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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Korean Grand Prix

And that's a championship again! RBR-Renault secured its second consecutive Formula 1 manufacturers' championship at the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam, though not without at least a small fight. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) became the first non-Red Bull pole-sitter of the 2011 season in Korea. By Turn 4,  however, Sebatian Vettel had claimed P1 and his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber passed Jenson Button in the other McLaren to move into 3rd place. Vitaly...

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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 - 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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Red Bull Racing at Circuit of the Americas: US Grand Prix 2012

Photo: Mark McArdle Former F1 driver David Coulthard took a Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car to the future site of Circuit of the Americas and did some dirt tracking with it. Then for good measure he made a turn or two on the streets outside Austin, Tex. That plus some words from CotA Chairman Tavo Hellmund make this a fun video for anyone excited about the return of Formula One to the US.

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Belgian Grand Prix

Back when the Formula One circuit stopped in Monaco I described it as one of my three favorite courses the drivers faced each year. Why? Because it is the closest F1 gets to taking the machine out of the equation and testing the man on his own. And Spa-Francorchamps, site of the Belgian Grand Prix? It is, without qualification, my favorite course. At 4 1/3 miles Spa is the longest circuit of the F1 season. Its back-to-back straightaways allow the drivers to appr...

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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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