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Australian Grand Prix from the side of the track

Australian Grand Prix from the side of the track

The 2017 Formula One season got away to a flyer at the weekend, as the fastest cars, and the best drivers in the world returned to the scenic Albert park circuit in Melbourne Australia. Luckily for me, this was my fifth straight Australian Grand Prix weekend, and by far and away the most enjoyable on […]

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Giovinazzi primed to replace Raikkonen at Ferrari

Giovinazzi primed to replace Raikkonen at Ferrari

Italian driver, and 2016 GP2 runner-up Antonio Giovinazzi, has positioned himself perfectly for a Ferrari drive after his heroics during the Australian Grand Prix last weekend. Ex Maranello team boss Cesare Fiorio gave a ‘thumbs up’ to Giovinazzi’s Melbourne performance speaking on Italian Radio Anch’io lo Sport (Rai). “What Antonio did in Melbourne was outstanding, […]

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Renault ‘big step’ scheduled for Canada

Renault ‘big step’ scheduled for Canada

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko is expecting the new spec Renault engine, which scheduled for the Montreal race later this year, will enable his team to compete with both Mercedes and Ferrari. Red Bull were pre-season favourites to be the ‘next in-line’, challenging the Mercedes team for grid supremacy. After two ‘up and down’ tests, Red Bull […]

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Kimi’s retirement

Kimi’s retirement

Even though he finished fourth in the first GP of the season and kept the current constructors’ champions off the top spot, Kimi still got it in the neck from a lot of F1 fans this weekend, mostly on social media. At 37 he’s the oldest driver on the grid although he doesn’t have the […]

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Bookies favour Kimi over Max, Ferrari looking good

Bookies favour Kimi over Max, Ferrari looking good

When the flag drops (at least some of) the bullshit stops. Australia’s round of Formula 1 Grand Prix racing can be checked of the list. It is done, and it is over. About a week ago I wrote an article about an “objective” way to measure fans’ expectance: the wonderfull world of betting. Here the […]

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Hamilton: Vettel stronger than Rosberg

Hamilton: Vettel stronger than Rosberg

Hungry to claim back his crown, Lewis Hamilton is expecting a tougher battle against Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel than he experienced fighting old mate Nico Rosberg.  Hamilton and Rosberg have spent the past three years of the hybrid formula slugging it out toe to toe for the drivers crown. Nico finally won one in 2016, after […]

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Red Bull: Suspension ban not affecting us

Red Bull: Suspension ban not affecting us

Milton Keynes based Red Bull Racing, do not believe that the recent rule clarification regarding ‘trick’ suspension, hurt their form at the recent Australian Grand Prix.  Despite Daniel Ricciardo suffering a spin, and then on race day reliability woes, the RB13 never looked like challenging for the front row. Dutch ace Verstappen also found the […]

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Vettel’s Tifosi out vote the Verstappen fans

Vettel’s Tifosi out vote the Verstappen fans

Rate the race & Driver of the weekend – Round 1, Albert Park, Australia by TJ13 contributor @F1TheaJ Mean Reader Score: 5.60 Scoring only 5.60, this year’s season opener didn’t score anywhere near last year’s score of 7.26: thankfully we didn’t have any spectacular crashes to keep us gasping for breath as we had last […]

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Webber: Alonso to sit the year out

Webber: Alonso to sit the year out

There is the high possibility that Spanish driver Fernando Alonso, may opt to sit out the remainder of the 2017 season if the performance of his MCL32 car doesn’t improve. The team went through the rigorous process of re-inventing themselves over the winter, dropping the MP4 ‘bit’ from their cars name, and also a livery […]

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Australia 2017: the “six million dollar man” version of F1

Australia 2017: the “six million dollar man” version of F1

Early morning rise: check! Excited: check! Another team than Mercedes won: check! Am I satisfied: uhm… not so check.. And we are off for another season of Formula 1. “They” promised us bigger, better, stronger, faster. (Yes! The formula 1 version of the six million dollar man!) Engines, cars, drivers: everything was pushed to (and […]

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Slip Sliding Away – Hamilton’s Shanghai Nightmare

Slip Sliding Away – Hamilton’s Shanghai Nightmare

2007 was supposed to be the beginning of something big for Fernando Alonso. Alonso, the reigning double champion from 2005 and 2006 with Renault, was the man who had dethroned the great Michael Schumacher, ending the German stars run of five consecutive titles at the wheel of a Ferrari. For 2007, Alonso moved to McLaren, and […]

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#F1 Race Review: 2017 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

#F1 Race Review: 2017 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Brought to you by TheJudge13 contributor Mattpt55 Ambient 24° Track 36° Humidity 67% Wind 2.6 m/s Prelude Brilliant ribbons of blue sky hung over Albert Park, but it was all clouds for Red Bull man Daniel Ricciardo whose car, already dinged 5 spots for a gearbox penalty, mysteriously stopped on the way to the grid. […]

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#F1 Qualifying Review:  2017 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

#F1 Qualifying Review: 2017 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Brought to you by TheJudge13 contributor Mattpt55 Ambient 29° Track 32° Humidity 48% Wind 1.5 m/s Prelude OK kiddies time to heat the coffee or top up the whisky depending on your time zone as the first qualifying of the year offers the one thing that F1 has had in short supply of late: Genuine […]

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One stopping in Australia 

One stopping in Australia 

Pirelli have said that the purple ultrasoft tyre will be the most popular tyre for this weekends Australian Grand Prix.  The Italian marque have also admitted that tyre degradation witnessed during both Friday practice sessions, was quite a way below the target set, and expected by the FIA for the 2017 season. Pirelli chief Mario […]

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Mercedes abandons suspension system voluntarily. Red Bull forced to.

Mercedes abandons suspension system voluntarily. Red Bull forced to.

Red Bull will start the season without its suspension trickery. They have been asked to do so by the FIA. Mercedes also opts to do it without their system but does it voluntarily. Although the latter believes their system is legal, they do not want to take any risk in the first race. And they […]

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Verstappen looking forward to new spec car in Melbourne

Verstappen looking forward to new spec car in Melbourne

Max Verstappen has admitted that the Austrian Red Bull squad, will have a different spec race car in Melbourne from the one we saw at the pre season tests.  Red Bull appeared to be under pressure in Barcelona, after failing to impress along side the likes of the Ferrari and Mercedes teams. It was however […]

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Lowe: Massa worthy of a ride

Lowe: Massa worthy of a ride

New Williams Guru Paddy Lowe insists the teams decision to re-recruit Felip Massa, is a valid decision and that the team didn’t settle on the weakest option available. Massa, who was given an emotional send off from formula one last season, was brought back to the team after Mercedes made their move for Williams driver […]

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Before Melbourne starts…

Before Melbourne starts…

The 2017 changes in summary by TJ13 contributor @F1TheaJ The 2017 season is almost upon us, so as we wait with baited breath for lights out let’s take a quick look at what’ll be different in F1 this year: Teams: There will only be ten teams racing in F1, as sadly Manor didn’t make the […]

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