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Oleg Karpov
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Oleg Karpov

After attempting to study engineering, Oleg was thrown out of his Moscow university for spending more time at the racetrack as a junior press officer for the national Lada racing series than attending lectures. His first job as a journalist was at the Soviet Sport newspaper, and in 2011 he moved to Berlin to pursue a freelance career in Formula 1. He joined Motorsport.com in 2015 and became a contributor to GP Racing magazine in 2021. When it's not race week, he plays squash every Wednesday and Sunday and likes to procrastinate by playing chess, with his Elo peaking at 2099 on one of the biggest online chess platforms.

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F1 folk: The artist with a camera whose photographs became iconic

F1 folk: The artist with a camera whose photographs became iconic

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F1 folk: The artist with a camera whose photographs became iconic F1 folk: The artist with a camera whose photographs became iconic

F1 folk: The PR legend who lived through Williams' triumph and tragedy

F1 folk: The PR legend who lived through Williams' triumph and tragedy

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F1 folk: The PR legend who lived through Williams' triumph and tragedy F1 folk: The PR legend who lived through Williams' triumph and tragedy

F1 folk: A journey from Alonso's kart mechanic to Verstappen's F1 tutor

F1 folk: A journey from Alonso's kart mechanic to Verstappen's F1 tutor

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F1 folk: A journey from Alonso's kart mechanic to Verstappen's F1 tutor F1 folk: A journey from Alonso's kart mechanic to Verstappen's F1 tutor

F1 folk: The 'lucky' engineer who guided Grosjean and helped build Haas

F1 folk: The 'lucky' engineer who guided Grosjean and helped build Haas

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F1 folk: The 'lucky' engineer who guided Grosjean and helped build Haas F1 folk: The 'lucky' engineer who guided Grosjean and helped build Haas

Krack praises Aston F1 stalwart who has scored more 2023 points than AlphaTauri

Krack praises Aston F1 stalwart who has scored more 2023 points than AlphaTauri

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Krack praises Aston F1 stalwart who has scored more 2023 points than AlphaTauri Krack praises Aston F1 stalwart who has scored more 2023 points than AlphaTauri

How Aston Martin's "filter" defied Berger criticism to thrive in F1 leadership

How Aston Martin's "filter" defied Berger criticism to thrive in F1 leadership

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How Aston Martin's "filter" defied Berger criticism to thrive in F1 leadership How Aston Martin's "filter" defied Berger criticism to thrive in F1 leadership

McLaren explains reasons behind Norris F1 race engineer rotation

McLaren explains reasons behind Norris F1 race engineer rotation

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McLaren explains reasons behind Norris F1 race engineer rotation McLaren explains reasons behind Norris F1 race engineer rotation

Zhou seeking answers on Alfa Romeo F1 future during summer break

Zhou seeking answers on Alfa Romeo F1 future during summer break

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Zhou seeking answers on Alfa Romeo F1 future during summer break Zhou seeking answers on Alfa Romeo F1 future during summer break

Tsunoda slams "ridiculous" F1 Spanish GP penalty for Zhou defence

Tsunoda slams "ridiculous" F1 Spanish GP penalty for Zhou defence

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Tsunoda slams "ridiculous" F1 Spanish GP penalty for Zhou defence Tsunoda slams "ridiculous" F1 Spanish GP penalty for Zhou defence

Haas open to Alfa Romeo F1 deal but no offer yet 

Haas open to Alfa Romeo F1 deal but no offer yet 

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Spanish GP

Haas open to Alfa Romeo F1 deal but no offer yet  Haas open to Alfa Romeo F1 deal but no offer yet 

McLaren feared sick Piastri would miss Baku F1 track action

McLaren feared sick Piastri would miss Baku F1 track action

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McLaren feared sick Piastri would miss Baku F1 track action McLaren feared sick Piastri would miss Baku F1 track action

Steiner "not ashamed" about explosive Schumacher criticism in Drive to Survive

Steiner "not ashamed" about explosive Schumacher criticism in Drive to Survive

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Steiner "not ashamed" about explosive Schumacher criticism in Drive to Survive Steiner "not ashamed" about explosive Schumacher criticism in Drive to Survive

Williams winter F1 gains second only to Aston Martin - Albon

Williams winter F1 gains second only to Aston Martin - Albon

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Williams winter F1 gains second only to Aston Martin - Albon Williams winter F1 gains second only to Aston Martin - Albon

