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5 Points to Ponder: Does Momentum Make Ryan Blaney a Championship Contender?

2021 Cup Daytona II Ryan Blaney Wins NKP

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1. How much does momentum matter going into the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs? Asking for a friend named Ryan Blaney. (Note: Blaney and I are not actually friends, having spoken exactly once, but he is a likable gent.) The 27-year-old Team Penske wheelman entered the 2021 season never having won more than one race in …

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F1 Review: Max Verstappen Wins the Belgian Grand Prix That Wasn’t

Race winner Max Verstappen poses after the rain-shortened 2021 Belgian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

SPA, BELGIUM - AUGUST 29: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, second placed George Russell of Great Britain and Williams and third placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 29, 2021 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202108290481 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen earned his 16th Formula 1 win at the Belgian Grand Prix after turning just one lap at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on Sunday (Aug. 29).  There may be a prospect for confusion, a reason to question that one lap is the correct distance, but that is how the GP is officially scored. …

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Max Verstappen Wins Rain-Shortened Belgian Grand Prix

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On a rain-soaked evening in Belgium, Max Verstappen picked up his sixth Formula 1 win of 2021 after winning the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday (Aug. 29). After a dominating lap in wet conditions during Saturday’s qualifying session, the Belgian-born Dutchman picked up his first win at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The race was deemed official …

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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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Sergio Perez Continuing With Red Bull in 2022

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Photo: Maxim Shemetov - Pool/Getty Images via Red Bull Racing

Sergio Perez has extended his Formula 1 contract with Red Bull Racing and will continue with the team through 2022, the team announced Aug. 27. Perez joins Max Verstappen as the drivers of the Red Bull Honda next year. Verstappen’s contract is through 2023. He first teamed up with Red Bull at the beginning of …

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Fernando Alonso Staying With Alpine Through 2022

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Fernando Alonso will continue to compete for Alpine in Formula 1 through 2022, the team announced Thursday, Aug. 26. Alonso, who joined Alpine after a two-year hiatus from F1, earned a best finish of fourth at the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier this month. He joins Esteban Ocon as the confirmed Alpine drivers of next season. …

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Formula 1 Cancels Japanese Grand Prix

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The Belgian Grand Prix (Photo: ©Rolex/James Moy)

Formula 1 officials have canceled the Japanese Grand Prix, it was announced Wednesday (August 18). The event was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and authorities in Japan the decision has been taken by the Japanese government to cancel the race this season due to ongoing complexities of …

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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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4 F1-Themed Games Worth Playing

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Lewis Hamilton on track in Spain (Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

Editor’s Note: This article on F1 gaming is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff.  When making a list of the most popular sports in the world, Formula 1 racing is one that will consistently rank high on that list. …

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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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