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F1 Slipstream Saturday: Max Verstappen Takes 3rd Consecutive Pole Position

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 03: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 03, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

(Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images via Red Bull Racing)

Max Verstappen continued his string of incredible Formula 1 performances with the pole position at the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix. This was his third pole in a row and his fourth of the year, and the Red Bull driver was the first to dip into the 1 minute, 3-second range, setting a pole position lap …

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F1 Midweek: Is Mercedes Really Done With 2021?

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Lewis Hamilton on track in Spain (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 Review: Max Verstappen Victorious in Styrian Grand Prix

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 27: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring on June 27, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

(Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images via Red Bull Racing)

Max Verstappen earned his fourth win of the 2021 Formula 1 season with a dominating drive in the Styrian Grand Prix on Sunday (June 27).  The victory, coming at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, is the 14th of his career and gives him a 156-138 lead over second-place point man Lewis Hamilton in the …

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Max Verstappen Cruises to F1 Styrian Grand Prix Win

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 27: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring on June 27, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Darko Vojinovic - Pool/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202106270411 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen collected his fourth win of the 2021 Formula 1 season at Red Bull Ring on Sunday (June 27).  Verstappen made it look easy on the short track in Austria, pulling away to a 10-second lead and cruising to the checkered flag.  The win at the Styrian Grand Prix was the fourth consecutive for …

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Slipstream Saturday: Max Verstappen Takes 2nd Pole in a Row in Styria

Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring on June 26, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Darko Vojinovic - Pool/Getty Images)

(Photo: Darko Vojinovic - Pool/Getty Images via Red Bull Racing)

Max Verstappen snatched pole position at the Styrian Grand Prix, taking first spot in qualifying for the second race in a row. The Red Bull driver was the only driver below a 1:04 lap time, putting in a blisteringly quick 1:03.841 run early in Q3. None of the other drivers could come close, with Mercedes’ …

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

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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 Review: Red Bull Beats Mercedes at Its Own Game at the French Grand Prix

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(Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images via Red Bull Racing)

Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team turned the table on Mercedes at the Formula 1 French Grand Prix on Sunday (June 20).  Verstappen earned his third win of the 2021 season and the 13th of his career.  The victory extended his lead in the championship from four points to 12 (131-119) over Lewis Hamilton, …

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Max Verstappen Plays 2-Stop Strategy to Win French Grand Prix

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After the heartbreaking tyre failure that led to his DNF last time out in Baku, Max Verstappen was determined to get redemption. Heading into the French Grand Prix, it seemed like a steep task, as Mercedes has dominated the event since its revival. However, after playing a perfect two-stop strategy Verstappen motored his way to …

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Slipstream Saturday: Max Verstappen Takes Pole in France

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Max Verstappen (Photo: Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images via Red Bull Racing)

The battle for pole position came down the wire in France, with Max Verstappen snatching his second pole of the year with an excellent lap around the Circuit Paul Ricard. The Red Bull driver was on provisional pole with a lap time of 1:30.3 before the drivers set out for their final runs, but put …

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Esteban Ocon Staying With Alpine Until 2024

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Esteban Ocon and Max Verstappen tussle in Brazil (credit: FIA Media)

Esteban Ocon has signed a three-year extension in Formula 1 to remain with the Alpine F1 team until 2024, the team announced June 16. Ocon first joined the group formerly known as Renault in 2020 and earned a career-best finish of second at Bahrain. He debuted with Manor Racing in 2016 before competing for Force …

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