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

Charles Leclerc salutes the crowd in Monza.

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 Midweek: Checking on 2021 New Driver Hires

Sergio Perez drives at the F1 Grand Prix of Spain, May 2021. (Photo: Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 09: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 09, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202105090420 // Usage for editorial use only //

With four races complete in the 2021 Formula 1 season, there is enough data to start checking on not only the teams that are performing well, but more importantly on the drivers that have switched seats. Consider this F1 column a way of checking on the new faces and places. Before touching upon the drivers, …

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Lewis Hamilton Kicks off the 2021 F1 Season With a Win in Bahrain

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Sir Lewis Hamilton prevailed in a clean battle with Max Verstappen in the Bahrain Grand Prix (Sunday, Mar 28).  Hamilton earned his 95th win and kicked off the 2021 season with a win in his chase for an eighth championship. Verstappen appeared to have the advantage throughout the race, as his Red Bull consistently showed …

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Mapping Out the Formula 1 2021 Season for Top Competing Teams

Lewis Hamilton holding the trophy for his British GP win and Driver of the Day award (Photo: Mercedes AMG)

Editor’s Note: This article on the 2021 Formula 1 season is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff.  The 2020 Formula 1 season can easily be described as a “do with what’s given” type of year. But now, the season …

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Covering the Grid for the Formula 1 Opener Bahrain Grand Prix

Williams Racing with new livery in Bahrain (credit: FIA images)

The Formula 1 season will go lights out this weekend, this year starting in the unusual location of Bahrain. With the exception of three years – 2006, 2010, and 2020 – Australia’s Albert Park has hosted the inaugural race since 1996. The switch to Bahrain Grand Prix for 2021 comes on the heels of last …

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McLaren on the Rise, Finishes Third in the Standings

McLaren at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (credit: FIA images)

Sitting ten points behind third-place rival Racing Point, the McLaren team looked like a long shot to make its way to third in the constructor’s standings.  Racing Point had claimed victory with Sergio Perez at the Sakhir Grand Prix the previous week and its cars had been strong all year.  Even if Perez were starting …

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Max Verstappen Wins Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton Claims 7th World Title

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Despite only racing 17 times this season, the wildest and what to many felt like the longest season in F1 has finally come to a close in Abu Dhabi. A season that was supposed to start in March in Albert Park, was delayed after the COVID-19 Pandemic swept across the world. Finally getting underway in …

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

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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Lewis Hamilton Takes Pole Position for the Bahrain Grand Prix

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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F1 Review: Lewis Hamilton’s Fortunate Win at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, Italy (credit: FIA media)

For Lewis Hamilton, winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix looked like a case of things just going his way.  Hamilton qualified second, leaving him at a disadvantage to his teammate.  When Valtteri Bottas took the lead in a convincing fashion, it looked like the Finn might be able to disrupt Hamilton’s dominance. That Max Verstappen …

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