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In 2021, the subject of gender discrimination is going to be a hot topic in motorsport. The all-female W Series will partner with Formula One, putting equality under the spotlight. There are no rules preventing women from racing in F1, but there is a slim likelihood. That problem stems from the grassroots of motorsport. And that is, partially, what W Series is looking to address. But can it?

Short answer, no. But the longer answer is no, not alone. When W Series launched in 2019, it was amid skepticism from women already in motorsport. Many saw this Formula 3-level series as a way of encouraging women to race apart from men. …


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Sergio Perez may have won the Sakhir Grand Prix, but there was another big story across the weekend. George Russell finally had his opportunity to drive a front-running car, and he did so magnificently. Russell finally proved his supporters right and showed he deserves to be regarded as highly as Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc as a possible future champion.

Ever since Russell graduated from Formula 2, following his championship-winning campaign in 2018, many tipped him to be a big star. That potential has been somewhat difficult to gauge due to his Williams team being so far down the pecking order. Still, Russell has out-qualified his two Williams teammates at every single race. He has earned the nickname Mr. …


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For the first time in many a year, most fans on Sunday were urging a Mercedes to win the Sakhir Grand Prix. George Russell did everything right, but his race came undone through no fault of his own. Heartbreak for Russell, but joy for another worthy winner Perez. However, Russell not winning was actually just what the sport needed.

Don’t get me wrong. I would’ve been ecstatic to see what would’ve been a fairy tale victory. Since his F2 title, fans have been clamouring to see if Russell is capable of being a true successor to Lewis Hamilton. …


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The Sakhir Grand Prix had enough action to rival a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Suspense, excitement, heartbreak, jubilation, and story arcs that were almost too dramatic to believe. After such a tumultuous week of news with Lewis Hamilton catching Covid, Haas finally announcing their driver lineup, and George Russell taking the hot seat in Mercedes, somehow Bahrain’s outer circuit delivered the goods to match the build-up.

George Russell’s dream week somehow got even better by the first corner as Lewis Hamilton’s deputy out-dragged Valtteri Bottas to take the lead of his very first F1 race for Mercedes. With Bottas struggling to find grip on the exit of turn three, Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen had a wheel-to-wheel race with him into turn four. …


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Haas finally announced their lineup for 2021 and beyond. The open secret in the F1 paddock that Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin would join the American outfit is now public knowledge. Aside from the upcoming weekend where Pietro Fittipaldi will replace the injured Roman Grosjean, the driver pairing represents brand-new territory for the sole American outfit in F1.

In the five seasons the team has raced in F1, Romain Grosjean has always been a team driver. Supported initially by Esteban Gutiérrez and later Kevin Magnussen. Rookie drivers have never been considered.

To bring in two simultaneously is a bit of a gamble, but when you look at how far behind Guenther Steiner’s team is in the championship right now, perhaps a gamble is precisely what Haas needs. With 2021 being a transition year, with the limited car development allowed, Haas may be holding a pair of aces with Schumacher and Mazepin, but for 2022. …


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Lewis Hamilton won the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, but the real victor was the once-controversial halo. Without the safety improvements in Formula One and open cockpit racing in general, Romain Grosjean may have sustained more severe injuries or worse during the opening lap.

Grosjean hurtled into an Armco barrier after cutting across and hitting Daniil Kvyat on the straight between turns 3 and 4. In what is undoubtedly the scariest F1 accident in recent memory, Grosjean’s Haas was a little more than a safety cell and burning wreckage. …


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You may be forgiven for only getting your breath back after the terrific Turkish Grand Prix two weeks ago, but the 2020 Bahrain GP is now upon us and here’s your preview for what you need to know.

Both championships are now wrapped up. Turkey saw Lewis Hamilton claim his seventh career world title with Mercedes having their seventh consecutive crown one race earlier. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to play for in the fourth and final triple-header event of the 2020 season.

Bahrain GP 2020: At the sharp end

Hamilton may have as many titles as Schumacher and more wins than anyone, but there are still records he doesn’t hold. You may or may not believe Lewis when he says he doesn’t race for stats. Whatever your thoughts, the prospect of being the first man to hit 100 Grand Prix wins must have entered the Brits mind. …


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Talking about Lewis Hamilton’s latest F1 title in late November is beginning to feel a lot like an annual event. The year is capped off by Christmas, with Thanksgiving the preparation event a month prior, and at some point around then, Lewis Hamilton wins the championship.

And just like seeing what presents Santa brings you this year and thinking about what gifts you had in Christmases before, perhaps it’s natural that we also compare Lewis’s latest F1 title with his others.

With there being so many, seven now, it can be challenging to distinguish one from another. That itself speaks volumes of just how relentless the Brit has been since 2014. But as I wrote 10 months ago, some championships are more impressive than others. Since the 2020 campaign isn’t complete yet, I cannot put this season in a final position yet. However, I can compare each to this ongoing season. …


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Formula 1’s 2021 calendar will visit a record twenty-three venues across the globe next year. The growth of the calendar to such a length has seemed inevitable for a while. Liberty Media has openly been looking to reach a twenty-five race schedule, and they have now taken one step closer. But as Dr. Ian Malcolm famously said , perhaps Liberty has been “so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

I’ve battled internally about the merits of such a lengthy calendar since the announcement. And we’re still two events shy of that magic 25 tentpole figure. More races per year certainly sounds exciting from a pure viewer perspective. It gives us more opportunities to watch our favorite superstars race the most advanced cars in the world throughout the year. There will be more weekends with news and updates to keep track of with F1’s ever-increasing coverage. …


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Up until Q3 at Istanbul Park last weekend, there was only Max Verstappen at the top of the timesheets. Max seemed to find grip at the slippery Turkish circuit while those around him could not. The disappointment and anger from Verstappen were evident to see when he did not clinch pole position on Saturday afternoon.

Max, however, had a second chance on Sunday with his front-row start. But his RB16 did not get off the line, and he soon found himself well down the order. It came as a surprise as Verstappen does have a high reputation for his wet weather driving. …

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