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Posted on Monday, March 19, 2012

Pundits agree Williams made huge leap

Despite not collecting a single point in Melbourne, the Williams team will travel from Australia to Malaysia in upbeat mood. The famous British outfit's slide from its race and title-winning days hit rock bottom in 2011, scoring just five points all season and only finishing ahead of the three struggling new teams in the constructors' championship. But Oxfordshire based Williams has restructured for the 2012 season and is now led technically by former McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan, and in Australia the newly Renault-powered FW34 […]

Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012

Charlie Whiting’s Q&A on new rules for the 2012 F1 season

Q: Why has a four-hour total time limit been put on Grands Prix? CW: Last season the race in Montreal went on for four hours and four minutes. A race really should not go on longer than that. Should four hours elapse during a future race, drivers will receive a signal telling them they have one more lap before the chequered flag. Q: Race stewards will now be able to investigate an incident without first reporting it to the race director. Why is the system […]

Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012

Ferrari Barcelona Day 2

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya – 4.655 km Driver: Fernando Alonso Car: Ferrari F2012 Weather: air temperature 6/22°C, track temperature 7/30 °C. Sunny. Second day of testing this week for Scuderia Ferrari and nine other teams at the Catalunya Circuit, on the outskirts of Barcelona. Fernando Alonso took to the track today. This morning, the Spaniard worked on the set-up of the F2012 and on aerodynamics, while in the afternoon, he did a Grand Prix simulation that was completed without any problems arising. The chequered flag […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Marko: Vettel's pitwall contribution 'enlightening'

Even whilst suffering his first retirement of 2011, back to back world champion Sebastian Vettel could not resist working hard. Whilst drivers normally retire to their quarters, the 24-year-old German mounted the Red Bull pitwall and remained there for the entire Abu Dhabi race. He is quoted by Kurier newspaper as admitting he had "learned something" from the experience, and even taken an active role in the race strategy deployed for his teammate Mark Webber. "At first I only wanted to stay for five laps," […]

Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011

Abu Dhabi Saturday quotes: Lotus

Heikki Kovalainen - 18th: "I am really pleased with that performance today. We definitely got as much performance as we could out of the car and to break into the 1.42s is very satisfying. I pretty much nailed the quick lap and I think we know that where we are on race pace gives us another chance of a strong finish tomorrow. I'm also looking forward to Brazil where we have an update to the rear wing coming - that should give us a better […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Piquet to wave chequered flag in Brazil

Nelson Piquet, the triple world champion and father of the 2008 and 2009 Renault driver, will wave the chequered flag at the end of the 2011 season finale at Interlagos later this month. Marking 20 years since his last F1 win, and more than thirty years since his grand prix victory debut, the 59-year-old will also drive his 1981 Brabham at the Brazilian venue, Globo reports. "The choice of Nelson Piquet to wave the chequered flag and drive his Brabham at Interlagos is to honour […]

Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2011

F1 future uncertain for Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan enjoyed a positive return to the F1 grid on Sunday but he's not sure he will be back in 2012. The Indian lost his seat to the Red Bull-backed Daniel Ricciardo earlier this season, but was back at the wheel in Delhi for a one-off return at his home race. His teammate for the Delhi weekend was Ricciardo, and despite not driving since June Karthikeyan came within a hair's breadth of outqualifying the Australian. And in the race, Karthikeyan beat Ricciardo to the […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rosberg has lucky escape

Nico Rosberg had a lucky escape in India on Wednesday, ahead of this weekend's inaugural race in the country. Rosberg, who sits 7th in this year's championship, was at a market when a poisonous spider was seen on his neck. The German, 27, tweeted "Yikes! in market. local comes+says: "very dangerous". I say:"what?".And he flicks a spider away from my neck+ says:"red body spider - dangerous" Meanwhile, cricket legend an avid F1 fan Sachin Tendulkar will be at the race, with local sources suggesting that […]

Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011

Red Bull secures title with Vettel's tenth win

His run of poles ended in Korea, but the newly-crowned back-to-back world champion Sebastian Vettel on Sunday returned to the top step of the podium. "Ten wins (in 2011) my friends!" the German said on the radio after greeting the chequered flag 12 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who was wearing a better mood than after securing pole 24 hours earlier. "It was a good result for me after the races I've had lately," said the McLaren driver. Sunday's result means Red Bull has clinched […]

Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ricciardo cleared to race

After failing to set a time in qualifying, HRT’s Daniel Ricciardo had to rely on a stewards’ dispensation so that he can take to the grid in 24th and last place for the Korean Grand Prix. Ricciardo spent all of Q1 in the garage as his HRT team desperately tried to locate the cause of a mechanical fault on his car. Their search would prove unsuccessful and Ricciardo was unable to participate. “We’re still not sure what the problem was,” said the Australian driver after […]

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011

Red Bull can drop point and still win team's title

Red Bull can afford to let its huge points lead over McLaren drop this weekend and yet still wrap up the constructors' world championship with three races to spare. Last weekend in Japan, Sebastian Vettel needed a single point to beat Jenson Button to the 2011 drivers' crown, and duly scored 15 with his podium place. The next step is the teams' crown, with Red Bull's lead of 130 points over McLaren able to drop to 129 points in Korea and yet still ensure a […]

Posted on Saturday, October 8, 2011

Troubled Hamilton misses pole after out-lap 'attack'

Lewis Hamilton's troubles continued on Saturday after missing out on pole position at Suzuka. Even though Red Bull has utterly dominated qualifying in 2011, Jenson Button dominated the practice sessions at Suzuka and the sister McLaren was holding provisional pole until the closing seconds of Q3. As Vettel and Button went quicker on their final attempts, however, Briton Hamilton failed to start his flying lap before the chequered flag flew. He looked gutted in parc ferme and the television unilaterals, insisting he still had a […]