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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Valtteri Bottas Triumps In 1st Career Formula One Victory Sunday in Russia

We all knew the time would be coming, the one when Valtteri Bottas finally won his first career Formula One victory. That time, ended up being today, as the Finland native took the checkered flag first in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix. Bottas, got a great start and by Turn 2, was leading. He would never look back, giving the lead up only when he came down pit lane on the Sochi track. When the pit sequences ended, Bottas was up front, bringing his No. 77 Mercedes to victory in just…

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Ferrari’s Sweep Front Row for 1st Time Since 2008

Friday, Ferrari’s were saying that the Mercedes drivers were sandbagging. In the two practice sessions, Ferrari led the way in each session while both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton played second fiddle to their Ferrari counterparts. I think Ferrari felt threatened still despite being 1-2 on the speed chart. 

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Ferrari’s Say Mercedes Team is Sandbagging in Russia, Mercedes Drivers Refute That

The Ferrari vs. Mercedes rivalry has always been an intense battle between the two storied teams in the Formula One paddock. After a few down years for the Scuderia camp, they’ve since rebounded in 2017 and are challenging their Mercedes counterparts again. The rivalry started to heat up again this weekend in Russia, as the Ferrari drivers are blaming the Mercedes team of sandbagging in the two practice sessions on Friday from the Sochi circuit. Vettel, who paced the second practice session and was fifth in session No. 1, said…

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Will Someone Other Than Mercedes Lead Laps This Weekend in Russia

As we enter the fourth annual Russian Grand Prix, just one driver on the Formula One grid has ever led a lap around the 18-turn Sochi Autodrom street course in Russia. That driver, is Lewis Hamilton. Since the inaugural race in 2014, Mercedes drivers have led all 159 laps in Russia. Hamilton, has led 100 laps while his former teammate Nico Rosberg led the other 59. Hamilton, also won the first two years at Sochi, while Rosberg reached victory lane a year ago. But, with Rosberg since retiring, Hamilton is…

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