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Rumours of a new grand prix in the former Soviet satellite Azerbaijan were confirmed in the week before the Hungarian Grand Prix. Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone told Forbes’ Christian Sylt that the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, on the Caspian Sea, will host a race in 2016.

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Formula One is on its summer break. The factories are shutting down, and the teams are on holidays.

The season is just past the halfway point and, with that in mind, we are looking back at the top 25 moments so far.

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Thirty-five years ago this month, Gilles Villeneuve and Rene Arnoux produced one of the greatest moments in Formula One history. During the French Grand Prix at Dijon, they fought an epic, all-out, wheel-to-wheel battle over the final laps of the race—for second place.

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Daniel Ricciardo keeps getting better.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised—he did just turn 25 and has only started 11 races with a front-running team—but the Australian’s ongoing success does feel a bit surprising.

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Williams received a lot of hype during winter testing for the 2014 Formula One season—and not all of it was due to the return of the Martini livery. With the best power unit in the field, an exciting driver pairing and new technical director Pat Symonds getting his first full season at the helm, the team looked poised for a renaissance (although I still picked them as my surprise flop in our season preview).

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On Friday morning, I was up nice and early as I had a breakfast date at Marussia to interview team principal John Booth. When I arrived at the team’s hospitality area, the team members were all eating, but neither Booth nor the team’s communications manager were there, yet. I sat down to wait and Max Chilton walked by and said “good morning.”

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The Hungaroring outside Budapest will host its 29th Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend, an unbroken string stretching back to 1986.

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