Russell ready to sacrifice part of F1 2023 for long-term Mercedes progress

Russell ready to sacrifice part of F1 2023 for long-term Mercedes progress

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Russell ready to sacrifice part of F1 2023 for long-term Mercedes progress Russell ready to sacrifice part of F1 2023 for long-term Mercedes progress

Bottas: Alfa Romeo "stepped up as a team" for F1 2023

Bottas: Alfa Romeo "stepped up as a team" for F1 2023

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Bottas: Alfa Romeo "stepped up as a team" for F1 2023 Bottas: Alfa Romeo "stepped up as a team" for F1 2023

Rivals single out Aston Martin as F1 midfield team to watch

Rivals single out Aston Martin as F1 midfield team to watch

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Rivals single out Aston Martin as F1 midfield team to watch Rivals single out Aston Martin as F1 midfield team to watch

Ocon should be known as the French minister of defence, says Szafnauer

Ocon should be known as the French minister of defence, says Szafnauer

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Ocon should be known as the French minister of defence, says Szafnauer Ocon should be known as the French minister of defence, says Szafnauer

Horner: Red Bull spoke to Norris "a couple of times" about F1 seat

Horner: Red Bull spoke to Norris "a couple of times" about F1 seat

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Horner: Red Bull spoke to Norris "a couple of times" about F1 seat Horner: Red Bull spoke to Norris "a couple of times" about F1 seat

Magnussen: “No problem" with Hulkenberg as 2023 F1 team-mate at Haas

Magnussen: “No problem" with Hulkenberg as 2023 F1 team-mate at Haas

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Magnussen: “No problem" with Hulkenberg as 2023 F1 team-mate at Haas Magnussen: “No problem" with Hulkenberg as 2023 F1 team-mate at Haas

Leclerc hopes one of Ferrari’s "worst races" in Mexico will be a one-off

Leclerc hopes one of Ferrari’s "worst races" in Mexico will be a one-off

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Leclerc hopes one of Ferrari’s "worst races" in Mexico will be a one-off Leclerc hopes one of Ferrari’s "worst races" in Mexico will be a one-off

Alonso: We need to stop putting F1 fans against each other on social media

Alonso: We need to stop putting F1 fans against each other on social media

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Alonso: We need to stop putting F1 fans against each other on social media Alonso: We need to stop putting F1 fans against each other on social media

FIA "way over the top" with latest F1 black and orange flag - Magnussen

FIA "way over the top" with latest F1 black and orange flag - Magnussen

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FIA "way over the top" with latest F1 black and orange flag - Magnussen FIA "way over the top" with latest F1 black and orange flag - Magnussen

Upset Gasly says AlphaTauri "threw away" F1 Singapore GP

Upset Gasly says AlphaTauri "threw away" F1 Singapore GP

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Upset Gasly says AlphaTauri "threw away" F1 Singapore GP Upset Gasly says AlphaTauri "threw away" F1 Singapore GP

Ricciardo's Monza return will be "weird" amid McLaren F1 struggles

Ricciardo's Monza return will be "weird" amid McLaren F1 struggles

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Ricciardo's Monza return will be "weird" amid McLaren F1 struggles Ricciardo's Monza return will be "weird" amid McLaren F1 struggles

Tsunoda unsure of stepping into Gasly’s shoes as team leader straight away

Tsunoda unsure of stepping into Gasly’s shoes as team leader straight away

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Tsunoda unsure of stepping into Gasly’s shoes as team leader straight away Tsunoda unsure of stepping into Gasly’s shoes as team leader straight away

Sainz on Dutch GP penalty: I thought I had saved someone’s life

Sainz on Dutch GP penalty: I thought I had saved someone’s life

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Sainz on Dutch GP penalty: I thought I had saved someone’s life Sainz on Dutch GP penalty: I thought I had saved someone’s life

Hamilton late in selecting right engine mode for Dutch GP restart

Hamilton late in selecting right engine mode for Dutch GP restart

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Hamilton late in selecting right engine mode for Dutch GP restart Hamilton late in selecting right engine mode for Dutch GP restart

Wolff: F1 teams know they are "vomit bags" for angry drivers

Wolff: F1 teams know they are "vomit bags" for angry drivers

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Wolff: F1 teams know they are "vomit bags" for angry drivers Wolff: F1 teams know they are "vomit bags" for angry drivers

