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It’s very difficult to know what to expect competitively at Algarve after an unusual Friday that was disrupted by Pirelli development tyre testing at the start of FP2 and then a red flag for Pierre Gasly’s fire.
The normal basic assumptions are probably accurate: Mercedes has an advantage, Red Bull’s a comfortable second-best, and it’s very close behind. But exactly how things develop over Saturday and even on Sunday are still a mystery.
Lewis Hamilton has joined Michael Schumacher on an astonishing 91 wins in Formula 1. And it inevitably started conversations about is he the greatest ever? Where does he sit among the greats of Formula 1? Is he really as good as Schumacher? When he breaks the win record, which is a win rather than an if, will Lewis then be the greatest of all time? Läs mer
Formula 1’s return to the Nurburgring promises to be a fittingly erratic affair. The modern circuit is, of course, no match for the legendary Nordschleife. But the Eifel region’s unpredictable weather and a good track layout with cambered corners always had the potential to mix things up. So the first grand prix there for seven years seems set to do the same again.
Why is Honda leaving?
Honda’s leaving Formula 1 because it feels it has a new obligation now on the automotive side to make a huge step in terms of its carbon footprint, and its development of more sustainable engine technology and energies. Läs mer
Valtteri Bottas has lost a lot of races to Lewis Hamilton this season, which has been hard for him to take given how well he’s qualified. There’s not really been much between the Mercedes drivers in qualifying and when you consider that Hamilton is statistically the best qualifier of all time with 96 pole positions, that is a really strong effort from Bottas. Läs mer