Sunday , 27 May 2018

Opinion

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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Why Valtteri Bottas is the 2018 Formula 1 championship underdog

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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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How Daniil Kvyat can take inspiration from new team-mate Brendon Hartley

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It has not been the best 18 months for Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat. He has been demoted twice, reinstated (perhaps only temporarily) and now his career as a grand prix driver is under serious threat from New Zealander Brendon Hartley of sportscar fame. However, Hartley’s story and return to a Formula 1 cockpit after five years should not be a deterrent for the young Russian, but should inspire him to consider reinventing himself as a driver.

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Josef Newgarden deserves a shot at Formula 1

It has been a very long time since a driver who has tasted major national success in the United States has jumped ship to Formula 1. It is almost 10 years since Sebastien Bourdais lined up against Sebastian Vettel for the first time at Toro Rosso, in what became a brief F1 career for the four-time Champ Car champion. Since …

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Formula 1’s engine penalty problem

McLaren Media Centre

Wet qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix was somehow a dramatic, exciting farce. Lewis Hamilton took the outright record for most pole positions of all time. This, regardless of any given person’s opinion of the driver in or out of the car, should be celebrated. Yet, Formula 1’s engine penalty problem was the talking point in the run-up to the …

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Renault’s championship ambitions could result in failure

Renault Sport F1

One of Formula 1’s few current manufacturers was effectively left with a tough choice going into the 2016 season: quit the sport entirely, or buy out the fledgling Lotus team and attempt to revive the championship-winning outfit of a decade ago. It opted for the latter, with Renault’s championship ambitions consisting of a convincing five-year plan which would ultimately peak in a coveted title in 2021 – the year new engine regulations are set to come in.

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