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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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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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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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F1 Review: Lewis Hamilton Wins, Red Bull Rises, and Sebastian Vettel Looks Lost

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The start of the 2021 F1 season in Bahrain (credit: FIA images)

The 2021 Formula 1 season is already being billed as a battle between defending champion Sir Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.  Hamilton, driving for Mercedes, the titan team of the past seven years, and holding seven championships is backed by confidence and his road-tested team. But Verstappen has been nipping at Hamilton’s heels for the …

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Max Verstappen Earns Pole for Bahrain Grand Prix; More F1 News

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Red Bull looks like the car to beat in Bahrain (credit: FIA images)

Max Verstappen will start from the pole for the 2021 Formula 1 season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.  The battle the sport needs started to take form on Saturday (March 27) when Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton at the end of qualifying by almost four-tenths (0.388 secs). Hamilton will start second with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas sitting …

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Mapping Out the Formula 1 2021 Season for Top Competing Teams

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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

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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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Fernando Alonso Involved in Cycling Accident

Fernando Alonso in Indianapolis

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Fernando Alonso was involved in a cycling accident in Switzerland, Alpine Formula 1 Team announced Feb. 11. According to the team’s Twitter page, “Fernando is conscious and well in himself and is awaiting further medical examinations tomorrow morning.” Alpine, formerly known as Renault, signed Alonso last July. Alonso is set to make his return to …

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Lewis Hamilton Drives Away from the Field, Fernando Alonso Back in the Car

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The Eifel Grand Prix, held last weekend at the Nurburgring in Germany, is one of the coldest races on record, but not nearly as cold as the 1978 Canadian GP (held on Oct. 8). The Canadian event has the distinction of coldest by being running in 5 degrees Celsius or 41 Fahrenheit. The Eifel GP …

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F1 Midweek: Renault Rebranding as Alpine F1, a History of the Brand

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Daniel Ricciardo (credit: Renault F1)

The second biggest news item coming out of Monza last week was the announcement that the Renault DP World F1 Team will be rebranding itself at the end of the 2020 season. Gone are the traditional killer bee black and yellow colors, and in comes the brand new blue, red and white Alpine F1 Team …

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Backmarker Blues: IndyCar Drivers Who Struggled At The 2020 Indy 500

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Zach Veach before the 2020 Indy 500. (Photo Credit: Joe Skibinski/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

The 2020 Indy 500 was a great race for Honda-powered NTT IndyCar Series entries like those of Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon. It was, however, a rough day for a lot of other drivers, nine of whom were knocked out of Borg-Warner Trophy contention via crashes. In this edition of Backmarker Blues, we take a …

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Indy 500 2020 Qualifying Analysis: Rows 8 to 11

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(Photo: Chris Owens/IndyCar Media)

With the NTT IndyCar Series Indy 500 rapidly approaching this weekend, we at Frontstretch are breaking down the starting grid row by row to analyze who has the best shot at winning the race and who will have a grueling 200 laps in front of them. Today, we’re starting out by looking at the last …

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