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Does F1 really need more races?

Formula One’s midseason break is now just 12 days away, and after running five races across six weekends, the mandatory factory shutdown will give the sport’s overworked staffs some hard-earned rest.

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Why speed isn’t everything in Formula One

In 2018, Formula One cars are faster than ever before. This isn’t necessarily a good thing.

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Formula One’s points thought bubble misses the point

Formula One’s new management is slowly trying to re-model the sport in its own image, but it’s not all smooth sailing.

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Hamilton goes from hero to zero with wild Silverstone accusations

Lewis Hamilton is renowned as one of the few professional drivers to wear their heart on their sleeve, but this most famous trait of his is a strength and weakness in equal measure.

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The buck stops with Brown after McLaren restructure

Something had to give, and after three and a half seasons of woeful underperformance racing director Eric Boullier was the one to take the fall.

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Why can’t championships be decided by penalties?

Sebastian Vettel said on the Thursday before the Austrian Grand Prix that mistakes rather than moments of individual brilliance would decide his championship fight with Lewis Hamilton.

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Is Charles Leclerc ready for Ferrari?

Formula One history is replete with promising rookies who failed to deliver. Charles Leclerc isn’t one of them.

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Why Ricciardo must avoid career-killer McLaren

The driver market is bubbling along nicely as Formula One hurtles towards its midseason break, and with four grands prix in the next five weekends, you can be sure some the year’s highest profile deals will be inked in the coming month.

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Hamilton on French pole, Ricciardo fifth

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo qualified fifth fastest for Formula One’s French Grand Prix, behind pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and his own teammate Max Verstappen.

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Could F1 get used to triple-header races?

Difficult though it may be to believe for a sport with its roots in France, but this weekend’s French Grand Prix will be the first held in the République for a decade.

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Why Red Bull Racing is hot for Honda

Red Bull Racing announcing that it’s leaving Renault on the eve of the French company’s first home grand prix in a decade speaks volumes about their terminal partnership, but there’s more beneath the spiteful surface than might first meet the eye.

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Paddy Lowe’s reputation is on the line at Williams

It’s difficult to believe that the future looked dazzlingly bright for Williams just four years ago, but the team’s upswing in performance in 2014 now serves only to heighten the sense of desperation as it slides into competitive obscurity.

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IndyCar isn’t the answer McLaren’s looking for

After decades of specialisation and professionalisation pushed the various forms of motorsport only further apart, the world of racing suddenly appears closer than ever before, in part thanks to Fernando Alonso.

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Lowndes looking to equal Supercars record

Craig Lowndes will be up against it as he looks to equal the Supercars’ record at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway.

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Why Pirelli can’t win

Hardly a dull race goes by in Formula One that isn’t in some way blamed on Pirelli, and the straightforward Canadian Grand Prix is no exception.

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Honda’s judgement day

The Canadian Grand Prix is worth the usual 25 points for the winning driver and team, but performances across the weekend will have a significant effect on the results of seasons to come.

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Brendon Hartley

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Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix podium. (GEPA pictures / Christian Walgram)

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Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel celebrate on the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix podium. (Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates in front of a sell-out Mexican crowd. (Photo: Mercedes AMG Petronas)

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Australian IndyCar driver Will Power

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Sebastian Vettel rounds a corner at the Austrian Grand Prix in his Ferrari.

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during 2018 preseason testing

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Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen at the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes waves to Formula One fans and media.

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The Roar of the crowd

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Who should take Craig Lowndes’ seat in 2019?

As the fallout from the shock announcement of Craig Lowndes’ full-time Supercars retirement continues and the debate roaring on about whether he was forced into moving aside – attention begins to fall upon who will take that coveted seat in the Triple Eight stable next year.

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Could F1’s new engine rules be a fizzer?

By Jawad Yaqub, 18 Jul 2018
Could F1’s new engine rules be a fizzer?

Formula One’s governing body were set to unveil regulations for the 2021 season by the end of June. Yet it is now the middle of July and said framework is nowhere to be seen.

