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

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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 Slipstream Saturday: COTA Double; Mercedes and 2022

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George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing. Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Saturday 6th June 2021. Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan.

One of the bigger stories surrounding Formula 1 in the past couple of weeks is the cancellation of the Singapore Grand Prix because of COVID-19 precautions and restrictions.  Of course, Singapore falling off the schedule is not the first change for the 2021 season. At the onset, Australia switched from its opening slot to move …

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F1 Review: Sergio Perez Prevails in Bizarre Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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Sergio Perez celebrating in Baku (Photo: Peter Fox/Getty Images via Red Bull Racing)

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix looked like it might be another Lewis Hamilton romp after he took the lead on lap 3.  For a few circuits, that narrative stayed true and it would have been easy to consider finding something else to do rather than watch Hamilton add to his ridiculous win total. But the way …

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Sergio Perez Steals Azerbaijan Victory as Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton Suffer Bad Luck

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Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images via Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have been the cream of the crop all year long. Combining to win each of the first five races, both drivers have been near perfect. But on Sunday (June 6), Verstappen suffered a puncture and Hamilton locked up on the ensuing restart, opening the door for Sergio “Checo” Perez to …

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Slipstream Saturday: Charles Leclerc on Azerbaijan Pole as Several Drivers Crash Out

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Charles Leclerc salutes the Monza crowd (Photo: FIA Images)

After the heartbreak of the May 23 Monaco Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc has redeemed himself in Azerbaijan. The Ferrari driver had been on pole for the 2021 edition of Monaco but battered the barriers at the end of qualifying, sustaining damage that prevented him from starting. Leclerc had no such problems this time out around …

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F1 Singapore Grand Prix Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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Lewis Hamilton in action for Mercedes at the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix. (Credit: Angela Carter)

Formula 1 announced Friday (June 4) that this year’s Singapore Grand Prix has been cancelled due to “safety and logistic concerns” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The race on the Marina Bay Street Circuit was scheduled for Oct. 1-3. It marks the second F1 event cancelled this year due to COVID-19, following the cancellation of …

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F1 Midweek: The Pursuit of the Mercedes Killer

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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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Slipstream Saturday: Fernando Alonso Proposes Rules Shakeup For Monaco

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The Monaco Grand Prix last weekend was one of the most exciting races around the streets of Monte Carlo in recent years. This was in part due to Lewis Hamilton’s uncharacteristic struggles, which left him down in seventh in qualifying and unable to improve his position in the race while title rival Max Verstappen dashed …

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F1 Midweek: Max Mosley’s Extensive Influence

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(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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