Here we are again post race, specifically the Grand Prix of Singapore. We would all like to have hoped that Red Bull or Ferrari or Williams, or Force India or yes, even McLaren at this stage of rebuilding their once mighty team, could somehow really and truly show up and challenge Mercedes for the race win on merit, but that is just not how this year has panned out, has it? The only real story line this year has been, will Lewis match Sebastian Vettel for four WDCs…

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From ESPN F1 Max Verstappen says he has no plans to change his driving style in response to criticism from fellow drivers following the Belgian Grand Prix. Verstappen was accused of moving under braking while defending from Kimi Raikkonen, which a number of drivers have raised as a concern. Although there is no rule against it, it leaves the following driver with minimal time to react and it is likely to raised in the Friday driver briefing for the second time in three races. But Verstappen remains unrepentant…

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From GrandPrix 247 Dutch teenager Max Verstappen has played down his chances of taking on Mercedes’ might for the 2016 world championship. Despite driving for Toro Rosso for the first four races of 2016, the 18-year-old has just 10 fewer points than Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo. At the weekend, he collected the prestigious Lorenzo Bandini trophy in Italy but played down his hopes of bridging the 78 point deficit to Nico Rosberg’s lead. “I lost a lot of points in the first few races but I think…

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From GrandPrix 247 Honda could keep working throughout the August factory shutdown period, it has emerged. To cut costs and give hard-working staff a break in a busy race calendar, teams must close their factories for a period during the long break between the German and Belgian grands prix. But suppliers are not subject to the same agreement, meaning McLaren’s works partner may be able to keep working in August. “I think all the departments relating to the development of the chassis must obey these rules,” McLaren team…

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Let me begin by saying I don’t usually go for the memorabilia thing. I have spent my whole life getting rid of stuff instead of hoarding it. My motto: if you’re not using it or you have not used it in “X” amount of time then get rid of it. Of course there are always exceptions to any rule and there is one here as well. That exception is this, if by chance the object that is not being used/useful is one that allows you to re-live a…

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From GrandPrix 247 After a weekend in Canada where Ferrari turned victory into defeat, Sebastian Vettel has gone to great lengths to not blame anyone within the team but instead has accused Italian media of being the Maranello team’s Achilles’ heal. Speaking in the aftermath of the Canadian Grand Prix, Vettel said, “We were closer than ever. I think sometimes it’s a bit surreal. We are an Italian team. I think Ferrari stands for great passion and a lot of values in Italy and sometimes it seems like the Italian press is our…

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From GrandPrix 247 Ferrari has spent three of its remaining six engine performance tokens and will be bolting on an extensively revised aero package update on to the SF16-H ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. There have been reports claiming that the Italian team, having struggled for results in the last couple of races, was working on an engine upgrade for Montreal. Reports suggest it will be in the form of a redesigned turbo, following problems earlier this season. Sources in the Italian press say it will leave Ferrari with just three remaining upgrade…

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Authors note: For the record I am not a fan of when drivers drive poorly or in a manner that is not becoming of a sportsman. I was no fan of Senna’s crashing Prost out intentionally in the F1 Pantheon regardless of his stature. I was mad as hell at Roman Grosjean for taking out Fernando Alonso at Spa back in 2012 in what surely prevented the Spaniard from winning his third Championship.  I could not believe my eyes when I watched the opening lap of the just…

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I have yet to hit the keyboard since the first free practice came to an end in Melbourne just over four weeks ago. What could be keeping me from the pages of AmerF1can.com, (mine own site mind you) which covers the sport that I assure you I am still obsessing over day in and day out? Maybe it is because there has been such great commentary and observation from the likes of Formula1blog.com that I have not seen a gap in coverage that needs addressing. Maybe it is because I…

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Author’s note: Pirelli and their tires have been in the news quite a bit lately. The below interview was conducted at the end of last year. As the process of interview to approval to publishing is not overnight this interview was conducted without the current developments the sport and Pirelli have decided to move in. That being said what Paul Hembery has to say is all very relevant. -johnpierre- It’s not uncommon to hear that F1 is disconnected from its fan base. I agree that F1 has lost…

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