أرشيف وسم ‘ Belgian Grand Prix ’

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Massa slowed by tyre debris

Felipe Massa says his race was scuppered by debris which became lodged in his Williams FW36 and ruined his chance of collecting a good result at the Belgian Grand Prix. While Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas was able to claim his fourth podium of the season, Massa struggled to 13th place after collecting tyre debris which originated from Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes. "Unfortunately at the beginning of the race I had some tyre debris stuck in the floor that came from Hamilton’s car and this made the […]

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lotus suffers double retirement in Belgium

Lotus suffered its third double retirement of the season as both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado were unable to reach the chequered flag at the Belgian Grand Prix. Grosjean hit Jules Bianchi at the start and his performance was consequently compromised by debris, while Maldonado suffered an early engine failure in the E22. "The car was pretty good; the pace was much better than expected, which is encouraging," said Grosjean. "Unfortunately the race was compromised early on, we had to change the nose on the […]

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lotterer hails 'amazing weekend' despite retirement

Andre Lotterer hailed an 'amazing weekend' despite having to retire from the Belgian Grand Prix on the second lap. Lotterer, making his Formula 1 debut with Caterham, qualified in 21st position but suffered a sudden power loss and had to retire the CT05. "I didn’t even get the chance to sweat unfortunately," he said. "I was really looking forward to a good race and I had a good start, but then I went a bit wide at turn 17 and there was a sudden loss […]

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Magnussen loses points for Alonso move

Kevin Magnussen has been handed a 20 second penalty after he forced Fernando Alonso off the track during the closing stages of the Belgian Grand Prix. Magnussen and Alonso were embroiled in a furious scrap for fifth place at the end of the race, with Magnussen edging Alonso onto the grass along the Kemmel Straight. 'The driver of car 20 [Magnussen] was defending his position on the straight between turn 4 and 5, a significant portion of car 14 [Alonso] was alongside car 20,' read […]

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Furious Wolff hits out at unacceptable risk

Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff has criticised Nico Rosberg's actions after the German driver made contact with team-mate Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Grand Prix. Rosberg clipped Hamilton at Les Combes, giving the Briton a puncture and dropping him down the order. Rosberg carried on to second place while Hamilton retired during the closing stages of the race. "Unacceptable risk," Wolff told Sky Sports F1 as he struggled to retain his composure. "This is an absolutely unacceptable race for us, for out drivers on lap […]

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lauda: Second lap contact 'unacceptable'

Mercedes Executive Director Niki Lauda says that contact so early on in the Belgian Grand Prix between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg was 'unacceptable.' Rosberg tagged Hamilton's car as the duo rounded Les Combes on the second lap of the race as they battled for the lead. Hamilton sustained a puncture and dropped out of contention, while Rosberg went on to finish the race in second position. "Very simply it is unacceptable that in the second lap Nico hit Lewis, completely unacceptable," Lauda told BBC […]

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hamilton perplexed by Rosberg move

Lewis Hamilton says he does not understand what Nico Rosberg was doing after a Belgian Grand Prix in which the title protagonists collided on the second lap. Hamilton led into Les Combes but Rosberg clipped his rival, giving the Brit a puncture. Hamilton dropped out of contention while Rosberg continued on and finished the race in second place, opening up a 29 point advantage in the championship. "I didn't really understand what happened - I felt a big thud at the rear," Hamilton is quoted […]

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ricciardo wins at Spa as Mercedes collide

Daniel Ricciardo claimed victory at an utterly sensational Belgian Grand Prix as Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided when battling for the lead of the race. Ricciardo took advantage of the Mercedes woes to record his third win of the year as Rosberg recovered to second while Hamilton dropped to the back of the field due to a puncture. As a result, Rosberg now leads Hamilton in the Championship by 29 points. There was drama on the opening lap as Hamilton snatched the […]

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lotterer upbeat over debut qualifying run

Andre Lotterer expressed his satisfaction after qualifying in 21st place for his maiden Formula 1 race in Belgium. Lotterer, who joined the team earlier in the week, managed to set a time almost a second faster than Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson. "This is definitely a speedy way of learning how to drive an F1 car! Yesterday was dry while today was wet, so all this is now covered and I know exactly what to expect in both those conditions," he said. "I think it was […]

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bottas targets Ferrari and Red Bull

Valtteri Bottas is sure that Williams can fight rivals Ferrari and Red Bull despite admitting that he didn't qualify as high as possible for the Belgian Grand Prix. Bottas topped the final practice session in dry conditions earlier on Saturday but could manage only sixth during wet weather in qualifying. "The final practice where I finished P1 showed that we have a very strong car in the dry, but wet conditions allow other cars to move closer to us and unfortunately we didn’t qualify as […]

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ricciardo says Blanchimont moment cost him time

Daniel Ricciardo believes that a moment at Blanchimont cost him time during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. Ricciardo qualified in fifth place in wet conditions at Spa Francorchamps but shot wide at the fast right hander during the final stages of the session. Despite the error, he ended up just two-tenths of a second behind third-placed Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel. "I had a moment on Blanchimont; that corner is tricky in the wet," he said. "It’s never full, it’s always a lift or […]

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hulkenberg sure of recovery after 'difficult' session

Nico Hulkenberg is sure that he can recover positions despite qualifying a lowly 18th for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps. Hulkenberg's Force India team had expected to be a frontrunner at this weekend's event but wet weather in qualifying scuppered Hulkenberg's progress. "It was a difficult session in tricky conditions," he said. "Initially it was looking good; I was on the pace and we chose to stay out on one set of intermediates for the whole session. Maybe that was a factor in […]