Posts Tagged "Motorsport"

As the sun dawned on Melbourne’s Albert Park on the last Sunday of March only one question teased the minds of the Formula One paddock: what sort of season did 2017 have in store?

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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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Following the outcome of Saturday’s penultimate race of the Supercars championship in Newcastle, it was unfathomable that the title would not be claimed by Scott McLaughlin; who had just won his eighth race of the season, from a 15th pole position.

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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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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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After 13 rounds and 24 races, the 2017 Supercars championship is at last nearing its climax, with one last showdown of the heavyweights on the streets of Newcastle.

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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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Belgium’s Thierry Neuville will take a 20-second lead into the final day of Coffs Harbour’s Rally Australia but will proceed with caution after watching his rivals stumble.

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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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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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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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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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With the Supercars title set to go down to the wire at the season finale in Newcastle in a week’s time, the portion of the grid that isn’t in contention find themselves locked into silly season mode.

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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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After Monday’s so-called ‘Paradise Papers’ revelations it would seem life now comprises only two certainties: death and Ferrari threatening to quit Formula One.

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