Ricciardo: Webber apologises as pair finally talk over Piastri situation

Ricciardo: Webber apologises as pair finally talk over Piastri situation

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Ricciardo: Webber apologises as pair finally talk over Piastri situation Ricciardo: Webber apologises as pair finally talk over Piastri situation

F1 to extend practice at Japanese, USA GPs for tyre testing

F1 to extend practice at Japanese, USA GPs for tyre testing

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F1 to extend practice at Japanese, USA GPs for tyre testing F1 to extend practice at Japanese, USA GPs for tyre testing

Leclerc baffled by Hungarian GP "turning point" of early stop for hards

Leclerc baffled by Hungarian GP "turning point" of early stop for hards

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Leclerc baffled by Hungarian GP "turning point" of early stop for hards Leclerc baffled by Hungarian GP "turning point" of early stop for hards

Haas F1 boss Steiner not surprised by Rich Energy BSB team saga

Haas F1 boss Steiner not surprised by Rich Energy BSB team saga

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Haas F1 boss Steiner not surprised by Rich Energy BSB team saga Haas F1 boss Steiner not surprised by Rich Energy BSB team saga

"Totally wrong" VSC message interfered in French GP result - Perez

"Totally wrong" VSC message interfered in French GP result - Perez

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"Totally wrong" VSC message interfered in French GP result - Perez "Totally wrong" VSC message interfered in French GP result - Perez

Hill: F1 title fight is at "critical tipping point" ahead of British GP

Hill: F1 title fight is at "critical tipping point" ahead of British GP

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Hill: F1 title fight is at "critical tipping point" ahead of British GP Hill: F1 title fight is at "critical tipping point" ahead of British GP

Bottas suspects fundamental issue behind lack pace in Azerbaijan GP

Bottas suspects fundamental issue behind lack pace in Azerbaijan GP

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Bottas suspects fundamental issue behind lack pace in Azerbaijan GP Bottas suspects fundamental issue behind lack pace in Azerbaijan GP

Gasly: F1 needs to stop drivers "ending up with a cane at 30"

Gasly: F1 needs to stop drivers "ending up with a cane at 30"

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Gasly: F1 needs to stop drivers "ending up with a cane at 30" Gasly: F1 needs to stop drivers "ending up with a cane at 30"

F1 winner Bottas surprised by ‘weird’ €50k success from bum picture

F1 winner Bottas surprised by ‘weird’ €50k success from bum picture

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F1 winner Bottas surprised by ‘weird’ €50k success from bum picture F1 winner Bottas surprised by ‘weird’ €50k success from bum picture

The data that hints of an Alfa Romeo F1 surprise in Monaco

The data that hints of an Alfa Romeo F1 surprise in Monaco

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The data that hints of an Alfa Romeo F1 surprise in Monaco The data that hints of an Alfa Romeo F1 surprise in Monaco

Steiner explains Haas pace despite lack of F1 upgrades at Spanish GP

Steiner explains Haas pace despite lack of F1 upgrades at Spanish GP

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Steiner explains Haas pace despite lack of F1 upgrades at Spanish GP Steiner explains Haas pace despite lack of F1 upgrades at Spanish GP

Tsunoda: "I didn't know what I was doing" in F1 debut year

Tsunoda: "I didn't know what I was doing" in F1 debut year

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Tsunoda: "I didn't know what I was doing" in F1 debut year Tsunoda: "I didn't know what I was doing" in F1 debut year

Schumacher: New Sainz Ferrari F1 deal was "obvious step"

Schumacher: New Sainz Ferrari F1 deal was "obvious step"

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Schumacher: New Sainz Ferrari F1 deal was "obvious step" Schumacher: New Sainz Ferrari F1 deal was "obvious step"

Gasly: Not 'too hard’ to keep Hamilton behind in Imola F1 race

Gasly: Not 'too hard’ to keep Hamilton behind in Imola F1 race

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Gasly: Not 'too hard’ to keep Hamilton behind in Imola F1 race Gasly: Not 'too hard’ to keep Hamilton behind in Imola F1 race

Zhou given pitlane start penalty for Emilia Romagna GP after F1 sprint crash

Zhou given pitlane start penalty for Emilia Romagna GP after F1 sprint crash

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Zhou given pitlane start penalty for Emilia Romagna GP after F1 sprint crash Zhou given pitlane start penalty for Emilia Romagna GP after F1 sprint crash

