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Batchelor’s Shot at Brilliance

When Geely’s boutique manufacturer Lynk & Co. joined the fledgling WTCR series in 2018, they boasted of being the first Chinese manufacturer to take it to the global motorsport stage. However, thirteen years prior, another Chinese manufacturer could have made history play out differently. Brilliance Auto

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Grands Prix that Never Happened: Australia and Oceania

Any self-respecting Formula One history geek knows the majority of the World Championship venues like the back of their hand. Some of the 70-odd circuits on that list have become a distant memory of the different eras of F1 – but most of them managed

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Valencia 2021 – Terminal Damage for Formula E?

On April 24 2021, the DHL Valencia E-Prix was held at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo. It was the fifth round of the 2020-21 FIA Formula E World Championship and in many aspects, it was a historical event: it was the first

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2001 British Formula Three – A Reject Odyssey

Every driver profiled on this lovely website has, of course, an origin story. A tale of where they came from, a tale of their path to Formula One. Said path, obviously, involved going through the feeder series, either in the mainstream path (Formula Two, Formula

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Steward Ops: Michael Masi’s Inconsistent Line

The 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix provided a thrilling start to the 72nd Formula One season, with an epic, race-long battle for top honours between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. However, there was a controversial incident which decided the race in Hamilton’s favour.  The incident and how track limits affect

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Jordan’s Missed Opportunity?

On October 16, 2019, the official Formula One YouTube account released an episode of the Beyond the Grid“ podcast featuring former Reject of the Year podium finisher Ralf Schumacher. The German driver talked, amongst other subjects, about his career in the premier motorsport series. Of

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Not Bad For a P2 Driver

Streaks are undoubtedly one of the most interesting narrative elements in pro sports. Australia winning 26 consecutive Cricket World Cup matches, Julio César Chávez winning 87 boxing bouts in a row or Stephen Curry’s 157 NBA regular season games with a three-pointer made are just

2014: The Sorry Saga of Sauber

Peter Sauber’s eponymous racing team became synonymous with midfield competency during their years in Formula One, notwithstanding a brief BMW-assisted detour to the front of the grid in the late 2000s. After Bavaria withdrew its factory support in 2009 as a result of the global

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1985: From Alfa to Omega

In Formula One’s formative seasons, the Alfa Romeo name provoked fear into their competitors. By 1985 the Italian team were little more than a laughing stock in the F1 paddock. What went wrong?  The first powerhouse of Formula One, the works Alfa squad swept the first two seasons of the championship with

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Pedro Diniz: Formula One’s best pay driver?

The 1990s are often considered to be the heyday of the “pay driver” in Formula One, with such luminaries as Giovanni Lavaggi, Taki Inoue and Jean-Denis Deletraz thrilling audiences worldwide in their quest to drive F1 cars as slowly as possible. Pedro Paulo Diniz was