أرشيف وسم ‘ chequered flag ’

Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012

Vettel happy with fourth place

Sebastian Vettel professed himself pleased with fourth place in Monaco despite the finish meaning Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who finished third, replaces him at the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings. Vettel began the race in ninth position but in the confusion caused by Romain Grosjean’s turn-one crash at the start Vettel threaded his way through to sixth. Running with soft tyres, in opposition to most of the front runners, who had started on Supersofts, Vettel drove a long first stint and inherited the lead on […]

Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Germans tip Schumacher to retire in 2012

More than half of Michael Schumacher's German compatriots think the seven time world champion will return to retirement at the end of this year. After three years of retirement, the 43-year-old returned to F1 in 2010 on a three-year Mercedes contract, which runs out in 2012. SID news agency commissioned the German market research company Promit to carry out a survey as to whether respondents think Schumacher will quit at the end of this year. 55.4 per cent answered yes, while only 26.2 per cent […]

Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Vettel still leads despite hard day

Sebastian Vettel remains in control of the Formula Drivers’ Championship, despite enduring what the Red Bull Racing driver called a “hard day at the office” at the Spanish Grand Prix. Vettel started seventh and climbed to sixth but dropped to ninth when he was hit with a drive-through penalty for failing to heed yellow flag in the wake of an accident involving Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna. The defending champion was also hindered by a long regulation third stop when he took on a new […]

Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Differing emotions at McLaren

Lewis Hamilton professed himself satisfied with his run to eighth today while Jenson Button was disconsolate with ninth. Having started from the back of the grid, Hamilton was the only driver to run a two-stop strategy. He used it to good effect and climbed into the points by the chequered flag. In contrast Button, starting tenth, failed to make an impression on the race and could only advance one position. “I’m quite happy with that: the team did a great job and it was the […]

Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Huge fire breaks out in Williams garage

The drama stepped up a notch even after the chequered flag in Barcelona. A couple of hours after Williams' first win since 2004, something exploded in the British team's garage, triggering a major fire. Team members and fire crews battled the blaze as paddock regulars scrambled away from the heavy smoke and police arrived on the scene. The Telegraph's Tom Cary said on Twitter there are "multiple injuries". It is believed Williams, Force India and Caterham staff - some of whom bravely fought the fire […]

Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2012

Spanish Grand Prixview

F1 is back in Europe for Round 5 of the season in Spain. Ole!

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012

Marko:

With Red Bull the latest to hold a trophy aloft this year, yet another potential 2012 champion has emerged. In theory, back to back world champion Sebastian Vettel, the Bahrain grand prix winner, was always a contender for a third drivers' crown this year. But his RB8 was not a race winner until Sunday, after McLaren, Mercedes and even Ferrari had tasted the first victory spoils so far this season. It was said that - amid the extraordinary field of 2012 - Adrian Newey's latest […]

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012

Massa 'only wasting petrol' slams journalist

An Italian journalist has admitted he is more than unimpressed with Felipe Massa's apparent progress in China. Already before the Chinese grand prix, La Stampa correspondent Stefano Mancini was calling on Ferrari to axe the struggling Brazilian driver. Massa then qualified twelfth in Shanghai, equalling his Sepang achievement, but dropped to thirteenth by the time the chequered flag waved. "I think that as far as my race was concerned, this was a step forward compared to the first two races," he insisted. Mancini, however, is […]

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012

Raikkonen return impresses Lauda and Fittipaldi

Two former champions have admitted they are impressed with how Kimi Raikkonen has re-adjusted to Formula 1 after two years off the grid. Niki Lauda, the plain-speaking triple world champion, hailed F1's 2007 title winner for driving "as though he had never been away" in the early phase of his return this season, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. Emerson Fittipaldi, the double champion of the 70s, agrees. "I am surprised that it has taken no time for Kimi to be back at the […]

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Marko: Team order for Vettel to retire car not tactical

Red Bull has hit back at claims the team lied about a technical problem in Malaysia in order to gain a tactical advantage for the forthcoming races. Near the end of the Sepang race, Sebastian Vettel's engineer repeatedly instructed the back-to-back world champion to retire his RB8 car. Team boss Christian Horner said the brake temperatures had risen to a dangerous level, but Vettel nonetheless raced to the chequered flag and finished eleventh, one position out of the points. Horner explained Vettel did not hear […]

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2012

Vettel loses cool as Red Bull loses edge in 2012

After the near-perfection of 2011, reigning back-to-back world champion Sebastian Vettel lost his cool in Malaysia. Red Bull's dominance since late 2009 has finally ended, and that fact was fully demonstrated at Sepang when German Vettel could not hang on even to fourth place. He collided with backmarker Narain Karthikeyan and lost his temper with the Indian, showing him a middle-finger salute no less than twice. Vettel, 24, then described Karthikeyan as a "gherkin" on German television. And his description got worse in front of […]

Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pérez: victory was possible

FIA - After becoming the first Mexican to stand on a Formula One podium in 41 years, Sergio Pérez admitted he could have won today’s Malaysian Grand Prix. In the closing stages of the race, Pérez was chasing down Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso for the lead but ran wide on lap 49. The mistake lost Pérez four seconds on track and with just six laps left he was unable to mount another challenge before Alonso took the chequered flag. The Sauber driver hung to second, however, […]