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In the end, the wait was worth it. On Thursday morning, McLaren ended months of speculation over their driver line-up, announcing Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button as their race drivers for 2015. Kevin Magnussen, who was impressive, but not spectacular in his rookie campaign, will take a step back, becoming the team’s test and reserve driver.

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The first act of Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One career opened with such promise. In 2007, he won four races and nearly stole the title from his more experienced rivals, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso. The following year, he did win at the final corner of the final lap of the final race.

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November 29 was a very important day for Sebastian Vettel. On a damp track, he took his first laps in a Ferrari at the team’s test circuit in Fiorano, Italy. He was finally out on his own, away from the Red Bull family who had nurtured his career since he was a teenager and with whom he won four Formula One world championships.

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On Wednesday, the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) met in Doha, Qatar to decide on a number of potential changes to the Formula One regulations. The results of the meeting are a mix of positive, negative and downright surprising.

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With the end of the Formula One season, it is time to look back and reflect on a great year of racing and less-great behind-the-scenes drama. More importantly, though, it is time for some fun—ranking the best team radio messages of the season.

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From the end of the Australian Grand Prix—the first race of the season—the 2014 Formula One titles were never really in doubt. Mercedes built a dominant car and easily won the constructors’ championship with three races to spare.

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In Formula One, like other professional sports, having a larger budget than your rivals can give you an advantage on the field of play or, in this case, the race track. However, outspending the competition is not a guarantee of success. Some teams spend their money more efficiently than others, while some can spend a lot of money with few positive results to show for it.

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