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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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F1 Review Monaco: Max Verstappen Cruises, Vettel Shines, Ferrari Falters

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Max Verstappen enjoying his victory at Monaco (credit: Red Bull)

Max Verstappen was essentially gifted the pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix after Charles Leclerc withdrew with driveshaft issues.  Though he started in the second spot, Verstappen had no one alongside him and enjoyed a clear getaway at the start.  And that was all he needed. Verstappen managed the entire race, giving up the …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Road Ahead

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March 2, 2021: Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. ( +CMS-HHP-Harold Hinson)

1. The “Road” Ahead For the second half of the 2021 regular season, the Cup Series regulars face an eclectic mix of tracks, including a doubleheader at Pocono Raceway (the only two-fer of this year), a brand new circuit in Nashville, and, count ’em, five road courses. Of the quintet, three road courses are new …

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Slipstream Saturday: Calendar Changes and Aerodynamic Controversy

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Millions of people have been vaccinated and businesses are reopening their doors, but the coronavirus still looms large, challenging Formula 1’s organizers as they plot a 23-race calendar for the globetrotting series. Just two weeks ago, the Canadian Grand Prix had to be cancelled for the second year in a row, with the event replaced …

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F1 Review: Lewis Hamilton & Mercedes, the Perfect Marriage in Spain

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2021 Spanish Grand Prix, Sunday - Steve Etherington

The start of the Spanish Grand Prix portended Max Verstappen might equal Lewis Hamilton’s tally for Formula 1 race wins in 2021.  Verstappen powered by pole-sitter Hamilton into turn 1 and then pushed out to nearly a two-second lead. The power failure to Yuki Tsunoda’s Alpha Tauri brought out a safety car that looked like …

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Lewis Hamilton Plays Perfect Strategy to Steal 6th Spanish Grand Prix Victory

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(Photo: LAT Images via Mercedes AMG F1)

After clinching his record smashing 100th career pole Saturday, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes proved why they have been the most dominant team in F1 over the last decade. Using a perfectly executed two stop strategy, Hamilton ran down Max Verstappen to win his sixth career Spanish Grand Prix. Despite dominating the race, Verstappen was left …

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Slipstream Saturday: Lewis Hamilton Takes His 100th F1 Pole Position

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After being denied by his teammate Valtteri Bottas last time out in Portugal, Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula 1 driver ever to reach 100 pole positions. His best lap time of 1:16.741 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was just 0.03 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen’s quickest effort. The top three’s best qualifying times came …

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5 Points to Ponder: Milestone Moments

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1. Next Gen We’ll get our first “official” look at the Next Gen car this Wednesday as all three OEMs, Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, reveal their own unique looks for the 2022 Cup season. The Gen-7 car project, delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is designed primarily to lower costs for teams …

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F1 Review: Lewis Hamilton Wins, Lando Norris Solid & Fernando Alonso Surges

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M front on

Lewis Hamilton did it again in Portugal, cruising to his 97th Formula 1 win.  Max Verstappen tried to apply some pressure to the Briton but could never muster the pace to do so. Valtteri Bottas, the pole-sitter, finished third after a confounding drive. Sergio Perez earned the fourth spot with Lando Norris taking fifth. Charles …

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Lewis Hamilton Claims Second Consecutive Portuguese Grand Prix Win

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(Photo: Jiri Krenek/Mercedes AMG F1)

It was another picture perfect day in Portugal, and another perfect day for Lewis Hamilton. After a questionable mistake nearly cost him a podium last week, this week the 7-time F1 world champion was unbeatable. Dominating the second half of the race, Hamilton came across the line nearly 30 seconds ahead of second place to …

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F1 Review: Max Verstappen Wins, Lando Norris Impresses at Imola

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IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 18: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 18, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen won the Emilio Romagna Italian Grand Prix with a modicum of ease on Sunday (April 18).  Racing on the Imola track for the second year in a row, the once-dismissed circuit provided a great theater for action, one where Verstappen seemed to miss everything and cruise to the win. In reality, Verstappen appeared …

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