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 Kurt Verlin

2016 Belgian Grand Prix Recap: 55-Place Grid Penalty Doesn’t Stop Hamilton

2016 Belgian Grand Prix Recap: 55-Place Grid Penalty Doesn’t Stop Hamilton

And we’re back! After a month-long summer break, the drivers have returned to their cockpits to get started on the second half of the 2016 Formula One season—and boy what a return it was. The Belgian Grand Prix was held at Spa, one of the most popular circuits in the world and certainly one of […]

 Kurt Verlin

2016 German Grand Prix Recap: Radio Up, Rosberg Down

2016 German Grand Prix Recap: Radio Up, Rosberg Down

Last week, for the third time this season, I moaned about the radio ban that prevented drivers from communicating with their race engineers when they cars had a problem—such as when Jenson Button lost hydraulic pressure that made his brake pedal get stuck and he received a penalty when his engineer told him how to […]

 Kurt Verlin

2016 Hungarian Grand Prix Recap: Make F1 Great Again

2016 Hungarian Grand Prix Recap: Make F1 Great Again

The 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix was a perfect snapshot of everything wrong with the current formula of Formula 1. Never mind the fact that the restrictive technical regulations have essentially guaranteed that Mercedes would remain king of the hill after its initial dominance in 2014 and that this has robbed us of a good championship […]

 Kurt Verlin

2016 British Grand Prix Recap: Rain, Boos, and More Radio Shenanigans

2016 British Grand Prix Recap: Rain, Boos, and More Radio Shenanigans

Last week, I mentioned that Lewis Hamilton might explode if he lost the 2016 British Grand Prix to Nico Rosberg. I should add that I never really believed he would finish anywhere but at the top of the podium short of a mechanical issue preventing it from happening, as the Brit is always extremely adamant […]

 Kurt Verlin

2016 Austrian Grand Prix Recap: Championship Fight Heats Up as Hamilton and Rosberg Collide Again

2016 Austrian Grand Prix Recap: Championship Fight Heats Up as Hamilton and Rosberg Collide Again

The Austrian Grand Prix is one of my favorite races on the calendar. The circuit, which has gone through several major renovations throughout its history, is one of the most beautiful of the season, located near Spielberg in the lovely state of Styria, Austria, where the mountains and abundant flora make for an impressive and […]

 Kurt Verlin

2016 European Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Cruises to Victory as Hamilton Rages over Radio Ban

2016 European Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Cruises to Victory as Hamilton Rages over Radio Ban

Let’s get a few things out of the way: the Baku circuit is awful and so is the radio ban. We can all reasonably assume the reason Azerbaijan is now somehow home to the European Grand Prix, despite not being located in Europe, is that its government threw a pile of money at Bernie Ecclestone […]

 Kurt Verlin

2016 Canadian Grand Prix Recap: Hamilton Wins, Vettel Avoids Seagulls

2016 Canadian Grand Prix Recap: Hamilton Wins, Vettel Avoids Seagulls

Ah, Montreal. A city where anything can happen, especially at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The 2011 Canadian Grand Prix, for instance, was one of the most chaotic races in Formula 1 history. It holds the record for longest race, after a two-hour red flag period brought upon by extreme wet weather extended its length to […]

 Kurt Verlin

2016 Monaco Grand Prix Recap: Red Bull Lets Ricciardo Down

2016 Monaco Grand Prix Recap: Red Bull Lets Ricciardo Down

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Monaco races are almost always boring. Yes, it’s the most prestigious Grand Prix on the calendar, but that’s the only reason people go to Monaco at all; for the glamour, the heritage, and the celebrities who come in droves—not for the racing itself. The circuit is […]

 Kurt Verlin

2016 Spanish Grand Prix Recap: Max Verstappen Earns Maiden Win

2016 Spanish Grand Prix Recap: Max Verstappen Earns Maiden Win

Yes, it’s happened—Max Verstappen, the 18-year old who made his controversial Formula 1 debut last year and who was racing karts just three years ago, has won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, becoming the youngest Grand Prix winner in history and the first to ever do so under the Dutch flag. Let’s take […]

 Kurt Verlin

2016 Russian Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Scores Career-First Grand Slam

2016 Russian Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Scores Career-First Grand Slam

Welcome to Sochi, home of the Russian Grand Prix since 2014 and to some of the most awkward post-race conversations on the calendar—courtesy of Mr. Putin, who awkwardly stood with the drivers in the cool-down room while asking if the facilities were to their liking. Could you imagine answering with anything but a “yes”? But […]

 Kurt Verlin

2016 Chinese Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Extends His Lead

2016 Chinese Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Extends His Lead

It’s the third round of the 2016 Formula 1 Championship and the (hopefully) final round of the qualifying format debacle. I’ll quickly summarize the latter for those out of the loop: The Formula One Group (a group of companies that govern the sport) implemented a new qualifying format for the 2016 season a few weeks […]

 Kurt Verlin

2016 Bahrain Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Makes it Five

2016 Bahrain Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Makes it Five

Two weeks ago, I described how the new qualifying format had been so universally panned that the guys in charge immediately scrapped it and declared that Formula 1 would go back to the 2015 qualifying rules for the next race weekend. But a few days before the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix, it was announced they […]

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2016 Australian Grand Prix Recap: Mercedes Under Threat

2016 Australian Grand Prix Recap: Mercedes Under Threat

And we’re back! The 2016 Formula 1 World Championship is on and fortunately for us, there’s already a lot more action than in 2015: a strong Ferrari start, a classic finish, teammate battles, a frightening crash, and an incredible 6th place finish for the new Haas F1 team! But before we go over what happened […]

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2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Recap: Another Season Comes to an End

2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Recap: Another Season Comes to an End

The question on everyone’s minds heading in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix went more or less along these lines: would Nico Rosberg be able to steal a sixth consecutive pole from Hamilton and would he score three wins in a row for the first time in his F1 career? Could he show his teammate […]

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2015 Brazilian Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Wins Again as Hamilton Complains

2015 Brazilian Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Wins Again as Hamilton Complains

If you don’t watch Formula 1 and are looking for an exciting race to grab your interest in the sport, you can skip a viewing of the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix. Though the moderately high altitude and changeable climate at the famous Interlagos circuit normally leads to fun, unpredictable races, it was unfortunately not the […]

 Kurt Verlin

2015 Mexican Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Finally Gets His Win

2015 Mexican Grand Prix Recap: Rosberg Finally Gets His Win

The 2015 Mexican Grand Prix at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City was the first Grand Prix to take place in Mexico since 1992. It was one of several new venues to recently return to the Formula 1 calendar. Last year, the Austrian Grand Prix made a comeback after an 11 year hiatus and […]

 Kurt Verlin

2015 United States Grand Prix Recap: Lewis Hamilton Crowned Champion

2015 United States Grand Prix Recap: Lewis Hamilton Crowned Champion

There will be no easy way to summarize this Grand Prix. The weekend was not punctuated but rather flooded by episodes of heavy rain, marked by important safety car periods, and highlighted by excellent driving all around. The race itself was as chaotic as it was entertaining, and it was quite entertaining. First—qualifying. Or rather, […]

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2015 Russian Grand Prix Recap: Mercedes Wins Constructors Title

2015 Russian Grand Prix Recap: Mercedes Wins Constructors Title

Well, nobody was expecting anything different, really. Mercedes arrived at Sochi for the 2015 Russian Grand Prix with the opportunity to secure the Constructors Championship with four races to go. All they needed to do was score 3 or more points than Ferrari—not a big ask given their performance this year. Coincidentally, they met the […]

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