Video: Mercedes delivers more pace while Hulkenberg ends on top

Nico Hulkenberg topped the timesheet on the fourth and final day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona, while Mercedes begins to show more performance.

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton ran the C5 and C4 tyres respectively, to secure fourth and fifth on the timesheet in the W10.

The reigning constructors’ champions’ technical director James Allison had said prior to Thursday’s running that the team would focus on “a little bit of performance.”

Here is a video rounding up how each and every team fared on day four of the opening test.

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Video: Kvyat snatches top spot on day three of testing

A late lap from Daniil Kvyat propelled Toro Rosso to the top of the timesheet of day three of Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen had seem set to hold onto top spot after having lead the times since the end of the morning session.

However, in the final 10 minutes of running, Kvyat recorded a 1m17.704s to edge Raikkonen’s benchmark by 0.058s.

Below is a video providing analysis of all 10 teams’ day three in Barcelona.

Video: Leclerc leads timesheet as Ferrari continues to impress

Ferrari newcomer Charles Leclerc topped the timesheet in the second day of Formula 1 2019 pre-season testing, with McLaren once again occupying second-place.

Mercedes once again floated under the radar, with the team performing aero tests and long runs with the most mileage recorded by any team on Tuesday.

Watch the video below for my round-up of the second day of running.

Video: Ferrari flawless on opening day of pre-season testing

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel hit the ground running in the first day of 2019 Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona, topping the timesheet and clocking the most laps en route.

Vettel notched a total of 169 laps during the eight hours of running on the first of eight days of pre-season running.

Watch the video below for a full review of the first day of pre-season testing, covering all the storylines from all 10 teams.

Daytona 500 delivers unexpected spectacle as Hamlin ends drought

Opening the season with your blue-ribbon race has its drawbacks. It’s a double whammy of anticipation when the NASCAR Cup season-opener also happens to be the Daytona 500 – otherwise dubbed the Great American Race.

Throughout Speedweeks – the week of races building up to the 500 – it seemed as though this year’s season-opener was destined to be anything but great and that the anticipation was tinted toxic.

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The Clash controversy and what it could mean for the Daytona 500

The concept of The Clash is unique to NASCAR. A televised pre-season race featuring the elite 20 drivers within the category, racing for nothing more than the honour of pride and a cash prize.

Despite the format typically cultivating a thrilling spectacle that perfectly wets the appetite ahead of NASCAR’s marquee race – the Daytona 500 – this year’s Clash was messy, maligned and expensive.

In his maiden race with new crew chief Kevin Meendering and new sponsor Ally, seven-time Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson earned his first win in over a year. However, jubilant celebrations in Victory Lane glossed over the fact that the win was sealed by Johnson spinning long-time race leader Paul Menard in front of the field on what turned out to be the final lap of the race.

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Why there are no losers with the Leclerc/Raikkonen 2019 seat switch

The latest chapter in a summer of remarkable driver market bombshells has confirmed that Charles Leclerc will join Ferrari after only one season in Formula 1, swapping seats with Kimi Raikkonen for 2019.

The news has generally been met with excitement – Leclerc will be the second youngest Ferrari driver in F1 history when he rolls off the grid as a 21-year-old in Melbourne next season and as one of the most promising talents of his generation, it’s a golden opportunity that has been merited.

But it’s not just Leclerc who emerges from the news as a winner – in fact, nearly every party involved in this particular story can look upon the news positively.

Even Raikkonen.

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