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Russell: Losing victory twice in Bahrain “really bloody hurt”

In his first appearance standing in for Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, Russell dominated the majority of the race after taking the lead from teammate Valtteri Bottas at Turn 1. Russell sat over five seconds clear of Bottas following their sole planned pitstops, only for a safety car period to be called and neutralise the race. Mercedes tried to double-stack its cars in the pits, only to mix up ...Keep reading

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Ocon hopes Sakhir GP podium proves doubters wrong

The Frenchman pulled off a well-executed one-stop strategy to grab second place at the Bahrain event behind race winner Sergio Perez. And off the back of a season where he has faced some disappointment, and been surrounded at one point by speculation that he could lose his drive, Ocon said the result was incredibly important for him. "I've no words. I cried on the line," said Ocon after the ...Keep reading

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Albon feels lack of soft tyre running in FP3 led to Q2 exit

Albon is currently fighting for his Red Bull future as the team weighs up a possible swoop for free agent Sergio Perez for 2021, with a decision due to be made at the end of the season. After scoring his second F1 podium in Bahrain last weekend, Albon’s form took a dip in qualifying on Saturday around the outer loop layout of the track as he was eliminated in Q2, finishing 12th. It marked ...Keep reading

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Suzuka Super Formula: Cassidy gets first pole since 2018

Reigning champion Cassidy, who is leaving the series at the end of the year to move to Formula E, improved on the benchmark set in Saturday's qualifying session by Naoki Yamamoto, posting a lap of 1m34.442s in the Q3 pole shootout. That put the TOM'S driver 0.182s clear of nearest rival Toshiki Oyu for Nakajima Racing. Cassidy was almost eliminated in Q1, as he was only a tenth clear of the ...Keep reading

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Ricciardo has “productive” F1 TV meeting over Grosjean crash replays

After the Bahrain GP Ricciardo called the extensive replays of Grosjean’s accident and escape “disgusting”, pointing out how hard it was for drivers to watch while preparing for the restart. F1 offered to talk to him about his concerns, and this week he met with director of marketing and communications, Ellie Norman. “I spoke with Ellie on Thursday evening,” he said. “To be ...Keep reading

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Russell still pressing the wrong buttons in Mercedes car

Russell qualified second behind Valtteri Bottas for the inaugural Sakhir race, which will take place on the 'outer loop' layout at the Bahrain International circuit, finishing just 0.026s from pole on his first outing for Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton's stand-in. The decision had already been taken for Russell to wear race boots that are one size smaller than usual to make sure he fits into the ...Keep reading

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Leclerc explains decision to abandon Q3 early

Leclerc had squeezed through to Q3 after seeing Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel drop out in Q2 at the Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday, and was not expected to mix with the front-runners. But a stunning lap saw Leclerc sit second after the first runs in Q3, outpacing both Mercedes drivers on the soft compound tyre and only trail the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. Leclerc expressed ...Keep reading

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Sasahara: Video doesn’t tell story of huge Suzuka crash

Mugen driver Sasahara was running in fourth and coming under pressure from a chasing pack of cars, including Sho Tsuboi, Kamui Kobayashi and Ryo Hirakawa when the 28-lap race resumed on lap 23 after the second of three safety car periods. After getting a poor exit out of the final chicane at the end of that lap, Sasahara found himself with both Tsuboi and Kobayashi on the left and Hirakawa on ...Keep reading

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Grosjean “wouldn’t race any car without a halo” after crash

The Frenchman is still recovering from burns and bruising that he suffered in a horrendous crash at last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. With his escape from the burning wreckage of his Haas being testament to modern safety standards in Formula 1, he says he feels a ‘duty’ to help drive forward further improvements in the future. And he confesses that having once been sceptical about the ...Keep reading

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