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Posted on Sunday, October 6, 2013

Massa says he spun to avoid Rosberg

Felipe Massa says that he was forced to take evasive action on the opening lap on the Korean Grand Prix, leading to him spinning at turn three. Massa started the race in sixth place and took the inside line into turn three but spun under braking and narrowly avoided team-mate Fernando Alonso. "Today’s race was really very complicated, because my chances of getting a good result evaporated right from the first lap, when I found myself in the middle of a group, all of us […]

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013

Raikkonen sure Lotus can be competitive

Kimi Raikkonen says that the Lotus E21 feels strong at the Korea International Circuit, despite the Finn crashing out of first practice during the final minute. Raikkonen lost control of his car exiting the final corner and hit the barriers. His car was repaired in time for Raikkonen to return to action early on in second practice, where he set the eighth fastest time. "Obviously it didn’t help that I destroyed part of the car this morning; maybe I ran out of talent there! It […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vettel using 'secret' exhaust-blown solution

Sebastian Vettel's dominance is being powered by a clever post-'exhaust blowing' solution, a specialist Italian magazine claims. After the reigning world champion extended his 2013 points lead with a dominant performance in Singapore, former F1 team boss Giancarlo Minardi raised doubts about the legality of Vettel's Red Bull. Minardi, watching trackside at Marina Bay, said Vettel's car displayed worryingly good handling, while his Renault engine "sounded similar to past seasons when traction control went into action". Indeed, Autosprint has now revealed an exclusive video that […]

Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2013

Minardi raises Vettel 'traction control' doubts

Former F1 team owner and boss Gian Carlo Minardi has raised doubts about the legitimacy of Sebastian Vettel's dominance in Singapore last weekend. The 66-year-old, who sold his team before the 2001 season, was trackside at the Marina Bay circuit where Vettel commandingly won. Minardi, whose Faenza based team was subsequently sold to Red Bull and became Toro Rosso, admits he has been troubled by Vettel's often multiple-second advantage over his rivals under the Singapore floodlights. "It's not my intention to devalue Sebastian Vettel, who […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Webber critical of 'comical' penalty

Mark Webber says his reprimand for hitching a ride back to the pits with Fernando Alonso after the Singapore Grand Prix is 'comical.' Webber retired on the final lap at Marina Bay and on the slow down lap, he ran onto the circuit and sat on the side of Alonso's Ferrari, which took him back to the pit lane. Both drivers were given reprimands, but not for the actual ride. Webber was given a reprimand for entering the circuit without permission of the marshals. Webber's […]

Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Webber handed 10 place penalty for Korea

Mark Webber will drop 10 places on the grid for the Korean Grand Prix after picking up a reprimand in the Singapore Grand Prix. Webber's Red Bull RB9 failed on the final lap in Singapore and he hitched a lift back to the pits with Fernando Alonso. The stewards deemed he contravened article 30.9b of the sporting regulations, which state that he 'entered the track without the marshal's permission between the commencement of the formation lap and the time when the last car enters parc […]

Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hulkenberg perplexed by Perez decision

Nico Hulkenberg says he does not agree with the stewards after he was forced to concede track position to Sergio Perez during the Singapore Grand Prix. Hulkenberg was ahead of Perez as the duo closed in on the Williams of Pastor Maldonado. Perez nosed up the inside of the Sauber, forcing Hulkenberg to take evasive action over the kerbs. The German was then told to concede the position to Perez. An exasperated Hulkenberg radioed his disapproval of the stewarding decision during the race and later […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Jersey promoter still expecting 2014 race

The promoter of the American Grand Prix, Leo Hindery Jr, says he still expects a race around the streets of New Jersey to take place in 2014. The event, which was originally set to join the sport this season, was not included on the provisional 21 race 2014 calendar that was distributed to teams at the Italian Grand Prix. But Hindery says that their omission was to a sanctioning fee not being paid to the relevant US authorities, something which will be done, as scheduled, […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pirelli reveals further tyre nominations

Pirelli has revealed the tyre compounds that they will be bringing to three forthcoming races. The Korean Grand Prix will feature the Supersoft and Medium compounds. "The medium tyre copes well with the wide-ranging demands of the circuit, while the supersoft is capable of generating the highest possible levels of traction on the slippery surface," said Pirelli. The two hardest compounds, the medium and hard tyres, will be used a week later in the Japanese Grand Prix. "These are designed to soak up the high-energy […]

Posted on Sunday, September 8, 2013

Di Resta 'caught out' on opening lap, reprimanded

Paul di Resta says he was simply caught out by rivals as he crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix on the opening lap. Di Resta hit the back of Lotus's Romain Grosjean, damaging the front left hand side of his Force India. "It has been one of those weekends to forget, starting with the brake failure yesterday and the early retirement today," he said. "I just got caught out going into the second chicane because the cars ahead of me got backed up – […]

Posted on Sunday, September 8, 2013

Red Bull to test Pirelli tyres with 2011 car

Red Bull will conduct a two-day, 1000 kilometre tyre test with Pirelli mid next week in Barcelona. The news revives memories of this year's Mercedes 'test-gate' scandal, but the world champion team will be using a 2011 car, not the title-leading RB9. And the race drivers will not be in action. Instead, it will be test driver Sebastien Buemi alongside 2014 race driver Daniel Ricciardo. Their task, confirmed by Pirelli motor sport boss Paul Hembery, will be to test 2014-specification tyres. But not everyone is […]

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013

Vettel sets commanding pace in second practice

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time during second practice for the Italian Grand Prix. Vettel's time of 1:24.453 was over six tenths of a second clear of the time set by Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean were third and fourth, having set identical times in their Lotus E21s. Fernando Alonso was fifth, while first practice pacesetter Lewis Hamilton was sixth. His Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, was seventh with Felipe Massa in eighth. Massa lost out on his long run due […]