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Making F1 Cars Harder to Drive Just Another Artificial Trick

For someone who hasn't even made his grand prix debut yet, Max Verstappen is causing quite the stir in Formula One. The announcement in August that the 16-year-old Dutchman would replace Jean-Eric Vergne at the Toro Rosso team for the 2015 season was more significant than your average driver announcement—it was a tipping point. The notion that someone could almost instantly swap their school uniform for a set of fireproof overalls to compete in the highest form of motor racing, after all, seems completely and utterly wrong. To reach the top in any walk of life, it is generally thought that people should be subject to the most stringent procedures and tests to not only prove that they deserve a privileged opportunity, but to protect t...

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Drivers Most in Danger of Being Eliminated in Contender Round of 2014 Chase

For the first time in NASCAR history, we have a 12-way tie for first place. Yes, you read that right: 12 drivers, all in first place—or last, if you want to look at it from a "glass half full, glass half empty" viewpoint. But that 12-way tie won't last very long as we move into Round 2 of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Contender Round. Sunday's race at Kansas, next Saturday's race at Charlotte and then the always unpredictable wild card at Talladega in three weeks will cut the field eventually to only eight drivers. So, who are the top candidates to be eliminated in the upcoming Contender Round? In our mind, five of the current 12-driver field are in trouble heading into this weekend's Contender Round opener at Kansas Speedway...

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NASCAR at Kansas 2014: Latest NASCAR Team News, Drivers to Watch and More

As NASCAR prepares to take over Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400, the Chase for the Sprint Cup has heated up after four drivers were eliminated in the Challenger Round. Only 12 drivers remain in the Contender Round, and the playing field has been leveled, as all start the next three-race series with the exact same number of points. With Kansas opening the round, followed by a Saturday night race in Charlotte and an unpredictable event at Talladega, this is setting up to be the most exciting segment of the Chase thus far. Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 car are coming off a huge win at Dover and will carry serious momentum into Kansas. Add in stellar finishes from top drivers like Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth, and ...

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Max Verstappen Comparisons with Ayrton Senna Hint at Once-in-a-Generation Talent

Max Verstappen is set to make his Formula One debut for Toro Rosso during the first free practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday. He also turned 17 on Tuesday. So it's kind of a big week for the Dutch teenager who is already confirmed for a Toro Rosso race seat in 2015. As if he didn't already have enough pressure, becoming the youngest driver to take part in an official race weekend and all, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko recently mentioned him in the same breath as one of the greatest drivers in history. When asked by the official F1 website who he would compare Verstappen to, Marko said: Most likely Ayrton Senna. And in such a case you must not look at his age. He has been talking with people who are experts when it comes t...

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Japanese Grand Prix 2014 Preview: Start Time, TV Times, Weather, Schedule, Odds

Formula One remains in eastern Asia this weekend for the 30th Japanese Grand Prix. The venue will be the beautiful Suzuka circuit, close to Nagoya in the southern part of Honshu. It will be the 26th time F1 has visited this track. Lewis Hamilton won his second successive race in Singapore to take a narrow lead in the drivers' championship. Team-mate Nico Rosberg failed to score, while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo moved to within 60 points of the championship lead. The two Mercedes men will again be favourites, but with the possibility of a visit from Typhoon Phanfone on Saturday or Sunday, anything could happen. Read on for a full preview of the race weekend, including TV times, current standings, a circuit map and guide, tyre and DRS inform...

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2014 Stock Watch for Drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase: Week 30 Edition

The Chase Challenger round is history. Bring on the Chase Contender round. And while you're at it, take stock of the 12 drivers who are left in this 2014 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup as well as the four who just left it. Jeff Gordon obviously is one whose stock is on the rise at just the right time. Seeking his fifth championship—but first in 13 years—Gordon rolled to his fourth victory of the season at Dover last Sunday. And afterward, he made it clear what it was all about and how important it was to his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team. "It was about making a statement. I don't know how you make a bigger statement than what this team just did right there," Gordon said after the race, per Fox Sports. Read on ...

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Danica Patrick: Latest News and 2014 Sprint Cup Standing Ahead of Kansas

After starting the 2014 AAA 400 in 13th, Danica Patrick and the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet were forced to walk out of Dover International Speedway with a 25th-place finish. Through five career races on the mile-long concrete track, Patrick has an average finish of 25.80 and was right on that mark again Sunday. In the first Dover race of the season, the No. 10 car finished 23rd. The current game plan the team has been employing is not working. When Patrick and her team return to Delaware in 2015, they must incorporate new ideas to help get her into contention. Dover is not an easy track to learn, but Patrick should be showing more improvement than she has thus far. Here are Patrick’s full 2014 results, the updated Sprint Cup Series ...

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The Biggest NASCAR Storylines Ahead of the Sprint Cup Series at Kansas II

Four are gone and 12 remain.  Brad Keselowski leads the field of 12 remaining Chase drivers into the Contender round, perhaps the most difficult of the four rounds that make up the Chase.  The first, the Challenger round was all about survival. Now you have to either win or be contending for the win to be able to make the cut into the next two rounds. But before the teams begin practice on Friday at Kansas Speedway, here’s what you’ll be talking about all week at NASCAR’s Chase to the Sprint Cup shifts gears into the next round of the 2014 Chase.Begin Slideshow...

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Japanese Grand Prix 2014: 10 Key Facts About Suzuka Circuit

The majestic Suzuka circuit will host its 26th Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday. Located towards the southern end of the largest Japanese island, Honshu, the circuit is considered one of the finest on the modern calendar. Quick, relatively narrow in places and surrounded by unforgiving gravel traps and walls, Suzuka presents a challenge to even the most experienced of drivers. Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen are among those to have won here more than once. The race weekend starts on Friday, so to get us in the mood, here are 10 interesting nuggets of information about this beautiful piece of tarmac.Begin Slideshow...

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Mick Schumacher: What Do We Know About Talented Son of F1 Champion Schumi?

Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula One champion Michael, captured some headlines of his own last week after finishing second in the FIA KF Junior World Championship. The highest level of junior karting, the event featured experienced youngsters from around the world battling it out at the Essay circuit. In the grand final, Schumacher started eighth but quickly fought through the field to finish runner-up to Britain's Enaam Ahmed. A nice story this one. Schumacher's son Mick, 15, is crowned world karting vice-champion in France. http://t.co/4NX393Xuk7 — Phil Duncan (@PhilDuncanF1) September 23, 2014 Largely kept clear of the F1 circus as he was growing up, it's the first time in his 15 years that Mick has truly generated ...

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