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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“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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