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After a shocking loss to Sebastian Vettel in Malaysia two weeks ago, Lewis Hamilton quelled any talk of a Ferrari championship challenge with a dominant weekend in Shanghai, capped by a carefully controlled victory in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. Perhaps a bit too carefully controlled for his team-mate Nico Rosberg’s liking.

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This weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix will only mark the 12th running of the race. The Shanghai International Circuit does not have the glamorous, mystical, dangerous history of older Formula One circuits like Monza or Silverstone or Monaco.

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Just before three o’clock in the afternoon on New Year’s Day, 1968, 23 men lined up on the starting grid for the South African Grand Prix, the first race of the new Formula One season.

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Back in 2002, when the Brazilian Grand Prix was still one of the first races in the Formula One season, someone asked Brazilian soccer superstar Pele to wave the chequered flag at the end of the race.

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While Pope Francis wore traditional red robes to celebrate the beginning of Holy Week in Vatican City, another red-clad Italian institution, Scuderia Ferrari, pulled off a resurrection miracle, with the team’s new driver, Sebastian Vettel, winning the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.

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After an underwhelming start to the season Down Under, the Formula One circus reconvenes this weekend outside Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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Despite Bernie Ecclestone’s assertion that, “It is inevitable that there will be another female [Formula One] driver,” as reported by Luke Smith and Christian Sylt in Forbes, recent developments mean a woman on the F1 starting grid is anything but inevitable—at least in the near future.

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