that are not a few things to check on as the sport heads off for the penultimate race at the Sochi Autodrom. Odds & Sods – Aston Martin announced that …

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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 Wins Pole for the Dutch Grand Prix

Max Verstappen

(Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images via Red Bull Content Pool)

Max Verstappen ripped off a perfect lap to earn the pole for the Dutch Grand Prix at Circuit Zandvoort on Saturday (Sept 4).  Lewis Hamilton pushed his Mercedes to the edge in an attempt to deny Verstappen’s bid to lead the field at his home GP but came up .038 of a second short.  Valtteri …

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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: The F1 Summer Break, Checking the Waters

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - AUGUST 01: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda with a broken bargeboard during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 01, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202108010407 // Usage for editorial use only //

The Formula 1 show is on hiatus for the next few weeks, taking the customary summer break and allowing all the drivers time to flock to their yachts and relax. The series has raced 11 times thus far, and Lewis Hamilton has managed to find himself atop the standings once again, even if he is …

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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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