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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Singapore Grand Prix

Monza and the Italian Grand Prix brought the European portion of the 2011 Formula One season to a close and brought Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) within striking distance of becoming the youngest back-to-back F1 champion ever. Singapore is the first of three consecutive races in the Far East, the only one on a street circuit, and the longest race of the year. It is also the only night race on the Formula One calendar.   Going into the weekend there were a number of possible outcom...

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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 - Monaco Grand Prix 2011

Monaco is likely the one course on the entire F1 circuit where the driver takes full primacy over the car. All the power and most of the handling in the world isn't going to help you on these tiny streets. Only the driver can keep it off the rails and do it for longer and faster than anyone else. This year's installment of the Monoco Grand Prix, however, saw some drivers getting pulled out of cars and at least one other operating their machine with little seeming regard for&nb...

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F1: C2A (Countdown to Austin) 2012 - Spain down, Monaco looms

Photo: Vodaphone McLaren Mercedes Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, Stop 5 in the 2011 F1 calendar, feels like home to many of the drivers, it being the series' primary off-season testing track. It's also really home turf to Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso), the two Spaniards in competition this year. More remarkable than any of that, however, is that it had been from pole for 10 straight years. This string included Mark Webber's (Red Bull) victory in 20...

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