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Last week Ferrari threatened to quit Formula One

That sounds quite drastic, but it’s worth remembering Ferrari boycotted races to prove a point or made similar threats to quit in 1950, 1953, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1976, 1981, 1986, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2015.

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F1: Sebastian Vettel keeps making lap one mistakes

Sebastian Vettel has been involved in a lot of first lap accidents, especially for a 4x World Champion who usually starts races up front away from trouble. Vettel certainly isn’t to blame for every one of those incidents but even before hitting Verstappen and Hamilton in Mexico, he has shown he can create risky situations with careless manoeuvres and/or poor spatial awareness. In the words of Mark Webber “I think sometimes Seb forgets that where the back of his helmet is is not where the back of his car is.”

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F1: Lewis Hamilton beating a Schumacher record is amazing

Lewis Hamilton has now beaten Michael Schumacher’s record for most F1 pole positions which is mega achievement, especially when you consider how strongly Schumacher dominates the F1 record books.

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F1: Renault has a good sense of humour

In 1977 Renault built the RS01 – the very first F1 car to feature a turbo engine. Others would soon copy the design but that revolutionary car was nicknamed the “yellow teapot” by rivals because it was often parked trackside pouring out smoke. Amusingly, Renault are marking the 40th anniversary of the RS01 with a limited edition range of actual yellow teapots.

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Valtteri Bottas was lucky to avoid a jump-start penalty in the Austrian Grand Prix

As this GIF shows, Bottas actually got going before the lights went out, but cars are allowed to move the tiniest amount before the start because they’ll often shake or jolt a little when the drivers select first gear. By pure luck, Valtteri’s early movement was within the tolerance allowed, which the stewards described as “fortuitous”.

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It’s always a good time to watch Nick Heidfeld at Goodwood in 1999

The Goodwood Festival of Speed was on earlier this month, so it’s a good excuse to look back at Nick Heidfeld’s appearance in 1999. Rather than mess around with burnouts for the crowd, Heidfeld gunned a modern McLaren F1 car up the Goodwood hill as quickly as possible and his record time still stands to this day. The video is worth it for the sound alone.

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F1: Sebastian Vettel might’ve been lucky to avoid a harsher penalty

In 2015 Dan Ticktum received a 12 month ban for crashing into a rival behind the safety car during a Formula 4 race. Sebastian Vettel might consider himself lucky to get just a 10s stop/go penalty for a similar offence. Drivers crash into each other all the time in motorsport but they rarely do so deliberately when they’re not actually racing. There is a very big difference between a heat-of-the-moment mistake and a conscious decision to drive into someone else when the race has been neutralised. Using your car like that can be considered a blatant professional foul.

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