Key Caution, Aid In Ricciardo Stealing Chinese Grand Prix Victory

What a fluky day it was on Sunday in China. Nothing against Daniel Ricciardo, but this was one of his finest drives in his Formula One career. But, in order to do so, it took some major luck. No one, and I mean no one, had Ricciardo taking his No. 3 Red Bull Renault to victory in this weekend’s Heineken Chinese Grand Prix. I mean, if you did, you may need your head examined. That’s not a shot to Ricciardo either. It’s just the truth. 

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Vettel Earns Heineken Grand Prix of China (2 am ET/ESPN 2) In All Ferrari Front Row Lockout

For the second straight Formula One race, Ferrari’s have secured a front row lockout. That’s the first time since 2006 that they’ve done that, as Michael Schumacher won the pole in USA and France while his teammate at the time started second. Those were also Schumacher’s last two poles of his career too. This time, it’s Sebastian Vettel doing the trick. Last weekend, Vettel put his No. 5 Ferrari on the pole in Bahrain. This weekend, he earned the top starting spot for Sunday’s Heineken Chinese Grand Prix (2 am…

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Can Mercedes Stop Ferrari’s Early Season Dominance

The first back-to-back race weekend is upon us in Formula One. Last weekend, Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel dominated the show in Bahrain. Now, the drivers head to China for this weekend’s third event of the 2018 season. Can Mercedes stop Ferrari’s new found dominance though? In Australia, Mercedes had the top equipment. But, Valtteri Bottas crashed in qualifying and had a five place grid penalty as a result of a gear box change. Lewis Hamilton had an electrical gremlin under the VSC and finished second. Vettel, capitazlied and won.

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Vettel Outlasts Bottas In Thrilling Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

While overtaking is still a challenge in Formula One, Sunday’s Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix was nothing short of thrilling. From the start where both Red Bull Racing cars were taken out by Lap 2, to Kimi Raikkonen’s botched pit stop, leaving the trio of favorites with 18th, 19th and 20th place finishes, to the last lap battle between Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas, the race was a brilliant display of racing for Formula One. Vettel, held off a hard charging Bottas for his 49th career F1 victory and second…

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Pierre Gasly Finishes An Impressive 4th in Bahrain

What a dream weekend it was for Honda and Toro Rosso. The last several years, Honda was the laughingstock among Formula One teams. With McLaren, the relationship was miserable. From blown engines to underperforming power units, Honda just wasn’t reliable in F1 racing. They never scored a top five finish together and took a world champion like Fernando Alonso and made him as frustrated as ever with the world renowned series. In the offseason, McLaren left. Honda went to Toro Rosso. With just two races into the year, it couldn’t…

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Red Bull Racing, Raikkonen Finish In Bottom 3 Of Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

Quick. Who had the bottom three finishers of Sunday’s Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix being Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo? All three were supposed to be contenders for the win. Instead, they finish in the bottom three places as the only three retirements. For Red Bull Racing, it was a disastrous start. Both Ricciardo and Verstappen had issues by the second lap dropping them out with Verstappen coming home 19th and Ricciardo in last (20th). It was a dreadful weekend for Verstappen as he crashed out in qualifying…

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Can “Other” F1 Teams Contend For a Podium In The Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday?

Earlier this week, I wrote about how since the start of the 2014 Formula One season, no other F1 teams other than Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull had won a race. Seriously, those three teams have combined to win all 80 races in that time frame. That includes the 2018 season opener in Australia which was won by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. But, one thing that stood out in the season opening weekend though was that some of the “other” teams have closed the gap a bit. If not for two…

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Ferrari’s Fast On Friday In Bahrain, Mercedes A Bit Off, Renault, Others Right Behind

On Thursday, it was a mini war of words between Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes, has been the dominant team in Formula One over the last several season, winning 63 of the last 80 races. No one else has reached double digits in the win column since 2014. But, rumor this offseason was that Ferrari had closed the gap between the two. Despite Vettel winning the season opener in Australia, he felt that they were still 3-4 tenths off of Mercedes. But, Hamilton fired back…

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