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Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Suzuka no fluke as Gutiérrez emerges as credible racer

Esteban Gutierrez scored his maiden Formula 1 points at the Japanese Grand Prix. It wasn't a fluke, as the Mexican has been transforming from an anonymous midfield runner into a genuine points contender. Formula 1 points are like buses for Esteban Gutiérrez. After waiting 15 races for one, six turn up at once. It would be remiss to suggest that Gutiérrez is now primed to develop into a championship contender, but his recent form is proving that he isn’t the hopeless pay driver that some […]

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013

De Villota death related to testing accident

The family of Maria de Villota have said that her death was caused by injuries sustained in her testing crash in 2012. De Villota was found dead in a hotel early on Friday morning in Seville. De Villota was returning to the pits at Duxford Aerodrome in July 2012 when her Marussia car struck a team support truck. She sustained serious skull injuries and lost the use of her right eye. 'Maria left us while she was sleeping, approximately at 6am, as a consequence of […]

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013

Chilton elated with 'incredible' qualifying

Max Chilton expressed his satisfaction after qualifying in 19th place for the Japanese Grand Prix. Chilton edged out both Caterham drivers for the first time since the Chinese Grand Prix and also beat team-mate Jules Bianchi. "I’m so happy to have put us ahead of both Caterhams in qualifying for the first time since China," he said. "One would have been a result, but to beat both [Charles] Pic and [Giedo] van der Garde is really incredible and shows just how much fight there is […]

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tenth the maximum for McLaren - Button

Jenson Button believes that he extracted the maximum from his McLaren MP4-28 during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. Button progressed through to Q3 but could only set the 10th fastest time. "In Q3 at Suzuka you want to go out and have fun – which is exactly what I did," he said. "I couldn’t have gone any quicker. I did three laps in Q2 and Q3 that were almost identical, so I think P10 was as good as our car could get here today. […]

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013

Formula 1 paddock pays tribute to de Villota

Members of the Formula 1 paddock have been paying tribute to Maria de Villota, who has died at the age of 33. De Villota, who survived a horrific testing accident in 2012, was found dead in a hotel room in Seville. Jean Todt: FIA president: "Today is a tragic day for motor sport. My deepest condolences go to the De Villota family. Maria was a fantastic driver, a leading light for women in motor sport and a tireless campaigner for road safety. Above all, she […]

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013

Maria de Villota found dead in Spain

Maria de Villota has been found dead in a hotel room in Spain. Reports in the Spanish media state that emergency services were called to a hotel room in Seville, but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. She was 33. 'Dear friends: Maria has left us', her family posted on Facebook. 'She had to go to heaven like all the angels. We thank God for the extra year and a half he left her with us.' Formula 1 pays tribute to Maria de Villota De […]

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013

Vettel leads Red Bull one-two in second practice at Suzuka

Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull one-two during second practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. Vettel was almost two-tenths of a second faster than team-mate Mark Webber. Nico Rosberg was third, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth. The Finn's day ended prematurely when he spun off the circuit at the Esses and beached the Lotus E21 in the gravel with 25 minutes of the session remaining. Romain Grosjean was fifth, while Lewis Hamilton, who was fastest in first practice, ran wide on his hot lap and […]

Posted on Sunday, October 6, 2013

Di Resta takes blame for accident

Paul di Resta has apologised to Force India after crashing out of the Korean Grand Prix. Di Resta lost the back end of the car at turn 12 and hit the barriers. It was the fourth successive race where the Brit has retired due to accident damage. He was hit by Pastor Maldonado in Belgium and made errors under braking on the first lap in Italy and towards the end of the race in Singapore. "I have to hold my hands up and apologise to […]

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013

Raikkonen to assess fitness during practice

Kimi Raikkonen says he will assess the state of his back during free practice in Korea. The Finn suffered from back pain throughout the Singapore Grand Prix weekend. He struggled to take part in third practice and could only qualify in thirteenth place. He finished in third place in the race. Raikkonen's back issues started following a heavy testing accident at Magny Cours in 2001. "It’s better than it was on Saturday in Singapore which is when it didn’t feel too good," Raikkonen said of […]

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Raikkonen eager to race despite back pain

Kimi Raikkonen says he will try and take part in the Singapore Grand Prix, after back pain affected his preparations for the race on Saturday. Raikkonen's running in final practice was restricted due to the discomfort, thought to relate to a trapped nerve. In qualifying, the Finn was eliminated in the second segment, setting a time fast enough for only thirteenth on the grid. "This morning was very bad," he said. "It was good that we drove in qualifying in the end but not the […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Felipe Massa to leave Ferrari at the end of 2013

Felipe Massa has confirmed that he will leave Ferrari at the end of the 2013 season. Massa, 32, has raced for the team since 2006. He came within a point of winning the title in 2008. "From 2014 I will no longer be driving for Ferrari," the driver said in a post on Instagram and Twitter. "I would like to thank the team for all the victories and incredible moments experienced together. "Thank you also to my wife and all of my family, to my […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Alonso hoping for change of luck in Belgium

Fernando Alonso says he is hoping to make up for years of misfortune in Belgium by achieving a strong result this weekend. Alonso has never won the Belgian Grand Prix and has retired from the race on five of his nine attempts. One of those occasions was last year, when Alonso was the victim of an accident at the start, triggered by Romain Grosjean. "I did well in 2005 when I came second and also back in Formula 3000," Alonso said. "So far, I’ve never […]