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F1 Review: Charles Leclercʻs Dominating Drive, Mercedesʻ Good Fortune, Alex Albonʻs Finish

Charles Leclerc on track at the Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, April 10 (credit: FIA Media)

Charles Leclerc proved dominant in Melbourne, running away with the Australian GP win. Mercedes managed third and fourth-place finishes owing to good fortune. While Williams and Alex Albon used a bold pit strategy to earn their first point of the 2022 F1 season.

Grand Chelem For Charles Leclerc In Dominant Melbourne Win

Charles Leclerc on track at the Australian Grand Prix, Prince Albert Park, Apr 10, 2022 (credit: FIA media)

Charles Leclerc scored his second win of the season in dominant fashion for Ferrari as Formula 1 raced the Australian Grand Prix for the first time in three years.

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. 

F1 Midweek: Is Alex Albon the Right Choice for Williams?

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In what seems like a weird turn of events, Alex Albon has been signed to drive alongside Nicholas Latifi in the 2022 F1 season for Williams. Red Bull and Mercedes have been rivals ever since 2013, and seeing a Red Bull reserve driver join the ranks of a Mercedes affiliated team seems a bit like …

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Alex Albon Back in Formula 1 in 2022, Joins Nicholas Latifi at Williams

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After a year away from competition, Alex Albon will once again  compete in Formula 1, joining Nicholas Latifi at Williams in 2022, the team announced Sept. 8. Albon replaces George Russell, who’s driving for Mercedes next season. Albon currently is a reserve and test driver for Red Bull Racing. He ran two seasons for Toro …

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F1 Midweek: The Belgian Grand Prix Debacle & Silly Season’s Answers

Rain cut short the Belgian Grand Prix to just a single lap in a race won by Max Verstappen. (Photo: Getty Images)

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B and George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing FW43B behind the Mercedes FIA Safety Car. Belgian Grand Prix, Sunday 29th August 2021. Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

The Belgian Grand Prix last weekend stands as the shortest “race” in Formula 1 history, as well as the most pathetic excuse of an event.  Even a few days after the GP, the sport is dealing with the fallout and recognizing that how it handled things in Belgium was unacceptable. Many drivers voiced their opinions, …

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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 Wins a Chaotic Bahrain Grand Prix

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The Bahrain Grand Prix ended the same way it started, under the safety car. In the first night race of season, all eyes were on pole sitter Lewis Hamilton who looked for his 95th career win. Dominating all the practice sessions by a good margin over Valtteri Bottas and the Red Bulls, Hamilton was in …

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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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