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Brazil’s First Renegade

Nelson Piquet’s childhood doesn’t reflect the cliched stories of any other champion before, or after him. He struggled to remain true to anything he was born into or achieved.  Spening much of his teen years in Miami, Florida he flourished in tennis. With modest features, squiggly teeth and an acquired sense of humor, Nelson never epitomized athleticism. He eclipsed his own talents and lost interest in the sport before turning professional. Playing on a hard court, back and fourth clearly didn’t excite the individual, and he traded cement for tarmac and a linear sport for circles.

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F1 Weekly Wrap [Week 22]

Week 22

29 June – 5 July

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Formula 1 Grand Prix Preview: Austria


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F1 Grand Prix Preview: Austria

FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2015

Round 8

Date: 21st June 2015

Circuit Name: Red Bull Ring

First Grand Prix: 1970

Type: Permanent, purpose built race track. Undulating and scenic.

Circuit Length: 4. 326 km

Laps: 71

Lap Record: 1:08.337, Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2003 (2003)

Tyre Allocation: Soft (Yellow) and Super Soft (Red)

DRS Zones: Two (Pit straight and the back straight of sector two)

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Formula One Canadian Grand Prix Review

Canada Grand Prix Review

Coming off the back of a less than successful weekend in Monaco for Lewis Hamilton’s side of the garage, the Briton was eager to make amends for his dismal strategy in the principality. The Canadian Grand Prix is a favourite for most drivers in F1, and Lewis is definitely one of them. He took his maiden victory here, and the aggressive driving style that the track bares will be just one appendage in Lewis’s arsenal.

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Monaco F1 Grand Prix Round Up

Monaco Grand Prix Review

A dazzling day in Monaco, the harbour’s water was glistening with the reflections of rich party goers on yachts, here to enjoy a weekend of watching motorsport at its pinnacle. The grandstands were full, the pits were busy. Although the scene is totally different and unique, it is business as usual for all personal involved. All eyes were on the Mercedes duo. Was Hamilton going to be able to elbow out his friend and nemesis, Nico Rosberg?

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F1 Grand Prix PREVIEW ROYALE: Monaco, Round 6

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2015 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO

ROUND 6

  • Date: 24th May 2015
  • Circuit Name: Circuit de Monaco
  • First Grand Prix: 1950 (1929) †

† The race itself is older than Formula One

  • Circuit Type: Temporary, street race. Slowest on the calendar. Tough on tyres and tough on brakes. High downforce is required with lower tyre pressures.
  • Circuit Length: 3.337km
  • Laps: 78
  • Lap Record: None: The Swimming Pool Chicane has changed its trajectory, thus changing the layout slightly.
  • Tyre Allocation: Super-Soft (Red rims) and Soft (Yellow Rims)
  • DRS Zones: One along the main straight with one activation point.

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Pole: N. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:15.989

Winner: N. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:49:27.661

Fastest Lap: K. Räikkönen, Ferrari, 1:18.479

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F1 Grand Prix Review: Bahrain, Round 4

F1 Grand Prix Review: Bahrain, Round 4

Qualifying

As the dessert sun sunk lazily behind the dusty horizon, the F1 paddock came to life. As the first engines revved up, we were on the brink of qualifying in the Middle East. Ferrari was the big talking point this weekend where Vettel aimed to get his first pole position for the red team, which would have been the Scuderia’s first in 52 races. Slightly further down the grid, Latin Pastor Maldonado was keen to get his Lotus upfront. Strangely, out of his 80 races thus far in his Formula One career, he has only finished in the points on eight occasions.

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F1 Grand Prix Preview Bahrain, Round 4

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2015 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

ROUND 4

Date: 19 April 2015

Circuit name; Sakhir Bahrain International Circuit

First Grand Prix: 2004

Type: Permanent, purpose-built racetrack dominated by a multitude of straights and a balance between fast medium and slow corner. Medium downforce required.

Circuit length: 5.412 km

Laps: 57

Lap Record: 1:31.447 – Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren)

Tyre Allocation: Medium (White rimmed) and Soft (Yellow rimmed)

DRS Zones: Two, with two separate activation points. DRS zones ar: Main straight; The straight in sector 2.

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Grand Prix Review: Shanghai, Round 3

Qualifying

Mercedes finished in their typical one-two fashion as Rosberg was just a shade off from Hamilton at 0.04s. The usual second row was fought out by the Ferrari’s and Williams cars. Kimi Raikkonen is “frustrated” by his bad habits in qualifying after he failed to set a quick lap, thus slotting himself eighth on the grid.  As for the rest of the drivers, they filled their expected positions. McLaren once again lined up at the back of the grid with no real change in fast lap pace. Roughly one second behind them came the Manor duo.

Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg of Germany drives during the qualifying session of the Chinese F1 Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit

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Grand Prix Review: Sepang, Round 2

Qualifying

 A spectacular lights show was looming over the horizon on Saturday, slowly eclipsing the much needed light with a white wall of torrential rain, steadily approaching Sepang. A dark curtain of cloud hung over the track and kept the paddock guessing when the heavens were going to open up.

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