“Keep On Playing Those Mind Games, Toge-e-e-ther” (J. Lennon) You must all know by now I never let an opportunity to reference a movie or a song whenever I can and so it is for this pre season ending post about the showdown between the two Merc boys as well. I was just thinking to myself, when will Lewis (by virtue of the fact that he is the one doing the hunting) let slip or purposefully insert a line or two ever so slightly in that age old practice…

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From GrandPrix 247 In the wake of Max Verstappen’s tremendous performance at the Brazilian grand Prix, where his gutsy drive has been hailed as among the best ever, the teenager’s father Jos Verstappen believes his boy will continue to improve. Verstappen told reporters in Brazil, “I think he will only get better. He’s 19, his second year in Formula 1 and if he can deliver a race like this we have a lot of enjoyable years in front of us.” The young Red Bull driver has already established…

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Three races to go and just about one race win separates this year’s main contenders. Lewis Hamilton kept his title challenge alive by dominating the USGP. However Mexico is this weekend, and in a race that Nico Rosberg thoroughly stamped his name on last year by virtue of taking the pole, the win and the fastest lap, the points leader goes into this weekend most definitely with the confidence that he can get the J…O…B… DONE. As we approach the end of the season and what will surely…

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From GrandPrix 247 After a performance at the United States Grand Prix which reminded everyone why Fernando Alonso is regarded, by many Formula 1 team bosses and senior engineers, as the best driver of the current era he told media that he remains committed to McLaren and Honda even if the big teams came calling. When asked by a Turun Sanomat reporter if he would consider a move to Mercedes or Red Bull if they came calling, the McLaren replied, “I do not think they will because they…

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From ESPN F1 Renault has confirmed it has signed Nico Hulkenberg on a multi-year deal starting in 2017. Speculation over Renault’s driver line-up has been rumbling on for months, but on Friday the French manufacturer confirmed Hulkenberg would be one of its two drivers for 2017. The announcement came after Force India agreed to release Hulkenberg from his current contract following the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. “I’m very happy to join Renault Sport Formula One Team in 2017,” Hulkenberg said. “Renault has always been a big…

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From GrandPrix 247 In the aftermath of his Malaysian Grand Prix engine blowout which cost him a more than likely victory at Sepang, Lewis Hamilton wants us to believe the scenario I have contrived below, or something of this sort, is transpiring at Mercedes. For the record, I am a big Lewis fan since his F3 days and believe him to be one of the best of this generation. Don’t care about what he does beyond the track, on it when he is at his best there is no…

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Here is a true fact, over the past five years (which is as long as I have been blogging about F1), I have dedicated many thousands of words to Sebastian Vettel, not all of them complimentary it must be said, to Lewis Hamilton as well and again not all of them favorable and to Fernando Alonso – and yes most of those have been flattering, maybe excessively so quite frankly. These three drivers are the class of their generation. They all came into the sport within a few…

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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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