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Underpowered Mercedes, Savvy Hamilton Steal Podium at Bahrain

2021 Azerbaijan GP Lewis Hamilton face Steve Etherington via Mercedes AMG F1

(Photo: Steve Etherington via Mercedes AMG F1)

For much of the first official Formula 1 race weekend of 2022, the big story out of the paddock continued to be the underperformance of the Mercedes team. After absolutely dominating the last eight years, Mercedes spent much of Sunday’s Bahrain GP riding around in fifth and sixth, with seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton leading young …

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Charles Leclerc Nabs First F1 Pole of 2022 at Bahrain

Charles Lecler is on stable ground at Ferrari (Credit: FIA)

Charles Leclerc parlayed a long winter workload by the Ferrari team into securing pole position at the Bahrain International Circuit, the first weekend of F1 racing in 2022. Defending champion Max Verstappen came up just 0.123 of a second off the pole, and will start the race besides Leclerc in second. Ferrari’s other driver, Carlos …

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F1 Midweek: Checking the Sportʻs Pulse with a Season-Opening Roundtable

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 10: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 10, 2022 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202203100708 // Usage for editorial use only //

Before the lights go out to start the 2022 Formula 1 season, our writers offer a roundtable to discuss some of the notable storylines. 

It’s Official: Max Verstappen Is World Driver’s Champion

2021 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Lewis Hamilton start overtakes Verstappen Peter Fox Getty

(Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images via Red Bull Content Pool)

After hours of deliberation, the FIA has ruled not to uphold protests by Mercedes-AMG Petronas, giving both the race win and the World Driver’s Championship to Max Verstappen. To make a long story short, Lewis Hamilton was leading Verstappen by 11 seconds with just a handful of laps to go when a full course safety …

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No More Burning Questions: The Last Dance

2021 Dover Cup Brad Keselowski NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This season marked the conclusion of Brad Keselowski’s tenure at Team Penske. The event marks a turning point for a team and a driver who, regardless of what their futures hold, will forever be linked together in the eyes of the history of American stock car racing. After a surprise victory in 2009 at Talladega …

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4 Burning Questions: Who’s Saying Goodbye After 2021?

2021 Kansas I Cup Ross Chastain Kurt Busch racing NKP

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Who will win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship? John Hunter Nemechek enters Phoenix Raceway with the most wins on the season but as the fourth seed after just barely getting to this round after a late crash at Martinsville Speedway. Nemechek is probably the most aggressive driver of these four and will do …

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2 Burning Questions: What Is The State Of NASCAR?

Bubba Wallace leads a pack of cars at Martinsville Speedway, April 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What is the state of NASCAR? This year was the year of the charter. A system that once had Bob Pockrass saying publicly that a team could find a charter in the dumpster after the season has ballooned and become the vision that the RTA and Rob Kauffman envisioned when implementing it. Has the charter …

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