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Valtteri Bottas Scores Third Consecutive Pole in Barcelona

Valtteri Bottas celebrates his Australian GP win (credit: FIA media)

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas is the hottest driver in F1 at the moment and he continued that form. The championship leader notched his third pole in as many races and ninth of his career Saturday (May 11) with a lap at 138.069 mph, a new track record. Bottas is really showing some serious strength after a …

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Valtteri Bottas Gets Redemption in Baku With 2nd Win of 2019

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas celebrate the start of the 2019 season with a front row qualifying lock-out (credit: F1 media)

Valtteri Bottas finally gets his victory in the Formula One Socar Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku after the win was taken from him last season in a heartbreaking puncturing tire fashion. Bottas claimed his second win of the 2019 season and fifth of his F1 career. After an eventful weekend leading in, the race itself …

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Valtteri Bottas Comes Out on Top of a Wild Qualifying in Baku

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel congratulate Valtteri Bottas on his pole at the Azerbaijan GP (credit: FIA media)

The third Azerbaijan Grand Prix (fourth race at the track) has gotten off to an interesting start — with a drain cover coming loose and destroying George Russell’s car, some crashes and close calls in practice as well as two crashes in qualifying, but it’s Valtteri Bottas who persevered through the chaos to secure his …

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5 Points To Ponder: Martinsville Madness

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Martinsville Madness In the interests of full disclosure, there isn’t a track I enjoy more than the iconic Martinsville Speedway. For each of the last 12 seasons, I have had the pleasure of writing about the famed old paper clip. I like to make note of the fact that Martinsville hosted the sixth of eight …

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F1: Lewis Hamilton Qualifies for the Australian GP Where He Ended in 2018

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas celebrate the start of the 2019 season with a front row qualifying lock-out (credit: F1 media)

Lewis Hamilton starts where he left off from the 2018 season by claiming his sixth pole position at Melbourneʻs Albert Park. If you donʻt recall, Hamilton closed out last year by claiming pole and winning the race at Abu Dhabi to add an exclamation point to his fifth championship. After testing in Barcelona, it appeared …

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F1 Midweek: Team Orders & the Russian GP

Lewis Hamilton comforts Valtteri Bottas after the 2018 Russian GP (credit: F1 images)

The most recent Formula 1 race at Sochi, Russia (Sept. 30) should be a reminder of how disappointing the sport can get at times.  For those who follow on a consistent basis, the common letdown is that one manufacturer is so good that everyone else on the grid is trying to sort out who will …

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Team Orders Propel Lewis Hamilton to Russian Grand Prix Win

Lewis Hamilton celebrating his 2014 Russian GP win (credit: AP)

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It was a team effort from the Mercedes AMG Petronas organization that handed championship leader Lewis Hamilton another victory. Valtteri Bottas led the first half of the race but a team order to allow Hamilton past handed the British driver his eighth win of the season and 70th of his Formula One career. Bottas finished …

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Lewis Hamilton Cruises To Victory in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton out front (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton was very cautious about the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, after taking pole position the previous day. But the Briton had no difficulties in controlling the race from the start and took his sixth win at this Hungaroring circuit by just over 17 seconds over rival Sebastian Vettel, with Kimi Raikkonen in third. …

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Hamilton Takes Pole On Rainy Circuit in Hungary

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Lewis Hamilton had one more chance to qualify on pole at a rainy circuit Saturday afternoon at the Hungaroring in Budapest for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The Briton took his last opportunity and came up with the best time of 1:35:658, ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. For Hamilton, despite the …

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Happiness Is: Crickets, Compounds & Hungary

PJ1 Trackbite - the saving grace for NASCAR? (credit: PJ1)

A reader noted that last week Happiness had posted information about the wrong Formula One grand prix. I made the error and corrected the column as soon as I saw the response, but it says something about fans of motorsports. You could call it being keen-eyed and passionate. The focus here isnʻt to note a …

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