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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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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 1, Canadian Grand Prix preview

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Canadian Grand Prix Preview: Round 7

FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2015

Round 7

Date: 7th June 2015

Circuit name: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

First Grand Prix: 1978

Type: Purpose-built permeant race trace. Medium and fast corners. Hard on brakes and tyres.

Circuit Length: 4.361 km

Laps: 70

Lap Record: 1:13.622 Rubens Barrichello (2002)

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

DRS Zones: Two – Main straight and final straight.

2014

Pole Sitter: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:14.874

Winner: Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Renault

Fastest Lap: Felipe Massa, Williams Mercedes, 1:18.504 on lap 58

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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.

2014

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 Weekly Wrap Up [Week 13]

Week 13

27th April – 3rd May

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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 Preview: The Chinese Grand Prix

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THE 2015 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX

ROUND 3

Date: 12 April 2015

Name of Circuit: Shanghai International Circuit

First Grand Prix: 2004

Type: Permanent, purpose built race track. Notably long straight. Combination of sharp but quick turns with some slower corners. Medium downforce required.

Circuit Length: 5.451 km

Race Distance: 305.066 km

Laps: 56

Lap Record: 1:32.239 – Michael Schumacher (2004) / Ferrari F2004

Tyre Allocation: Soft (Yellow Wall) and Hard (White Wall)

DRS Zones: 2. One on the long back straight, the other on the pit straight. Each has their own detection point.

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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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