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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- Canadian Grand Prix

Rain. Lots and lots of rain. That, some on course hijinks, a new winner for 2011, and some very determined driving are what the Canadian Grand Prix brought. Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is long and narrow, running the length of a Montreal river island and back up it, with twists and turns thrown in of course. it's a challenging circuit with minimal room for run-off in the best of conditions and with the rain coming down in buckets race stewards opted for a safety-car start and field lined up i...

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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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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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