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From history, Canada a perfect place for Hamilton re-assume the Mercedes throne


The Mercedes AMG boys can say they’ve made peace after their rivalry escalated in Monaco – for now, anyway – but the intensity undoubtedly still burns between both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to stay ahead of the other one as we head into the first of two North American Grands Prix this season.

For Hamilton, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal couldn’t be a better place to come to after Monaco as he seeks to re-assume the throne from Rosberg, who recaptured the lead in the 2014 World Championship with his Monaco victory.

Hamilton took his first career victory at Montreal in the at-times chaotic 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, and added two further ones for McLaren in 2010 and 2012. He finished third here last year for Mercedes.

Rosberg’s record at Canada, by contrast, has not achieved anywhere near the same heights.

He failed to score in Canada in his three starts here for Williams and has come fifth once (2013) and sixth twice (2010 and 2012) since joining the Mercedes factory squad.

So a podium for the German here, and you’d have to expect it’s coming given the Mercedes’ outright pace advantage this year, would be his first at this circuit.

“Montreal is one of my favorite venues,” Rosberg said in the team’s advance release. “It’s a beautiful but also crazy city where there is always a lot happening: particularly in the evenings… it’s a great place to celebrate a good result, shall we say! That’s what I’ll be aiming for again this weekend.”

We’ll see if his results match his expectations. A podium would be nice, but he’ll have to go through his teammate – per usual – if he wants to stay atop the heap at the end of the weekend.

NHRA: New book a celebration of life, love and drag racing

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The overpowering smell from nitromethane that powers Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars in the National Hot Rod Association oftentimes brings fans to tears after getting a whiff of the stuff.

Now there’s a new inspirational book that will also bring tears to the eyes of die-hard drag racing fans.

Veteran crew chief Jim Oberhofer has released “Top Fuel For Life, Life Lessons From A Crew Chief,” a touching homage to both his late wife and persevering and overcoming adversity in the highly competitive world of NHRA drag racing.

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Oberhofer wears a number of hats as vice president of one of the sport’s most veteran and successful teams, Kalitta Motorsports, including serving as crew chief for Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta’s dragster.

Oberhofer relates a number of stories about overcoming adversity in the book, but none more touching than how he watched his beloved wife “Tammy O” lose a long and painful battle to stage 4 metastatic lung cancer.

While Oberhofer has spent his life using wrenches and tools working on 10,000-horsepower engines, his new book shows that he is also a very gifted writer.

Known in the sport as “Jim O,” Oberhofer describes the fight his wife went through in gritty and descriptive prose, but with a foundation built upon what the love of his life meant to him – and continues to mean to him more than two years since she passed away.

“When you take a long hard look at your life, I guarantee you that being a winner has little to do with crossing the finish line,” Oberhofer said. “After many mistakes and a whole lot of heartache, I learned that happiness comes from a deeper, simpler place. That’s the big win.”

“Top Fuel For Life” is available on Amazon for $19.95.

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Report: Ecclestone believes F1 could be sold by year’s end

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.

Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.

“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”

Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.

But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.

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