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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.