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Valtteri Bottas' 2014 Season Improvement is Underrated

Williams Martini Racing driver Valtteri Bottas finished the 2013 Formula One season in 17th place in the driver's championship, just one spot above his teammate Pastor Maldonado. Certainly not a terrible outing for a rookie in the series. But 2014 was a different story for the Finn, paired with ex-Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, Bottas finished in the top five of the points standings and came close to clinching a race win for Williams on several occasions. 

In the first five races of the 2014 season, Bottas had consecutive top ten finishes with the highest being fifth place in both Australia and Spain.  His 13 year-F1 veteran teammate had finishes of 20, 7, 7, 15, and 13 in those same five races, with Australia being a DNF due to a first lap crash.  Bottas has his lone DNF of the year in the next race, Monte Carlo, due to an engine failure on lap 56.  

Valtteri Bottas is "Expecting a lot" From Next Year

Lewis Hamilton Wins the 2014 Formula One Driver's Championship

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Live Blog, Stats, Analysis

Vettel and Ricciardo Dropped From Qualifying Results

Perez Signs Contract with Force India for 2015 Season

Sebastian Saavedra: Driver Breakdown

Fong, Nissany, and Ocon Take Part in Valencia Test

Hulkenberg to Stay with Force India for 2015

Pirelli Alter Tire Nomination for Brazil

F1 Driver's Championship Tightens With Three Races Left

There are just three races left in the 2014 Formula 1 season, which leaves a maximum of 100 points left for any one driver to claim.  

Russian Grand Prix: Live Tweets, Stats, Discussion

Stay tuned for live tweets, stats, analysis, and discussion on the 2014 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, Russia. 

Russian Grand Prix: Race Notes

The brand new Formula One track in Sochi, Russia, is set to host it's first Grand Prix this Sunday with Lewis Hamilton leading the field when the lights go out.

Ed Carpenter: Driver Breakdown

Oval expert Ed Carpenter was part team owner and part driver during the 2014 IndyCar season, managing a respectable 22nd place in the championship while only running six races.

Mike Conway: Driver Breakdown

Mike Conway finished the 2014 IndyCar season in 23rd place in the championship, just behind teammate Ed Carpenter.  Let's break down his 2014 season.  

Japanese Grand Prix: Live Blog, Stats, Analysis

Keep it here for the live blog throughout the 2014 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Japan.  Stay tuned for live stats, analysis and more. 

Japanese Grand Prix: Race Notes

Nico Rosberg will be looking to regain the championship lead at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.

Weekly Report: Pagenaud to Penske, Mercedes Clinching Team Title and More

Each week, we take a look at our most popular articles and stories from around the web and put them into one post. Some of them will be data based and some will be just interesting or important news stories in the racing world.  This is the Weekly Report.  

Mercedes Shine Some Light on Rosberg's Technical DNF in Singapore

The Mercedes F1 team have disclosed more information about the mechanical issue that forced Nico Rosberg to retire from the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

Pagenaud Signs on to Team Penske for 2015 Season

Simon Pagenaud will drive the #22 Penske car in 2015, Roger Penske announced Monday afternoon.

Stats, Facts, and Records of the 2014 IndyCar Season

Romain Grosjean Will Be Looking For a Repeat of 2013 at Suzuka

In the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix, Lotus driver Romain Grosjean finished on the podium in third position.  This result was tied for his highest finish last year, and he'll be looking to do it again come next Sunday.


Mercedes Need to Straighten Out Their Reliability Concerns, and Fast

Nico Rosberg only managed to complete 14 laps of the Singapore Grand Prix before he was forced to retire for the second time this season.  Lewis Hamilton had to retire in three races of his own this year, at Melbourne, Montreal, and Spa.  

Singapore Grand Prix: Live Blog, Stats, Analysis

We'll be live blogging throughout the 2014 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Singapore.  Stay tuned for live stats, analysis and more. 

Singapore Grand Prix: Race Notes

Hamilton will start on pole for the Singapore Grand Prix tomorrow, and he'll be looking to break down the 22 point gap that his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg has on him.  With only six races left on the 2014 calendar, these are valuable points that can't be lost.  

Weekly Report: Verstappen Crashes F1 Car, Power to Run the #1 and More

Each week, we take a look at our most popular articles and stories from around the web and put them into one post. Some of them will be data based and some will be just interesting or important news stories in the racing world.  This is the Weekly Report.  

Mapping The 2015 Formula 1 Calendar

The 2014 Formula 1 season isn't even halfway over yet, but the 2015 calendar is in full development as the circuits for next season are decided.  

500 Mile Fontana: Race Notes

The 2014 IndyCar season comes to an end tomorrow night under the lights at Fontana speedway.  This race will be a 250 mile, 500 lap race with double points awarded for the finishing positions.  Will Power is in a great position going into this race with a 51 point lead on teammate Helio Castroneves:


Gabby Chaves Wins IndyLights Title

The 2014 Indy Lights title was decided last weekend in Sonoma, California.  This was the first championship win for Gabby Chaves after only two years in the series, and it came in an unusual way.

Weekly Report: Power's Championship, Vettel Drives Sochi and More

Each week, we take a look at our most popular articles and stories from around the web and put them into one post. Some of them will be data based and some will be just interesting or important news stories in the racing world.  This is the Weekly Report.  

It's Will Power's Championship To Lose

Penske driver Will Power leads the 2014 championship standings going into the final race of the season in Fontana, CA.  He goes into the race with a lead of 51 points, nearly double the lead Scott Dixon had on Helio Castroneves going into Fontana last year.  But all is not won yet for Power, the 500 mile Fontana race is a double points race, meaning a maximum of 104 points are available to any one driver.  Five drivers are currently eligible to win the championship (although some unlikely), so we're going to take a look at how the points could play out:

Grand Prix of Sonoma: Race Notes

The Grand Prix of Sonoma and the season finale in Fontana are the two remaining races in the 2014 IndyCar season.  With only two to go in the season, we broke down the odds of each driver (in contention) winning the championship.

