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Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014

Hamilton fights back: Italian Grand Prix review

Every race is important in the context of the world championship, but losing more points to Nico Rosberg was an unthinkable proposition for Lewis Hamilton. So when his start procedure went wrong due to a fault with the button, he must have wondered what he’d needed to do to have a clean weekend. In the highly technical world of Formula 1, Hamilton pondered how to deal with the issue and in the end decided the best thing to do was to ‘floor it’, as if […]

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

ERS issue ends Alonso streak

Fernando Alonso suffered a race-ending mechanical failure for the first time since the Malaysian Grand Prix four years ago as his Ferrari F14T was halted by an Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) problem in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Alonso was running in the lower part of the top 10 when smoke started trailing from his Ferrari, forcing him to park at the Rettifilo chicane and ending his run of scoring points in every race this season. "After a long run of trouble-free races, it’s […]

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Horner pleased with damage limitation

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that his squad's fifth and sixth place finish at the Italian Grand Prix was the maximum result possible. At a circuit where Mercedes-powered cars dominated, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel finished fifth and sixth respectively, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in ninth being the only other non-Mercedes driver to score a point. "I think fifth and sixth was the absolute optimum today," he said. "We picked two different strategies, an aggressive one with Sebastian to undercut the McLaren, which […]

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gutierrez penalised for clash with Grosjean

Esteban Gutierrez has had 20 seconds added to his race time after a late clash with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean. Gutierrez and Grosjean were battling over 16th position when the Mexican driver moved across on his rival on the main straight. The duo made minor contact, with Gutierrez sustaining a puncture, dropping him to 19th. His penalty demotes him behind Marcus Ericsson to 20th. "The contact which Esteban had with a competitor was unnecessary," said Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn. The stewards accepted that Gutierrez […]

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Button, Perez enthuse over battle

Sergio Perez and Jenson Button expressed their satisfaction after the pair conducted a race-long battle for position at the Italian Grand Prix. Perez and Button traded places several times, with the Mexican eventually prevailing to collect seventh position for Force India. "The race was a lot of fun," he said. "We were always fighting somebody and always pushing hard. It was great racing and it’s good to score important points for the championship. "The most important part of the race was the fight I had […]

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lotus praises Maldonado's efforts

Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi praised the efforts of Pastor Maldonado during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Lotus struggled for pace at Monza and while Maldonado came home in a lowly 14th place, Gastaldi was quick to heap praise on his Venezuelan charge. "We saw a very strong race today from Pastor who didn’t put a foot wrong and extracted the maximum from our current package," he said. "14th isn’t where we want to finish but today’s race did give us some signs […]

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ricciardo: Long first stint helped race

Daniel Ricciardo says that extending the life of his Option tyres enabled him to salvage fifth place from the Italian Grand Prix. Ricciardo started from ninth but slipped to 13th at the start, from where he battled back, including a late move on Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel. "The strategy helped today, it kept the tyres fresh enough to go those extra few laps at the end," he said. "I saw the cars in front of me pit and the pace was still good enough, […]

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Albers resigns as Caterham team principal

Christijan Albers has resigned as Caterham team principal after just two months in charge. Albers stepped into the role following the team's take over by a group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors, but the Dutchman has resigned from his position. "Over the past months I have dedicated all my energy to ensure the takeover of the team would go as smoothly as possible and to achieve the best possible result for our investors, sponsors and all the people involved with Caterham," he said. "As […]

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Massa hails 'great' podium for Williams

Felipe Massa hailed the progress made by his Williams team after he registered his first podium finish since last year's Spanish Grand Prix. Massa started the race from fourth place but moved up to third at the expense of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, before passing Kevin Magnussen for second. While Massa was ultimately demoted to third by eventual race winner Lewis Hamilton, the Brazilian driver expressed his happiness at finishing on the podium at the Italian Grand Prix. "It’s a great day for us, great race, […]

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Disappointed Rosberg admits Hamilton pressure led to error

A disappointed Nico Rosberg admitted that Lewis Hamilton's pace during the Italian Grand Prix contributed to his error which cost him a chance of victory. Rosberg was leading at Monza when he locked up at the Rettifilo chicane and had to take to the run-off, dropping behind Hamilton, who had rapidly closed down a two second gap following the pit stops. Rosberg recovered to second position to retain his lead in the championship, which has now been cut to 22 points. "Lewis was quick, coming […]

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hamilton pleased to recover from slow start

Lewis Hamilton says he was pleased to recover from a slow start at the Italian Grand Prix, which was caused by a technical problem in his Mercedes W05 Hybrid, to win at Monza. Hamilton started from pole position but a minor mechanical gremlin left him helpless at the start and he dropped to fourth. Hamilton nonetheless re-passed Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Massa, while he took the lead from Nico Rosberg when the German went wide at the Rettifilo chicane. "It was a difficult race for […]

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hamilton beats Rosberg to victory at Monza

Lewis Hamilton claimed victory at the Italian Grand Prix after a poor start as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg twice ran wide and lost time. Hamilton bogged down as the lights went out and slipped to fourth, but he passed Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Massa, before overtaking Rosberg when the German ran straight on at the Rettifilo chicane. Rosberg recovered to second place, while Massa claimed his first podium of the year in third. Hamilton made a slow start from pole position due to a technical […]