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Formula Fun: Bahrain, China, and You

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Since we last spoke, Nico Rosberg has continued a streak that has seen him take two more wins. He’s becoming the driver with the most wins without a championship. After taking three on the trot this season, and six on the trot overall, it’s hard to see him as anything other than the main threat to Hamilton’s crown. Combining a few errors and bad luck has seen Hamilton barely hold onto second in the drivers championship, under threat from a resurgent Red Bull, and a Ferrari that looks poised to be a real threat.

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Formula Fun: Thunder Down Under

This time last year I was talking about how the race in Australia was a curious one. We had more retirements than any race the year prior, and the Mercedes duo were able to walk away with it again. This year was different in as many ways as it was the same. It was still a Mercedes one two, with a Ferrari behind them, but that isn’t the real story of this years Australian GP. … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: Guess Who’s Back, Back Again?

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Renault’s back, tell a friend! Also, we are back for another exciting Formula 1 season here at Hooniverse. At the time of this writing, it is Thursday morning in the United States and the first press conference of the year has already taken place. Teams are renamed, drivers are back, drivers are gone, and we have a brand new American team. Let’s get caught up, shall we? … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: The End, My One True Friend, The End

Patrick Hoffstetter December 10, 2015 Formula 1
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That’s it everyone, the season is over. The championship is done an dusted. We have our champion, and we have our standings two by two. For real, look at it. All the teammates are together in the top ten. But that paints a rather boring view of the year.

Watch a Daft Punk inspired Mercedes video, then join me after the jump.
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Formula Fun: North American Wrap-up

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Yes friends, it’s been a while. I want to say I’ve been gallivanting about doing fun stuff, but no, my grandfather passed away the week of the USGP. I only had a Friday at the track, and then a few days of taking a break from writing. I’m doing okay before you ask, and any sympathies are appreciated. But enough of that, we have had two crackers in North America, and I want to waste no time getting to them. … Continue Reading

State of the Garage (and Car Vacations) Address

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It has been a while since I posted on Hooniverse so I thought I would catch you up on what’s going on in the Yu garage. A couple of Germans may soon be added. Plus, I have photos to share from my recent trips to Seattle, Los Angeles, and Japan. … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: A Quick Chat With Graeme Lowdon

Looking back one year, the F1 team which was then known as Marussia was done for. The outfit had run out of money just one race after the tragic 2014 Japanese Grand Prix that ended up taking Jules Bianchi’s life. They ran one car in Sochi, and left the other ready to race as a tribute to Jules. Now they have even more to thank Jules for as they have come back this year, re-branded as Manor Grand Prix. While Marussia had missed last years USGP, Manor racing was here in full force, and with an American behind the wheel no less, causing a wave of enthusiasm that I haven’t seen for a long time.

With all of this unfolding in Austin, Manor Marussia CEO Graeme Lowdon was kind enough to sit down with me for a quick chat about the team, missing the end of last year, and looking towards the future of Manor. We sat down in the lobby of the Radisson hotel, with Manor personal all moving about and getting ready for the first day of running. … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: The Calm Before

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There are things that we love here in Austin. Breakfast tacos, paying too much for organic food, and sitting in traffic. Ironically then, this towns embrace of F1 will always blow those who come into town away. Ever since 2012, this city has transformed itself for one week in the fall, with downtown becoming the center for F1 fans. The teams run about like busy bees, moving to and from appointments, all trying to make it known that yes, Formula One and its teams care about Texas, and they care about the US. We have built one of the best circuits in the world, in one of the best cities in the world, in the best country in the world. Let’s have a party everyone. … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: The Hunt for Race October.

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Rubbing is racing, and Russian is racing! This much the Sochi Autodrom has taught us. While last year’s Russian Grand Prix was both a snooze fest because of what happened on track, and off, this year had a few cracks of action, all around the world of F1. From engines, to tires, to big hits, this was a weekend to perk up and take note.  … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: Japan Etc Edition

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Weekly is more of a state of mind, than an actual promise dear reader. Actually, no it isn’t, I made that up. I told you would have a new article every week about F1, and I got stuck behind with school stuff, WEC happening, and to be honest, a sort of lapse in my ability to write. I’ve still watched every race, and been tweeting about it over at @PatryPat116 along with thoughts on how great Metal Gear is, and general car and racing news.

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