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Craig Woollard

Craig Woollard is an avid motor racing fan and freelance journalist and writer. A mathematics graduate from the University of Essex in 2013, Woollard has ambitions to work within motor racing. He is a member of Autosport's academy programme. In his spare time, he listens to music, sim races, wears hats and drinks cranberry juice.

2018 Indianapolis 500 preview: the race

It’s wide open. Race day is not yet here and still shocks have already occurred. James Hinchcliffe – the 2016 polesitter a year after his life-threatening accident – will not take the green flag as one of the 33 starters of the Indianapolis 500 after being the shock bumpee on the first day of qualifying. And there goes one name …

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Danica Patrick – an Indycar great

On Sunday, Danica Patrick will take to the Indianapolis motor speedway for one last time – in her final motor race. It seems fitting that 13 years after she made her name at the speedway by leading with a handful of laps to go, Patrick will drive the standout green colours associated with much of her later career for one …

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Why the 2018 Indianapolis 500 may be one of the most competitive yet

The 2018 Indianapolis 500 will be the 102nd running of the great race. Throughout its history, there have been occasions where the majority of the contenders have been simply obliterated by the opposition. In recent years, Andretti Autosport has been the team to beat after taking wins in 2014, ’16 and last year. The 2018 edition, however, could well be …

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There are no excuses for Max Verstappen’s poor performances

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Three races have passed in the 2018 Formula 1 season, and for the third time in as many races, Max Verstappen has made a serious mistake which has compromised his grand prix result. For a driver equipped with one of the six top cars in a Red Bull, this cannot be acceptable. In his fourth season in F1, there cannot be any excuses for these performances.

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How the 2018 IndyCar championship fight picture is emerging

Last Sunday’s IndyCar race at ISM Raceway (more commonly known as Phoenix) provided a lot of answers for the new-look 2018 season. It was not the epic that was promised by the new bodykit, but it was a fascinating race nonetheless. The clear issue was the lack of a second lane, and that became evident as the race progressed. While …

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Why Phoenix is the 2018 Indycar’s true acid test

The first oval of the 2018 IndyCar season will take place at Phoenix (now rebranded ISM Raceway) this weekend. In what will be a celebration marking 25 years since the great Mario Andretti’s final Indycar victory in a career spanning four separate decades, there is also expectation that there will finally be a decent race on a short-track oval. Instead …

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Why Valtteri Bottas is the 2018 Formula 1 championship underdog

Steve Etherington/Mercedes AMG F1

He secured his first win in 2017 in superb fashion in Russia. He followed that up with similarly brilliant drives to win in Austria and Abu Dhabi, yet Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas rarely being spoken about when it comes to the 2018 Formula 1 championship contenders. Why is this? And how can he secure his maiden championship ahead of the likes …

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Our 2018 F1 Predictions

Daimler/Mercedes AMG F1

My predictions last year were actually surprisingly good, couple of mistakes sure, but the majority was pretty spot on. And as has become tradition, the three main StatBlog writers will be doing predictions again to see who ends up closest.

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Better looks and better racing? 2018 IndyCar season preview

There’s a lot of change ahead of the 2018 IndyCar season. There is effectively a new car, there are exciting new teams and drivers and a return of a classic venue. However, the most intriguing change is probably the reduction in entrants for two of the series’ most powerful teams. All of these changes would imply that some of the …

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