Berger: DTM wasn't right place for MotoGP ace Rossi's first GT3 season

Berger: DTM wasn't right place for MotoGP ace Rossi's first GT3 season

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Berger: DTM wasn't right place for MotoGP ace Rossi's first GT3 season Berger: DTM wasn't right place for MotoGP ace Rossi's first GT3 season

Bottas explains Alfa Romeo F1 start issue at Bahrain

Bottas explains Alfa Romeo F1 start issue at Bahrain

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Bottas explains Alfa Romeo F1 start issue at Bahrain Bottas explains Alfa Romeo F1 start issue at Bahrain

Berger doesn't see "way forward" for Aston Martin under Krack

Berger doesn't see "way forward" for Aston Martin under Krack

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Berger doesn't see "way forward" for Aston Martin under Krack Berger doesn't see "way forward" for Aston Martin under Krack

Hill: Hamilton would prefer to win eighth F1 title ‘fighting everybody’

Hill: Hamilton would prefer to win eighth F1 title ‘fighting everybody’

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Hill: Hamilton would prefer to win eighth F1 title ‘fighting everybody’ Hill: Hamilton would prefer to win eighth F1 title ‘fighting everybody’

Alonso still good enough to win F1 title, says Brundle

Alonso still good enough to win F1 title, says Brundle

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Alonso still good enough to win F1 title, says Brundle Alonso still good enough to win F1 title, says Brundle

Brundle "doesn’t buy" idea Hamilton would have quit F1

Brundle "doesn’t buy" idea Hamilton would have quit F1

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Brundle "doesn’t buy" idea Hamilton would have quit F1 Brundle "doesn’t buy" idea Hamilton would have quit F1

Bottas: Completing F1 race distance "my biggest concern"

Bottas: Completing F1 race distance "my biggest concern"

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Bottas: Completing F1 race distance "my biggest concern" Bottas: Completing F1 race distance "my biggest concern"

Magnussen wishes F1 test-topping time meant more

Magnussen wishes F1 test-topping time meant more

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Magnussen wishes F1 test-topping time meant more Magnussen wishes F1 test-topping time meant more

Haas: First call would go to Fittipaldi if Mazepin cannot race in F1

Haas: First call would go to Fittipaldi if Mazepin cannot race in F1

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Haas: First call would go to Fittipaldi if Mazepin cannot race in F1 Haas: First call would go to Fittipaldi if Mazepin cannot race in F1

Mazepin aims to improve bonding with wider Haas F1 team in 2022

Mazepin aims to improve bonding with wider Haas F1 team in 2022

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Mazepin aims to improve bonding with wider Haas F1 team in 2022 Mazepin aims to improve bonding with wider Haas F1 team in 2022

Mazepin "neutral" with Haas F1 team-mate Schumacher after "difficult times"

Mazepin "neutral" with Haas F1 team-mate Schumacher after "difficult times"

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Mazepin "neutral" with Haas F1 team-mate Schumacher after "difficult times" Mazepin "neutral" with Haas F1 team-mate Schumacher after "difficult times"

Mazepin feels ready for fight in F1 midfield in 2022

Mazepin feels ready for fight in F1 midfield in 2022

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Mazepin feels ready for fight in F1 midfield in 2022 Mazepin feels ready for fight in F1 midfield in 2022

Steiner: Haas crew "never gave up" in tough F1 2021

Steiner: Haas crew "never gave up" in tough F1 2021

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Steiner: Haas crew "never gave up" in tough F1 2021 Steiner: Haas crew "never gave up" in tough F1 2021

Mazepin gives himself 4 out of 5 for sticking through first F1 season

Mazepin gives himself 4 out of 5 for sticking through first F1 season

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Mazepin gives himself 4 out of 5 for sticking through first F1 season Mazepin gives himself 4 out of 5 for sticking through first F1 season

Why Alfa's ousted F1 driver can be "happy" despite losing his drive

Why Alfa's ousted F1 driver can be "happy" despite losing his drive

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Why Alfa's ousted F1 driver can be "happy" despite losing his drive Why Alfa's ousted F1 driver can be "happy" despite losing his drive

Haas F1 2022 car passes crash tests

Haas F1 2022 car passes crash tests

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Haas F1 2022 car passes crash tests Haas F1 2022 car passes crash tests

Seidl: Messages between FIA and F1 teams shouldn't be broadcast

Seidl: Messages between FIA and F1 teams shouldn't be broadcast

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Seidl: Messages between FIA and F1 teams shouldn't be broadcast Seidl: Messages between FIA and F1 teams shouldn't be broadcast

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