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In one of the least surprising announcements as to 2013 drivers, the Williams F1 team has confirmed Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas will pilot its cars next year. So Bruno Senna is looking for a new seat.

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Fans were exhausted, commentators were breathless, drivers were either elated to seemingly dangerous degree or as flat as a flat thing. And all because the Brazilian Grand Prix, the last race of the 2012 Formula One season, was impossibly exciting. If anyone ever mentions a traffic-light grand-prix, tell them to watch this for the moments the lights went out, the world went crazy. And it didn't stop until the leaders had already finished

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Before the US Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, there was much criticism of the track: overtaking would be difficult, the tyres chosen by Pirelli were wrong, the tight corners into long straights would lead to bunching and then a train down the straight, and so on. They were wrong.

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Speaking at the first press conference for the first US Grand Prix yesterday, Sebastian Vettel told the global F1 audience to not to watch F1 if they are "sensitive." Bryan Edwards, our motor sport editor, writes him an open letter.

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The future of the recent development of podium interviews must be in doubt as two Formula One champions disgrace themselves and the sport by the use of coarse - in one case foul - language live across the conservative Abu Dhabi landscape and the world's TV screens.

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As most of the crews pack up and head for the USA via their workshops in the UK, skeleton crews are left behind with a car or two. It's the Abu Dhabi Young Driver's Test and there are some interesting names.

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Ant West was joyous : his second place in Moto2 at the Australian GP at Philip Island was a vindication of his work all season and the faith his team has had in him during a very tough season. But within three days, his world came crashing down around him.

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There are few that argue with the assertion that Ayrton Senna was Formula One's greatest driver. Driven, tortured, ruthless on the track yet a man of considerable humanity off it, Senna knocked down records like a bowler knocks down pins. Even as his records are equalled, drivers that do so find that matching his performance is an emotional experience.

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When we've looked at The Circuit of the Americas (tweely known by its owners as COTA) in Austin, Texas, we've been a bit disparaging, largely, it has to be said, because there has been so much uncertainty over whether it would ever come into being or whether, if it did, it would be ready in time for its inaugural Formula One race. We didn't expressly say "if a decent track comes out of this mess, I'll eat my hat," but it was strongly implied. Pass the ketchup, please.

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As the riders lined up in Valencia for the start of the last race of the 2012 MotoGP season, it was difficult for them to know where to start. And so it is with this final race report of the current campaign as there are more endings than beginnings.

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