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Why F1's 'king of the midfield' hates his crown
Being the unofficial king of the Formula 1 midfield is a double-edged sword for Sergio Perez, as it's not a title he embraces. But after his big-team near-misses, maximising midfield machinery has made him one of the championship's most underrated drivers.
Seventh place was once the most accursed finishing position in Formula 1, for more than four decades the difference between the all of a point and the nothing of a blank. The cruel, hard line between sixth and seventh hexed many a driver, none more so than during eight mid-season races in 1992 when Michele Alboreto took his Footwork to six of them for no reward.
Since 2003, seventh has offered points, but still, it remains an uncomfortable place to be in an era of three teams monopolising the top six. If you are seventh, you have won the battle for scraps - a great achievement, but hardly nourishing for the racing driver that lives to win.
Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments.
Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences
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While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...
Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping .
It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is no guarantee.
Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
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