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Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone is very good at a few things. His particular skills include making money, growing a business and getting people upset, not necessarily in that order.

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On Sunday morning, I finally got to sleep in a bit, but I did have an interview scheduled with Simona de Silvestro, who was training with the Sauber team in the hopes of securing a race seat for 2015 (although that plan has since fallen through).

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On October 11, Jolyon Palmer won the GP2 feature race at the Sochi Autodrom, clinching the 2014 GP2 title. Palmer is the first British driver to win the series since current Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton did it in 2006.

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I’m still catching up with the blog after being away in Austin. Here are my preview and reaction articles from the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Two weeks ago, I was in Austin to cover the U.S. Grand Prix for Bleacher Report. I took a ride with Sebastian Vettel in the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept car, interviewed Daniel Ricciardo, Mario Andretti and Helmut Marko, and saw a wild armadillo! Full report to follow (I guess after I finish my Canadian Grand Prix entry), but in the meantime, here are the stories I filed from Texas.

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The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas is the 10th different venue to host a Formula One race in the United States.

There have been street races, purpose-built facilities and…a parking lot in Las Vegas. The tracks are also spread from the Pacific coast to the Midwest to upstate New York to Florida. Some have been popular with drivers and fans and some have been ignored, disparaged and nearly forgotten.

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From Stirling Moss to James Hunt to Kimi Raikkonen, Formula One has always attracted a certain breed of men who not only wanted to race the fastest cars, but also lived their entire lives in the fast lane.

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