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Qualifying reports

The sun’ll come out tomorrow – Belgian GP quali

With the rain stopping just before the session commenced, the good drainage of the spa circuit posed an immediate problem for the runners in Q1. A 70% chance of rain during the session provoked a scramble for times to be banked. … Continue reading

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We’re halfway there – Hungarian GP quali

With the  twisty, bumpy Hungaroring rewarding good aero balance and bravery under braking over pure speed, the Hungarian GP is a favourite with drivers who like racing. It’s a favourite track for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who has performed disproportionately well at … Continue reading

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Hot stuff – German GP quali

As pre-quali shots of the Mercedes garage at their home GP showed the hydraulic lines of their cars’ FRIC suspension system capped off, the question buzzing in the paddock air was ‘will the negating of this system reduce the team’s advantage?’. Both … Continue reading

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Rain starts play – British GP quali

With conditions described as ‘changeable’, there was some hope that qualifying for the British GP might throw up some different headlines for this 50th Silverstone GP weekend. Engine woes for Lewis Hamilton cast doubt on his weekend, with extra emphasis … Continue reading

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Topsy-turvy time – Austria quali

As the F1 roadshow rolls back into Europe, Mercedes-Benz bring their dominant form into Red Bull’s Austrian backyard. With the season settling into a somewhat predictable pattern, the question remains “who is the best of the rest?”. It has been … Continue reading

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The gloves are off – Canada quali

In a season when regulations were changed to create at least the impression of a more level playing field, it has soon become apparent that the field is more level for one team in particular. As Mercedes streak away at … Continue reading

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Keep it clean – Monaco quali

Can the combination of a tight street circuit with hungry, hungry barriers and the skittish and torquey 2014 spec cars deliver a surprise result? The best of the best have come unstuck round these streets and a microsecond’s inattention can … Continue reading

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