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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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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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Slipstream Saturday: Coming to America

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The first Formula 1 US Grand Prix came in 1959, when Sebring, Florida hosted the championship decider between Ferrari’s Tony Brooks and the Coopers of Jack Brabham and Stirling Moss at the final race of the season. Brabham prevailed that day, pushing his out-of-fuel car over the line to claim his first of three titles, …

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Slipstream Saturday: Lewis Hamilton Claims 99th Career Pole at Imola

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After a lengthy break following the action packed season opener in Bahrain, the Formula 1 world championship made its way to Imola for round two of the season. Last year, Lewis Hamilton claimed the victory in the championships’ first visit to the famed circuit since 2006. Hamilton looks to continue his strong start to 2021, …

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Max Verstappen Earns Pole for Bahrain Grand Prix; More F1 News

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Red Bull looks like the car to beat in Bahrain (credit: FIA images)

Max Verstappen will start from the pole for the 2021 Formula 1 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.  The battle the sport needs started to take form on Saturday (March 27) when Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton at the end of qualifying by almost four-tenths (0.388 secs). Hamilton will start second with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas sitting …

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Max Verstappen Earns Pole for the Season-Ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen (Photo: Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool)

In a surprising result, Max Verstappen claimed pole on Saturday (Dec. 12) for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The result ends a season where Mercedes dominated qualifying, taking every pole except this one at Yas Marina. For Verstappen, the pole is the fourth of his career and sets the Dutch driver up in the best …

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Valtteri Bottas Earns Sakhir Grand Prix Pole Position

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Valtteri Bottas (photo courtesy of Mercedes F1 Twitter)

Valtteri Bottas nabbed his fifth pole position of the 2020 Formula 1 season on Saturday night (Dec. 5).  The Fin held off his temporary teammate by 0.002 seconds to secure the pole and earn Mercedes another front-row lockout.  George Russell, filling in for the COVID-stricken Lewis Hamilton, looked impressive in his drive for the Silver …

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Lewis Hamilton Takes Pole Position for the Bahrain Grand Prix

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Red Bull at the Bahrain Grand Prix 2020 (credit: FIA Images)

Lewis Hamilton notched his 98th career pole position and 10th of the 2020 Formula 1 season on Saturday (Nov. 28).  The seven-time champion will start alongside his teammate Valtteri Bottas for the Bahrain Grand Prix. For Hamilton, the pole is another show of his season-long dominance in a year where he already has won 10 …

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Slipstream Saturday: Lance Stroll Claims First Career F1 Pole at the Turkish Grand Prix


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All season long, Mercedes has dominated qualifying. Scoring the pole in each of the first 13 races, come Turkey and the Mercedes cars seemed a little off. Despite the earlier practice sessions having decent enough weather, Saturday’s qualifying was plagued by heavy rain showers. For some reason, the Mercedes cars didn’t have speed and their …

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Slipstream Saturday: Valtteri Bottas Edges Lewis Hamilton for Imola Pole

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Valtteri Bottas (photo courtesy of Mercedes F1 Twitter)

For the first time in nearly 14 years, F1 returned to the legendary Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit in Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Last time out in Portugal, Valtteri Bottas dominated the weekend. Fastest all throughout practice as well the first two qualifying sessions, he was nipped by his teammate Lewis Hamilton …

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New Track, Same Story: Lewis Hamilton Earns Pole for Portuguese Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton (Photo: ©Rolex/James Moy)

For the ninth time in the 2020 Formula 1 season, Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position – this time at the Portuguese Grand Prix, at Portimao (Saturday, Oct. 24).  Hamilton bested his teammate Valtteri Bottas by a tenth, a surprising outcome after Bottas had looked to be the fastest driver on track through the three practice …

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Valtteri Bottas on Pole for 2020 Eifel Grand Prix


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Valtteri Bottas delivered a stellar qualifying effort that put him on the pole for the Eifel Grand Prix on Saturday (Oct. 10).  Bottas kept the Mercedes streak alive of claiming every pole of the 2020 Formula 1 season. He bested his teammate Lewis Hamilton by over two tenths, a surprisingly large gap between the two. …

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