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Barring a handful of catastrophic races for Ferrari, the 2017 Formula One season could have delivered the nail-biting season finale between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel the opening half of the year so eagerly promised.

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By design the 2017 season and its new regulations was supposed to end Mercedes’s three-year reign atop the sport, but by the year’s end both Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrows had claimed their fourth titles, respectively.

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Alfa Romeo has returned to Formula One, though it remains to be seen whether its collaboration with Sauber will bear any fruit other than a convenient marketing opportunity for both parties.

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With all the significant changes that occurred during the off-season, there were great expectations for another thrilling chapter in formula one’s history leading into 2017.

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When asked about his tyre choice during a particularly wet and muddy rally stage, four-time WRC champion Juha Kankkunen, with a dismissively wry smile, infamously replied, “Black, round Pirelli”.

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Formula One gears up for one final dance in 2017, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix set to see the curtain fall on yet another season. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race, starting from 12am AEDT.

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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix might not be Formula One’s best-loved race, but the sport’s twilight fight in the dessert is inevitably a meaningful one by virtue of its place at the end of the calendar.

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Anytime that Formula One enters the season finale as a dead rubber, it’s difficult to label the year gone a classic. Yet the underwhelming swansong betrays the reality that 2017 has been a timely return to form.

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Evolution is a fundamental aspect of human development. Without it, humanity would never have come to stand where it does in this age driven by hyper-progression in technology.

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For all the politics engulfing Formula One, one of its more curious sideshows bubbled quietly to the surface late last week.

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Brendon Hartley’s ascension to a full-time Formula One berth in 2018 was a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one. Resurfacing on the grid following years in the wilderness offers hope to others who believed their opportunity had passed them.

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Fernando Alonso has already experienced a stateside dalliance, and he’s displayed every indication that he wants to pursue further opportunities outside of Formula One.

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Formula One’s driver and constructor championships may have already been wrapped up in 2017, though the season finale in Abu Dhabi next week will be no dead rubber for the teams in the mid-field.

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Monza is famous for its tifosi, Marina Bay is renowned as F1’s cosmopolitan night race and Silverstone is notorious for its traffic. But the Brazilian Grand Prix? It’s become known for its violent muggings.

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Their relationship may be limited to the next race, but Toro Rosso and Renault are winding down their collaboration in decidedly hostile fashion, triggering sabotage claims from both parties.

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It’s the penultimate round of the 2017 Formula One world championship and while both titles have been decided, there is plenty at stake at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race from 3am AEDT.

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Lewis Hamilton, with four world championship stars now painted on his race helmet, smashed the Interlagos track record as Mercedes dominated the opening Brazilian Grand Prix practice.

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“It might be tempting to think that with both championships now secure the pressure is off,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix. “But that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

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An increasingly prevalent theme this season has been the tribulations of Romain Grosjean, the Frenchman not short of an infuriated outburst on any given weekend.

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The final pieces of Formula One’s silly season for the 2018 season are slowly falling into place, with the announcement that Felipe Massa would be (again) hanging up the helmet at year’s end.

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