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Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sebastian Vettel's path to 2013 world title glory

Last season, Sebastian Vettel won his third world title in a nail-biting finale in changeable conditions at Interlagos. In 2013, he faced few dramas as he wrapped up the title with three of the 19 races remaining. Here’s how Vettel won his fourth world title. Multi 21, Seb Red Bull demonstrated the best outright pace in Australia and Malaysia, but with Ferrari and Lotus getting one car ahead of Vettel in Australia, the signs were that Vettel would have a fight on his hands for […]

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

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 Thursday, September 26, 2013

Red Bull tyre-change lobbying 'unfair' - Force India

Force India has hit out at the mid-season tyre specification change that, according to technical director Andy Green, was a terminal setback for the Silverstone based team. And, as Ferrari now turns its full attention to the 2014 challenge, the Italian team has also lamented the move from the original steel-belted 2013 Pirelli tyres to last year's kevlar specification. The move was ostensibly made on safety grounds, but Ferrari and Force India argue that it hurt their performance badly. "We started the season in a […]

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 Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wolff warns against Mercedes championship attack

Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff has warned his outfit against an all out attack on the 2013 title, in case it harms the team's chances in 2014. Mercedes has won three races this season and enter the second half of the season as Red Bull's nearest challengers, 69 points in arrears of the reigning champions. Lewis Hamilton sits in fourth place in the championship and, alongside Nico Rosberg, has helped Mercedes to claim seven pole positions across 10 races in 2013. Mercedes languished in fifth […]

Posted on Friday, August 9, 2013

Boullier confident Raikkonen will stay at Lotus

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says he is optimistic that Kimi Raikkonen will stay with the team next season. Raikkonen joined Lotus at the start of 2012, having spent two years out of the sport following his departure from Ferrari in 2009. Raikkonen finished in third place in the championship last season and is currently Sebastian Vettel's nearest contender in this year's championship. The Finn has scored two wins for Lotus and has finished every race since his return, ending up outside of the points […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Indian Grand Prix to take sabbatical, will return in 2015

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that there will not be an Indian Grand Prix in 2014. Instead, the event will return to the sport at the start of 2015. Due to the move, there will also be a race in the country in 2012. Ecclestone told IANS that an agreement has been reached with race promoter Jaypee group. "When we signed the five-year deal with Jaypee we were keen on going to India in the first half and Jaypee wanted it to be in October," he […]

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013

Allison to join Ferrari in September

Ferrari has confirmed that James Allison will join the team from September 1st. Allison left his position as Lotus technical director earlier this season and was linked with several teams. He joins Ferrari as their 'chassis technical director'. As part of the deal, Pat Fry now becomes director of engineering at the team. Both Fry and Allison will report to Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali. Ferrari has won two races this season, in China and Spain. The team sits in third place in the Constructors […]

Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013

Formula 1 teams set for loose wheel grid drops

Formula 1 teams are set to be handed 10 place grid penalties if a car is allowed to leave a pit garage with a loose wheel. The rule will be applied during all Formula 1 sessions. If a team releases a car with an insecurely attached wheel during practice or qualifying, the 10 place grid drop will be applied to the driver for that weekend's race. Should the team err during the race, the grid drop will be carried over to the following event. The […]

Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013

Button expects strong McLaren in Belgium

McLaren's Jenson Button expects his team to be competitive at next month's Belgian Grand Prix. Button conceded that this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix will be a challenge due to high temperatures, but is adamant that the race at Spa-Francorchamps will be McLaren's best chance of 2013. "We still want to win a race, and I think we still can win a race," Button said in Hungary. "It’s not going to be a complete bad year. I think we started the season and it was a […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ecclestone warns F1 calendar could shed historic Monza

Monza, the historic home of the Italian grand prix, could be a victim of F1's continued push into "emerging markets". That is the warning of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, who admitted that even the sport's longest-standing European races are not secure. "It is possible that Europe will lose a couple of races in favour of emerging markets," he told the weekly Italian magazine Panorama. "If we do move away from Monza - and I say 'if', because no decision has been taken yet - […]