The main storyline of the year has been a fast Ferrari vs. the Diva Mercedes; a re-invigorated Vettel vs. a determined Hamilton and rightly so although the mega battle that we were all hoping for fizzled a bit after Hungary. Still this was the first year the Silver Arrows were actually challenged on real pace and that was a good thing for F1. I have been watching another storyline closely this year, one a bit more under the radar, but just as interesting, more intriguing and most definitely…

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From Motorsport.com F1 organisers drafted in famous boxing announcer Michael Buffer to announce the drivers to fans at Austin, with the pre-race build-up being extended by an extra 15 minutes. While it was welcome by fans at the track, there was widespread criticism that it had gone too far from many at home, with Fernando Alonso suggesting the effort was a “bad copy” of what happens in the Indianapolis 500. But although not everyone felt the idea was a success, team chiefs think that F1 needs to be…

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Recently from the Head of Honda Motorsport: “He is a good person, he probably felt very ashamed of having to scold me… but he had to do it. After all, he wanted everything to be right, that’s why I’m so ashamed.” -Yusuke Hasegawa- Wow I can’t believe what I’m reading. The top guy at Honda’s engine program expressing his deepest sympathy for the three-year effort that sidelined two great champions, McLaren and Fernando Alonso. It is not often that people admit their mistakes in business and it is…

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  Ever since the notion of an American Formula One team started getting bandied about in January 2014 when Gene Haas responded to the FIA’s “Call for Expression of Interest” regarding a Formula 1 entry, the names Haas and Circuit of the Americas have been inexorably linked. Prior to Gene Haas forming Haas F1 Team, there hadn’t been an American Formula 1 team since 1986. And prior to Circuit of the Americas, or COTA as it is better known, there hadn’t been a Formula 1 race on American…

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From GrandPrix 247 New Zealander Brendon Hartley will race for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the next round of the Formula 1 World Championship, the USA Grand Prix in Austin, as Pierre Gasly will be racing in Japan for the last race of the Super Formula Championship in Suzuka. Brendon last tested with the team back in 2009. Eight years later, he will be taking part in his first Formula 1 Grand Prix, at the Circuit of the Americas, alongside Daniil Kvyat. Since his last outing with Scuderia Toro…

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It happens to everyone, actually a more accurate way to state that is, it happens to everything. Things change, they evolve, nothing stays the same. NBC’s catch-line for the pinnacle of motorsport is, “happens at the speed of F1”, well, as fast as NBC became the USA’s go to network for F1, just as fast (and out of nowhere) it is not. A week ago the news broke that NBC would not continue with F1 coverage. NBC, despite what I feel was/is very, very good coverage for F1…

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OK, it is official now. I just came across this headline and even if this headline is not entirely true currently, it is only a matter of time. Now that I think about it, it was only a matter of time regardless. Teenager Max comes into F1 with such a high pedigree – his mom an accomplished karter and kart instructor and a dad who was in F1 for ten years or there about. Max’s dad Jos raced for the likes of Tyrell, and Stewart but he will…

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From GrandPrix 247 Sergio Marchionne finally broke his two week silence after his Ferrari team ‘shot themselves in the foot’ at the Malaysian Grand Prix, a fortnight after the start line shunt in Singapore eliminated both red cars. The debacle at Marina Bay Circuit is well documented, as is the qualifying no show by Sebastian Vettel thanks to a turbo issue and a day later Kimi Raikkonen being pushed off second place on the grid with a technical issue – the Finn did not even start the race….

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Well it has been a while, how long you ask? Even if you’re not, to be exact, it’s been five months, twenty one days, sixteen hours and … well, no need to get that detailed, I think you get the point, since I have put my fingers on the keyboard. I have been on the sidelines for most of this 2017 F1 season. However, although I have been away from the keyboard, I still read F1 in the morning, in the early afternoon, in the afternoon, in the…

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I was hoping for a different title for my first post back to AmerF1can.com in 2017. Something more along the lines of: “2017 Clash of the (Many) Titans”, or “Hamilton vs. Vettel and Surprise vs. Alonso”, or “Extra, Extra, Read All About It, McLaren Surprises – Back on Top”, or “Newey At It Again – Red Bull Dominates Winter Testing and Takes First Win”. How about, “Title Race Wide Open as No One Is Dominant” … I could go on. Instead here is where we stand. Mercedes looks…

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