Friday’s Formula One Practice Report From Brazil

Mercedes have been the top dogs in Brazil lately. Since 2014, they’ve earned every pole in the Brazilian Grand Prix. On Friday, they look like that streak will extend through 2018. Valtteri Bottas topped the speed charts on the day as he turned a lap of 1:08.846-seconds. His teammate Lewis Hamilton was P2 turning a time of 1:08.849-seconds giving the duo a 1-2 result on Friday. After being down in power a bit the last two races, they’re in a fight for the constructors championship and hoping to get the…

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Job Not Done Yet For Hamilton As Constructors Championship Yet To Be Wrapped Up

How much more can Lewis Hamilton do in 2018 is the question? The Brit just clinched his fifth Formula One championship in the last race weekend in Mexico and has won nine times this season alone. Despite that, Hamilton says the focus won’t go astray this weekend in Brazil or in the season finale in Abu Dhabi. There’s still goals left to accomplish. “I’m in the frame of mind that I still have races to win and the job isn’t done yet,” said Hamilton. “Right now, the focus is on…

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Vettel Crashes Opens Up Door For Hamilton, Mercedes To Steal German Grand Prix Top 2 Spots

Sunday’s German Grand Prix was set up for a Ferrari 1-2 finish. Sebastian Vettel started on the pole and quickly looked like the driver to beat for the race on his home circuit. Then, Kimi Raikkonen came on quickly and after short pitting on his first stop of the day, looked to be as good if not better than his German teammate. On Lap 26, Vettel pit for the first time and handed the lead to Valtteri Bottas. Three laps later, Bottas pit which gave the lead to Max Verstappen.…

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Hamilton Earns French Grand Prix Pole (10 a.m. ET/ESPN 2) For All Mercedes Front Row

Mercedes has never raced at Circuit Paul Ricard before. Prior to the last race on the 3.630-mile road course in 1990, Mercedes wasn’t in Formula One. That’s why it was very impressive for both Mercedes drivers to earn a front row lockout for Sunday’s French Grand Prix (10 a.m. ET/ESPN 2). Lewis Hamilton was fastest in both practice sessions on Friday and the first two qualifying rounds on Saturday and backed that up with earning his 75th career pole in Q3 with a time of 1:30.029-seconds in his No. 44…

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Hamilton And Mercedes Fast In France, Is Ferrari Sandbagging Again? Grosjean Giving Home Fans Something To Cheer About

For the first time in a decade, Formula One returns to France for the Pirelli French Grand Prix (10 a.m. ET/ESPN 2). It’s also the first time that the F1 starts have been to Circuit Paul Ricard in 28 years too. So, with this being completely new to all the teams and drivers, Friday’s dual practice sessions were key to getting the right feel for their cars to contend this weekend. If Friday is also any indication on how the rest of the weekend will go, then this could be…

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Hamilton Trying To End Struggles, Bottas Primed To Win Azerbaijan Grand Prix (8 a.m. ET/ESPN 2)

This has not been the season that the Mercedes fans expected. We’re three races into the start of the 2018 Formula One year, and Mercedes has yet to win a race. Will that change in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix (8 a.m. ET/ESPN 2)? Their best shot surprisingly isn’t with Lewis Hamilton. That’s shocking too. Hamilton, has a ton of struggles surrounding him in 2018. He was second in Australia, third in Bahrain and fourth in China so far. His finishes are getting worse. Last year, he was fifth in Baku.…

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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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Mercedes Says Ferrari Has Leveled The Playing Field, Ferrari Feels They’re “3 to 4 Tenths Behind”

The games between Mercedes and Ferrari are already beginning. Well, they actually begun prior to qualifying for the season opener in Australia a few weeks ago. Ferrari and others accused Mercedes of having a “party mode” qualifying package. In practice, Ferrari’s closed the gap a bit in Melbourne in the wet and even in the first couple of rounds of knockout qualifying. But, when the pole was ready to be won, Mercedes powered up the speed charts to a dominating pole position run by Lewis Hamilton. In the race though,…

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Is This The Year Anyone Challenges Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull For Formula One Race Wins?

Formula One has unfortunately been one of the most predictable series’ in the world the last few years. In fact, really for the last few decades, F1 racing has honestly seen very few teams contend for wins and championships in any given season. For example, from 1984 to 1993, just McLaren and Williams were the only two teams that had won drivers championships. If you want to extend that to 1999, McLaren and Williams combined to win all but two titles in that 16 year time frame. Only Michael Schumahcer…

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