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Felipe Massa Proves Critics Wrong with Great End to the 2014 Season in Abu Dhabi

Felipe Massa once again stood on the podium as Lewis Hamilton celebrated becoming world champion. The first time it happened, way back in 2008, he was heartbroken. On that day in Interlagos he stood atop the rostrum, hand over his heart, holding back tears of disappointment. For 30 seconds he had been champion, only to have the crown snatched from his grasp by Hamilton's final-corner pass on Timo Glock. Massa had driven the best season of his life and missed out by a single point; second place was no consolation. But as he received his trophy at Abu Dhabi on Sunday, the smile was genuine. Though it had been for a single race win, not the title, he had again pushed Hamilton close. Twelve months ago, even he wouldn't have seen that coming. M...

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Why Danica Patrick Will Win a Sprint Cup Race in 2015

How about this for a headline: "Danica Patrick Wins the Daytona 500." Yes, I believe it could happen. But before I get started with an explanation for such a bold statement, I have an admission to make. I used to be a Danica-hater. That’s not really news to those of you who have followed my work over the past two decades—from television to the Internet. When I was one of the motorsports writers at Yahoo Sports (along with our Jerry Bonkowski), I covered Patrick when she was an Indy Car driver.  I was pretty tough on her. I didn’t think she deserved all the media coverage she was getting, and I didn’t appreciate the way in which she interacted with the media. During an interview you felt like you were being gran...

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Stock Watch: Buying or Selling NASCAR’s Top Stars in 2015

With apologies to William Shakespeare, when it comes to the fortunes of NASCAR drivers, instead of “To Be or Not to Be,” it’s more “To Buy or Sell, That is the Question.” During the 2014 season we saw a number of aberrations from drivers, some good, some bad. Some drivers had breakthrough seasons, others had season’s they’d rather forget. As we begin to look ahead to 2015, we have to look back at 2014 and whether we think their performance is likely to happen again, or if 2014 was an anomaly. As always, we’d love to hear your comments, as well.Begin Slideshow...

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Lewis Hamilton Can Build Upon 2014 Championship Win to Dominate Formula 1

The King is dead, long live the King. After a four-year period which had seen Sebastian Vettel conquer all before him, the throne, the No. 1 car and all the glory that comes with it has been inherited by Lewis Hamilton, who secured his second world championship with victory in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In the days prior to the race at the Yas Marina circuit, the British driver had walked around the paddock with a target on his back. He was a wanted man, with the pre-race focus primarily on how Hamilton—the leader of the drivers' standings by 17 points, lest we forget—could prevent Nico Rosberg, his Mercedes team-mate and title rival, from taking the crown, rather than on how the British driver himself could clinch it. Requ...

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Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

Lewis Hamilton was first to cross the finish line Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, clinching the 2014 Formula One World Championship in the process. This is Hamilton's second F1 title—he won it back in 2008, when he was the youngest-ever champion. The Mercedes man ends the year ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers' standings. The German suffered mechanical failures during the season finale, eventually finishing all the way back in 14th place.  The result was confirmed by Sky Sports F1: Prince Harry congratulated Hamilton following the victory, via Bleacher Report UK: Hamilton was imperious once again under immense pressure, as he flew past his teammate on the start. From that point on, the Brit was wholly unflustere...

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2014: Live Lap-by-Lap Updates, Highlights, Report and More

Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 Formula One drivers' championship in style, taking his 11th victory of the season at Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton qualified second, but got a great start and led his teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg into the first corner. Although Rosberg kept the race close through the first round of pit stops, his energy recovery system started to malfunction about halfway through the race. From that point, as Rosberg dropped back through the field, it seemed Hamilton would be able to cruise to victory. A late stop by Williams' Felipe Massa for super-soft tyres (Hamilton was on softs) allowed the Brazilian to challenge Hamilton late into the race, though. In the end, Hamilton held off Massa and Rosberg wa...

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Lewis Hamilton Caught Between Defence & Attack in 2014 Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying

It was shortly after his victory in September's Singapore Grand Prix that Lewis Hamilton announced his game plan for the remainder of the 2014 Formula One season. The Briton's pole-to-flag win at the Marina Bay street circuit, coupled with the retirement of Nico Rosberg, his Mercedes team-mate and title rival, had allowed Hamilton to transform a 22-point deficit into a three-point advantage in the standings with just five races remaining.  Despite returning to the top of the championship for the first time since May's Spanish Grand Prix, Hamilton was reluctant to alter his approach, telling Sky Sports' Pete Gill: I still feel like I am hunting, I still feel like I am chasing—and that’s a good feeling. This is game time. Th...

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Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2014: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

The 2014 Formula One season comes down to the wire at this weekend's unique double-points Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg both still in with a chance of winning the title. The two team-mates will go head-to-head as they have done all year at the Yas Marina circuit as the Brit starts the weekend with a 17-point advantage over Rosberg. Hamilton can come second to his German team-mate in Abu Dhabi and still take the world championship, but the awarding of double points—50 for the race win—for the season closer makes things harder for the former McLaren man than he may have wanted. Read on for a full preview of Sunday's title decider as well as the start time, drivers' lineup and telev...

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2014: B/R Experts Predict Pole, Race Winner and More

So, after 18 races in 2014, the final stop on the calendar takes us to the United Arab Emirates and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Yas Marina. The race for the title between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is still very much alive, and the same could be said of our F1 team's efforts to predict the race weekends. We briefly considered having double points for the final weekend to mirror the rule on the track—but then we decided against it, safe in the knowledge that the stipulation is ridiculous. Here are our best guesses as to how the final Grand Prix of the season will pan out:   Mark Patterson: It would be a strangely fitting, damning legacy of the double points rule if in its sole season it interfered to give Nico Rosberg a...

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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR’s Joe Gibbs and Brian France Review Chase Elimination

Three Super Bowl rings and three NASCAR Sprint Cup rings are all within the championship world of Joe Gibbs. Coach Gibbs has delivered plenty in the NFL, and in NASCAR, he and his motorsports team have performed significantly as well. When NASCAR announced an elimination format in January for its Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, team owner Gibbs was among many others pondering the change. It was obvious that NASCAR wanted to focus on winning, but the implementation of the adjustments had unknown consequences. Coach Gibbs recently shared his surprise about the unexpected intensity.  "I think for all of us when we heard that it was so radically different—it was so different that I don’t think we knew what to expect," Gibbs s...

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