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2018 IndyCar Series: Iowa talking points

By Andrew Kitchener, 13 Jul 2018
2018 IndyCar Series: Iowa talking points

The summertime run to the IndyCar Series championship is in full swing.

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Mercedes’ frailties exposed at Silverstone

By Bayden Westerweller, 11 Jul 2018
Mercedes’ frailties exposed at Silverstone

Mercedes’ veneer of invincibility is cracking as Ferrari continues to excel at previous Silver Arrows strongholds on the evidence of its remarks following an eventful British Grand Prix.

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Supercars Townsville 400 talking points

By Jawad Yaqub, 9 Jul 2018
Supercars Townsville 400 talking points

Far-north Queensland once again embraced the Australian touring car championship, as Supercars continues its holiday away from the winter of the south and the title race rages on.

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British Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

By Jawad Yaqub, 8 Jul 2018
British Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

Formula One returns the home of motorsport for its third consecutive weekend of racing, as sunny Silverstone hosts the heritage British Grand Prix. Join The Roar for a live blog from 11pm AEST.

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Farewell to Craig Lowndes, the people’s champion

After a glittering career that has spanned two decades, Australian touring car legend Craig Lowndes has announced that the 2018 season will be his last in the Supercars category as a full-time driver.

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Structures become shackles at McLaren

By Bayden Westerweller, 6 Jul 2018
Structures become shackles at McLaren

The inevitable scalp from McLaren’s sustained malaise in the post-Honda era has been claimed, with Eric Boullier falling on his sword days ahead of the team’s home event in the British Grand Prix.

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Austria and Assen: Motorsport at its finest

By Jawad Yaqub, 4 Jul 2018
Austria and Assen: Motorsport at its finest

Sport, as with life itself, has an array of positives and negatives. Sometimes the latter may painstakingly outweigh the greater and more celebrated moments experienced, though it is those moments of pleasure that ultimately make sport a passion.

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Midfield milestones galore at Austria bely differing off-track fortunes

As both Mercedes cars succumbed to mechanical failure in a Formula One race for the first time since 1955, three teams capitalised with dual points hauls, two of which came at milestone events – yet it’s the one which has enjoyed the most success in recent years that faces an uncertain future.

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Verstappen reigns supreme in chaotic Austrian GP

It was the race that everyone predicted Mercedes to dominate, but thanks to a series of mechanical failures the top step of the podium was all Max Verstappen’s.

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2018 IndyCar series: Road America talking points

By Andrew Kitchener, 3 Jul 2018
2018 IndyCar series: Road America talking points

Better late than never, here are my talking points from another huge weekend at the best racetrack in North America.

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Austrian Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

By Jawad Yaqub, 1 Jul 2018
Austrian Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

With a quick turnaround from the French Grand Prix, Formula One travels into the Styrian hills of Austria this weekend and to the super-fast Red Bull Ring. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race from 11pm AEST.

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The gamble that Ferrari should take for 2019

By Jawad Yaqub, 28 Jun 2018
The gamble that Ferrari should take for 2019

By his own high standards, a solitary point from tenth position for Formula One rookie Charles Leclerc was a “disappointing” outcome at the French Grand Prix for the backmarker Sauber team.

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French Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

By Jawad Yaqub, 24 Jun 2018
French Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

After a 10-year absence from Formula One, the French Grand Prix makes its return to the pinnacle of motorsport, returning to the revived Circuit Paul Ricard which takes over from Magny-Cours. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race, starting from 12:10am AEST.

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20 years an F1 fan

By Bayden Westerweller, 22 Jun 2018
20 years an F1 fan

The French Grand Prix returns to the Formula One calendar for the first time in a decade this weekend, though on a more poignant note, it coincides with the twentieth anniversary that this writer fell in love with the sport.

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Max Verstappen waves to the crowd before the 2017 United States Grand Prix.

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Scott McLaughlin

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Supercars

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Honda

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Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix podium. (GEPA pictures / Christian Walgram)

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Supercars

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Scott Dixon, New Zealand IndyCar racer

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Fernando Alonso of McLaren-Honda at a Formula One press conference.

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Jorge Lorenzo turns a corner

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