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Verstappen: ‘You don’t have to win every battle to become the champion’

This year the chances for a world title in the name of Max Verstappen finally seem to exist. In an interview, the Dutchman explains how missing out on a junior title will not stand in his way of winning the Formula 1 world title.
“You don’t have to win every fight or every race. But that’s the nature of it. Just because I haven’t won a title doesn’t mean I don’t understand“, Verstappen said in an interview with Autosport Magazine.

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Hamilton: ‘When i was young I felt I could do anything.

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Surer knows: ‘Mercedes used Bottas to hinder Verstappen again’

Despite the fact that Mercedes’ planned strategy was thrown into disarray by Bottas’ failed pit stop, Toto Wolff had again bet on the Finn as a remedy to Max Verstappen‘s pressure in Bahrein, according to Marc Surer.
“[Wolff] doesn’t want to tell the truth”, Surer begins in conversation with Motorsport-Total.com: ‘But [Mercedes] needed Bottas to put Verstappen under pressure.

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Schumacher: No reason Haas can’t fight for Q2 this year

Schumacher and Haas team-mate Nikita Mazepin propped up the timesheets during qualifying for the Bahrain season-opener two weeks ago, finishing 19th and 20th respectively.
Haas opted against significant development for the VF-21 car, treating 2021 as a transition year in order to place focus on the new regulations coming in 2022.
Schumacher finished eight-tenths of a second adrift of a place in Q2 in Bahrain, and was almost four-tenths of a second slower than 18th-placed Sebastian Vettel.

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How F1’s new rookie class fared in their first challenge of 2021 | 2021 F1 Season

The three rookies on the grid for the 2021 F1 season have little in common, and expectations of their potential differed widely before their debuts. The opening race of the season demonstrated why.
As every Formula 1 fan knows, raw ability is only one ingredient a rookie requires to be successful. Driver, car and team must work together, as not all the key decisions are made in the cockpit, even over the course of a race.
There’s a big difference between being at the front of the midfield or the back of the pack.

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Stroll seeking buyer for historic Mont-Tremblant circuit

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Phillip van Osten 11/04/2021 at 10:2911/04/2021 at 12:35

Aston Martin executive chairman and team owner Lawrence Stroll has put his Mont-Tremblant circuit in Canada on the market.
The 4.26km scenic track which was inaugurated in 1964 is located in the province of Quebec. It twice hosted the Canadian Grand Prix, with McLaren’s Denny Hulme winning the event in 1968 and Ferrari’s Jacky Ickx triumphing in 1970.
The complex was acquired by Stroll in 2000 and redesigned by track architect Alan Wilson who modernized the venue and brought its safety features up to FIA standards.

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Russell identifies possible problem with Mercedes: ‘That makes Red Bull look quicker’

The Mercedes team has clearly struggled over the winter to find solutions to the rule changes of the 2021 season. The German team fell short of Red Bull Racing in the first Grand Prix on pure speed. In qualifying the difference was very clear, while in the race they managed to beat the Milton Keynes-based team on strategy. George Russell thinks he can spot what’s troubling the Mercedes car.
The Williams driver drove the Sakhir Grand Prix last season in the reigning world champion’s car after Lewis Hamilton tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Red Bull: Talk of ‘mysterious’ suspension on RB16B is ‘nonsense’

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Michael Delaney 11/04/2021 at 09:5111/04/2021 at 09:55

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko says rumors that Red Bull will be heading to Imola next week with a “mysterious” rear suspension mounted on its RB16B car are “total nonsense”.
Earlier this week, a news report in Italy suggested that Red Bull was looking to integrate a device into its rear suspension system capable of simulating a form of rear-wheel steering, with the concept set to be trialed at Imola.

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Leclerc explains what he learned from Vettel as F1 team-mates

Although Leclerc and Vettel had some famous clashes on the track, the pair did actually work well together during their two seasons as team-mates at Ferrari.
Reflecting on their partnership and what he would miss about Vettel, Leclerc has said that it was the German’s intelligent approach to the job that stood out for him.
Speaking exclusively to Autosport’s sister site Motorsport.com’s Italian edition, Leclerc was full of praise for Vettel’s attitude.

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Albon: DTM drive about ‘keeping fit’, not a path back to F1

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Michael Delaney 11/04/2021 at 08:3411/04/2021 at 09:09

Alex Albon says his reserve and simulator duties with Red Bull will play a “bigger role” in eventually getting him back on the grid in F1 as racing in the DTM is first and foremost about keeping him “racing fit”.
Albon lost his seat alongside Max Verstappen at Red Bull at the end of last season after failing to perform consistently on a par with the Dutchman in 2020.

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Six penalty points for one crash puts Turvey halfway towards ban | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Formula E driver Oliver Turvey was given six penalty points for a single incident during practice yesterday.

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Turvey halfway to ban after Rome shunt
The stewards came down hard on Turvey over the pile-up he triggered at the end of the first practice session for the Rome EPrix. The NIO driver crashed into Jean-Eric Vergne and Jake Dennis at the end of first practice, causing significant damage to all three cars.
Vergne, Dennis and others had been stopped in a queue of cars, preparing to perform practice starts.

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