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Nico Hulkenberg Has Not Yet Done Enough to Secure a Top Seat in F1 in 2015

For someone who is widely regarded as a Formula One world champion in waiting, Nico Hulkenberg has done an awful lot of waiting around.  In an era in which teenagers such as Max Verstappen are fast-tracked to the top, Hulkenberg's progress has been stopped in its tracks. The German has, in his three-and-a-half seasons of F1, made a career out of dragging relatively average cars toward the front—but no team at the front seems willing to take him on. In the last two years alone, Hulkenberg has either been overlooked or not considered for vacancies at McLaren (twice), Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus. And although seats could again be available at both McLaren and Ferrari in the coming weeks and months—depending on the f...

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Italian Grand Prix 2014: 10 Key Facts About Monza

Following a thrilling race in Belgium, Formula One makes its final European stop this season for the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. The Monza circuit, located in a royal park north of Milan, is a relatively simple design that allows for extremely high speeds. It is also located just 200 kilometres from Ferrari headquarters in Maranello and is always packed full of Tifosi—the devoted fans of the Italian manufacturer. To help you prepare for the race, we have compiled 10 facts about the circuit and its history.Begin Slideshow...

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Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg: Who Has Psychological Edge After Belgian GP?

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's collision during the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix provoked a huge reaction from fans and the media. Mercedes reacted by fining Rosberg, and the German apologised to both the team and Hamilton. But both were relatively empty gestures and won't have placated Hamilton one little bit. Their relationship now looks beyond repair. The two men will spend the rest of the season locked in battle, not only for the title but for the hearts and minds of those within their Mercedes team. Luck and physical ability will play a key part, but the mental state of a driver is perhaps more important than both. Rosberg will most likely take heart from the aftermath of the Spa incident. Whether deliberate or not, it was clearly an av...

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Danica Patrick: Latest News and 2014 Sprint Cup Standings Ahead of Richmond

Sunday night was a career one in Atlanta for Danica Patrick, but it might not mean much for the season if she can't pull out a victory at Richmond. After never reaching the top 20 at the track, Patrick started 27th and raced her way near the top of the leaderboard. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver eclipsed her career-best result with a sixth-place finish in the night race. Though the story of the night early on was Tony Stewart returning to the track and Kasey Kahne earning a crucial win, Patrick showed potential on the track. She moved her way up to the top and was the best driver on the night for her team. Unfortunately, that might all be for naught if she doesn't visit Victory Lane in Richmond. Still sitting at 28th in the standings b...

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

This week, every team that’s not in the Chase still has a chance at getting into it. Hope springs eternal in every Sprint Cup shop as crew chiefs know that anything can happen and often does during a race. The sporting world remains focused on Tony Stewart, as the former champion re-enters the day-to-day grind of Cup racing after some self-imposed exile. Questions about the No. 48 team continue to be asked, and Jimmie Johnson may not be the favorite come Chase time. And has Danica Patrick turned the proverbial corner? These and other stories are what people will be talking about as the Sprint Cup Series winds up the regular season this Saturday night Richmond, Virginia.Begin Slideshow...

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Fantasy NASCAR at Richmond 2014: Picks, Top Drivers for Federated Auto Parts 400

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Richmond, Virginia, this week for the Federated Auto Parts 400. The race Saturday night is the last race before the Chase begins. NASCAR teams will use different strategies in this race, depending on their position in the standings. Some teams will play it safe because they have a good chance to make it into the Chase on points (Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman). Other teams will take any risk possible because they need the win to advance to the playoffs (Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart, Marcos Ambrose, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray). Meanwhile, the teams already locked into the Chase will try to get a win to secure bonus points. Fantasy teams must realize the position their drivers...

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Atlanta Win, Spot in 2014 Chase Give Kasey Kahne Another Chance to Prove Himself

Regardless of whether his numbers so far this season indicate otherwise, Kasey Kahne's thrilling victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday not only put him directly in the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup but also immediately vaulted him into eighth in the Chase rankings. Not bad for two laps' work. OK, to be fair, Kahne arguably worked harder for his 17th career Sprint Cup victory than he ever had before, particularly with such a meaningful reward on the line. To use a well-worn NASCAR axiom, yes, he literally drove the wheels off his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. But he also was driving for so much more. There's his job at HMS, for one. Chase Elliott is tearing up the Nationwide Series at the age of 18, and with Elliott in the HMS ...

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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Fernando Alonso, Massa-Bottas and More

So where will Fernando Alonso be driving next year? Will he stick with Ferrari for a sixth season? Or will his patience at the Prancing Horse finally run out, leading the Spaniard to accept a return to McLaren? Wherever he ends up, it seems Alonso's future—if it were ever in doubt—is now completely in his hands. As the driver market continues to heat up, two drivers who appear to be going nowhere are Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who are set to remain as Williams teammates for the second successive season in 2015, with Rob Smedley explaining the team's desire for stability. Among the main talking points in the build-up to this weekend's Italian Grand Prix has been the changes made to the run-off area at Parabolica, one of th...

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Power Ranking the Formula 1 Teams After 2014 Belgian Grand Prix

Mercedes again dropped the ball at the 2014 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. Despite having more than enough pace to secure an easy one-two finish, they were beaten by Red Bull for the third time this year. Nico Rosberg said sorry on August 29 via his Facebook page, but sorry won't bring back the lost points. Further back, Williams will be disappointed not to have been challenging for the win. Pre-race expectation had been that they would be Mercedes' biggest challengers, but Valtteri Bottas could only manage a distant third. McLaren edged closer to Ferrari, Force India fell back a little and Lotus recorded their third double-DNF of the year. Looking at reliability, qualifying and race pace, here's how the teams currently rank. Positions are...

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Classic Tony Stewart on Display in Atlanta Before Return Ends in Disappointment

It was a familiar sight. The No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet slipping and sliding its way through traffic, its driver displaying his typical "get out of my way, I'm going to the front" attitude. It was classic Tony Stewart. At the drop of the green flag of the Oral-B USA 500, it was obvious that the three-time champion had not missed a beat, sliding his car to the outside, next to the wall, making it three-wide. His three-week absence from racing following the tragic accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. was not apparent, and it was clear that Stewart was back in his comfort zone. Stewart missed the second half of the 2013 season due to an injury suffered in a non-NASCAR racing incident. When he returned to racing at the beginning o...

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