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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

The Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi was a good reminder as the 2011 season winds down of exactly how fine the line between champion and also-ran can be in Formula 1. Practice sessions saw the continued ascent of McLaren whose cars consistently ran better than Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton in particular had always been very fast at Abu Dhabi and this continued to be the case, with the assembled well-heeled masses given good reason to believe that Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's stranglehold on ...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Indian Grand Prix

The inaugural Grand Prix of India took place on the brand new Buddh circuit, which ended up being the second-fastset course of 2011, after Monza. The newly finished track, however, added extra menace to the high speeds. Large amounts of dust on the dirving circuit caused several offs during practice and qualifying and at least a handful during the race itself. But new, dusty course or no, one thing remained the same, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) won the pole, his 13th, leaving ...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Japanese Grand Prix

Photo: Getty Images for Red Bull Racing And that's a championship! Barring a racing scandal of the highest order, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) will be crowned Formula One World Drivers' Champion following the 2011 season finale in Brazil, becoming the youngest two-time champion ever. Going into race weekend in Japan the only combination of events that could have kept Vettel from wrapping up the title were a Jenson Button (McLaren) win and Vettel finishing entirely out of the ponts. The first ...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Italian Grand Prix

Monza, site of the Italian Grand Prix since 1950, and the third of my three favorite Formula 1 courses. Built in 1922 in the Royal Villa of Monza park, the sun-dappled views created by the surrounding forest provide an arboreal setting which stands in marked contrast to the high technology of modern day F1 racing. With only 8 corners and the cars running at minimum downforce as a result, Monza is also the fastest course of the year, cars topping out at more ethan 200 mph and average lap&nbs...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Hungarian Grand Prix

Photo: Derszi Elekes Andor Entering the Hungarian Grand Prix reigning champion and current championship leader Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) hadn't won for two races in row for the first time all year. In the immediately prior event, his home German Grand Prix, he didn't even make the podium. Vettel came into Hungary clearly intent on putting all of that into his reviews, taking pole over the previous two race winners -- Fernando Alonso (Ferrari, P5) and Le...

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F1: Countdown to Austin - US GP November 2012....maybe

A revised 2012 Formula One schedule was said to be circulating in the paddock at Budapest this morning which would both increase the number of back to back weekends to six from the current two and move the innaugural US Grand Prix to November from June 17. Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Tex., site of the US Grand Prix, said that they have not received word of any planned changes and are proceeding toward completion for a June race. For its part, the Federation...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - German Grand Prix

Ahhhh Germany. Home to perhaps the world's most under-appreciated cuisine and great beers. The 4th greatest heavy metal region on the planet (behind the US, UK, and Scandanavia). And most importantly, for these purposes, land of perhaps the greatest collective group of F1 drivers over the past 20 years. Start with Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull). Add in other current stalwarts Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Nick Heidfeld (Renault), and. Adrian Sutil (Force I...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - British Grand Prix

Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images Silverstone. Home of the first Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1950, won by Ferrari. Near-on the home to McLaren, currently second in the standings behind Red Bull and featuring two British drivers: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. But of late, not a kind course to either the manufacturer or its pilots. This trend continued into qualifying for the 2011 British Grand Prix, Button slotted in at 5th on the grid, Hamilton 10th (his worst position in 25 races...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - European Grand Prix

Beauty is the order of the day. Yes, Valencia is splendid, all high blue skies and perfectly sanded beaches. Despite the presence of some megayachts, it somehow lacks the 'swimming pools and movie stars' ambience of Monaco. You can imagine grabbing a beach chair and putting your toes in the sand on one of the practices days, the whine of 18,000 rpm engines only slightly twisting the scene.  But once you're in the stands on race day, that's when the true beauty takes over, the sort of bea...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012

Photo: Red Bull Racing Formula One racing, the highest form of motorsport, is returning to the US in 2012 at a purpose-built circuit currently under construction outside of Austin, Tex. I'm a fan of motorsports in general, but am particularly drawn to F1 (with the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series coming in a respectable second). As a kid my favorites were Nicki Lauda and Jody Scheckter. My current faves include Jenson Button and reigning champ Sebastian Vettel. That's right folks. Th...

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