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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Max Verstappen, Daniil Kvyat and More

After the spectacular comes the steady. Max Verstappen was all-action upon his arrival in Formula One last year, but the Toro Rosso driver has shown a slightly different side to his game across the opening three races of 2016. The teenager is one of just six drivers to score points in every grand prix thus far, and Verstappen hopes consistent points will lead to the prize of a more competitive seat next season, revealing his determination to challenge for podium finishes in 2017. Should Verstappen earn a promotion to Red Bull at the end of this season, as expected, Daniil Kvyat is likely to find himself searching for alternative employment. But as he prepares for his home grand prix, the Russian believes his performances alongside...

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Power Ranking the Drivers After 2nd Month of NASCAR Season

Nine down...a long way still to go. Nonetheless, with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season now officially one-quarter completed, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge of which drivers and their teams are most likely to battle for the championship come November. The last four races have been won by Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, with Kyle Busch winning back-to-back at Martinsville and Texas, while Carl Edwards took the last two on the short tracks of Bristol and Richmond. Throw in Denny Hamlin's victory in the season-opening Daytona 500, and JGR Toyotas have captured five of the first nine races. About the only bump in the road so far for JGR came when Edwards applied the bump-and-run technique to nudge Busch out of the way and take the win at ...

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Russian Grand Prix 2016 Preview: Start Time, TV Info, Weather, Schedule, Odds

After opening the season in Australia, Bahrain and China, Formula One returns to Europe for the third running of the Russian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton won the first two races at the Sochi Autodrom, but his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, has opened the 2016 season with three straight victories (added to the three races he won to finish 2015). Meanwhile, Ferrari and Red Bull are lurking, should the Silver Arrows slip up. F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone made headlines again for saying he thinks Russian president Vladimir Putin should be in charge of Europe, per the Guardian's Anushka Asthana and Rowena Mason. That is no surprise, though, as Ecclestone has long supported Putin, despite Russia's invasion of Ukraine and human rights abuses, amo...

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NASCAR at Talladega 2016: Preview, Prediction for the GEICO 500

April showers bring May (horse)powers. Talladega Superspeedway puts the super speed in superspeedway. Velocity vectors will hit 200-plus mph as the restrictor plates bolt on for the GEICO 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be the favorite to win this race riding his beloved No. 88 Amelia. We said the same thing heading into Daytona Beach, but Amelia failed to touch down in Victory Lane. Now with a new makeover, he and she attempt to regain control of this plate track. Rick Hendrick, owner of the No. 88 car (and three others), needs to see one hit VL because he can’t—one presumes—take Joe Gibbs Racing any longer. Hendrick can’t even. Or maybe, better yet, he’s thinking: You can have the sprint. I’ll take the fal...

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Russian Grand Prix 2016: 5 Bold Predictions for Sochi Race

The fourth round of the 2016 Formula One season will take place at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom, where Ferrari are hoping to get their stuttering campaign back on track. Still without a win after the opening three races, the Italian team are reportedly set to intensify their hunt of two-time world champions Mercedes, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen likely to be armed with an upgraded engine. The decision to introduce an update to their power unit at this early stage of the season carries a high element of risk, but could the potential rewards outweigh the possible pitfalls? We've referred to our crystal ball to come up with five bold predictions for F1's third visit to Russia, including the contrasting ta...

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Carl Edwards’ Richmond Win Won’t Curb Fallout from Tony Stewart’s Comments

When Carl Edwards wins a Sprint Cup race, a feat achieved in consecutive weeks now, it seems like a triumph of truth, justice and the American way. As Edwards performs his familiar backflip—one cannot help but wonder if one day, he will be too old for such nonsense and disaster will ensue—one half expects flowers to bloom amid the garden of empty seats that greet almost every NASCAR winner these days. If NASCAR were baseball and Darrell Waltrip were Vin Scully—and, boogity, boogity, are they not—then Edwards would be a two-out pick-me-up in the bottom of the ninth. NASCAR needed that clutch hit from Edwards, who bumped teammate Kyle Busch's Toyota out of the way on the final lap at Richmond International Racewa...

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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours, Talk: Ferrari’s Engine, Nico Rosberg Contract, More

Only three races of the 2016 Formula One season have been completed, but it seems Ferrari are already beginning to panic. After witnessing Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen run into each other at the beginning of the recent Chinese Grand Prix, Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne told Sky Sports' James Galloway how the "clock is on" for the team to return to winning ways. Despite challenging Mercedes in Australia, Bahrain and China, Ferrari are without a victory since September 2015, and Vettel is already some distance from the summit of the drivers' standings. And in response to their slow start, the Prancing Horse are reportedly set to fast-track an engine upgrade to this weekend's Russian GP in a move that could make or break their campa...

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NASCAR at Richmond 2016: Winners and Losers from the Toyota Owners 400

Pop quiz, hot shot*: What happens when one driver in a de facto match race drives not to lose while the other driver pilots to win? You get what happened in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Kyle Busch raced not to lose, while his teammate, Carl Edwards, raced with purpose—bumped Busch—and became the first driver at RIR to make a pass on the final lap to win the race in one of the more unexpected finishes you’ll ever see**. Edwards, who won at Bristol last week, made it back-to-backflip at RIR. “Both those drivers drove a brilliant race,” said Jeff Gordon, Fox’s NASCAR analyst. “That last run was amazing. I didn’t think anybody was going to touch Kyle Busch. He was just ...

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NASCAR at Richmond 2016 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

A week ago, Kyle Busch told reporters he was "sick and tired" after a Bristol wipeout cost him a chance at a third straight victory. Seven days later, Busch has only teammate Carl Edwards to blame for keeping him out of Victory Lane. Edwards bumped his teammate out of the way in Corner 4 of the final lap Sunday, pushing himself to his second win of 2016 at the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Edwards is the third two-time winner of the season, joining Busch and Jimmie Johnson. He also ascends to the point lead, as he not only has a lead in ties but has also been NASCAR's most consistent performer. While Edwards had an impressive move to win the race, Alex Ptachick of USA Today wasn't impressed with his patented...

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Clint Bowyer Blasts Team for Issues with Race Car During Practice Session

Clint Bowyer wasn't afraid to chastise his team, HScott Motorsports, for what he felt were poor preparations heading into qualifying for Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 at the Richmond International Raceway.   After finishing 40th and 37th in two practice sessions, Bowyer qualified for 39th in the 40-car race. He topped out at 117.842 mph during the first practice and then 116.324 mph Saturday. "I've never been with such a [expletive] unprepared [expletive] team in my life," he said over his team radio, per Motorsport.com's Lee Spencer. "It's a [expletive] joke. No power steering. [Expletive] put this in the truck and go home." It's not the first time Bowyer has voiced his concern with his team. Earlier in the month, he spoke to Spencer abo...

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