Belgian Grand Prix: Race Notes

The summer break for the Formula 1 season will come to an end this weekend in Belgium at Spa-Francorchamps.  This race will start the second half of the season and reignite the championship points battle between the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

Weekly Report: Verstappen to F1, Predicting the Weather and More

Each week, we take a look at our most popular articles and stories from around the web and put them into one post. Some of them will be data based and some will be just interesting or important news stories in the racing world.  This is the Weekly Report.  

Predicting The Weather For Race Day

Milwaukee Mile: Race Notes

Three races remain in the 2014 IndyCar season, that's it.  The first comes this weekend in Milwaukee, the next in Sonoma, California, and the final is the double points finale race in Fontana, California. 

The Battle For The #1 Driver Spot

The battle between teammates on a Formula 1 team is one of the best ways to see how a driver is stacking up in his car.  With the same car and performance, it's really up to the driver to prove himself against his teammate.  With the season on break right now, it's a good time to see how the inter-team battles are going within all eleven constructor's.  

The Weekly Report

Each week, we take a look at our most popular articles and stories from around the web and put them into one post. Some of them will be data based and some will be just interesting or important news stories in the racing world.  Welcome to the second installment of the Weekly Report:

Mid-Ohio: Race Notes

With only four races left in the 2014 season, IndyCar heads to Mid-Ohio with Helio Castroneves in the lead.  Castroneves has 533 points and a 13 point lead on second place driver Will Power.  Mid-Ohio has the best chance of changing up the championship battle, as Castroneves has an average finish of ninth over the last three years at this track. Respectable, but it may not be enough to fend off Will Power.

Which F1 Team Has Been Most Reliable?

With the mid-summer break upon us after the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend, it's a good time to step back and reflect upon how the season has been going so far.  There will be a series of these posts pitting team against team and driver against driver to see who has been the "best" so far in a range of categories.  To start off, we'll be taking a look at which team has been the most reliable this year.

Hungarian Grand Prix: Race Notes

The last race before the summer break for Formula 1 comes this Sunday in Budapest, Hungary, at the Hungaroring.  Going into the race, Nico Rosberg still leads teammate Lewis Hamilton by 14 points after a win in the German Grand Prix and 53% of the season completed:


The Weekly Report

Each week, we'll take a look at our most popular articles and stories from around the web and put them into one post. Some of them will be data based and some will be just interesting or important news stories in the racing world.  Welcome to the first installment of the Weekly Report:

The Battle For The Formula 1 Driver's World Championship

With Nico Rosberg's win in the German Grand Prix, he extended his championship lead on teammate Lewis Hamilton to 14 points.  This was largely due to Hamilton's qualifying troubles and gearbox change which saw him starting Sunday's race in 20th.  Even with that starting position, Lewis Hamilton managed to climb the field and finish on the third step of the podium behind Williams' Valtteri Bottas.  Hamilton and his great drive kept him in the Driver's Championship running with Rosberg:

Duel in Toronto: By The Numbers

This Sunday we saw rain-filled racing in Toronto, with the first "true" double header in IndyCar since June 28th, 1981.  That race was won by Rick Mears at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Both Mike Conway and Sebastien Bourdais took home impressive wins in their races, but the races get even more impressive when we look at them by the numbers.  

Is Williams Finally Regaining Their Old Success?

Back in the 70's, 80's and 90's, Williams Formula 1 team was a powerhouse of the sport. Their drivers included Keke Rosberg, Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet, Michael Schumacher and Aryton Senna.  They had tremendous success with these drivers, bringing home multiple driver's and constructor's World Championships.   But in the last couple of years, Williams has been at an all time low, finishing 9th, 8th and 9th again the last three years in the Constructor's Championship.  

Should Race 2 at Toronto Be Started Using Road Course Points?

Race 2 of Toronto later today is going to be started based on drivers points after the first race.  So in other words, whichever driver leads the championship after race one (Helio Castroneves) will start on pole.  No qualifying will happen because of both races being moved to Sunday.  But that begs the question, if they want the best drivers at the front, why not set the grid based on road course points?  

Double Header In Toronto: Race Notes

The Verizon IndyCar series will be visiting Toronto later today and tomorrow for the second year of double-header racing in Canada.  The first race will be held today after qualifying and then a repeat of the exact same race follows tomorrow (The drivers re-qualify tomorrow morning.)  The last two double-headers this year saw no repeat winners, with Power, Castroneves, Huertas and Pagenaud all taking home wins.  

German Grand Prix: Race Notes

With the German Grand Prix this weekend, Sebastien Vettel and Nico Rosberg will be among the four German drivers in the field looking for a good result on home turf.  The Mercedes team should continue it's dominance barring any reliability issues like we saw in the British Grand Prix last week.  



When Are IndyCar Drivers In Their Prime?

Racing has long been a sport for people of all ages.  For example, Mario Andretti won the Phoenix Grand Prix in 1993, making him 53 at the time, and the oldest person to ever win an IndyCar race.  This wasn't his last year in racing either, Mario went on to Formula 1 in the next season, arguably (but it's really hard to), the top racing series in the world.  And yet we have people such as Josele Garza who are racing in the Indianapolis 500 at just 19 years old. So that begs the question, at what age do Indy Car drivers actually peak?  More specifically we'll be taking a look at Tony Kanaan after his outstanding performance in the Iowa 300 this week and his Indianapolis 500 win last year, to see his peak years.